Bible: Luke 1:1-9:50

Explanatory Preface

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.

1:36And 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

1:46 And Mary 146  said, 147 

“My soul exalts 148  the Lord, 149 

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 

For 152  from now on 153  all generations will call me blessed, 154 

1:49 because he who is mighty 155  has done great things for me, and holy is his name;

1:50 from 156  generation to generation he is merciful 157  to those who fear 158  him.

1:51 He has demonstrated power 159  with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance 160  of their hearts.

1:52 He has brought down the mighty 161  from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; 162 

1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 163  and has sent the rich away empty. 164 

1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering 165  his mercy, 166 

1:55 as he promised 167  to our ancestors, 168  to Abraham and to his descendants 169  forever.”

1:56 So 170  Mary stayed with Elizabeth 171  about three months 172  and then returned to her home.

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

1:67 Then 206  his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 207 

1:68Blessed 208  be the Lord God of Israel,

because he has come to help 209  and has redeemed 210  his people.

1:69 For 211  he has raised up 212  a horn of salvation 213  for us in the house of his servant David, 214 

1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 215 

1:71 that we should be saved 216  from our enemies, 217 

and from the hand of all who hate us.

1:72 He has done this 218  to show mercy 219  to our ancestors, 220 

and to remember his holy covenant 221 

1:73 the oath 222  that he swore to our ancestor 223  Abraham.

This oath grants 224 

1:74 that we, being rescued from the hand of our 225  enemies,

may serve him without fear, 226 

1:75 in holiness and righteousness 227  before him for as long as we live. 228 

1:76 And you, child, 229  will be called the prophet 230  of the Most High. 231 

For you will go before 232  the Lord to prepare his ways, 233 

1:77 to give his people knowledge of salvation 234  through the forgiveness 235  of their sins.

1:78 Because of 236  our God’s tender mercy 237 

the dawn 238  will break 239  upon us from on high

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.”

1:80 And the child kept growing 242  and becoming strong 243  in spirit, and he was in the wilderness 244  until the day he was revealed 245  to Israel.

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,

2:14Glory 287  to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among people 288  with whom he is pleased! 289 

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 

2:21 At 302  the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel 303  before he was conceived in the womb.

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 

2:29Now, according to your word, 330  Sovereign Lord, 331  permit 332  your servant 333  to depart 334  in peace.

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,

“The voice 428  of one shouting in the wilderness: 429 

‘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,

3:6 and all humanity 432  will see the salvation of God.’ 433 

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 andwith 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,

4:18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed 559  me to proclaim good news 560  to the poor. 561 

He has sent me 562  to proclaim release 563  to the captives

and the regaining of sight 564  to the blind,

to set free 565  those who are oppressed, 566 

4:19 to proclaim the year 567  of the Lord’s favor.” 568 

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 Jesusknees, 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.

6:20 Then 865  he looked up 866  at his disciples and said:

“Blessed 867  are you who are poor, 868  for the kingdom of God belongs 869  to you.

6:21Blessed are you who hunger 870  now, for you will be satisfied. 871 

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 872 

6:22Blessed 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 

6:24But woe 878  to you who are rich, for you have received 879  your comfort 880  already.

6:25Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 881  now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you 882  who laugh 883  now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26Woe to you 884  when all people 885  speak well of you, for their ancestors 886  did the same things to the false prophets.

6:27But 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 

6:32If 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

6:37Do 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.

6:43For 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.

6:46Why 941  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 942  and don’t do what I tell you? 943 

6:47Everyone 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 

7:31To what then should I compare the people 1066  of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 1067 

‘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 

Jesus’ Anointing

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 

8:11Now 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

8:16No 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 Jesusfeet, 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 Jesusfeet, 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.

Peter’s Confession

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 

The Transfiguration

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.”

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