7 Now 1 the Pharisees 2 and some of the experts in the law 3 who came from Jerusalem 4 gathered around him. 2 And they saw that some of Jesus’ disciples ate their bread with unclean hands, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing, 5 holding fast to the tradition of the elders. 4 And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. They hold fast to many other traditions: the washing of cups, pots, kettles, and dining couches. 6 ) 7 5 The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat 8 with unwashed hands?” 6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 9 is far from me.
7 They worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.’ 10
8 Having no regard 11 for the command of God, you hold fast to human tradition.” 12 9 He also said to them, “You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up 13 your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ 14 and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 15 11 But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ 16 (that is, a gift for God), 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify 17 the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”
14 Then 18 he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand. 15 There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.” 16 [[EMPTY]] 19
17 Now 20 when Jesus 21 had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 He said to them, “Are you so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him? 19 For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” 22 (This means all foods are clean.) 23 20 He said, “What comes out of a person defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. 23 All these evils come from within and defile a person.”
24 After Jesus 24 left there, he went to the region of Tyre. 25 When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but 26 he was not able to escape notice. 25 Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit 27 immediately heard about him and came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She 28 asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 29 28 She answered, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then 30 he said to her, “Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
31 Then 31 Jesus 32 went out again from the region of Tyre 33 and came through Sidon 34 to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 35 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 33 After Jesus 36 took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s 37 ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 38 34 Then 39 he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). 40 35 And immediately the man’s 41 ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 42 37 People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
8 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 1 Jesus 2 called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 6 Then 3 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 4 they served the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8 Everyone 5 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 There were about four thousand 6 who ate. 7 Then he dismissed them. 8 10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 9
11 Then the Pharisees 10 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for 11 a sign from heaven 12 to test him. 12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, 13 no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 Then 14 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
14 Now 15 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 And Jesus 16 ordered them, 17 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 18 and the yeast of Herod!” 16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 19 17 When he learned of this, 20 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing 21 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? 22 Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 23 “Seven.” 21 Then 24 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 25
22 Then 26 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus 27 and asked him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then 28 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes 29 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 Regaining his sight 30 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 25 Then Jesus 31 placed his hands on the man’s 32 eyes again. And he opened his eyes, 33 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus 34 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” 35
27 Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. 36 On the way he asked his disciples, 37 “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They said, 38 “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, 39 and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, 40 “You are the Christ.” 41 30 Then 42 he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 43
31 Then 44 Jesus 45 began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer 46 many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 47 and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke openly about this. So 48 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 49
34 Then 50 Jesus 51 called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 52 he must deny 53 himself, take up his cross, 54 and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life 55 will lose it, 56 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. 36 For what benefit is it for a person 57 to gain the whole world, yet 58 forfeit his life? 37 What can a person give in exchange for his life? 38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 59 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
9 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, 1 there are some standing here who will not 2 experience 3 death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 4
2 Six days later 5 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, 6 3 and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, 7 and they were talking with Jesus. 5 So 8 Peter said to Jesus, 9 “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters 10 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) 11 7 Then 12 a cloud 13 overshadowed them, 14 and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. 15 Listen to him!” 16 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant.
11 Then 17 they asked him, 18 “Why do the experts in the law 19 say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has certainly come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and experts in the law 20 arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran 21 at once and greeted him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 A member of the crowd said to him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that makes him mute. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to cast it out, but 22 they were not able to do so.” 23 19 He answered them, 24 “You 25 unbelieving 26 generation! How much longer 27 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 28 you? 29 Bring him to me.” 20 So they brought the boy 30 to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He 31 fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus 32 asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’ 33 All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked 34 the unclean spirit, 35 saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 It shrieked, threw him into terrible convulsions, and came out. The boy 36 looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” 27 But Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 Then, 37 after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 29 He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 38
30 They went out from there and passed through Galilee. But 39 Jesus 40 did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men. 41 They 42 will kill him, 43 and after three days he will rise.” 44 32 But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him.
33 Then 45 they came to Capernaum. 46 After Jesus 47 was inside the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes 48 one of these little children 49 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say anything bad about me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For I tell you the truth, 50 whoever gives you a cup of water because 51 you bear Christ’s 52 name will never lose his reward.
42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 53 tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have 54 two hands and go into hell, 55 to the unquenchable fire. 44 [[EMPTY]] 56 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better to enter life lame than to have 57 two feet and be thrown into hell. 46 [[EMPTY]] 58 47 If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! 59 It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have 60 two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 61 50 Salt 62 is good, but if it loses its saltiness, 63 how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”