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The Pre-Existence of Christ

John 1:1-18

1In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2He existed in the beginning with God.

3Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.

4In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity.a

5And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.b

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.

8He was not the light, but he camec to testify about the light.

9Thisd was the true light that enlightens every person by his coming into the world.e

10He was in the world, and the world was made through him. Yet the world did not recognize him.

11He came to his own creation,f yet his own people did not receive him.

12However, to all who received him, to those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God's children,

13who were born, not merely in a physical sense,g or from a fleshly impulse, or from man's desire, but of God.

14The Word became flesh and tabernacledh among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father's unique Son,i full of grace and truth.

15John told the truth about him when he cried out, “This is the person about whom I said, ‘The one who comes after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”

16From his fullness we have all received one gracious gift after another.j

17For while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

18No one has ever seen God. The unique God,k who is close to the Father's side, has revealed him.

John 1:1-18   a1:4 Lit. was the light of people   b1:5 Or understood it   c1:8 The Gk. lacks he came   d1:9 Lit. He   e1:9 Or every person who is coming into the world   f1:11 Or possessions   g1:13 Lit. not of bloods   h1:14 Or pitched his tent   i1:14 The Gk. lacks Son   j1:16 Lit. grace for grace   k1:18 Other mss. read Son

 

Genealogy of Jesus

Matthew 1:1-17 (Traced through Joseph)

Luke 3:23b-38 (Traced through Mary)

1This isa a record of the birth of Jesus Christ,b the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers.

3Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram,

4Aram fathered Aminidab, Aminidab fathered Nahshon, and Nahshon fathered Salmon.

5Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse,

6and Jesse fathered King David. David fathered Solomon by the wife of Uriah,

7Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asaph,c

8Asaphd fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah,

9Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah,

10Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amos,e and Amosf fathered Josiah.

11Josiah fathered Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12After the deportation to Babylon, Jechoniah fathered Salathiel, Salathiel fathered Zerubbabel,

13Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor,

14Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud,

15Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, and Matthan fathered Jacob.

16Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus,g who is called the Christ.h

17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteene generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon were fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christj were fourteen generations.

23bHe was (so it was thought) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,

26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,

27the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel,n the son of Neri,

28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,

29the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,

30the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,

31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Matattha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon,o the son of Nahshon,

33the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

35the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,

36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,

38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Matt 1:1-17   a1:1 The Gk. lacks This is   b1:1 I.e. the Messiah   c1:7 Other mss. read Asa   d1:8 Other mss. read Asa   e1:10 Other mss. read Amon   f 1:10 Other mss. read Amon   g1:16 Lit. of whom Jesus was born   h1:16 I.e. the Messiah   i1:17 The numerical value of the name David in Heb. is fourteen.   j1:17 I.e. the Messiah     Luke 3:23b-38   n3:27 Gk. Salathiel   o3:32 Other mss. read Sala

 

Gabriel Announces the Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:1-25

1Since many people have attempted to write an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us,

2just as they were passed down to us by those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning,

3I, too, have carefully investigated everything from the beginning and have decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

5In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

6Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, and they lived blamelessly according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord.

7They had no children because Elizabeth was barren and because both of them were getting on in years.a

8When Zechariahb was serving with his division of priests in God's presence,

9he was chosen by lot to go into the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense, according to the custom of the priests.

10And the entire congregation of people was praying outside at the time when the incense was burned.

11An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the incense altar.

12When Zechariah saw him, he was shaken, and fear overwhelmed him.

13But the angel said to him, “Stop being afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to name him John.

14You will have joy and gladness, and many people will rejoice at his birth.

15For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will never drink wine or any strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

16He will bring many of Israel's descendants back to the Lord their God.

17He is the one who will go before the Lordc with the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, and to prepare the people to be ready for the Lord.”

18Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.”d

19The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

20But because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at the proper time,e you will become silent and unable to speak until the day this happens.”

21Meanwhile, the people kept waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed in the sanctuary so long.

22But when he did come out, he was unable to speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them but remained unable to speak.

23When the days of his service were over, he went home.

24After this,f his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for five months. She said,

25“This is what the Lord did for me when he looked favorably on me and took away my public disgrace.”

Luke 1:1-25   a1:7 Lit. in their days   b1:8 Lit. he   c1:17 Lit. before him   d1:18 Lit. in her days   e1:20 Lit. in their times   f1:24 Lit. After those days

 

Gabriel Visits Mary

Luke 1:26-38

26Now in the sixth month of her pregnancy,g the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

27to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendanth of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

28The angeli came to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!”j

29She was startled by his statement and tried to figure out what his greeting meant.

30Then the angel told her, “Stop being afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus.

32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his forefather David.

33He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

34Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had relations withk a man?”

35The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. Therefore, the child will be holy and will be called the Son of God.

36And listen! Elizabeth, your relative, has herself conceived a son in her old age. This is the sixth month for the woman who was said to be barren.

37For nothing is impossible for God.”

38Then Mary said, “Truly I am the Lord's servant. Let everything you have said happen to me.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38   g1:26 The Gk. lacks of her pregnancy   h1:27 Lit. of the house  i1:28 Lit. He   j1:28 Other mss. read is with you! How blessed are you among women!   k1:34 Lit. I have not known

 

Mary Visits Elizabeth, the Mother of John the Baptist

Luke 1:39-56

39At this timel Mary set out hurriedly for a Judean city in the hill country.

40She went into Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.

41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby jumped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “How blessed are you among women, and how blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43Why should this happen to me, to have the mother of my Lord visit me!

44For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.

45How blessed is this woman for believing that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled!”

46Then Mary said, “My soul praises the greatness of the Lord!

47My spirit exults in God, my Savior,

48for he has looked favorably on his humble servant. From now on, all generations will call me blessed,

49because the Almighty has done great things for me. His name is holy.

50His mercy lasts from generation to generation for those who fear him.

51He displayed his mighty power with his arm. He scattered people who were proud in mind and heart.m

52He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones and lifted up humble people.

53He filled hungry people with good things and sent rich people away with nothing.

54He helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,

55according to the promise he maden to our ancestors—to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

56Now Mary stayed with Elizabetho about three months and then went back home.

Luke 1:39-56   l1:39 Lit. In those days   m1:51 Lit. in the mind of their heart   n1:55 Lit. just as he spoke   o1:56 Lit. with her

 

The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-80

57When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.

58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

59On the eighth day they went to circumcise the child. They were going to name him Zechariah after his father,

60but his mother said, “Absolutely not! He must be named John.”

61Their friendsp said to her, “None of your relatives has that name.”

62So they motioned to the baby'sq father to see what he wanted to name him.

63He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And everyone was amazed.

64Suddenly, Zechariah'sr mouth was opened, his tongue was set free, and he began to speak and to praise God.

65Fear came over all their neighbors, and throughout the hill country of Judea all these things were being discussed.

66All who heard about it debated in their minds what had happened and said, “What will this child become?” For it was obvious that the hand of the Lord was with him.

67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel! He has taken care of his people and has set them free.

69He has raised up a mighty Saviors for us from the family of his servant David,

70just as he promised long ago through the mouth of his holy prophets

71that he would save us from our enemies and from the grip of all who hate us.

72He has shown mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy covenant,

73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham. He granted us

74deliverance from our enemies' grip so that we could serve him without fear

75and be holy and righteous before him all of our days.

76And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. For you will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways

77and to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

78Because of the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high has broken upon us,

79to shine on those who sit in darkness and in death's shadow, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80Now the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit.t He lived in the wilderness until the day he appeared in Israel. 

Luke 1:57-80   p1:61 Lit. They   q1:62 Lit. to his   r1:64 Lit. his   s1:69 Lit. a horn of salvation   t1:80 Or in the Spirit

 

An Angel Visits Joseph in a Dream

Matthew 1:18-25

18Now the birth of Jesus Christk happened in this way. When his mother Mary was engagedl to Joseph, before they lived together she was discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly.

20After he had thought about it, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

21She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus,m because he is the one who will save his people from their sins.”

22Now all this happened to fulfill what was declared by the Lord through the prophet when he said,

23“See, a virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel,”n which means, “God with us.”

24When Joseph got up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary aso his wife.

25He did not have marital relations withp her until she had given birth to a son;q and he named him Jesus.

Matt 1:18-25   k1:18 I.e. the Messiah   l1:18 Engagement involved a legally binding promise of marriage.   m1:21  Jesus is the Gk. for Joshua, meaning The Lord saves.   n1:23 Isa 7:14   o1:24 The Gk. lacks Mary as   p1:25 Lit. did not know   q1:25 Other mss. read to her firstborn son

 

The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-7

1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be registered.

2This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3So all the people went to their hometowns to be registered.

4Joseph, too, went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was a descendanta of the household and family of David.

5He went thereb to be registered with Mary, who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.

6While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby,

7and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was not any room for them in the inn.c

Luke 2:1-7   a2:4 The Gk. lacks a descendant   b2:5 The Gk. lacks He went there   c2:7 Or in the guest room

 

The Shepherds Visit Jesus

Luke 2:8-20

8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night.

9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10Then the angel said to them, “Stop being afraid! Listen! I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.

11Today your Savior, Christd the Lord, was born in the city of David.

12And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a multitude of the Heavenly Army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to people who enjoy his favor!”e

15When the angels had left them and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see what has taken place that the Lord has told us about.”

16So they went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in the manger.

17When they saw this, they repeated what they had been told about this child.

18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them,

19but Mary continued to treasure in her heart all these things and to ponder them.

20Then the shepherds returned to their flock,f glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Luke 2:8-20   d2:11 I.e. Messiah   e2:14 Other mss. read peace on earth, and favor to people   f2:20 The Gk. lacks to their flock

 

The Circumcision of Jesus

Luke 2:21

21After eight days had passed, the childg was circumcised and named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:21   g2:21 Lit. he

 

Jesus is Presented in the Temple

Luke 2:22-38

22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Maryh took Jesusi up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,

23as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn son is to be designated as holy to the Lord.”j

24They also offered a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord: “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”k

25Now a man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. This man was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the one who would comfort Israel,l and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not diem until he had seen the Lord's Christ.n

27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus to do for him what was customary under the law,

28Simeono took the childp in his arms and praised God, saying,

29“Master, now you are allowing your servant to leave in peace according to your word.

30For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31which you prepared for all people to see—

32a light that will reveal salvationq to the gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel.”

33Jesus’r father and mother kept wondering at the things being said about him.

34Then Simeons blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall or rise. He will be a sign that will be disputed,

35so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed. Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too.”

36Now Anna, a prophetess, was also there. She was a descen­dant of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage,

37and then as a widow for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, but continued to worship there night and day with times of fasting and prayer.

38Just then she came forward and began to thank God and to speak about the childt to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 

Luke 2:22-38   h2:22 Lit. they   i2:22 Lit. him   j2:23 Exod 13:2, 12, 15   k2:24 Lev 12:8   l2:25 Lit. for the comfort of Israel   m2:26 Lit. see death   n2:26 I.e. Messiah   o2:28 Lit. he   p2:28 Lit. him   q2:32 Lit. a light for revelation   r2:33 Lit. His   s2:34 Lit. he   t2:38 Lit. about him

 

The Wise Men Bring Gifts

Matthew 2:1-12

1After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise mena from the east arrived in Jerusalem

2and asked, “Where is the one who was born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the eastb and have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard this he was troubled, and all the people ofc Jerusalem with him.

4He called together all the high priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christd was to be born.

5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea. For that is what was written by the prophet:

6‘O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the rulers of Judah. For from you will come a ruler who will shepherde my people Israel.’”f

7Then Herod secretly called together the wise meng and found out from them the time the star had appeared.

8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “As you go, search carefully for the child. When you find him, tell me so that I, too, may go and worship him.”

9After listening to the king, they set out, and the star they had seen in the easth went ahead of them until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.

10When they saw the star, they were ecstatic with joy.

11After they went into the house and saw the child with his mother Mary, they fell down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure sacks and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12Having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they left for their own country by a different road.

Matt 2:1-12   a2:1 Or astrologers; Gk. magi   b2:2 Or at its rising   c2:3 The Gk. lacks the people of   d2:4 I.e. the Messiah   e2:6 Or govern   f2:6 Mic 5:2; 2 Sam 5:2   g2:7 Or astrologers; Gk. magi   h2:9 Or at its rising

 

Joseph’s Family Escapes to Egypt

Matthew 2:13-15

13After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and kill him.”

14So Josephi got up and took the child and his mother and left at night for Egypt.

15He stayed there until Herod's death in order to fulfill what was declared by the Lord through the prophet when he said, “Out of Egypt I called my Son.”j

Matt 2:13-15   i2:14 Lit. he   j2:15 Hos 11:1

 

Herod’s Wrath on Bethlehem

Matthew 2:16-18

16When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men,k he flew into a rage and ordered the execution of all the male children in Bethlehem and all its neighboring regions who were two years old and younger, according to the time that he had determined from the wise men.l

17Then what was declared by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled when he said,

18A voice was heard in Ramah: wailing and great mourning. Rachel was crying for her children. She refused to be comforted, because they no longer existed.”m

Matt 2:16-18   k2:16 Or astrologers; Gk. magi   l2:16 Or astrologers; Gk. magi   m2:18 Jer 31:15

 

The Return from Egypt to Nazareth

Matthew 2:19-23

Luke 2:39

19But after Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

20and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

21So Josephn got up and took the child and his mother and went into the land of Israel.

22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee

23and came and settled in a town called Nazareth in order to fulfill what was said by the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”o

39After doing everything required by the law of the Lord, Joseph and Maryu returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee.

Matt 2:19-23   n2:21 Lit. he   o2:23 The Gk. Nazoraios may be a word play between Heb. netser, meaning branch (see Isa 11:1), and the name Nazareth.   Luke 2:39   u2:39 Lit. they

 

The Childhood of Jesus

Luke 2:40-52

40Meanwhile, the child continued to grow and to become strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was with him.

41Every year Jesus’v parents would go to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.

42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival as usual.

43When the days of the festivalw were over, they left for home. The young man Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

44They thought that he was in the group of travelers. After traveling for a day, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

45When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching desperately for him.

46Three days later they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions.

47All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers.

48When his parentsx saw him, they were shocked. His mother asked him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried sick looking for you!”

49He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?”y

50But they did not understand what he said to them.

51Then he went down with them and returned to Nazareth; and he remained in submission to them. His mother continued to treasure all these things in her heart.

52Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing in wisdom and maturity,z and in favor with God and his fellow man.

Luke 2:40-52   v2:41 Lit. his   w2:43 The Gk. lacks of the festival   x2:48 Lit. they   y2:49 Or about my Father's work   z2:52 Or height

 

The Ministry of John the Baptist

Matthew 3:1-12

Mark 1:1-8

Luke 3:1-18

1In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”

3He was the one the prophet Isaiah was referring to when he said, “He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!’”a

4John had clothing made of camel's hair and woreb a leather belt around his waist. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey.

5Then the people ofc Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region along the Jordan began flocking to him,

6being baptized by him in the Jordan River while they confessed their sins.

7But when Johnd saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing,e he said to them, “You children of serpents! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

8Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!

9Don't think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our forefather.’ For I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!

10The ax already lies against the roots of the trees. So every tree not producing good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11I am baptizing you withf water as a token of repentance,g but the one who is coming after me is stronger than I am, and I am not worthy to carry his sandals. It is he who will baptize you withh the Holy Spirit and fire.

12His winnowing fork is in his hand. He will clean up his threshing floor and gather his grain into the barn, but he will burn the chaff with inextinguishable fire.”

1This isa the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.b

2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See! I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way.c

3He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!’”d

4John was baptizing in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

5People frome the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, being baptized by him while they confessed their sins.

6Now John was dressed in camel's hair withf a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.

7He kept proclaiming, “The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am, and I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandal straps.

8I baptized you withg water, but it is he who will baptize you withh the Holy Spirit.” 

1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Caesar Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

2and Annas and Caiaphas high priests, the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.

3Johna went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!

5Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked ways will be made straight, and the rough roads will be made smooth.

6Everyoneb will see the salvation that God has provided.’”c

7John would say to the crowds that were coming out to be baptized by him, “You children of serpents! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

8Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance! Don't begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our forefather.’ For I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!

9The ax already lies against the roots of the trees. So every tree not producing good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.”

10The crowds kept asking him, “What, then, should we do?”

11He answered them, “The person who has two coats must share with the one who doesn't have any, and the person who has food must do the same.”

12Even some tax collectors came to be baptized. They asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13He told them, “Stop collecting more money than the amount you are told to collect.”

14Even some soldiers were asking him, “And what should we do?” He told them, “Never extort money from anyone by threats or blackmail, and be satisfied with your pay.”

15Now the people were filled with expectation, and all of them were wondering if John was perhaps the Christ.d

16John replied to all of them, “I am baptizing you withe water, but the one who is stronger than I am is coming, and I am not worthy to untie his sandal straps. It is he who will baptize you withf the Holy Spirit and fire.

17His winnowing fork is in his hand to clean up his threshing floor. He will gather the grain into his barn, but he will burn the chaff with inextinguishable fire.”

18With many other exhortations Johng continued to proclaim the good news to the people.

Matt 3:1-12   a3:3 Isa 40:3   b3:4 The Gk. lacks wore   c3:5 The Gk. lacks the people of   d3:7 Lit. he   e3:7 Lit. to his baptism   f3:11 Or in   g3:11 Lit. for repentance   h3:11 Or in      Mark 1:1-8   a1:1 The Gk. lacks This is   b1:1 Other mss. lack the Son of God   c1:2 Mal 3:1   d1:3 Isa 40:3   e1:5 The Gk. lacks People from   f1:6 Lit. and   g1:8 Or in   h1:8 Or in      Luke 3:1-18   a3:3 Lit. He   b3:6 Lit. All flesh   c3:6 Isa 40:3-5   d3:15 I.e. the Messiah   e3:16 Or in   f3:16 Or in   g3:18 Lit. he  

 

John Baptizes Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17

Mark 1:9-11

Luke 3:21-23a

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

14But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?”

15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be this way for now, for this is the proper way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then Johni let him.

16When Jesus had been baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens opened up for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.

17Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him!”

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

10Just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens split open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

11Then a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you!” 

21When all the people had been baptized, Jesus, too, was baptized. While he was praying, heaven opened,

22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, saying,k “You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you!”l

23Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.m

Matt 3:13-17   i3:15 Lit. he      Luke 3:21-23a   k3:22  The Gk. lacks saying   l3:22 Other mss. read You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.   m3:23 The Gk. lacks his ministry

 

The Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11

Mark 1:12-13

Luke 4:1-13

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he finally became hungry.

3The tempter came and said to him, “Ifa you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

4But he answered, “It is written, ‘One must not live on bread alone, but on every word coming out of the mouth of God.’”b

5Then the devil took him to the Holy Cityc and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.

6He said to Jesus,d “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘Gode will put his angels in charge of you,’ and ‘With their hands they will hold you up, so that you will never hit your foot against a rock.’”f

7Jesus said to him, “It is also written, ‘You must not tempt the Lord your God.’”g

8Once more the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.

9He said to Jesus,h “I will give you all of these things if you will bow down and worship me!”

10Then Jesus said to him, “Go away,i Satan! For it is written, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”j

11Then the devil left him, and angels came and began ministering to him.

12At once the Spirit drove him into the wilderness.

13He was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

1Then Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

2where he was being tempted by the devil for forty days. During those days he ate nothing at all, and when they were over he was hungry.

3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One must not live on bread alone, but on every word of God.’”a

5The devilb also took him to a high placec and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant.

6He said to Jesus,d “I will give you all this authority and the glory of these kingdoms.e For it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please.

7So if you will worship me, all this will be yours.”

8But Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”f

9The devilg also took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. He said to Jesus,h “Ifi you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here.

10For it is written, ‘Godj will put his angels in charge of you to watch over you carefully.

11With their hands they will hold you up, so that you will never hit your foot against a rock.’”k

12Jesus answered him, “It has been said, ‘You must not tempt the Lord your God.’”l

13After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, he left him until another time.

Matt 4:1-11   a4:3 Or Since   b4:4 Deut 8:3   c4:5 I.e. Jerusalem   d4:6 Lit. him   e4:6 Lit. He   f4:6 Ps 91:11-12   g4:7 Deut 6:16   h4:9 Lit. him   i4:10 Other mss. read Get behind me   j4:10 Deut 6:13      Luke 4:1-13   a4:4 Deut 8:3; Other mss. lack but on every word of God   b4:5 Lit. He   c4:5 Lit. took him up   d4:6 Lit. him   e4:6 Lit. their glory   f4:8 Deut 6:13   g4:9 Lit. He   h4:9 Lit. him   i4:9 Or If   j4:10 Lit. He   k4:11  Ps 91:11-12   l4:12 Deut 6:16  

 

John the Baptist’s Testimony about Christ

John 1:19-28

19This was John's testimony when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

20He spoke openly and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”l

21So they asked him, “Well then, are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

22Then they said to him, “Who are you? We must give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23He replied, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of the Lord straight,’”m as the prophet Isaiah said.

24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.

25They asked him, “Why, then, are you baptizing if you are not the Christn or Elijah or the Prophet?”

26John answered them, “I am baptizing witho water, but among you stands a man whom you do not know,

27the one who is coming after me, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to untie.”

28This happened in Bethanyp on the other sideq of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:19-28   l1:20 I.e. the Messiah   m1:23 Isa 40:3   n1:25 I.e. the Messiah   o1:26 Or in   p1:28 Other mss. read Bethabara   q1:28 I.e. the east side

 

John the Baptist Describes Christ’s Baptism

John 1:29-34

29The next day Johnr saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

30This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’

31I didn't recognize him, but I came baptizing withs water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32John also testified, “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

33I didn't recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize witht water told me, ‘The person on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining is the one who baptizes withu the Holy Spirit.’

34I have seen this and have testified that this is the Sonv of God.”

John 1:29-34   r1:29 Lit. he   s1:31 Or in   t1:33 Or in   u1:33 Or in   v1:34 Other mss. read Chosen One

 

The First Disciples

John 1:35-51

35The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples.

36As he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38But when Jesus turned around and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi,” (which is translated “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39He told them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.w

40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.x

41Andrewy first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated “Christ”).z

42He led Simona to Jesus. Jesus looked at him intently and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas”b (which is translated “Peter”).c

43The next day Jesus decided to go away into Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.

45Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the man about whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

46Nathaniel said to him, “Out of Nazareth? What good can that be?” Philip told him, “Come and see!”

47Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said about him, “Look, a true Israelite, in whom there is no falsehood!”

48Nathaniel said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49Nathaniel replied to him, “Rabbid, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that.”

51Then he said to him, “Truly, truly I tell all of you,e you will see heaven standing open and the angels of God going up and coming down to the Son of Man.”

John 1:35-51   w1:39 Lit. the tenth hour   x1:40 Lit. him   y1:41 Lit. He  z1:41 I.e. Anointed One   a1:42 Lit. him   b1:42 Cephas means rock in Aram.   c1:42 Peter means rock in Gk.   d1:49 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   e1:51 Lit. you (pl.)

 

Jesus Turns Water into Wine

John 2:1-12

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there,

2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

3When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don't have any wine.”

4Jesus said to her, “How does that concern us, woman? My hour has not yet come.”

5His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6Now standing there were six stone water jars used for the Jewish rites of purification, each one holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7Jesus told the servants,a “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.

8Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the man in charge of the banquet.” So they took it.

9When the man in charge of the banquet tasted the water that had become wine (without knowing where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew), heb called for the bridegroom

10and said to him, “Everyone serves the best wine first, and the cheap kind when peoplec are drunk. But you have kept the best wine until now!”

11Jesus did this, the firstd of his signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

12After this, Jesuse went down to Capernaum—he, his mother, his brothers, and his disciples—and they remained there for a few days. 

John 2:1-12   a2:7 Lit. them   b2:9 Lit. the man in charge of the banquet   c2:10 Lit. they   d2:11 Or beginning   e2:12 Lit. he

 

The First Temple Cleansing

John 2:13-25

13The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as moneychangers sitting at their tables.

15Making a whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, including the sheep and the cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and knocked over their tables.

16Then he told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!”

17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”f

18Then the Jews said to him, “What sign can you show us as authority for doing these things?”

19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will rebuild it.”

20The Jews said, “This sanctuary has been under construction for forty-six years, and you're going to rebuild it in three days?”

21But the sanctuary he was speaking about was his own body.

22After he had been raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made.g

23While Jesush was in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, many people believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing.

24Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people

25and didn't need anyone to tell him what people were like. For he himself knew what was in every person.i

John 2:13-25   f2:17 Ps 69:9   g2:22 Lit. spoken   h2:23 Lit. he   i2:25 Lit. in a person

 

Nicodemus Meets Jesus at Night

John 3:1-21

1Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.

2He came to Jesusa at night and said to him, “Rabbi,b we know that you have come from God as a teacher, for no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”

3Jesus replied to him, “Truly, truly I tell you, unless a person is born from abovec he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can't go back into his mother's womb a second time and be born, can he?”

5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I tell you, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.d

6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7Don't be astonished that I said to you, ‘All of youe must be born from above.’f

8The windg blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. That's the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9Nicodemus said to him, “How can that be?”

10Jesus answered him, “You're the teacher of Israel, and you can't understand this?

11Truly, truly I tell you, we know what we're talking about, and we testify about what we've seen. Yet you peopleh do not accept our testimony.

12If I have told you peoplei about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

13“No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.j

14Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.k

16“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.

17For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique Son.

19And this is the basis for judgment: The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.

20For everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed.l

21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that all may seem that his actions have been done in God.”

John 3:1-21   a3:2 Lit. him   b3:2 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   c3:3 Or born again   d3:5 Other mss. read of heaven   e3:7 Lit. You (pl.)   f3:7 Or born again   g3:8 The same Gk. word can be translated both wind and spirit.   h3:11 Lit. you (pl.)   i3:12 Lit. you (pl.)   j3:13 Other mss. lack who is in heaven   k3:15 The quotation possibly concludes with this verse instead of with verse 21.   l3:20 Other mss. read exposed that they are evil   m3:21 Lit. so that it may be revealed

 

The Disciples Baptize Many in Judea

John 3:22-24

22After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside. He spent some time there with them and began baptizing.

23John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. Peoplen kept coming and were being baptized,

24since John had not yet been thrown into prison.

John 3:22-24   n3:23 Lit. They

 

The Disciples of John the Baptist Ask about Jesus

John 3:25-36

25Then a controversy about ritual purification sprang up between John's disciples and a certain Jew.o

26They went to John and told him, “Rabbip, the man who was with you on the other sideq of the Jordan, the one about whom you testified—look, he's baptizing, and all are going to him!”

27John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.

28You yourselves are myr witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,s but I have been sent ahead of him.’

29It is the bride­groom who gets the bride, yet the bridegroom's friend, who merelyt stands by and listens for him, is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That's why this joy of mine is now complete.

30He must become more important, but I must become less important.”

31The one who comes from above is over everything. The one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things.u The one who comes from heaven is over everything.

32He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.

33The person who has accepted his testi­mony has acknowledged that God is truthful.v

34For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because Godw does not give the Spirit in limited measure.

35The Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands.

36The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:25-36   o3:25 Other mss. read the Jews   p3:26 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   q3:26 I.e., the east side   r3:28 Other mss. lack my   s3:28 I.e. the Messiah   t3:29 The Gk. lacks merely   u3:31 Lit. of the earth   v3:33 Or true   w3:34 Lit. he

 

Herod Imprisons John the Baptist

Matthew 4:12

Mark 1:14

Luke 3:19-20

12Now when Jesusk heard that John had been arrested, he went back to Galilee.

14Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and pro­claimed the gospel about the kingdomi of God.

19Now Herod the tetrarch had been rebuked by Johnh because he had marriedi his brother's wife Herodias and because of all the evil things Herod had done.

20Added to all this, Herodj locked John up in prison.

Matt 4:12   k 4:12 Lit. he      Mark 1:14   i1:14 Other mss. lack about the kingdom      Luke 3:19-20   h3:19 Lit. him   i3:19 Lit. because of   j3:20 Lit. he

 

Jesus Withdraws from Judea

John 4:1-3

1Now when Jesusa realized that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John—

2although it was not Jesus who did the baptizing but his disciples—

3he left Judea and went back to Galilee.

John 4:1-3   a 4:1 Other mss. read the Lord

 

The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well

John 4:4-26

4Now it was necessary for him to go through Samaria.

5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

6Jacob's Well was also there, and Jesus, tired out by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about twelve noon.b

7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”

8For his disciples had gone off into town to buy food.

9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews do not have anything to do with Samaritans.c

10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Please give me a drink,’ you would have been the one to ask him, and he would have given you living water.”

11The womand said to him, “Sir, you don't have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this living water?

12You're not greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it, along with his sons and his flocks, are you?”

13Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again.

14But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I won't get thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16He said to her, “Go and call your husband, and come back here.”

17The woman answered him, “I don't have a husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are quite right in saying, ‘I don't have a husband.’

18For you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

19The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet!

20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain. But you Jewse say that the place where people should worship is in Jerusalem.”

21Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you Samaritansf will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

22You don't know what you're worshiping. We know what we're worshiping, for salvation comes from the Jews.

23Yet the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spiritg and truth. Indeed, the Father is looking for people like that to worship him.

24God is spirit,h and those who worship him must worship in spiriti and truth.”

25The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.”

26Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

John 4:4-26   b4:6 Lit. the sixth hour   c4:9 Other mss. lack For Jews do not have anything to do with Samaritans.   d4:11 Other mss. read She

e 4:20 Lit. you (pl.)   f4:21 Lit. you (pl.)   g4:23 Or in the Spirit   h4:24 Or Spirit   i4:24 Or in the Spirit

 

The Disciples Question Jesus

John 4:27-38

27At this point his disciples arrived, and they were amazed that he was talking to a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you want from her?”j or, “Why are you talking to her?”

28Then the woman left her water jar and went back to town. She told the people,

29“Come and see a man who told me everything I've ever done! Could he possibly be the Christ?”k

30The peoplel left the town and started on their way to him.

31Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, “Rabbim, have something to eat.”

32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one has brought him anything to eat, has he?”

34Jesus told them, “My food is doing the will of the one who sent me and completing his work.

35You say, don't you, ‘In four more months the harvest will be here?’ Look, I tell you, open your eyes and observe that the fields are readyn for harvesting!

36The one who harvests is already receiving his wages and gathering a crop for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who harvests may rejoice together.

37For in this respect the saying is true: ‘One person sows, and another person harvests.’o

38I have sent you to harvest what you have not labored for. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

John 4:27-38   j4:27 The Gk. lacks from her   k4:29 I.e. the Messiah   l4:30 Lit. They   m4:31 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   n4:35 Lit. white   o4:37 Mic 6:15

 

The Samaritans Come to Jesus

John 4:39-42

39Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in Jesusp because of the woman's testimony when she testified, “He told me everything I've ever done.”

40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there for two days.

41And many more believed because of his word.

42They kept telling the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard him ourselves, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”

John 4:39-42   p 4:39 Lit. in him

 

Jesus Continues toward Galilee

Luke 4:14-15

John 4:43-44

14Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country.

15He began to teach in their synagogues and was continuously receiving praise from everyone.

43Two days later, Jesusq went from that place to Galilee.

44For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

John 4:43-44   q 4:43 Lit. he

 

The First Rejection in Nazareth

Luke 4:16-30

16Then Jesusm came to Nazareth, where he had been raised. As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. When he stood up to read,

17the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set oppressed people free,

19and to announce the year of the Lord's favor.”n

20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.

21Then he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

22All the people began to speak well of him and to wonder at the gracious words that flowed from his mouth. They said, “This is Joseph's son, isn't it?”

23So he said to them, “You will probably quote this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, heal yourself! Do all the things here in your hometown that we hear you did in Capernaum.’”

24He added, “Truly I tell you, a prophet is not accepted in his hometown.

25In truth I tell you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the heaven was closed for three years and six months and there was a severe famine everywhere in the land.

26Yet Elijah wasn't sent to a single one of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

27There were also many lepers in Israel in the prophet Elisha's time, yet not one of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

28All the people in the synagogue became furious when they heard this.

29They got up, forced Jesuso out of the city, and led him to the edge of the hill on which their city was built, intending to throw him off of it.

30But he walked right through the middle of them and went away.

Luke 4:16-30   m4:16 Lit. he   n4:19 Isa 61:1-2; 58:6   o4:29 Lit. him

 

Jesus Arrives in Cana of Galilee

John 4:45

45When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem during the festival. For they, too, had gone to the festival.

 

The Official’s Son Is Healed

John 4:46-54

46So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. Meanwhile, in Capernaum there was a government official whose son was ill.

47When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him repeatedly to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

48Jesus told him, “Unless you peopler see signs and wonders, you will never believe.”

49The official said to him, “Sir,s please come down before my little boy dies.”

50Jesus said to him, “Go home. Your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus told him and started on his way.

51While he was on his way down, his servants met him and told him that his childt was alive.

52So he asked them at what hour he had begun to recover, and they told him, “The fever left him yesterday at one o'clock in the afternoon.”u

53Then the father realized that this was the very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, along with his whole family.

54Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

John 4:46-54   r4:48 Lit. you (pl.)   s4:49 Or Lord   t4:51 Other mss. read son   u4:52 Lit. the seventh hour

 

Jesus Settles in Capernaun

Matthew 4:13-17

Mark 1:14-15

Luke 4:31-32

13He left Nazareth and went and settled in Capernaum by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,

14in order to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

15“O Land of Zebulun and Land of Naphtali, on the road to the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles!

16The people livingl in darkness have seen a great light, and for those livingm in the land and shadow of death, a light has risen.”n

17From then on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”

14Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and pro­claimed the gospel about the kingdomi of God.

15He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near! Repent, and keep believing in the gospel!”

31Then Jesusp went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and began teaching the peopleq on the Sabbath.

32They were utterly amazed at his teaching, because his message was spokenr with authority.

Matt 4:13-17   l4:16 Lit. sitting  m4:16 Lit. sitting   n4:16 Isa 9:1-2      Mark 1:14-15   i1:14 Other mss. lack about the kingdom     
Luke 4:31-32   p4:31 Lit. he   q4:31 Lit. them   r4:32  The Gk. lacks spoken

 

Fisherman Called to Be Disciples

Matthew 4:18-22

Mark 1:16-20

18While Jesuso was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the sea because they were fishermen.

19He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishermen of people!”

20So at once they left their nets and followed him.

21Going on from there he saw two other brothers—James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee repairing their nets. When he called them,

22they immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.

16While Jesusj was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the sea because they were fishermen.

17Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishermen of people!”

18So immediately they left their nets and followed him.

19Going on a little farther he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat repairing their nets.

20He immediately called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Matt 4:18-22   o4:18 Lit. he      Mark 1:16-20   j1:16 Lit. he

 

The Demoniac in Capernaum

Mark 1:21-28

Luke 4:33-37

21Then they went to Capernaum. As soon as it was the Sabbath,k Jesusl went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22The peoplem were utterly amazed at his teaching, for he was teaching them like one with authority and not like their scribes.

23Suddenlyn there was a man in their synagogue who had an unclean spirit. He screamed,

24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”

26At this, the unclean spirit shook the man,o cried out with a loud voice, and came out of him.

27All the people were so stunned that they kept saying to each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He tells even the unclean spirits what to do, and they obey him!”

28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

33In the synagogue was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. He screamed with a loud voice,

34“Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” At this, the demon threw the mans down in the middle of the synagoguet and came out of him without hurting him.

36Amazement came on all of them, and they kept saying to one another, “What kind of statement is this? For with authority and power he tells the unclean spirits what to do, and they come out!”

37So news about him spread to every place in the surrounding region.

Mark 1:21-28   k1:21 Lit. Sabbaths   l1:21 Lit. he   m1:22 Lit. They   n1:23 Lit. Immediately   o1:26 Lit. him      Luke 4:33-37   s4:35 Lit. him   t4:35 The Gk. lacks of the synagogue

 

Peter’s Mother-in-Law Is Healed

Matthew 8:14-15

Mark 1:29-31

Luke 4:38-39

14When Jesus went into Peter's house, he saw Peter'sn mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever.

15He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began serving him.

 

29After they left the synagogue, they went directly to the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John.

30Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever, so they promptly told Jesusp about her.

31He went up to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began serving them.

38Then Jesusu got up to leave the synagogue and went into Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was sick with a high fever, so they asked Jesusv about her.

39He bent over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began serving them.

Matt 8:14-15   n8:14 Lit. his      Mark 1:29-31   p1:30 Lit. him      Luke 4:38-39   u4:38 Lit. he   v4:38 Lit. him

 

Many Healed at Sunset

Matthew 8:16-17

Mark 1:32-34

Luke 4:40-41

16When evening came, peopleo brought to him many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all those who were sick.

17This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “It was he who took our illnesses away and removed our diseases.”p

32When evening came, after the sun had set, peopleq started bringing to him all those who were sick or possessed by demons.

33In fact, the whole city gathered at the door.

34He healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. However, he wouldn't allow the demons to speak because they knew who he was.

40When the sun was setting, all those who had any friendsw suffering from various diseases brought them to him. He placed his hands on each of them and began healing them.

41Even demons came out of many people, screaming, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesusx rebuked them and ordered them not to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.y

Matt 8:16-17   o8:16 Lit. they   p8:17 Isa 53:4      Mark 1:32-34   q1:32 Lit. they      Luke 4:40-41   w4:40 Lit. people   x4:41 Lit. he   y4:41 I.e. the Messiah

 

The Disciples Seek Jesus

Mark 1:35-38

Luke 4:42-43

35In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesusr got up and went to a deserted place and prayed there.

36Simon and his companions searched diligently for him.

37When they found him, they told him, “Everyone's looking for you.”

38He said to them, “Let's go to the neighboring towns so that I can preach there, too. For that is why I came out here.”s

42At daybreak he left and went to a deserted place, while the crowds kept looking for him. When they came to him, they tried to keep him from leaving them.

43But he said to them, “I have to proclaim the good news about the kingdom of God in the other cities also, for that is what I was sent to do.”

Mark 1:35-38   r1:35 Lit. he   s1:38 The Gk. lacks here

 

Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues

Matt 4:23

Mark 1:39

Luke 4:44

23Then he went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every illness among the people. 

39So he went throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

44So he continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee.z

Luke 4:44   z4:44 Other mss. read of Judea

 

Jesus Preaches in Simon’s Boat

Luke 5:1-3

1One day as the crowd was pressing in on him to listen to God's word, Jesusa was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.

2He saw two boats lying on the shore, but the fishermen had stepped out of them and were washing their nets.

3So Jesusb got into one of the boats (the one that belonged to Simon) and asked him to push out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and began to teach the crowds from the boat.

Luke 5:1-3   a5:1 Lit. he   b5:3 Lit. he

 

The Miraculous Catch of Fish

Luke 5:4-11

4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water, and lower your nets for a catch.”

5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I'll lower the nets.”

6After the menc had done this, they caught so many fish that the nets began to tear.

7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats until the boatsd began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”

9For Simone and all the people who were with him were amazed at the number of fish they had caught,

10and so were James and John, Zebedee's sons and Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Stop being afraid. From now on you will be catching people.”

11So when they brought the boats to shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.f

Luke 5:4-11   c5:6 Lit. they   d5:7 Lit. they   e5:9 Lit. he   f5:11 Lit. him

 

Jesus Heals a Leper

Matthew 8:1-4

Mark 1:40-45

Luke 5:12-16

1When Jesusa came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him.

2Suddenly a leperb came up to him, fell down before him, and said, “Sir,c if you want to, you can make me clean.”

3So Jesusd reached out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do want to. Be made clean!” And instantly his leprosy was made clean.

4Then Jesus said to him, “See to it that you don't speak to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded as proof to the authorities.”e

40Then a lepert came to Jesusu and began pleading with him. He fell on his knees and said to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”

41Moved with compassion, Jesusv reached out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do want to. Be made clean!”

42Instantly the leprosy left him, and he was clean.

43Then Jesusw sternly warned him and drove him away at once,

44telling him, “See to it that you don't say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded as proof to the authorities.”x

45But when the many left, he began to proclaim it freely. He spread the word so widely that Jesusz could no longer enter a town openly, but had to stay out in deserted places. Still, peoplea kept coming to him from everywhere.

12One day while Jesusg was in one of the cities, a man covered with leprosy saw Jesus and fell on his face, begging him, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

13So Jesush reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do want to. Be made clean!” Instantly the leprosy left him.

14Then Jesusi ordered him, “Don't tell anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing as Moses commanded as proof to the authorities.”j

15But the news about Jesusk spread even more, and many crowds began gathering to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.

16However, he continued his habit of retiring to deserted places and praying.

Matt 8:1-4   a8:1 Lit. he   b8:2 I.e. a man with a serious skin disease   c8:2 Or Lord   d8:3 Lit. He   e8:4 Lit. to them      Mark 1:40-45   t1:40 I.e. a man with a serious skin disease   u1:40 Lit. him   v1:41 Lit. he   w1:43 Lit. he   x1:44 Lit. to them   y1:45 Lit. he   z1:45 Lit. he   a1:45 Lit. they      Luke 5:12-16   g5:12 Lit. he   h5:13 Lit. he   i5:14 Lit. he   j5:14 Lit. to them   k5:15 Lit. him

 

Jesus Cures a Paralytic

Matthew 9:1-8

Mark 2:1-12

Luke 5:17-26

1After getting into a boat, Jesusa crossed to the other side and came to his own city.

2All at once some peopleb brought him a paralyzed man lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Be courageous, son! Your sins are forgiven.”

3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4But Jesus knewc their thoughts and said, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?

5For which is easier: to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?

6But I want you to knowd that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home!”

7So the mane got up and went home.

8When the crowds saw this, they became frightenedf and glorified God for giving such authority to humans.

1Several days later Jesusa returned to Capernaum, and it was reported that he was at home.

2So many crowds had gathered that there wasn't any room left for them, even in front of the door. Jesusb was speaking the word to them

3when some peoplec came and brought him a paralyzed man being carried by four men.

4Since they couldn't bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where he was. They dug through it and let down the cot on which the paralyzed man was lying.

5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6Now some scribes were sitting there, arguing among themselves,d

7“Why does this man talk this way? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

8At once, Jesus knew in his spirit what they were saying to themselves. He said to them, “Why are you arguing about such things among yourselves?e

9Which is easier: to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your cot, and walk’?

10But I want you to knowf that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man,

11“I say to you, get up, pick up your cot, and go home!”

12So the mang got up, immediately picked up his cot, and went out before all of them. As a result, all of the people were amazed and began to glorify God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

17One day as Jesusl was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the law happened to be sitting near by. The peoplem had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was present to heal them.n

18Some men were bringing a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to take him into the houseo and place him in front of Jesus.p

19When they couldn't find a way to get him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on his stretcher through the tiles into the middle of the room,q right in front of Jesus.

20When Jesusr saw their faith, he said, “Mister,s your sins are forgiven.”

21The scribes and the Pharisees began to argue among themselves, saying, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22Because Jesus knew that they were arguing, he said to them, “Why are you arguing about this among yourselves?t

23Which is easier: to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Get up and walk’?

24But I want you to knowu that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man, “I say to you: Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home!”

25So the manv immediately stood up in front of them and picked up what he had been lying on. Then he went home, praising God.

26Amazement seized all the people, and they began to praise God. They were filled with fearw and declared, “We have seen wonderful things today!”

Matt 9:1-8   a9:1 Lit. he   b9:2 Lit. they   c9:4 Lit. saw   d9:6 Lit. So that you will know   e9:7 Lit. he   f9:8 Other mss. read they were amazed      Mark 2:1-12   a2:1 Lit. he   b2:2 Lit. He   c2:3 Lit. they   d2:6 Lit. in their hearts   e2:8 Lit. in your hearts   f2:10 Lit. So that you will know   g2:12 Lit. he      Luke 5:17-26   l5:17 Lit. he   m5:17 Lit. They   n5:17 Other mss. read was present with him to heal   o5:18 The Gk. lacks the house   p5:18 Lit. him   q5:19 The Gk. lacks of the room   r5:20 Lit. he   s5:20 Lit. Man   t5:22 Lit. in your hearts   u5:24 Lit. So that you will know   v5:25 Lit. he   w5:26 Or awe  

 

Matthew is Called to Be a Disciple

Matthew 9:9

Mark 2:13-14

Luke 5:27-28

9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's desk and said to him, “Follow me.” So he got up and followed him.

13Jesush went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd kept coming to him, and he kept teaching them.

14As he was walking along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collector's desk. Jesusi said to him, “Follow me!” So Levij got up and followed him.

27After that, Jesusx went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax collector's desk. He said to him, “Follow me!”

28So Leviy left everything behind, got up, and followed him.

Mark 2:13-14   h2:13 Lit. He   i2:14 Lit. He   j2:14 Lit. he      Luke 5:27-28   x5:27 Lit. he   y5:28 Lit. he

 

Parables at Levi’s Reception

Matthew 9:10-17

Mark 2:15-22

Luke 5:29-39

10While he was having dinner at Matthew'sg home, many tax collectors and sinners arrived and began eating with Jesus and his disciples.

11The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12When Jesush heard that, he said, “Healthy people don't need a physician, but sick people do.

13Go and learn what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’i For I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”

14Then John's disciples came to Jesusj and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,k but your disciples don't fast?”

15Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests can't mourn as long as the groom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

16“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. For the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.

17Nor do peoplel pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will spill out, and the skins will be ruined. Instead, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

15Later he was having dinner at Levi'sk house. Many tax collectors and sinners were also eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who were following him.

16When the scribes and the Pharisees saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat and drinkl with tax collectors and sinners?”

17When Jesus heard that, he said to them, “Healthy people don't need a physician, but sick ones do. I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”

18Now John's disciples and the Pharisees would fast regularly. Some peoplem came and asked Jesus,n “Why do John's disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples don't fast?”

19Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests can't fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they can't fast.

20But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.”

21“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch pulls away from it—the new from the old—and a worse tear is made.

22And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will make the skins burst, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine is pouredo into fresh wineskins.”

29Then Levi gave a large banquet at his home for Jesus.z A large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

30The Pharisees and their scribes started complaining to Jesus’a disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31But Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don't need a physician, but sick people do.

32I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners, to repentance.”

33Then they said to him, “John's disciples frequently fast and pray, and so do those of the Pharisees. But your disciplesb keep right on eating and drinking.”

34But Jesus said to them, “You can't force the wedding guests to fast while the groom is still with them, can you?

35But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and in those days they will fast.”

36Then he told them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, the new will tear, and the piece from the new will not match the old.

37And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will make the skins burst, the winec will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.

38Rather, new wine is to be poured into fresh wineskins.

39No one who has been drinking old wine wants new wine, for he says, ‘The old is excellent!’”d

Matt 9:10-17   g9:10 Lit. the   h9:12 Lit. he   i9:13 Hos 6:6   j9:14 Lit. him   k9:14 Other mss. lack often   l9:17 Lit. they      Mark 2:15-22   k2:15 Lit. his   l2:16 Other mss. lack and drink   m2:18 Lit. They   n2:18 Lit. him   o2:22 The Gk. lacks is poured      Luke 5:29-39   z5:29 Lit. him   a5:30 Lit. his   b5:33 Lit. yours   c5:37 Lit. it   d5:39 Other mss. lack this verse

 

Jesus in Jerusalem (2nd Passover)

John 5:1

1Later on, there was aa festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

John 5:1   a5:1 Other mss. read the

 

A Man Is Healed at the Pools of Bethesda

John 5:2-15

2Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem is a pool called Bethesdab in Hebrew. It has five colonnades,

3and under these a large number of sick people were lying—blind, lame, or paralyzed—waiting for the movement of the water.c

4For at certain times an angel of the Lord would go down into the pool and stir up the water. And the one who stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.d

5One particular man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to get well?”

7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don't have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I'm trying to get there, someone else steps down ahead of me.”

8Jesus said to him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

9The man immediately became well, and he picked up his mat and started walking. Now that day was a Sabbath.

10So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”

11But he answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Pick it up and walk’?”

13But the one who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away from the crowd in that place.

14Later on, Jesus found him in the temple and told him, “See, you have become well. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

15The man went off and told the Jewse that it was Jesus who had made him well.

John 5:2-15   b5:2 Other mss. read Bethzatha; still other mss. read Bethsaida   c5:3 Other mss. lack waiting for the movement of the water   d5:4 Other mss. lack v. 4   e5:15 I.e. Jewish leaders

 

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

John 5:16-47

16So the Jewsf began persecuting Jesus because he kept doing such things on the Sabbath.

17But Jesusg answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I, too, am working.”

18So the Jewsh were trying all the harder to kill him, because he was not only breaking the Sabbath but was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal to God.

19Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For what he does, the Son does likewise.

20For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. And he will show him even greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.

21Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to those he chooses.

22For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

23so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

24“Truly, truly I tell you, the one who hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25Truly, truly I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear it will live.

26For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted the Son to have life in himself.

27And he has given him authority to pass judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

28Don't be amazed at this, because the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice

29and will come out—those who have done what is good to the resurrection of life, and those who have practiced what is evil to the resurrection of condemnation.i

30I can do nothing on my own accord. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

31“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.

32There is another who testifies about me, and I knowj that the testimony he gives about me is true.

33You have sent messengersk to John, and he has testified to the truth.

34I myself do not accept human testimony, but I am saying these things so that you may be saved.

35That man was a lamp that burns and brightly shines, and for a while you were willing to rejoice in his light.

36But I have a greater testimony than John's, for the works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

37Moreover, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his appearance,

38nor do you have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he sent.

39You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me.

40But you are not willing to come to me to have life.

41“I do not accept human praise.

42I know that you do not have the love of God in you.

43I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me. Yet if another man comes in his own name, you will accept him.

44How can you believe when you accept each other's praise and do not look for the praise that comes from the only God?l

45Do not suppose that I will be the one to accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for it was about me that he wrote.

47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?”

John 5:16-47   f5:16 I.e. Jewish leaders   g5:17 Other mss. read he   h5:18 I.e. Jewish leaders   i5:29 Or judgment   j5:32 Other mss. read you know   k5:33 The Gk. lacks messengers   l5:44 Other mss. read the only One

 

The Disciples Pick Grain on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:1-8

Mark 2:23-28

Luke 6:1-5

1At that time Jesus walked through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples became hungry and began picking heads of grain to eat.

2When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”

3But he said to them, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?

4How is it that he went into the house of God and ate the Bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for him and his companions to eat but was reserveda for the priests?

5Or haven't you read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?

6But I tell you, something greater than the temple is here!

7If you had known what ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice’b means, you would not have condemned the innocent.

8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

23Jesusp happened to be going through the grainfields on the Sabbath. As they made their way, his disciples began picking the heads of grain.

24The Pharisees said to him, “Look! Why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25He said to them, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?

26How was it that he went into the House of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the Bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for anyone but the priests to eat, and gave some of it to his companions?”

27Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.

28Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

1Once, on the second Sabbath after the first,a Jesusb was walking through some grainfields. His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.

2Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

3Jesus answered them, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions became hungry?

4How was it that he went into the house of God and took and ate the Bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for anyone but the priests to eat, and gave some of it to his companions?”

5Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Matt 12:1-8   a12:4 Lit. but only   b12:7 Hos 6:6     Mark 2:23-28   p 2:23 Lit. He    Luke 6:1-5   a6:1 Other mss. read on a Sabbath   b6:1 Lit. he

 

A Man’s Hand Is Healed on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:9-14

Mark 3:1-6

Luke 6:6-11

9Moving on from there, Jesusc went into their synagogue.

10Suddenly a man with a paralyzed hand appeared. The peopled asked Jesuse if it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath, intending to accuse him of doing something wrong.

11But he said to them, “Is there a man among you who, if he had one sheep and it fell into a ditch on the Sabbath, wouldn't take hold of it and pull it out?

12How much more is a human being worth than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out and it became normal, as healthy as the other.

14The Pharisees, however, went out and plotted against Jesusf to kill him.

1Jesusa went into the synagogue again, and a man with a paralyzed hand was there.

2The peopleb watched Jesusc closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, intending to accuse him of doing something wrong.

3He said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Come forward.”d

4Then he asked them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill it?” But they were silent.

5Jesuse looked around at them with anger, for he was deeply hurt because of their hardness of heart. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The manf held it out, and his hand was restored to health.

6Immediately the Pharisees, along with the Herodians,g went out and began to plot against him to kill him.

6Once, on another Sabbath, Jesusc went into a synagogue and began teaching. A man whose right hand was paralyzed was there.

7The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Jesusd closely to seee whether he would heal on the Sabbath, in order to find a way of accusing him of doing something wrong.

8But Jesusf knew what they were thinking. So he said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Get up, and stand in the middle of the synagogue.”g So he got up and stood there.

9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?”

10He looked around at all of them and then said to the man,h “Hold out your hand.” The mani did so, and his hand was restored to health.

11The others were filled with furyj and began to discuss with each other what they could do to Jesus.

Matt 12:9-14   c12:9 Lit. he   d12:10 Lit. They   e12:10 Lit. him   f12:14 Lit. him      Mark 3:1-6   a3:1 Lit. He   b3:2 Lit. They   c3:2 Lit. him   d3:3 Lit. into the middle   e3:5 Lit. He   f3:5 Lit. He   g3:6 I.e. Royal party sympathizers      Luke 6:6-11   c6:6 Lit. he   d6:7 Lit. him   e6:7 The Gk. lacks to see   f6:8 Lit. he   g6:8 The Gk. lacks of the synagogue   h6:10 Lit. him   i6:10 Lit. He   j6:11 Or were stupefied

 

Jesus Withdraws to the Sea

Matthew 12:15-21

Mark 3:7-8

15When Jesus became aware of this, he left that place. Many crowdsg followed him, and he healed all of them,

16ordering them not to make him known.

17This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

18“Here is my Servant whom I have chosen, whom I love, and with whom my soul is pleased! I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justiceh to the gentiles.i

19He will not quarrel or shout, and no one will hear his voice in the streets.

20He will not snap off a broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick until he brings justicej to victory.

21And in his name the gentilesk will hope.”l

7So Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea. A large crowd from Galilee, Judea,

8Jerusalem, Idumea, from across the Jordan, and from the region around Tyre and Sidon followed him. They came to him because they kept hearing about everything he was doing.

Matt 12:15-21   g12:15 Other mss. lack crowds   h12:18 Or judgment   i12:18 Or nations   j12:20 Or judgment   k12:21 Or nations   l12:21 Isa 42:1-4     

 

Many Follow Jesus to Be Healed

Matthew 4:24-25

Mark 3:9-12

24His fame spread throughout Syria, and peoplep brought to him all who were sick—those afflicted with various diseases and pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralyzed—and he healed them.

25Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis,q Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan.

9Jesush told his disciples to have a boat ready for him so that the crowd wouldn't crush him.

10For he had healed so many people that all who had diseases kept crowding up against him in order to touch him.

11Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and scream, “You are the Son of God!”

12But he sternly ordered them again and again not to tell people who he was.

Matthew 4:24-25   p4:24 Lit. they   q4:25 Lit. the Ten Cities, a loose federation of ten cities strongly influenced by Greek culture     
Mark 3:9-12   h 3:9 Lit. He

 

Jesus Prays on a Mountain

Luke 6:12

12Now it was in those days that Jesusk went to a mountain to pray, and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.

Luke 6:12   k 6:12 Lit. he

 

Jesus Selects Twelve Disciples

Mark 3:13-19

Luke 6:13-16

13Then Jesusi went up on a hillside and called to him those whom he wanted and they came to him.

14He appointed twelve whom he called apostles to accompany him, to be sent out to preach,

15and to have the authority to drive out demons.

16He appointed these twelve:j Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);

17James, the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);

18Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus;k Simon the Cananaean;l

19and Judas Iscariot, who laterm betrayed him.

13When daylight came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also called apostles:

14Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholemew,

15Matthew, Thomas, James (the son of Alphaeus), Simon (who was called the Zealot),

16Judas (the son of James), and Judas Iscariot (who became a traitor).

Mark 3:13-19   i3:13 Lit. he   j3:16 Other mss. lack He appointed these twelve   k3:18 Other mss. read Lebbaeus   l3:18 Cananaean is Aram. for Zealot.   m3:19 Lit. also

 

Jesus Descends and Heals the Crowd

Luke 6:17-19

17Then Jesusl came down with them and stood on a level place, along with a huge crowd of his disciples and a large gathering of people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon.

18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Even those who were being tormented by unclean spirits were being healed.

19The entire crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing all of them.

Luke 6:17-19   l 6:17 Lit. he

 

Jesus Ascends to Address the Crowd

Matthew 5:1a

1When Jesusa saw the crowds, he went up on a hillside and sat down.

Matthew 5:1a   a 5:1 Lit. He

 

The Sermon on the Mount

Mathhew 5:1b-8:1

Luke 6:20-49

1bHis disciples came to him,

2and he opened his mouth and began to teach them, saying,

3“How blessed are those who are destitute in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

4“How blessed are those who mourn, for it is they who will be comforted!

5“How blessed are those who are humble,b for it is they who will inherit the earth!

6“How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness,c for it is they who will be satisfied!

7“How blessed are those who are merciful, for it is they who will receive mercy!

8“How blessed are those who are pure in heart, for it is they who will see God!

9“How blessed are those who make peace, for it is they who will be called God's children!

10“How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

11“How blessed are you whenever peopled insult you, persecute you, and say all sorts of evil things against you falselye because of me!

12Rejoice and be extremely glad, because your reward in heaven is great! For that's how they persecuted the prophets who came before you.”

13“You are the salt of the world. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty again? It's good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled on by people.

14You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden.

15Peoplef don't light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

17“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn't come to destroy them, but to fulfill them.

18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letterg or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until everything has been accomplished.

19So whoever sets asideh one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I tell you, unless your righteousness greatly exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!”

21“You have heard that it was said to those who lived long ago, ‘You must not murder,’i and ‘Whoever murders will be subject to punishment.’j

22But I say to you, anyone who is angry with his brother without a causek will be subject to punishment. And whoever says to his brother ‘Raka!’l will be subject to the Council.m And whoever says ‘You fool!’ will be subject to helln fire.

23“So if you are presenting your gift at the altar and remember there that your brother has something against you,

24leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.

25Come to terms quickly with your opponent while you are on the way to court,o or your opponent may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

26Truly I tell you, you will not get out of there until you pay back the last penny!”

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’p

28But I say to you, anyone who stares at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29So if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell.q

30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.”r

31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’s

32But I say to you, any man who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those who lived long ago, ‘You must not swear an oath falsely,’ but ‘You must fulfill your oaths to the Lord.’t

34But I tell you not to swear at all, neither by heaven, because it is God's throne,

35nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the Great King.

36Nor should you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.

37Instead, let your word be ‘Yes’ for ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ for ‘No.’ Anything more than that comes from the evil one.”

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’u

39But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

40If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

41And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go two with him.

42Give to the person who asks you for something, and do not turn away from the person who wants to borrow something from you.”

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor’v and hate your enemy.

44But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

45so that you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and he lets rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

46For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don't they?

47And if you greet only your brothers, what great thing are you doing? Even the gentilesw do the same, don't they?

48So be perfect,x as your heavenly Father is perfect.”y

Chapter 6

1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2So whenever you give to the poor, don't blow a trumpet before you like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they will be praised by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward!

3But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4so that your giving may be done in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”a

5“And whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward!

6But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.b

7“When you are praying, don't say meaningless words like the gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their wordiness.

8Don't be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9“Therefore, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

11Give us today our daily bread,

12and forgive us our sins,c as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.d

13And never bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’e

14For if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15But if you do not forgive people their offenses,f your Father will not forgive your offenses.”

16“Whenever you fast, don't be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they put on sad faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward!

17But when you fast, put oil ong your head and wash your face,

18so that your fasting will not be noticed by others but by your Father who sees in secret. And your Father who is in secret will reward you.”h

19“Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

20But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

23But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

24“No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!”i

25“That's why I'm telling you to stop worrying about your life—what you will eat or what you will drinkj—or about your body—what you will wear. Life is more than food, isn't it, and the body more than clothing?

26Look at the birds in the sky. They don't plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren't you?

27Can any of you add a single hour to your span of lifek by worrying?

28And why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies in the field and how they grow. They don't work or spin yarn,

29but I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.

30Now if that is the way God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and thrown into an oven tomorrow, won't he clothe you much better—you who have little faith?

31“So don't ever worry by saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’

32For it is the gentiles who are eager for all those things. Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them!

33But first be concerned about God's kingdom and his righteousness,l and all of these things will be provided for you as well.

34So never worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Chapter 7

1“Stop judging, so that you won't be judged.

2For with the judgment you use,a you will be judged. And with the measure you use,b you will be measured.

3“Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?

4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when the beam is in your own eye?

5You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

6“Never give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs. Otherwise, they will trample them with their feet and then turn around and attack you.”

7“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the doorc will be opened for you.

8For everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the doord opened.

9“There isn't a person among you who would give his son a stone if he asked for bread, is there?

10Or if he asks for a fish, he wouldn't give him a snake, would he?

11So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who keep on asking him!

12Therefore, whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

13“Go in through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is spacious that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it.

14How narrow is the gate and how constricted is the road that leads to life, and few are the people who find it!”

15“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheeps’ clothing but inwardly are savage wolves.

16By their fruit you will know them. Grapes aren't gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they?

17In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a rotten tree produces bad fruit.

18A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot produce good fruit.

19Every tree not producing good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.

20So by their fruit you will know them.”

21“Not everyone who keeps saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven.

22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name, drove out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name, didn't we?’

23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you evildoers!’”e

24“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.

25The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not collapse because its foundation was on the rock.

26“Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn't obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

27The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and battered that house, and it collapsed, and its collapse was devastating.”

28When Jesus had finished saying all these things,f the crowds were utterly amazed at his teaching,

29for he was teaching them like a person who had authority, and not like their scribes.

Chapter 88

1When Jesusa came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him.

20Then Jesusm looked at his disciples and said, “How blessed are you who are destitute, for the kingdom of God is yours!

21How blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied! How blessed are you who are crying now,

 for you will laugh!

22How blessed are you whenever people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because of the Son of Man!

23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for your reward in heaven is great! For that's the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.

24“But how terrible it will be for you who are rich, for you have had your comfort!

25How terrible it will be for you who are full now, for you will be hungry! How terrible it will be for you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and cry!

26How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, for that's the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!”

27“But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.

28Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.

29If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one as well, and if someone takes your coat, don't keep back your shirt, either.

30Keep on giving to everyone who asks you for something, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not insist on getting it back.

31Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.

32“If you love those who love you, what thanks do you deserve? Why, even sinners love those who love them.

33If you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners do that.

34If you lend to those from whom you expect to get something back, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back what they lend.

35Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.

36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

37“Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

38Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use,n you will be measured.”

39He also told them a parable: “One blind person can't lead another blind person, can he? Both will fall into a ditch, won't they?

40A disciple is not better than his teacher. But everyone who is fully-trained will be like his teacher.

41“Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?

42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you don't see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you'll see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

43“A good tree doesn't produce rotten fruit, and a rotten tree doesn't produce good fruit.

44For every tree is known by its own fruit. Peopleo don't gather figs from thorny plants or pick grapes from a thorn bush.

45A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure. For it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”

46“Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord,’ but don't do what I tell you?

47I will show you what everyone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.

48He is like a person building a house, who dug a deep hole to lay the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the floodwaters pushed against that house but couldn't shake it, because it had been founded on the rock.p

49But the person who hears what I sayq but doesn't act on it is like someone who built a house on the ground without any foundation. When the floodwaters pushed against it, that houser quickly collapsed, and the ruin of that house was devastating.”

Matt 5:1b-8:1   b5:5 Or gentle   c5:6 Or justice   d5:11 Lit. they   e5:11 Other mss. lack falsely   f5:15 Lit. They   g5:18 Lit. one iota   h5:19 Or breaks   i5:21 Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17   j5:21 Exod 21:12; Lev 24:17   k5:22 Other mss. lack without a cause   l5:22 Raka is Aram. for You worthless one   m5:22 Or Sanhedrin   n5:22 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   o5:25 Lit. while you are with him on the way   p5:27 Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18   q5:29 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   r5:30 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   s5:31 Deut 24:1, 3   t5:33 Lev 19:12; Num 30:2; Deut 23:21-23   u5:38 Exod 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21   v5:43 Lev 19:18   w5:47 Other mss. read tax collectors   x5:48 Or mature   y5:48 Or mature   a6:4 Other mss. read reward you openly   b6:6 Other mss. read reward you openly   c6:12 Or debts   d6:12 Or forgiven our debtors   e6:13 Other mss. read evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.   f6:15 Other mss. lack their offenses   g6:17 Or anoint   h6:18 Other mss. read reward you openly   i6:24 Lit. mammon, an Aram. term meaning wealth   j6:25 Other mss. lack or what you will drink   k6:27 Or add one cubit to your height   l6:33 Other mss. read his kingdom and righteousness   a7:2 Lit. measure   b7:2 Lit. measure   c7:7 Lit. it   d7:8 Lit. it   e7:23 Ps 6:8   f7:28 Lit. finished all these sayings   a8:1 Lit. he      Luke 6:20-49   m6:20 Lit. he   n6:38 Lit. measure   o6:44 Lit. They   p6:48 Other mss. read had been built well   q6:49 The Gk. lacks what I say   r6:49 Lit. it

 

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Matthew 8:5-13

Luke 7:1-10

5When Jesusf returned to Capernaum, a centuriong came up to him and begged him repeatedly,

6“Sir,h my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

7Jesusi said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

8The centurion replied, “Sir,j I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

9For I, too, am a man under authority and have soldiers under me. I say to one ‘Go’ and he goes, to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my servant ‘Do this’ and he does it.”

10When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those who were following him, “Truly I tell you, not evenk in Israel have I found this kind of faith!

11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

12But the citizensl of that kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”m

13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go. It will be done for you just as you have believed.” And his servant was healed that very hour.

1After Jesusa had finished saying all these thingsb in the hearing of the people, he went to Capernaum.

2There a centurion's servant, whom he valued highly, was sick and about to die.

3When the centurionc heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and save his servant's life.

4So they went to Jesus and begged him repeatedly, “He deserves to have this done for him,

5because he loves our people and built our synagogue for us.”

6So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to tell Jesus,d “Sir,e stop troubling yourself. For I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.f

7That's why I didn't presume to come to you. But just say the word, and let my servant be healed.

8For I, too, am a man under authority and have soldiers under me. I say to one ‘Go’ and he goes, to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my servant ‘Do this’ and he does it.”

9When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found this kind of faith!”

10Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant in perfect health.

Matt 8:5-13   f8:5 Lit. he   g8:5 I.e. a commander of about 100 soldiers   h8:6 Or Lord   i8:7 Lit. He   j8:8 Or Lord   k8:10 Other mss. read in no one   l8:12 Lit. sons   m8:12 I.e. extreme pain      Luke 7:1-10   a7:1 Lit. he   b7:1 Lit. finished all his sayings   c7:3 Lit. he   d7:6 Lit. him   e7:6 Or Lord   f7:6 Lit. under my roof

 

The Son of the Widow of Nain Is Healed

Luke 7:11-17

11Soon afterwards, Jesusg went to a city called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd were going along with him.

12As he approached the entrance to the city, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her.

13When the Lord saw her, he felt compassion for her. He said to her, “You can stop crying.”

14Then he went up and touched the open coffin, and the men who were carrying it stopped. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”

15The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesush gave him back to his mother.

16Fear gripped everyone, and they began to praise God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us,” and “God has helped his people.”

17This news about Jesusi spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding countryside.

Luke 7:11-17   g7:11 Lit. he   h7:15 Lit. he   i7:17 Lit. him

 

John and Disciples Question Jesus

Matthew 11:2-6

Luke 7:18-23

2Now when John in prison heard about the activities of Christ,a he sent a messageb by his disciples

3and asked him, “Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?”

4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and observe:

5the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the destitute hear the good news.

6How blessed is anyone who is not offended by me!”

18John's disciples told him about all these things. So John called two of his disciples

19and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?”

20When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?’”

21At that time Jesusj had healed many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits and had given sight to many who were blind.

22So he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have observed and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear again, the dead are raised, and the destitute hear the good news.

23How blessed is anyone who is not offended by me!”

Matt 1:2-6   a11:2 I.e. the Messiah   b11:2 The Gk. lacks a message      Luke 7:18-23   j7:21 Lit. he

 

Jesus Commends John the Baptist

Matthew 11:7-19

Luke 7:24-35

7As they were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

8Really, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? See, those who wear fancy clothes live in kings’ houses.

9Really, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and even more than a prophet!

10This is the man about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’c

11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has appeared who is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least important person in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12“From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing,d and violent people have been attacking it.

13For the Law and all the Prophets prophesied up to the time of John,

14and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.e

15Let the person who has earsf listen!

16“To what can I compare this generation? It's like little children who sit in the marketplaces and shout to each other,

17‘A wedding song we played for you, the dance you did but scorn. A woeful dirge we chanted, too, but then you would not mourn.’

18For John didn't come eating or drinking, yet peopleg say, ‘He has a demon!’

19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Absolved from every act of sin, is wisdom by her kith and kin.”h

24When John's messengers had gone, Jesusk began to speak to the crowds about John.l “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

25Really, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? See, those who wear fine clothes and live in luxury are in royal palaces.

26Really, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and even more than a prophet!

27This is the man about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’m

28I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet even the least important person in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

29All the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God,n for they had been baptized with John's baptism.

30But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God's plan for themselveso by refusing to be baptized by him.

31“To what can I compare the people of this generation?

32They are like little children who sit in the market­place and shout to each other, ‘A wedding song we played for you, the dance you did but scorn. A woeful dirge we chanted, too, but then you did not mourn.’

33For John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, yet you say, ‘He has a demon!’

34The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’

35Absolved from every act of sin, is wisdom by her kith and kin.”p

Matt 11:7-19   c11:10 Mal 3:1   d11:12 Or has been under violent attack   e 1:14 Or is about to come   f11:15 Other mss. read ears to hear   g11:18 Lit. they   h11:19 Lit. by all her children; other mss. read by her actions       Luke 7:24-35   k7:24 Lit. he   l7:24 Lit. about John   m7:27 Mal 3:1; Exod 23:20   n7:29 Or acknowledged God's judgment   o7:30 Or God's decision in their case   p7:35 Lit. by all her children; other mss. read by her children

 

Jesus Rebukes Three Cities

Matthew 11:20-30

20Then Jesusi began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had taken place, because they didn't repent.

21“How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible it will be for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that happened in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22Indeed I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you!

23And you, Capernaum! You won't be lifted up to heaven, will you? You'll go down to Hell!j For if the miracles that happened in you had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.

24Indeed I tell you, it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!”

25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants.

26Yes, Father, for this is what was pleasing to you.

27All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one fully knows the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows the Father except the Son and the person to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28“Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.

29Place my yoke on you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30For my yoke is pleasant,k and my burden is light.”

Matt 11:20-30   i11:20 Lit. he   j11:23 Lit. Hades; i.e. the realm of the dead   k11:30 Or kind

 

Jesus Dines with Simon the Pharisee

Luke 7:36-50

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesusq to eat with him. So he went to the Pharisee's home and took his place at the table.

37There was a woman who was a notoriousr sinner in that city. When she learned that Jesuss was eating at the Pharisee's home, she took an alabaster jar of perfume

38and knelt at his feet behind him. She was crying and began to wash his feet with her tears and dry them with her hair.t Then she kissed his feet over and over again, anointing them constantly with the perfume.

39Now the Pharisee who had invited Jesusu saw this and said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who is touching him and what kind of woman she is. She's a sinner!”

40Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “say it.”

41“Two men were in debt to a moneylender. One owed him 500 denarii,v and the other fifty.

42When they couldn't pay it back, he generously canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him the most?”

43Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the larger debt canceled.” Jesusw said to him, “You have answered correctly.”

44Then, turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You didn't give me any water for my feet, but this woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.

45You didn't give me a kiss,x but this woman, from the moment I came in, has not stopped kissing my feet.

46You didn't anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with perfume.

47So I'm telling you that her sins, as many as they are, have been forgiven, and that's why she has shown such great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little.”

48Then Jesusy said to her, “Your sins are forgiven!”

49Those who were at the table with them began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”

50But Jesusz said to the woman, “Your faith had saved you. Go in peace.”

Luke 7:36-50   q7:36 Lit. him   r7:37 The Gk. lacks notorious   s7:37 Lit. he   t7:38 Lit. the hair of her head  u7:39 Lit. him   v7:41 A denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer.   w7:43 Lit. He   x7:45 People customarily greeted their friends with a kiss.   y7:48 Lit. he   z7:50 Lit. he

 

The Generous Women

Luke 8:1-3

1After this, Jesusa traveled from one city and village to another, preaching and spreading the good news about God's kingdom. The twelve were with him,

2as well as some women who had been healed of evil spirits and illnesses: Mary, also called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out;

3Joanna, the wife of Herod's household manager Chuza; Susanna; and many others. These womenb continued to support themc out of their personal resources.

Luke 8:1-3   a8:1 Lit. he   b8:3 Lit. They   c8:3 Other mss. read him

 

Jesus Heals a Demon Possessed Man

Matthew 12:22-23

Mark 3:20-22

22Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to talk was brought to him. Jesusm healed him so that the mann could speak and see.

23All the crowds were amazed and kept saying, “This man isn't the Son of David, is he?”

20Then he went home. The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciplesn couldn't even eat.

21When his family heard about it, they went to restrain him. For they kept saying, “He's out of his mind!”

22The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem kept repeating, “He has Beelzebul,” and “He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.”

Matt 12:22-23   m12:22 Lit. He   n12:22 Lit. the man who was unable to talk      Mark 3:20-22   n3:20 Lit. so that they

 

The Pharisees Are Rebuked

Matthew 12:24-37

Mark 3:23-30

24But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man drives out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

25He knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

26So if Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How, then, can his kingdom stand?

27If I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followerso drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!

28But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

29How can someone go into a strong man's house and carry off his possessions without first tying up the strong man? Then he can ransack his house.

30“The person who isn't with me is against me, and the person who doesn't gather with me scatters.

31So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven,p but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the one to come.”

33“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten. For a tree is known by its fruit.

34You children of serpents! How can you say anything good when you are evil? For the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart.

35A good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and an evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure.

36I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give an account for every thoughtlessq word they utter.

37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

23So Jesuso called them together and began to speak to them in parables. “How can Satan drive out Satan?

24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25And if a household is divided against itself, that household will not stand.

26So if Satan rebels against himself and is divided, he cannot stand. Indeed, his end has come.

27No one can go into a strong man's house and carry off his possessions without first tying up the strong man. Then he can ransack his house.

28Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter.p.

29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of eternal sin.”

30For they had been saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Matt 12:24-37   o12:27 Lit. sons   p12:31 Lit. will be forgiven to people   q12:36 Or worthless      Luke 3:23-30   o3:23 Lit. he   p3:28 Lit. they blaspheme

 

The Sign of Jonah

Matthew 12:38-45

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,r “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39But he replied to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves a sign. Yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

40For just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea creature for three days and three nights,s so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.

41The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. But look—something greater than Jonah is here!

42The queen of the south will stand up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. But look—something greater than Solomon is here!”

43“Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through waterless places looking for a place to rest but finds none.

44Then it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’ When it arrives, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.

45Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That's just what will happen to this evil generation!”

Matt 12:38-45   r12:38 Lit. him   s12:40 Jonah 1:17

 

                                                                         The Family of Jesus

Matthew 12:46-50

Mark 3:31-35

Luke 8:19-21

46While Jesust was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

47Someone told him, “Look! Your mother and your brothers are standing outside asking to speak to you.”u

48He asked the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

49Then pointing with his hand at his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!

50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

31Then his mother and his brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent wordq to him and called for him.

32A crowd was sitting around him. They said to him, “Look! Your mother and your brothersr are outside asking for you.”

33He answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”

34Then looking at the people sitting around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!

35For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

19His mother and his brothers came to him, but they couldn't get near him because of the crowd.

20He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and want to see you.”

21But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Matt 12:46-50   t12:46 Lit. he   u12:47 Other mss. lack this verse      Mark 3:31-35   q3:31 The Gk. lacks word   r3:32 Other mss. read your brothers and sisters

 

Parables by the Sea

Matthew 13:1-35

Mark 4:1-34

Luke 8:4-18

1That day Jesus left the house and sat down beside the sea.

2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, while the entire crowd stood on the shore.

3Then he began to tell them many things in parables. He said, “Listen! A sower went out to sow.

4As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.

5Other seeds fell on stony ground, where they did not have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once because the soil wasn't deep.

6But when the sun came up, they were scorched. Since they did not have any roots, they dried up.

7Other seeds fell among thornbushes, and the thornbushes came up and choked them.

8But other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop, some a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times what was sown.a.

9Let the person who has earsb listen!”

10Then the disciples came and said to Jesus,c “Why do you speak to peopled in parables?”

11He answered them, “You have been given knowledge about the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but it hasn't been given to them.

12For to anyone who has something, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who doesn't have anything, even what he has will be taken away from him.

13That's why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but don't see, and they listen but don't hear or understand.’

14“With them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says: ‘You will listen and listen but never understand. You will look and look but never comprehend.

15For this people's heart has become dull, and their ears are hard of hearing.e They have shut their eyes so that they might not see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,          and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’f

16“How blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear!

17For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see but did not see them, and to hear the things you hear but did not hear them.”

18“Listen, then, to the parable about the sower.

19When anyone hears the word about the kingdom yet doesn't understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

20As for what was sown on the stony ground, this is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy,

21but since he doesn't have any root in himself, he lasts for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls away.

22As for what was sown among the thornbushes, this is the person who hears the word, but the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of wealth choke the word so that it can't produce a crop.

23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word, understands it, and produces a crop that yields a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”g

24He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25While people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

26When the crop came up and bore grain, the weeds appeared, too.

27The owner's servants came and said to him, ‘Master, you sowed good seed in your field, didn't you? Then where did these weeds come from?’

28He told them, ‘An enemy did this!’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’

29He said, ‘No, for if you pull out the weeds, you might pull out the wheat with them.

30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles for burning, but bring the wheat into my barn.”’”

31He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in his field.

32Although it is the smallest ofh all seeds, when it is fully grown it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, and the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”

 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed withi three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

34Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables. He did not tell them anything without usingj a parable.

35This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophetk when he said, “I will open my mouth to speakl in parables. I will declare what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”m

1Then Jesusa began to teach again beside the sea. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it,b while the entire crowd remained beside the sea on the shore.

2He began teaching them many things in parables. While he was teaching them he said,

3“Listen! A sower went out to sow.

4As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.

5Others fell on stony ground, where they did not have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once because the soil wasn't deep.

6But when the sun came up, they were scorched. Since they did not have any roots, they dried up.

7Others fell among thornbushes, and the thornbushes came up and choked them, and they did not produce anything.

8But others fell on good soil and produced a crop. They grew up, increased in size, and produced thirty, sixty, or one hundred times what was sown.” c.

9He added, “Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!”

10When he was alone with his followersd and the twelve, they began to ask him about the parables.

11He said to them, “The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables

12so that ‘they may see clearly but not perceive, and they may hear clearly but not understand, otherwise they might turn around and be forgiven.’”e

13Then he said to them, “You don't understand this parable, so how can you understand any of the parables?

14The sower sows the word.

15Some people are like the seedsf along the path, where the word is sown. When they hear it, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

16Others are like the seedsg sown on the stony ground. When they hear the word, they accept it at once with joy,

17but since they don't have any roots in themselves, they last for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, they immed­iately fall away.

18Still others are like the seedsh sown among the thornbushes. These are the people who hear the word,

19but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word so that it can't produce a crop.

20Others are like the seedsi sown on good soil. They hear the word, accept it, and produce crops—thirty, sixty, or one hundred times what was sown.”j

21Then Jesusk said to them, “A lamp isn't brought indoors to be put under a basket or under a bed, is it? It's to be put on a lampstand, isn't it?

22For nothing is hidden except for the purpose of having it revealed, and nothing is secret except for the purpose of having it come to light.

23If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!”

24He went on to say to them, “Pay attention to what you're listening to! With the measure you use,l you will be measured, and still more will be given to you.

25For whoever has something, will have more given to him. But whoever has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”

26He was also saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

27He sleeps and gets up night and day while the seeds sprout and grow, although he doesn't know how.

28The ground produces grain by itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

29But when the grain is ripe, he swings his sickle immediately because the harvest time has come.”

30He was also saying, “How can we show what the kingdom of God is like, or what parable can we use to describe it?

31It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. Although it is the smallest ofm all the seeds on earth,

32when it is planted it comes up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. It grows such large branches that the birds in the sky can nest in its shade.”

33With many other parables like these Jesusn kept speaking the word to them according to their ability to understand them.

34He did not tell them anything without usingo a parable, though he explained everything to his disciples in private.

4Now while a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to him from every city, he said in a parable:

5“A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, were trampled on, and the birds of the sky ate them up.

6Others fell on stony ground, and as soon as they came up, they dried up because they had no moisture.

7Others fell among thornbushes, and the thornbushes grew with them and choked them.

8But others fell on good soil, and when they came up, they produced a hundred times as much as was planted.” As he said this, he called out, “Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!”

9Then his disciples began to ask him what this parable meant.

10So he said, “You have been given knowledge about the secrets of the kingdom of God. But to others they are givend in parables, so that ‘they might look but not see, and they might listen but not understand.’”e

11“Now this is what the parable means. The seed is God's word.

12The ones on the path are the people who listen, but then the devil comes and takes the word away from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

13The ones on the stony ground are the people who welcome the word with joy when they hear it. But since they don't have any roots, they believe for a while, but in a time of testing they fall away.

14The ones that fell among the thornbushes are the people who listen, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries, wealth, and pleasures of life, and their fruit doesn't mature.

15But the ones on the good soil are the people who also hear the word but hold on to it with good and honest hearts and produce a crop through endurance.”

16“No one lights a lamp and hides it under a bowl or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in will see the light.

17For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing secret that will not become known and come to light.

18So pay attention to how you listen. For to the one who has something, more will be given. However, from the one who doesn't have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”

Matt 13:1-35   a13:8 The Gk. lacks what was sown   b13:9 Other mss. read ears to hear   c13:10 Lit. him   d13:10 Lit. to them   e13:15 Lit. they hear with ears of heaviness   f13:15 Isa 6:9-10   g13:23 The Gk. lacks what was sown   h13:32 Or it is smaller than   i13:33 Lit. hid in   j13:34 The Gk. lacks using   k13:35 Other mss. read Isaiah the prophet   l13:35 The Gk. lacks to speak   m13:35 Ps 78:2      Mark 4:1-34   a4:1 Lit. he   b4:1 Lit. on the sea   c4:8 The Gk. lacks what was sown   d4:10 Lit. with those around him   e4:12 Isa 6:9-10   f4:15 Lit. These are the ones   g4:16 Lit. These are the ones   h4:18 Lit. are those   i4:20 Lit. are those   j4:20 The Gk. lacks what was sown   k4:21 Lit. he   l4:24 Lit. you measure   m4:31 Or smaller than   n4:33 Lit. he   o4:34 The Gk. lacks using   Luke 8:4-18  d8:10 The Gk. lacks they are given   e8:10 Isa 6:9-10

 

The Parables Are Explained in Private

Matthew 13:36-53

36Then Jesusn left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable about the weeds in the field.”

37He answered, “The person who sowed good seed is the Son of Man,

38while the field is the world. The good seed are those who belong too the kingdom, while the weeds are those who belong top the evil one.

39The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

40Just as weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so it will be at end of theq age.

41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes others to sin and those who practice lawlessness

42and they will throw them into a blazing furnace. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.r

43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Let the person who has earss listen!”

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field that a man found and hid. In his joy he went and sold everything he had and bought that field.”

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.

46When he found a very valuable pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it.”

47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea that gathered all kinds of fish.

48When it was full, the fisherment hauled it ashore. Then they sat down, sorted the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones away.

49That is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the evil from the righteous

50and will throw them into a blazing furnace. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”u

51“Do you understand all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.”

52Then he told them, “That is why every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings both new and old things out of his treasure chest.”

53When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.

Matt 13:36-53   n13:36 Lit. he    o13:38 Lit. the sons of   p13:38 Lit. the sons of   q13:40 Other mss. read this   r 13:42 I.e. extreme pain   s13:43 Other mss. read ears to hear   t13:48 Lit. they   u13:50 I.e. extreme pain

 

Orders to Cross the Sea of Galilee

Matthew 8:18

Mark 4:35

Luke 8:22

18When Jesus saw the large crowds around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.q

35That day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let's cross to the other side.”

22One day Jesusf and his disciples got into a boat. He said to them, “Let's cross to the other side of the lake.” So they started out.

Matt 8:18   q8:18 I.e. to the other side of the Sea of Galilee     Luke 8:22   f8:22 Lit. he

 

Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea

Matthew 8:23-27

Mark 4:36-41

Luke 8:23-25

23When Jesusu got into the boat, his disciples went with him.

24Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat began to be swamped by the waves. Yet Jesusv kept sleeping.

25Theyw went to him and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We're going to die!”

26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you who have little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27The men were amazed and said, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!”

36So they left the crowd and took him along in the boat just as he was.p Other boats were with him.

37A violent windstorm came up, and the waves began breaking into the boat, so that the boat was rapidlyq becoming swamped.

38But Jesusr was in the back of the boat, asleep on a cushion. So they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don't you care that we're going to die?”

39Then he got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Hush! Be still!” Then the wind stopped blowing, and there was a great calm.

40He said to them, “Why are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith yet?”

41They were overcome with fear and kept saying to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

23Now as they were sailing, Jesusg fell asleep. A violent storm swept over the lake, and they were taking on water and were in great danger.

24So they went to him, woke him up, and said, “Master! Master! We're going to die!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. They stopped, and there was calm.

25Then he asked the disciples,h “Where is your faith?” Frightened and amazed, they asked one another, “Who is this man? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!”

Matt 8:23-27  u8:23 Lit. he   v8:24 Lit. he   w8:25 Other mss. read The disciples      Mark 4:36-41   p4:36 I.e. without making any special preparations   q4:37 Lit. already   r4:38 Lit. he      Luke 8:23-25   g8:23 Lit. he   h8:25 Lit. them

 

A Legion of Demons Are Cast Out of a Violent Man

Matthew 8:28-34

Mark 5:1-20

Luke 8:26-39

28When Jesusx arrived on the other side in the region of the Gerasenes,y two demon-possessed men met him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could travel on that road.

29Suddenly they screamed, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Did you come here to torture us before the proper time?”

30Now a large herd of pigs was grazing some distance away from them.

31So the demons began to plead with Jesus,z saying, “If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”

32He said to them, “Go,” and they came out and went into the pigs. Suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water.

33Now when those who had been taking care of the pigs ran away, they came into the city and reported everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

34Then the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and as soon as they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

1They arrived at the other side of the sea in the territory of the Gerasenes.a

2Just as Jesusb stepped out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him.

3He lived among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, not even with a chain.

4He had often been restrained with shackles and chains but had snapped the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one could tame him.

5Night and day he kept screaming among the tombs and on the mountainsides and kept cutting himself with stones.

6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell down in front of him,

7screaming in a loud voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I command you in the name of God not to torture me!”

8For Jesusc had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”

9Then Jesusd asked him, “What's your name?” He said to him, “My name is Legion,e because there are many of us.”

10He kept pleading with Jesusf not to send them out of the territory.

11Now a large herd of pigs was grazing on a hillside nearby.

12So the demonsg begged him, “Send us among the pigs, so that we can go into them!”

13So he let them do this. The unclean spirits came out of the manh and went into the pigs, and the herd of about 2,000 rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned there.i

14Now when those who had been taking care of the pigs ran away, they reported what had happenedj in the city and countryside. So the peoplek went to see what had happened.

15When they came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there dressed and in his right mind, they were frightened.

16The people who had seen it told them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs.

17So they began to beg Jesusl to leave their territory.

18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging him to let him go with him.

19But Jesusm wouldn't let him. Instead, he told him, “Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you.”

20So the mann left and began proclaiming in the Decapoliso how much Jesus had done for him. And everyone was utterly amazed.

26They landed in the region of the Gerasenes,i which is just across the lake from Galilee.

27When Jesusj stepped out on the shore, a certain man from the city met him. This man was controlled byk demons and had not worn clothes for a long time. He did not live in a house but in the tombs.

28When he saw Jesus, he screamed, fell down in front of him, and said in a loud voice, “What do you want from me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you not to torture me!”

29For Jesusl was in the process of ordering the unclean spirit to come out of the man. On many occasions the unclean spiritm had seized the man,n and though he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, he would break the chains and be driven by the demon into deserted places.

30Jesus asked him, “What's your name?” He answered, “Legion,”o because many demons had gone into him.

31Then the demonsp began begging Jesusq not to order them to go into the bottomless pit.

32Now a large herd of pigs was grazing there on the hillside. So the demonsr begged Jesuss to let them go into those pigs, and he let them do this.

33Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.

34Now when those who had been taking care of the pigs saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and in the countryside.

35So the peoplet went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind, they were frightened.

36The people who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed.

37Then all the people from the region surrounding the Gerasenesu asked Jesusv to leave them, because they were terrified. So he got into a boat and started back.

38Now the man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging Jesusw to let him go with him. But Jesusx sent him away, saying,

39“Go home and declare how much God has done for you.” So the many left and kept proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Matt 8:28-34   x8:28 Lit. he   y8:28 Other mss. read Gergesenes; still other mss. read Gadarenes   z8:31 Lit. him      Mark 5:1-20   a5:1 Other mss. read Gergesenes; still other mss. read Gadarenes   b5:2 Lit. he   c5:8 Lit. he   d5:9 Lit. he   e5:9 A Roman legion consisted of about 6,000 men.   f5:10 Lit. him   g5:12 Lit. they   h5:13 The Gk. lacks of the man   i5:13 Lit. drowned in the sea   j5:14 Lit. they reported it   k5:14 Lit. they   l5:17 Lit. him   m5:19 Lit. he   n5:20 Lit. he   o5:20 Lit. the Ten Cities, a loose federation of ten cities strongly influenced by Greek culture.      Luke 8:26-39   i8:26 Other mss. read Gadarenes; still other mss. read Gergesenes   j8:27 Lit. he   k8:27 Lit. He had   l8:29 Lit. he   m8:29 Lit. it   n8:29 Lit. him   o8:30 A Roman legion consisted of about 6,000 men.   p8:31 Lit. they   q8:31 Lit. him   r8:32 Lit. they   s8:32 Lit. him   t8:35 Lit. they   u8:37 Other mss. read Gadarenes; still other mss. read Gergesenes   v8:37 Lit. him   w8:38 Lit. him   x8:38 Lit. he   y8:39 Lit. he

 

Jesus Sails to Capernaum

Matthew 9:1

Mark 5:21

Luke 8:40

1After getting into a boat, Jesusa crossed to the other side and came to his own city.

21When Jesus again had crossed to the other side in a boat,p a large crowd gathered around him by the seashore.

40When Jesus came back, the crowd welcomed him, for everyone was expecting him.

Matt 9:1   a9:1 Lit. he      Mark 5:21   p5:21 Other mss. lack in a boat

 

Jairus Asks Jesus to Heal His Daughter

Matthew 9:18-19

Mark 5:22-24

Luke 8:41-42

18While Jesusm was telling them these things, an official came up, fell down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”

19So Jesus got up and followed him, along with his disciples.

22Then a synagogue leader named Jairus arrived. When he saw Jesus,q he fell at his feet

23and begged him urgently, saying, “My little daughter is dying. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live.”

24So Jesusr went with him. A huge crowd kept following him and jostling him.

41Just then a synagogue leader by the name of Jairus arrived. He fell at Jesus’ feet and kept begging him to come to his home,

42because his only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. While Jesusz was on his way, the crowds continued to press in on him.

Matt 9:18-19   m9:18 Lit. he      Mark 5:22-24   q5:22 Lit. him   r5:24 Lit. he      Luke 8:41-42   z8:42 Lit. he

 

A Woman Is Healed by Touching Jesus

Matthew 9:20-22

Mark 5:25-34

Luke 8:43-48

20Just then a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel of his garment.

21For she had been saying to herself, “If I just touch his robe, I will get well.”

22When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, “Be courageous, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” And from that very hour the woman was well.

25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years.

26Although she had endured a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all of her money, she had not been helped at all but rather grew worse.

27Since she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his robe.

28For she had been saying, “If I can just touch his robe, I will get well.”

29Her bleeding stopped at once, and she felt in her body that she was healed from her illness.

30Immediately Jesus became aware that power had gone out of him. So he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd jostling you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32But he kept looking around to see the woman who had done this.

33So the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed from your illness.”

43A woman was therea who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years. Although she had spent all she had on doctors,b no one could heal her.

44She came up behind Jesusc and touched the tassel of his garment, and her bleeding stopped at once.

45Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” While everyone was denying it, Peter and those who were with himd said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing in on you.”

46Still Jesus said, “Somebody touched me, for I know that power has gone out of me.”

47When the woman saw that she couldn't hide, she came forward trembling. Bowing down in front of him, she explained in the presence of all the people why she had touched Jesuse and how she had been instantly healed.

48He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 8:43-48   a8:43 The Gk. lacks was there   b8:43 Other mss. lack Though she had spent all she had on doctors   c8:44 Lit. him   d8:45 Other mss. lack and those who were with him   e8:47 Lit. him

 

Jairus is Told of the Death of His Daughter

Mark 5:35-36

Luke 8:49-50

35While he was still speaking, some peoples came from the synagogue leader's homet and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”

36But when Jesus heardu what they said, he told the synagogue leader, “Stop being afraid! Just keep on believing.”

49While he was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue leader's homef and said, “Your daughter is dead. Stop bothering the teacher anymore.”

50But when Jesus heard this, he told the synagogue leader,g “Stop being afraid! Just believe, and she will get well.”

Mark 5:35-36   s5:35 Lit. they   t5:35 Lit. from the synagogue leader   u5:36 Other mss. read overheard      Luke 8:49-50   f8:49 Lit. from the synagogue leader   g8:50 Lit. him

 

Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus

Matthew 9:23-26

Mark 5:37-43

Luke 8:51-56

23When Jesus came to the official's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

24he said, “Go away! The girl hasn't died but is sleeping.” They laughed and laughed at him.

25But when the crowd had been driven outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

26The news of this spread throughout that land.

37Jesusv allowed no one to go further with him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.

38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesusw saw mass confusion. Peoplex were crying and sobbing loudly.

39He entered the housey and said to them, “Why all this confusion and crying? The child isn't dead but is sleeping.”

40They laughed and laughed at him. But he forced all of them outside. Then he took the child's father and mother, along with the men who were with him, and went into the roomz where the child was.

41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”a which means, “Little girl, I tell you, get up!”

42The little girl got up at once and started to walk, for she was twelve years old. Instantly they were overcome with astonishment.

43But Jesusb strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give her something to eat.

51When he arrived at the house, he allowed no one to go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the child's father and mother.

52Now everyone was crying and wailing for her. But Jesush said, “Stop crying! She's not dead but is sleeping.”

53They laughed and laughed at him, because they knew she was dead.

54But he took her hand and called out, “Child, get up!”

55So her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed that she be given something to eat.

56Her parents were amazed, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Mark 5:37-43   v5:37 Lit. He   w5:38 Lit. he   x5:38 Lit. They   y5:39 The Gk. lacks the house   z5:40 The Gk. lacks the room   a5:41  Talitha Koum is Heb./Aram. for Little girl, get up!   b5:43 Lit. he      Luke 8:51-56   h 8:52 Lit. he

 

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

Matthew 9:27-31

27As Jesus was traveling on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28When he had gone into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord!”n

29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done for you!”

30And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly told them, “See to it that nobody knows about this.”

31But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that land.

Matt 9:27-31   n9:28 Or Sir

 

Jesus Heals a Mute Demoniac

Matthew 9:32-34

32As they were going out, a man who couldn't talk because he was demon-possessed was brought to him.

33As soon as the demon had been driven out, the mano began to speak. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!”

34But the Pharisees kept saying, “He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.”p

Matt 9:32-34   o9:33 Lit. the man who couldn't talk   p9:34 Other mss. lack this verse

 

The 2nd Rejection in Nazareth

Matthew 13:54-58

Mark 6:1-6

54He went to his hometown and began teaching the peoplev in their synagogue in such a way that they were amazed and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miracles?

55This is the builder'sw son, isn't it? His mother is named Mary, isn't she? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, aren't they?

56And his sisters are all with us, aren't they? So where did this man get all these things?”

57And they were offended by him. But Jesus told them, “A prophet is without honor only in his hometown and in his own home.”

58He did not perform many miracles there because of their unbelief.

1Jesusa left that place and went back to his hometown,b and his disciples followed him.

2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were utterly amazed. They said, “Where did this man get all these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What great miracles are being done by his hands!

3This is the builder,c the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon, isn't it? His sisters are here with us, aren't they?” And they were offended by him.

4Jesus was telling them, “A prophet is without honor only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own home.”

5He couldn't perform a miracle there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

6He was utterly amazed at their unbelief. Then he went around to the villages and continued teaching.

Matt 13:54-56   v13:54 Lit. them   w3:55 Or carpenter's      Mark 6:1-6   a6:1 Lit. He   b6:1 I.e. Nazareth   c6:3 Or carpenter

 

The Twelve Disciples Are Sent Out to Preach

Matthew 9:35-11:1

Mark 6:7-13

Luke 9:1-6

35Then Jesus began traveling through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every illness.

36When he saw the crowds, he was deeply moved with compassion for them, because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is vast, but the workers are few.

38So ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

Chapter 1010

1Then Jesusa called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they could drive them out and heal every disease and every illness.

2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;b

4Simon the Cananaeanc and Judas Iscariot, who laterd betrayed Jesus.e

5These were the twelve whom Jesus sent out, charging them with the words, “Don't turn off into the road that leads to the gentiles, and don't enter a town of the Samaritans.

6Go, instead, to the lost sheep of the nationf of Israel.

7As you go, proclaim, ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’

8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without payment you have received; without payment you are to give.

9Don't take any gold, silver, or copper in your moneybags,

10or a traveling bag for the trip, or an extra shirt,g or sandals, or a walking stick. For a worker deserves his food.

11“Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you leave.

12As you enter the house, greet it.

13If the house is receptive,h let your blessing of peace come on it. But if it isn't receptive,i let your blessing of peace return to you.

14If no one welcomes you or listens to your words, as you leave that house or town, shake its dust off your feet.

15Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town!”

16“See, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves.

17Watch out for people, for they will hand you over to the local councils and whip you in their synagogues.

18Because of me you will be brought before governors and kings to testify to them and the gentiles.

19When they hand you over, don't worry about how you are to speakj or what you are to say, for in that hour what you are to say will be given to you.

20For it won't be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking throughk you.

21“Brother will hand brother over to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against parents and have them put to death.

22You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

23So when they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For truly I tell you, you certainly will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24“A disciple is not above his teacher, and a slave is not above his master.

25It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher and a slave to be like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they do the same tol those of his household!”

26“So never be afraid of them. For there is nothing covered that will not be exposed, and nothing secret that will not be made known.

27What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whisperedm in your ear you must shout from the housetops.

28Stop beingn afraid of those who kill the body but can't kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.o

29“Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren't they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's permission.p

30Indeed, even the hairs on your head have all been counted!

31So stop beingq afraid. You are worth more than a bunch of sparrows.”

32“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people I, too, will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

33But whoever denies me before people I, too, will deny before my Father in heaven.”

34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword!r

35For I came to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36A person's enemies will be members of his own family.’s

37“The one who loves his father or mother more than me isn't worthy of me, and the one who loves a son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me.

38The one who doesn't take up his cross and follow me isn't worthy of me.

39The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it.”

40“The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me.

41The one who receives a prophet ast a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person asu a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward.

42Truly I tell you, whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he isv a disciple will never lose his reward.”

Chapter 11

1When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he left there to teach and preach in their cities.

 

7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits.

8He instructed them to take nothing along on the trip except a walking stick—no bread, no traveling bag, nothing in their moneybag.

9They could wear sandals but not take along an extra shirt.d

10He told them repeatedly, “Whenever you go into a home, stay there until you leave that place.

11If any place will not welcome you and the peoplee refuse to listen to you, when you leave, shake its dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

 12So they went and preached that peoplef should repent. 13They also kept driving out many demons and pouring oil on many who were sick and healing them.

1Jesusa called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.

2Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

3He told them, “Don't take anything along on the trip—no walking stick, traveling bag, bread, money, or even an extra shirt.b

4When you go into a home, stay there and leave from there.

5If people don't welcome you, when you leave that city, shake its dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

6So they left and went from village to village, spreading the good news and healing diseases everywhere.

Matt 9:36-11:1   a10:1 Lit. he   b10:3 Other mss. read Lebbaeus called Thaddaeus   c10:4 Cananaean is Aram. for Zealot.   d10:4 Lit. also   e10:4 Lit. him   f10:6 Lit. house   g10:10 Lit. two shirts   h10:13 Lit. worthy   i10:13 Lit. worthy   j10:19 The Gk. lacks you are to speak   k10:20 Or in   l10:25 The Gk. lacks will they do the same to   m10:27 Lit. what you hear   n10:28 Or Don't be   o10:28 Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   p10:29 Lit. apart from your Father   q10:31 Or don't be   r10:34 I.e. conflict   s10:36 Mic 7:6   t10:41 Lit. in the name of   u10:41 Lit. in the name of   v10:42 Lit. in the name of      Mark 6:7-13   d6:9 Lit. two shirts  e6:11 Lit. they   f6:12 Lit. they      Luke 9:1-6   a 9:1 Lit. He   b9:3 Lit. two shirts

 

The Death of John the Baptist

Matthew 14:1-12

1At that time Herod the tetrarch,a hearing about the fame of Jesus,

2said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist! He has been raised from the dead, and that's why these miracles are at work in him.”

3For Herod had arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip'sb wife,

4For John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

5Although Herodc wanted to kill him, he was afraid of the crowd, since they regarded Johnd as a prophet.

6But when Herod's birthday celebration was held, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests.e She pleased Herod

7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked for.

8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me, right here on a platter, the head of John the Baptist.”

9Though the king was saddened at this, because of his oaths and his guests he ordered it to be given.

10So he sent wordf and had John beheaded in prison.

11His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother.

12When John'sg disciples came, they carried off the body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Matt 14:1-12   a14:1 I.e. Herod Antipas, a son of King Herod and ruler over one of four districts in and around Palestine   b14:3 Other mss. read his brother's   c14:5 Lit. he   d14:5 Lit. him   e14:6 Lit. in the middle   f14:10 The Gk. lacks word   g14:12 Lit. his

 

Herod Fears that John the Baptist Has Risen

Mark 6:14-29

Luke 9:7-9

14King Herod heard about this, because Jesus’g name had become well-known. He wash saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead! That's why these miracles are at work in him.”

15Others were saying, “He is Elijah.” Still others were saying, “He is a prophet like one of the otheri prophets.”

16But when Herod heard about it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!”

17For Herod himself had sent men who arrestedj John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. For Herodk had married her.

18John had been telling Herod, “It's not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.”

19So Herodias bore a grudge against Johnl and wanted to kill him. But she couldn't do it

20because Herod was afraid of John. He knew that Johnm was a righteous and holy man, and so he protected him. Whenever he listened to John,n he did much of what he said.o In fact, he liked listening to him.

21An opportunity came during Herod's birthday celebration, when he gave a banquet for his top officials, military officers, and the most important people of Galilee.

22When the daughter of Herodiasp came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. So the king told the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you.”

23He swore with an oath to her, “I'll give you anything you ask for, up to half of my kingdom.”

24So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her motherq replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”

25Immediately the girlr hurried back to the king with her request, “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

26The king was deeply saddened, yet because of his oaths and his guests he was reluctant to refuse her.

27So without delay the king sent a soldier and ordered him to bring John'ss head. The soldiert went and beheaded him in prison.

28Then he brought John'su head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

29When John'sv disciples heard about this, they came and carried off his body and laid it in a tomb.

7Now Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was happening. He was puzzled because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,

8by others that Elijah had appeared, and by still others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life.

9Herod said, “I beheaded John. But who is this man I'm hearing so much about?” So Herodc kept trying to see Jesus.d

Mark 6:14-29   g6:14 Lit. his   h6:14 Other mss. read They were   i6:15 The Gk. lacks other   j6:17 Lit. sent and arrested   k6:17 Lit. he   l6:19 Lit. him   m6:20 Lit. he   n6:20 Lit. him   o6:20 Lit. did many things; other mss. read he became very disturbed   p6:22 Other mss. read his daughter by Herodias   q6:24 Lit. She   r6:25 Lit. she   s6:27 Lit. his   t6:27 Lit. He   u6:28 Lit. his   v6:29 Lit. his     Luke 9:7-9   c9:9 Lit. he   d9:9 Lit. him

 

The Twelve Disciples Return

Matthew 14:13

Mark 6:30-32

Luke 9:10

John 6:1

13When Jesus heard this, he left that place and wenth by boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of it and followed him on foot from the towns.

30The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught.

31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” For so many people were coming and going that theyw didn't even have time to eat.

32So they went away in a boat to a deserted place by themselves.

10The apostles came back and told Jesuse everything they had done. Then he took them away with him privately to a city called Bethsaida.

1After this, Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).

Matt 14:13   h14:13 The Gk. lacks and went      Mark 6:30-32   w6:31 Lit. and they      Luke 9:10   e9:10 Lit. him  

 

Jesus Teaches and Heals the Crowd

Matthew 14:14

Mark 6:33-34

Luke 9:11

John 6:2-3

14When he got out of the boat,i he saw a large crowd. He had compass­sion for them and healed their sick.

33But many people saw them leave and recog­nized them. So they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.

34When he got out of the boat,x he saw a large crowd. He had compass­sion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.

11But the crowds found out about this and followed him. He welcomed them and began to speak to them about the kingdom of God and to heal those who needed healing.

2A large crowd kept following him because they had seen the signs that he was performing on the sick.

3But Jesus went up on a hillside and sat down there with his disciples.

Matt 14:14   i14:14 The Gk. lacks of the boat      Mark 6:33-34   x6:34 The Gk. lacks of the boat  

 

Jesus Feeds 5,000

Matthew 14:15-21

Mark 6:35-44

Luke 9:12-17

John 6:4-13

15Now when evening came, the disciples went to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and it's already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for them­selves.”

16But Jesus said to them, “They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17They told him, “We don't have anything here except five loaves of bread and two fish.”

18He said, “Bring them here to me.”

19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave themj to the crowds.

20All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciplesk picked up what was left of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

21Now those who had eaten were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.

35When it was quite late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and it's already late.

36Send the crowdsy away so that they can go to the neighboring farms and villages and buy them­selves something to eat.”

37But he answered them, “You give them some­thing to eat.” They said to him, “Should we go and buy 200 denariiz worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”

38He asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have? Go and see.” They found out and told him, “Five loavesa and two fish.”

39Then he ordered them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and kept giving them to his disciples to set before the people.b He also divided the two fish among them all.

42All of them ate and were filled.

43Then the disciplesc picked up twelve baskets full of leftover bread and fish.

44There were 5,000 men who had eaten the loaves.

12As the day was drawing to a close, the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away to the neighboring villages and farms so they can rest and get some food, for we are here in a deserted place.”

13But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing more than five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all these people.”

14Now there were about 5,000 men. So he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”

15They did this and got all of them seated.

16Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and kept giving them to the disciples to pass on to the crowd.

17All of them ate and were filled. When they collected the leftover pieces, there were twelve baskets.

4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.

5When Jesus looked up and saw that a large crowd was coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?”

6Jesusa said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.

7Philip answered him, “Two hundred denariib worth of bread is not enough for each of them to get a little.”

8One of his disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter's brother, said to him,

9“There's a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two small fish. But what are they among so many people?”

10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was plenty of grass in that place. So the men sat down, numbering about 5,000.

11Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were seated. He also distributedc the fish, as much as they wanted.

12When they were com­pletely satisfied, he told his disciples, “Collect the pieces that are left over so that nothing is lost.”

13So they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Matthew 14:15-21   j14:19 The Gk. lacks gave them   k14:20 Lit. they   Mark 6:35-44  y6:36 Lit. them   z6:37 The denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer.   a6:38 The Gk. lacks loaves   b6:41 Lit. before them   c6:43 Lit. they      John 6:3-13   a6:6 Lit. He   b6:7 The denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer.   c6:11 Lit. Likewise also

 

Jesus Prays Alone

Matthew 14:22-23

Mark 6:45-47

John 6:14-15

22Jesusl immediately had the disciples get into a boat and cross to the other side ahead of him, while he sent the crowds away.

23After dismissing the crowds, he went up on a hillside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.  

45Jesusd immediately had his disciples get into a boat and cross to Bethsaida ahead of him, while he sent the crowd away.

46After saying goodbye to them, he went up on a hillside to pray.

47When evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, while he was alone on the land.

14When the people saw the signd that he had done, they kept saying, “Truly this is the Prophet who was to come into the world!”

15Then Jesus, realizing that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, withdrewe again to the hillside by himself.

Matt 14:22-23   l14:22 Lit. He       Mark 6:45-47   d6:45 Lit. He      John 6:14-15   d6:14 Other mss. read signs   e6:15 Other mss. read fled

 

Jesus Walks on Water; Peter Sinks

Matthew 14:24-33

Mark 6:48-52

John 6:16-21

24By this time the boat was in the middle of the seam and was being battered by the waves, for the wind was against them.

25Shortly before dawnn he came to them, walking on the sea.

26When the disciples saw him walk­ing on the sea, they were terrified and said, “It's a ghost!” And they screamed in terror.

27Immediately Jesus said to them, “Have courage! It is I. Stop being afraid!”

28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it's you, order me to come to you on the water.”

29Jesuso said, “Come on!” So Peter got down out of the boat, started walking on the water, and camep to Jesus.

30But when he noticed the strongq wind, he was frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, save me!”

31At once Jesus reached out his hand, caught him, and said to him, “You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?”

32As they got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing.

33Then the men in the boat began to worship Jesus,r saying, “You certainly are the Son of God!”

48He saw that they were straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawne he came to them, walking on the sea. He intended to go up right beside them,

49but when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and began to scream.

50All of them saw him and were terrified. Immediately he said to them, “Have courage! It is I. Stop being afraid!”

51Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped blow­ing. The disciplesf were utterly astounded,

52for they didn't understand the significance of the loaves. Instead, their hearts were hardened.

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,

17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already fallen, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

18A strong wind was blowing, and the sea was getting rough.

19They had rowed about three or four milesf when they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat. They became terrified.

20But he said to them, “It is I. Stop being afraid!”

21So they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Matt 14:24-33   m14:24 Other mss. read many furlongs from the land   n14:25 Lit. In the fourth watch of the night   o14:29 Lit. He   p14:29 Other mss. read to go   q14:30 Other mss. lack strong   r14:33 Lit. him      Mark 6:48-52   e6:48 Lit. In the fourth watch of the night   f6:51 Lit. They      John 6:16-21   f 6:19 Lit. twenty-five or thirty stadia; The Roman mile contained eight stadia, one stadion was about 604.5 feet long.

 

The Healings in Gennesaret

Matthew 14:34-36

Mark 6:53-56

34They crossed over and came ashore at Gennesaret.

35When the men of that place recognized Jesus,s they sent wordt throughout that region and brought him all who were sick.

36They kept begging him to let them touch just the tassel of his garment, and all who touched it were completely healed.

53When they had crossed over, they came ashore at Gennesaret and anchored the boat.

54As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus.g

55They ran all over the countryside and began carrying the sick on their cots to any place where they heard he was.

56Wherever he went, whether into villages, towns, or farms, peopleh would place their sick in the marketplaces and beg him to let them touch even the tassel of his garment, and all who touched it were healed.

Matt 14:34-36   s14:35 Lit. him   t14:35 The Gk. lacks word      Mark 6:53-56   g6:54 Lit. him   h6:56 Lit. they

 

“I Am the Bread of Life” Discourse

John 6:22-7:1

22The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea noticed that only one boat had been there, and no other, and that Jesus had not gotten into that boat with his disciples. Instead, his disciples had gone away by themselves.

23Other small boats from Tiberias arrived near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.g

24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into these boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.

25When they had found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbih, when did you get here?”

26Jesus replied to them, “Truly, truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were completely satisfied.

27Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

28Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”

29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God: to believe in the one whom he has sent.”

30So they said to him, “What sign are you going to do so that we may see it and believe in you? What work are you performing?

31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”i

32Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

33For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34Then they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time.”

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never become hungry, and the one who believes in me will never become thirsty.

36I told you that you have seen me,j yet you do not believe.

37Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never turn away.

38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent me.

39And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything that he has given me, but should raise it to life on the last day.

40For this is my Father's will, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.”

41Then the Jewsk began grumbling about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

42They kept saying, “This is Jesus, the son of Joseph, isn't it, whose father and mother we know? So how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

43Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.

44No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him to life on the last day.

45It is written in the Prophets, ‘And all of them will be taught by God.’l Everyone who has listened to the Father and has learned anything comes to me.

46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who comes from God. This one has seen the Father.

47Truly, truly I tell you, the one who believes in mem has eternal life.

48I am the bread of life.

49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.

50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die.

51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52Then the Jews debated angrily with each other, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53So Jesus told them, “Truly, truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.

54The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.

55For my flesh is realn food, and my blood is realo drink.

56The person who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.

57Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me.

58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not the kind that your ancestors ate. They died, but the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

59He said this while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

60When many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This is a difficult statement. Who can acceptp it?”

61But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Does this offend you?

62What if you saw the Son of Man going up to the place where he was before?

63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

64But there are some among you who do not believe.” For from the beginning Jesus knew those who wouldn't believe, as well as the one who would betray him.

65So he said, “That's why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father.”

66As a result,q many of his disciples turned back and no longer associatedr with him.

67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don't want to leave, too, do you?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.

69Besides, we have believed and remain convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”s

70Jesus answered them, “I chose you twelve, didn't I? Yet one of you is a devil.”

71Now he was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.t For this man, even though he was one of the twelve, was going to betray him. 7

Chapter 7

1After this, Jesus traveled abouta in Galilee, for he didn't want to travelb in Judea because the Jewsc were trying to kill him.

John 6:22-7:1   g 6:23 Other mss. lack after the Lord had given thanks   h6:25 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   i6:31  Ps 78:24; Exod 16:15; Num 11:7-9   j6:36 Other mss. lack me   k6:41 I.e. Jewish leaders   l6:45 Isa 54:13   m6:47 Other mss. lack in me   n6:55 Or true   o6:55 Or true   p6:60 Lit. listen to   q6:66 Or From this time   r6:66 Lit. walked   s6:69 Other mss. read the Christ, the Son of the living God   t6:71 Other mss. read Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon   a7:1 Lit. walked   b7:1 Lit. to walk   c7:1 I.e. Jewish leaders 

 

The Traditions of Men Are Rebuked

Matthew 15:1-11

Mark 7:1-16

1Then some Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and said,

2“Why do your disciples disregard the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat.”a

3But he answered them, “Why do you also disregard the commandment of God because of your tradition?

4For God said,b ‘Honor your father and your mother,’c and ‘Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.’d

5But you say ‘Whoever tells his father or his mother, “Whatever support you might have received from me has been given to God,”e

6does not have to honor his father.’f Because of your tradition, then, you have revoked the authority of God's word.g

7You hypocrites! How well did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said,

8‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

9Their worship of me is empty, because they teach human rules as doctrines.’”h

10Then he called to the crowd and said to them, “Listen and understand!

11It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean.”

1The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus.a

2They noticed that some of his disciples were eatingb with unclean hands, that is, without washing them.

3(For the Pharisees and indeed all the Jewish people don't eat unless they wash their hands properly,c following the tradition of their elders.

4They don't eat anything from the marketplace unless they dip it in water. They also observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, jars, brass pots, and dinner tables.)d

5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus,e “Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eatf with unclean hands.”

6He told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites. As it is written, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

7Their worship of me is empty, because they teach human rules as doctrines.’g

8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

9Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your own tradition!

10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’h and ‘Whoever curses his father or mother must certainly be put to death.’i

11But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or mother, “Whatever support you might have received from me is Corban,”’ (that is, an offering to God)

12you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.

13You are destroying the word of God through your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many other things like that.”

14Then he called to the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand!

15Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It is what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean.

16If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!”j

Matt 15:1-11   a15:2 Lit. eat bread   b15:4 Other mss. read commanded, saying   c15:4 Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16   d15:4 Exod 21:17; Lev 20:9   e15:5 Lit. is a gift   f15:6 Other mss. read his father or his mother   g15:6 Other mss. read law; still other mss. read commandment   h15:9 Isa 29:13         Mark 7:1-16   a7:1 Lit. him   b7:2 Lit. eating bread   c7:3 Lit. with a fist   d7:4 Other mss. lack and dinner tables   e7:5 Lit. him   f7:5 Lit. eat bread   g7:7 Isa 29:13   h7:10 Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16   i7:10 Exod 21:17; Lev 20:9   j7:16 Other mss. lack this verse.

 

A Parable Is Explained in Private

Matthew 15:12-20

Mark 7:17-23

12Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you realize that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?”

13He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be pulled up by the roots.

14Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind.i If one blind person leads another blind person, both will fall into a ditch.”

15Then Peter said to him, “Explain to us thisj parable.”

16Jesusk said, “Are you still so ignorant?

17Don't you know that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then is expelled as waste?

18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean.

19For it is out of the heart that evil thoughts come, as well as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, stealing, false testimony, and slander.l

20These are the things that make a person unclean. But eating with unwashed hands doesn't make a person unclean.”

17When he had left the crowd and gone home, his disciples began asking him about the parable.

18He said to them, “Are you so ignorant? Don't you know that nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean?

19For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and is expelled as waste.” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)k

20He continued, “It is what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean.

21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder,

22adultery, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, envy, slander,l arrogance, and foolish­ness.

23All these things come from within and make a person unclean.”

Matt 15:12-20   i15:14 Other mss. lack of the blind   j15:15 Other mss. read the   k15:16 Lit. He   l15:19 Or blasphemy      Mark 7:17-23   k7:19 Lit. he cleansed all foods  l7:22 Or blasphemy

 

The Faith of a Gentile Woman

Matthew 15:21-28

Mark 7:24-30

21Then Jesus left that place and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

22Suddenly a Canaanite woman from that territory came near and began to shout, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed!”

23But he didn't answer her at all.d Then his disciples came up and kept urging him, “Send her away, for she keeps on screaming after us.”

24But he replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nationn of Israel.”

25Then she came and fell down before him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

26He replied, “It is not righto to take the children's bread and throw it to the puppies.”

27She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the puppies eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ tables.”

28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you want.” That very hour her daughter was healed.

24Jesusm left that place and went to the territory of Tyre and Sidon.n He went into a house, not wanting anyone to know he was there. However, it couldn't be kept a secret.

25In fact, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him and came and fell down at his feet.

26Now the woman happened to be a Greek, born in Phoenicia in Syria. She kept asking him to drive the demon out of her daughter.

27But he kept telling her, “First let the children be filled. It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the puppies.”

28But she answered him, “Yes,o Lord. Yet even the puppies under the table eat some of the children's crumbs.”

29Then he said to her, “Because you have said this, go! The demon has left your daughter.”

30So she went home and found the child lying in bed, and the demon was gone.

Matt 15:21-28   m15:23 Lit. a word   n15:24 Lit. house   o15:26 Other mss. read lawful      Mark 7:24-30   m 7:24 Lit. He   n7:24 Other mss. lack and Sidon   o7:28 Other mss. lack Yes

 

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

Mark 7:31-37

31Then Jesusp left the territory of Tyre and passed through Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the territory of the Decapolis.q

32Some peopler brought him a deaf man who also had a speech impediment. They begged him to lay his hand on him.

33Jesusd took him away from the crowd to be alone with him. Putting his fingers into the man'st ears, he touched his tongue with saliva.

34Then he looked up to heaven, sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,”u that is, “Be opened!”

35At once the man'sv ears were opened and his tongue was released, and he began to talk normally.

36Jesusw ordered the peoplex not to tell anyone, but the more he kept ordering them, the more they kept spreading the news.

37They were amazed beyond measure, saying, “He does everything well! He even makes deaf people hear and mute people talk!”

Mark 7:31-37   p7:31 Lit. he   q7:31 Lit. the Ten Cities, a loose federation of ten cities strongly influenced by Greek culture   r7:32 Lit. They   s7:33 Lit. He   t7:33 Lit. his   u7:34 Ephphatha is Heb./Aram. for Be opened!   v7:35 Lit. his   w7:36 Lit. He   x7:36 Lit. them

 

Many Are Healed on a Mountain

Matthew 15:29-31

29Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a hillside and sat down there.

30Large crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, those unable to talk, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he healed them.

31As a result, the crowd was amazed to see those who were unable to talk speaking, the crippled healed, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. So they praised the God of Israel.

 

Jesus Feeds 4,000

Matthew 15:32-39

Mark 8:1-10

32Then Jesus called his disciples and said, “I have compassion for the crowd because they have already been with me for three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away without food, or they may faint on the road.”

33The disciples asked him, “Where in the wilderness are we to get enough bread to feed such a crowd?”

34Jesus said to them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

35Ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground,

36he took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks. Then he broke them in pieces and kept giving them to his disciples, and the disciples gave themp to the crowds.

37All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciplesq picked up what was left of the broken pieces, seven baskets full.

38Now those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children.

39After he sent the crowds away, he got into a boat and went to the region of Magadan.r

1In those days, when a large crowd again had gathered with nothing to eat, Jesusa called his disciples and said to them,

2“I have compassion for the crowd because they have already been with me for three days and have nothing to eat.

3If I send them away to their homes hungry, they will faint on the road. Some of them have come a long distance.”

4His disciples answered him, “Where could anyone get enough bread to feed these people out here in the wilderness?”

5He asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” They said, “Seven.”

6So he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and gave thanks. He broke them in pieces and kept giving them to his disciples to distribute. So they served them to the crowd.

7They also had a few small fish. He blessed them and said that the fishb should also be distributed.

8The peoplec ate and were filled. Then the disciplesd picked up the leftover pieces—seven large baskets full.

9Now about 4,000 men were there. Then he sent them on their way.

10Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.e

Matt 15:32-39   p15:36 The Gk. lacks gave them   q15:37 Lit. they   r15:39 Other mss. read Magdala      Mark 8:1-10   a8:1 Lit. he   b8:7 Lit. these   c8:8 Lit. They   d8:8 Lit. they   e8:10 Other mss. read Mageda; still other mss. read Magdala

 

The Pharisees Seek a Sign

Matthew 16:1-4

Mark 8:11-13

1When the Pharisees and Sadducees arrived, as a test they asked Jesusa to show them a sign from heaven.

2He replied to them, “You say, ‘Red sky at night, what a delight!

3Red sky in the morning, cloudy and storming.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, yet you can't interpret the signs of the times?b

4An evil and adulterous generation craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them and went away.

11The Pharisees arrived and began arguing with Jesus.f They tested him by demanding from him a sign from heaven.

12He sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation demand a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”

13Leaving them, he got into a boat again and crossed to the other side.

Matt 16:1-4   a16:1 Lit. him   b16:3 Other mss. lack You say. . . the signs of the times?      Mark 8:11-13   f 8:11 Lit. him

 

The Yeast of the Pharisees

Matthew 16:5-12

Mark 8:14-21

5When his disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to take any bread along.

6Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!”

7They began to discuss this among themselves and said, “We didn't take any bread.”

8Knowing this, Jesus said, “You who have little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you don't have any bread?

9Don't you understand yet? Don't you remember the five loaves for the 5,000 and how many baskets you collected,

10or the seven loaves for the 4,000 and how many baskets you collected?

11How can you fail to understand that I wasn't talking to you about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!”

12Then they understood that he did not say to beware of the yeast used in bread,c but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

14Now the disciplesg had forgotten to take any bread along and had only one loaf with them in the boat.

15Jesush had been warning them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!”i

16So they were discussing with one another the fact that they didn't have any bread.

17Knowing this, Jesusj said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you don't have any bread? Don't you understand or perceive yet? Are your hearts hardened?

18Do you have eyes but fail to see? Do you have ears but fail to hear?k Don't you remember?

19When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces?” They told him, “Twelve.”

20“When I brokel the seven loavesm for the 4,000, how many large baskets did you fill with the leftover pieces?” They told him, “Seven.”

21Then he said to them, “Don't you perceive yet?”

Matt 16:5-12   c16:12 Other mss. read the loaf of bread      Mark 8:14-21   g8:14 Lit. they   h8:15 Lit. He   i8:15 Other mss. read of the Herodians   j8:17 Lit. he   k8:18 Jer 5:21   l8:20 The Gk. lacks I broke   m8:20 The Gk. lacks loaves

 

The Blind Man Is Cured in Bethesda

Mark 8:22-26

22As they came to Bethsaida, some peoplen brought a blind man to Jesuso and begged him to touch him.p

23Jesusq took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. He spit into his eyes, placed his hands on him, and asked him, “Do you see anything?”

24The manr looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking around.”

25Then Jesuss placed his hands on the man'st eyes again, and he saw clearly. His sight was restored, and he saw everything perfectly even from a distance.

26Then Jesusu sent him home, saying, “Don't go into the village or tell anyone in the village.”v

Mark 8:22-26   n8:22 Lit. they   o8:22 Lit. him   p8:22 The Gk. lacks him   q8:23 Lit. Then he   r8:24 Lit. He   s8:25 Lit. he   t8:25 Lit. his   u8:26 Lit. he   v8:26 Other mss. lack or tell anyone in the village

 

Peter Confesses That Jesus Is the Christ

Matthew 16:13-20

Mark 8:27-30

 13When Jesus had come to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14They said, “Some sayd John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

15He said to them, “But who do you say I am?”

16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,e the Son of the living God!”

17Then Jesus said to him, “How blessed are you, Simon, son of John!f For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven has.

18I tell you that you are Peter,g and it is on this rockh that I will build my church, and the powers of helli will not conquer it.

19I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibitedj in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permittedk in heaven.”

20Then he strictly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.l

27Then Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he was asking his disciples, “Who do people say I am?”

28They answered him, “Some sayw John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the prophets.”

29Then he began to ask them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter answered him, “You are the Christ!”x

30Jesusy sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Matt 16:13-20   d16:1 4 The Gk. lacks say   e16:16 I.e. the Messiah   f16:17 Gk. Bariona   g16:18 Gk. Petros   h16:18 Gk. petra   i16:18 Lit. gates of Hades, a reference to the realm of the dead   j16:19 Or will be prohibited   k16:19 Or will be permitted   l16:20 I.e. the Messiah      Mark 8:27-30   w8:28 The Gk. lacks Some say   x8:29 I.e. the Messiah   y8:30 Lit. He

 

Jesus Rebukes Peter

Matthew 16:21-28

Mark 8:31-9:1

Luke 9:18-27

21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he would have to go to Jerusalem and suffer a great deal because of the elders, the high priests, and the scribes. Then he would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised.

22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God be merciful to you, Lord! This must never happen to you!”

23But Jesusm turned around and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an offensen to me, for you are not thinking God's thoughts but human thoughts!”

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continually.

25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

26For what profit will a person have if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?

27The Son of Man is going to come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to what he has done.

28Truly I tell you, some people standing here will not experienceo death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man would have to suffer a great deal and be rejected by the elders, the high priests, and the scribes. Then he would be killed, but after three days he would rise again.

32He was speaking about this matter quite openly. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33But turning and looking at his disciples, Jesusz rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not thinking God's thoughts but human thoughts!”

34Then Jesusa called the crowd to himself along with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continually.

35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it.

36For what profit will a person have if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?

37Indeed, what can a person give in exchange for his life?

38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes with the holy angels in his Father's glory.”

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1Then he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some people standing here will not experiencea death until they see the kingdom of God arrive with power.”

18One day while Jesusf was praying privately and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19They answered, “Some sayg John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the ancient prophets who has come back to life.”

20He asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christh of God.”

21He strictly ordered and commanded them not to tell this to anyone.

22He said, “The Son of Man must suffer a great deal and be rejected by the elders, the high priests, and the scribes. Then he must be killed, but on the third day he will be raised.”

23Then he said to all of them, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross every day, and follow me continually.

24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

25What profit will a person have if he gains the whole world, but destroys himself or is lost?

26If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and the glory ofi the Father and the holy angels.

27Truly I tell you, some people who are standing here will not experiencej death until they see the kingdom of God.”

Matt 16:21-28   m16:23 Lit. he   n16:23 Or a hindrance   o16:28 Lit. taste   Mark 8:31-9:1   z8:33 Lit. he   a8:34 Lit. he   a9:1 Lit. taste     Luke 9:18-27   f9:18 Lit. he   g9:19 The Gk. lacks Some say   h9:20 I.e. The Messiah   i9:26 Lit. and that of   j9:27 Lit. taste

 

The Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-8

Mark 9:2-8

Luke 9:28-36

1Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

2His appearance was changed in front of them, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.a

4Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it's good that we're here! If you want, I will set up three sheltersb—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5He was still speaking when a bright cloud suddenly overshadowed them. A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him. Keep on listening to him!”

6When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.

7But Jesus came up to them and touched them, saying, “Get up, and stop being afraid.”

8When they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus all by himself.

2Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain to be alone with him. His appearance was changed in front of them,

3and his clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyoneb on earth could bleach them.

4Then Elijah appeared to them, accompanied by Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,c it's good that we're here! Let's set up three sheltersd—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

6(Petere didn't know how to respond, for they were terrified.)

7Then a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. A voice came out of the cloud and said,f “This is my Son, whom I love. Keep on listening to him!”

8Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw no one with them but Jesus alone.

28Now about eight days after Jesus said this,k he took Peter, John, and James with him and went up on a mountain to pray.

29While he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes turned dazzling white.

30Suddenly, two men were talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah.

31They appeared in glory and were discussing Jesus’l departure which he was about to bring to fulfillment in Jerusalem.

32Now Peter and the men with him had been overcome by sleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’m glory and the two men standing with him.

33Just as Moses and Elijahn were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it's good that we're here! Let's set up three shelterso—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Peterp didn't know what he was saying.)

34But while he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed them, and they were frightened as they went into the cloud.

35Then a voice came out of the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen.q Keep listening to him!”

36After the voice had spoken, Jesus wasr alone. The discipless kept silent and at that timet told no one about what they had seen.

Matt 17:1-8   a17:3 Lit. him   b17:4 Or tents      Mark 9:2-8   b9:3 Lit. anyone who cleans   c9:5 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   d9:5 Or tents   e9:6 Lit. He   f9:7 The Gk. lacks and said      Luke 9:28-36   k9:28 Lit. after these sayings   l9:31 Lit. his   m9:32 Lit. his   n9:33 Lit. Just as they   o9:33 Or tents  p9:33 Lit. He   q9:35 Other mss. read whom I love   r9:36 Lit. was found to be   s9:36 Lit. They   t9:36 Lit. in those days

 

Elijah Is Discussed While Descending

Matthew 17:9-13

Mark 9:9-13

9On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don't tell anyone about this vision until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

10So the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

11He answered them, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things.

12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, yet peoplec did not recognize him and treated him just as they pleased. In the same way, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”

13Then the disciples understood that he had been speaking to them about John the Baptist.

9On their way down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

10They kept the matter to themselves but argued about what “rising from the dead” meant.

11So they asked him, “Don't the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

12He told them, “Elijah is indeed coming first and will restore all things. Why, then, is it written that the Son of Man must suffer a great deal and be treated shamefully?

13But I tell you that Elijah has come, yet peopleg treated him just as they pleased, as it is written about him.”

Matt 17:9-13   c17:12 Lit. they      Mark 9:9-13   g9:13 Lit. they

 

A Demon Is Cast Out of a Boy

Matthew 17:14-18

Mark 9:14-27

Luke 9:37-42

14As they approached the crowd, a man came up to Jesus,d knelt down in front of him,

15and said, “Sir,e have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers terribly. Often he falls into fire and often into water.

16I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn't heal him.”

17Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!”

18Then Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed that very hour.

14As they approached the otherh disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and some scribes arguing with them.

15The whole crowd was very sur­prised to see Jesusi and ran to welcome him.

16He asked the scribes,j “What are you arguing about with them?”

17A man in the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that won't let him talk.

18Whenever it brings on a seizure, it throws him to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes stiff. So I asked your disciples to drive the spiritk out, but they didn't have the power.”

19Jesusl said to them, “You unbeliev­ing generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me!”

20So they brought the boym to him. When the spirit saw Jesus,n it immediately threw the boyo into convulsions. He fell on the ground and kept rolling around and foaming at the mouth.

21Then Jesusp asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” He said, “Since he was a child.

22The spiritq has often thrown him into fire and into water to destroy him. But if you are able to do any­thing, have pity on us and help us!”

23Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’ Everything is possible for the person who believes!”

24With tears flowing,r the child's father at once cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief!”

25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that won't let him talk or hear—I command you to come out of him and never enter him again!”

26The spirits screamed, shook the childt violently, and came out. The boy was like a corpse, and many said that he was dead.

27But Jesus took his hand and helped him up, and he stood up.

37The next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.u

38Suddenly a man in the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.v

39Without warning a spirit takes control of him, and he suddenly screams, goes into convulsions, and foams at the mouth. The spiritw mauls him and refuses to leave him.

40I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn't.”

41Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How much longer must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here!”

42Even while the boyx was coming, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

Matt 17:14-18   d17:14 Lit. him  e17:15 Or Lord   Mark 9:14-27   h9:14 The Gk. lacks other   i9:15 Lit. him   j9:16 Lit. them   k9:18 Lit. it   l9:19 Lit. He   m9:20 Lit. him   n9:20 Lit. him   o9:20 Lit. him   p9:21 Lit. he   q9:22 Lit. It   r9:24 Other mss. lack With tears flowing   s9:26 Lit. It   t9:26 The Gk. lacks the child      Luke 9:37-42   u9:37 Lit. him   v9:38 Lit. only one   w9:39 Lit. It   x9:42 Lit. he

 

The Disciples Ask About the Miracle

Matthew 17:19-21

Mark 9:28-29

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn't we drive it out?”

20He told them, “Because of your lack of faith.f For truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.

21But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”g

28When Jesusu came home, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn't we drive it out?”

29He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.”v

Matt 17:19-21   f17:20 Other mss. read your little faith   g17:21 Other mss. lack this verse      Mark 9:28-29   u9:28 Lit. he   v9:29 Other mss. lack and fasting

 

Jesus Discusses His Death

Matthew 17:22-23

Mark 9:30-32

Luke 9:43-45

22While they were gathering togetherh in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.

23They will kill him, but he will be raised on the third day.” Then they were filled with grief.

30Then they left that place and were passing through Galilee. Jesusw didn't want anyone to know it,

31for he was teaching his disciples and saying to them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into human hands. They will kill him, but after being dead for three days he will be raised.”

32They didn't understand what this statement meant, and were afraid to ask him.

43So all the people continued to be amazed at the greatness of God. Indeed, everyone was astonished at all the things Jesusy was doing. So he said to his disciples,

44“Listen carefully to these words.z The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.”

45But they didn't know what this meant. Indeed, the meaning was hidden from them so that they didn't understand it; and they were afraid to ask him about this statement.

Matt 17:22-23   h17:22 Other mss. read were staying      Mark 9:30-32  w9:30 Lit. He      Luke 9:43-45   y9:43 Lit. he   z9:44 Lit. Put these words into your ears

 

The Temple Tax Miracle

Matthew 17: 24-27

24When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple taxi came up to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the temple tax,j doesn't he?”

25He answered, “Yes.” When Peterk went home,l Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings on the earth collect tolls or tributes? From their own subjects,m or from foreigners?”

26When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “In that case, the subjectsn are exempt.

27However, so that we don't offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, open its mouth, and you will find a coin.o Take it and give it to them for me and you.”

Matt 17:24-27   i17:24 Gk. didrachma   j17:24 Gk. didrachma   k17:25 Lit. he   l17:25 Or went into the house   m17:25 Lit. sons   n17:26 Lit. sons   o17:27 Gk. stater, a coin worth two didrachmas

 

The Disciples Argue

Matthew 18:1-5

Mark 9:33-37

Luke 9:46-48

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2Calling a little child forward, he had him stand among them.

3Then he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you changea and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

4Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,

5and whoever receives a little child like this in my name receives me.”

33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesusx was at home, he asked the disciples,y “What were you arguing about on the road?”

34But they kept silent, for on the road they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.

35So he sat down and called the twelve. He told them, “If anyone wants to be first he must be last of all and servant of all.”

36Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He took him in his arms and said to them,

37“Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

46Now an argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.

47But Jesus, knowing their inner thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

48Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is greatest.”

Matt 18:1-5   a18:3 Lit. turn      Mar 9:33-37   x9:33 Lit. he   y9:33 Lit. them

 

John’s Zeal Without Understanding

Mark 9:38-41

Luke 9:49-50

38John said to Jesus,z “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he wasn't a follower like us.”

39But Jesus said, “Don't stop him! For no one who works a miracle in my name can slander me soon afterwards.

40For whoever is not against us is for us.

41Truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christa will never lose his reward.”

49John said, “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he wasn't a follower like us.”

50Jesus said to him, “Don't stop him! For whoever is not against you is for you.”

Mark 9:38-41   z9:38 Lit. him   a9:41 I.e. the Messiah

 

Warnings about Stumbling Blocks

Matthew 18:6-11

Mark 9:42-50

6“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned at the bottom of the sea.

7How terrible it will be for the world because it causes people to sin! Temptations to sin are bound to happen, but how terrible it will be for that person who causes someone to sin!

8“So if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life injured or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellb fire.

10“See to it that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you, their angels in heaven always see the face ofc my Father in heaven.

11For the Son of Man came to save the lost.”d

42“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

43So if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life injured than to have two hands and go to hell,b to the fire that cannot be put out.

44In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.c

45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.d

46In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.e

47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.f

48In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.

49For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.g

50Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how can you restore its flavor? Keep on having salt among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”

Matt 18:6-11   b18:9 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   c18:10 I.e. have access to   d 8:11 Other mss. lack this verse.      Mark 9:42-50   b9:43 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   c9:44 Other mss. lack this verse   d9:45 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   e9:46 Other mss. lack this verse   f9:47 Gk. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom   g :49 Other mss. lack and every sacrifice will be salted with salt

 

The Parable About the Lost Sheep

Matthew 18:12-14

12“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, he leaves the ninety-nine in the hills and goes to look for the one that has strayed, doesn't he?

13If he finds it, truly I tell you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that haven't strayed.

14In the same way, it is not the will of youre Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”

Matt 18:12-14   e18:14 Other mss. read our; still other mss. read my

 

Instructions on Church Discipline

Matthew 18:15-20

15“If your brother sins against you,f go and confront him while the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

16But if he doesn't listen, take one or two others with you so that ‘every word may be confirmed by the testimonyg of two or three witnesses.’h

17If, however, he ignores them, tell it to the congregation.i If he also ignores the congregation,j regard him as a gentile and a tax collector.

18“Truly I tell you, whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibitedk in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permittedl in heaven.

19Furthermore, truly I tell you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you request, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

20For where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them.”

Matt 18:15-20    f18:15 Other mss. lack against you   g18:16 Lit. mouth   h18:16 Deut 19:15   i18:17 Or church   j18:17 Or church   k18:18 Or will be prohibited   l18:18 Or will be permitted  

 

Peter Asks About Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35

21Then Peter came up and asked him, “Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? Seven times?”

22Jesus said to him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!m

23“That is why the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

24When he had begun to settle the accounts, a person who owed him ten thousand talentsn was brought to him.

25Because he couldn't pay, his master ordered him, his wife, his children, and all that he had to be sold so that payment could be made.

26Then the servant fell down and bowed low before him, saying, ‘Be patiento with me, and I will repay you everything!’

27The master of that servant had compassion and released him, canceling his debt.

28“But when that servant went away, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.p He grabbed him, seized him by the throat, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’

29Then his fellow servant fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me and I will repay you!’

30But he refused and went and had him thrown into prison until he could repay the debt.

31“When his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were very disturbed and went and reported to their master all that had occurred.

32Then his master sent for him and said to him, ‘You evil servant! I canceled that entire debt for you because you begged me.

33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’

34In anger his master handed him over to the torturersq until he could repay the entire debt.

35This is how my heavenly Father will treat each one of you unless you forgive your brother from your hearts.”

Matt 18:21-35   m18:22 Or seventy times seven   n18:24 A talent was worth a lifetime of wages for an average laborer.   o18:26 Other mss. read Master, be patient   p18:28 The denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer.   q18:34 Or jailers

 

The Feast of Tabernacles

John 7:2

2Now the Jewish Festival of Tabernaclesd was ap­proaching.

John 7:2   d7:2 Or Booths

 

The Brothers of Jesus Advise Him to Go to Judea

John 7:3-9

3So his brothers said to him, “You should leave this place and go to Judea, so that your disciples can see the works that you're doing.

4For no one acts in secret if he wants to be known publicly. If you're going to do these things, you should reveal yourself to the world!”

5For not even his brothers believed in him.

6Jesus told them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.e

7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.

8Go up to the festival yourselves. I am not yetf going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.”

9After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

John 7:3-9   e7:6 Lit. ready   f7:8 Other mss. lack yet

 

Jesus Determines to Go to Jerusalem

Luke 9:51

John 7:10

51When the days grew closer for Jesusa to be taken up to heaven,b he was determined to continue his journey to Jeru­salem.

10But after his brothers had gone up to the festival, he went up himself, not openly but, as it were,g in secret.

Luke 9:51   a9:51 Lit. for him   b9:51 The Gk. lacks to heaven      John 7:10   g7:10 Other mss. lack as it were

 

Messengers Are Sent to Samaria

Luke 9:52-53

52So he sent messengers on ahead of him. On their way they went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him.

53But the peoplec didn't welcome him, because he was deter­mined to go to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:52-53   c 9:53 Lit. they

 

James and John Are Rebuked

Luke 9:54-56

54When his disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them, as Elijah did?d

55But he turned and rebuked them,

56and they went on to another village. 

Luke 9:54-56   d9:54 Other mss. lack as Elijah did

 

Unfit Followers

Matthew 8:19-22

Luke 9:57-62

19Now a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birdsr have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”s

21Then another of his disciples said to him, “Lord,t first let me go and bury my father.”

22But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

57While they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birdse have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”f

59He told another man, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord,g first let me go and bury my father.”

60But he told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61Still another man said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home.”

62Jesus told him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Matt 8:19-22   r8:20 Lit. birds in the sky   s8:20 Lit. no place to lay his head   t8:21 Or Sir      John 9:57-62   e9:58 Lit. birds in the sky   f9:58 Lit. no place to lay his head   g9:59 Other mss. lack Lord

 

People Afraid to Speak of Jesus

John 7:11-13

11The Jewsh kept looking for him at the festival, saying, “Where is that man?”

12And there was a great deal of discussion about him among the crowds.i Some were saying, “He is a good man,” while others were saying, “No, he is deceiving the crowd!”

13No one, however, would speak openly about him for fear of the Jews.j

John 7:11-13   h7:11 I.e. Jewish leaders   i7:12 Other mss. read crowd   j7:13 I.e. Jewish leaders

 

Jesus in the Temple Mid-Feast

John 7:14-15

14Halfway through the festival, Jesus went up to the temple and began teaching.

15The Jewsk were astonished and remarked, “How can this man be so educated when he has never gone to school?” 

John 7:14-15   k7:15 I.e. Jewish leaders

 

Jesus Says That Some Seek to Kill Him

John 7:16-19

16Jesus replied to them, “My teaching is not mine but comes from the one who sent me.

17If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether this teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.

18The one who speaks on his own seeks his own praise. But the one who seeks the praise of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.

19Moses gave you the law, didn't he? Yet none of you is keeping the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

 

A Defense of Healing on the Sabbath

John 7:20-24

20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?”

21Jesus answered them, “I performed one work, and all of you are astonished.

22Moses gave you circumcision—not that it is from Moses, but from the Patriarchs—and so you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

23If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I made a man perfectly well on the Sabbath?

24Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment!”

 

Jesus Cries Out in the Temple

John 7:25-30

25Then some of the people of Jerusalem began saying, “This is the man they are trying to kill, isn't it?

26And look, he is speaking in public, and they are not saying anything to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?l

27We know where this man comes from. But when the Christm comes, no one will know where he comes from.”

28At this point Jesus, still teaching in the temple, shouted, “So you know me and know where I have come from? I have not come on my own accord. But the one who sent me is true, and he is the one you do not know.

29I know him because I have come from him and he sent me.”

30Then they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come.

John 7:25-30   l7:26 I.e. the Messiah   m7:27 I.e. the Messiah

 

Multitudes Are Amazed at the Signs

John 7:31

31However, many in the crowd believed in him, saying, “When the Christn comes, he won't do more signs than this man has done, will he?”

John 7:31   n7:31 I.e. the Messiah  

 

The Pharisees Seek to Seize Jesus

John 7:32-36

32The Pharisees heard the crowd debating these things about him, so the high priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

33Then Jesus said, “I will be with you only a little while longer, and then I am going back to the one who sent me.

34You will look for me but will not find me.o And where I am, you cannot come.”

35Then the Jewsp said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go so that we will not find him? Surely he's not going to the Dispersionq among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he?

36What does this statement mean that he made,r ‘You will look for me but will not find me,’ and ‘Where I will be, you cannot come’?” 

John 7:32-36   o7:34 Other mss. lack me   p7:35 I.e. Jewish leaders   q7:35 I.e. the Jewish communities outside the land of Israel   r7:36 Lit. said

 

The Last Day of the Feast; Rivers of Living Water

John 7:37-39

37On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to mes and drink!

38The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have rivers of living water flowing from his heart.”

39Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who were believing in him were to receive. For the Spiritt was not yet present,u because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7:37-39   s7:37 Other mss. lack to me   t7:39 Other mss. read Holy Spirit   u7:39 Other mss. read given

 

Division Among the People

John 7:40-44

40When they heard these words, some in the crowd were saying, “This really is the Prophet,”

41while others were saying, “This is the Christ!”v But some were saying, “The Christ doesn't come from Galilee, does he?

42Doesn't the Scripture say that the Christ is from David's family and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”

43So there was a division in the crowd because of him.

44Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid hands on him. 

John 7:40-44   v 7:41 I.e. the Messiah

 

The Pharisees Question the Officers

John 7:45-49

45Then the officers returned to the high priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn't you bring him?”

46The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like that!”

47Then the Pharisees replied to them, “You haven't been deceived, too, have you? 

48None of the authorities or Pharisees has believed in him, has he?

49But this mob that does not know the law—they are accursed!”

 

The Judgment of Nicodemus

John 7:50-53

50One of their number, Nicodemus (the man who had previously gone to him), said to them,

51“Surely our law does not condemnw a person without first hearing from him and finding out what he is doing, does it?”

52They answered him, “You aren't from Galilee, too, are you? Search and see that no prophet comes from Galilee.”

53Then each of them went to his own home.

John 7:50-53   w 7:51 Or judge

 

Jesus Goes to the Mount of Olives

John 8:1

1Jesus, however, went to the Mount of Olives.

 

Jesus Teaches at the Temple in the Morning

John 8:2

2At daybreak he appeared again in the temple, and all the people came to him. So he sat down and began to teach them.

 

An Adulterous Woman Is Brought to Jesus

John 8:3-11

3But the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery.a After setting her before them,b

4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.

5Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do you say?”

6They said this to test him, so that they might have a charge against him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.

7When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

8Then he bent down again and continued writing on the ground.c

9When they heard this, they went away one by one,d beginning with the oldest,e and he was left alone with the woman standing there.f

10Then Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers?g Hasn't anyone condemned you?”

11She said, “No one, sir.”h Then Jesus said, “I don't condemn you either. Go home, and from now on do not sin any more.”i

John 8:3-11   a8:3 Other mss. read in sin   b8:3 Lit. in the middle   c8:8 Other mss read on the ground the sins of each one of them   d8:9 Other mss. read one by one, being convicted by their conscience   e8:9 Other mss. read from the oldest to the youngest   f8:9 Lit. in the middle   g8:10 Other mss. read where are they?   h8:11 Or Lord   i8:11 Other mss. lack 7:53-8:11

 

Jesus Is the Light of the World

John 8:12-20

12Later on Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13The Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”j

14Jesus answered them, “Even though I am testifying about myself, my testimony is validk because I know where I have come from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

15You are judging by human standards,l but I am not judging anyone.

16Yet even if I should judge, my judgment would be valid,m for it is not I alone who judges, but I and the one who sent me.

17In your own law it is written that the testimony of two people is valid.n

18I am testifying about myself, and the Father who sent me is testifying about me.”

19Then they said to him, “Where is this Father of yours?” Jesus replied, “You do not know me or my Father. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.”

20He spoke these words in the treasury, while he was teaching in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

John 8:12-20   j8:13 Or true   k8:14 Or true   l8:15 Lit. according to the flesh   m8:16 Or true   n8:17 Or true

 

Jesus Is Sent by the Father

John 8:21-30

21Later on he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for me, but you will die in your sins. You cannot come where I am going.”

22So the Jews said, “He isn't going to kill himself, is he? Is that why he said,o ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”

23He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, but I am not of this world.

24That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”

25Then they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus told them, “What have I been telling you all along?p

26I have much to say about you and to condemn you for.q But the one who sent me is truthful,r and what I have heard from him I declare to the world.”

27They didn't realize that he was talking to them about the Father.

28So Jesus told them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority. Instead, I speak only what the Father has taught me.

29Moreover, the one who sent me is with me. He has never left me alone because I always do what pleases him.”

30While he was saying these things, many believed in him.

John 8:21-30   o8:22 Lit. Because he said   p8:25 Or from the beginning   q8:26 Lit. to condemn   r8:26 Or true

 

The Temple Debate About Abraham

John 8:31-59

31So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples.

32And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33They replied to him, “We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves to anybody. So how can you say, ‘You will be set free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly I tell you that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.s

35The slave does not remain in the household forever, but the son does remain forever.

36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”

37“I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me because my word finds no reception among you.

38I declare what I have seen in myt Father's presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

39They replied to him, “Our father is Abraham!” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing what Abraham did.u

40But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham would not have done that.

41You are doing your father's works.”  They said to him, “We are not illegitimate children. We have one Father, God himself.”

42Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would have loved me, because I came from God and am here. For I have not come on my own accord, but he sent me.

43Why don't you understand my language? It's because you can't listen to my words.

44You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood by the truth,v since there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie he speaks in character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45But it is because I speak the truth that you do not believe me.

46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?

47The one who belongs to God listens to the words of God. The reason you do not listen is because you do not belong to God.”

48The Jewsw replied to him, “Surely we are right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon, aren't we?”

49Jesus answered, “I don't have a demon. On the contrary, I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

50I don't seek my own glory. There is one who seeks it, and he is the Judge.

51Truly, truly I tell you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death at all.”

52Then the Jewsx said to him, “Now we really know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death at all.’

53You aren't greater than our father Abraham, who died, are you? The prophets also died. Who are you making yourself out to be?”

54Jesus answered, “If I were trying to glorify myself, my glory would mean nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’

55You don't know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I don't know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and keep his word.

56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day, and he saw it and was glad.”

57Then the Jews said to him, “You are not even fifty years old, yet you have seen Abraham?”y

58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I tell you, before there was an Abraham, I am!”

59At this, they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

John 8:31-59   s8:34 Other mss. lack of sin   t8:38 Other mss. read the   u8:39 Lit. the works of Abraham   v8:44 Lit. stood by the truth  w8:48 I.e. Jewish leaders   x8:52 I.e. Jewish leaders   y8:57 Other mss. read Abraham has seen you?

 

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

John 9:1-7

1As he was walking along, he observed a man who had been blind from birth.

2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,a who sinned, this man or his parents, that caused him to be born blind?”

3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so thatb the works of God might be revealed in him.

4Ic must work the works of the one who sent med while it is day. Night is coming, when no one can work.

5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6After saying this, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he spread the mud on the man's eyes

7and told him, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated “Sent One”). So he went off and washed and came back seeing.

John 9:1-7  a9:2 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher   b9:3 Lit. But so that   c9:4 Other mss. read We   d9:4 Other mss. read us 

 

Neighbors Question the Blind Man

John 9:8-12

8Then the neighbors and those who had previously seen him as a beggar said, “This is the man who used to sit and beg, isn't it?”

9Some were saying, “It is he,” while others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He himself kept saying, “It is I!”

10So they said to him, “How, then, were your eyes opened?”

11He said, “The man named Jesus made some mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So off I went and washed, and I received my sight.”

12They said to him, “Where is that man?” He said, “I don't know!”

 

The Pharisees Question the Parents of the Blind Man

John 9:13-34

13So they brought to the Pharisees the man who had once been blind.

14Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

15So the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He told them, “He put mud on my eyes, then I washed, and now I can see.”

16Some of the Pharisees began to remark, “This man is not from God because he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a sinful man perform such signs?” And there was a division among them.

17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, for it was your eyes he opened?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18The Jewse did not believef that he had been blind and had been given sight until they summoned his parentsg

19and asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? How does he now see?”

20His parents replied, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.

21But we don't know how it is that he now sees, and we don't know who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is of age and can speak for himself.”

22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews.h For the Jewsi had already agreed that anyone who acknowledged that Jesusj was the Christk would be thrown out of the synagogue.

23That's why his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”

24So for a second time they summoned the man who had been blind and told him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.”

25But he responded, “I don't know whether he is a sinner or not. The one thing I do know is that I used to be blind and now I can see!”

26Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27He answered them, “I've already told you, but you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don't want to become his disciples, too, do you?”

28At this, they turned on him furiously and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses!

29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but we do not know where this fellow comes from.”

30The man answered them, “This is an amazing thing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

31We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he does listen to anyone who worships him and does his will.

32Never since crea­tion has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man who was born blind.

33If this man were not from God, he couldn't do anything like that.”

34They said to him, “You were born entirely in sins, and you are trying to instruct us?” And they threw him out.

John 9:13-34   e9:18 I.e. Jewish leaders   f9:18 Lit. believe about him   g9:18 Lit. the parents of the man who had been given sight   h9:22 I.e. Jewish leaders   i9:22 I.e. Jewish leaders   j9:22 Lit. he   k9:22 I.e. the Messiah  

 

Jesus Finds the Blind Man

John 9:35-39

35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out. So when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”l

36He answered, “And who is he, sir?m Tell me,n so that I may believe in him.”

37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him. He is the person who is talking with you.”

38He said, “Lord, I do believe,” and worshiped him.

39Then Jesus said, “I have come into this world for judgment, so that those who are blind may see, and those who see may become blind.”

John 9:35-39   l9:35 Other mss. read Son of God   m9:36 Or Lord   n9:36 The Gk. lacks Tell me  

 

The Pharisees Ask a Question

John 9:40-10:6

40Some of the Pharisees who were near him overheard this and said to him, “We aren't blind, too, are we?”

41Jesus told them, “If you were blind, you would not have any sin. But now that you insist, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

Chapter 10

1“Truly, truly I tell you, the person who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a bandit.

2The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

3It is to him the gatekeeper opens the gate, and it is his voice the sheep hear. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4When he has driven out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

5They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”

6Jesus used this illustration with them, but they didn't understand what he was saying to them.

 

Jesus Is the Good Shepherd

John 10:7-18

7So again Jesus said, “Truly, truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.

8All who came before mea are thieves and bandits, but the sheep did not listen to them.

9I am the gate. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture.

10The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays downb his life for the sheep.

12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

13For he is a hired hand, and the sheep do not matter to him.

14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay downc my life for the sheep.

16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must lead these also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock and one shepherd.

17This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it back again.

18No one is taking it from me; I lay it down of my own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This is a command that I have received from my Father.”

John 10:7-18   a10:8 Other mss. lack before me   b10:11 Other mss. read gives   c10:15 Other mss. read give  

 

Division Among the Jews

John 10:19-21

19Once again there was a division among the Jewsd because of these words.

20Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why bother listening to him?”

21Others were saying, “These are not the words of a man who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can it?”

John 10:19-21   d10:19 I.e. Jewish leaders  

 

Seventy Are Sent Out

Luke 10:1-16

1After this, the Lord appointed seventya other disciplesb and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place that he intended to go.

2He was telling them, “The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest.

3Get going! See, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

4Don't carry a wallet, a traveling bag, or sandals, and don't greet anyone on the way.

5“Whatever house you go into, first say, ‘May there be peace in this house.’

6If a peaceful person lives there, your greeting of peace will remain with him. But if that's not the case, your greetingc will come back to you.

7Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the worker deserves his pay. Don't move from house to house.

8“Whenever you go into a town and the peopled welcome you, eat whatever they serve you,

9heal the sick that are there, and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you!’

10But whenever you go into a town and peoplee don't welcome you, go out into its streets and say,

11‘We are wiping off your town's dust that clings to our feet in protest against you! But realize this: the kingdom of God is near!’

12I tell you, on that day it will be easier for Sodom than for that town!”

13“How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible it will be for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that happened in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

14It will be easier for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you!

15And you, Capernaum! You won't be lifted up to heaven, will you? You'll go down to Hell!f

16The person who listens to you listens to me, and the person who rejects you rejects me. The person who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Luke 10:1-16   a10:1 Other mss. read seventy-two   b10:1 Lit. others   c10:6 Lit. it   d10:8 Lit. they   e10:10 Lit. they   f10:15 Lit. Hades; i.e. the realm of the dead  

 

The Seventy Return

Luke 10:17-20

17The seventyg came back and joyously reported, “Lord, even the demons are submitting to us in your name!”

18He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.

19Look! I have given you the authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to destroyh all the enemy's power, and nothing will ever hurt you.

20However, stop rejoicing because the spirits are submitting to you. Rather, rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:17-20   g10:17 Other mss. read seventy-two   h10:19 Lit. and over

 

Jesus Rejoices

Luke 10:21-22

21In that hour Jesusi was extremely joyful in the Holy Spiritj and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this is what was pleasing to you.

22All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knowsk who the Father is except the Son and the person to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Luke 10:21-22   i10:21 Lit. he   j10:21 Other mss. read in the spirit   k10:22 The Gk. lacks no one knows

 

Jesus Privately Blesses the Twelve Disciples

Luke 10:23-24

23Then turning to the disciples in private, he said to them, “How blessed are the eyes that see what you see!

24For I tell you, many prophets and kings wanted to see the things you see but didn't see them, and to hear the things you hear but didn't hear them.”

 

A Lawyer Tests Jesus

Luke 10:25-28

25Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.l He asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26Jesusm answered him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”

27He answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.n And you must loveo your neighbor as your­self.”p

28Jesusq told him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”

Luke 10:25-28    l10:25 Lit. him   m10:26 Lit. He   n10:27 Deut 6:5   o10:27 The Gk. lacks you must love   p10:27 Lev 19:18   q10:28 Lit. He

 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:29-37

29But the man wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30After careful consideration, Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of bandits. They stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.

31By chance, a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man,r he went by on the other side.

32Similarly, a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man,s he also went by on the other side.

33But as he was traveling along, a Samaritan came across the man.t When the Samaritanu saw him, he was moved with compassion.

34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35The next day he took out two denariiv and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If you spend more than that, I'll repay you when I come back.’

36“Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the bandits?”

37He said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do what he did.”

Luke 10:29-37   r10:31 Lit. him   s10:32 Lit. him   t10:33 Lit. him   u10:33 Lit. he   v10:35 A denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer.

 

Martha Prepares While Mary Listens

Luke 10:38-42

38Now as they were traveling along, Jesusw went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.

39She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and kept listening to what he was saying.

40But Martha was worrying about all the things she had to do, so she came to him and asked, “Lord, you do care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself, don't you? Then tell her to help me.”

41The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.

42But there's onlyx one thing you need. Mary has chosen what is better,y and it is not to be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42   w10:38 Lit. he   x10:42 Other mss. read out of a few things, there's only   y10:42 Lit. the better part

 

Jesus Teaches the Disciples to Pray

Luke 11:1-13

1Once Jesusa was praying in a certain place. After he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

2So he told them, “Whenever you pray you are to say, ‘Father,b may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.c

3Keep giving us every day our daily bread,d

4and forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us.e And never bring us into temptation.’”f

5Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.

6A friend of mine on a trip has dropped in on me, and I don't have anything to serve him.’

7Suppose he answers from inside, ‘Stop bothering me! The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything!’

8I tell you, even though he doesn't want to get up and give him anything because he is his friend, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

9So I say to you: Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the doorg will be opened for you.

10For everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the doorh opened.

11“What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish,i would give him a snake instead of the fish?

12Or if he asks for an egg, would he give him a scorpion?

13So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking him!”

Luke 11: 1-13   a11:1 Lit. he   b11:2 Other mss. read Our Father in heaven   c11:2 Other mss. read kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.   d11:3 Or our bread from above   e11:4 Lit. is indebted to us   f11:4 Other mss. read into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one   g11:9 Lit. it   h11:10 Lit. it   i11:11 Other mss. read What father among you, if his son asks for a fish 

 

Teachings on Demons and Blasphemy

Luke 11:14-26

14Jesusj was driving a demon out of a man who wask unable to talk. When the demon had gone out, the manl began to speak, and the crowds were amazed.

15But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

16Others, wanting to test Jesus,m kept asking him for a sign from heaven.

17Since he knew what they were thinking, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is devastated, and a divided household collapses.n

18Now if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? For you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

19And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followerso drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!

20But if I drive out demons by the fingerp of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

21“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.

22But when a stronger man than he attacks him and defeats him, he'll take away his armor in which he trusted and divide his plunder.

23The person who isn't with me is against me, and the person who doesn't gather with me scatters.”

24“Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry places looking for a place to rest but doesn't find any. So it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’

25When it arrives, it finds it swept clean and put in order.

26Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

John 11:14-26   j11:14 Lit. He   k11:14 Lit. driving out a demon that was   l11:14 Lit. the man who was unable to talk   m 11:16 Lit. him   n11:17 Lit. and house falls on house  o11:19 Lit. sons    p11:20 I.e. power  

 

A Woman Blesses Mary

Luke 11:27-28

27As Jesusq was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “How blessed is the womb that gave birth to you and the breasts that nursed you!”

28But he said, “Rather, how blessed are those who hear God's word and obey it!”

Luke 11:27-28   q11:27 Lit. he 

 

The Sign of Jonah

Luke 11:29-32

29Now as the crowds continued to throng around Jesus,r he went on to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.

30For just as Jonah became a signs to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.

31The queen of the south will stand up at the judgment with the people of this generation and will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. But look, something greater than Solomon is here!

32The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. But look, something greater than Jonah is here!”

Luke 11:29-32   r11:29 Lit. him   s11:30 The Gk. lacks a sign  

 

The Lamp of the Body

Luke 11:33-36

33“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hiding placet or under a basket,u but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light.

34Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light. But when it is evil, your body is full of darkness.

35Therefore, be careful that the light in you isn't darkness.

36Now if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Luke 11:33-36   t11:33 Or cellar  u11:33 Other mss. lack or under a basket

 

Lunch with a Pharisee

Luke 11:37

37After Jesusv had said this, a Pharisee invited him to have a meal with him. So Jesusw went and took his place at the table.

v11:37 Lit. he   w11:37 Lit. he