Bible: Luke 4-7

The Temptation of Jesus

4:1 Then 1  Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River 2  and was led by the Spirit 3  in 4  the wilderness, 5  4:2 where for forty days he endured temptations 6  from the devil. He 7  ate nothing 8  during those days, and when they were completed, 9  he was famished. 4:3 The devil said to him, “If 10  you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 11  4:4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man 12  does not live by bread alone.’ 13 

4:5 Then 14  the devil 15  led him up 16  to a high place 17  and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. 4:6 And he 18  said to him, “To you 19  I will grant this whole realm 20 and the glory that goes along with it, 21  for it has been relinquished 22  to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. 4:7 So then, if 23  you will worship 24  me, all this will be 25  yours.” 4:8 Jesus 26  answered him, 27 It is written, ‘You are to worship 28  the Lord 29  your God and serve only him.’” 30 

4:9 Then 31  the devil 32  brought him to Jerusalem, 33  had him stand 34  on the highest point of the temple, 35  and said to him, “If 36  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,’ 37  4:11 andwith their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ 38  4:12 Jesus 39  answered him, 40 It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’ 41  4:13 So 42  when the devil 43  had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time. 44 

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee

4:14 Then 45  Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 46  returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 47  throughout the surrounding countryside. 48  4:15 He 49  began to teach 50  in their synagogues 51  and was praised 52  by all.

Rejection at Nazareth

4:16 Now 53  Jesus 54  came to Nazareth, 55  where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 56  on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 57  He 58  stood up to read, 59  4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 60  unrolled 61  the scroll and found the place where it was written,

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

because he has anointed 62  me to proclaim good news 63  to the poor. 64 

He has sent me 65  to proclaim release 66  to the captives

and the regaining of sight 67  to the blind,

to set free 68  those who are oppressed, 69 

4:19 to proclaim the year 70  of the Lord’s favor.” 71 

4:20 Then 72  he rolled up 73  the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 74  him. 4:21 Then 75  he began to tell them, “Today 76  this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 77  4:22 All 78  were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 79  said, “Isn’t this 80  Joseph’s son? 4:23 Jesus 81  said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 82  and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 83  do here in your hometown too.’ 4:24 And he added, 84 I tell you the truth, 85  no prophet is acceptable 86  in his hometown. 4:25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 87  when the sky 88  was shut up three and a half years, and 89  there was a great famine over all the land. 4:26 Yet 90  Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 91  4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 92  yet 93  none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 94  4:28 When they heard this, all the people 95  in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 They got up, forced 96  him out of the town, 97  and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 98  they could throw him down the cliff. 99  4:30 But he passed through the crowd 100  and went on his way. 101 

Ministry in Capernaum

4:31 So 102  he went down to Capernaum, 103  a town 104  in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 105  4:32 They 106  were amazed 107  at his teaching, because he spoke 108  with authority. 109 

4:33 Now 110  in the synagogue 111  there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 112  demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Ha! Leave us alone, 113  Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 114  of God.” 4:35 But 115  Jesus rebuked him: 116  “Silence! Come out of him!” 117  Then, after the demon threw the man 118  down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 119  4:36 They 120  were all amazed and began to say 121  to one another, “What’s happening here? 122  For with authority and power 123  he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out! 4:37 So 124  the news 125  about him spread into all areas of the region. 126 

4:38 After Jesus left 127  the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 128  to help her. 129  4:39 So 130  he stood over her, commanded 131  the fever, and it left her. Immediately 132  she got up and began to serve 133  them.

4:40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 134  sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 135  He placed 136  his hands on every one of them and healed them. 4:41 Demons also came out 137  of many, crying out, 138 You are the Son of God!” 139  But he rebuked 140  them, and would not allow them to speak, 141  because they knew that he was the Christ. 142 

4:42 The next morning 143  Jesus 144  departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 145  the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 4:43 But Jesus 146  said to them, “I must 147  proclaim the good news of the kingdom 148  of God to the other towns 149  too, for that is what I was sent 150  to do.” 151  4:44 So 152  he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 153 

The Call of the Disciples

5:1 Now 154  Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 155  and the crowd was pressing around him 156  to hear the word of God. 5:2 He 157  saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 5:3 He got into 158  one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 159  Jesus 160  sat down 161  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 162  your nets for a catch.” 5:5 Simon 163  answered, 164 Master, 165  we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 166  I will lower 167  the nets.” 5:6 When 168  they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 169  5:7 So 170  they motioned 171  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. 172  5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusknees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 173  for I am a sinful man! 174  5:9 For 175  Peter 176  and all who were with him were astonished 177  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. 178  Then 179  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 180  you will be catching people.” 181  5:11 So 182  when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 183  him.

Healing a Leper

5:12 While 184  Jesus 185  was in one of the towns, 186  a man came 187  to him who was covered with 188  leprosy. 189  When 190  he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 191  and begged him, 192 Lord, if 193  you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 194  he stretched out his hand and touched 195  him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 196  he ordered the man 197  to tell no one, 198  but commanded him, 199  “Go 200  and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 201  for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 202  as a testimony to them.” 203  5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 204  and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 205  and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 206  frequently withdrew 207  to the wilderness 208  and prayed.

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

5:17 Now on 209  one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 210  and teachers of the law 211  sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 212  and the power of the Lord was with him 213  to heal. 5:18 Just then 214  some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 215  on a stretcher. 216  They 217  were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 218  5:19 But 219  since they found 220  no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 221  and let him down on the stretcher 222  through the roof tiles 223  right 224  in front of Jesus. 225  5:20 When 226  Jesus 227  saw their 228  faith he said, “Friend, 229  your sins are forgiven.” 230  5:21 Then 231  the experts in the law 232  and the Pharisees began to think 233  to themselves, 234  “Who is this man 235  who is uttering blasphemies? 236  Who can forgive sins but God alone? 5:22 When Jesus perceived 237  their hostile thoughts, 238  he said to them, 239 Why are you raising objections 240  within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, 241  to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 5:24 But so that you may know 242  that the Son of Man 243  has authority on earth to forgive sins– he said to the paralyzed man 244 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 245  and go home.” 246  5:25 Immediately 247  he stood up before them, picked 248  up the stretcher 249  he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 250  God. 5:26 Then 251  astonishment 252  seized them all, and they glorified 253  God. They were filled with awe, 254  saying, “We have seen incredible 255  things 256  today.” 257 

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

5:27 After 258  this, Jesus 259  went out and saw a tax collector 260  named Levi 261  sitting at the tax booth. 262 Follow me,” 263  he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 264  behind. 265 

5:29 Then 266  Levi gave a great banquet 267  in his house for Jesus, 268  and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 269  at the table with them. 5:30 But 270  the Pharisees 271  and their experts in the law 272  complained 273  to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 274  5:31 Jesus 275  answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 276  5:32 I have not come 277  to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 278 

The Superiority of the New

5:33 Then 279  they said to him, “John’s 280  disciples frequently fast 281  and pray, 282  and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 283  but yours continue to eat and drink.” 284  5:34 So 285  Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 286  fast while the bridegroom 287  is with them, can you? 288  5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 289  at that time 290  they will fast.” 5:36 He also told them a parable: 291  “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 292  it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 293  the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 294  5:37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 295  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. 296  5:39 297  No 298  one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’ 299 

Lord of the Sabbath

6:1 Jesus 300  was going through the grain fields on 301  a Sabbath, 302  and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 303  rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 304  6:2 But some of the Pharisees 305  said, “Why are you 306  doing what is against the law 307  on the Sabbath? 6:3 Jesus 308  answered them, 309 Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took 310  and ate the sacred bread, 311  which is not lawful 312  for any to eat but the priests alone, and 313  gave it to his companions? 314  6:5 Then 315  he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 316  of the Sabbath.”

Healing a Withered Hand

6:6 On 317  another Sabbath, Jesus 318  entered the synagogue 319  and was teaching. Now 320  a man was there whose right hand was withered. 321  6:7 The experts in the law 322  and the Pharisees 323  watched 324  Jesus 325  closely to see if 326  he would heal on the Sabbath, 327  so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 6:8 But 328  he knew 329  their thoughts, 330  and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 331  So 332  he rose and stood there. 6:9 Then 333  Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 334  is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it? 6:10 After 335  looking around 336  at them all, he said to the man, 337 Stretch out your hand.” The man 338  did so, and his hand was restored. 339  6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 340  and began debating with one another what they would do 341  to Jesus.

Choosing the Twelve Apostles

6:12 Now 342  it was during this time that Jesus 343  went out to the mountain 344  to pray, and he spent all night 345  in prayer to God. 346  6:13 When 347  morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 348  6:14 Simon 349  (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 350  6:15 Matthew, Thomas, 351  James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 352  6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 353  who became a traitor.

The Sermon on the Plain

6:17 Then 354  he came down with them and stood on a level place. 355  And a large number 356  of his disciples had gathered 357  along with 358  a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 359  Jerusalem, 360  and from the seacoast of Tyre 361  and Sidon. 362  They came to hear him and to be healed 363  of their diseases, 6:18 and those who suffered from 364  unclean 365  spirits were cured. 6:19 The 366  whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 367  was coming out from him and healing them all.

6:20 Then 368  he looked up 369  at his disciples and said:

“Blessed 370  are you who are poor, 371  for the kingdom of God belongs 372  to you.

6:21Blessed are you who hunger 373  now, for you will be satisfied. 374 

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 375 

6:22Blessed are you when people 376  hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 377  on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 378  your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 379  did the same things to the prophets. 380 

6:24But woe 381  to you who are rich, for you have received 382  your comfort 383  already.

6:25Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 384  now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you 385  who laugh 386  now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26Woe to you 387  when all people 388  speak well of you, for their ancestors 389  did the same things to the false prophets.

6:27But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 390  do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 391  you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 392  offer the other as well, 393  and from the person who takes away your coat, 394  do not withhold your tunic 395  either. 396  6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 397  and do not ask for your possessions 398  back 399  from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 400  in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 401 

6:32If 402  you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 403  love those who love them. 404  6:33 And 405  if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 406  sinners 407  do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 408  what credit is that to you? Even sinners 409  lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 410  6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 411  Then 412  your reward will be great, and you will be sons 413  of the Most High, 414  because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 415  6:36 Be merciful, 416  just as your Father is merciful.

Do Not Judge Others

6:37Do 417  not judge, 418  and you will not be judged; 419  do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 420  and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 421  will be poured 422  into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 423 

6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 424  Won’t they both fall 425  into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 426  is not greater than 427  his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 428  do you see the speck 429  in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 430  the beam of wood 431  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 432  no good tree bears bad 433  fruit, nor again 434  does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 435  by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 436  from thorns, nor are grapes picked 437  from brambles. 438  6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 439  heart 440  produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 441  produces evil, for his mouth speaks 442  from what fills 443  his heart.

6:46Why 444  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 445  and don’t do what I tell you? 446 

6:47Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 447  – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 448  building a house, who dug down deep, 449  and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 450  a flood came, the river 451  burst against that house but 452  could not shake it, because it had been well built. 453  6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 454  is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 455  the river burst against that house, 456  it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed! 457 

Healing the Centurion’s Slave

7:1 After Jesus 458  had finished teaching all this to the people, 459  he entered Capernaum. 460  7:2 A centurion 461  there 462  had a slave 463  who was highly regarded, 464  but who was sick and at the point of death. 7:3 When the centurion 465  heard 466  about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 467  to him, asking him to come 468  and heal his slave. 7:4 When 469  they came 470  to Jesus, they urged 471  him earnestly, 472 He is worthy 473  to have you do this for him, 7:5 because he loves our nation, 474  and even 475  built our synagogue.” 476  7:6 So 477  Jesus went with them. When 478  he was not far from the house, the centurion 479  sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 480  for I am not worthy 481  to have you come under my roof. 7:7 That is why 482  I did not presume 483  to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 484  7:8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 485  I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 486  and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 487  7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 488  at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith! 489  7:10 So 490  when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 491  well.

Raising a Widow’s Son

7:11 Soon 492  afterward 493  Jesus 494  went to a town 495  called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 7:12 As he approached the town gate, a man 496  who had died was being carried out, 497  the only son of his mother (who 498  was a widow 499 ), and a large crowd from the town 500  was with her. 7:13 When 501  the Lord saw her, he had compassion 502  for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 503  7:14 Then 504  he came up 505  and touched 506  the bier, 507  and those who carried it stood still. He 508  said, “Young man, I say to you, get up! 7:15 So 509  the dead man 510  sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 511  gave him back 512  to his mother. 7:16 Fear 513  seized them all, and they began to glorify 514  God, saying, “A great prophet 515  has appeared 516  among us!” and “God has come to help 517  his people! 7:17 This 518  report 519  about Jesus 520  circulated 521  throughout 522  Judea and all the surrounding country.

Jesus and John the Baptist

7:18 John’s 523  disciples informed him about all these things. So 524  John called 525  two of his disciples 7:19 and sent them to Jesus 526  to ask, 527  “Are you the one who is to come, 528  or should we look for another? 7:20 When 529  the men came to Jesus, 530  they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 531  ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’ 532  7:21 At that very time 533  Jesus 534  cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 535  and evil spirits, and granted 536  sight to many who were blind. 7:22 So 537  he answered them, 538 Go tell 539  John what you have seen and heard: 540  The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 541  deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 7:23 Blessed is anyone 542  who takes no offense at me.”

7:24 When 543  John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 544  began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 545  to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 546  7:25 What 547  did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 548  clothes? 549  Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 550  are in kings’ courts! 551  7:26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 552  than a prophet. 7:27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 553  who will prepare your way before you.’ 554  7:28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 555  than John. 556  Yet the one who is least 557  in the kingdom of God 558  is greater than he is.” 7:29 (Now 559  all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 560  acknowledged 561  God’s justice, because they had been baptized 562  with John’s baptism. 7:30 However, the Pharisees 563  and the experts in religious law 564  rejected God’s purpose 565  for themselves, because they had not been baptized 566  by John. 567 ) 568 

7:31To what then should I compare the people 569  of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 570 

‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 571 

we wailed in mourning, 572  yet you did not weep.’

7:33 For John the Baptist has come 573  eating no bread and drinking no wine, 574  and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 575  7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 576  a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 577  7:35 But wisdom is vindicated 578  by all her children.” 579 

Jesus’ Anointing

7:36 Now one of the Pharisees 580  asked Jesus 581  to have dinner with him, so 582  he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 583  7:37 Then 584  when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 585  was dining 586  at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 587  of perfumed oil. 588  7:38 As 589  she stood 590  behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 591  wiped them with her hair, 592  kissed 593  them, 594  and anointed 595  them with the perfumed oil. 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 596  he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 597  he would know who and what kind of woman 598  this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 7:40 So 599  Jesus answered him, 600 Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 601 Say it, Teacher.” 7:41 A certain creditor 602  had two debtors; one owed him 603  five hundred silver coins, 604  and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 605  the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more? 7:43 Simon answered, 606 I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 607  Jesus 608  said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 7:44 Then, 609  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, 610  but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 7:45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 611  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 612  with perfumed oil. 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 613  but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 7:48 Then 614  Jesus 615  said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 616  7:49 But 617  those who were at the table 618  with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins? 7:50 He 619  said to the woman, “Your faith 620  has saved you; 621  go in peace.”

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