Bible: Matthew 1-12
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1:1 This is the record of the genealogy 1 of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
1:2 Abraham was the father 2 of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (by Tamar), Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 1:4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 1:5 Salmon the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, 1:6 and Jesse the father of David the king.
David was the father of Solomon (by the wife of Uriah 3 ), 1:7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 4 1:8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah, 1:9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 1:10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, 5 Amon the father of Josiah, 1:11 and Josiah 6 the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
1:12 After 7 the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, 8 Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 1:13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 1:14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, 1:15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 1:16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, by whom 9 Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 10
1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, 11 fourteen generations.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, 12 she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 13 was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 14 privately. 1:20 When he had contemplated this, an 15 angel of the Lord 16 appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him 17 Jesus, 18 because he will save his people from their sins.” 1:22 This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him 19 Emmanuel,” 20 which means 21 “God with us.” 22 1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord 23 told him. He took his wife, 1:25 but did not have marital relations 24 with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named 25 Jesus.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 26 in Judea, in the time 27 of King Herod, 28 wise men 29 from the East came to Jerusalem 30 2:2 saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose 31 and have come to worship him.” 2:3 When King Herod 32 heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, 33 he asked them where the Christ 34 was to be born. 2:5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:
2:6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are in no way least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 35
2:7 Then Herod 36 privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. 2:8 He 37 sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” 2:9 After listening to the king they left, and once again 38 the star they saw when it rose 39 led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. 2:10 When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. 40 2:11 As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down 41 and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, 42 and myrrh. 43 2:12 After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, 44 they went back by another route to their own country.
The Escape to Egypt
2:13 After they had gone, an 45 angel of the Lord 46 appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 47 is going to look for the child to kill him.” 2:14 Then he got up, took the child and his mother during 48 the night, and went to Egypt. 2:15 He stayed there until Herod 49 died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 50
2:16 When Herod 51 saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 52 to kill all the children in Bethlehem 53 and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 2:17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing, 54
Rachel weeping for her children,
The Return to Nazareth
2:19 After Herod 57 had died, an 58 angel of the Lord 59 appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 2:20 saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 2:21 So 60 he got up and took the child and his mother and returned to the land of Israel. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus 61 was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, 62 he was afraid to go there. After being warned in a dream, he went to the regions of Galilee. 2:23 He came to a town called Nazareth 63 and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that Jesus 64 would be called a Nazarene. 65
The Ministry of John the Baptist
3:1 In those days John the Baptist came into the wilderness 66 of Judea proclaiming, 3:2 “Repent, 67 for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3:3 For he is the one about whom Isaiah the prophet had spoken: 68
“The voice 69 of one shouting in the wilderness,
3:4 Now John wore clothing made from camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. 72 3:5 Then people from Jerusalem, 73 as well as all Judea and all the region around the Jordan, were going out to him, 3:6 and he was baptizing them 74 in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees 75 and Sadducees 76 coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce fruit 77 that proves your 78 repentance, 3:9 and don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 3:10 Even now the ax is laid at 79 the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
3:11 “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy 80 to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 81 3:12 His winnowing fork 82 is in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, 83 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 84
The Baptism of Jesus
3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. 85 3:14 But John 86 tried to prevent 87 him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 3:15 So Jesus replied 88 to him, “Let it happen now, 89 for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John 90 yielded 91 to him. 3:16 After 92 Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the 93 heavens 94 opened 95 and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove 96 and coming on him. 3:17 And 97 a voice from heaven said, 98 “This is my one dear Son; 99 in him 100 I take great delight.” 101
The Temptation of Jesus
4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 102 to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. 103 4:3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” 104 4:4 But he answered, 105 “It is written, ‘Man 106 does not live 107 by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 108 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, 109 had him stand 110 on the highest point 111 of the temple, 4:6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ 112 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 113 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 114 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. 115 4:9 And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship 116 me.” 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, 117 Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” 118 4:11 Then the devil left him, and angels 119 came and began ministering to his needs.
Preaching in Galilee
4:12 Now when Jesus 120 heard that John had been imprisoned, 121 he went into Galilee. 4:13 While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth 122 to make his home in Capernaum 123 by the sea, 124 in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 4:14 so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 125
4:15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles –
4:16 the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned.” 126
4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: 127 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
The Call of the Disciples
4:18 As 128 he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 129 4:19 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 130 4:20 They 131 left their nets immediately and followed him. 132 4:21 Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a boat 133 with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Then 134 he called them. 4:22 They 135 immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus’ Healing Ministry
4:23 Jesus 136 went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, 137 preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. 4:24 So a report about him spread throughout Syria. People 138 brought to him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those who had seizures, 139 paralytics, and those possessed by demons, 140 and he healed them. 4:25 And large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, 141 Jerusalem, 142 Judea, and beyond the Jordan River. 143
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 151
5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger 152 and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children 153 of God.
5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
5:11 “Blessed are you when people 154 insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely 155 on account of me. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
Salt and Light
5:13 “You are the salt 156 of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, 157 how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 People 158 do not light a lamp and put it under a basket 159 but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets
5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. 160 5:18 I 161 tell you the truth, 162 until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter 163 will pass from the law until everything takes place. 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others 164 to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law 165 and the Pharisees, 166 you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anger and Murder
5:21 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation, 167 ‘Do not murder,’ 168 and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ 5:22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 169 will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 170 a brother will be brought before 171 the council, 172 and whoever says ‘Fool’ 173 will be sent 174 to fiery hell. 175 5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 176 quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 177 or he 178 may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 179 you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 180
5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 181 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 182 5:30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.
5:31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’ 183 5:32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
5:33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, 184 ‘Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 185 5:34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 5:35 not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, 186 because it is the city of the great King. 5:36 Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one. 187
5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 188 5:39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. 189 But whoever strikes you on the 190 right cheek, turn the other to him as well. 5:40 And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, 191 give him your coat also. 5:41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, 192 go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, 193 and do not reject 194 the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ 195 and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and 196 pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like 197 your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors 198 do the same, don’t they? 5:47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? 5:48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 199
6:1 “Be 200 careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. 201 Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 6:2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, 202 do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues 203 and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, 204 they have their reward. 6:3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 205
6:5 “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 206 and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 207 close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 208 6:7 When 209 you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do 210 not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way: 211
6:10 may your kingdom come, 214
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us today our daily bread, 215
6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves 216 have forgiven our debtors.
6:14 “For if you forgive others 219 their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.
6:16 “When 220 you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive 221 so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth, 222 they have their reward. 6:17 When 223 you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
6:19 “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth 224 and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 6:21 For where your 225 treasure 226 is, there your heart will be also.
6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, 227 your whole body will be full of light. 6:23 But if your eye is diseased, 228 your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Do Not Worry
6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 232 about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: 233 They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds 234 them. Aren’t you more valuable 235 than they are? 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 236 6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers 237 of the field grow; they do not work 238 or spin. 6:29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, 239 which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 240 won’t he clothe you even more, 241 you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted 242 pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom 243 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. 244
Do Not Judge
7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 245 7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. 246 7:3 Why 247 do you see the speck 248 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 249 the beam of wood 250 in your own? 7:4 Or how can you say 251 to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. 252
Ask, Seek, Knock
7:7 “Ask 253 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 254 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 255 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 256 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 257 7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 258 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 259 to those who ask him! 7:12 In 260 everything, treat others as you would want them 261 to treat you, 262 for this fulfills 263 the law and the prophets.
The Narrow Gate
7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
7:15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 264 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered 265 from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 266 7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad 267 tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.
Judgment of Pretenders
7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 268 will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 269 many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 270
Hearing and Doing
7:24 “Everyone 271 who hears these words of mine and does them is like 272 a wise man 273 who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 274 came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” 275
Cleansing a Leper
8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper 279 approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 280 “Lord, if 281 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8:3 He stretched out his hand and touched 282 him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, 283 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 284 that Moses commanded, 285 as a testimony to them.” 286
Healing the Centurion’s Servant
8:5 When he entered Capernaum, 287 a centurion 288 came to him asking for help: 289 8:6 “Lord, 290 my servant 291 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus 292 said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8:8 But the centurion replied, 293 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just say the word and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. 294 I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, 295 and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave 296 ‘Do this’ and he does it.” 297 8:10 When 298 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 299 I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel! 8:11 I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet 300 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 301 in the kingdom of heaven, 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 302 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 303 was healed at that hour.
Healings at Peter’s House
8:14 Now 304 when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 305 sick with a fever. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 306 she got up and began to serve them. 8:16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 307 8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 308
“He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 309
Challenging Professed Followers
8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 310 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 311 8:19 Then 312 an expert in the law 313 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 314 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 315 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 316 8:21 Another 317 of the 318 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 319
Stilling of a Storm
8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 320 8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came 321 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 8:26 But 322 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 323 the winds and the sea, 324 and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 325 were amazed and said, 326 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 327
Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs
8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 328 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way. 8:29 They 329 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 330 Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 331 8:30 A 332 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 8:31 Then the demons begged him, 333 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said, 334 “Go!” So 335 they came out and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned in the water. 8:33 The 336 herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 337 and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 8:34 Then 338 the entire town 339 came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
9:1 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 340 9:2 Just then 341 some people 342 brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 343 When Jesus saw their 344 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 345 9:3 Then 346 some of the experts in the law 347 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 348 9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 Which is easier, 349 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 9:6 But so that you may know 350 that the Son of Man 351 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 352 – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 353 9:7 And he stood up and went home. 354 9:8 When 355 the crowd saw this, they were afraid 356 and honored God who had given such authority to men. 357
The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners
9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 358 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 359 Jesus 360 was having a meal 361 in Matthew’s 362 house, many tax collectors 363 and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 364 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 365 9:12 When 366 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 367 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 368 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
9:14 Then John’s 369 disciples came to Jesus 370 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 371 fast often, 372 but your disciples don’t fast?” 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 373 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 374 is with them, can they? But the days 375 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 376 and then they will fast. 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 377 otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 378 and both are preserved.”
Restoration and Healing
9:18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 9:19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 9:20 But 379 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 380 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 381 of his cloak. 382 9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 383 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 384 9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 385 And the woman was healed 386 from that hour. 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 9:24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 387 9:25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 9:26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 388
Healing the Blind and Mute
9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 389 “Have mercy 390 on us, Son of David!” 391 9:28 When 392 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 393 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 9:29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 9:30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 9:31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 394
9:32 As 395 they were going away, 396 a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 9:33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel!” 9:34 But the Pharisees 397 said, “By the ruler 398 of demons he casts out demons.” 399
Workers for the Harvest
9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 400 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 401 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 402 9:36 When 403 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 404 like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 405 to send out 406 workers into his harvest.”
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
10:1 Jesus 407 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 408 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 409 10:2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 410 first, Simon 411 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; 412 Thomas 413 and Matthew the tax collector; 414 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 415 10:4 Simon the Zealot 416 and Judas Iscariot, 417 who betrayed him. 418
10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 419 “Do not go to Gentile regions 420 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 421 10:6 Go 422 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 423 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 10:9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10:10 no bag 424 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 425 or sandals or staff, 426 for the worker deserves his provisions. 10:11 Whenever 427 you enter a town or village, 428 find out who is worthy there 429 and stay with them 430 until you leave. 10:12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 431 10:13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 432 10:14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 433 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 10:15 I tell you the truth, 434 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 435 on the day of judgment than for that town!
Persecution of Disciples
10:16 “I 436 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 437 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 10:17 Beware 438 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 439 and flog 440 you in their synagogues. 441 10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 442 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever 443 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 444 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 445 10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
10:21 “Brother 446 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 447 parents and have them put to death. 10:22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 10:23 Whenever 448 they persecute you in one place, 449 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 450 you will not finish going through all the towns 451 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
10:24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 452 greater than his master. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
Fear God, Not Man
10:26 “Do 453 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 454 that will not be revealed, 455 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 456 proclaim from the housetops. 457 10:28 Do 458 not be afraid of those who kill the body 459 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 460 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 461 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 462 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; 463 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Not Peace, but a Sword
10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 466 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 467
10:37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross 468 and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life 469 will lose it, 470 and whoever loses his life because of me 471 will find it.
10:40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 472 10:41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 473 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 10:42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, 474 he will never lose his reward.”
11:1 When 475 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
Jesus and John the Baptist
11:2 Now when John 476 heard in prison about the deeds Christ 477 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 478 11:3 “Are you the one who is to come, 479 or should we look for another?” 11:4 Jesus answered them, 480 “Go tell John what you hear and see: 481 11:5 The blind see, the 482 lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 11:6 Blessed is anyone 483 who takes no offense at me.”
11:7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 484 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 485 11:8 What 486 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 487 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 488 11:9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 489 than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 490
who will prepare your way before you.’ 491
11:11 “I tell you the truth, 492 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 493 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From 494 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 495 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 496 11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 11:15 The one who has ears had better listen! 497
11:17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 500
we wailed in mourning, 501 yet you did not weep.’
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 502 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 503 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 504 and sinners!’ 505 But wisdom is vindicated 506 by her deeds.” 507
Woes on Unrepentant Cities
11:20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 508 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 509 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 510 the miracles 511 done in you had been done in Tyre 512 and Sidon, 513 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 11:23 And you, Capernaum, 514 will you be exalted to heaven? 515 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 516 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 517 on the day of judgment than for you!”
11:25 At that time Jesus said, 518 “I praise 519 you, Father, Lord 520 of heaven and earth, because 521 you have hidden these things from the wise 522 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 523 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 524 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 525 to reveal him. 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke 526 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”
Lord of the Sabbath
12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on a Sabbath. His 527 disciples were hungry, and they began to pick heads of wheat 528 and eat them. 12:2 But when the Pharisees 529 saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” 12:3 He 530 said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 12:4 how he entered the house of God and they ate 531 the sacred bread, 532 which was against the law 533 for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 534 12:5 Or have you not read in the law that the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are not guilty? 12:6 I 535 tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 12:7 If 536 you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ 537 you would not have condemned the innocent. 12:8 For the Son of Man is lord 538 of the Sabbath.”
12:9 Then 539 Jesus 540 left that place and entered their synagogue. 541 12:10 A 542 man was there who had a withered 543 hand. And they asked Jesus, 544 “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 545 so that they could accuse him. 12:11 He said to them, “Would not any one of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12:12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 12:13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, 546 as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate 547 him.
God’s Special Servant
12:15 Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great 548 crowds 549 followed him, and he healed them all. 12:16 But he sternly warned them not to make him known. 12:17 This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet: 550
12:18 “Here is 551 my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I take great delight. 552
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
12:19 He will not quarrel or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick,
until he brings justice to victory.
Jesus and Beelzebul
12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus 555 healed him so that he could speak and see. 556 12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 12:24 But when the Pharisees 557 heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 558 the ruler 559 of demons!” 12:25 Now when Jesus 560 realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 561 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 562 and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if 563 Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 564 cast them 565 out? For this reason they will be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God 566 has already overtaken 567 you. 12:29 How 568 else can someone enter a strong man’s 569 house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 570 12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, 571 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 572 12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, 573 but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 574 But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, 575 either in this age or in the age to come.
Trees and Their Fruit
12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad 576 and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. 12:34 Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. 12:35 The good person 577 brings good things out of his 578 good treasury, 579 and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. 12:36 I 580 tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The Sign of Jonah
12:38 Then some of the experts in the law 581 along with some Pharisees 582 answered him, 583 “Teacher, we want to see a sign 584 from you.” 12:39 But he answered them, 585 “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 12:40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish 586 for three days and three nights, 587 so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 12:41 The people 588 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 589 – and now, 590 something greater than Jonah is here! 12:42 The queen of the South 591 will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 592 something greater than Solomon is here!
The Return of the Unclean Spirit
12:43 “When 593 an unclean spirit 594 goes out of a person, 595 it passes through waterless places 596 looking for rest but 597 does not find it. 12:44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 598 When it returns, 599 it finds the house 600 empty, swept clean, and put in order. 601 12:45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 602 the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”
Jesus’ True Family
12:46 While Jesus 603 was still speaking to the crowds, 604 his mother and brothers 605 came and 606 stood outside, asking 607 to speak to him. 12:47 608 Someone 609 told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside wanting 610 to speak to you.” 12:48 To the one who had said this, Jesus 611 replied, 612 “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 12:49 And pointing 613 toward his disciples he said, “Here 614 are my mother and my brothers! 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is 615 my brother and sister and mother.”