Bible: Mark 1:1-16:8

The Ministry of John the Baptist

1:1 The beginning of the gospel 1  of Jesus Christ, 2  the Son of God. 3  1:2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, 4 

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,

make 6  his paths straight. 7 

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.

Jesus’ Authority

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 Jesusdisciples 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 

Peter’s Confession

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 

Following Jesus

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 

The Transfiguration

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.

9:28 Then, 523  after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out? 9:29 He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 524 

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.

9:42If 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.”

Divorce

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 

12:12 Now 700  they wanted to arrest him (but they feared the crowd), because they realized that he told this parable against them. So 701  they left him and went away. 702 

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

12:35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he said, “How is it that the experts in the law 744  say that the Christ 745  is David’s son? 746  12:36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, said,

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 widowsproperty, 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

13:9You 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

13:14But 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

13:24But 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

13:28Learn 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 

Be Ready!

13:32But 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 

Jesus’ Anointing

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.

The Passover

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.

Gethsemane

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.

Peter’s Denials

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 

The Crucifixion

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 

Jesus’ Death

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.

Jesus’ Burial

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.

The Resurrection

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.

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