Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

Going to Jesus

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 1

1. The record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2. Abraham fathered Isaac; and Isaac fathered Jacob; and Jacob fathered Judas and his brothers;

3.and Judas fathered Pharez and Zarah by Tamar; and Pharez fathered Hesrom; and Hesrom fathered Aram;

4.and Aram fathered Amminadab; and Amminadab fathered Naason; and Naason fathered Salmon;

5.and Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab; and Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth; and Obed fathered Jesse;

6.and Jesse fathered David the king; and David the king fathered Solomon by the wife of Uriah;

7.and Solomon fathered Rehoboam; and Rehoboam fathered Abijah; and Abijah fathered Asa;

8.and Asa fathered Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat fathered Joram; and Joram fathered Uzziah;[1]

9.and Uzziah fathered Jotham; and Jotham fathered Ahaz; and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah;

10.and Hezekiah fathered Manasseh; and Manasseh fathered Amon; and Amon fathered Josiah;

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

12. After the deportation to Babylon, Jechoniah fathered Salathiel; and Salathiel fathered Zerubabbel;

13.and Zerubabbel fathered Abiud; and Abiud fathered Eliakim; and Eliakim fathered Azor;

14.and Azor fathered Sadok; and Sadok fathered Achim; and Achim fathered Eliud;

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

16.and Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mariam, of whom[2] was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17. So, all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the Babylonian deportation to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

18. This is how the birth of Jesus came about. After his mother, Mariam, was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the holy Spirit.

19. Now, Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to make her a public spectacle, resolved to divorce her in secret.

20. But when he had considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mariam as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the holy Spirit,

21.and she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus,[3] for he will save his people from their sins.”

22. This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled:

23.“Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel (which is translated, ‘God with us’).”[4]

24. And when Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took his wife,

25.but he did not know her until she had given birth to her firstborn son, and he called his name Jesus.

Matthew 2

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1. Now, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the King, behold, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem,

2.saying, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and we have come to pay him homage.”

3. But having heard of this, King Herod was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him,

4.and when he had gathered together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them as to where the Messiah should be born.

5. And they told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it was written by the prophet,

6.‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the rulers in Judah, for out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”[5]

7. Then Herod called the Magi privately and ascertained from them the precise time of the star’s appearance.

8. And then he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go, and make diligent search for the child, and when you have found him, bring me a report so that I, too, may come and do him homage.”

9. Upon hearing the king, they went, and behold, the star that they had seen in the east went before them until it came and stood over where the child was.

10. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with a very great joy.

11. And when they had entered the house, they saw the child with Mariam his mother, and falling down, they did him homage. And they opened their treasure chests and presented gifts to him of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12. And being warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

13. And after they departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Rise up. Take the child and his mother and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to seek the child, to kill it.”

14. And he arose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt,

15.and he was there until the death of Herod, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: “Out of Egypt, I called my son.”[6]

16. When Herod learned he had been fooled by the Magi, he was enraged, and he issued orders to do away with all the male children in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding areas, from two years old and under, according to the time which he ascertained from the Magi.

17. Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

18.“A voice was heard in Ramah, great lamentation and weeping and mourning, Rachel crying for her children, and she refused to be comforted, for they are not.”[7]

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

20.saying, “Rise up. Take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

21. And when he arose, he took the child and his mother and went into the land of Israel.

22. But when he heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he returned to the region of Galilee.

23. And he came and settled in a city called Nazareth. Thus was fulfilled what was said by the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”[8]

Matthew 3

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

2.and saying, “Repent! The kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

3. This is what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet: “A voice crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight!’”[9]

4. This John had his clothing of camel hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

5. Then began Jerusalem and all Judea, as well as the whole region around Jordan, to go out to him,

6.and they were being baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.

7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he told them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

8.Bear fruit worthy of repentance!

9.And don’t think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones!

10.Already, the ax is laid at the root of the trees. Every tree, therefore, not bearing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire!

11.I baptize you with water upon repentance, but after me is coming one who is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to remove. He will baptize you with holy Spirit!

12.His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean what he has threshed, and gather his wheat into the storehouse, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!”

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

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

15. Jesus answered and said to him, “Let it be for now, for it is right that we fulfill all righteousness this way.” Then he allowed him to be baptized.

16. And after he was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, descending and coming upon him.

17. And behold, a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 4

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1. Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the Accuser[10].

2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry.

3. And the Tempter came to him and said, “Since you are the Son of God,[11] command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

4. But he answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’”[12]

5. Then the Accuser carried him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6.and he said to him, “Since you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you, and they will bear you up with their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”[13]

7. Jesus told him, “It is also written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”[14]

8. Again, the Accuser carried him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.

9. And he said to him, “All these things will I give you if you fall down and worship me.”

10. Then Jesus told him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘The Lord your God shall you worship, and Him only shall you serve.’”[15]

11. Then the Accuser left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

12. Now, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested,[16] he departed into Galilee,

13.and leaving Nazareth, he went and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,

14.so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled:

15.“O land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles!

16.The people who sit in darkness saw a great light, and for those sitting in the region and shadow of death, a light has dawned.”[17]

17. From that time, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent! The kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

18. And walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

19. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I’ll make you fishers of men.”

20. And they, immediately leaving the nets, followed him.

21. And going on from there, he saw two other brothers, Jacobus[18] the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.

22. And they, immediately leaving the boat and their father, followed him.

23. And Jesus traveled about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

24. And news about him spread throughout Syria, and they brought him all who were sick with various diseases or tormented with pains, and the demon-possessed, and lunatics, and paralytics, and he healed them.

25. And large multitudes followed him from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 5

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1. And seeing the multitudes, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.

2. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

3.“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4.Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5.Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6.Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

7.Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

8.Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9.Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

10.Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11.Blessed are you, when people revile and persecute you, and say every evil thing against you falsely, for my sake.

12.Rejoice, and be glad! Your reward is great in heaven, for that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13.You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, with what will it be salted? It’s good for nothing but to be cast out and trampled on by men.

14.You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill can’t be hidden.

15.Nor do people light a candle and then place it under a bushel, but on a lampstand, and then it gives light to all who are in the house.

16.Let your light shine like that before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17. “Don’t think that I’ve come to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.

18.Truly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota or serif of the law will by any means pass away until all things have come to pass.

19.So, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20.For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

21.You’ve heard that it was said to those of ancient time, ‘You shall not murder,’[19] and ‘Whoever commits murder will be liable to the judgment.’[20]

22.But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother without cause will be liable to the Judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’[21] will be accountable to the Council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ is in danger of fiery Gehenna[22].

23.So, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24.leave your gift there before the altar and go your way; be reconciled to your brother first, and then come offer your gift.

25.Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him, lest your adversary hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26.Truly, I tell you, you will by no means come out of there until you’ve paid the last penny.

27.You’ve heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[23]

28.But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29.If your right eye offends you, tear it out and cast it away from you! It’s better for you that one of your members perish, and not that your whole body be cast into Gehenna.

30.And if your right hand offends you, cut it off and cast it from you! It’s better for you that one of your members perish, and not that your whole body be cast into Gehenna.

31.“It’s been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce,’[24]

32.but I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except in the case of immorality, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman is committing adultery.

33.“Again, you’ve heard that it was said to those in the past, ‘You shall not forswear yourself, but you shall pay your vows to the Lord.’[25]

34.But I say to you, do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne,

35.nor by the earth, for it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

36.Don’t even swear by your own head, for you can’t make one hair white or black.

37.But let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Whatever is more than these comes from evil.

38.You’ve heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’[26]

39.But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. On the contrary, whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.

40.And to him who would sue you to take away your tunic, give him your cloak, too.

41.And whoever compels you to go one mile, go on with him two.

42.Give to him who asks you, and don’t turn him away who wants to borrow from you.

43.You’ve heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[27] and hate your enemy.’[28]

44.But I say to you, love your enemies; bless those who curse you; do good to those who hate you; and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

45.so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun to rise upon the evil and the good, and sends rain upon the just and the unjust.

46.Now, if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even tax collectors do that?

47.And if you greet only your friends, what are you doing more than others? Don’t even tax collectors do like that?

48.So, be perfect, just as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 6

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1.“Beware not to do your alms before men, to be seen by them; otherwise, you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

2.So, whenever you give alms, don’t sound a trumpet before you the way the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets so that they might be honored by men. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward.

3.But when you are giving alms, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing

4.so that your almsgiving might be in secret. And then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.”

5.“And when you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, for they like standing up to pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward.

6.But when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have locked your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in the open.

7.And when you pray, don’t rattle on like the Gentiles. They think that with their many words they will gain a hearing.

8.Don’t be like them; your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

9.“So then, you pray like this: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.

10.Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11.Give us today our daily bread,

12.and forgive us our debts, even as we forgive our debtors.

13.And don’t lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One. The kingdom, and the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.’

14.“You see, if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

15.but if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16.“When you fast, don’t be like the gloomy-faced hypocrites who disfigure their faces so that they might appear to men to be fasting. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward.

17.But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18.so that you don’t appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

19.“Don’t lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay ruin, and where thieves break in and steal,

20.but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay ruin, and where thieves don’t break in or steal.

21.For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22.The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light,

23.but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore, if the light that is in you becomes darkness, how great that darkness will be!

24.No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.

25.That is why I say to you, don’t be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26.Observe the birds of the air, that they neither sow nor reap, nor do they gather into barns, and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they?

27.Who among you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

28.And so, why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither labor nor spin,

29.but I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.

30.And if God clothes like this the grass of the field which is here today, but tomorrow is thrown into a furnace, how much more you, little-faiths?

31.So, don’t worry, saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’

32.For the Gentiles seek after all these things. But your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33.You seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34.So then, don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient to the day is its trouble.”

Matthew 7

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1.“Stop judging, so that you won’t be judged,

2.for with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and by what measure you measure, it will be measured to you.

3.Why do you look at the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the log in your own eye?

4.Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ and behold, a log is in your own eye?

5.Hypocrite! Take the log out of your eye first, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye!

6.“Don’t give what is holy to dogs, and don’t cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them with their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

7.“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

8.For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

9.What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

10.Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

11.If you, then, being evil, know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?

12.Whatever you want men to do to you, do likewise to them, for this is the law and the prophets.

13.“Enter by the strait gate because the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter by it.

14.How strait the gate and narrow the road that leads to life! And few there are who find it.

15.“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16.You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes? or figs from thistles?

17.Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit.

18.A good tree can’t bear bad fruit; neither can a bad tree bear good fruit.

19.Every tree that doesn’t bear good fruit is cut down and cast into a fire.

20.So then, by their fruit, you will know them.

21.“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22.Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord! Lord! Haven’t we prophesied in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name?’

23.Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you who work lawlessness!’

24.“Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on rock,

25.and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t fall, for it was founded on rock.

26.And everyone who hears these words of mine but does not do them will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on sand,

27.and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.”

28. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, the multitudes were astonished at his doctrine,

29.for he taught them as one with authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 8

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1. After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him,

2.and behold, a leper came and bowed before him, saying, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

3. And Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him, saying, “I do want to. Be clean!” And his leprosy was immediately cleansed.

4. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one! But go! Show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”

Start here comparing the stories

also, Lk 7:1-20; Jn. 4:43-54

5. Now, when he had entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him, pleading with him,

6.and saying, “Sir, my boy is lying at home paralyzed, terribly tormented.”

7. And Jesus said to him, “I will come heal him.”

8. And the centurion answered and said, “Sir, I am not worthy for you to enter under my roof. But just speak the word, and my boy will be healed.

9.For I, myself, am also a man under authority, with soldiers under me, and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

10. When Jesus heard this, he marveled, and he said to those who were following him, “Truly, I tell you, I have not found in Israel such great faith.

11.And I tell you that many will come from east and west, and will dine with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

12.but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place!”

13. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! And as you have believed, let it be to you.” And his boy was healed in that hour.

also, Mk. 1:29-34; Lk. 4:38-41

14. And when Jesus went into the home of Peter, he saw his mother-in-law was laid down, burning with fever,

15.and he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and began to wait on him.

16. And when it was dusk, they brought to him many demon-possessed people, and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

17.so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: “He took our sicknesses and bore our diseases.”

also, Lk. 9:57-62

18. Now, when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave order to depart to the other side.

19. And one scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20. But Jesus said to him, “The foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”

21. Then another of his disciples said to him, “Master, allow me first to leave and bury my father.”

22. But Jesus said to him, “You follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead!”

also, Mk. 4:35-41;Lk. 8:22-25

23. And when he had boarded the boat, his disciples followed him.

24. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves, but he was sleeping.

25. And the disciples went to him and got him up, saying, “Master, save us! We’re about to die!”

26. But he said to them, “Why are you afraid, little-faiths?” Then, getting up, he rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27. And the men were amazed, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

also, Mk. 5:1-20;Lk. 8:26-39

28. And when he had come to the other side, to the territory of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so extremely fierce that no one could travel along that road.

29. And behold, they cried aloud, saying, “What have we to do with you, Jesus, son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”

30. Now, at a distance from them, a herd of many swine were feeding.

31. And the demons began pleading with him, saying, “If you cast us out, O let us go into the herd of swine!”

32. And he said to them, “Go!” Then they came out, and went into the herd of swine. And behold, the entire herd of swine rushed down the steep slope into the sea and perished in the waters.

33. And the herdsmen fled, and when they went into the city, they reported everything, especially the things concerning those possessed by demons.

34. And behold, the whole city came out to meet with Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their borders.

Matthew 9

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also, Mk. 2:1-12;Lk. 5:17-26

1. And so, having boarded the boat, he crossed over and came to his own city.

2. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, laid on a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, told the paralytic, “Take heart, son. Your sins are forgiven.”

3. And behold, some of the scribes said within themselves, “This man is blaspheming!”

4. But knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts?

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

6.But that you might know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins — ” then he said to the paralytic, “Get up! Take up your bed, and go to your house.”

7. And he got up and went away to his house.

8. Now, when the multitude saw this, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

also, Mk. 2:13-17;Lk. 5:27-32

9. And as Jesus was passing on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax station, and he said to him, “You follow me.” And he rose up and followed him.

10. And it came to pass that as he was reclining for a meal in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and reclined with Jesus and his disciples.

11. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with tax collectors and sinners?”

12. But Jesus, hearing that, told them, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but those who are sick.

13.But go learn what it means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

also, Mk. 2:18-20;Lk. 5:33-35

14. The disciples of John then approached him, saying, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15. And Jesus said to them, “Can the bridegroom’s attendants mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then, they’ll fast.

also, Mk. 2:21-22;Lk. 5:36-39

16.No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth onto an old garment because the patch tears away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.

17.Neither do they pour new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wineskins burst, and the wine is spilled and the wineskins are ruined. Instead, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

also, Mk. 5:21-43;Lk. 8:40-56

18. While he was saying these things to them, behold, a certain ruler came and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter is even now dead. But, come! Lay your hand on her, and she will live!”

19. So Jesus rose up, and he followed him, and his disciples.

20. And behold, a woman who had suffered from bleeding twelve years came up from behind and touched the tassel of his garment.

21. For she was saying within herself, “If I just touch his garment, I’ll be healed.”

22. Then, Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, “Take heart, daughter. Your faith has made you whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23. And when Jesus went into the ruler’s home and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

24.he told them, “Go away. The little girl isn’t dead, but is asleep.” And they laughed at him.

25. And when the crowd was put out, he went in and took her hand, and the little girl rose up.

26. And this report spread throughout all that region.

also, Mt. 20:29-34?

27. And as Jesus went on from there, two blind men began following him, crying out and saying, “Have mercy on us, O son of David!”

28. And when he had entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, sir.”

29. Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith, let it be to you!”

30. And their eyes were opened. But Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See to it that no one knows!”

31. Nevertheless, when they went out, they spread his fame throughout that region.

also, Mk. 7:31-37

32. Now, as they were leaving, behold, they brought to him a man who was dumb, being demon-possessed,

33.and after the demon was cast out, the dumb man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “The like has never been seen in Israel!”

34. But the Pharisees were saying, “He is casting out demons by the ruler of demons.”

also, Mt. 4:23

35. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

36. And seeing the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them because they were weary and downcast, like sheep with no shepherd.

37. At that time, he told his disciples, “The harvest is certainly great, but the workers, few.

38.So then, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He might send workers out into His harvest.”

Matthew 10

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also, Mk. 3:13-19; Lk. 6:12-16

1. And when he had called for his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness.

2. Now, these are the names of the twelve apostles:

First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; Jacobus, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3.Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; Jacobus, the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, who is called Thaddeus;

4.Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

also, Mk. 6:7-13; Lk. 9:1-6

5. These twelve, Jesus sent out after he had charged them, saying, “Don’t go out to the way of the Gentiles, and don’t go into a city of the Samaritans.

6.Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7.And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

8.Heal the sick; cleanse the lepers; cast out demons. Freely you’ve received; freely give.

9.Don’t provide for yourselves gold, or silver, or copper in your belts,

10.neither a bag for the road, nor two tunics, nor shoes, nor staves, for the workman is worthy of his fare.

11.Into whatever city or village you enter, inquire as to who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave.

12.And when you enter into a house, greet it.

13.And if the household is indeed worthy, your peace will come upon it, but if it is unworthy, your peace will return to you.

14.And whoever will not receive you or hear your words, when you leave that house or city, shake the dust off your feet.

15.Truly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city.

also, Lk. 10:3

16. “Behold, I’m sending you away as sheep in the midst of wolves; so, be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

17.Beware of men, for they’ll hand you over to the courts, and they’ll flog you in their synagogues,

18.and you’ll be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them, and to the Gentiles.

19.But when they hand you over, don’t be anxious about how or what you’ll speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you are to say.

20.For it isn’t you who speak, but your Father’s Spirit in you that speaks.

also, Mk. 13:12-13

21.“Brother will betray brother to death, and father, child, and children will rise up against parents and kill them.

22.You’ll be hated by everyone because of my name, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.

23.When they persecute you in one city, flee to another; for truly, I tell you, it is certain that you’ll not finish with the cities of Israel before the Son of man comes.

24.A disciple is not above the teacher, neither is a slave above his master.

25.It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If men have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household?

also, Lk. 12:2-7

26.So, don’t be afraid of them, for there’s nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or secret that will not be made known.

27.“What I say to you in the dark, speak in the light, and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops!

28.Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

29.Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet, not one of them falls to the ground without the consent of your Father.

30.Even the hairs of your head are all numbered to you!

31.So, don’t be afraid. You’re more valuable than many sparrows.

also, Lk. 12:8-12

32.“Whosoever confesses me[29] before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.

33.But whoever denies me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

also, Lk. 12:51-53

34.“Don’t suppose that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35.I came to divide a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,

36.and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.

also, Mt. 16:24-25; Mk. 8:34-35; Lk. 9:23-27

37.“He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38.And he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.

39.He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

also, Jn. 13:20

40. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the One who sent me.

41.He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.

42.And whoever gives to one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, I tell you truly, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Matthew 11

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1. And it came to pass, when Jesus finished charging his twelve disciples, he passed on from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

also, Lk. 7:18-23

2. Now, while in prison, having heard of the works of Christ, John sent two of his disciples

3.and said to him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for a different man?”

4. Then, Jesus answered and said to them, “Go tell John what you are hearing and seeing:

5.the blind receive sight, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor are given good news.

6.And blessed is whoever is not offended by me.”

also, Lk. 7:24-35;

7. As these men took their leave, Jesus began to say to the multitudes about John, “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

8.But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft things are in the houses of kings!

9.But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

also, Mk. 1:2

10.For this is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you!’

11.Truly, I tell you, among those born of women, there has not arisen a greater man than John the Baptizer; and yet, the least one in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12.The kingdom of heaven is being earnestly sought, from the days of John the Baptizer until now, and the forceful are seizing upon it.[30]

13.All the prophets and the law prophesied until John,

14.and if you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah who is to come.

15.He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

also, Lk. 7:31-35

16.To what, now, shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in marketplaces and calling out to their playmates,

17.and saying, ‘We piped for you, but you didn’t dance! We sang a dirge for you, but you didn’t mourn.’

18.For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they are saying, ‘He has a demon.’

19.And the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold! A gluttonous man and a drunkard! A friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”

also, Lk. 10:13-16

20. Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles were performed because they did not repent.

21.“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have long ago repented, in sackcloth and ashes.

22.Nevertheless, I tell you, it will be more tolerable in the Day of Judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you!

23.And you, Capernaum, the city exalted up to heaven! You shall be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done among those in Sodom, they would have remained until this day.

24.Nevertheless, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment than for you!”

also, Lk. 10:21-24

25. At that time, Jesus answered and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes.

26.Yes, Father, for such was pleasing in your sight.

27.“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one really knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone really know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son may choose to reveal Him.

28.Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest!

29.Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,

30.for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 12

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also, Mk. 2:23-28; Lk. 6:1-5

1. During that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath through the grain fields, and his disciples grew hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat them.

2. But when the Pharisees saw it, they told him, “Behold! Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath!”

3. Then he said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he was hungry, he and those with him,

4.how he entered into the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which wasn’t lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but only for the priests?

5.Or haven’t you read in the law that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?

6.But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

7.If you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

8.The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

also, Mk. 3:1-6; Lk 6:6-11

9. And going on from there, he went into their synagogue,

10.and behold, a man was there with a withered hand. And they put a question to him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”, that they might bring an accusation against him.

11. And he said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it should fall into a pit on the Sabbath, would not take hold of it and lift it up?

12.And how much more valuable is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13. At that point, he told the man, “Stretch out your hand!” And he stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other one.

14. But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

No other reference?

15. Now, when Jesus learned of this, he withdrew from there, and large crowds followed him, and he healed them all,

16.and he charged them, that they not make him known,

17.so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled:

18.“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased! I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will decree judgment for the Gentiles.

19.He will not quarrel, nor will he cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

20.A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he send forth justice in victory.

21.And in his name will the Gentiles hope.”

also, Mk. 3:20-29; Lk 11:14-23

22. At that time, a demon-possessed man was brought to him, blind and dumb, and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw.

23. And all the people were amazed and said, “Isn’t this the Son of David?”[31]

24. But when the Pharisees heard that, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of demons.”

25. But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

26.And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

27.And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges.

28.But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you!

29.How can anyone enter into the house of the strong man and plunder his goods, except he first bind the strong man? Then he will plunder his house.

30.He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

also, Mk. 3:28-30; Lk. 12:10

31.So then, I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

32.Whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him, but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this present world or in the one to come.

also, Lk. 6:43-45

33.Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

34.Offspring of vipers! How can you, being evil, say good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

35.The good man takes out good things from the good treasure, and the evil man takes out evil things from the evil treasure.

36.I tell you, every worthless thing that men may say, they will give account for it in the Day of Judgment.

37.By your words will you be justified, and by your words will you be condemned.”

also, Mk. 8:11-12 (check this something missing);Lk. 11:29-32

38. Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39. But he answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to it, other than the sign of Jonah the prophet.

40.For as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

41.The men of Nineveh will stand up in the Judgment against this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

42.The Queen of the South will rise up in the Judgment against this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

also, Lk. 11:24-26

43.“When the unclean spirit comes out of a man, it travels through waterless places seeking rest, and it does not find it.

44.Then it says, ‘I’ll go back to my house that I came out of.’ And when it comes, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and put in order.

45.Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they come in and dwell there. And so, the last state of that man is worse than the first. That’s how it will be with this evil generation.”

also, Mk. 3:31-35; Lk. 8:19-21

46. All the while that he was speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and brothers had been standing outside, wanting to speak to him.

47. Someone said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers have been standing outside wanting to speak to you.”

48. But he answered and said to the one who had spoken to him, “Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?”

49. And extending his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!

50.For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Matthew 13

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1. That same day, Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea,

2.and such large crowds were gathered around him that he boarded a boat to sit in, and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

also, Mk. 4:1-9; Lk. 8:4-15

3. And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow.

4.And during his sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and gobbled them up.

5.But other fell on rocky places where they didn’t have much soil, and they immediately sprang up, since they had no depth of soil.

6.But after the sun arose, they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered.

7.But other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them out.

8.But other fell onto good soil and produced fruit: some, a hundredfold; and some, sixty; and some, thirty.

9.He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

also, Mk. 4:10-12; Lk. 8-9

10. And the disciples approached and said to him, “Why do you talk to them in parables?”

11. Then he answered and said to them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to those, it is not given.

12.Whoever has, to him will be given, and he’ll have an abundance, but whoever doesn’t have, even what he has will be taken from him.

13.This is why I speak to them in parables, so that ‘seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand.’

14.And in them is Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled which says, ‘You shall hear, but you will not understand, and you shall see, but you will not perceive,

15.for the heart of this people is hardened, and they hear with dull ears, and they have closed their eyes, lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand in their heart, and repent, and I heal them.’

16.Your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears, because they hear.

17.Truly, I tell you that many prophets and righteous men longed to see the things you’re seeing, and didn’t see them, and to hear the things you’re hearing, and didn’t hear them.

also, Mk. 4:13-20 and Lk. 8:11

18.So, learn the parable of the sower.

19.Everyone who hears the word of the kingdom and doesn’t understand, the Evil One comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one who received the seed along the path.

20.But the one who receives seed in rocky places, he is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,

21.yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he’s offended.

22.But as for the one who receives seed among the thorns, he is the one who hears the word, but the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

23.But as for the one who receives seed in good soil, he is the one who hears the word and understands, who indeed bears fruit and produces: this one, a hundredfold; that one, sixty; and another, thirty.”

No other reference?

24. Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,

25.but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

26.And when the crop sprouted and produced fruit, then the tares also appeared.

27.And the landowner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did the tares come from?’

28.He said to them, ‘An enemy did this.’ Then the servants said to him, ‘So, do you want us to go out and pull them up?’

29.But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering up the tares, you uproot the wheat with them.

30.Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest-time, I will tell the reapers, “Gather up the tares first and bind them into bundles to burn them up; then, gather the wheat into my storehouse.” ’ ”

also, Mk. 13:30-34, Lk 13:18-19

31. Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field,

32.which indeed is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest of garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

also, Lk. 13:20-21

33. Another parable he spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures[32] of flour until it was all leavened.”

34. All these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and without a parable, he would not speak to them,

35.so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.”

36. When he had sent the crowds away, Jesus went home. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain for us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37. He answered and said to them, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of man;

38.the field is the world; as for the good seed, these are the children of the kingdom; the tares are the children of the Evil One;

39.the enemy who sowed them is the Accuser; the harvest is the close of this age; and the reapers are angels.

40.Just as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be at the close of this age.

41.The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and those who do lawlessness,

42.and they will cast them into the furnace of fire. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!

43.Then will the righteous shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

44. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and in his joy, he goes and sells whatever he has and buys that field.

45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls,

46.who, when he found one pearl of great value, went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

47.Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and it gathered some of every sort,

48.which, after it was full, they drew onto the shore, and when they sat down, they collected the good ones into vessels, but threw the bad ones away.

49.So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the evil from among the righteous,

50.and they will cast them into the furnace of fire. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!”

51. Jesus said to them, “Did you understand all these things?” They said to him, “Yes, Master.”

52. He said to them, “Therefore, every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out from his storeroom new and old things.”

also, Mk. 6:1-6

53. And it came to pass that when Jesus ended these parables, he moved on from there,

54.and when he came to his hometown, he taught them in their synagogue, and they were astonished and said, “Where’d he get this wisdom and miracles?

55.Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Mariam, and his brothers, Jacobus, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56.And his sisters, aren’t they all with us? So, where’d he get all these things?”

57. And they were offended in him. Then Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown, and in his own home.”

58. And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Matthew 14

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also, Mk. 6:14-29; Lk. 9:7-9

1. At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus,

2.and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptizer. He has risen from the dead, and that is why the miracles work in him.”

3. For Herod, having arrested John, had bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,

4.for John kept telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

5. And he would have put him to death, but he feared the people because they held him as a prophet.

6. Then, when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and she pleased Herod

7.so much that he swore with an oath to grant her whatever she asked.

8. And she, at the urging of her mother, said, “Give me here, on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer.”

9. And the king was sad, but because of the oaths, and those feasting with him, he ordered that it be granted.

10. And he sent and beheaded John in the prison.

11. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother.

12. And his disciples came and took the body away, and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

13. After Jesus heard the report, he withdrew from there by boat to a deserted place by himself; but when the multitudes heard of that, they followed him on foot from the cities.

14. And when Jesus came out, he saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, and he healed their sick.

also, Mk. 6:34-44 ;Lk. 9:12-17

15. Then, when evening was come, his disciples came to him, saying, “This is an isolated place, and the time is now past. Send the multitudes away so they may go to the villages and buy food for themselves.

16. But Jesus said to them, “They don’t need to leave; you give them something to eat.”

17. But they told him, “We don’t have anything here but five loaves and two fish!”

18. He said, “Bring them here to me.”

19. And after giving order for the multitudes to be seated for a meal on the grass, when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up toward heaven, blessed them, and when he broke the loaves, he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples, to the multitudes.

20. And they all ate and were filled. And they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve small baskets full.

21. Now, those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

22. And immediately, Jesus had the disciples to board the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side while he dismissed the crowds.

23. And after he sent the crowds away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Then, when evening was come, he was there alone.

24. By this time, the boat was in the middle of the sea, being battered by waves because the wind was against them.

25. But in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

26. And when the disciples saw him on the sea, walking, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.

27. But immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”

28. Peter answered him and said, “Master, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water!”

29. And he said, “Come!” So, Peter came down out of the boat and walked on the water to go to Jesus.

30. But when he saw the fierce wind, he was frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Master, save me!”

31. And Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and took hold of him, and he said to him, “Little-faith, why did you waver?”

32. And when they boarded the boat, the wind ceased.

33. Then those who were in the boat came and bowed before him, saying, “You really are God’s Son!”

34. And when they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret,

35.and when the men of that place recognized him, they sent word all around that area, and they brought to him all who were sick.

36. And they begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment, and as many as touched it were made completely whole.

Matthew 15

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1. At that time, the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem came up to Jesus and said,

2.“Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat bread!”

3. He answered and said to them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

4.God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘He who curses father or mother shall be put to death!’

5.But you! You say, ‘He is innocent, whoever says to his father or his mother, “Whatever I have by which you might have been helped is a donation for the temple,” ’ and he does not honor his father or his mother at all!

6.And so, you nullify God’s commandment for the sake of your tradition!

7.Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you when he said,

8.‘This people draws near to me with their mouth, and with their lips they honor me, but their heart is far from me.

9.In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines commandments of men.’”

10. Then he called the multitude to him and told them, “Listen, and understand!

11.It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth! That defiles a man!”

12. Then his disciples came to him and said, “Did you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard that?”

13. But he answered and said, “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted.

14.Leave them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15. Then Peter answered and said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16. But Jesus said, “Are you still without understanding, too?

17.Don’t you yet see that everything that goes into the mouth passes on to the belly and then is discharged into the latrine?

18.But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart; those things defile a man!

19.For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, immoral acts, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

20.These are the things that defile a man. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

21. And when Jesus left there, he withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.

22. And behold, a Canaanite woman from those parts came and began crying out to him, saying, “Have mercy on me, sir, O son of David! My daughter is badly demon-possessed.”

23. But he answered her not a word. Then his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Make her go away! She’s crying after us!”

24. He answered and said, “I am sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25. Then she came and prostrated herself before him, saying, “Sir, help me!”

26. But he answered and said, “It’s not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

27. Then she said, “That’s right, Master. And yet, the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

28. Jesus then answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

29. And going on from there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up on a mountain and sat down there.

30. And large crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the dumb, the deformed, and many others, and they laid them at Jesus’ feet, and he healed them.

31. And the people marveled when they saw the dumb speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

32. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I feel compassion for the people because they’ve continued with me for three days now, and they don’t have anything to eat, and I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they might give out on the way.”

33. And his disciples said to him, “Where in such a desolate place are we to find enough bread to satisfy such a large multitude?”

34. And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

35. Then he gave order for the crowds to sit down on the ground.

36. And then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after he gave thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples, to the multitude,

37.and they all ate and were filled. Then they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.

38. Now, those eating were four thousand men, besides women and children.

39. And after sending the people away, he boarded the boat and went to the region of Magdala.

Matthew 16

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1. And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up to him, and testing him, they asked him to show them a sign out of heaven.

2. But he answered and said to them, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’

3.And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy, for the sky is red and lowering.’ Hypocrites! You understand well how to read the face of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times!

4.An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.” And he left them and went away.

5. Now, when his disciples came to the other side, they had forgotten to bring bread.

6. Then Jesus told them, “Watch out, and be wary of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

7. Then they began talking among themselves, saying, “We didn’t bring bread.”

8. But when Jesus knew this, he said to them, “Little-faiths, why are you talking to one another about not bringing bread?

9.Don’t you yet understand, nor remember the five loaves for the five thousand and how many little baskets you took up?

10.Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many large baskets you took up?

11.How is it that you don’t understand I wasn’t talking to you about bread when I told you to be wary of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?”

12. Then they understood that he was not saying to be wary of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

13. After Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who are men saying that I, the Son of man, am?

14. And they said, “Some say John the Baptizer; others, Elijah; but some others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15. He said to them, “And you? Who do you say I am?”

16. Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”

17. And Jesus answered him, “You are a blessed man, Simon bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal that to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

18.And I tell you that you are Peter[33], and upon this rock I will build my Assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

19.And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

20. Then he straitly commanded his disciples that they should tell no one that he is Jesus the Messiah.

21. From that time, Jesus started showing his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day, be raised up.

22. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid,[34] Master! This shall never happen to you!”

23. But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You’re a stumbling block to me! Your mind isn’t on the things of God, but the things of men.”

24. Jesus then said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me!

25.For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

26.For how does a man benefit if he should gain the whole world, but his soul is forfeited? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

27.The Son of man will come in the glory of his Father, with His angels, and then will he render to each one according to what he has done.

28.Truly, I tell you, there are some standing here that will not taste of death until they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom!”

Matthew 17

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1. And after six days, Jesus took Peter, and Jacobus, and his brother John, and he led them up on a high mountain by themselves,

2.and he was transformed before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as the light.

3. And, behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

4. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. If you want, we will make three tabernacles here; you one, and Moses one, and one for Elijah!”

5. While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and, behold, a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were very afraid.

7. But Jesus came over and touched them, and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.”

8. And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus, alone.

9. And as they were coming down out of the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of man rises from the dead.”

10. And his disciples questioned him, saying, “So, why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?”

11. Jesus answered and said to them, “Elijah certainly is coming first, and he will restore all things.

12.But I tell you that Elijah already came, and they didn’t recognize him, but did with him whatever they pleased, and likewise will the Son of man also suffer at their hands.”

13. Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them about John the Baptizer.

14. And when they came to the multitude, a man approached him, kneeling down before him, and saying,

15.“Sir, have mercy on my son, for he’s an epileptic, and he is suffering terribly. Often, he falls into fire, and often into water.

16.And I brought him to your disciples, but they weren’t able to heal him.”

17. Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you! How long shall I put up with you! Bring him to me, here!”

18. And Jesus rebuked it, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was healed from that hour.

19. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?”

20. Then Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief. Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there!’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.

21.But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”

22. Now, while they were in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men,

23.and they will kill him, but on the third day, he will be raised.” And they were very sad.

24. When they went to Capernaum, those who collected the two-drachma[35] went up to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the two-drachma?”

25. He said, “Yes.” But when he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “Simon, what do you think? From whom do kings of the earth take customs or poll-tax — from their children or from others?”

26. Peter said to him, “From others.” Jesus said to him, “Well, then, the children are free.

27.But lest we be a stumbling block to them, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you’ve opened its mouth, you’ll find a stater.[36] Take that and give it to them for me and you.”

Matthew 18

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1. At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Really, who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2. And when Jesus had called a little child to him, he stood him in their midst

3.and said, “Truly, I tell you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4.Whoever humbles himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,

5.and whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me.

6.But as for whoever offends one of these little ones who believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone be hung on his neck and he be drowned in the depth of the sea.

7.Woe to the world because of offenses! It is necessary for offenses to come, but woe to that man through whom the offense comes!

8.If your hand or your foot offends you, chop them off and cast them from you. It’s better for you to enter into life lame or maimed than to be cast into the eternal fire with two hands or two feet.

9.And if your eye offends you, tear it out and cast it from you. It’s better for you to enter into life with one eye, than with two eyes to be cast into fiery Gehenna.

10.“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven, their angels are always watching the face of my Father who is in heaven.

11.For the Son of man came to save that which has been lost.

12.What do you think? If a certain man had a hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety and nine and go up on the mountains to search for the one that wandered away?

13.And if he finds it, I tell you truly that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety and nine that are not gone astray.

14.So, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

15.“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.

16.But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that ‘by the mouth of two witnesses, or three, every matter may be confirmed.’

17.And if he won’t listen to them, speak to the Assembly; and if he won’t listen to the Assembly either, let him be just like a Gentile or a publican to you.

18.Truly, I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19.Again, I tell you truly that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything at all that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.

20.For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there, in the midst of them.”

21. Then Peter came to him and said, “Master, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”

22. Jesus said to him, “I do not tell you seven times, but seventy times seven.

23.For the kingdom of heaven is like a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants,

24.and when he began to settle them, one man was brought to him who owed him a zillion talents.

25.And when he could not repay the debt, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and whatever he owned, and payment to be made.

26.Then, falling down, the servant prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Master, be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’

27.And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

28.But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarii[37], and he grabbed him and choked him, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’

29.And his fellow servant, falling down at his feet, pleaded with him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’

30.But he would not; instead, he went and threw him into prison until he repaid the debt.

31.And when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were very sad, and they came and reported to their master all that had taken place.

32.Then, when his master had summoned him, he said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you that entire debt when you begged me.

33.And should you not have shown mercy to your fellow servant, the same way I showed mercy to you!’

34.Then his master, furious, turned him over to the torturers until he repaid all that was owed him.

35.This is how my heavenly Father will also deal with you unless each of you, from your hearts, forgives his brother their trespasses.”

Matthew 19

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1. And it came to pass when Jesus finished these sayings that he left Galilee and came into the borders of Judea by way of the other side of the Jordan,

2.and large multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.

3. And the Pharisees came up to him, tempting him, and saying to him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”

4. But he answered and said to them, “Haven’t you read that He who made them in the beginning ‘made them male and female’?

5.And then He said, ‘For this reason shall a man forsake his father and mother and be joined with his wife, and they two shall be one body.’

6.Therefore, they are no longer two, but one body. So then, what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

7. They said to him, “Why, then, did Moses command the husband to give her a certificate of separation, and divorce her?”

8. He said to them, “Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts, but in the beginning, it wasn’t like that.

9.And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another woman is committing adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman is committing adultery.”

10. His disciples said to him, “If that’s the way it is for a man with a wife, it’s better not to marry.”

11. But he said to them, “Not everyone attains to this state; just those to whom it is given.

12.There are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who can attain to it, let him attain to it.”

13. At that time, little children were brought to him, that he might lay hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.

14. Then Jesus said, “Let the children come, and don’t stop them from coming to me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

15. And when he had laid hands on them, he went on from there.

16. And behold, a man approached and said to him, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”

17. But he said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except One, that is, God. But if you would enter into life, keep the commandments.

18. He said to him, “Which?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

19.Honor your father and mother;’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20. The young man said to him, “I have kept all these things from my youth. What do I yet lack?”

21. Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go your way, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and then come, follow me.”

22. But the young man, upon hearing this saying, went away feeling heavy, for he had many possessions.

23. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I tell you that a rich man will hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24.Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

25. And when they heard this, his disciples became utterly astounded, saying, “Well then, who can be saved?”

26. And with an intense look, Jesus said to them, “With men, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”

27. Then Peter answered and said to him, “Behold, we’ve left everything and followed you! So, what will happen to us?”

28. Jesus said to them, “Truly, I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man sits down on his glorious throne, you will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29.And everyone who has left homes, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name’s sake shall receive a hundredfold, and then shall inherit eternal life.

30.Many who are first will be last, and last, first.”

Matthew 20

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1. “You see, the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard,

2.and when he had agreed with the workers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3.Then, going out about the third hour[38], he saw others standing idle in the market place,

4.and he said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard, too, and whatever is right, I will give you.’

5.So, off they went. About the sixth and the ninth hour, he went out again and did the same.

6.And going out about the eleventh hour, he found other men standing idle, and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’

7.They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He told them, ‘You go into the vineyard, too, and whatever is right, you’ll receive.’

8.Then, when evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his steward, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’

9.When those who were hired about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.

10.And when the first came, they assumed that they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.

11.And when they received it, they began to murmur against the householder,

12.saying, ‘These last worked one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden and heat of the day!’

13.Then he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I do you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

14.Take what belongs to you, and go! I want to give to this last the same as to you.

15.Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with what is mine? Is your eye evil because I am good?’

16.Thus, the last shall be first, and the first, last, for many are called but few are chosen.”

17. And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, on the way, he took the twelve disciples off by themselves and told them,

18.“Behold, we’re going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they’ll condemn him to death

19.and turn him over to the Gentiles, to mock and scourge and crucify him. And on the third day, he’ll rise again.”

20. At that time, the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons, bowing down and asking something of him.

21. He said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in your kingdom.”

22. But Jesus answered and said, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I’m baptized with?” They said to him, “We are able!”

23. And he said to them, “You will surely drink my cup, and you will be baptized with the baptism that I’m baptized with, but to sit on my right or my left isn’t mine to give; its for those for whom it is prepared by my Father.”

24. And when the ten heard this, they were indignant against the two brothers.

25. But Jesus called them near and said, “You know that the rulers among the Gentiles lord it over them, and great men bear heavy rule over them.

26.It is not to be that way among you; on the contrary, whoever among you would be great shall be your servant,

27.and whoever among you wants to be first, let him become your slave,

28.just as the Son of man didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

29. As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him,

30.and behold, when two blind men sitting by the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, sir! O Son of David!”

31. But the crowd rebuked them, to make them quiet, but they cried out even more, saying, “Have mercy on us, sir! O Son of David!”

32. And Jesus stopped, and called them, and he asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

33. They said to him, “Sir, that our eyes might be opened.”

34. And Jesus, moved with compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Matthew 21

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1. And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethsphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2.telling them, “Go to the village that’s before you, and immediately, you’ll find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.

3.And if anyone says something to you, then you say, ‘The Master has need of them.’ Then, immediately, he will send them.”

4.(All this took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying,

5.“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold! Your King is coming to you, lowly and mounted on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of an ass.”)

6. So, the disciples went, and they did just as Jesus had instructed them.

7. They brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their garments on them, and he sat upon them.

8. And the large multitude strewed their own garments in the road, but others began cutting branches off the trees and spreading them on the road.

9. Then the crowds who were going before him, and those following, began crying out, saying, “Hosannah[39] to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosannah in the highest!”

10. And when he entered into Jerusalem, all the city was shaken, saying, “Who is this man?”

11. And the multitudes kept saying, “This is Jesus, the prophet who is from Nazareth in Galilee!”

12. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and he cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those selling doves.

13. And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!’ ”

14. Then the lame and the blind in the temple came to him, and he healed them.

15. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders he performed, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosannah to the Son of David!” They were indignant,

16.and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of children and infants, you have perfected praise?’”

17. And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

18. Early in the morning, as he was returning to the city, he grew hungry,

19.and seeing a lone fig tree by the road, he went to it, but he found nothing on it, but leaves only. And he told it, “Let no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered up at once.

20. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither up so quick?”

21. Then Jesus answered and told them, “Truly, I tell you that if you have faith and do not waver, you will not only do that to a fig tree, but if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and cast into the sea!’ it will happen.

22.And all things whatsoever you may ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

23. And after he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him while he was teaching, saying, “By what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority?”

24. Answering, Jesus told them, “I will also ask you one thing, which, if you tell me, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

25.The baptism of John — where was it from? from heaven or from men?” Then they began deliberating among themselves, saying, “If we say ‘from heaven’, he will say to us, ‘Why, then, didn’t you believe him?’

26.But if we say ‘from men’, we fear the multitude, for they all hold John as a prophet.”

27. And so, answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And he replied to them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

28.But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in my vineyard.’

29.And he answered and said, ‘I don’t want to.’ But later, he was sorry, and he went.

30.Then he came to the second and said the same thing, and the second answered and said, ‘I will go, sir.’ And yet, he didn’t go.

31.Which of the two did the father’s will?” They said to him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I tell you that tax collectors and harlots are going into the kingdom of God before you.

32.For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and harlots did believe him. And you, when you saw that, didn’t repent afterwards and believe him.

33. “Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, and he hedged it all around, and dug a wine-press in it, and built a watchtower, and leased it to vine-dressers, and then went on a journey.

34.Now, when the season for the fruit was at hand, he sent his servants to the tenants to receive his fruit.

35.And the vine-dressers seized his servants; one they beat, and one they killed, and one they stoned.

36.Again, he sent other servants, more than the first, and they treated them the same way.

37.Then, finally, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

38.But the vine-dressers, seeing the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come on! Let’s kill him and seize his inheritance!’

39.And they seized him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

40.So now, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41. They said to him, “He will brutally destroy those wicked men and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”

42. Jesus asked them, “Have you never read in the scriptures, ‘The stone that the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner. This is from the Lord, and it is astonishing in our eyes’?

43.Therefore, I tell you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and be given to a nation that will yield its fruit.

44.And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but whoever it falls on, it will crush him.”

45. And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was talking about them.

46. And though wanting to arrest him, they were afraid of the multitudes because they held him as a prophet.

Matthew 22

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1. And Jesus answered again and spoke to them in parables, saying,

2.“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a wedding for his son,

3.and he sent his servants out to call those who were invited to the festivities, but they didn’t want to come.

4.Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet!”’

5.But they cared nothing for it and went away, one to his field, another to his business,

6.and the rest, seizing his servants, abused and killed them.

7.When the king heard of it, he was enraged, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

8.Then he told his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

9.Go, therefore, to where the roads exit the city and invite whoever you find to the wedding feast.’

10.And those servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone, whoever they found, both bad and good, and the wedding banquet was filled with guests.

11.But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw there a man not wearing a wedding garment,

12.and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.

13.Then the king said to his ministers, ‘Bind his feet and hands, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness.’ In that place, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth!

14.Many are called, but few are chosen.”

15. At that time, the Pharisees went and took counsel together as to how they might entrap him in conversation.

16. And they sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and you teach the way of God truthfully, and are partial to no one, for you do not regard the status of men.

17.Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay tax to Caesar, or not?”

18. But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?

19.Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought a denarius to him.

20.And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

21. They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he told them, “So, render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

22. When they heard this, they were dumbfounded, and they left him and went away.

23. On that day, Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to him and put a question to him,

24.saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If someone dies without having children, his brother is to marry his wife and then raise up seed for his brother.’

25.Now, there were among us seven brothers, and after the first one married, he passed away, and having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother.

26.Likewise also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.

27.And after all of them died, the woman died, too.

28.So then, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”

29. Then Jesus answered and said to them, “You are deceived, knowing neither the scriptures nor the power of God.

30.In the resurrection, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels of God in heaven.

31.But concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven’t you read what was spoken to you by God, saying,

32.‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

33. And when the multitudes heard that, they were dumbstruck at his doctrine.

34. But when the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they gathered themselves together.

35. And one of them, an expert in the law, put a question to him, testing him, and saying,

36.“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37. Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

38.This is the first and great commandment.

39.But the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

40.On these two commandments hang the whole law and the prophets.”

41. But while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus put a question to them,

42.saying, “What do you think about the Messiah? Who’s son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”

43. He said to them, “How is it, then, that David, by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’, saying,

44.‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool’?

45.Now, if David calls him ‘Lord’, how is he his son?”

46. And no one could answer him a word, neither dared anyone from that day to put a question to him any longer.

Matthew 23

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1. At that time, Jesus said to the people and to his disciples,

2.saying, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat.

3.So, whatsoever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say, and don’t do.

4.They tie up burdens, heavy and hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves won’t move them with so much as their finger.

5.They do all their works to be seen by men: they broaden their phylacteries; they make the tassels of their garments large;

6.they love the place of honor at feasts and the seats of honor in the synagogues,

7.and salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi! Rabbi!’

8.But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi’’, for one is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you all are brothers.

9.And call no one on earth your Father, for one is your Father, who is in heaven.

10.And do not be called instructors, for one is your instructor, the Messiah.

11.He who is greatest among you will be your servant.

12.Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

13.“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven before men, for you yourselves don’t go in, and you don’t allow them to enter who are going in.

14.Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for show, make long prayers! For this, you shall receive greater damnation.

15.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You compass land and sea to make one convert, and when he is made, you make him twice as much a son of Gehenna[40] than yourselves.

16.“Woe to you — blind guides! — who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound.’

17.Fools and blind! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

18.And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is upon the altar, he is bound.’

19.Fools and blind! Which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

20.He who swears by the altar, swears by it and everything on it!

21.And he who swears by the temple, swears by it and the One who dwells in it!

22.And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and Him who sits on it!

23.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You tithe on mint, and dill, and cummin, but you’ve left off the weightier matters of the law: justice, and mercy, and faith. You must do these things, and not leave those off !

24.You blind guides, who strain at a gnat and swallow down a camel!

25.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but inside, they are full of greed and injustice.

26.You blind Pharisee! Clean first what is inside the cup and dish so that the outside of them may also be clean.

27.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You’re like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear to be so very lovely, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

28.And so are you! Outwardly, you appear very righteous to men, but inwardly, you’re full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29.“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You erect the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,

30.and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the murder of the prophets.”

31.Thus you bear witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets!

32.Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers!

33.You snakes! You offspring of vipers! How can you escape the damnation of Gehenna!

34.For this reason, behold, I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, and some of them you’ll kill and crucify, and some of them you’ll flog in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,

35.so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous to the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

36.Truly, I tell you that all these things shall come upon this generation!

37.“O Jerusalem! Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How many times have I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not!

38.Behold! Your house is left to you, desolate.

39.For I tell you, you will by no means see me from now on, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Matthew 24

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1. And Jesus went out and was going from the temple, and his disciples came to him to point out to him the temple buildings.

2. But Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly, I tell you, there shall not be in this place one stone left upon another that will not be torn down.”

3. Then, as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, his disciples approached him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your manifestation and of the end of the age?”

4. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Take heed, lest someone deceive you.

5.For many will come, using my name, saying that I am the Messiah,[41] and they’ll deceive many.

6.And you’ll hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you do not become alarmed, for all these things must take place, but the end is not yet.

7.For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

8.But all these things are the beginning of sorrows.

9.After that, they’ll turn you over to persecution, and they’ll kill you; you’ll be hated by all nations because of my name.

10.And during that time, many will be offended, and betray one another, and hate one another.

11.And many false prophets will arise, and they’ll deceive many.

12.And because of a great increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.

13.But he who endures to the end, the same shall be saved.

14.And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the earth for a witness to all nations, and then, the end will come.

15.“Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let him who is reading understand),

16.then let those in Judea flee to the mountains.

17.Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take things out of his house,

18.and let not him in the field turn back to take his garments left behind.

19.And woe to the women who are with child, and those who are nursing in those days!

20.And pray that your flight be not in winter, nor on a Sabbath.

21.For there will be at that time a great tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be.

22.And except those days be shortened, no flesh will be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

23.If anyone at that time tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Here!’ don’t you believe him.

24.For false messiahs and false prophets will rise, and they’ll perform great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if it were possible, even the elect.

25.Behold, I have told you ahead of time.

26.So, if they say to you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there, or ‘Behold, he is in the secret chambers,’, do not believe them.

27.For as lightning comes out of the east and flashes to the west, so will the coming of the Son of man be.

28.Where the corpse is, there the vultures will be gathered together.

29.“But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30.And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will then mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31.And with a great sound of a trumpet, he’ll send his angels, and they’ll gather his elect from the four winds, from one extremity of heaven to the other.

32.“Now, learn a parable from the fig tree. As soon as its branch becomes tender, and it puts forth leaves, you know that summer’s near.

33.Likewise, you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the gates.

34.Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

35.Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away.

36.But of that day and hour, no one knows, except my Father alone, not even the angels of heaven.

37.As the days of Noah were, so also will the appearing of the Son of man be.

38.For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark,

39.and they didn’t know until the flood came and carried them all away, so also will be the appearing of the Son of man.

40.At that time, two men will be in the field; one who is taken away, and one who is left behind.

41.Two women will be grinding in the mill; one will be taken away, and one, left behind.

42.Watch, therefore, because you don’t know in what hour your Master is coming.

43.But this thing you know, that if the steward of the house had known in which watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

44.Therefore, you be ready, for at an hour you don’t expect, the Son of man is coming.

45.Who, then, is a faithful and prudent servant, whom his master put in charge over his servants, to give them food at the appropriate time?

46.Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

47.Truly, I tell you that he will set him over all his possessions.

48.But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his arrival,’

49.and should begin to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunkards,

50.the master of that servant will show up on a day that he does not expect, and in an hour that he does not know,

51.and he will cut him off [42] and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. In that place, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth!”

Matthew 25

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1. “The kingdom of heaven at that time will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2.Five of them were wise, and the other five, foolish.

3.Those who were foolish took their lamps without taking oil with them,

4.but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5.When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6.But in the middle of the night, a loud cry was made: ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!’

7.At that, all those virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.

8.Then the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out!’

9.But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’

10.And while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.

11.Later, the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord! Lord! Open up for us!’

12.But he answered and said, ‘Truly, I tell you, I do not know you.’

13.Watch, therefore, for you don’t know the day or the hour.

14.“The kingdom of heaven is like a man about to go on a journey, who summoned his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.

15.To one, he gave five talents, and to another, two, and to another, one, to each according to his ability, and he departed at once on the journey.

16.The one who received the five talents went and worked with them and made another five talents.

17.Likewise, the one who had two talents gained two more.

18.But the one who received the one talent went and dug in the earth and hid his master’s silver.

19.After a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20.The one who received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. Behold, I gained another five talents besides them.’

21.His master then told him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a little; I will give you charge over many things. Enter the joy of your master!’

22.And he who received two talents also approached and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents besides those.’

23.His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a little; I will give you charge over many things. Enter the joy of your master!’

24.Then, the one who had received one talent approached and said, ‘Master, I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you did not scatter,

25.and I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. Here, you have what is yours.’

26.Then his master answered and told him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter.

27.You ought to have deposited my silver with the bankers so that at my coming, I would receive what is mine with interest.

28.Take from him the talent, and give it to the one who has the ten talents!

29.To everyone who has, it shall be given, and he will have an abundance, and from him who doesn’t have, even what he has shall be taken from him.

30.And cast out the unprofitable servant into outer darkness!’ There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place!

31.“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, he will then sit on the throne of his glory,

32.and all nations will be gathered before him. And he’ll separate them from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,

33.and he’ll put the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

34.Then the king will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35.For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in;

36.naked, and you clothed me; sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’

37.Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you? Or thirsty, and gave you drink?

38.When did we see you a stranger and take you in? Or naked, and clothe you?

39.And when did we see you sick or in prison, and come to you?’

40.And the king will answer and say to them, ‘Truly, I tell you that as often as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41.Then he’ll say to those on the left, ‘Go away from me, you cursed, into the eternal flame that is prepared for the Accuser and his angels.

42.For I was hungry, and you did not give me food; I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink;

43.I was a stranger, and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’

44.Then these will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?’

45.Then will he answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I tell you that as often as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

46.And these will go away to everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Matthew 26

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1. And it came to pass, when Jesus finished all these sayings, that he told his disciples,

2.You know that after two days is the Passover, and then the Son of man will be handed over to be crucified.”

3. At that time, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people were gathered together in the palace of the chief priest named Caiaphas,

4.and they took counsel together as to how they might take Jesus with guile and kill him.

5. But they said, “Not during the feast, that there not be an uproar among the people.”

6. Now, while Jesus was in Bethany, in Simon the leper’s house,

7.there came to him a woman with an alabaster bottle containing precious perfume, and she poured it upon his head as he reclined at the table.

8. But when his disciples saw it, they became indignant, saying, “Why this waste?

9.This perfume might have been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor!”

10. But when Jesus became aware of it, he said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she’s done a good work for me.

11.You always have the poor with you, but you don’t always have me.

12.She has poured this perfume on my body to prepare me for the burial.

13.Truly, I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she’s done will also be spoken of, in memory of her.”

14. Then one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15.and said, “What will you give me, and I will give him over to you?” And they made a deal with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16. And from that time, he started looking for an opportunity to betray him.

17. Now, on the first day of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”

18. He said, “Go into the city to such and such a man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’”

19. And so, the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and they made ready the Passover.

20. Then, when it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve,

21.and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I tell you that one of you will betray me.”

22. And being very grieved, they began, each one of them, to say to him, “I’m not the one, am I, Master?”

23. He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with me in the bowl, he will betray me.

24.The Son of man is going away, just as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were good for him if that man had not been born.”

25. Then Judas, the one who betrayed him, answered and said, “I’m not the one, am I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You said it yourself.”

26. Now, while they were eating, when Jesus had taken the bread and offered thanks, he broke it and began giving it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.”

27. And when he had taken the cup and given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “All of you drink of it,

28.for this is my blood, the blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

29.But I tell you that from now on, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it with you in a new way in the kingdom of my Father.”

30. And after they sang a song of praise, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31. Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight, you will all be offended because of me, for it is written, ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32.But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33. Then Peter answered and told him, “Though all shall be offended in you, I shall never be offended!”

34. Jesus told him, “Truly, I tell you that, this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

35. Peter said to him, “Even if with you I have to die, I will never deny you!” And then all the disciples started saying likewise.

36. Jesus then went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit in this place while I go over there and pray.”

37. And then, taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to feel grieved and distressed.

38. Then Jesus said to them, “My soul is grieved to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.”

39. Then, going on a little farther, he fell on his face, praying, and saying, “O my Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

40. And then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “How is it that you weren’t able to watch with me one hour?

41.Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42. Again, a second time he went away and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if this cup cannot pass from me unless I drink it, your will be done.”

43. And when he came back, he found them sleeping again, for their eyes were heavy.

44. And leaving them, he went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing.

45. Then he came to his disciples and said to them, “Still sleeping, and getting your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into sinners’ hands.

46.Get up. Let’s go. Behold, the one who betrayed me is near.”

47. And while he was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a large multitude, with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48. Now, the one who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss is the man. Arrest him.”

49. And he went up at once to Jesus, and said, “Hello, Rabbi.” And he kissed him affectionately.

50. Then Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” At that moment, they came forward, laid hands on Jesus, and arrested him.

51. And, behold, one of those with Jesus reached with his hand, pulled out his sword, and, striking the servant of the high priest, took off his ear.

52. Jesus then told him, “Put your sword back in its place! All who take up a sword will die by a sword.

53.Do you think that I can’t call on my Father right now, and He will send me more than twelve legions of angels?

54.But in that case, how would the scriptures be fulfilled? It has to be this way!”

55. In that hour, Jesus said to the crowd, “Did you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day, I sat with you, teaching in the temple, and you didn’t arrest me.

56.But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” At that, all the disciples forsook him and fled.

57. Then those who arrested Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

58. But Peter was following him from a distance, to the high priest’s courtyard, and going on inside, he sat with the officers to see the end.

59. Now, the chief priests, and the elders, and the whole Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,

60.but they found none; though many false witnesses came forward, they found none.

61. Finally, two false witnesses came forth and said, “This man said, ‘I have power to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it within three days.’”

62. And when the high priest had risen, he said to him, “Do you answer nothing? What is it that these men testify against you?”

63. But Jesus was silent. And the high priest answered and said to him, “I adjure you by the living God that you tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God!”

64. Jesus told him, “You said it yourself. Nevertheless, I tell you, later on, you’ll see the Son of man seated on the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65. At this, the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has blasphemed! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold! You have now heard his blasphemy!

66.What do you think?” And they answered and said, “He is worthy of death!”

67. Then they spat in his face and beat him, but others slapped him in the face,

68.saying, “Prophesy to us, O Messiah! Who is it that hit you?”

69. Now, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came up to him, saying, “You were definitely with Jesus of Galilee.”

70. But he denied him before them all, saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

71. But after he went out to the entranceway, another girl saw him, and she said to those who were there, “This man was definitely with Jesus the Nazarene.”

72. And he again denied it, with an oath, saying, “I don’t know the man!”

73. Then, a little while later, those standing there came up and said to Peter, “Surely, you are also one of them, for even your accent gives you away.”

74. Then he began to bind himself under a curse and to swear, “I don’t know the man!” And immediately, a rooster crowed.

75. And Peter was reminded of the saying Jesus had spoken to him: “Before a rooster crows, three times will you deny me.” And he went outside, and wept bitterly.

Matthew 27

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1. Now, when morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people reached a decision against Jesus, to put him to death,

2.and when they had tied him up, they led him away and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

3. Then, when Judas, the one who betrayed him, saw that he was condemned, he changed his mind and returned the silver pieces to the high priests and the elders,

4.saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You see to that.”

5. And he threw the silver pieces down in the temple and ran off, and went and hanged himself.

6. The high priests, taking the silver pieces, said, “It is not lawful to put these coins into the temple treasury, since it is blood-money.”

7. So when they had taken counsel, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a burial ground for foreigners.

8. Therefore, to this day, that field is called “The Field of Blood”.

9. Then was fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And I received thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one who had been priced, on whom the sons of Israel set a price,

10.and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

11. Now, Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, “You? You are the king of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You yourself are saying it.”

12. And when charges were brought against him by the high priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13. Upon that, Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”

14. And yet, he did not answer him with even one word, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

15. Now, at each feast,[43] the governor, by custom, released to the people one prisoner, whom they wanted,

16.and at that time, they had a notorious prisoner named Barabbas.

17. Then, when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you wish that I release to you? Barabbas or Jesus, who is called Messiah?”

18. (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.)

19. And as he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent a message to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man! I have suffered much in a dream because of him.”

20. Then the chief priests and elders convinced the people that they should ask for Barabbas, and that they should kill Jesus.

21. Then the governor continued and said to them, “Which of the two would you have me release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas!”

22. Pilate said to them, “What, then, shall I do with Jesus, who is called Messiah?” They all said to him, “Let him be crucified!”

23. But the governor said, “Why? What evil did he do?” But they began crying out even more, saying, “Let him be crucified!”

24. And seeing that he was getting nowhere and that the uproar was becoming greater, Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man! You yourselves see!”

25. And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children!”

26. At that, he released Barabbas to them, but he handed Jesus over to be crucified, after he had him flogged.

27. At that point, the governor’s soldiers, took Jesus to the praetorium[44], gathered the whole cohort[45] around him,

28.and when they had stripped him naked, they put a scarlet robe on him.

29. And when they had woven a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand, and they bowed before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30. And they spat on him, and took the reed and beat him on his head.

31. And when they had mocked him, they removed the robe from him and put his clothes on him, and then led him out to crucify him.

32. Now, as they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon, whom they forced to carry his cross.

33. And when they came to a place called “Golgotha” (which means “Place of a Skull”),

34.they gave him wine mixed with bitters, but after tasting it, he would not drink.

35. Then, when they had crucified him, they divided up his garments, casting lots for them.

36. And then, sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

37. And above his head they placed the charge against him, written: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

38. Then were two thieves crucified with him, one on the right, and one on the left.

39. Those passing by were reviling him, wagging their heads

40.and saying, “You who are going to tear down the temple and in three days raise it up, save yourself ! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”

41. And likewise the chief priests also, mocking him with the scribes and elders and Pharisees, kept saying,

42.“He saved others; himself, he cannot save! If he is the King of Israel, let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him!

43.He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, if He wants him! Didn’t he say, ‘I am God’s Son’? ”

44. And the thieves who were crucified with him were reviling him the same way.

45. Now, from the sixth hour on, darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour.

46. Then, about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli! Eli! Lema sabachthani?” (This means, “My God! My God! Why did you forsake me?”)

47. But when some of those standing there heard that, they they began to say, “He’s calling for Elijah!”

48. And immediately, one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine, and when he had put it on a reed, he gave him a drink.

49. But the others were saying, “Wait! Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50. Then Jesus, again crying out with a loud voice, let go the spirit.

51. And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, and the earth shook, and the rocks were split apart,

52.and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of saints who had fallen asleep were raised,

53.and after his resurrection, they came out of the tombs and entered into the holy city, and they were seen by many.

54. Now, the captain and those who were guarding Jesus with him, seeing the earthquake and the other things that happened, were very frightened and said, “This really was a god’s son!”

55. And there were many women there, looking on from a distance, who followed Jesus from Galilee and ministered to him,

56.among whom was Maria the Magdalene, and Maria the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

57. Now, when evening was come, a rich man named Joseph from Arimathea came, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.

58. This man approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate then commanded that the body be given him.

59. And when he had taken the body, Joseph wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth

60.and laid it in his new sepulcher that he had hewn in a rock, and after rolling a great stone to the entrance of the sepulcher, he went away.

61. And Maria the Magdalene and the other Maria were there, and they sat down opposite the tomb.

62. The next day, that is, after the Preparation, the high priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate,

63.saying, “Sir, we remember that while he was alive, that deceiver said, ‘After three days, I will arise.’

64.Therefore, command that the sepulcher be guarded until the third day, lest his disciples come at night and steal him away, and then tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and so, the last delusion be worse than the first.”

65. Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go make it as secure as you can.”

66. Then they went with a guard and made the sepulcher secure, sealing the stone.

Matthew 28

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1. Then, after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Maria the Magdalene came with the other Maria to see the tomb.

2. And behold, there had been a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord had descended from heaven. And when he came, he rolled the stone away from the entrance and sat on top of it.

3. His appearance was as lightning, and his clothing as white as snow,

4.and for fear of him, those keeping guard had trembled and had become like dead men.

5. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

6.He’s not here, for he is risen, just as he said. Come see the place where the Lord was laid.

7.And quickly now, go tell his disciples, ‘He is raised from the dead, and, behold, he is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you!”

8. And leaving the sepulcher quickly, with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples.

9. But as they went to carry the message to his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Good morning!”[46] And they came near and held his feet, and prostrated themselves before him.

10. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go your way. Carry the message to my brothers, that they should leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

11. Now, while they were on the way, behold, some of the guard went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.

12. And when they had gathered with the elders and taken counsel, they gave the soldiers a substantial amount of silver

13.and said, “You say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him as we slept.’

14.And if this is heard by the governor, we will persuade him and keep you out of trouble.”

15. So, taking the money, they did as they were instructed. And this rumor is spread by the Jews to this day.

16. Then the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.

17. And when they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some had their doubts.

18. And Jesus drew near and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me.

19.Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,

20.teaching them to keep everything that I command you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Amen.

End of the Gospel of Matthew


Footnotes

[1] Matthew omits three kings between Joram and Uzziah: Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah.

[2] The Greek word translated “of whom” is feminine and, therefore, refers to Mariam, not to Joseph.

[3] The name means, “Savior”.

[4] Isaiah 7:14.

[5] Micah 5:2.

[6] Hosea 11:1.

[7] Jeremiah 31:15.

[8] Source unknown. No extant prophecy of Christ makes that statement.

[9] Isaiah 40:3.

[10] The Greek word is usually translated “Devil”, but that word carries much baggage from Christian mythology and can be misleading. “Accuser” more accurately reflects Satan’s character and heavenly office. For more on the office Satan held in heaven, see my book, God Had a Son before Mary Did.

[11] There is no “the” before the word “son”, though most translations add one. If Satan did actually say “the son of God”, he meant that phrase only as the Jews meant it, that is, as a title for the Messiah. No one, including Satan, yet knew about the pre-existent Son of God, now walking on earth as the man, Jesus.

[12] Deuteronomy 8:3.

[13] Psalm 91:11—12.

[14] Deuteronomy 6:16.

[15] Deuteronomy 6:13.

[16] Or, “that John had been betrayed”.

[17] Isaiah 9:1—2.

[18] Often translated “James”. How “Jacobus” became “James” in English is not known, but even in the earliest English translations, those of Wycliff and Tyndall, it is already done.

[19] Exodus 20:13.

[20] Exodus 21:12.

[21] This is a term of abuse.

[22] Gehenna does not refer to hell but to the Lake of Fire, the final, eternal destination of the damned described in Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 14-15.

[23] Exodus 20:14.

[24] Deuteronomy 24:1.

[25] Numbers 30:2; Psalm 50:14.

[26] Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21.

[27] Leviticus 19:18.

[28] The source for this command is unknown. While Israel had many enemies and fought many bitter battles against them, God never commanded Israel to hate them. On the contrary, He exhorted them to be good to their enemies.

[29] Or, “Whosoever confesses in me before men, I will also confess in him”. Also, Luke 12:8.

[30] Or, “The kingdom of heaven is being treated violently from the days of John the Baptizer until now, and the violent are seizing upon it.”

[31] Some manuscripts have, “Isn’t this the Messiah, the Son of David?”.

[32] A dry “measure” equals about one-third of a bushel.

[33] The name Peter means “rock”.

[34] Or, “God have mercy on you!”

[35] This was a temple tax, not a Roman tax.

[36] A stater was worth four drachmas. This amount would pay the two drachma temple tax required of Jesus and of Peter.

[37] A denarius was what workers earned for a day’s labor.

[38] Nine o’clock in the morning.

[39] “Hosanna” is a Hebrew word that literally means, “Save (us)!” It is an exclamation of humble praise, extolling the power and authority of the one to whom it is directed.

[40] Despite many translations to the contrary, “Gehenna” is not a reference to hell, but to a far worse place, the Lake of Fire. For more on this, see my online book, What the Bible Really Says about Hell, at GoingtoJesus.com.

[41] Or, “saying, ‘I am the Messiah.’ ”

[42] Or “cut him in two ”.

[43] It is unclear whether this refers to every feast of the Jews or only to every Passover feast.

[44] That is, the governor’s headquarters.

[45] Various numbers are given by different sources, but it seems that a 480 soldiers were in a regular cohort. However, every Legion had what was called “the first cohort”, containing 800 soldiers, and that might have been the case here, since this cohort was stationed at the governor’s palace.

[46] This is a casual greeting meaning something like “Hello, there!”, or even “Shalom!”.

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The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1

1. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2. As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you,” and

3.“A voice crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight!’”

4. John was baptizing in the wilderness, and he was preaching a baptism of repentance for remission of sins,

5.and all the region of Judea, and those of Jerusalem, went out to him, and they were all being baptized in the Jordan River by him, confessing their sins.

6. And John was clothed with camel hair and a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

7. And he preached, saying, “He who is mightier than I is coming after me, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop to loosen.

8.I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with holy Spirit!”

9. Now, it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

10. And immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens being ripped open and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, descending upon him,

11.and a voice came from the heavens, saying, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

12. And immediately, the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.

13. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, and then the angels ministered to him.

14. Now, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the good news of the kingdom of God

15.and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand! Repent and believe the good news!”

16. And walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea, for they were fishermen,

17.and Jesus told them, “Follow me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.”

18. And immediately leaving their nets, they followed him.

19. And going on a little from there, he saw Jacobus the son of Zebedee and John his brother as they were mending the nets in the boat,

20.and immediately, he called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, they went after him.

21. And they entered Capernaum, and immediately, on the Sabbath, he went into the synagogue and taught.

22. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

23. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and it cried out,

24.saying, “Agh! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are — the holy one of God!”

25. But Jesus rebuked it, saying, “Shut up, and come out of him!”

26. And when the unclean spirit had shaken him, and cried out with a loud voice, it came out from him.

27. And all were so amazed that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this, that with authority he commands even the spirits that are unclean, and they obey him!”

28. And the news about him immediately went out into the whole region of Galilee.

29. And immediately after they went out of the synagogue, they went into the home of Simon and Andrew, with Jacobus and John.

30. And Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, burning with fever. And immediately they spoke to him about her.

31. And when he had come to her, he lifted her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever immediately left her, and she began to wait on them.

32. And when it was dusk, as the sun went down, they began to carry to him all who were sick and who were demon-possessed,

33.and the whole city was gathered at the door.

34. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and he did not allow the demons to say that they knew him.

35. And very early in the morning, while it was yet dark, he got up and went out, and he went away to a secluded place, and there he began to pray.

36. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,

37.and when they found him, they told him, “Everybody’s looking for you.”

38. And he told them, “Let’s go to the neighboring towns so I can preach there, too; that’s why I’ve come.”

39. And so, he continued preaching in their synagogues in all Galilee, and casting out demons.

40. And there came to him a leper, pleading with him, and falling on his knees, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”

41. Then Jesus, deeply moved, Jesus, stretched forth his hand and touched him, and told him, “I do want to. Be clean!”

42. And when he spoke, the leprosy immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed.

43. And after he sternly warned him, he immediately sent him away,

44.and he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything. But go! Show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”

45. But after he went out, he began to proclaim it greatly and to broadcast the word so widely that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city, and so, he was out in desolate places, and they came to him from every quarter.

Mark 2

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1. And he entered again into Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that he was at home.

2. And immediately, so many were gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he began to preach to them.

3. And some came to him bringing a paralytic, borne by four men.

4. But being unable to get close to him because of the crowd, they removed the roof where he was, and after digging through, they lowered the pallet on which the paralyzed man lay.

5. Then Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

6. Now, there were some of the scribes sitting there, and they were reasoning in their hearts,

7. “Why is this man speaking blasphemies like this? Who, except God alone, can forgive sins?”

8. But Jesus, immediately perceiving in his spirit that they were reasoning this way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about those things in your hearts?

9.Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and take up your pallet and walk’?

10.But that you may know that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth,” — he said to the paralytic,

11.“I tell you to get up, and take up your pallet, and go on home.”

12. And he got up immediately, and picking up his pallet, he went out before them all, so that they were all astonished, and they glorified God, saying, “We have never seen the like!”

13. And he went out again by the sea, and the whole multitude came to him, and he was teaching them.

14. And as he was passing on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax station, and he said to him, “You follow me.” And so, he rose up and followed him.

15. And it came to pass that, as he was reclining at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners reclined with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they followed him.

16. And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing him eating with tax collectors and sinners, said to his disciples, “Why is it that he is eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?”

17. And upon hearing this, Jesus said to them, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”

18. And the disciples of John and those of the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and said to him, “Why is it that the disciples of John and those of the Pharisees fast, but disciples who belong to you do not fast?”

19. Jesus said to them, “The bridegroom’s attendants can’t fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast.

20.But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then, in those days, they’ll fast.

21.And no one sews a patch of new cloth onto an old garment, lest its new filler tears away from the old, and the tear is made worse.

22.And no one pours new wine into old wineskins, lest the new wine bursts the wineskins, and the wine is spilled and the wineskins will be ruined. Instead, new wine is poured into new wineskins.”

23. And it came to pass that he went along during the Sabbath through the grain fields, and as his disciples made their way, they began plucking the heads of grain.

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

25. And he told them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need, and hungry, he and those with him,

26.how he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of the Presence, which isn’t lawful to eat, except for the priests, and he even gave some to those who were with them?”

27. And then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

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

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1. And he went again into the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

2. And they were watching him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, that they might bring an accusation against him.

3. And he told the man who had the hand that was withered, “Get up in the midst!”

4.And then he asked them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do harm? To save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

5. And when he had looked around on them with anger, being grieved at the hardness of their heart, he told the man, “Stretch out your hand!” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored, as healthy as the other one.

6. And the Pharisees went out immediately and began to take counsel against him with the Herodians, how they might destroy him.

7. And Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee and from Judea followed him,

8.and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from the other side of the Jordan, and some from around Tyre and Sidon; a great multitude came to him, having heard of the things he did.

9. And he told his disciples that a small boat should be made ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him,

10.for he had healed so many that everyone with illnesses pressed upon him, to touch him.

11. And when unclean spirits saw him, they fell before him and cried out, saying, “You are the son of God!”

12. But he kept repeatedly and sternly charged them, that they not make him known.

13. And he went up on the mountain and called for those he wanted, and they came to him.

14. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him and that he should send them out to preach,

15.and to have authority to heal diseases and to cast out demons:

16.Namely, Simon, whom he surnamed, “Peter”,

17.and Jacobus the son of Zebedee and John the brother of Jacobus, whom he surnamed Boanerges (which means, “sons of thunder”),

18.and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and Jacobus the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

19.and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

And they went home.

20. And the multitude came together again, so that they could not even eat bread.

21. And when his kinsmen heard of it, they came out to take him, for they were saying, “He’s lost his mind.”

22. And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul” and “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

23. And when he had called them to him, he began to say in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?

24.And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25.And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26.And if Satan is risen up against himself, he is likewise divided; he cannot stand, but is finished.

27.No one who enters a strong man’s house can plunder his goods unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.

28.Truly, I tell you that all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies that they might utter,

29.but whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit has no forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”

30. (He said this because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”)

31. Then his brothers and mother came, and standing outside, they sent word to him, calling for him.

32. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Behold! Your mother, and your brothers, and your sisters are outside looking for you.”

33. And he answered them, saying, “Who is my mother, or my brothers?”

34. And then, looking at those seated all around him, he said, “Behold! Here are my mother and my brothers!

35.For whoever does the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

Mark 4

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1. And he began to teach by the sea again. And such a large crowd was gathered around him that he boarded a boat to sit in the sea, and the whole multitude was on land, facing the sea.

2. And he taught them with many parables, and he said to them in his teaching,

3.“Listen! Behold, the sower went out to sow,

4.and it happened that as he sowed, it fell along the path, and the birds came and gobbled it up.

5.But another fell on a rocky place where it didn’t have much soil, and it immediately sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.

6.But after the sun arose, it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered.

7.And another seed fell into thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it out, and it produced no crop.

8.And another fell into good soil and produced fruit, coming up, and growing, and bearing: one, thirtyfold; and one, sixtyfold; and one, a hundredfold.”

9. And then he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

10. Then, when he was all alone, those around him, with the twelve, questioned him about the parable.

11. And he told them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, everything is in parables,

12.in order that ‘seeing, they may see but shall not perceive, and hearing, they may hear, but they shall not understand, lest they repent and their sins be forgiven.’”

13. And then he said to them, “You don’t understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parables?

14.The sower sows the word.

15.These are the ones along the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes the word away that has been sown in their hearts.

16.And likewise, these who are sown on rocky places are they who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy,

17.but they have no root within themselves. They endure but for a while, and then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they’re offended.

18.And as for the ones sown among the thorns, these are they who hear the word,

19.but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in, choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

20.And as for the ones who were sown onto good soil, they are those who hear the word and welcome it, and bear fruit: one, thirtyfold; one, sixtyfold; and one, a hundredfold.”

21. And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a bushel or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand?

22.There is nothing secret except to be revealed, nor hidden away but that it shall come to light.

23.If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

24. And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear. By what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and to you who hear, more will be added.

25.For whoever has, it shall be given to him, and he who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”

26. And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man casts seed on the ground,

27.and though he sleeps and rises night and day, he doesn’t know how the seed sprouts and grows.

28.For the earth bears fruit by itself; first a blade, then a head, and then ripe grain in the head.

29.But as soon as the crop allows, he sends in the sickle because the harvest has come.”

30. And he said, “To what should we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison should we compare it?

31.It is much the same as a mustard seed, which, when scattered on the earth, is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,

32.but when it is sown, it grows and becomes the greatest of all garden plants, and it produces branches so large that the birds of the air can nest in its shade.”

33. And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as much as they were able to hear.

34. But without a parable, he would not speak to them, but when alone with his disciples, he explained everything.

35. And that same day, when it was evening, he said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.”

36. And dismissing the crowd, they took him, as he was, in the boat, and other little boats were there with it.

37. And there was a great windstorm, and the waves broke over the boat so that it was now filling up.

38. And yet, he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow, and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to die?”

39. And waking up, he commanded the wind and said to the sea, “Silence! Be quiet!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40. And he said to them, “Why are you afraid like this? How is it that you don’t have faith?”

41. And they were terrified, and began saying to one other, “Who in the world is this man, that even the wind and the sea obey him!”

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1. And they went to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gadarenes.

2. And when he got out of the boat, a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit immediately came toward him,

3.who made his home among the tombs, and no one could bind him, not even with chains.

4. Often, when he was bound with shackles and chains, the chains were torn apart by him, and the shackles were broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to control him.

5. And night and day, on the mountains and in the tombs, he was all the time crying out and cutting himself with stones.

6. And seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell down before him,

7.and crying with a loud voice, he said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the highest God? I adjure you by God, don’t torment me!”

8. (For he had started to say to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”)

9. And he began asking him, “What’s your name?” And he answered, saying, “Legion is my name, for we are many.”

10. And he begged him earnestly, that he would not send them out of the region.

11. Now, there was a great herd of swine there near the mountain, feeding,

12.and so, all the demons pleaded with him, saying, “Send us into the swine, so that we may enter into them.”

13. And immediately, Jesus gave them permission. And when the unclean spirits had come out, they entered into the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the sea (there were about two thousand), and they drowned in the sea.

14. And the swineherds fled, and in the city and in the countryside, they reported everything, and they came out to see what it was that had happened.

15. And coming to Jesus, they saw the possessed man — the one who had Legion — sitting, clothed, and in a right mind, and they were afraid.

16. And those who had seen how it happened to the demon-possessed man described it to them, and about the swine.

17. And they began to entreat him to go away from their borders.

18. And when he had boarded the boat, the one who had been demon-possessed kept begging him, that he might be with him.

19. But Jesus did not allow him, but said to him, “Go home to your relatives and report to them what things the Lord has done for you, and showed you mercy.”

20. And so, he went away and began to preach in Decapolis what things Jesus did for him, and everyone was amazed.

21. And when Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side, many people gathered around him, and he was by the sea.

22. And behold, one of the synagogue rulers named Jairus came, and when he saw him, he fell at his feet.

23. And he begged him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death! Come that you might lay hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live!”

24. And he went with him, and a large crowd followed him, and they thronged him.

25. And there was a certain woman who had lived with a discharge of blood twelve years,

26.and she had suffered much at the hands of many physicians, and had used up everything that she had, and was not helped at all, but rather grew worse.

27. She heard about Jesus, and coming through the crowd from behind, she touched his garment,

28.for she was saying, “If I but touch his garments, I’ll be healed.”

29. And immediately, her flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she had been healed of her disease.

30. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that power had gone out from him, and turning around in the crowd, began to say, “Who touched my garments?”

31. And his disciples told him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you, and you say, ‘Who touched me’?”

32. But he kept looking around to see her who had done this.

33. Then the woman, fearful and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him, and she told him the whole truth.

34. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole. Go your way in peace, and be healed from your disease.”

35. While he was still speaking, some came from the house of the synagogue ruler, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any longer?”

36. But immediately when Jesus heard what was spoken, he said to the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”

37. And he did not allow anyone to come with him except Peter, and Jacobus, and John the brother of Jacobus.

38. And he went to the synagogue ruler’s house, and he saw a tumult, people weeping and wailing loudly.

39. And when he entered, he told them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”

40. And they laughed at him. But after putting them all out, he took the father of the child, and the mother, and those with him, and entered in to where the child lay.

41. And then taking the child’s hand, he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I tell you, rise up.”

42. And immediately, the girl stood up and walked around (for she was twelve years old), and they were beside themselves with great amazement.

43. And he commanded them sternly not to let anyone know about it, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

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1. And he left there and went to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.

2. And when it was the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were shocked, saying, “Where does he get these things? And what is this wisdom that is given to him, and such miracles that are done by his hands?

3.Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mariam and the brother of Jacobus, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? And aren't his sisters here with us?” And they were offended in him.

4. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown, and among relatives, and in his home.”

5. And he could not do a single miracle there, except that he laid hands on a few sick folk and healed them.

6. And he marveled because of their unbelief.

And he went about the surrounding villages, teaching.

7. And he called for the twelve, and he began to send them out two by two, and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

8. And he commanded them that they should take nothing for a journey except a staff only — no bag, no bread, nor a coin in your belt —

9.but sandals you have worn, and, he added, “Don’t put on two tunics.”

10. And he said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that place.

11.And whosoever will not receive you or hear you, when you go out of that place, shake off the dirt beneath your feet as a testimony to them. Truly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable in the Day of Judgment for Sodom or Gomorrah than for that city.”

12. And so, they went out and began preaching that people should repent,

13.and they cast out many demons, and anointed many sick folk with oil and healed them.

14. And King Herod heard of him, for his name had become well-known, and he said, “John the Baptizer has risen from the dead, and that is why the miracles work in him.”

15. Others were saying that he was Elijah, but others were saying that he was a prophet like one of the prophets,

16.but when Herod heard of him, he said, “This is the same John whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!”

17. For Herod himself had sent and and arrested John, and had bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for he had married her,

18.for John kept telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!”

19. And Herodias held a grudge against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not,

20.for Herod was afraid of John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and he protected him, and when he heard him, he did many things, and he liked to hear him.

21. But an opportunity for her arose when Herod made a feast on his birthday for his chief officials, the captains of a thousand, and the leading men of Galilee,

22.and the daughter of this Herodias came in and danced. And when she pleased Herod and those banqueting with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you desire, and I will grant it to you.”

23. And he made an oath to her: “Whatever you ask of me, I will grant you, up to half of my kingdom!”

24. So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for myself?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptizer.”

25. And immediately hurrying in to the king, she asked, saying, “I want you to give me, right now, on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer.”

26. And the king was deeply grieved, yet because of the oaths, and those feasting with him, he would not refuse her.

27. And immediately, the king sent an executioner and commanded that his head be brought in.

28. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

29. And when his disciples heard of this, they came and took the corpse away and laid it in a tomb.

30. And the apostles came together to Jesus and brought him a report about everything, both the things they had done and the things they had taught.

31. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no time even to eat.

32. So they left by boat for a secluded place by themselves.

33. But many saw them leaving, and they recognized him, and they rushed out together on foot from all the near-by towns and went ahead of them, and they came together to him.

34. And when Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd, and he was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, he began to teach them many things.

35. The hour being late by this time, his disciples approached him and said, “This is an isolated place, and the time is now late.

36.Send them away so they may go to the surrounding villages and towns and buy bread for themselves, for they don’t have anything to eat.”

37. But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” But they told him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?”

38. But he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they told him, “Five loaves, and two fish.”

39. And he commanded them to have everyone sit for a meal by groups on the green grass.

40. And in ranks of hundreds and fifties, they sat down for a meal.

41. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up toward heaven, blessed them, and broke the loaves into pieces, and then he began giving pieces to his disciples so that they might set them before them. He also divided the two fish to everyone.

42. And they all ate and were filled,

43.and they took up of the broken pieces twelve small baskets full, and of the fish.

44. And there were five thousand men who ate the loaves.

45. And immediately, he had his disciples to board the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he himself dismissed the crowd.

46. And after he bade them farewell, he went away to the mountain to pray.

47. And when evening was come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land.

48. And he saw them struggling as they rowed, for the wind was against them, and about the fourth watch of the night, he went to them walking on the sea, and he intended to pass by them.

49. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost, and they cried aloud,

50.for they all saw him, and they were terrified. And immediately, he spoke with them and said to them, “Take heart! It’s me! Don't be afraid.”

51. And he went up into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astonished within themselves and were wondering,

52.for they did not understand about the loaves, for their heart was hardened.

53. And when they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret, and they drew to shore.

54. And immediately when they got out of the boat, people recognized him,

55.and they hurried around to that whole area, and they began carrying those who were sick on pallets to the place they heard he was.

56. And wherever he would go, to villages, or cities, or the countryside, they laid the feeble down in the marketplaces, and they begged him that they might touch the fringe of his garment, and everyone who touched it was made whole.

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1. And the Pharisees and certain of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered together to him.

2. And when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed hands, they found fault.

3.(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat if they have not washed their hands up to the elbow, keeping the tradition of the elders.

4.And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they have washed themselves. And there are many other things they have received to observe, such as the cleansing of cups, and pots, and copper vessels, and dining couches.)

5. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

6. He answered and said to them, “Isaiah prophesied well concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7.In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines commandments of men.’

8.For leaving off the commandment of God, you hold fast the tradition of men, such as the washing of pots and cups, and you do a lot of things like that.”

9. And then he told them, “How neatly you set aside the commandment of God to keep your tradition!

10.Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who curses father or mother shall be put to death.’

11.But you! You say, ‘He is innocent, if a man says to his father or his mother, “Whatever I have by which you might have been helped is Corban” (that is, a donation for the temple), ’

12.and so, you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,

13.making the word of God of no effect by your tradition that you hand down. And you do a lot of things like that!”

14. And he called the whole multitude to him and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand!

15.There is nothing outside a man that can defile him by entering into him, but things that come out of him! Those things are what defiles a man!

16.If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

17. And when he had entered into a house away from the crowd, his disciples began questioning him about this parable.

18. And he told them, “Are you without understanding, too? Don’t you see that everything that goes into a man from the outside can’t defile him

19.because it doesn’t go into his heart, but into the belly, and then it goes out into the latrine, making all foods clean?”

20. Then he said, “That which comes out of a man, that defiles a man!

21.For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed bad thoughts, adulteries, immoral acts, murders,

22.thefts, covetousness, evil deeds, deceitfulness, indecent conduct, an evil eye, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness.

23.All these evil things proceed from within, and they defile a man!”

24. And he got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, not wanting anyone to know, but he could not be hidden.

25. For instance, when a woman heard about him whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, she came and fell down at his feet,

26.but she was a Gentile, a Syro-Phoenician by birth. And she kept begging him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

27. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first. For it’s not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

28. Then she answered and told him, “That’s right, Master. And yet, the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”

29. And he said to her, “Because of this saying, go your way. The demon is gone out of your daughter.”

30. And when she went to her house, she found the demon gone and her daughter lying in bed.

31. Then, leaving the borders of Tyre and Sidon, he went again to the Sea of Galilee, within the borders of Decapolis.

32. And they brought him a deaf man who had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.

33. And taking him away from the crowd by himself, he put his fingers in his ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue,

34.and looking up toward heaven, he groaned and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”)

35. And immediately, his ears were opened, and the bondage of his tongue was ended, and he began to speak plainly.

36. And he commanded them to say nothing, but as much as he commanded them, all the more they proclaimed it.

37. And they were completely astounded, saying, “He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!”

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1. In those days, there was an unusually large multitude, and they having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and told them,

2.“I feel compassion for the people because they’ve continued with me three days now, and they don’t have anything to eat,

3.and if I send them away to their home fasting, they will give out on the way, for some of them have come from far away.”

4. And his disciples answered him, “How can anyone satisfy these people with bread here in an isolated place?”

5. And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”

6. And he directed the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and after he gave thanks, he broke the bread and began giving it to his disciples to set before them, and they set it before the multitude.

7. They also had a few small fish, and when he had blessed them, he told his disciples to set them out, too.

8. Then they ate and were filled. Then they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.

9. Now, they were about four thousand who ate. And then he sent them away.

10. And immediately, he got in the boat with his disciples and went to the territory of Dalmanutha.

11. And the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, testing him.

12. But he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I tell you, let me be damned[1] if a sign will be given to this generation!”

13. Then getting away from them, he boarded the boat again, and went away to the other side.

14. Now, they had forgotten to bring bread, and except for one loaf, they had none with them in the boat.

15. And he warned them, saying, “Watch out. Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”

16. And they began talking with one another, saying, “We have no bread.”

17. And when Jesus knew this, he told them, “Why are you talking about not having bread? Don’t you yet know, or understand? Do you still have your hardened heart?

18.Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And don’t you remember?

19.When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many little baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”

20. And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?” And they said, “Seven.”

21. Then he said to them, “How do you not understand?”

22. Then he went to Bethsaida. And they brought him a blind man, and they begged him to touch him.

23. And taking the blind man’s hand, he led him out of the village. And he spat into his eyes, and when he had laid his hands on him, he asked him if he could see anything.”

24. And when he looked up, he said, “I see men, for I see something like trees walking around!”

25. Then he laid hands on his eyes again, and made him look up. And his sight was restored, and he saw everyone very clearly.

26. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Don’t go into the village or tell anybody in the village.”

27. Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way, he questioned his disciples, saying to them, “Who are men saying I am?”

28. And they answered, “John the Baptizer, and others say Elijah, and others, one of the prophets.”

29. And he then said to them, “And you? Who do you say I am?” Peter answered and told him, “You are the Messiah.”

30. And he warned them that they should say this about him to anyone.

31. And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be repudiated by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days, to rise again,

32.and he was speaking this plainly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33. But, turning around and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan! Your mind isn’t on the things of God, but the things of men!”

34. And summoning the multitude along with his disciples, he said to them, “Whoever wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me!

35.For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his own life for my sake and for the gospel, he will save it.

36.For what does it benefit a man if he should gain the whole world and his soul is forfeited?

37.Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

38.Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Mark 9

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1. And he said to them, “Truly, I tell you that some of those who stand here will not taste of death until they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

2. And after six days, Jesus took Peter, and Jacobus, and John, and he led them up on a high mountain by themselves, alone. And he was transformed before them,

3.and his garments became radiant, bright white like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten.

4. And Elijah appeared to them, with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

5. And Peter answered and told Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here, and we will make three tabernacles; you one, and Moses one, and Elijah one!”

6. (He did not know what he should say, for they were terrified.)

7. And then a cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and there came a voice from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”

8. And all of a sudden, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus, alone, with them.

9. Then, as they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them to inform no one about the things they had seen, except at such time as the Son of Man rises from the dead.

10. And so, they kept the matter to themselves, debating with one another what it means to “rise from the dead”.

11. And they began to ask him, saying, “The scribes say that Elijah has to come first…”

12. He answered and said to them, “Elijah certainly comes first to restore all things. And yet, how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

13.Nevertheless, I tell you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”

14. And when he had come to his disciples, he saw a large multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them.

15. And when they saw him, the whole crowd immediately became very excited, and running up, they began to greet him.

16. Then he asked the scribes, “What are you debating with them?”

17. And out of the crowd, one answered and said, “Teacher, I brought you my son who has a dumb spirit.

18.And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, and gnashes his teeth, and gets stiff. And I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they couldn’t.”

19. Then he answered him, saying, “O faithless generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.”

20. And they brought him to him. And when it saw him, the spirit immediately threw him into a convulsion, and he fell on the ground and began rolling about, foaming at the mouth.

21. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “Since he was a child,

22.and it has often thrown him into fire and into water to destroy him. But if you can do something, help us! Have pity on us!”

23. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

24. And immediately, the father of the child cried out with tears, “Sir, I believe! Help my unbelief!”

25. Then Jesus, when he saw that a multitude was running together toward him, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you to come out of him, and enter into him no more!”

26. And when it had cried out and convulsed him terribly, it came out, and he became so like a dead man that many said he was dead.

27. But Jesus took his hand and raised him up, and he stood up.

28. And after he went home, his disciples asked him privately, “How is it we couldn’t cast it out?”

29. And he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer and fasting.”

30. And they went out from there, traveling throughout Galilee, and he did not want anyone to know.

31. For he was teaching his disciples, and he kept on telling them, “The Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him, but after he is killed, on the third day, he will rise again.”

32. But they did not understand this saying, and they were afraid to question him.

33. And he went to Capernaum, and when he was home, he asked them, “What were you discussing among yourselves on the way?”

34. But they stayed quiet, for on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.

35. And so, after he sat down, he called the twelve, and he said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must become last of all, and a servant of all.”

36. And when he had taken a little child, he stood it in their midst, and taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

37. “Whoever receives one of such children in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me doesn’t receive me, but the One who sent me.”

38. Then John answered him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name who isn’t following us, and we stopped him, since he’s not following us.”

39. But Jesus said, “Don’t hinder him, for there’s no one who will work a miracle in my name and then be able to quickly speak evil of me.

40.He who isn’t against you is for you.

41.Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you truly, he will by no means lose his reward.

42.And as for whosoever offends one of the little ones who believe in me, it is good rather for him if a stone from a mill is placed around his neck and he be cast into the sea.

43.And if your hand should offend you, cut it off ! It’s better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire,

44.where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

45.And if your foot should offend you, cut it off ! It’s better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be cast into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire,

46.where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

47.And if your eye should offend you, pluck it out! It’s better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be cast into fiery Gehenna,

48.where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

49.Everybody will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.

50.Salt is good, but if the salt loses its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Mark 10

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1. And from there, he got up and went into the borders of Judea, by way of the other side of Jordan. And again, multitudes flocked to him; and again, as was his custom, he began to teach them.

2. And Pharisees, coming up to him, asked him if it was lawful for a husband to divorce a wife, tempting him.

3. But he answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”

4. Then they replied, “Moses allowed for a man to write a certificate of separation, and to divorce.”

5. And Jesus answered and told them, “He wrote that commandment for you because of the hardness of your heart,

6.but from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

7.‘For this reason shall a man forsake his father and mother, and be joined to his wife

8.and they two shall be one body.’ Therefore, they are no longer two, but one body.

9.So then, what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

10. And when he was at home again, his disciples asked him about this.

11. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman is committing adultery against her,

12.and if a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

13. And they were bringing little children to him so that he might touch them, but his disciples began to rebuke those who brought them.

14. Then when Jesus saw that, he became indignant, and he said to them, “You let the children come to me! Don’t stop them, for of such is the kingdom of God!

15.Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter into it.”

16. And when he had taken them up in his arms and laid hands on them, he began blessing them.

17. And as he was going out to the road, one ran up to him and fell on his knees, asking him, “Good teacher, what shall I do, that I might inherit eternal life?”

18. But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except One, that is, God.

19.You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; Do not murder; Do not steal; Do not bear false witness; Do not defraud; Honor your father and mother.”

20. Then he answered and said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth.”

21. Then Jesus, looking intently at him, loved him, and he said to him, “There is one thing lacking in you. Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and then, when you have taken up the cross, come, follow me.”

22. But he was appalled at this statement, and he went away feeling heavy, for he had many possessions.

23. Then looking around, Jesus told his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”

24. And the disciples were astonished at his words. Then Jesus again answered and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.

25.It is easier for a camel to enter into the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

26. Then they became even more astounded, saying to each other, “Who, then, can be saved?”

27. And with an intense look, Jesus told them, “With men, it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.”

28. Peter began to tell him, “Behold, we’ve left everything and followed you!”

29. Jesus answered and said, “Truly, I tell you, there is no one who has left home, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel,

30.but that he will receive a hundredfold now, in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands — with persecutions — and in the world that is coming, eternal life.

31.Many who are first shall be last, and the last, first.”

32. Then they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going on ahead of them, and they marveled, and were afraid as they followed. And taking the twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him:

33.“Behold, we’re going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they’ll condemn him to death and turn him over to the Gentiles.

34.And they’ll mock him, and scourge him, spit on him, and kill him, and on the third day, he’ll rise again.”

35. And Jacobus and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us what we ask.”

36. He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”

37. They told him, “Let us sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in your glory.”

38. But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I’m baptized with? ”

39. Then they told him, “We are able!” And Jesus told them, “You will surely drink the cup that I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism that I’m baptized with,

40.but to sit on my right or left isn’t mine to give; it’s for those for whom it is prepared.”

41. And when the ten heard this, they started to be indignant with Jacobus and John,

42.but Jesus called them near and told them, “You know that those regarded as rulers among the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men bear heavy rule over them.

43.It is not to be that way among you; on the contrary, whoever would be great among you shall be your servant,

44.and whoever of you wants to be first will be a slave to all,

45.for even the Son of man didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

46. And they came to Jericho, and as he was leaving Jericho, along with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a son of Timaeus (Bar-Timaeus the Blind) was sitting by the road, begging.

47. And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “O Son of David! Jesus! Have mercy on me!”

48. And many began rebuking him, to make him quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!”

49. Then Jesus stopped and said for him to be called. And so, they called the blind man, saying to him, “Cheer up! Get up! He’s calling for you.”

50. Then he threw off his garment, stood up, and came to Jesus.

51. And Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man told him, “Rabbi, that I might see again.”

52. Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way! Your faith has made you whole.” And immediately, he received sight, and began following Jesus on the road.

Mark 11

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1. And when they were drawing near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

2.and told them, “Go on to the village that’s ahead of you, and immediately when you go into it, you’ll find a colt tied, on which no man has sat. Untie him, and bring him to me.

3.And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’, tell him, ‘The Master has need of him.’ And immediately, he will send him here.”

4. So they went away, and outside in the street, they found a colt tied by a door, and they untied him.

5. And some of those standing there were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”

6. They answered them just as Jesus had commanded, and they gave them permission.

7. Then they brought the colt to Jesus, and they put their garments on him, and he sat upon him.

8. And many strewed their garments on the road, but others began cutting leafy branches off the trees and spreading them on the road.

9. And those who were going before him, and those following, kept on crying out, saying, “Hosannah! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

10.Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosannah in the highest!”

11. And Jesus entered Jerusalem, and went to the temple. And when he had looked all around, it already being evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

12. And the next day, as they came from Bethany, he grew hungry.

13. And seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to it, if perhaps he might find something on it. But when he had gone to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not time for figs.

14. And Jesus answered and said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And his disciples were listening.

15. And they went into Jerusalem, and when Jesus had gone into the temple, he began to cast out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those selling doves,

16.and he would not let anyone carry a thing through the temple.

17. And he began teaching them, saying, “Isn’t it written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of thieves’?”

18. And the scribes and chief priests heard him, and they continued looking for a way to destroy him, but they were afraid of him because all the multitude were astonished at his teaching.

19. And when it was evening, he departed out the city.

20. And early in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree was withered from the roots.

21. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed is dried up!”

22. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

23.For truly, I tell you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, then whatever he says will be his.

24.That is why I say to you that all things whatsoever you might ask when praying, believe that you receive them, and they will be yours.

25.And when you stand, praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven might forgive you for your trespasses.

26.But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

27. And they went again into Jerusalem, and as he walked about in the temple, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders came to him,

28.and they said to him, “By what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?”

29. Jesus answered and told them, “I will also ask of you one thing, and you answer me, and then I’ll tell you by what authority I do these things.

30.The baptism of John — was it from heaven or from men? Answer me!”

31. And they began reasoning with each other, saying, “If we say ‘from heaven’, he will say, ‘Why, then, didn’t you believe him?’

32.On the other hand, if we say ‘from men’ ” — they were afraid of the people, for everyone held of John that he truly was a prophet.

33. And so, answering, they told Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and told them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Mark 12

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1. And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, and he made a hedged all around, and dug a wine trough, and built a watchtower, and leased it to vine-dressers, and then went on a journey.

2.And he dispatched a servant to the tenants in due season, so that he might receive from the tenants some of the fruit of the vineyard.

3.But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away him empty-handed.

4.And again, he sent another servant to them, and they threw stones at that one, wounding him in the head, and they sent him away, shamefully treated.

5.And again he sent another, and they killed that one. And he sent many others; some they beat, and some they killed.

6.So, yet having an only son, dear to him, he at last sent him also to them, saying, ’They will respect my son.’

7.But those vine-dressers said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come on! Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’

8.And they seized him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

9.So now, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants give the vineyard to others.

10.Have you not even read this scripture? ‘The stone that the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner.

11.This is from the Lord, and it is astonishing in our eyes.’ ”

12. And they were wanting to arrest him, for they knew that he spoke the parable against them, but they were afraid of the multitude, and so they left him and went away.

13. And they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians against him, to entrap him in conversation.

14. Then those who came said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and are partial to no one, for you do not regard the status of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay tax to Caesar, or not?

15.Should we pay, or should we not pay?” But he, discerning their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius so I can see it.”

16. So, they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.”

17. Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were dumbfounded at him.

18. And Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection, came to him and put a question to him, saying,

19.“Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if someone’s brother dies and leaves behind a wife, but leaves no children, then his brother should take his wife and should raise seed up for his brother.

20.There were seven brothers, and the first took a wife, and when he died, he left no offspring.

21.And then the second took her, and he died and left no offspring either, and the third likewise.

22.And the seven took her, and left no seed. Last of all, the woman died, too.

23.In the resurrection, when they are resurrected, which one’s wife will she be? For seven had her as wife.”

24. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Aren’t you deceived, knowing neither the scriptures nor the power of God?

25.When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.

26.But concerning the dead, that they are raised, haven’t you read in the book of Moses how that God spoke to him at the bush and said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?

27.He is not the God of the dead, but God of the living. So then, you are badly deceived.”

28. And when one of the scribes drew near and heard them reasoning together, seeing that he answered them well, he put a question to him: “What is the first commandment of all?”

29. Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ’Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God. The Lord is the only one![2]

30.And you shall love Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and all of your mind, and with all of your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

31.And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

32. And the scribe said to him, “Well said, Teacher! You have spoken truthfully, for there is one God, and there is no other but He,

33.and to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love a neighbor as oneself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34. And when Jesus saw that he had answered with discretion, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one any longer dared to put a question to him.

35. And then Jesus answered and said as he taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Messiah is David’s son?

36.For by the holy Spirit, David himself said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’

37.Now then, David himself declares him ‘Lord’; so, how is it that he is his son?” And the large crowd were gladly listening to him.

38. And as he was teaching, he said to them, “Watch out for the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and salutations in the marketplaces,

39.and seats of honor in the synagogues, and places of honor at dinners,

40.who devour widows’ houses, and for show, make long prayers! These men shall receive greater damnation.”

41. And when Jesus had sat down across from the offering-box, he kept watching how the people cast money into the offering-box. And many rich men cast in much.

42. And when one poor widow came, she cast in two lepta[3] (which equals a quadrans[4]).

43. And when he had called his disciples to him, he told them, “Truly, I tell you that this poor widow has cast in more than all of them who are casting into the offering-box,

44.for they all cast into the offering-box from the surplus they have, but she, out of her poverty, has cast in everything, as much as she had for herself to live on.”

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1. And as he was going out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! Such wonderful stones and wonderful buildings!”

2. And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There shall not be one stone left upon another that is not torn down.”

3. And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, and Jacobus, and John, and Andrew asked him privately,

4.“Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that all these things are about to be fulfilled?”

5. Then Jesus answered and began to tell them, “Take heed, lest someone deceive you.

6.For many will come, using my name, saying that I am the Messiah,[5] and they’ll deceive many.

7.And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not become alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.

8.For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and uprisings. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

9.“But take heed to yourselves, for they’ll hand you over to courts, and you’ll be beaten in synagogues, and you’ll be made to stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them.

10.But first, the gospel must be preached to all nations.

11.And when they lead you away and hand you over, don’t worry about what you should say, nor even think about it, but whatever is given you in that hour, say that, for it’s not you who speaks, but the holy Spirit.

12.Brother will betray brother to death, and the father, his child, and children will rise up against parents and will kill them,

13.and you’ll be hated by all men because of my name. But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.

14.“Now, when you see the abomination of desolation that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not, (let him who is reading understand), then let those in Judea flee for the mountains,

15.and let not him who is on the housetop come down into the house, nor go in to take anything out of his house,

16.and let not him who is out in the field turn back for the things left behind, to take his garment.

17.And woe to the women who are with child, and those who are nursing in those days!

18.And pray that your flight be not in winter.

19.For those days will be a tribulation; suchlike has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.

20.And except the Lord shorten those days, no flesh will be saved; however, for the sake of the elect whom He has chosen, He will shorten the days.

21.And if anyone at that time tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Behold, there!’ don’t believe him.

22.For false Messiahs and false prophets will rise, and they’ll perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if it were possible, even the elect.

23.Now, you take heed to yourselves. Behold, I have told you all things ahead of time.

24.“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

25.and the stars of heaven will be falling down, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.

26.And then they will see the Son of man, coming on clouds with great power and glory.

27.And then he’ll send his angels, and he’ll gather his elect from the four winds, from the extremity of earth to the extremity of heaven.

28.“Now, learn a parable from the fig tree. As soon as its branch becomes tender, and it puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

29.Likewise, you also, when you see these things taking place, know that it is near, even at the gates.

30.Truly, I tell you that this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.

31.Heaven shall pass away, and the earth, but my words shall never pass away.

32.But of that day or hour, no one except the Father knows, not even the angels who are in heaven, nor even the Son.

33.Take heed; stay alert and pray, for you don’t know when the time is.

34.The Son of man is like a man away on a journey, who left his home and gave his servants authority, and to each his work, and he commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

35.Watch, then, for you don’t know when the Master of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning,

36.lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.

37.What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’ ”

Mark 14

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1. Now, the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to take him with guile, that they might kill him,

2.but they said, “Not during the feast, lest there is an uproar of the people.”

3. And while he was in Bethany, reclining for a meal in the house of Simon the leper, there came a woman with an alabaster bottle of expensive perfume of pure spikenard. And when she broke open the bottle, she poured some of it on his head.

4. But some were indignant and started saying to one another, “Why has she made this waste of perfume?

5.It might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor!” And they began to scold her.

6. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why do you trouble her? She’s done a good work on me.

7.You always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish, you can do them good, but you don’t always have me.

8.She’s done what she could; she’s come ahead of time to anoint my body for the burial.

9.Truly, I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she’s done will also be spoken of, in memory of her.”

10. And then Judas the Iscariot, one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.

11. They were glad when they heard him, and they promised to give him money. And he started looking for a way to betray him at an opportune time.

12. And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go prepare, that you may eat the Passover?”

13. And he sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a pitcher of water will come toward you. Follow him,

14.and wherever he goes in, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” ’

15.And he will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

16. And so, his disciples went out, and they came to the city, and they found it just as he told them, and they made ready the Passover.

17. And when it was evening, he came with the twelve.

18. And as they reclined and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you that one of you who is eating with me will betray me.”

19. And they began to be sad and to say to him, one by one, “It’s not me, is it?” And then another, “It’s not me, is it?”

20. He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping with me in the bowl.

21.The Son of man is going away, just as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were good for him if that man had not been born.”

22. And while they were eating, when Jesus had taken bread and blessed it, he broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.”

23. And when he had taken the cup and given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.

24. And he said to them, “This is my blood, the blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

25.Truly, I tell you that I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in the kingdom of God.”

26. And after they sang a song of praise, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

27. And Jesus said to them, “Tonight, all of you will be offended because of me, because it is written, ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

28.However, after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

29. Then Peter said to him, “Even though all shall be offended, I certainly won’t!”

30. And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you that today, this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

31. But he said all the more vehemently, “If I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And then they all began talking like that.

32. And they went to a place by the name of Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go pray.”

33. And then he took with him Peter, and Jacobus, and John, and he began to feel overwhelmed and distressed.

34. And he said to them, “My soul is grieved to the point of death. Stay here and watch.”

35. Then, going on a little farther, he fell to the ground and began to pray that, if it were possible, the hour would pass from him.

36. And he said, “Abba (that is, Father)! All things are possible with you. Take this cup away from me! But not what I will, but what you will.”

37. And then he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Weren’t you able to watch for one hour?

38.Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39. And again, he went away and prayed, saying the same thing.

40. And when he returned, he discovered them sleeping again, for their eyes were heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.

41. And he came a third time, and said to them, “Sleeping on, and getting your rest. That is enough; the hour has come. Behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42.Get up. Let’s go. Behold, the one who betrayed me is near.”

43. And immediately, while he was yet speaking, Judas appeared, who was one of the twelve, and with him a large multitude with swords and clubs sent by the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders.

44. Now, the one who betrayed him had given them a cue, saying, “Whoever I kiss is the man. Arrest him, and lead him away under guard.”

45. And when he had come, he went up at once to him, and said to him, “O Rabbi! Rabbi!” And he kissed him affectionately.

46. Then they laid their hands on him and arrested him.

47. But a certain one of those standing by, drawing a sword, smote the servant of the high priest, and took off his ear.

48. And then Jesus answered and said to them, “Did you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?

49.I was with you every day, teaching in the temple, and you didn’t arrest me. But all this has happened so that the scriptures might be fulfilled.”

50. And then they all forsook him and fled.

51. But a certain young man followed him, his body clothed with nothing but a shirt. And the young men grabbed him,

52.but he, leaving the shirt behind, fled from them naked.

53. And they led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, and the elders, and scribes had come together with him.

54. And Peter, from a distance, followed him to inside the high priest’s courtyard, and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself by the fire.

55. Now, the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus, to put him to death, but they were finding none.

56. Actually, many were bearing false witness against him, but the testimonies were not consistent.

57. Some stood up, bearing false witness against him, saying,

58.“We heard him saying, ‘I will tear down this temple made with hands, and within three days, I will build another one made without hands.’ ”

59. Yet, not even in this was their testimony consistent.

60. And when the high priest had risen in the midst, he questioned Jesus, saying, “Do you not answer a thing? What is it that these men testify against you?”

61. But he was silent, and answered nothing. Again, the high priest questioned him, and told him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?”

62. Then Jesus said, “I am. And you’ll see the Son of man seated on the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

63. Then the high priest, tearing his garments, said, “What further need have we of witnesses?

64.You heard his blasphemy! How does it appear to you?” And they all condemned him as being worthy of death.

65. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and punch him, and then say to him, “Prophesy!” And the officers kept on slapping him in the face.

66. And while Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the high priest’s servant-girls came,

67.and seeing Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You were definitely with the Nazarene, Jesus.”

68. But he denied it saying, “I don’t know him, and I don’t understand what you’re talking about.” And he went outside to the gateway. And a rooster crowed.

69. And when the servant-girl saw him again, she began saying to those who stood by, “This man is one of them.”

70. And he again denied it. And then again, a little while later, those standing by also started saying to Peter, “Truly, you are also one of them, for you are a Galilean; your accent is just like one.”

71. And he began to bind himself with a curse and to swear, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”

72. And a rooster crowed the second time. And Peter remembered the saying that Jesus spoke to him: “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Mark 15

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1. And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests made a plan with the elders and scribes and the entire Sanhedrin, and after tying Jesus up, they took him away and handed him over to Pilate.

2. And Pilate asked him, “You? You are the King of the Jews?” He answered and told him, “You yourself are saying it.”

3. And the chief priests began to accuse him of many things.

4. Then Pilate questioned him again, saying, “You answer nothing? Listen to how many things they testify against you!”

5. But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate was amazed.

6. Now, at each Feast[6], he used to release to them one prisoner, whomever they asked for.

7. And one called Barabbas was there, bound with his fellow-insurrectionists, men who had committed murder in the insurrection.

8. And the multitude, raising a cry, began to ask Pilate to do as he had always done.

9. Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you desire that I shall release to you the King of the Jews?”

10. (For he perceived that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.)

11. But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.

12. Then Pilate answered again and told them, “What, then, do you want me to do to the one you call ‘King of the Jews’?”

13. And they again cried out, “Crucify him!”

14. But Pilate kept saying to them, “Why? What evil did he do?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify him!”

15. And Pilate, wanting to pacify the crowd, released Barabbas to them and handed Jesus over to be crucified, after he had him flogged.

16. Then the soldiers led him away, within the palace, which is the praetorium, and they called the whole cohort together.

17. And they dressed him up in purple, and when they had woven a crown of thorns, they put it on him,

18.and they began saluting him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

19. And they repeatedly beat his head with a reed and spat on him, and bowing their knees, they worshipped him.

20. And when they had mocked him, they removed the purple from him and put his own clothes on him.

And then they led him out that they might crucify him.

21. And as a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming in from a field, they forced him to carry his cross.

22. And they brought him to the place, “Golgotha” (which is translated, “Place of a Skull”).

23. And they offered him myrrh-flavored wine to drink, but he did not take it.

24. And they crucified him, dividing up his garments among themselves, casting lots for them to determine who should take what.

25. Now, it was the third hour when they crucified him.

26. And over his head was the inscription of the charge against him, written out: “The King of the Jews.”

27. And with him they crucified two thieves, one on the right, and one on his left.

28. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the lawless.”

29. And those passing by were reviling him, wagging their heads and saying, “Ha! You who are going to tear down the temple and in three days raise it up,

30.save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

31. Likewise, the chief priests also, mocking him among themselves, with the scribes, kept saying, “He saved others; himself, he cannot save.

32.Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may behold and believe in him.” And those being crucified with him were reviling him.

33. Now, when the sixth hour was come, darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.

34. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (That is translated, “My God, my God, what did you forsake me for?”)

35. And when some of those standing around heard that, they began to say, “Behold, he’s calling Elijah!”

36. Then one man ran, and filling a sponge with sour wine, when he had put it on a reed, he gave him a drink, saying, “Wait! Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down.”

37. Then Jesus, letting out a great cry, breathed out his life.

38. And the veil of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39. Now, when the centurion, who had been standing out in front of him, saw him cry out like that and breathe out his life, he said, “This man really was a son of a god!”

40. And there were women looking on from a distance, among whom were also Maria the Magdalene, and Maria the mother of Jacobus the small and of Joses, and Salome.

41. These also, when he was in Galilee, followed him and ministered to him, along with many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42. And evening having already come, and since it was the Preparation, which is the day before the Sabbath,

43.Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent member of the Council, who himself also was awaiting the kingdom of God, went and entered in boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

44. But Pilate was amazed that he was already dead, and he summoned the centurion and asked him if he had been dead long.

45. And when he had ascertained from the centurion that it was so, he granted the body to Joseph.

46. And when he had purchased linen cloth and taken him down, he wrapped him in the cloth and laid him in a sepulcher that had been hewn out of a rock, and then he rolled a stone upon the entrance of the sepulcher.

47. And Maria the Magdalene and Maria the mother of Joses were observing where he was laid.

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1. And when the Sabbath was past, Maria the Magdalene, and Maria the mother of Jacobus, and Salome, purchased fragrant oils that they might come and anoint him.

2. And very early in the morning of the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they came to the sepulcher.

3. And they were saying to each other, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the sepulcher for us?”

4. But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, though it was very large.

5. And when they entered the sepulcher, they saw a young man, clothed in a long, white robe, sitting to their right, and they were alarmed.

6. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him!

7.But go your way. Tell his disciples, especially Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8. And when they went out, they fled from the sepulcher, and trembling and amazement gripped them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9. Now, after he arose, early in the morning the first day of the week, he appeared first to Maria the Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons,

10.who went and gave the report to those who had been with him as they were mourning and weeping.

11. And when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it.

12. After these things, he appeared to two of them in another form as they were walking, going into the country.

13. Then those men went and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them, either.

14. Afterward, he appeared to the eleven themselves as they reclined for a meal, and he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15. And he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

16.He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be damned.

17.These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

18.they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

19. Then the Lord, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and he sat down at the right hand of God.

20. And they went out preaching everywhere, the Lord working with them, confirming the word with signs that followed. Amen.

End of the Gospel of Mark


Footnotes

[1] Literally, “— if a sign will be given…” The curse attached to this kind of oath is so unthinkable — Jesus’ own damnation — that it is not even uttered.

[2] The Hebrew of Deuteronomy 6:4, which Jesus is quoting here, is translated, “Hear, Israel! Jehovah is our God; Jehovah alone.”

[3] A lepta was the smallest Roman copper coin, worth less than half a cent.

[4] A quadrans was a Roman coin worth one-quarter of an as. For perspective, it took thirty-two asses to pay a barber for his services.

[5] Or, “saying, ‘I am the Messiah.’ ”

[6] It is unclear whether this refers to every feast of the Jews or only to every Passover feast.

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