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 and ‘with 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,
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
and the regaining of sight 67 to the blind,
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 Jesus’ knees, 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.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 375
6:22 “Blessed 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
6:25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 384 now, for you will be hungry.
6:27 “But 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
6:32 “If 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
6:37 “Do 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.
6:43 “For 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.
6:47 “Everyone 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
‘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
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.”