Bible: Mark 1:1-16:8
The Ministry of John the Baptist
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way, 5
1:3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
1:4 In the wilderness 8 John the baptizer 9 began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 10 1:5 People 11 from the whole Judean countryside and all of Jerusalem 12 were going out to him, and he was baptizing them 13 in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 1:6 John wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 14 1:7 He proclaimed, 15 “One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 16 to bend down and untie the strap 17 of his sandals. 1:8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
1:9 Now 18 in those days Jesus came from Nazareth 19 in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 20 1:10 And just as Jesus 21 was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens 22 splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 23 1:11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; 24 in you I take great delight.” 25 1:12 The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. 1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, 26 enduring temptations from Satan. He 27 was with wild animals, and angels were ministering to his needs. 28
Preaching in Galilee and the Call of the Disciples
1:14 Now after John was imprisoned, 29 Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel 30 of God. 31 1:15 He 32 said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God 33 is near. Repent and believe the gospel!” 1:16 As he went along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 34 1:17 Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 35 1:18 They left their nets immediately and followed him. 36 1:19 Going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother in their 37 boat mending nets. 1:20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
1:21 Then 38 they went to Capernaum. 39 When the Sabbath came, 40 Jesus 41 went into the synagogue 42 and began to teach. 1:22 The people there 43 were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority, 44 not like the experts in the law. 45 1:23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, 46 and he cried out, 47 1:24 “Leave us alone, 48 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 49 of God!” 1:25 But 50 Jesus rebuked him: 51 “Silence! Come out of him!” 52 1:26 After throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 1:27 They were all amazed so that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.” 1:28 So 53 the news about him spread quickly throughout all the region around Galilee.
Healings at Simon’s House
1:29 Now 54 as soon as they left the synagogue, 55 they entered Simon and Andrew’s house, with James and John. 1:30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, so 56 they spoke to Jesus 57 at once about her. 1:31 He came and raised her up by gently taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve 58 them. 1:32 When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 1:33 The whole town gathered by the door. 1:34 So 59 he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. 60 But 61 he would not permit the demons to speak, 62 because they knew him. 63
Praying and Preaching
1:35 Then 64 Jesus 65 got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. 66 1:36 Simon and his companions searched for him. 1:37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 1:38 He replied, 67 “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is what I came out here to do.” 68 1:39 So 69 he went into all of Galilee preaching in their synagogues 70 and casting out demons.
Cleansing a Leper
1:40 Now 71 a leper 72 came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If 73 you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. 1:41 Moved with compassion, 74 Jesus 75 stretched out his hand and touched 76 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” 1:42 The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean. 1:43 Immediately Jesus 77 sent the man 78 away with a very strong warning. 1:44 He told him, 79 “See that you do not say anything to anyone, 80 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded 81 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 82 1:45 But as the man 83 went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus 84 was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still 85 they kept coming 86 to him from everywhere.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
2:1 Now 87 after some days, when he returned to Capernaum, 88 the news spread 89 that he was at home. 2:2 So many gathered that there was no longer any room, not even by 90 the door, and he preached the word to them. 2:3 Some people 91 came bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 92 2:4 When they were not able to bring him in because of the crowd, they removed the roof 93 above Jesus. 94 Then, 95 after tearing it out, they lowered the stretcher the paralytic was lying on. 2:5 When Jesus saw their 96 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 97 2:6 Now some of the experts in the law 98 were sitting there, turning these things over in their minds: 99 2:7 “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming! 100 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 2:8 Now 101 immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, 102 he said to them, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 103 2:9 Which is easier, 104 to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up, take your stretcher, and walk’? 2:10 But so that you may know 105 that the Son of Man 106 has authority on earth to forgive sins,” – he said to the paralytic 107 – 2:11 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 108 2:12 And immediately the man 109 stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners
2:13 Jesus 110 went out again by the sea. The whole crowd came to him, and he taught them. 2:14 As he went along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth. 111 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 2:15 As Jesus 112 was having a meal 113 in Levi’s 114 home, many tax collectors 115 and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 2:16 When the experts in the law 116 and the Pharisees 117 saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 118 2:17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 119 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
2:18 Now 120 John’s 121 disciples and the Pharisees 122 were fasting. 123 So 124 they came to Jesus 125 and said, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?” 2:19 Jesus 126 said to them, “The wedding guests 127 cannot fast while the bridegroom 128 is with them, can they? 129 As long as they have the bridegroom with them they do not fast. 2:20 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 130 and at that time 131 they will fast. 2:21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 132 otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine is poured into new wineskins.” 133
Lord of the Sabbath
2:23 Jesus 134 was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat 135 as they made their way. 2:24 So 136 the Pharisees 137 said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” 2:25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry – 2:26 how he entered the house of God when Abiathar was high priest 138 and ate the sacred bread, 139 which is against the law 140 for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to his companions?” 141 2:27 Then 142 he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, 143 not people for the Sabbath. 2:28 For this reason the Son of Man is lord 144 even of the Sabbath.”
Healing a Withered Hand
3:1 Then 145 Jesus 146 entered the synagogue 147 again, and a man was there who had a withered 148 hand. 3:2 They watched 149 Jesus 150 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 151 so that they could accuse him. 3:3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 152 3:4 Then 153 he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 3:5 After looking around 154 at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, 155 he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 156 3:6 So 157 the Pharisees 158 went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, 159 as to how they could assassinate 160 him.
Crowds by the Sea
3:7 Then 161 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 162 And from Judea, 3:8 Jerusalem, 163 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 164 and around Tyre 165 and Sidon 166 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 3:9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 167 would not press toward him. 3:10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 3:11 And whenever the unclean spirits 168 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 3:12 But 169 he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 170
Appointing the Twelve Apostles
3:13 Now 171 Jesus went up the mountain 172 and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 3:14 He 173 appointed twelve (whom he named apostles 174 ), 175 so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 3:15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 3:16 He appointed twelve: 176 To Simon 177 he gave the name Peter; 3:17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, 178 he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 3:18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, 179 Matthew, Thomas, 180 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 181 Simon the Zealot, 182 3:19 and Judas Iscariot, 183 who betrayed him. 184
Jesus and Beelzebul
3:20 Now 185 Jesus 186 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 3:21 When his family 187 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 3:22 The experts in the law 188 who came down from Jerusalem 189 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 190 and, “By the ruler 191 of demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 So 192 he called them and spoke to them in parables: 193 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If 194 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 3:27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 195 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 196 3:28 I tell you the truth, 197 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 198 3:29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 199 3:30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” 200 ).
Jesus’ True Family
3:31 Then 201 Jesus’ 202 mother and his brothers 203 came. Standing 204 outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers 205 are outside looking for you.” 3:33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 206 3:34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here 207 are my mother and my brothers! 3:35 For whoever does the will of God is 208 my brother and sister and mother.”
The Parable of the Sower
4:1 Again he began to teach by the lake. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there while 209 the whole crowd was on the shore by the lake. 4:2 He taught them many things in parables, 210 and in his teaching said to them: 4:3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 211 4:4 And as he sowed, some seed 212 fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 4:5 Other seed fell on rocky ground 213 where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. 214 4:6 When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, 215 it withered. 4:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 216 and they grew up and choked it, 217 and it did not produce grain. 4:8 But 218 other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” 4:9 And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!” 219
The Purpose of Parables
4:10 When he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 4:11 He said to them, “The secret 220 of the kingdom of God has been given 221 to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,
4:12 so that although they look they may look but not see,
and although they hear they may hear but not understand,
so they may not repent and be forgiven.” 222
4:13 He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then 223 how will you understand any parable? 4:14 The sower sows the word. 4:15 These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan 224 comes and snatches the word 225 that was sown in them. 4:16 These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. 4:17 But 226 they have no root in themselves and do not endure. 227 Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. 4:18 Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, 4:19 but 228 worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, 229 and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, 230 and it produces nothing. 4:20 But 231 these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”
The Parable of the Lamp
4:21 He also said to them, “A lamp 232 isn’t brought to be put under a basket 233 or under a bed, is it? Isn’t it to be placed on a lampstand? 4:22 For nothing is hidden except to be revealed, 234 and nothing concealed except to be brought to light. 4:23 If anyone has ears to hear, he had better listen!” 235 4:24 And he said to them, “Take care about what you hear. The measure you use will be the measure you receive, 236 and more will be added to you. 4:25 For whoever has will be given more, but 237 whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” 238
The Parable of the Growing Seed
4:26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground. 4:27 He goes to sleep and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 4:28 By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 4:29 And when the grain is ripe, he sends in the sickle 239 because the harvest has come.” 240
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
4:30 He also asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it? 4:31 It is like a mustard seed 241 that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground – 4:32 when it is sown, it grows up, 242 becomes the greatest of all garden plants, and grows large branches so that the wild birds 243 can nest in its shade.” 244
The Use of Parables
4:33 So 245 with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 4:34 He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.
Stilling of a Storm
4:35 On that day, when evening came, Jesus 246 said to his disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” 247 4:36 So 248 after leaving the crowd, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat, 249 and other boats were with him. 4:37 Now 250 a great windstorm 251 developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. 4:38 But 252 he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” 4:39 So 253 he got up and rebuked 254 the wind, and said to the sea, 255 “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then 256 the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. 4:40 And he said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” 4:41 They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? 257 Even the wind and sea obey him!” 258
Healing of a Demoniac
5:1 So 259 they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 260 5:2 Just as Jesus 261 was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit 262 came from the tombs and met him. 263 5:3 He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 5:4 For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, 264 but 265 he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5:5 Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 5:6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. 5:7 Then 266 he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 267 Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God 268 – do not torment me!” 5:8 (For Jesus 269 had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) 270 5:9 Jesus 271 asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, 272 for we are many.” 5:10 He begged Jesus 273 repeatedly not to send them out of the region. 5:11 There on the hillside, 274 a great herd of pigs was feeding. 5:12 And the demonic spirits 275 begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 5:13 Jesus 276 gave them permission. 277 So 278 the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.
5:14 Now 279 the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 5:15 They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion” – and they were afraid. 5:16 Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs. 5:17 Then 280 they asked Jesus 281 to leave their region. 5:18 As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go 282 with him. 5:19 But 283 Jesus 284 did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, 285 that he had mercy on you.” 5:20 So 286 he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis 287 what Jesus had done for him, 288 and all were amazed.
Restoration and Healing
5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in a boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he was by the sea. 5:22 Then 289 one of the synagogue rulers, 290 named Jairus, 291 came up, and when he saw Jesus, 292 he fell at his feet. 5:23 He asked him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.” 5:24 Jesus 293 went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.
5:25 Now 294 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 295 for twelve years. 296 5:26 She had endured a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. 5:27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 297 5:28 for she kept saying, 298 “If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 299 5:29 At once the bleeding stopped, 300 and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 5:30 Jesus knew at once that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 5:31 His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing against you and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 5:32 But 301 he looked around to see who had done it. 5:33 Then the woman, with fear and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 302 Go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
5:35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s 303 house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” 5:36 But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.” 5:37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James, 304 and John, the brother of James. 5:38 They came to the house of the synagogue ruler where 305 he saw noisy confusion and people weeping and wailing loudly. 306 5:39 When he entered he said to them, “Why are you distressed and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” 5:40 And they began making fun of him. 307 But he put them all outside 308 and he took the child’s father and mother and his own companions 309 and went into the room where the child was. 310 5:41 Then, gently taking the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 5:42 The girl got up at once and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). They were completely astonished at this. 311 5:43 He strictly ordered that no one should know about this, 312 and told them to give her something to eat.
Rejection at Nazareth
6:1 Now 313 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, 314 and his disciples followed him. 6:2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 315 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 316 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands? 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son 317 of Mary 318 and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And so they took offense at him. 6:4 Then 319 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.” 6:5 He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6:6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief. Then 320 he went around among the villages and taught.
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
6:7 Jesus 321 called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 322 6:8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff 323 – no bread, no bag, 324 no money in their belts – 6:9 and to put on sandals but not to wear two tunics. 325 6:10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there 326 until you leave the area. 6:11 If a place will not welcome you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off 327 your feet as a testimony against them.” 6:12 So 328 they went out and preached that all should repent. 6:13 They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
The Death of John the Baptist
6:14 Now 329 King Herod 330 heard this, for Jesus’ 331 name had become known. Some 332 were saying, “John the baptizer 333 has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 6:15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past.” 6:16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!” 6:17 For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod 334 had married her. 6:18 For John had repeatedly told 335 Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 336 6:19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But 337 she could not 6:20 because Herod stood in awe of 338 John and protected him, since he knew that John 339 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 340 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 341 and yet 342 he liked to listen to John. 343
6:21 But 344 a suitable day 345 came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. 6:22 When his daughter Herodias 346 came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 6:23 He swore to her, 347 “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 348 6:24 So 349 she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 350 said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 351 6:25 Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: 352 “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 6:26 Although it grieved the king deeply, 353 he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests. 6:27 So 354 the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s 355 head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. 6:28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 6:29 When John’s 356 disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6:30 Then 357 the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 6:31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 6:33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot 358 from all the towns 359 and arrived there ahead of them. 360 6:34 As Jesus 361 came ashore 362 he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So 363 he taught them many things.
6:35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 364 and it is already very late. 6:36 Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 6:37 But he answered them, 365 “You 366 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 367 and give it to them to eat?” 6:38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 6:39 Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 6:40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 6:41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 368 gave them to his 369 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 6:42 They all ate and were satisfied, 6:43 and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 6:44 Now 370 there were five thousand men 371 who ate the bread. 372
Walking on Water
6:45 Immediately Jesus 373 made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dispersed the crowd. 6:46 After saying good-bye to them, he went to the mountain to pray. 6:47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. 6:48 He 374 saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. As the night was ending, 375 he came to them walking on the sea, 376 for 377 he wanted to pass by them. 378 6:49 When they saw him walking on the water 379 they thought he was a ghost. They 380 cried out, 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them: 381 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:51 Then he went up with them into the boat, and the wind ceased. They were completely astonished, 6:52 because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Healing the Sick
6:53 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret 382 and anchored there. 6:54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus. 383 6:55 They ran through that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be. 384 6:56 And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if 385 they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Breaking Human Traditions
7:1 Now 386 the Pharisees 387 and some of the experts in the law 388 who came from Jerusalem 389 gathered around him. 7:2 And they saw that some of Jesus’ disciples ate their bread with unclean hands, that is, unwashed. 7:3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing, 390 holding fast to the tradition of the elders. 7:4 And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. They hold fast to many other traditions: the washing of cups, pots, kettles, and dining couches. 391 ) 392 7:5 The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat 393 with unwashed hands?” 7:6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 394 is far from me.
7:7 They worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.’ 395
7:8 Having no regard 396 for the command of God, you hold fast to human tradition.” 397 7:9 He also said to them, “You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up 398 your tradition. 7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ 399 and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 400 7:11 But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ 401 (that is, a gift for God), 7:12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. 7:13 Thus you nullify 402 the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”
7:14 Then 403 he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand. 7:15 There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”7:16 [[EMPTY]] 404
7:17 Now 405 when Jesus 406 had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 7:18 He said to them, “Are you so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him? 7:19 For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” 407 (This means all foods are clean.) 408 7:20 He said, “What comes out of a person defiles him. 7:21 For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 7:22 adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. 7:23 All these evils come from within and defile a person.”
A Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
7:24 After Jesus 409 left there, he went to the region of Tyre. 410 When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but 411 he was not able to escape notice. 7:25 Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit 412 immediately heard about him and came and fell at his feet. 7:26 The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She 413 asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 7:27 He said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 414 7:28 She answered, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 7:29 Then 415 he said to her, “Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 7:30 She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Healing a Deaf Mute
7:31 Then 416 Jesus 417 went out again from the region of Tyre 418 and came through Sidon 419 to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 420 7:32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 7:33 After Jesus 421 took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s 422 ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 423 7:34 Then 424 he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). 425 7:35 And immediately the man’s 426 ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 7:36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 427 7:37 People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 428 Jesus 429 called his disciples and said to them, 8:2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 8:3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 8:4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 8:5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 8:6 Then 430 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 431 they served the crowd. 8:7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8:8 Everyone 432 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 8:9 There were about four thousand 433 who ate. 434 Then he dismissed them. 435 8:10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 436
The Demand for a Sign
8:11 Then the Pharisees 437 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for 438 a sign from heaven 439 to test him. 8:12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, 440 no sign will be given to this generation.” 8:13 Then 441 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
8:14 Now 442 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 8:15 And Jesus 443 ordered them, 444 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 445 and the yeast of Herod!” 8:16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 446 8:17 When he learned of this, 447 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing 448 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 8:18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? 449 Don’t you remember? 8:19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 8:20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 450 “Seven.” 8:21 Then 451 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 452
A Two-stage Healing
8:22 Then 453 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus 454 and asked him to touch him. 8:23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then 455 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes 456 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 8:24 Regaining his sight 457 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 8:25 Then Jesus 458 placed his hands on the man’s 459 eyes again. And he opened his eyes, 460 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 8:26 Jesus 461 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” 462
8:27 Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. 463 On the way he asked his disciples, 464 “Who do people say that I am?” 8:28 They said, 465 “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, 466 and still others, one of the prophets.” 8:29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, 467 “You are the Christ.” 468 8:30 Then 469 he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 470
First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
8:31 Then 471 Jesus 472 began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer 473 many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 474 and be killed, and after three days rise again. 8:32 He spoke openly about this. So 475 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 8:33 But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 476
8:34 Then 477 Jesus 478 called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 479 he must deny 480 himself, take up his cross, 481 and follow me. 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life 482 will lose it, 483 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. 8:36 For what benefit is it for a person 484 to gain the whole world, yet 485 forfeit his life? 8:37 What can a person give in exchange for his life? 8:38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 486 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 9:1 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, 487 there are some standing here who will not 488 experience 489 death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 490
9:2 Six days later 491 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, 492 9:3 and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 9:4 Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, 493 and they were talking with Jesus. 9:5 So 494 Peter said to Jesus, 495 “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters 496 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 9:6 (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) 497 9:7 Then 498 a cloud 499 overshadowed them, 500 and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. 501 Listen to him!” 502 9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus.
9:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 9:10 They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant.
9:11 Then 503 they asked him, 504 “Why do the experts in the law 505 say that Elijah must come first?” 9:12 He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised? 9:13 But I tell you that Elijah has certainly come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”
The Disciples’ Failure to Heal
9:14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and experts in the law 506 arguing with them. 9:15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran 507 at once and greeted him. 9:16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 9:17 A member of the crowd said to him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that makes him mute. 9:18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to cast it out, but 508 they were not able to do so.” 509 9:19 He answered them, 510 “You 511 unbelieving 512 generation! How much longer 513 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 514 you? 515 Bring him to me.” 9:20 So they brought the boy 516 to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He 517 fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 9:21 Jesus 518 asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 9:22 It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 9:23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’ 519 All things are possible for the one who believes.” 9:24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
9:25 Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked 520 the unclean spirit, 521 saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 9:26 It shrieked, threw him into terrible convulsions, and came out. The boy 522 looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” 9:27 But Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up.
Second Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
9:30 They went out from there and passed through Galilee. But 525 Jesus 526 did not want anyone to know, 9:31 for he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men. 527 They 528 will kill him, 529 and after three days he will rise.” 530 9:32 But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him.
Questions About the Greatest
9:33 Then 531 they came to Capernaum. 532 After Jesus 533 was inside the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 9:34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 9:35 After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 9:36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 9:37 “Whoever welcomes 534 one of these little children 535 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
On Jesus’ Side
9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 9:39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say anything bad about me. 9:40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 9:41 For I tell you the truth, 536 whoever gives you a cup of water because 537 you bear Christ’s 538 name will never lose his reward.
9:42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 539 tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have 540 two hands and go into hell, 541 to the unquenchable fire. 9:44 [[EMPTY]] 542 9:45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better to enter life lame than to have 543 two feet and be thrown into hell. 9:46 [[EMPTY]] 544 9:47 If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! 545 It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have 546 two eyes and be thrown into hell, 9:48 where their worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. 9:49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 547 9:50 Salt 548 is good, but if it loses its saltiness, 549 how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
10:1 Then 550 Jesus 551 left that place and went to the region of Judea and 552 beyond the Jordan River. 553 Again crowds gathered to him, and again, as was his custom, he taught them. 10:2 Then some Pharisees 554 came, and to test him 555 they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his 556 wife?” 557 10:3 He answered them, 558 “What did Moses command you?” 10:4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 559 10:5 But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hard hearts. 560 10:6 But from the beginning of creation he 561 made them male and female. 562 10:7 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, 563 10:8 and the two will become one flesh. 564 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10:10 In the house once again, the disciples asked him about this. 10:11 So 565 he told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 10:12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 566
Jesus and Little Children
10:13 Now 567 people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, 568 but the disciples scolded those who brought them. 569 10:14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 570 10:15 I tell you the truth, 571 whoever does not receive 572 the kingdom of God like a child 573 will never 574 enter it.” 10:16 After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them.
The Rich Man
10:17 Now 575 as Jesus 576 was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 577 10:18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? 578 No one is good except God alone. 10:19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 579 10:20 The man 580 said to him, “Teacher, I have wholeheartedly obeyed 581 all these laws 582 since my youth.” 583 10:21 As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money 584 to the poor, and you will have treasure 585 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 10:22 But at this statement, the man 586 looked sad and went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 587
10:23 Then 588 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 10:24 The disciples were astonished at these words. But again Jesus said to them, 589 “Children, how hard it is 590 to enter the kingdom of God! 10:25 It is easier for a camel 591 to go through the eye of a needle 592 than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 10:26 They were even more astonished and said 593 to one another, “Then 594 who can be saved?” 595 10:27 Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, 596 but not for God; all things are possible for God.”
10:28 Peter began to speak to him, “Look, 597 we have left everything to follow you!” 598 10:29 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, 599 there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel 10:30 who will not receive in this age 600 a hundred times as much – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions 601 – and in the age to come, eternal life. 602 10:31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Third Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
10:32 They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem. 603 Jesus was going ahead of them, and they were amazed, but those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. 10:33 “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and experts in the law. 604 They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles. 10:34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog 605 him severely, and kill him. Yet 606 after three days, 607 he will rise again.”
The Request of James and John
10:35 Then 608 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 10:36 He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 10:37 They said to him, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.” 10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I experience?” 609 10:39 They said to him, “We are able.” 610 Then Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I experience, 10:40 but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give. It is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 611
10:41 Now 612 when the other ten 613 heard this, 614 they became angry with James and John. 10:42 Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 10:43 But it is not this way among you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 10:44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave 615 of all. 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom 616 for many.”
Healing Blind Bartimaeus
10:46 They came to Jericho. 617 As Jesus 618 and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout, 619 “Jesus, Son of David, 620 have mercy 621 on me!” 10:48 Many scolded 622 him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 10:49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So 623 they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” 10:50 He threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. 10:51 Then 624 Jesus said to him, 625 “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Rabbi, 626 let me see again.” 627 10:52 Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately he regained 628 his sight and followed him on the road.
The Triumphal Entry
11:1 Now 629 as they approached Jerusalem, 630 near Bethphage 631 and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, 632 Jesus 633 sent two of his disciples 11:2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 634 As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 635 Untie it and bring it here. 11:3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it 636 and will send it back here soon.’” 11:4 So 637 they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. 11:5 Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 11:6 They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders 638 let them go. 11:7 Then 639 they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks 640 on it, and he sat on it. 641 11:8 Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 11:9 Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! 642 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 643 11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11:11 Then 644 Jesus 645 entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.
Cursing of the Fig Tree
11:12 Now 646 the next day, as they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 11:13 After noticing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit 647 on it. When he came to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 11:14 He said to it, 648 “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. 649
Cleansing the Temple
11:15 Then 650 they came to Jerusalem. 651 Jesus 652 entered the temple area 653 and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 654 He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 11:16 and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise 655 through the temple courts. 656 11:17 Then he began to teach 657 them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? 658 But you have turned it into a den 659 of robbers!” 660 11:18 The chief priests and the experts in the law 661 heard it and they considered how they could assassinate 662 him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching. 11:19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples 663 went out of the city.
The Withered Fig Tree
11:20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 11:21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered.” 11:22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. 11:23 I tell you the truth, 664 if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 11:24 For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 11:25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will 665 also forgive you your sins.”11:26 [[EMPTY]] 666
11:27 They came again to Jerusalem. 667 While Jesus 668 was walking in the temple courts, 669 the chief priests, the experts in the law, 670 and the elders came up to him 11:28 and said, “By what authority 671 are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?” 11:29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 11:30 John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people? 672 Answer me.” 11:31 They discussed with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 11:32 But if we say, ‘From people – ’” (they feared the crowd, for they all considered John to be truly a prophet). 11:33 So 673 they answered Jesus, 674 “We don’t know.” 675 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 676 by what authority 677 I am doing these things.”
The Parable of the Tenants
12:1 Then 678 he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. 679 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 680 he leased it to tenant farmers 681 and went on a journey. 12:2 At harvest time he sent a slave 682 to the tenants to collect from them 683 his portion of the crop. 684 12:3 But 685 those tenants 686 seized his slave, 687 beat him, 688 and sent him away empty-handed. 689 12:4 So 690 he sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. 12:5 He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. 12:6 He had one left, his one dear son. 691 Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 12:7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ 12:8 So 692 they seized him, 693 killed him, and threw his body 694 out of the vineyard. 695 12:9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy 696 those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 697 12:10 Have you not read this scripture:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 698
12:11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 699
Paying Taxes to Caesar
12:13 Then 703 they sent some of the Pharisees 704 and Herodians 705 to trap him with his own words. 706 12:14 When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality 707 but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 708 Is it right 709 to pay taxes 710 to Caesar 711 or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” 12:15 But he saw through their hypocrisy and said 712 to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius 713 and let me look at it.” 12:16 So 714 they brought one, and he said to them, “Whose image 715 is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, 716 “Caesar’s.” 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 717 And they were utterly amazed at him.
Marriage and the Resurrection
12:18 Sadducees 718 (who say there is no resurrection) 719 also came to him and asked him, 720 12:19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man 721 must marry 722 the widow and father children 723 for his brother.’ 724 12:20 There were seven brothers. The first one married, 725 and when he died he had no children. 12:21 The second married her and died without any children, and likewise the third. 12:22 None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. 12:23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, 726 whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” 727 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived 728 for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 729 in heaven. 12:26 Now as for the dead being raised, 730 have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, 731 how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the 732 God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 733 12:27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. 734 You are badly mistaken!”
The Greatest Commandment
12:28 Now 735 one of the experts in the law 736 came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus 737 answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 12:30 Love 738 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 739 12:31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 740 There is no other commandment greater than these.” 12:32 The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. 741 12:33 And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength 742 and to love your neighbor as yourself 743 is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.
The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord
‘The Lord said to my lord, 747
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 748
12:37 If David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 749 And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
Warnings About Experts in the Law
12:38 In his teaching Jesus 750 also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 751 They like walking 752 around in long robes and elaborate greetings 753 in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 754 and the places of honor at banquets. 12:40 They 755 devour widows’ property, 756 and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
The Widow’s Offering
12:41 Then 757 he 758 sat down opposite the offering box, 759 and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 12:42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, 760 worth less than a penny. 12:43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, 761 this poor widow has put more into the offering box 762 than all the others. 763 12:44 For they all gave out of their wealth. 764 But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.” 765
The Destruction of the Temple
13:1 Now 766 as Jesus 767 was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” 768 13:2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left on another. 769 All will be torn down!” 770
Signs of the End of the Age
13:3 So 771 while he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, 772 and Andrew asked him privately, 13:4 “Tell us, when will these things 773 happen? And what will be the sign that all these things are about to take place?” 13:5 Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out 774 that no one misleads you. 13:6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 775 and they will mislead many. 13:7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. 776 13:8 For nation will rise up in arms 777 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines. 778 These are but the beginning of birth pains.
Persecution of Disciples
13:9 “You must watch out for yourselves. You will be handed over 779 to councils 780 and beaten in the synagogues. 781 You will stand before governors and kings 782 because of me, as a witness to them. 13:10 First the gospel must be preached to all nations. 13:11 When they arrest you and hand you over for trial, do not worry about what to speak. But say whatever is given you at that time, 783 for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 13:12 Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 784 parents and have them put to death. 13:13 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 785 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 786
The Abomination of Desolation
13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation 787 standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee 788 to the mountains. 13:15 The one on the roof 789 must not come down or go inside to take anything out of his house. 790 13:16 The one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 13:17 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 13:18 Pray that it may not be in winter. 13:19 For in those days there will be suffering 791 unlike anything that has happened 792 from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, or ever will happen. 13:20 And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved. But because of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut them 793 short. 13:21 Then 794 if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 795 or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe him. 13:22 For false messiahs 796 and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the elect. 13:23 Be careful! I have told you everything ahead of time.
The Arrival of the Son of Man
13:24 “But in those days, after that suffering, 797 the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; 13:25 the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 798 13:26 Then everyone 799 will see the Son of Man arriving in the clouds 800 with great power and glory. 13:27 Then he will send angels and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 801
The Parable of the Fig Tree
13:28 “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 13:29 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 802 that he is near, right at the door. 13:30 I tell you the truth, 803 this generation 804 will not pass away until all these things take place. 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 805
13:32 “But as for that day or hour no one knows it – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son 806 – except the Father. 13:33 Watch out! Stay alert! 807 For you do not know when the time will come. 13:34 It is like a man going on a journey. He left his house and put his slaves 808 in charge, assigning 809 to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to stay alert. 13:35 Stay alert, then, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return – whether during evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or at dawn – 13:36 or else he might find you asleep when he returns suddenly. 13:37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Stay alert!”
The Plot Against Jesus
14:1 Two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and the experts in the law 810 were trying to find a way 811 to arrest Jesus 812 by stealth and kill him. 14:2 For they said, “Not during the feast, so there won’t be a riot among the people.” 813
14:3 Now 814 while Jesus 815 was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, reclining at the table, 816 a woman came with an alabaster jar 817 of costly aromatic oil 818 from pure nard. After breaking open the jar, she poured it on his head. 14:4 But some who were present indignantly said to one another, “Why this waste of expensive 819 ointment? 14:5 It 820 could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins 821 and the money 822 given to the poor!” So 823 they spoke angrily to her. 14:6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a good service for me. 14:7 For you will always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want. But you will not always have me! 824 14:8 She did what she could. She anointed my body beforehand for burial. 14:9 I tell you the truth, 825 wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
The Plan to Betray Jesus
14:10 Then 826 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus into their hands. 827 14:11 When they heard this, they were delighted 828 and promised to give him money. 829 So 830 Judas 831 began looking for an opportunity to betray him.
14:12 Now 832 on the first day of the feast of 833 Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, 834 Jesus’ 835 disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 836 14:13 He sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar 837 of water will meet you. Follow him. 14:14 Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 14:15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 14:16 So 838 the disciples left, went 839 into the city, and found things just as he had told them, 840 and they prepared the Passover.
14:17 Then, 841 when it was evening, he came to the house 842 with the twelve. 14:18 While they were at the table 843 eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, 844 one of you eating with me will betray me.” 845 14:19 They were distressed, and one by one said to him, “Surely not I?” 14:20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who dips his hand 846 with me into the bowl. 847 14:21 For the Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.”
The Lord’s Supper
14:22 While they were eating, he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it. This is my body.” 14:23 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 14:24 He said to them, “This is my blood, the blood 848 of the covenant, 849 that is poured out for many. 14:25 I tell you the truth, 850 I will no longer drink of the fruit 851 of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 14:26 After singing a hymn, 852 they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Prediction of Peter’s Denial
14:27 Then 853 Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written,
‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’ 854
14:28 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 14:29 Peter said to him, “Even if they all fall away, I will not!” 14:30 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 855 today – this very night – before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 14:31 But Peter 856 insisted emphatically, 857 “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all of them said the same thing.
14:32 Then 858 they went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus 859 said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 14:33 He took Peter, James, 860 and John with him, and became very troubled and distressed. 14:34 He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay alert.” 14:35 Going a little farther, he threw himself to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour would pass from him. 14:36 He said, “Abba, 861 Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup 862 away from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 14:37 Then 863 he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour? 14:38 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 14:39 He went away again and prayed the same thing. 14:40 When he came again he found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 864 And they did not know what to tell him. 14:41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? 865 Enough of that! 866 The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 14:42 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 867 is approaching!”
Betrayal and Arrest
14:43 Right away, while Jesus 868 was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived. 869 With him came a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and experts in the law 870 and elders. 14:44 (Now the betrayer 871 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him and lead him away under guard.”) 872 14:45 When Judas 873 arrived, he went up to Jesus 874 immediately and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed 875 him. 14:46 Then they took hold of him 876 and arrested him. 14:47 One of the bystanders drew his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, 877 cutting off his ear. 14:48 Jesus said to them, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 878 14:49 Day after day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, yet 879 you did not arrest me. But this has happened so that 880 the scriptures would be fulfilled.” 14:50 Then 881 all the disciples 882 left him and fled. 14:51 A young man was following him, wearing only a linen cloth. They tried to arrest him, 14:52 but he ran off naked, 883 leaving his linen cloth behind.
Condemned by the Sanhedrin
14:53 Then 884 they led Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests and elders and experts in the law 885 came together. 14:54 And Peter had followed him from a distance, up to the high priest’s courtyard. He 886 was sitting with the guards 887 and warming himself by the fire. 14:55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find anything. 14:56 Many gave false testimony against him, but their testimony did not agree. 14:57 Some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 888 14:58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and in three days build another not made with hands.’” 14:59 Yet even on this point their testimony did not agree. 14:60 Then 889 the high priest stood up before them 890 and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 14:61 But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him, 891 “Are you the Christ, 892 the Son of the Blessed One?” 14:62 “I am,” said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 893 of the Power 894 and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 895 14:63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 14:64 You have heard the blasphemy! What is your verdict?” 896 They all condemned him as deserving death. 14:65 Then 897 some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to strike him with their fists, saying, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him and beat 898 him.
14:66 Now 899 while Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s slave girls 900 came by. 14:67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked directly at him and said, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus.” 14:68 But he denied it: 901 “I don’t even understand what you’re talking about!” 902 Then 903 he went out to the gateway, and a rooster crowed. 904 14:69 When the slave girl saw him, she began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 14:70 But he denied it again. A short time later the bystanders again said to Peter, “You must be 905 one of them, because you are also a Galilean.” 14:71 Then he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” 14:72 Immediately a rooster 906 crowed a second time. Then 907 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. 908
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
15:1 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law 909 and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 910 15:2 So 911 Pilate asked him, “Are you the king 912 of the Jews?” He replied, 913 “You say so.” 914 15:3 Then 915 the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 15:4 So Pilate asked him again, 916 “Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” 15:5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Jesus and Barabbas
15:6 During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, 917 whomever they requested. 15:7 A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 15:8 Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 918 15:9 So Pilate asked them, 919 “Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you?” 15:10 (For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 920 15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release 921 Barabbas instead. 15:12 So Pilate spoke to them again, 922 “Then what do you want me to do 923 with the one you call king of the Jews?” 15:13 They shouted back, “Crucify 924 him!” 15:14 Pilate asked them, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!” 15:15 Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, 925 after he had Jesus flogged, 926 he handed him over 927 to be crucified.
Jesus is Mocked
15:16 So 928 the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) 929 and called together the whole cohort. 930 15:17 They put a purple cloak 931 on him and after braiding 932 a crown of thorns, 933 they put it on him. 15:18 They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews!” 934 15:19 Again and again 935 they struck him on the head with a staff 936 and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 15:20 When they had finished mocking 937 him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then 938 they led him away to crucify him. 939
15:21 The soldiers 940 forced 941 a passerby to carry his cross, 942 Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country 943 (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 15:22 They brought Jesus 944 to a place called Golgotha 945 (which is translated, “Place of the Skull”). 946 15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, 947 but he did not take it. 15:24 Then 948 they crucified 949 him and divided his clothes, throwing dice 950 for them, to decide what each would take. 15:25 It was nine o’clock in the morning 951 when they crucified him. 15:26 The inscription 952 of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” 15:27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 15:28 [[EMPTY]] 953 15:29 Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 15:30 save yourself and come down from the cross!” 954 15:31 In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 955 – were mocking him among themselves: 956 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 15:32 Let the Christ, 957 the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 958
15:33 Now 959 when it was noon, 960 darkness came over the whole land 961 until three in the afternoon. 962 15:34 Around three o’clock 963 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 964 15:35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah!” 965 15:36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 966 put it on a stick, 967 and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!” 15:37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 15:38 And the temple curtain 968 was torn in two, from top to bottom. 15:39 Now when the centurion, 969 who stood in front of him, saw how he died, 970 he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” 15:40 There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, 971 and Salome. 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. 972 Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem 973 were there too.
15:42 Now 974 when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 975 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 976 who was himself looking forward to 977 the kingdom of God, 978 went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 979 15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 980 called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate 981 was informed by the centurion, 982 he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 After Joseph 983 bought a linen cloth 984 and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. 985 Then 986 he rolled a stone across the entrance 987 of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body 988 was placed.
16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices 989 so that they might go and anoint him. 16:2 And very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 16:3 They had been asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 16:4 But 990 when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled back. 16:5 Then 991 as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe 992 sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 16:6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. 993 He has been raised! 994 He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. 16:7 But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 16:8 Then 995 they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. 996 And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.