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:

2:6And 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:

2:18A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud wailing, 54 

Rachel weeping for her children,

and she did not want to be comforted, because they were 55  gone. 56 

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,

Prepare the way for the Lord, make 70  his paths straight.’ 71 

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.

3:11I 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  andwith 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 

4:15Land 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 

The Beatitudes

5:1 When 144  he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. 145  After he sat down his disciples came to him. 5:2 Then 146  he began to teach 147  them by saying:

5:3Blessed 148  are the poor in spirit, 149  for the kingdom of heaven belongs 150  to them.

5:4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 151 

5:5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

5:6Blessed are those who hunger 152  and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

5:7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

5:8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

5:9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children 153  of God.

5:10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

5:11Blessed 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

5:13You 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

5:17Do 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

5:21You 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 

Adultery

5:27You 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.

Divorce

5:31It 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.

Oaths

5:33Again, 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, yesor ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one. 187 

Retaliation

5:38You 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

5:43You 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 

Pure-hearted Giving

6:1Be 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 

Private Prayer

6:5Whenever 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 

Our Father 212  in heaven, may your name be honored, 213 

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.

6:13 And do not lead us into temptation, 217  but deliver us from the evil one. 218 

6:14For 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.

Proper Fasting

6:16When 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.

Lasting Treasure

6:19Do 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.

6:22The 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!

6:24No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate 229  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 230  the other. You cannot serve God and money. 231 

Do Not Worry

6:25Therefore 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

7:1Do 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

7:7Ask 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

7:13Enter 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

7:15Watch 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

7:21Not 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

7:24Everyone 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 

7:28 When 276  Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 7:29 because he taught them like one who had authority, 277  not like their experts in the law. 278 

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, ‘Goand he goes, 295  and to another ‘Comeand he comes, and to my slave 296 Do thisand 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 forgivenor 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

10:16I 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.

10:21Brother 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.

10:24A 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

10:26Do 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.

10:32Whoever, then, acknowledges 464  me before people, I will acknowledge 465  before my Father in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

10:34Do 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 

10:37Whoever 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.

Rewards

10:40Whoever 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 

11:11I 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 

11:16To 498  what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 499 

11:17We 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!

Jesus’ Invitation

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 

12:18Here 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.

12:21 And in his name the Gentiles 553  will hope.” 554 

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

12:33Make 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

12:43When 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.”

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