Bible: Luke 6:12-8:3
Choosing the Twelve Apostles
6:12 Now 1 it was during this time that Jesus 2 went out to the mountain 3 to pray, and he spent all night 4 in prayer to God. 5 6:13 When 6 morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 7 6:14 Simon 8 (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 9 6:15 Matthew, Thomas, 10 James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 11 6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 12 who became a traitor.
The Sermon on the Plain
6:17 Then 13 he came down with them and stood on a level place. 14 And a large number 15 of his disciples had gathered 16 along with 17 a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 18 Jerusalem, 19 and from the seacoast of Tyre 20 and Sidon. 21 They came to hear him and to be healed 22 of their diseases, 6:18 and those who suffered from 23 unclean 24 spirits were cured. 6:19 The 25 whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 26 was coming out from him and healing them all.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 34
6:22 “Blessed are you when people 35 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 36 on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 37 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 38 did the same things to the prophets. 39
6:25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 43 now, for you will be hungry.
6:27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 49 do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 50 you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 51 offer the other as well, 52 and from the person who takes away your coat, 53 do not withhold your tunic 54 either. 55 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 56 and do not ask for your possessions 57 back 58 from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 59 in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 60
6:32 “If 61 you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 62 love those who love them. 63 6:33 And 64 if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 65 sinners 66 do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 67 what credit is that to you? Even sinners 68 lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 69 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 70 Then 71 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 72 of the Most High, 73 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 74 6:36 Be merciful, 75 just as your Father is merciful.
Do Not Judge Others
6:37 “Do 76 not judge, 77 and you will not be judged; 78 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 79 and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 80 will be poured 81 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 82
6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 83 Won’t they both fall 84 into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 85 is not greater than 86 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 87 do you see the speck 88 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 89 the beam of wood 90 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 91 no good tree bears bad 92 fruit, nor again 93 does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 94 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 95 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 96 from brambles. 97 6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 98 heart 99 produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 100 produces evil, for his mouth speaks 101 from what fills 102 his heart.
6:47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 106 – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 107 building a house, who dug down deep, 108 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 109 a flood came, the river 110 burst against that house but 111 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 112 6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 113 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 114 the river burst against that house, 115 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 116
Healing the Centurion’s Slave
7:1 After Jesus 117 had finished teaching all this to the people, 118 he entered Capernaum. 119 7:2 A centurion 120 there 121 had a slave 122 who was highly regarded, 123 but who was sick and at the point of death. 7:3 When the centurion 124 heard 125 about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 126 to him, asking him to come 127 and heal his slave. 7:4 When 128 they came 129 to Jesus, they urged 130 him earnestly, 131 “He is worthy 132 to have you do this for him, 7:5 because he loves our nation, 133 and even 134 built our synagogue.” 135 7:6 So 136 Jesus went with them. When 137 he was not far from the house, the centurion 138 sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 139 for I am not worthy 140 to have you come under my roof. 7:7 That is why 141 I did not presume 142 to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 143 7:8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 144 I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 145 and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 146 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 147 at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” 148 7:10 So 149 when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 150 well.
Raising a Widow’s Son
7:11 Soon 151 afterward 152 Jesus 153 went to a town 154 called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 7:12 As he approached the town gate, a man 155 who had died was being carried out, 156 the only son of his mother (who 157 was a widow 158 ), and a large crowd from the town 159 was with her. 7:13 When 160 the Lord saw her, he had compassion 161 for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 162 7:14 Then 163 he came up 164 and touched 165 the bier, 166 and those who carried it stood still. He 167 said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 7:15 So 168 the dead man 169 sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 170 gave him back 171 to his mother. 7:16 Fear 172 seized them all, and they began to glorify 173 God, saying, “A great prophet 174 has appeared 175 among us!” and “God has come to help 176 his people!” 7:17 This 177 report 178 about Jesus 179 circulated 180 throughout 181 Judea and all the surrounding country.
Jesus and John the Baptist
7:18 John’s 182 disciples informed him about all these things. So 183 John called 184 two of his disciples 7:19 and sent them to Jesus 185 to ask, 186 “Are you the one who is to come, 187 or should we look for another?” 7:20 When 188 the men came to Jesus, 189 they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 190 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 191 7:21 At that very time 192 Jesus 193 cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 194 and evil spirits, and granted 195 sight to many who were blind. 7:22 So 196 he answered them, 197 “Go tell 198 John what you have seen and heard: 199 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 200 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 7:23 Blessed is anyone 201 who takes no offense at me.”
7:24 When 202 John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 203 began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 204 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 205 7:25 What 206 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 207 clothes? 208 Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 209 are in kings’ courts! 210 7:26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 211 than a prophet. 7:27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 212 who will prepare your way before you.’ 213 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 214 than John. 215 Yet the one who is least 216 in the kingdom of God 217 is greater than he is.” 7:29 (Now 218 all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 219 acknowledged 220 God’s justice, because they had been baptized 221 with John’s baptism. 7:30 However, the Pharisees 222 and the experts in religious law 223 rejected God’s purpose 224 for themselves, because they had not been baptized 225 by John. 226 ) 227
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 230
we wailed in mourning, 231 yet you did not weep.’
7:33 For John the Baptist has come 232 eating no bread and drinking no wine, 233 and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 234 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 235 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 236 7:35 But wisdom is vindicated 237 by all her children.” 238
7:36 Now one of the Pharisees 239 asked Jesus 240 to have dinner with him, so 241 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 242 7:37 Then 243 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 244 was dining 245 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 246 of perfumed oil. 247 7:38 As 248 she stood 249 behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 250 wiped them with her hair, 251 kissed 252 them, 253 and anointed 254 them with the perfumed oil. 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 255 he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 256 he would know who and what kind of woman 257 this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 7:40 So 258 Jesus answered him, 259 “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 260 “Say it, Teacher.” 7:41 “A certain creditor 261 had two debtors; one owed him 262 five hundred silver coins, 263 and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 264 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 7:43 Simon answered, 265 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 266 Jesus 267 said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 7:44 Then, 268 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, 269 but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 7:45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 270 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 271 with perfumed oil. 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 272 but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 7:48 Then 273 Jesus 274 said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 275 7:49 But 276 those who were at the table 277 with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 7:50 He 278 said to the woman, “Your faith 279 has saved you; 280 go in peace.”
Jesus’ Ministry and the Help of Women
8:1 Some time 281 afterward 282 he went on through towns 283 and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news 284 of the kingdom of God. 285 The 286 twelve were with him, 8:2 and also some women 287 who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: 288 Mary 289 (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Cuza 290 (Herod’s 291 household manager), 292 Susanna, and many others who provided for them 293 out of their own resources.