7 After Jesus 1 had finished teaching all this to the people, 2 he entered Capernaum. 3 2 A centurion 4 there 5 had a slave 6 who was highly regarded, 7 but who was sick and at the point of death. 3 When the centurion 8 heard 9 about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 10 to him, asking him to come 11 and heal his slave. 4 When 12 they came 13 to Jesus, they urged 14 him earnestly, 15 “He is worthy 16 to have you do this for him, 5 because he loves our nation, 17 and even 18 built our synagogue.” 19 6 So 20 Jesus went with them. When 21 he was not far from the house, the centurion 22 sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 23 for I am not worthy 24 to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why 25 I did not presume 26 to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 27 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 28 I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 29 and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 30 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 31 at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” 32 10 So 33 when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 34 well.
11 Soon 35 afterward 36 Jesus 37 went to a town 38 called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a man 39 who had died was being carried out, 40 the only son of his mother (who 41 was a widow 42 ), and a large crowd from the town 43 was with her. 13 When 44 the Lord saw her, he had compassion 45 for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 46 14 Then 47 he came up 48 and touched 49 the bier, 50 and those who carried it stood still. He 51 said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 So 52 the dead man 53 sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 54 gave him back 55 to his mother. 16 Fear 56 seized them all, and they began to glorify 57 God, saying, “A great prophet 58 has appeared 59 among us!” and “God has come to help 60 his people!” 17 This 61 report 62 about Jesus 63 circulated 64 throughout 65 Judea and all the surrounding country.
18 John’s 66 disciples informed him about all these things. So 67 John called 68 two of his disciples 19 and sent them to Jesus 69 to ask, 70 “Are you the one who is to come, 71 or should we look for another?” 20 When 72 the men came to Jesus, 73 they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 74 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 75 21 At that very time 76 Jesus 77 cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 78 and evil spirits, and granted 79 sight to many who were blind. 22 So 80 he answered them, 81 “Go tell 82 John what you have seen and heard: 83 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 84 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 23 Blessed is anyone 85 who takes no offense at me.”
24 When 86 John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 87 began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 88 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 89 25 What 90 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 91 clothes? 92 Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 93 are in kings’ courts! 94 26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 95 than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 96 who will prepare your way before you.’ 97 28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 98 than John. 99 Yet the one who is least 100 in the kingdom of God 101 is greater than he is.” 29 (Now 102 all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 103 acknowledged 104 God’s justice, because they had been baptized 105 with John’s baptism. 30 However, the Pharisees 106 and the experts in religious law 107 rejected God’s purpose 108 for themselves, because they had not been baptized 109 by John. 110 ) 111
31 “To what then should I compare the people 112 of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 113
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 114
we wailed in mourning, 115 yet you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come 116 eating no bread and drinking no wine, 117 and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 118 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 119 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 120 35 But wisdom is vindicated 121 by all her children.” 122
36 Now one of the Pharisees 123 asked Jesus 124 to have dinner with him, so 125 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 126 37 Then 127 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 128 was dining 129 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 130 of perfumed oil. 131 38 As 132 she stood 133 behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 134 wiped them with her hair, 135 kissed 136 them, 137 and anointed 138 them with the perfumed oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 139 he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 140 he would know who and what kind of woman 141 this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40 So 142 Jesus answered him, 143 “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 144 “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A certain creditor 145 had two debtors; one owed him 146 five hundred silver coins, 147 and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled 148 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, 149 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 150 Jesus 151 said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then, 152 turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, 153 but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 154 but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet 155 with perfumed oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 156 but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then 157 Jesus 158 said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 159 49 But 160 those who were at the table 161 with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 He 162 said to the woman, “Your faith 163 has saved you; 164 go in peace.”
8 Some time 1 afterward 2 he went on through towns 3 and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news 4 of the kingdom of God. 5 The 6 twelve were with him, 2 and also some women 7 who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: 8 Mary 9 (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Cuza 10 (Herod’s 11 household manager), 12 Susanna, and many others who provided for them 13 out of their own resources.
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 14 from one town after another, 15 he spoke to them 16 in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow 17 his seed. 18 And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 19 devoured it. 6 Other seed fell on rock, 20 and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 21 and they grew up with it and choked 22 it. 8 But 23 other seed fell on good soil and grew, 24 and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 25 As he said this, 26 he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 27
9 Then 28 his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 29 10 He 30 said, “You have been given 31 the opportunity to know 32 the secrets 33 of the kingdom of God, 34 but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 35
11 “Now the parable means 36 this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil 37 comes and takes away the word 38 from their hearts, so that they may not believe 39 and be saved. 13 Those 40 on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, 41 but 42 in a time of testing 43 fall away. 44 14 As for the seed that 45 fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 46 as they go on their way they are choked 47 by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 48 and their fruit does not mature. 49 15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 50 the word, cling to it 51 with an honest and good 52 heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 53
16 “No one lights 54 a lamp 55 and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. 56 17 For nothing is hidden 57 that will not be revealed, 58 and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. 18 So listen carefully, 59 for whoever has will be given more, but 60 whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 61 will be taken from him.”
19 Now Jesus’ 62 mother and his brothers 63 came to him, but 64 they could not get near him because of the crowd. 20 So 65 he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 21 But he replied 66 to them, “My mother and my brothers are those 67 who hear the word of God and do it.” 68
22 One 69 day Jesus 70 got into a boat 71 with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So 72 they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm 73 came down on the lake, 74 and the boat 75 started filling up with water, and they were in danger. 24 They 76 came 77 and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, 78 we are about to die!” So 79 he got up and rebuked 80 the wind and the raging waves; 81 they died down, and it was calm. 25 Then 82 he said to them, “Where is your faith?” 83 But they were afraid and amazed, 84 saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, 85 and they obey him!”
26 So 86 they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 87 which is opposite 88 Galilee. 27 As 89 Jesus 90 stepped ashore, 91 a certain man from the town 92 met him who was possessed by demons. 93 For a long time this man 94 had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 95 the tombs. 28 When he saw 96 Jesus, he cried out, fell 97 down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 98 Jesus, Son of the Most High 99 God! I beg you, do not torment 100 me!” 29 For Jesus 101 had started commanding 102 the evil 103 spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 104 he would be bound with chains and shackles 105 and kept under guard. But 106 he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 107 places.) 108 30 Jesus then 109 asked him, “What is your name?” He 110 said, “Legion,” 111 because many demons had entered him. 31 And they began to beg 112 him not to order 113 them to depart into the abyss. 114 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 115 and the demonic spirits 116 begged Jesus 117 to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 118 33 So 119 the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 120 rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 34 When 121 the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 122 in the town 123 and countryside. 35 So 124 the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 125 found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 Those 126 who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 127 37 Then 128 all the people of the Gerasenes 129 and the surrounding region 130 asked Jesus 131 to leave them alone, 132 for they were seized with great fear. 133 So 134 he got into the boat and left. 135 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 136 with him, but Jesus 137 sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, 138 and declare 139 what God has done for you.” 140 So 141 he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 142 what Jesus 143 had done for him.
40 Now when Jesus returned, 144 the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him. 41 Then 145 a man named Jairus, who was a ruler 146 of the synagogue, 147 came up. Falling 148 at Jesus’ feet, he pleaded 149 with him to come to his house, 42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. 150
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed 151 around him. 43 Now 152 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 153 for twelve years 154 but could not be healed by anyone. 44 She 155 came up behind Jesus 156 and touched the edge 157 of his cloak, 158 and at once the bleeding 159 stopped. 45 Then 160 Jesus asked, 161 “Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 162 said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 163 against you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 164 from me.” 47 When 165 the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 166 she came trembling and fell down before him. In 167 the presence of all the people, she explained why 168 she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. 48 Then 169 he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 170 Go in peace.”
49 While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s 171 house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 50 But when Jesus heard this, he told 172 him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 173 51 Now when he came to the house, Jesus 174 did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, 175 and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Now they were all 176 wailing and mourning 177 for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” 53 And they began making fun 178 of him, because they knew 179 that she was dead. 180 54 But Jesus 181 gently took her by the hand and said, 182 “Child, get up.” 55 Her 183 spirit returned, 184 and she got up immediately. Then 185 he told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her 186 parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one 187 what had happened.
9 After 1 Jesus 2 called 3 the twelve 4 together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 5 diseases, 2 and he sent 6 them out to proclaim 7 the kingdom of God 8 and to heal the sick. 9 3 He 10 said to them, “Take nothing for your 11 journey – no staff, 12 no bag, 13 no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 14 4 Whatever 15 house you enter, stay there 16 until you leave the area. 17 5 Wherever 18 they do not receive you, 19 as you leave that town, 20 shake the dust off 21 your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 Then 22 they departed and went throughout 23 the villages, proclaiming the good news 24 and healing people everywhere.
7 Now Herod 25 the tetrarch 26 heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 27 because some people were saying that John 28 had been raised from the dead, 8 while others were saying that Elijah 29 had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 30 9 Herod said, “I had John 31 beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 32
10 When 33 the apostles returned, 34 they told Jesus 35 everything they had done. Then 36 he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 37 called Bethsaida. 38 11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 39 welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 40 and cured those who needed healing. 41 12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 42 so 43 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 44 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 45 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 46 13 But he said to them, “You 47 give them something to eat.” They 48 replied, 49 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 50 we go 51 and buy food 52 for all these people.” 14 (Now about five thousand men 53 were there.) 54 Then 55 he said to his disciples, “Have 56 them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So they did as Jesus directed, 57 and the people 58 all sat down.
16 Then 59 he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 60 and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 61 was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18 Once 62 when Jesus 63 was praying 64 by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 65 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 66 19 They 67 answered, 68 “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 69 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 70 20 Then 71 he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 72 answered, 73 “The Christ 74 of God.” 21 But he forcefully commanded 75 them not to tell this to anyone, 76 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 77 many things and be rejected by the elders, 78 chief priests, and experts in the law, 79 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 80
23 Then 81 he said to them all, 82 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 83 he must deny 84 himself, take up his cross daily, 85 and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 86 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it benefit a person 87 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed 88 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 89 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 90 of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you most certainly, 91 there are some standing here who will not 92 experience 93 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 94
28 Now 95 about eight days 96 after these sayings, Jesus 97 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 29 As 98 he was praying, 99 the appearance of his face was transformed, 100 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 101 30 Then 102 two men, Moses and Elijah, 103 began talking with him. 104 31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 105 that he was about to carry out 106 at Jerusalem. 107 32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 108 but as they became fully awake, 109 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 Then 110 as the men 111 were starting to leave, 112 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 113 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 34 As 114 he was saying this, a cloud 115 came 116 and overshadowed 117 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then 118 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 119 Listen to him!” 120 36 After 121 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 122 they kept silent and told no one 123 at that time 124 anything of what they had seen.
37 Now on 125 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 Then 126 a man from the crowd cried out, 127 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 128 my son – he is my only child! 39 A 129 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 130 it throws him into convulsions 131 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 132 him severely. 40 I 133 begged 134 your disciples to cast it out, but 135 they could not do so.” 136 41 Jesus answered, 137 “You 138 unbelieving 139 and perverse generation! How much longer 140 must I be with you and endure 141 you? 142 Bring your son here.” 42 As 143 the boy 144 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 145 and shook him with convulsions. 146 But Jesus rebuked 147 the unclean 148 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 Then 149 they were all astonished at the mighty power 150 of God.
But while the entire crowd 151 was amazed at everything Jesus 152 was doing, he said to his disciples, 44 “Take these words to heart, 153 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 154 45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 155 had been concealed 156 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 157 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
46 Now an argument started among the disciples 158 as to which of them might be 159 the greatest. 47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 160 he took a child, had him stand by 161 his side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 162 this child 163 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 164
49 John answered, 165 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 166 him because he is not a disciple 167 along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
51 Now when 168 the days drew near 169 for him to be taken up, 170 Jesus 171 set out resolutely 172 to go to Jerusalem. 173 52 He 174 sent messengers on ahead of him. 175 As they went along, 176 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 177 for him, 53 but the villagers 178 refused to welcome 179 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 180 54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 181 them?” 182 55 But Jesus 183 turned and rebuked them, 184 56 and they went on to another village.
57 As 185 they were walking 186 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 187 58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 188 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 189 59 Jesus 190 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 191 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus 192 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 193 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 194 61 Yet 195 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 196 62 Jesus 197 said to him, “No one who puts his 198 hand to the plow and looks back 199 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 200