Bible: Matthew 8-12
Cleansing a Leper
8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper 1 approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 2 “Lord, if 3 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8:3 He stretched out his hand and touched 4 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, 5 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 6 that Moses commanded, 7 as a testimony to them.” 8
Healing the Centurion’s Servant
8:5 When he entered Capernaum, 9 a centurion 10 came to him asking for help: 11 8:6 “Lord, 12 my servant 13 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus 14 said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8:8 But the centurion replied, 15 “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. 16 I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, 17 and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave 18 ‘Do this’ and he does it.” 19 8:10 When 20 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 21 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 22 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 23 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.” 24 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 25 was healed at that hour.
Healings at Peter’s House
8:14 Now 26 when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 27 sick with a fever. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 28 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. 29 8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 30
“He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 31
Challenging Professed Followers
8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 32 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 33 8:19 Then 34 an expert in the law 35 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 36 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 37 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 38 8:21 Another 39 of the 40 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.” 41
Stilling of a Storm
8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 42 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 43 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 8:26 But 44 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 45 the winds and the sea, 46 and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 47 were amazed and said, 48 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 49
Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs
8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 50 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 51 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 52 Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 53 8:30 A 54 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 8:31 Then the demons begged him, 55 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said, 56 “Go!” So 57 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 58 herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 59 and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 8:34 Then 60 the entire town 61 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. 62 9:2 Just then 63 some people 64 brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 65 When Jesus saw their 66 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 67 9:3 Then 68 some of the experts in the law 69 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 70 9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 Which is easier, 71 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 9:6 But so that you may know 72 that the Son of Man 73 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 74 – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 75 9:7 And he stood up and went home. 76 9:8 When 77 the crowd saw this, they were afraid 78 and honored God who had given such authority to men. 79
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. 80 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 81 Jesus 82 was having a meal 83 in Matthew’s 84 house, many tax collectors 85 and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 86 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 87 9:12 When 88 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 89 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 90 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
9:14 Then John’s 91 disciples came to Jesus 92 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 93 fast often, 94 but your disciples don’t fast?” 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 95 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 96 is with them, can they? But the days 97 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 98 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; 99 otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 100 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 101 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 102 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 103 of his cloak. 104 9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 105 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 106 9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 107 And the woman was healed 108 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. 109 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. 110
Healing the Blind and Mute
9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 111 “Have mercy 112 on us, Son of David!” 113 9:28 When 114 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 115 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. 116
9:32 As 117 they were going away, 118 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 119 said, “By the ruler 120 of demons he casts out demons.” 121
Workers for the Harvest
9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 122 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 123 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 124 9:36 When 125 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 126 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 127 to send out 128 workers into his harvest.”
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
10:1 Jesus 129 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 130 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 131 10:2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 132 first, Simon 133 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; 134 Thomas 135 and Matthew the tax collector; 136 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 137 10:4 Simon the Zealot 138 and Judas Iscariot, 139 who betrayed him. 140
10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 141 “Do not go to Gentile regions 142 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 143 10:6 Go 144 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, 145 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 146 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 147 or sandals or staff, 148 for the worker deserves his provisions. 10:11 Whenever 149 you enter a town or village, 150 find out who is worthy there 151 and stay with them 152 until you leave. 10:12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 153 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. 154 10:14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 155 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 10:15 I tell you the truth, 156 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 157 on the day of judgment than for that town!
Persecution of Disciples
10:16 “I 158 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 159 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 10:17 Beware 160 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 161 and flog 162 you in their synagogues. 163 10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 164 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever 165 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 166 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 167 10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
10:21 “Brother 168 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 169 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 170 they persecute you in one place, 171 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 172 you will not finish going through all the towns 173 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
10:24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 174 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 175 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 176 that will not be revealed, 177 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, 178 proclaim from the housetops. 179 10:28 Do 180 not be afraid of those who kill the body 181 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 182 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 183 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 184 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; 185 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Not Peace, but a Sword
10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 188 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. 189
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 190 and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life 191 will lose it, 192 and whoever loses his life because of me 193 will find it.
10:40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 194 10:41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 195 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, 196 he will never lose his reward.”
11:1 When 197 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 198 heard in prison about the deeds Christ 199 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 200 11:3 “Are you the one who is to come, 201 or should we look for another?” 11:4 Jesus answered them, 202 “Go tell John what you hear and see: 203 11:5 The blind see, the 204 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 205 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 206 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 207 11:8 What 208 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 209 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 210 11:9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 211 than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 212
who will prepare your way before you.’ 213
11:11 “I tell you the truth, 214 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 215 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From 216 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 217 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 218 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! 219
11:17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 222
we wailed in mourning, 223 yet you did not weep.’
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 224 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 225 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 226 and sinners!’ 227 But wisdom is vindicated 228 by her deeds.” 229
Woes on Unrepentant Cities
11:20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 230 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 231 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 232 the miracles 233 done in you had been done in Tyre 234 and Sidon, 235 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, 236 will you be exalted to heaven? 237 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 238 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 239 on the day of judgment than for you!”
11:25 At that time Jesus said, 240 “I praise 241 you, Father, Lord 242 of heaven and earth, because 243 you have hidden these things from the wise 244 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 245 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 246 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 247 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 248 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 249 disciples were hungry, and they began to pick heads of wheat 250 and eat them. 12:2 But when the Pharisees 251 saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” 12:3 He 252 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 253 the sacred bread, 254 which was against the law 255 for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 256 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 257 tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 12:7 If 258 you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ 259 you would not have condemned the innocent. 12:8 For the Son of Man is lord 260 of the Sabbath.”
12:9 Then 261 Jesus 262 left that place and entered their synagogue. 263 12:10 A 264 man was there who had a withered 265 hand. And they asked Jesus, 266 “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 267 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, 268 as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate 269 him.
God’s Special Servant
12:15 Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great 270 crowds 271 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: 272
12:18 “Here is 273 my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I take great delight. 274
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 277 healed him so that he could speak and see. 278 12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 12:24 But when the Pharisees 279 heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 280 the ruler 281 of demons!” 12:25 Now when Jesus 282 realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 283 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 284 and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if 285 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 286 cast them 287 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 288 has already overtaken 289 you. 12:29 How 290 else can someone enter a strong man’s 291 house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 292 12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, 293 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 294 12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, 295 but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 296 But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, 297 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 298 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 299 brings good things out of his 300 good treasury, 301 and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. 12:36 I 302 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 303 along with some Pharisees 304 answered him, 305 “Teacher, we want to see a sign 306 from you.” 12:39 But he answered them, 307 “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 308 for three days and three nights, 309 so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 12:41 The people 310 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 311 – and now, 312 something greater than Jonah is here! 12:42 The queen of the South 313 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, 314 something greater than Solomon is here!
The Return of the Unclean Spirit
12:43 “When 315 an unclean spirit 316 goes out of a person, 317 it passes through waterless places 318 looking for rest but 319 does not find it. 12:44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 320 When it returns, 321 it finds the house 322 empty, swept clean, and put in order. 323 12:45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 324 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 325 was still speaking to the crowds, 326 his mother and brothers 327 came and 328 stood outside, asking 329 to speak to him. 12:47 330 Someone 331 told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside wanting 332 to speak to you.” 12:48 To the one who had said this, Jesus 333 replied, 334 “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 12:49 And pointing 335 toward his disciples he said, “Here 336 are my mother and my brothers! 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is 337 my brother and sister and mother.”