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.

6:20 Then 27  he looked up 28  at his disciples and said:

“Blessed 29  are you who are poor, 30  for the kingdom of God belongs 31  to you.

6:21Blessed are you who hunger 32  now, for you will be satisfied. 33 

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 34 

6:22Blessed 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 

6:24But woe 40  to you who are rich, for you have received 41  your comfort 42  already.

6:25Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 43  now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you 44  who laugh 45  now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26Woe to you 46  when all people 47  speak well of you, for their ancestors 48  did the same things to the false prophets.

6:27But 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 

6:32If 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

6:37Do 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.

6:43For 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.

6:46Why 103  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 104  and don’t do what I tell you? 105 

6:47Everyone 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 

7:31To what then should I compare the people 228  of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 229 

‘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 

Jesus’ Anointing

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.

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