Bible: Luke 1:1-9:50
1:1 Now 1 many have undertaken to compile an account 2 of the things 3 that have been fulfilled 4 among us, 1:2 like the accounts 5 passed on 6 to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word 7 from the beginning. 8 1:3 So 9 it seemed good to me as well, 10 because I have followed 11 all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account 12 for you, most excellent Theophilus, 1:4 so that you may know for certain 13 the things you were taught. 14
Birth Announcement of John the Baptist
1:5 During the reign 15 of Herod 16 king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to 17 the priestly division of Abijah, 18 and he had a wife named Elizabeth, 19 who was a descendant of Aaron. 20 1:6 They 21 were both righteous in the sight of God, following 22 all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. 23 1:7 But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren, 24 and they were both very old. 25
1:8 Now 26 while Zechariah 27 was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 28 1:9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, 29 to enter 30 the holy place 31 of the Lord and burn incense. 1:10 Now 32 the whole crowd 33 of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense offering. 34 1:11 An 35 angel of the Lord, 36 standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared 37 to him. 1:12 And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, 38 was seized with fear. 39 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, 40 and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you 41 will name him John. 42 1:14 Joy and gladness will come 43 to you, and many will rejoice at 44 his birth, 45 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of 46 the Lord. He 47 must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 48 1:16 He 49 will turn 50 many of the people 51 of Israel to the Lord their God. 1:17 And he will go as forerunner before the Lord 52 in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, 53 to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”
1:18 Zechariah 54 said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? 55 For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” 56 1:19 The 57 angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands 58 in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring 59 you this good news. 1:20 And now, 60 because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, 61 you will be silent, unable to speak, 62 until the day these things take place.”
1:21 Now 63 the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they began to wonder 64 why he was delayed in the holy place. 65 1:22 When 66 he came out, he was not able to speak to them. They 67 realized that he had seen a vision 68 in the holy place, 69 because 70 he was making signs to them and remained unable to speak. 71 1:23 When his time of service was over, 72 he went to his home.
1:24 After some time 73 his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, 74 and for five months she kept herself in seclusion. 75 She said, 76 1:25 “This is what 77 the Lord has done for me at the time 78 when he has been gracious to me, 79 to take away my disgrace 80 among people.” 81
Birth Announcement of Jesus the Messiah
1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, 82 the angel Gabriel 83 was sent by 84 God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 85 1:27 to a virgin engaged 86 to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David, 87 and the virgin’s name was Mary. 1:28 The 88 angel 89 came 90 to her and said, “Greetings, favored one, 91 the Lord is with you!” 92 1:29 But 93 she was greatly troubled 94 by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting. 95 1:30 So 96 the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, 97 Mary, for you have found favor 98 with God! 1:31 Listen: 99 You will become pregnant 100 and give birth to 101 a son, and you will name him 102 Jesus. 103 1:32 He 104 will be great, 105 and will be called the Son of the Most High, 106 and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father 107 David. 1:33 He 108 will reign over the house of Jacob 109 forever, and his kingdom will never end.” 1:34 Mary 110 said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with 111 a man?” 1:35 The angel replied, 112 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow 113 you. Therefore the child 114 to be born 115 will be holy; 116 he will be called the Son of God.
1:36 “And look, 117 your relative 118 Elizabeth has also become pregnant with 119 a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! 120 1:37 For nothing 121 will be impossible with God.” 1:38 So 122 Mary said, “Yes, 123 I am a servant 124 of the Lord; let this happen to me 125 according to your word.” 126 Then 127 the angel departed from her.
Mary and Elizabeth
1:39 In those days 128 Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 129 1:40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 1:41 When 130 Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped 131 in her 132 womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 133 1:42 She 134 exclaimed with a loud voice, 135 “Blessed are you among women, 136 and blessed is the child 137 in your womb! 1:43 And who am I 138 that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 1:44 For the instant 139 the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 140 the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 141 1:45 And blessed 142 is she who believed that 143 what was spoken to her by 144 the Lord would be fulfilled.” 145
Mary’s Hymn of Praise
1:47 and my spirit has begun to rejoice 150 in God my Savior,
1:48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. 151
1:49 because he who is mighty 155 has done great things for me, and holy is his name;
The Birth of John
1:57 Now the time came 173 for Elizabeth to have her baby, 174 and she gave birth to a son. 1:58 Her 175 neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown 176 great mercy to her, and they rejoiced 177 with her.
1:59 On 178 the eighth day 179 they came to circumcise the child, and they wanted to name 180 him Zechariah after his father. 1:60 But 181 his mother replied, 182 “No! He must be named 183 John.” 184 1:61 They 185 said to her, “But 186 none of your relatives bears this name.” 187 1:62 So 188 they made signs to the baby’s 189 father, 190 inquiring what he wanted to name his son. 191 1:63 He 192 asked for a writing tablet 193 and wrote, 194 “His name is John.” And they were all amazed. 195 1:64 Immediately 196 Zechariah’s 197 mouth was opened and his tongue 198 released, 199 and he spoke, blessing God. 1:65 All 200 their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about. 1:66 All 201 who heard these things 202 kept them in their hearts, 203 saying, “What then will this child be?” 204 For the Lord’s hand 205 was indeed with him.
Zechariah’s Praise and Prediction
1:68 “Blessed 208 be the Lord God of Israel,
1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 215
and from the hand of all who hate us.
and to remember his holy covenant 221 –
This oath grants 224
1:74 that we, being rescued from the hand of our 225 enemies,
may serve him without fear, 226
1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 240
to guide our feet into the way 241 of peace.”
The Census and the Birth of Jesus
2:1 Now 246 in those days a decree 247 went out from Caesar 248 Augustus 249 to register 250 all the empire 251 for taxes. 2:2 This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor 252 of Syria. 2:3 Everyone 253 went to his own town 254 to be registered. 2:4 So 255 Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth 256 in Galilee to Judea, to the city 257 of David called Bethlehem, 258 because he was of the house 259 and family line 260 of David. 2:5 He went 261 to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, 262 and who was expecting a child. 2:6 While 263 they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 264 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth 265 and laid him in a manger, 266 because there was no place for them in the inn. 267
The Shepherds’ Visit
2:8 Now 268 there were shepherds 269 nearby 270 living out in the field, keeping guard 271 over their flock at night. 2:9 An 272 angel of the Lord 273 appeared to 274 them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 275 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, 276 for I proclaim to you good news 277 that brings great joy to all the people: 2:11 Today 278 your Savior is born in the city 279 of David. 280 He is Christ 281 the Lord. 2:12 This 282 will be a sign 283 for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 284 2:13 Suddenly 285 a vast, heavenly army 286 appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
2:14 “Glory 287 to God in the highest,
2:15 When 290 the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem 291 and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord 292 has made known to us.” 2:16 So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. 293 2:17 When 294 they saw him, 295 they related what they had been told 296 about this child, 2:18 and all who heard it were astonished 297 at what the shepherds said. 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 298 2:20 So 299 the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 300 God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told. 301
Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple
2:22 Now 304 when the time came for their 305 purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary 306 brought Jesus 307 up to Jerusalem 308 to present him to the Lord 2:23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male 309 will be set apart to the Lord” 310 ), 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves 311 or two young pigeons. 312
The Prophecy of Simeon
2:25 Now 313 there was a man in Jerusalem 314 named Simeon who was righteous 315 and devout, looking for the restoration 316 of Israel, and the Holy Spirit 317 was upon him. 2:26 It 318 had been revealed 319 to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 320 before 321 he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 322 2:27 So 323 Simeon, 324 directed by the Spirit, 325 came into the temple courts, 326 and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 327 2:28 Simeon 328 took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 329
2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 335
2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 336
2:32 a light, 337
for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory 338 to your people Israel.”
2:33 So 339 the child’s 340 father 341 and mother were amazed 342 at what was said about him. 2:34 Then 343 Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 344 This child 345 is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 346 of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 347 2:35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 348 of many hearts will be revealed 349 – and a sword 350 will pierce your own soul as well!” 351
The Testimony of Anna
2:36 There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, 352 having been married to her husband for seven years until his death. 2:37 She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. 353 She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 354 2:38 At that moment, 355 she came up to them 356 and began to give thanks to God and to speak 357 about the child 358 to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 359
2:39 So 360 when Joseph and Mary 361 had performed 362 everything according to the law of the Lord, 363 they returned to Galilee, to their own town 364 of Nazareth. 365 2:40 And the child grew and became strong, 366 filled with wisdom, 367 and the favor 368 of God 369 was upon him.
Jesus in the Temple
2:41 Now 370 Jesus’ 371 parents went to Jerusalem 372 every 373 year for the feast of the Passover. 374 2:42 When 375 he was twelve years old, 376 they went up 377 according to custom. 2:43 But 378 when the feast was over, 379 as they were returning home, 380 the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His 381 parents 382 did not know it, 2:44 but (because they assumed that he was in their group of travelers) 383 they went a day’s journey. Then 384 they began to look for him among their relatives and acquaintances. 385 2:45 When 386 they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem 387 to look for him. 2:46 After 388 three days 389 they found him in the temple courts, 390 sitting among the teachers, 391 listening to them and asking them questions. 2:47 And all who heard Jesus 392 were astonished 393 at his understanding and his answers. 2:48 When 394 his parents 395 saw him, they were overwhelmed. His 396 mother said to him, “Child, 397 why have you treated 398 us like this? Look, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” 399 2:49 But 400 he replied, 401 “Why were you looking for me? 402 Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 403 2:50 Yet 404 his parents 405 did not understand 406 the remark 407 he made 408 to them. 2:51 Then 409 he went down with them and came to Nazareth, 410 and was obedient 411 to them. But 412 his mother kept all these things 413 in her heart. 414
2:52 And Jesus increased 415 in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.
The Ministry of John the Baptist
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, 416 when Pontius Pilate 417 was governor of Judea, and Herod 418 was tetrarch 419 of Galilee, and his brother Philip 420 was tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias 421 was tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 during the high priesthood 422 of Annas and Caiaphas, the word 423 of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 424 3:3 He 425 went into all the region around the Jordan River, 426 preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 427
3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make 430 his paths straight.
3:5 Every valley will be filled, 431
and every mountain and hill will be brought low,
and the crooked will be made straight,
and the rough ways will be made smooth,
3:7 So John 434 said to the crowds 435 that came out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! 436 Who warned you to flee 437 from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce 438 fruit 439 that proves your repentance, and don’t begin to say 440 to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ 441 For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 442 3:9 Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, 443 and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be 444 cut down and thrown into the fire.”
3:10 So 445 the crowds were asking 446 him, “What then should we do?” 3:11 John 447 answered them, 448 “The person who has two tunics 449 must share with the person who has none, and the person who has food must do likewise.” 3:12 Tax collectors 450 also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 3:13 He told them, “Collect no more 451 than you are required to.” 452 3:14 Then some soldiers 453 also asked him, “And as for us – what should we do?” 454 He told them, “Take money from no one by violence 455 or by false accusation, 456 and be content with your pay.”
3:15 While the people were filled with anticipation 457 and they all wondered 458 whether perhaps John 459 could be the Christ, 460 3:16 John answered them all, 461 “I baptize you with water, 462 but one more powerful than I am is coming – I am not worthy 463 to untie the strap 464 of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 465 3:17 His winnowing fork 466 is in his hand to clean out his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, 467 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 468
3:18 And in this way, 469 with many other exhortations, John 470 proclaimed good news to the people. 3:19 But when John rebuked Herod 471 the tetrarch 472 because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, 473 and because of all the evil deeds 474 that he had done, 3:20 Herod added this to them all: He locked up John in prison.
The Baptism of Jesus
3:21 Now when 475 all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, 476 the heavens 477 opened, 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. 478 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; 479 in you I take great delight.” 480
The Genealogy of Jesus
3:23 So 481 Jesus, when he began his ministry, 482 was about thirty years old. He was 483 the son (as was supposed) 484 of Joseph, the son 485 of Heli, 3:24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 3:25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 3:26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 3:27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, 486 the son of Shealtiel, 487 the son of Neri, 488 3:28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 3:29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 3:30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 3:31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, 489 the son of David, 490 3:32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, 491 the son of Nahshon, 3:33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, 492 the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 3:34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, 493 the son of Nahor, 3:35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 3:36 the son of Cainan, 494 the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 3:37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, 495 the son of Kenan, 496 3:38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. 497
The Temptation of Jesus
4:1 Then 498 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River 499 and was led by the Spirit 500 in 501 the wilderness, 502 4:2 where for forty days he endured temptations 503 from the devil. He 504 ate nothing 505 during those days, and when they were completed, 506 he was famished. 4:3 The devil said to him, “If 507 you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 508 4:4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man 509 does not live by bread alone.’” 510
4:5 Then 511 the devil 512 led him up 513 to a high place 514 and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. 4:6 And he 515 said to him, “To you 516 I will grant this whole realm 517 – and the glory that goes along with it, 518 for it has been relinquished 519 to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. 4:7 So then, if 520 you will worship 521 me, all this will be 522 yours.” 4:8 Jesus 523 answered him, 524 “It is written, ‘You are to worship 525 the Lord 526 your God and serve only him.’” 527
4:9 Then 528 the devil 529 brought him to Jerusalem, 530 had him stand 531 on the highest point of the temple, 532 and said to him, “If 533 you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 4:10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 534 4:11 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 535 4:12 Jesus 536 answered him, 537 “It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 538 4:13 So 539 when the devil 540 had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time. 541
The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee
4:14 Then 542 Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 543 returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 544 throughout the surrounding countryside. 545 4:15 He 546 began to teach 547 in their synagogues 548 and was praised 549 by all.
Rejection at Nazareth
4:16 Now 550 Jesus 551 came to Nazareth, 552 where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 553 on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 554 He 555 stood up to read, 556 4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 557 unrolled 558 the scroll and found the place where it was written,
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
and the regaining of sight 564 to the blind,
4:20 Then 569 he rolled up 570 the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 571 him. 4:21 Then 572 he began to tell them, “Today 573 this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 574 4:22 All 575 were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 576 said, “Isn’t this 577 Joseph’s son?” 4:23 Jesus 578 said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 579 and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 580 do here in your hometown too.’” 4:24 And he added, 581 “I tell you the truth, 582 no prophet is acceptable 583 in his hometown. 4:25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 584 when the sky 585 was shut up three and a half years, and 586 there was a great famine over all the land. 4:26 Yet 587 Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 588 4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 589 yet 590 none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 591 4:28 When they heard this, all the people 592 in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 They got up, forced 593 him out of the town, 594 and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 595 they could throw him down the cliff. 596 4:30 But he passed through the crowd 597 and went on his way. 598
Ministry in Capernaum
4:31 So 599 he went down to Capernaum, 600 a town 601 in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 602 4:32 They 603 were amazed 604 at his teaching, because he spoke 605 with authority. 606
4:33 Now 607 in the synagogue 608 there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 609 demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 “Ha! Leave us alone, 610 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 611 of God.” 4:35 But 612 Jesus rebuked him: 613 “Silence! Come out of him!” 614 Then, after the demon threw the man 615 down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 616 4:36 They 617 were all amazed and began to say 618 to one another, “What’s happening here? 619 For with authority and power 620 he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 4:37 So 621 the news 622 about him spread into all areas of the region. 623
4:38 After Jesus left 624 the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 625 to help her. 626 4:39 So 627 he stood over her, commanded 628 the fever, and it left her. Immediately 629 she got up and began to serve 630 them.
4:40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 631 sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 632 He placed 633 his hands on every one of them and healed them. 4:41 Demons also came out 634 of many, crying out, 635 “You are the Son of God!” 636 But he rebuked 637 them, and would not allow them to speak, 638 because they knew that he was the Christ. 639
4:42 The next morning 640 Jesus 641 departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 642 the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 4:43 But Jesus 643 said to them, “I must 644 proclaim the good news of the kingdom 645 of God to the other towns 646 too, for that is what I was sent 647 to do.” 648 4:44 So 649 he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 650
The Call of the Disciples
5:1 Now 651 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 652 and the crowd was pressing around him 653 to hear the word of God. 5:2 He 654 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 5:3 He got into 655 one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 656 Jesus 657 sat down 658 and taught the crowds from the boat. 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 659 your nets for a catch.” 5:5 Simon 660 answered, 661 “Master, 662 we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 663 I will lower 664 the nets.” 5:6 When 665 they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 666 5:7 So 667 they motioned 668 to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 669 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 670 for I am a sinful man!” 671 5:9 For 672 Peter 673 and all who were with him were astonished 674 at the catch of fish that they had taken, 5:10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 675 Then 676 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 677 you will be catching people.” 678 5:11 So 679 when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 680 him.
Healing a Leper
5:12 While 681 Jesus 682 was in one of the towns, 683 a man came 684 to him who was covered with 685 leprosy. 686 When 687 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 688 and begged him, 689 “Lord, if 690 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 691 he stretched out his hand and touched 692 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 693 he ordered the man 694 to tell no one, 695 but commanded him, 696 “Go 697 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 698 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 699 as a testimony to them.” 700 5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 701 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 702 and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 703 frequently withdrew 704 to the wilderness 705 and prayed.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
5:17 Now on 706 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 707 and teachers of the law 708 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 709 and the power of the Lord was with him 710 to heal. 5:18 Just then 711 some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 712 on a stretcher. 713 They 714 were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 715 5:19 But 716 since they found 717 no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 718 and let him down on the stretcher 719 through the roof tiles 720 right 721 in front of Jesus. 722 5:20 When 723 Jesus 724 saw their 725 faith he said, “Friend, 726 your sins are forgiven.” 727 5:21 Then 728 the experts in the law 729 and the Pharisees began to think 730 to themselves, 731 “Who is this man 732 who is uttering blasphemies? 733 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 5:22 When Jesus perceived 734 their hostile thoughts, 735 he said to them, 736 “Why are you raising objections 737 within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, 738 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 5:24 But so that you may know 739 that the Son of Man 740 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man 741 – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 742 and go home.” 743 5:25 Immediately 744 he stood up before them, picked 745 up the stretcher 746 he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 747 God. 5:26 Then 748 astonishment 749 seized them all, and they glorified 750 God. They were filled with awe, 751 saying, “We have seen incredible 752 things 753 today.” 754
The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners
5:27 After 755 this, Jesus 756 went out and saw a tax collector 757 named Levi 758 sitting at the tax booth. 759 “Follow me,” 760 he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 761 behind. 762
5:29 Then 763 Levi gave a great banquet 764 in his house for Jesus, 765 and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 766 at the table with them. 5:30 But 767 the Pharisees 768 and their experts in the law 769 complained 770 to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 771 5:31 Jesus 772 answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 773 5:32 I have not come 774 to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 775
The Superiority of the New
5:33 Then 776 they said to him, “John’s 777 disciples frequently fast 778 and pray, 779 and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 780 but yours continue to eat and drink.” 781 5:34 So 782 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 783 fast while the bridegroom 784 is with them, can you? 785 5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 786 at that time 787 they will fast.” 5:36 He also told them a parable: 788 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 789 it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 790 the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 791 5:37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 792 If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 5:38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 793 5:39 794 No 795 one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” 796
Lord of the Sabbath
6:1 Jesus 797 was going through the grain fields on 798 a Sabbath, 799 and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 800 rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 801 6:2 But some of the Pharisees 802 said, “Why are you 803 doing what is against the law 804 on the Sabbath?” 6:3 Jesus 805 answered them, 806 “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took 807 and ate the sacred bread, 808 which is not lawful 809 for any to eat but the priests alone, and 810 gave it to his companions?” 811 6:5 Then 812 he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 813 of the Sabbath.”
Healing a Withered Hand
6:6 On 814 another Sabbath, Jesus 815 entered the synagogue 816 and was teaching. Now 817 a man was there whose right hand was withered. 818 6:7 The experts in the law 819 and the Pharisees 820 watched 821 Jesus 822 closely to see if 823 he would heal on the Sabbath, 824 so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 6:8 But 825 he knew 826 their thoughts, 827 and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 828 So 829 he rose and stood there. 6:9 Then 830 Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 831 is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” 6:10 After 832 looking around 833 at them all, he said to the man, 834 “Stretch out your hand.” The man 835 did so, and his hand was restored. 836 6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 837 and began debating with one another what they would do 838 to Jesus.
Choosing the Twelve Apostles
6:12 Now 839 it was during this time that Jesus 840 went out to the mountain 841 to pray, and he spent all night 842 in prayer to God. 843 6:13 When 844 morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 845 6:14 Simon 846 (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 847 6:15 Matthew, Thomas, 848 James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 849 6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 850 who became a traitor.
The Sermon on the Plain
6:17 Then 851 he came down with them and stood on a level place. 852 And a large number 853 of his disciples had gathered 854 along with 855 a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 856 Jerusalem, 857 and from the seacoast of Tyre 858 and Sidon. 859 They came to hear him and to be healed 860 of their diseases, 6:18 and those who suffered from 861 unclean 862 spirits were cured. 6:19 The 863 whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 864 was coming out from him and healing them all.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 872
6:22 “Blessed are you when people 873 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 874 on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 875 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 876 did the same things to the prophets. 877
6:25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 881 now, for you will be hungry.
6:27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 887 do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 888 you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 889 offer the other as well, 890 and from the person who takes away your coat, 891 do not withhold your tunic 892 either. 893 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 894 and do not ask for your possessions 895 back 896 from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 897 in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 898
6:32 “If 899 you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 900 love those who love them. 901 6:33 And 902 if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 903 sinners 904 do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 905 what credit is that to you? Even sinners 906 lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 907 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 908 Then 909 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 910 of the Most High, 911 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 912 6:36 Be merciful, 913 just as your Father is merciful.
Do Not Judge Others
6:37 “Do 914 not judge, 915 and you will not be judged; 916 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 917 and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 918 will be poured 919 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 920
6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 921 Won’t they both fall 922 into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 923 is not greater than 924 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 925 do you see the speck 926 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 927 the beam of wood 928 in your own? 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? 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.
6:43 “For 929 no good tree bears bad 930 fruit, nor again 931 does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 932 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 933 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 934 from brambles. 935 6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 936 heart 937 produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 938 produces evil, for his mouth speaks 939 from what fills 940 his heart.
6:47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 944 – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 945 building a house, who dug down deep, 946 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 947 a flood came, the river 948 burst against that house but 949 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 950 6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 951 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 952 the river burst against that house, 953 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 954
Healing the Centurion’s Slave
7:1 After Jesus 955 had finished teaching all this to the people, 956 he entered Capernaum. 957 7:2 A centurion 958 there 959 had a slave 960 who was highly regarded, 961 but who was sick and at the point of death. 7:3 When the centurion 962 heard 963 about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 964 to him, asking him to come 965 and heal his slave. 7:4 When 966 they came 967 to Jesus, they urged 968 him earnestly, 969 “He is worthy 970 to have you do this for him, 7:5 because he loves our nation, 971 and even 972 built our synagogue.” 973 7:6 So 974 Jesus went with them. When 975 he was not far from the house, the centurion 976 sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 977 for I am not worthy 978 to have you come under my roof. 7:7 That is why 979 I did not presume 980 to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 981 7:8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 982 I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 983 and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 984 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 985 at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” 986 7:10 So 987 when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 988 well.
Raising a Widow’s Son
7:11 Soon 989 afterward 990 Jesus 991 went to a town 992 called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 7:12 As he approached the town gate, a man 993 who had died was being carried out, 994 the only son of his mother (who 995 was a widow 996 ), and a large crowd from the town 997 was with her. 7:13 When 998 the Lord saw her, he had compassion 999 for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 1000 7:14 Then 1001 he came up 1002 and touched 1003 the bier, 1004 and those who carried it stood still. He 1005 said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 7:15 So 1006 the dead man 1007 sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 1008 gave him back 1009 to his mother. 7:16 Fear 1010 seized them all, and they began to glorify 1011 God, saying, “A great prophet 1012 has appeared 1013 among us!” and “God has come to help 1014 his people!” 7:17 This 1015 report 1016 about Jesus 1017 circulated 1018 throughout 1019 Judea and all the surrounding country.
Jesus and John the Baptist
7:18 John’s 1020 disciples informed him about all these things. So 1021 John called 1022 two of his disciples 7:19 and sent them to Jesus 1023 to ask, 1024 “Are you the one who is to come, 1025 or should we look for another?” 7:20 When 1026 the men came to Jesus, 1027 they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 1028 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 1029 7:21 At that very time 1030 Jesus 1031 cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 1032 and evil spirits, and granted 1033 sight to many who were blind. 7:22 So 1034 he answered them, 1035 “Go tell 1036 John what you have seen and heard: 1037 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 1038 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 7:23 Blessed is anyone 1039 who takes no offense at me.”
7:24 When 1040 John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 1041 began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 1042 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 1043 7:25 What 1044 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 1045 clothes? 1046 Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 1047 are in kings’ courts! 1048 7:26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 1049 than a prophet. 7:27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 1050 who will prepare your way before you.’ 1051 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 1052 than John. 1053 Yet the one who is least 1054 in the kingdom of God 1055 is greater than he is.” 7:29 (Now 1056 all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 1057 acknowledged 1058 God’s justice, because they had been baptized 1059 with John’s baptism. 7:30 However, the Pharisees 1060 and the experts in religious law 1061 rejected God’s purpose 1062 for themselves, because they had not been baptized 1063 by John. 1064 ) 1065
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 1068
we wailed in mourning, 1069 yet you did not weep.’
7:33 For John the Baptist has come 1070 eating no bread and drinking no wine, 1071 and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 1072 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 1073 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 1074 7:35 But wisdom is vindicated 1075 by all her children.” 1076
7:36 Now one of the Pharisees 1077 asked Jesus 1078 to have dinner with him, so 1079 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 1080 7:37 Then 1081 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 1082 was dining 1083 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 1084 of perfumed oil. 1085 7:38 As 1086 she stood 1087 behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 1088 wiped them with her hair, 1089 kissed 1090 them, 1091 and anointed 1092 them with the perfumed oil. 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 1093 he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 1094 he would know who and what kind of woman 1095 this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 7:40 So 1096 Jesus answered him, 1097 “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 1098 “Say it, Teacher.” 7:41 “A certain creditor 1099 had two debtors; one owed him 1100 five hundred silver coins, 1101 and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 1102 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 7:43 Simon answered, 1103 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 1104 Jesus 1105 said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 7:44 Then, 1106 turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, 1107 but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 7:45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 1108 but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. 7:46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet 1109 with perfumed oil. 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 1110 but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 7:48 Then 1111 Jesus 1112 said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 1113 7:49 But 1114 those who were at the table 1115 with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 7:50 He 1116 said to the woman, “Your faith 1117 has saved you; 1118 go in peace.”
Jesus’ Ministry and the Help of Women
8:1 Some time 1119 afterward 1120 he went on through towns 1121 and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news 1122 of the kingdom of God. 1123 The 1124 twelve were with him, 8:2 and also some women 1125 who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: 1126 Mary 1127 (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Cuza 1128 (Herod’s 1129 household manager), 1130 Susanna, and many others who provided for them 1131 out of their own resources.
The Parable of the Sower
8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 1132 from one town after another, 1133 he spoke to them 1134 in a parable: 8:5 “A sower went out to sow 1135 his seed. 1136 And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 1137 devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, 1138 and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 1139 and they grew up with it and choked 1140 it. 8:8 But 1141 other seed fell on good soil and grew, 1142 and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 1143 As he said this, 1144 he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 1145
8:9 Then 1146 his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 1147 8:10 He 1148 said, “You have been given 1149 the opportunity to know 1150 the secrets 1151 of the kingdom of God, 1152 but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 1153
8:11 “Now the parable means 1154 this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil 1155 comes and takes away the word 1156 from their hearts, so that they may not believe 1157 and be saved. 8:13 Those 1158 on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, 1159 but 1160 in a time of testing 1161 fall away. 1162 8:14 As for the seed that 1163 fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 1164 as they go on their way they are choked 1165 by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 1166 and their fruit does not mature. 1167 8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 1168 the word, cling to it 1169 with an honest and good 1170 heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 1171
Showing the Light
8:16 “No one lights 1172 a lamp 1173 and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. 1174 8:17 For nothing is hidden 1175 that will not be revealed, 1176 and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. 8:18 So listen carefully, 1177 for whoever has will be given more, but 1178 whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 1179 will be taken from him.”
Jesus’ True Family
8:19 Now Jesus’ 1180 mother and his brothers 1181 came to him, but 1182 they could not get near him because of the crowd. 8:20 So 1183 he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 8:21 But he replied 1184 to them, “My mother and my brothers are those 1185 who hear the word of God and do it.” 1186
Stilling of a Storm
8:22 One 1187 day Jesus 1188 got into a boat 1189 with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So 1190 they set out, 8:23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm 1191 came down on the lake, 1192 and the boat 1193 started filling up with water, and they were in danger. 8:24 They 1194 came 1195 and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, 1196 we are about to die!” So 1197 he got up and rebuked 1198 the wind and the raging waves; 1199 they died down, and it was calm. 8:25 Then 1200 he said to them, “Where is your faith?” 1201 But they were afraid and amazed, 1202 saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, 1203 and they obey him!”
Healing of a Demoniac
8:26 So 1204 they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 1205 which is opposite 1206 Galilee. 8:27 As 1207 Jesus 1208 stepped ashore, 1209 a certain man from the town 1210 met him who was possessed by demons. 1211 For a long time this man 1212 had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 1213 the tombs. 8:28 When he saw 1214 Jesus, he cried out, fell 1215 down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 1216 Jesus, Son of the Most High 1217 God! I beg you, do not torment 1218 me!” 8:29 For Jesus 1219 had started commanding 1220 the evil 1221 spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 1222 he would be bound with chains and shackles 1223 and kept under guard. But 1224 he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 1225 places.) 1226 8:30 Jesus then 1227 asked him, “What is your name?” He 1228 said, “Legion,” 1229 because many demons had entered him. 8:31 And they began to beg 1230 him not to order 1231 them to depart into the abyss. 1232 8:32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 1233 and the demonic spirits 1234 begged Jesus 1235 to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 1236 8:33 So 1237 the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 1238 rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 8:34 When 1239 the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 1240 in the town 1241 and countryside. 8:35 So 1242 the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 1243 found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 8:36 Those 1244 who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 1245 8:37 Then 1246 all the people of the Gerasenes 1247 and the surrounding region 1248 asked Jesus 1249 to leave them alone, 1250 for they were seized with great fear. 1251 So 1252 he got into the boat and left. 1253 8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 1254 with him, but Jesus 1255 sent him away, saying, 8:39 “Return to your home, 1256 and declare 1257 what God has done for you.” 1258 So 1259 he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 1260 what Jesus 1261 had done for him.
Restoration and Healing
8:40 Now when Jesus returned, 1262 the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him. 8:41 Then 1263 a man named Jairus, who was a ruler 1264 of the synagogue, 1265 came up. Falling 1266 at Jesus’ feet, he pleaded 1267 with him to come to his house, 8:42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. 1268
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed 1269 around him. 8:43 Now 1270 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 1271 for twelve years 1272 but could not be healed by anyone. 8:44 She 1273 came up behind Jesus 1274 and touched the edge 1275 of his cloak, 1276 and at once the bleeding 1277 stopped. 8:45 Then 1278 Jesus asked, 1279 “Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 1280 said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 1281 against you!” 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 1282 from me.” 8:47 When 1283 the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 1284 she came trembling and fell down before him. In 1285 the presence of all the people, she explained why 1286 she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. 8:48 Then 1287 he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 1288 Go in peace.”
8:49 While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s 1289 house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 8:50 But when Jesus heard this, he told 1290 him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 1291 8:51 Now when he came to the house, Jesus 1292 did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, 1293 and James, and the child’s father and mother. 8:52 Now they were all 1294 wailing and mourning 1295 for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” 8:53 And they began making fun 1296 of him, because they knew 1297 that she was dead. 1298 8:54 But Jesus 1299 gently took her by the hand and said, 1300 “Child, get up.” 8:55 Her 1301 spirit returned, 1302 and she got up immediately. Then 1303 he told them to give her something to eat. 8:56 Her 1304 parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one 1305 what had happened.
The Sending of the Twelve Apostles
9:1 After 1306 Jesus 1307 called 1308 the twelve 1309 together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 1310 diseases, 9:2 and he sent 1311 them out to proclaim 1312 the kingdom of God 1313 and to heal the sick. 1314 9:3 He 1315 said to them, “Take nothing for your 1316 journey – no staff, 1317 no bag, 1318 no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 1319 9:4 Whatever 1320 house you enter, stay there 1321 until you leave the area. 1322 9:5 Wherever 1323 they do not receive you, 1324 as you leave that town, 1325 shake the dust off 1326 your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 1327 they departed and went throughout 1328 the villages, proclaiming the good news 1329 and healing people everywhere.
Herod’s Confusion about Jesus
9:7 Now Herod 1330 the tetrarch 1331 heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 1332 because some people were saying that John 1333 had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 1334 had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 1335 9:9 Herod said, “I had John 1336 beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 1337
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
9:10 When 1338 the apostles returned, 1339 they told Jesus 1340 everything they had done. Then 1341 he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 1342 called Bethsaida. 1343 9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 1344 welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 1345 and cured those who needed healing. 1346 9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 1347 so 1348 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 1349 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 1350 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 1351 9:13 But he said to them, “You 1352 give them something to eat.” They 1353 replied, 1354 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 1355 we go 1356 and buy food 1357 for all these people.” 9:14 (Now about five thousand men 1358 were there.) 1359 Then 1360 he said to his disciples, “Have 1361 them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 9:15 So they did as Jesus directed, 1362 and the people 1363 all sat down.
9:16 Then 1364 he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 1365 and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 9:17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 1366 was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
9:18 Once 1367 when Jesus 1368 was praying 1369 by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 1370 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 1371 9:19 They 1372 answered, 1373 “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 1374 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 1375 9:20 Then 1376 he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 1377 answered, 1378 “The Christ 1379 of God.” 9:21 But he forcefully commanded 1380 them not to tell this to anyone, 1381 9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 1382 many things and be rejected by the elders, 1383 chief priests, and experts in the law, 1384 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 1385
A Call to Discipleship
9:23 Then 1386 he said to them all, 1387 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 1388 he must deny 1389 himself, take up his cross daily, 1390 and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 1391 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 1392 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 1393 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 1394 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 1395 of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 1396 there are some standing here who will not 1397 experience 1398 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 1399
9:28 Now 1400 about eight days 1401 after these sayings, Jesus 1402 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 1403 he was praying, 1404 the appearance of his face was transformed, 1405 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 1406 9:30 Then 1407 two men, Moses and Elijah, 1408 began talking with him. 1409 9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 1410 that he was about to carry out 1411 at Jerusalem. 1412 9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 1413 but as they became fully awake, 1414 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 1415 as the men 1416 were starting to leave, 1417 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 1418 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 1419 he was saying this, a cloud 1420 came 1421 and overshadowed 1422 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 1423 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 1424 Listen to him!” 1425 9:36 After 1426 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 1427 they kept silent and told no one 1428 at that time 1429 anything of what they had seen.
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
9:37 Now on 1430 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 1431 a man from the crowd cried out, 1432 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 1433 my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 1434 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 1435 it throws him into convulsions 1436 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 1437 him severely. 9:40 I 1438 begged 1439 your disciples to cast it out, but 1440 they could not do so.” 1441 9:41 Jesus answered, 1442 “You 1443 unbelieving 1444 and perverse generation! How much longer 1445 must I be with you and endure 1446 you? 1447 Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 1448 the boy 1449 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 1450 and shook him with convulsions. 1451 But Jesus rebuked 1452 the unclean 1453 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 1454 they were all astonished at the mighty power 1455 of God.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
But while the entire crowd 1456 was amazed at everything Jesus 1457 was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 “Take these words to heart, 1458 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 1459 9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 1460 had been concealed 1461 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 1462 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 1463 as to which of them might be 1464 the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 1465 he took a child, had him stand by 1466 his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 1467 this child 1468 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 1469
On the Right Side
9:49 John answered, 1470 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 1471 him because he is not a disciple 1472 along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”