GOD'S ETERNAL WORD

Containing

 

THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

of the

 

HOLY BIBLE

 

Translated from the original languages

By C R Priebbenow

BA, B Ed, MA (Cantab.)

 

 

First printed August 2005

 

 

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

 

Priebbenow, Clarence BA Bed, MA (Trans) 1935-

God's Eternal Word

ISBN: 0-646-41208-6

 

 

Revised Edition

2008

 

FINDING CHAPTERS

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List of Abbreviations to use in Search

MATTHEW Mt

MARK Mk

LUKE Lk

JOHN  Jn

ACTS Ac

ROMANS Rm

1 CORINTHIANS 1 Cor

2 CORINTHIANS 2 Cor

GALATIANS Gal

EPHESIANS Eph

PHILIPPIANS Plp

COLOSSIANS Col

1 THESSALONIANS 1 Ths

2 THESSALONIANS 2 Ths

1 TIMOTHY 1 Tm

2 TIMOTHY 2 Tm

TITUS Tt

PHILEMON Plm

HEBREWS Hb

JAMES Jm

1 PETER 1 Pt

2 PETER 2 Pt

1 JOHN 1 Jh

2 JOHN 2 Jh

3 JOHN 3 Jh

JUDE Jd

REVELATION Rv

 

 

MATTHEW

1

Mt 1

Jesus' Family-Line and Infancy (1:1-2:23)

Jesus' Family-Line — Luke 3:24-38

1 The record of the family-history of Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, and a descendant of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac was the father of Jacob,

Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.

3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar.

Perez was the father of Hezron,

Hezron was the father of Ram,

4 Ram was the father of Aminadab,

Aminadab was the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon was the father of Salmon,

5 Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab.

Boaz was the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth.

Obed was the father of Jesse,

6 Jesse was the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife.

7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,

Rehoboam was the father of Abijah,

Abijah was the father of Asa,

8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,

Jehoshaphat was the father of Joram,

Joram was the father of Uzziah,

9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham,

Jotham was the father of Ahaz,

Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah,

10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,

Manasseh was the father of Amon,

Amon was the father of Josiah,

11 Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the Exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel.

Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel,

13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,

Abiud was the father of Eliakim,

Eliakim was the father of Azor,

14 Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok was the father of Achim,

Achim was the father of Eliud,

15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar,

Eleazar was the father of Matthan,

Matthan was the father of Jacob,

16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

She was the mother of Jesus, who is called "Christ."

17 So there were in all fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the Babylonian Exile, and fourteen generations from the Exile in Babylon to the Christ.

The Announcement of Jesus' Birth to Joseph

18 This is how Jesus Christ was born. His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph. However, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her husband, was an honourable man and, because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her secretly. 20 After Joseph had thought about it, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary home with you! For what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you shall name Him ‘Jesus'! For He will save His people from their sins."

22 All this happened to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "Look! The virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and they will name Him ‘Immanuel'" (which is translated, "God-With-Us").

24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did what the Lord's angel had commanded him. He took Mary home as his wife, 25 but did not have relations with her until she gave birth to a Son. Joseph gave Him the name "Jesus."

2

Mt 2

The Visit of the Wise Men

1 After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod, Wise Men arrived from the East at Jerusalem. 2 They asked, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."

3 When King Herod heard this, he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 He called together all the chief priests and scribes of the people and tried to find out from them where the Christ would be born. 5 They told him, "At Bethlehem in Judea. For this is what Scripture has said through the prophet: 6 ‘You, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means the least among the leading towns of Judah. For from you will come a Ruler, who will shepherd My people Israel.'"

7 Then Herod secretly called the Wise Men, and found out from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 When he sent them to Bethlehem, he said, "Go and search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him!" 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way. There was the star that they had seen in the East! It kept leading them on until it stopped over the place where the Child was. 10 They were extremely happy when they saw the star. 11 When they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary. They knelt down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures, and presented gifts to Him, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 When God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod, they went back to their country by another road.

The Flight to Egypt and Return

13 After the Wise Men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. He said, "Get up! Take the little Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt! Stay there until I tell you! For Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him." 14 Joseph got up, took the little Child and His mother by night, and left for Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died, so that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled: "I have called My Son out of Egypt."

16 When Herod saw that the Wise Men had tricked him, he became very angry. He sent some men, and they killed all the boys in Bethlehem and in all the districts around it who were two years old and under, according to the time that he had determined exactly from the Wise Men. 17 Then what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 18 "A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and she refused to be comforted, because they are no more."

19 However, after Herod had died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 and told him, "Get up! Take the little Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel! For those who were trying to kill the little Child are dead."

21 Joseph got up, took the little Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 However, when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Because God warned him in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 He went and made his home in a city called "Nazareth," in order that what had been said through the prophets might be fulfilled: "He will be called a Nazarene."

3

Mt 3

First section (3:1-7:29)

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry (3:1-4:25)

The Preaching of John the Baptist — Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18; John 1:19-28

1 In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the wilderness of Judea: 2 "Repent! For the kingdom of heaven has come near."

3 He was the one about whom the prophet Isaiah spoke: "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight!'"

4 John himself used to wear clothes of camels' hair and had a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region of the Jordan kept going out to him. 6 They were baptised by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. 7 When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he asked them: "You brood of poisonous snakes, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit that is worthy of repentance! 9 Do not think that you can tell yourselves, ‘Abraham is our father'! For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 10 The axe has already been laid at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I baptise you with water to bring about a change of heart. However, the One who is coming after me is mightier than I am. I am not worthy to carry His sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean up His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn the chaff with a fire that cannot be put out."

The Baptism of Jesus — Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; compare John 1:29-34

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptised by him. 14 However, John tried to prevent Him. He said, "I need to be baptised by You, and are You coming to Me?"

15 Jesus answered him, "Permit it to be so now! For that is how it is proper for us to fulfil all righteousness."

Then John allowed Him. 16 When Jesus had been baptised, He immediately came up from the water. At that moment the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on Him. 17 Suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, "This is My Son, whom I love, and in whom I am well pleased."

4

Mt 4

The Temptation of Jesus — Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13

1 Then the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 He did not eat anything for forty days and forty nights, and at the end of that time He was hungry.

3 The Tempter came to Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread!"

4 Jesus answered, "Scripture has said: ‘A person does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes out through the mouth of God.'"

5 Then the Devil took Him into the Holy City and had Him stand on the ledge of the temple. 6 He told Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down! For Scripture has said: ‘He will command His angels concerning you. They will carry you in their hands so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.'"

7 Jesus answered him, "Again, Scripture has said, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test!'"

8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 The Devil told Him, "I shall give You all this if You fall down and worship me."

10 Then Jesus answered him: "Go away, Satan! For Scripture has said: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and you shall serve Him alone!'"

11 Then the Devil left Him, and angels came and served Him.

Jesus' Stay at Capernaum and the First Preaching in Galilee — Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:14-15

12 After Jesus had heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 in order that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: 15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, on one side of the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. 16 The people who used to dwell in darkness have seen a great Light, and a Light has dawned for those who used to dwell in the land and shadow of death."'

17 From that time on, Jesus began to preach, "Repent! For the kingdom of heaven has come near."

Jesus' Call of His First Disciples — Mark 1:14-20; and compare Luke 5:1-11; John 1:35-51

18 While He was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called "Peter," and his brother Andrew throwing a casting-net into the sea. For they were fishermen. 19 Jesus told them, "Come! Follow Me! I shall make you fishers of men."

20 They immediately left their nets and began to follow Him. 21 He went on from there, and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and began to follow Him.

Jesus' First Preaching-Journey in Galilee Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44

23 Jesus began to go around everywhere in Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. 24 The news about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those who were suffering severe pain, demon-possessed people, epileptics, and paralysed people, and He healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the region across the Jordan followed Him.

5

Mt 5

The Sermon on the Mount (5:1-7:29)

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountainside. When He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He began to speak, and continued to teach them:

The Beatitudes — Luke 6:20-23

3 "Blessed are those who are poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 "Blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted.

5 "Blessed are those who are meek! For they will inherit the earth.

6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! For they will be filled.

7 "Blessed are those who are merciful! For they will be treated mercifully.

8 "Blessed are those who are pure in heart! For they will see God.

9 "Blessed are those who make peace! For they will be called ‘the children of God.'

10 "Blessed are those who have been persecuted because of righteousness! For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you, because of Me! 12 Rejoice and be very glad! For your reward in heaven is great. For in this way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Comparisons with Salt and Light — Mark 4:21-23; Luke 11:33

13 "You are the salt of the earth. However, if salt loses its saltiness, with what will it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 14 You are the light of the world. A city that has been set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People also do not light a lamp and put it under a container, but on the lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before other people, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in heaven!

Jesus' Fulfilment of the Old Testament Scriptures

17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets! I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfil them. 18 For truly, I tell you, until the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one serif will certainly not pass away from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who breaks one of the least of these Commandments and teaches other people in this way will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. However, anyone who practises and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness is much better than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' Teaching about Murder — Luke 12:57-59

21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago: ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be subject to the judgment.' 22 However, I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to the judgment. Anyone who says to his brother, ‘You numbskull!' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. However, anyone who says, ‘You fool!' will be subject to hellfire.

Jesus' Teaching about the Need to be Reconciled with an Adversary — Luke 12:58-59

23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar! First go away and be reconciled with your brother; and then come and offer your gift! 25 Agree quickly with the one who wants to sue you, while you are still with him on the road, lest your accuser should hand you over to the judge, and the judge should hand you over to the officer, and you should be thrown into prison! 26 Truly, I tell you, you will certainly not get out of there until you have paid the last cent.

Jesus' Teaching about Adultery — Mark 9:43-48

27 "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery!' 28 However, I tell you that everyone who looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, take it out and throw it away from you! It is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body should be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you! It is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body should go into hell.

Jesus' Teaching about Divorce — Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18

31 "It was said: ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce!' 32 However, I tell you that everyone who divorces his wife for any reason except sexual unfaithfulness causes her to be an adulteress, and whoever marries a woman so divorced commits adultery.

Jesus' Teaching about Swearing

33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago: ‘You shall not swear falsely, but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord!' 34 However, I tell you not to swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 and not by the earth, for it is His footstool; and not by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Do not swear by your head either! For you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Rather, let your language be, ‘Yes, yes;' ‘No, no!' Anything more than these comes from the Evil One.

Jesus' Teaching about Retaliation

38 "You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' 39 However, I tell you, do not resist an evil person! Rather, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him also! 40 If someone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well! 41 If anyone forces you to go two kilometres, go four kilometres with him! 42 Give to the person who asks you for something, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you!

Jesus' Teaching about Love of Enemies — Luke 6:27-36

43 "You have heard that it was said: ‘You shall love your neighbour, and you shall hate your enemy!' 44 However, I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who are persecuting you, 45 that you may be the children of your Father in heaven! For He makes His sun rise on evil people and on good people, and sends rain on righteous people and unrighteous people. 46 For, if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others are? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect!

6

Mt 6

Jesus' Teaching about Giving to the Poor

1 "Be careful not to perform your righteous deeds before other people, in order to be seen by them! If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by other people! Truly, I tell you, they have their reward in full.

3 "When you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret! Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching about Prayer

5 "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites! For they love to stand praying in synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by other people. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward in full. 6 However, when you pray, go into your room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is in secret! Your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

7 "When you pray, do not babble like the Gentiles! For they think that they will be heard if they talk on and on. 8 Do not be like them! For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Jesus' Teaching of Lord's Prayer — Luke 11:2-4

9 "This is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,

‘May Your name be kept holy!

10 ‘May Your kingdom come!

‘May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

11 ‘Give us today our daily bread!

12 ‘Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us!

13 ‘Do not lead us into temptation,

‘But deliver us from evil!'

14 "For, if you forgive the sins of others, your Father in heaven will forgive you also. 15 However, if you do not forgive the sins of others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Jesus' Teaching about Fasting

16 "When you fast, stop looking sombre, like the hypocrites! For they neglect their appearance, that they may appear to people to be fasting. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward in full. 17 However, when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that you may not appear to other people to be fasting, except to your Father, who is in secret! Your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching about Treasures — Luke 12:33-34

19 "Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal! 20 Rather, keep storing up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal! 21 For your heart will also be where your treasure is.

Jesus' Teaching about the Sound Eye — Luke 11:34-36

22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. 23 However, if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Jesus' Teaching about Serving Two Masters — Luke 16:13

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

Jesus' Teaching about Worry — Luke 12:22-34

25 "Therefore I tell you, stop worrying about your lives, what you are to eat, or what you are to drink, or about your bodies, what you are to put on! Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky! They do not sow, reap, or gather into barns, but your Father in heaven keeps feeding them. Are you not worth more than they are? 27 Which of you can, by worrying, add a single hour to his length of life? 28 Why, then, do you worry about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow! They do not toil or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was clothed like one of these. 30 If God in this way clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into an oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not begin to worry, saying, ‘What are we to eat?' or ‘What are we to drink?' or ‘What are we to wear?' 32 For the Gentiles try to get all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 Rather, first be eager to have the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will also be given to you. 34 Therefore do not begin to worry about tomorrow! For tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

7

Mt 7

Jesus' Teaching about Judging — Mark 4:24; Luke 6:37-42

1 "Stop judging, that you may not be judged! 2 For you will be judged with the judgment with which you judge, and it will be measured to you by the measure by which you measure. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and do not notice the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when, look! There is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye!

Jesus' Teaching about Casting Pearls to Pigs

6 "Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs, that they may not trample them with their feet, and turn, and tear you to pieces!

Jesus' Teaching about God's Answer to Prayer — Luke 11:5-13

7 "Ask and it will be given to you! Search and you will find! Knock and it will be opened to you! 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who searches finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you whose son asks him for bread? Surely he will not give him a stone? 10 Or if he also asks for a fish — surely he will not give him a snake? 11 Therefore, if you, although you are wicked, know how 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?

The Golden Rule — Luke 6:31

12 "Therefore do to others everything that you want people to do to you! For this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow Gate — Luke 13:23-24

13 "Enter through the narrow gate! For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going in through it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is confined that leads to life, and there are few who are finding it.

False Prophets, and the Test of what is Good — Luke 6:43-46; Matthew 12:33-35; Luke 6:43-45

15 "Beware of false prophets! They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. People do not pick grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles, do they? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore you will know them by their fruits.

Jesus' Warning against Self-Deception — Luke 13:26-27

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father, who is in heaven. 22 Many will ask Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and in Your name driven out demons, and in Your name performed many miracles?' 23 Then I shall tell them frankly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who do what is evil!'

Jesus' Teaching about Hearing the Word and Practising it — Luke 6:47-49

24 "Therefore, everyone who hears these Words of Mine and practises them is like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods came, the winds blew, and they beat against that house. However, it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these Words of Mine but does not practise them is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods came, the winds blew, and they struck that house. It fell, and its fall was great."

The End of the Sermon on the Mount

28 When Jesus finished speaking these Words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching. 29 For He used to teach them as one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

8

Mt 8

Second Section (8:1-11:1)

Ten Powerful Miracles in Galilee (8:1-9:35)

Jesus' Healing of a Leper — Mark 1:40-44; Luke 5:12-16

1 After Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2 There was a leper who went to Him and bowed down before Him. He said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him. He said, "I am willing. Be made clean!"

Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 Jesus told him, "Be careful that you do not tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them!"

Jesus' Healing of a Centurion's Servant — Luke 7:1-10

5 After Jesus had gone into Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 "Lord, my slave is lying at home paralysed, suffering terribly."

7 Jesus told him, "I shall come and heal him."

8 The captain answered, "Lord, I do not deserve that You should come in under my roof. Instead, just say a word, and my slave will be healed! 9 For I myself am also a man under authority, and I have soldiers under me. I tell this man, ‘Go!' and he goes, and another man, ‘Come!' and he comes, and my slave, ‘Do this!' and he does it."

10 When Jesus heard this, He was astonished and told the people who were following Him, "Truly, I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith! 11 I also tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 However, those who have been heirs of the kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

13 Jesus told the centurion, "Go! Let it be done to you as you have believed!"

His slave was healed in that same hour.

Jesus' Healing of Peter's Wife's Mother — Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39

14 Jesus went into Peter's home, and He saw Peter's mother-in-law lying down with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up and began to wait on Him.

Jesus' Healing of Sick People one Evening — Mark 1:32-34; Luke 4:40-41

16 When evening came, people brought to Him many who were possessed by demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and He healed all those who were sick, 17 so that what had been said through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "He Himself took away our infirmities and carried our diseases."

Jesus' Response to Two Claimants to Discipleship — Luke 9:57-60

18 When Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 A scribe came up to Him and told Him, "Teacher, I shall follow You wherever You go."

20 Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man does not have anywhere to lay His head."

21 Another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, first permit me to go and bury my father!"

22 However, Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead!"

Jesus' Stilling of a Storm — Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25

23 Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24 Suddenly a severe storm came on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves. However, Jesus was sleeping. 25 So they went to Him and woke Him up. They said, "Lord, save us! We are drowning."

26 He asked them, "Why are you afraid, you of little faith?"

Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

Jesus' Healing of Two Gadarene Demoniacs — Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39

28 When Jesus had gone to the region of the Gadarenes on the other side, two men who were possessed by demons came out of the tombs and met Him. They were extremely violent, so that no one could go past on that road. 29 Suddenly they shouted, "What do You want with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"

30 Far away from them a herd of many pigs was feeding. 31 The demons were begging Jesus, "If You cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs!"

32 He told them, "Go!"

They came out and went into the pigs. Then suddenly the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water. 33 Those who had been looking after them ran away, and went into the city, where they reported everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their district.

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Mt 9

Jesus' Healing of a Paralysed Man — Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26

1 Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 There people were bringing to Him a paralysed man, who had been put on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, He told the paralysed man, "Son, have courage! Your sins are forgiven."

3 At this, some of the scribes thought to themselves, "This Man is blaspheming."

4 Jesus perceived what they were thinking, and asked them, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, ‘Get up and walk!'? 6 I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins."

Then He told the paralysed man, "Get up, take up your stretcher, and go to your house!"

7 He got up and went away to his house. 8 When the crowds saw this, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

Jesus' Call of Matthew (Levi) — Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-32

9 When Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax-collector's booth. He told him, "Follow Me!"

Matthew got up and followed Him.

10 As Jesus was reclining at the table in Matthew's house, many tax-collectors and other disreputable people came and reclined at the table with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?"

12 When Jesus heard that, He said: "It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 13 Rather, go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice'! For I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners."

Jesus' Response to a Question about Fasting — Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39

14 Then John's disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples not fast?"

15 Jesus asked them, "Surely the guests of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a patch made of a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old garment. For the patch shrinks away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wineskins burst, the wine is spilt, and the wineskins are ruined. Rather, people put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."

Jesus' Healing of a Woman who was continuously Bleeding and His Raising of the Daughter of Jairus — Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56

18 While He was saying these things to them, an official came and bowed down before Him. He said, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her! Then she will live."

19 Jesus got up and followed him, and so did His disciples.

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years approached from behind Him and touched the hem of His cloak. 21 For she had been saying to herself, "If I only touch His cloak, I shall be made well."

22 Jesus turned around and when He saw her He said, "Take courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you."

The woman was made well from that hour.

23 When Jesus came to the official's home and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 24 He said, "Move away! The little girl has not died, but she is sleeping."

However, they ridiculed Him. 25 When the crowd had been put outside, Jesus went in and took hold of her hand, and the little girl was raised. 26 The news about this spread over that entire region.

Jesus' Healing of Two Blind Men — compare Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

27 While Jesus was going away from there, two blind men followed Him, shouting, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"

28 When He had entered the house, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"

They told Him, "Yes, Lord."

29 Then He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, so let it be done to you!"

30 Their eyes were opened, and Jesus sternly warned them, "Take care! Let no one find out about this!"

31 However, they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region.

Jesus' Healing of a Demon-Possessed Man Who could not Talk — Mark 3:22; Luke 11:14-15

32 While they were going out, people brought to Jesus a man who was unable to talk and was demon-possessed. 33 However, when the demon had been cast out, the man who had been unable to talk began to speak. The crowds were amazed and said, "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel."

34 However, the Pharisees kept saying, "He is casting out the demons by the ruler of the demons."

35 Then Jesus travelled through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.

Jesus' Instructions to His Disciples for their Preaching in Galilee (9:36-11:1)

36 When He saw the crowds, He felt sorry for them, because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He told His disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest!"

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Mt 10

Jesus' Choice of Twelve Apostles — Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16

1 Jesus called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority to drive out unclean spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness.

2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax-collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Jesus' Sending out of the Twelve — Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6

5 Jesus sent these Twelve out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any city of the Samaritans! 6 Go, rather, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel! 7 As you go, preach: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons! You have received freely: give freely! 9 Do not get any gold, silver, or copper money to put into your money-belts! 10 Do not take a bag for the road, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff! For a worker is worth his food. 11 Whenever you go into any city or village, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay there until you leave! 12 When you go into the home, greet it! 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace come on it! However, if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you! 14 If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, go outside of that house or that city and shake off the dust from your feet! 15 Truly, I tell you, it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city. 16 You see, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves!

The Lot that Disciples Face — compare Mark 13:9-13; Luke 12:11-12

17 "Nevertheless, be on your guard against men! For they will hand you over to councils and will flog you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, to testify to them and to the Gentiles. 19 However, when they hand you over, do not worry how you are to speak or what you are to say! For it will be given to you in that hour what you are to say. 20 For you are not the ones who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father, who is speaking in you. 21 One brother will betray another to death and a father his child. Children will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 You will also be hated by all people because of My name. Nevertheless, he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When people persecute you in this city, flee to another! Truly, I tell you, you will certainly not finish the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and for a slave to be like his master. If people have been calling the master of the house ‘Beelzebul,' how much more the members of his household!

An Exhortation to the Disciples to Confess fearlessly — Luke 12:2-9

26 "Therefore do not be afraid of them! For there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, and nothing hidden that will not be known. 27 Speak in the light what I tell you in the dark, and proclaim on the housetops what you hear in your ears! 28 Stop being afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul! Rather, be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell! 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father. 30 As for you, even the hairs on your head have all been numbered. 31 Therefore stop being afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows. 32 I shall confess before My Father in heaven whoever confesses Me before others. 33 I shall also deny before My Father in heaven whoever denies Me before others.

A Prediction of Division in Households — Luke 12:51-53

34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth! I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A person's enemies will be those in his own home.

The Conditions of Discipleship — Luke 14:26-27

37 "Anyone who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and anyone who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 The person who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 The one who has found his life will lose it, but the one who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

The End of the Discourse to the Twelve

40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who has sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward. He who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. 42 Whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I tell you, will certainly not lose his reward."

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Mt 11

1 After Jesus had finished giving His twelve disciples these instructions, He went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Third Section (11:2-13:53)

The Question of John the Baptist — Luke 7:18-35

2 When John had heard in prison about what the Christ was doing, he sent a message through his disciples, 3 to ask Him, "Are You the One who is coming, or are we to expect someone else?"

4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you are hearing and seeing: 5 Blind people are receiving their sight again, lame people are walking, lepers are being made clean, deaf people are hearing, the dead are being raised, and poor people are being told the Good News. 6 Blessed is anyone who is not offended because of Me!"

Jesus' Testimony about John the Baptist — Luke 7:24-35

7 When John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed driven back and forth by the wind? 8 What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft robes? Look! Those who wear soft robes are in kings' palaces. 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, even someone greater than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom Scripture has said: ‘Look! I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.' 11 Truly, I tell you, no one among those born by women has appeared who is greater than John the Baptist. Yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been advancing with triumphant force and violent men are laying hold of it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 If you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Let the one who has ears hear!

16 "To what shall I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 ‘We have played the flute for you, and yet you have not been dancing. We have sung a funeral song, and yet you have not been mourning.' 18 For, when John came, he was neither eating nor drinking, and people used to say, ‘He has a demon.' 19 When the Son of Man came, He was eating and drinking, and people are saying, ‘Look at the glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is proved right by her actions."

Jesus' Woes on the Cities of Galilee — Luke 10:13-15

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed, because they had not repented: 21 "How terrible for you, Chorazin! How terrible for you, Bethsaida! For, if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 However, I tell you: it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the Day of Judgment than for you. 23 As for you, Capernaum, you will not be lifted up to heaven, will you? You will go down to hell. For, if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 However, I tell you that it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom on the Day of Judgment than for you."

Jesus' Thanksgiving to the Father — Luke 10:21-22

25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, I praise You that this is how You have graciously wanted it to be. 27 All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and the one to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.

Jesus' Offer of Rest for the Heavy-Laden

28 "Come to Me, all you who are working hard and carrying a heavy burden; and I shall give you rest! 29 Take My yoke on you and learn from Me! For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

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Mt 12

The Plucking of Grain by Jesus' Disciples on the Sabbath — Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5

1 At that time Jesus went through the grain-fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they told Him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath."

3 However, He asked them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry: 4 how he went into the house of God and ate the loaves that had been set out, which it was not lawful for him or for his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are blameless? 6 However, 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 people who are blameless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."

Jesus' Healing of a Man with a Shrivelled Hand — Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11

9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. They asked Jesus, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" in order that they might accuse Him.

11 Jesus asked them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and, if it falls into a pit on a Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Therefore how much more valuable is a human being than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

13 Then He told the man, "Stretch out your hand!"

He stretched it out, and it was completely restored, as healthy as the other one. 14 However, the Pharisees went outside and plotted against Jesus, in order that they might kill Him. 15 Because Jesus knew about this, He withdrew from there.

Jesus' Healing of Many People — Mark 3:7-12; Luke 6:17-19

Many crowds followed Him, and He healed them all, 16 but He warned them that they should not make Him known. 17 This was to fulfil what had been said through Isaiah the prophet: 18 "Here is My Servant, whom I have chosen, whom I love, and in whom My soul delights. I shall put My Spirit on Him and He will announce justice to the nations. 19 He will not quarrel or shout, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. 20 He will not break a bruised reed or snuff out a smouldering wick, until He brings justice forth to victory; 21 and in His name the nations will hope."

An Accusation of the Pharisees and the Controversy about Beelzebul — Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-23

22 Then a man who had a demon, was blind, and unable to speak was brought to Jesus. He healed him, so that the dumb man could speak and see. 23 All the crowds were amazed and they were saying, "Can this Man possibly be the Son of David?"

24 When the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This Man is not casting out demons except by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons."

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and told them, "Every kingdom that has been divided against itself is ruined. No city or family that has been divided against itself will stand. 26 If Satan is driving out Satan, he has been divided against himself. How, then, will his kingdom stand? 27 Moreover, if I am casting out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they themselves will be your judges. 28 However, if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come on you. 29 Or how can anyone go into the strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? After that he will rob his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who is not gathering with Me is scattering. 31 Therefore I tell you, human beings will be forgiven every sin and slander, but slandering the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven either in this age or in the age to come. 33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad! For a tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what runs over from the heart. 35 A good person brings good things out of his good treasure, and an evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasure. 36 I also tell you that people will give an account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word that they say. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

A Warning against Trying to See Miraculous Signs — Mark 8:11-12; Luke 11:29-32

38 Then some scribes and Pharisees answered Him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from You."

39 He answered them, "A wicked and adulterous generation demands a miraculous sign, and a miraculous sign will not be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For, as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, but, look! Something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen from the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and, look! Something greater than Solomon is here!

The Return of the Evil Spirit — Luke 11:24-26

43 "When an unclean spirit is cast out of a person, it goes through dry places, looking for a place to rest, and does not find any. 44 Then it says, ‘I shall return to my house, from which I have come out.' When it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with itself seven other spirits more wicked than itself and they go in and live there. Then the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."

Jesus' Declaration about His Real Brothers — Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21

46 While He was still talking to the crowds, people noticed His mother and brothers standing outside, wanting to speak to Him. 47 Someone told Him, "Look! Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You."

48 Jesus asked the man who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" 49 He stretched out His hand towards His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father, who is in heaven, is My brother and sister and mother."

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Mt 13

A Collection of Jesus' Words: Seven Parables about the Kingdom of God (13:1-53)

Jesus' Parable about the Sower — Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the sea. 2 However, such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while the entire crowd was standing on the shore. 3 Then He told them many things in parables. He said, "Look! A sower went out to sow. 4 While he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on the stony places, where they did not have much soil. Because their soil was not deep, the seeds came up quickly. 6 However, when the sun rose, they were scorched, and, because they had no root, they withered. 7 Other seeds fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8 However, other seeds fell on the good soil and produced grain, some a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much. 9 Let the one who has ears listen!"

10 The disciples came to Him and asked Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"

Jesus' Reason for Speaking in Parables — Mark 4:10-12; Luke 8:9-10

11 He answered, "It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For more will be given to the one who has, and he will be given plenty. However, if anyone does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because, although they see, they do not see, and, although they hear, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them Isaiah's prophecy is being fulfilled: ‘You will hear clearly, but you will certainly not understand; and you will see clearly, but you will certainly not see. 15 For the hearts of this people have become dull, their ears have been hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand in their hearts, and turn, that I might heal them.'

Jesus' Declaration about the Blessedness of the Disciples — Luke 10:23-24

16 "Nevertheless, blessed are your eyes! For they see, and your ears! For they hear. 17 For truly,  I tell you, many prophets and righteous people have longed to see the things that you are seeing and yet have not seen them, and to hear the things that you are hearing and yet have not heard them.

The Interpretation of the Parable of the Sower — Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15

18 "Therefore hear the parable of the sower! 19 When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom but does not understand it, the Evil One comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This one is he who has been sown along the path. 20 The one who has been sown on the stony places is the one who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 but he does not have root in himself. He lasts for only a short time, and, when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, he immediately falls away. 22 The person who has been sown among thorns is one who hears the Word, but the worry of the world and the seduction that comes from riches choke the Word, and it does not produce anything. 23 However, the person who has been sown on the good soil is the one who hears the Word and understands it, and so produces and yields, sometimes a hundred, sometimes sixty, and sometimes thirty times as much."

Jesus' Parable about the Weeds in the Wheat

24 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 However, while people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the wheat came up and formed grains, then the weeds also showed up. 27 The owner's slaves came to him and asked him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?'

28 ‘He told them, "An enemy has done this."

‘The slaves asked him, "Do you want us to go and pull them out?"

29 ‘He said, "No. If you pull out the weeds, you may pull up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest! When the grain is cut, I shall tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first, and tie them in bundles to be burnt, but bring the wheat into my barn!'"'"

Jesus' Parable about the Mustard Seed — Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19

31 He put another parable before them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is a very small seed among all the seeds; but, when it has grown, it is the largest of the garden plants. It becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches."

Jesus' Parable about the Yeast — Luke 13:20-21

33 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and put into three measures of flour until it was all leavened."

34 Jesus told all these things to the crowds in parables. He did not tell them anything without a parable, 35 so that what had been said through the prophet might be fulfilled: "I shall open My mouth in parables. I shall utter things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world."

Jesus' Interpretation of the Parable about the Weeds in the Wheat

36 When Jesus had dismissed the crowds, He went into the house. His disciples came to Him and said, "Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us!"

37 He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world. The good seeds are the people who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore, as the weeds are gathered and burnt with fire, it will be like that at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send His angels, they will gather out of His kingdom all the things that cause sin and the people who continue to do evil, 42 and they will throw them into the fiery furnace. There people will weep and grind their teeth. 43 Then righteous people will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen!

Jesus' Parable about the Hidden Treasure

44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and, because he was glad, he went and sold everything that he had, and bought that field.

Jesus' Parable about the Valuable Pearl

45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dealer looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one very expensive pearl, he went away and sold everything that he had, and bought it.

Jesus' Parable about the Dragnet

47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was thrown into the sea and gathered all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, they pulled it up onto the shore, sat down, and collected the good ones into containers, but they threw the bad ones away. 49 It will be like that at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate wicked people from righteous people 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. There they will weep and grind their teeth.

The End of the Seven Parables

51 Have you understood all these things?"

They answered, "Yes."

52 He told them, "Therefore, every scribe who has been instructed for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings new and old things out of his treasure."

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He moved on from there.

Fourth Section (13:54-18:35)

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth — Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-30

54 He went to His hometown and began teaching the people in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and asked, "From where has He obtained this wisdom and these miracles? 55 Is He not the carpenter's son? Is His mother not called ‘Mary,' and are not His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 Are not all His sisters also here with us? From where, then, has this Man obtained all these things?"

57 They took offence at Him. However, Jesus told them, "A prophet is not without honour except in his own home town and in his family."

58 He did not perform many miracles there because of their unbelief.

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Mt 14

Herod's Opinion about Jesus — Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9

1 At that time Herod the Tetrarch heard the news about Jesus. 2 He told his servants, "This is John the Baptist! He has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him."

The Death of John the Baptist — Mark 6:17-29; Luke 9:7-9

3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, 4 For John kept telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

5 Although Herod wanted to kill him, he was afraid of the crowd, because they used to regard John as a prophet. 6 When Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests, and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked for. 8 Because she had been instructed by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist!"

9 Although the king felt sorry, yet, because of his oaths and because of the guests at the table, he commanded that it should be granted. 10 He sent someone and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she carried it to her mother. 12 John's disciples came, took his body away, and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Jesus' Feeding of Five Thousand Men — Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place to be alone. The crowds heard about it and followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When Jesus came out of the boat, He saw a large crowd. His heart was filled with pity for them and He healed their sick. 15 In the evening His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already late. Send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages to buy some food for themselves!"

16 Jesus answered them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat!"

17 They told Him, "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish."

18 He said, "Bring them here to Me!"

19 He ordered the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, said a blessing, and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 All of them had enough to eat. They took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 The number of men who had eaten was about five thousand, not counting the women and children.

Jesus' Walking on the Water — Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21

22 Jesus immediately made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23 After He had dismissed them, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 24 The boat was already a considerable distance from the shore, and was being buffeted by the waves, because there was a headwind. 25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus came towards them, walking on the sea.

26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. They said, "It is a ghost!" and cried out in fear.

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Take courage! It is I. Stop being afraid!"

28 Peter answered Him, "Lord, if it is You, order me to come to You on the water!"

29 Jesus said, "Come!"

So Peter got down out of the boat, began to walk on the water, and went toward Jesus. 30 However, when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid; and, when he began to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"

31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him. He asked him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

32 When they came into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Those who were in the boat bowed down before Him, and said, "Truly, You are the Son of God."

Jesus' Healings at Gennesaret — Mark 6:53-56

34 They crossed over and came to the shore at Gennesaret. 35 The men of that place recognised Jesus, and sent messengers to all that surrounding area. People brought all those who were sick to Him, 36 and they begged Him to let the sick touch just the edge of His garment, and all who touched it were made perfectly well.

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Mt 15

Jesus' Comments about the Tradition of the Elders — Mark 7:1-23

1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem. They asked, 2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."

3 Jesus answered them, "Why do you also transgress the Commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God has said: ‘Honour your father and your mother!' and ‘The person who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death!' 5 However, you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, "Whatever help you might have received from me is a gift," 6 shall certainly not "honour his father!"' So you have nullified the Word of God because of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 ‘This people honours Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me. 9 They are worshipping Me in vain, since they are teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"

10 Then He called the crowd to Him and told them: "Listen, and understand! 11 It is not what enters into a man's mouth that defiles him, but it is what comes out of a man's mouth that defiles him."

12 Then the disciples came to Him and asked Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard this saying?"

13 He answered, "Every plant that My Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled out by the roots. 14 Let them go! They are blind leaders of the blind. If a blind man leads another blind man, both will fall into a pit."

15 Peter answered Him, "Explain this parable to us!"

16 Jesus asked, "Are you also still devoid of understanding? 17 Do you not know that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the stomach and passes into the toilet? 18 However, the things that come out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those things defile a man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimonies, and slanders. 20 These are the things that defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

The Healing of the Daughter of the Syro-Phoenician Woman — Mark 7:24-30

21 Then Jesus went out from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman of that territory came out and began to shout: "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

23 However, He did not answer her a word. Then His disciples came to Him and urged Him, "Send her away! For she keeps shouting after us."

24 He answered, "I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the family of Israel."

25 Then she came, bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, help me!"

26 He answered, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the pet dogs."

27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the pet dogs eat some of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters."

28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you wish!"

From that hour her daughter was made well.

Jesus' Healing of Many Sick People

29 Jesus left from there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then He went up on the hill-country and sat down there.

30 Large crowds came to Him, bringing with them lame people, blind people, crippled people, those unable to talk, and many others, and laid them down at His feet, and He healed them. 31 As a result, the crowd marvelled when they saw those unable to talk speaking, crippled people being made sound, lame people walking, and blind people seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus' Feeding of the Four Thousand — Mark 8:1-9

32 Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, "I have compassion for the crowd. For they have already been staying with Me for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, that they may not become exhausted on the way."

33 His disciples asked Him, "From where can we get so much bread in a remote place to satisfy such a large crowd?"

34 Jesus asked them, "How many loaves do you have?"

They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."

35 He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples; and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 All of them had enough to eat. They took up seven large baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over. 38 Those who were eating were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had dismissed the crowds, He got into the boat, and came to the vicinity of Magadan.

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Mt 16

The Pharisees' Attempt to See a Miraculous Sign — Mark 8:10-12

1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus, and, to test Him, they asked Him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven.

2 He answered them, "When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fine weather. For the sky is red'; 3 and in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today. For the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to judge the appearance of the sky, but you cannot judge the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation demands a miraculous sign, and a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah."

Then Jesus left them and went away.

Jesus' Warning about the Yeast of the Pharisees — Mark 8:13b-21

5 When the disciples had gone to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Jesus told them, "Be on guard, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!"

7 They began to discuss this among themselves. They said, "It is because we have not brought any bread."

8 Jesus knew it, and asked, "Why are you discussing among yourselves, O you of little faith, about having no bread? 9 Do you not understand yet, and do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many 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 do not understand that I have not spoken to you about bread? Instead, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!"

12 Then they understood that He had not said that they should beware of the yeast that is used in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter's Confession at Caesarea Philippi — Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21

13 When Jesus came to the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

14 They answered, "Some say John the Baptist; some Elijah; and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."

15 He asked them, "You, however, who do you say I am?"

16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

17 Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! For flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but My Father, who is in heaven. 18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I shall build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I shall give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you tie up on earth will be tied up in heaven; and whatever you untie on earth will be untied in heaven."

20 Then He warned the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ.

Jesus' First Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Mark 8:31-33; Luke 9:22

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem, suffer greatly at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised on the third day.

22 However, Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, "May God in His mercy spare you this, Lord! This will certainly not happen to You."

23 However, Jesus turned and told Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, because you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of human beings."

The Conditions of Discipleship — Mark 8:34-9:1; Luke 9:23-27

24 Then Jesus told 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 what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I tell you that there are some of those who are standing here who will certainly not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

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Mt 17

Jesus' Transfiguration — Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36

1 After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up onto a high mountain by themselves. 2 Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them and began to talk with Jesus. 4 Peter reacted by saying to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You wish, I shall make three tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud suddenly overshadowed them, and a voice out of the cloud said: "This is My Son, whom I love. With Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!"

6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. 7 However, Jesus came and touched them and said, "Get up, and stop being afraid!"

8 Then they looked up, and saw no one except Jesus.

Jesus' Explanation about the Predicted Coming of Elijah — Mark 9:9-13; Luke 7:37

9 While they were coming down from the mountain Jesus commanded them, "Do not tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead!"

10 The disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

11 Jesus answered, "Elijah does come, and will restore all things. 12 However, I tell you that Elijah has already come, and people have not recognised him, but have done to him whatever they have wanted to. In the same way the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands."

13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

Jesus' Healing of an Epileptic Boy with a Demon — Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43a

14 When they had come to the crowd, a man came to Jesus and knelt down before Him. 15 He said, "Lord, have mercy on my son! For he is an epileptic and is suffering greatly. For he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 I took him to Your disciples, and they could not heal him."

17 Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving and perverted generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me!"

18 Jesus rebuked the demon. It came out of the boy, and he was healed from that hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, "Why were we unable to cast it out?"

20 He told them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I tell you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there!' It will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."*1

Jesus' Second Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43b-45

22 While they were coming together in Galilee, Jesus told 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." Then they became very sad.

Peter's Finding of a Coin in a Fish's Mouth for the Temple Tax

24 After they had arrived at Capernaum, those who were collecting the two-drachma tax approached Peter and asked, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?"

25 Peter answered, "Yes."

He went into the house, but Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs duties or tax, from their children or from strangers?"

26 When he answered, "From strangers," Jesus told him: "Then at least the children are exempt; 27 but in order that we may not give offence to them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and open its mouth! You will find a four-drachma coin. Take that and pay it to them for Me and for you."

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Mt 18

A Section about Jesus' Words: Rules for the New People of God (18:1-35)

A Dispute among the Disciples about Greatness — Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48

1 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

2 He called a little child to Him and set him among them. 3 He said, "Truly, I tell you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, 5 and whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.

Jesus' Warning about Causing Others to Stumble — Mark 9:42-48; Luke 17:1-2

6 "Nevertheless, if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him that a large millstone were hung around his neck and that he were drowned in the deepest part of the sea. 7 How terrible for the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Things that cause people to sin must come, but how terrible for the person through whom the cause for others to sin comes! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from yourself! It is better for you to go into life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 If your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away from yourself! It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell-fire. 10 Be careful that you do not despise one of these little ones! For I tell you that their angels in heaven are always looking at the face of My Father, who is in heaven. *2

Jesus' Parable about the Lost Sheep — Luke 15:1-7

12 "What do you think? If a man acquires a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that is going astray? 13 If he happens to find it, truly, I tell you that he rejoices more about it than about the ninety-nine that have not gone astray. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven does not want one of these little ones to be lost.

Jesus' Admonition to Reprove one's Brother

15 "If your brother sins against you, go and point out his sin to him when you are alone with him! If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 However, if he will not listen, take one or two others with you so that you have two or three witnesses to verify every word! 17 If he will not listen to them, tell it to the church! However, if he will not listen even to the church, treat him like a heathen and a tax-collector! 18 Truly, I tell you, whatever you tie up on earth will be tied up in heaven; and whatever you untie on earth will be untied in heaven.

Jesus' Instruction about Agreement in Prayer

19 "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about anything at all that they ask, My Father in heaven will do it for them. 20 For where two or three have come together in My name, there I am among them."

Jesus' Answer to a Question about Forgiveness

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked Him, "Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother when he keeps sinning against me? Up to seven times?"

22 Jesus answered him, "I tell you, not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Jesus' Parable about the Unmerciful Servant

23 "That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he had begun to settle accounts, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since this slave could not pay the debt, the master ordered that he should be sold, with his wife, children, and all that he had, and that payment should be made. 26 Therefore the slave fell on his knees, bowed low before him, and asked: ‘Be patient with me! I shall pay everything back to you.' 27 The master of that slave felt compassion for him, freed him, and forgave him his debt.

28 "However, when that slave had gone out, he found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii. He took hold of him and began to choke him. He said, ‘Pay what you owe!' 29 Therefore his fellow slave fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me! I shall pay you back.' 30 However, he refused. Instead, he went off and put him into prison until he should pay back what he owed. 31 Therefore when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very sad and went and told their own master everything that had happened. 32 Then his master sent for him and said to him: ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have pitied your fellow slave as I had also pitied you?' 34 His master was angry and handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back all that he owed.

35 "That is also what My Father in heaven will do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart."

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Mt 19

Fifth Section (19:1-25:46)

Jesus' Ministry in Perea and Judea (19:1-22:46)

Jesus' Instruction about Marriage and Divorce — Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18 — Compare Matthew 5:31-32

1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, He left Galilee and went to the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there. 3 Some Pharisees came to Him to test Him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?"

4 Jesus replied, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female,' 5 and said: ‘That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined together!"

7 They asked Him, "Why, then, did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and divorce her?"

8 Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. However, from the beginning it was not like that. 9 I also tell you, if anyone divorces his wife, except for adultery, and marries another, he is living in adultery."

10 The disciples said to Him, "If this is the situation between the husband and his wife, it is better not to marry."

11 He answered them, "Not all can accept this saying, but it is only for those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born like that from their mother's wombs, there are eunuchs who were mutilated by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

Jesus' Reception of Little Children — Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17

13 Then little children were brought to Jesus that He might lay His hands on them and pray. However, the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

14 Nevertheless, Jesus said, "Permit the little children to come to Me and stop hindering them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

15 When He had laid His hands on them, He went away from there.

Jesus' Answer to a Rich Young Leader's Question — Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"

17 Jesus asked him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is One who is good. However, if you want to enter into life, keep the Commandments!"

18 He asked Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "‘You shall not murder!' ‘You shall not commit adultery!' ‘You shall not steal!' ‘You shall not bear false witness!' 19 ‘Honour your father and your mother!' and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself!'"

20 The young man told Him, "I have been keeping all these. What do I still lack?"

21 Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor! You will have treasure in heaven. Then come here and follow Me!"

22 When the young man heard this saying, he went away sadly because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus told His disciples, "Truly, I tell you, it will be difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

25 When the disciples heard this, they were extremely astonished, and asked, "Who, then, can be saved?"

26 Jesus looked straight at them and said: "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

27 Then Peter answered Him: "Look! We have left everything and followed You. What, then, shall we get?"

28 Jesus told them, "Truly, I tell you, in the renewed world, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you also, who have followed Me, will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 However, many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

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Mt 20

Jesus' Parable about the Labourers in the Vineyard

1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed with the workers to pay them a denarius a day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go into the vineyard! I shall pay you whatever is right.' 5 So they went.

"He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found some others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why are you standing here all day long doing nothing?'

7 "They answered him, ‘Because nobody has hired us.'

"He told them, ‘You also go into the vineyard!'

8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his manager, ‘Call the workmen, and give them their pay! Begin with the last and go on to the first!'

9 "Those who began working about the eleventh hour came, and each received a denarius. 10 When the first ones came, they expected that they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 Although they took it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 They said, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have endured the burden and the heat of the day.'

13 "He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. You agreed with me on a denarius, did you not? 14 Take what is yours and go! I want to give this last man as much as I have given you. 15 Or do I not have the right to do what I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

16 "In this way the last will be first and the first last."

Jesus' Third Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34

17 When Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the Twelve by themselves and told them on the way: 18 "Look! We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn Him to die 19 and hand Him over to the Gentiles to be made fun of, whipped, and crucified; but on the third day He will be raised."

The Request of the Sons of Zebedee for Prominent Positions in Jesus' Kingdom — Mark 10:35-45

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and bowed before Him to make a request of Him.

21 He asked her, "What do you want?"

She told Him, "Promise that one of my two sons will sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your kingdom!"

22 Jesus answered, "You do not realise what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?"

They told Him, "We can."

23 He told them, "You will drink My cup, but to sit at My right and at My left I can grant only to those for whom My Father has prepared these positions."

24 When the other ten heard about it, they became angry with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them and said: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles are lords over them, and their great men are tyrants over them. 26 However, it is not like that among you. Let anyone who wants to become great among you be your servant; 27 and anyone who wants to be first among you should be your slave, 28 just as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many."

The Healing of Bartimaeus0 and another Blind Man — Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

29 While they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. 30 There were two blind men sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was going past, they shouted: "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted even more: "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"

32 Jesus stood still, called them, and asked, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

33 They told Him, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened."

34 Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes; and immediately their sight was restored and they began to follow Him.

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Mt 21

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem — Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-19

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and reached Bethphage, on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples. 2 He told them, "Go to the village ahead of you! At once you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me! 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,' and he will send them immediately."

4 This happened so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: 5 "Tell the daughter of Zion: ‘Look! Your King is coming to you, meek, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their garments on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 The very large crowd spread their garments on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of Him and that followed Him were shouting: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens!"

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred, and asked, "Who is this?"

11 The crowds answered, "This is the Prophet Jesus, who is from Nazareth in Galilee."

Jesus' Clearing of the Temple — Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-46

12 Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. 13 He told them, "Scripture has said, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'"

14 Blind and lame people came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David!" in the temple, they were indignant. 16 They asked Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?"

Jesus replied to them, "Yes. Have you never read: ‘Out of the mouths of infants and breast-fed babies You have prepared praise for Yourself'?"

Jesus' Return to Bethany — Luke 11:11

17 He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree — Mark 11:12-14

18 Early in the morning, while Jesus was going back to the city, He became hungry. 19 When He saw a fig tree beside the road, He went up to it and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, "May no fruit ever grow on you again!" Immediately the fig tree withered.

The Meaning of the Withered Fig Tree — Mark 11:20-26

20 When the disciples saw this, they were astonished. They asked, "How has the fig tree withered so quickly?"

21 Jesus answered them, "Truly, I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but also, if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up, and be thrown into the sea,' it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Jesus' Response to a Question about His Authority — Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8

23 When He had come to the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching. They asked, "By what authority are You doing these things?" and "Who has given You this authority?"

24 Jesus answered them, "I also shall ask you one thing. If you tell it to Me, I too shall tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 From where did the baptism of John come? Was it from heaven or from men?"

They discussed it among themselves: "If we say, ‘From heaven,' He will ask us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?' 26 However, if we say, ‘From men,' — we are afraid of the crowd. For they all regard John as a prophet."

27 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know."

Then He also told them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Jesus' Parable about the Two Sons

28 "What do you think of this? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today!'

29 "He answered, ‘I do not want to.' Later he changed his mind and went.

30 "The father went to the other one and told him the same thing. He answered, ‘I shall, sir,' but he did not go.

31 "Which of the two did what the father wanted?"

They answered, "The first."

Jesus told them, "Truly, I tell you, tax-collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you teaching you the way of righteousness, but you did not believe him. The tax-collectors and prostitutes believed him. However, even when you had seen that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

Jesus' Parable about the Wicked Tenant-Farmers — Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19

33 "Listen to another parable! There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard out to some farmers, and went away on a journey. 34 When the vintage time approached, he sent his servants to the tenant-farmers to get his fruit. 35 The tenant-farmers seized his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants, more than the first, and the tenant-farmers treated them in the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.' 38 However, when the tenant-farmers saw his son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and let us get his inheritance!' 39 So they took him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

40 "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenant-farmers?"

41 They answered, "He will make those scoundrels die a miserable death and rent out the vineyard to other tenant-farmers, who will give him the fruit due to him at its right time."

42 Jesus asked them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous for us to see'?

43 "Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation that continues to produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this Stone will be dashed in pieces, and, if It falls on anyone, It will crush him."

45 When the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He was talking about them. 46 Although they wanted to arrest Him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they regarded Him as a prophet.

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Mt 22

Jesus' Parable about the Marriage-Feast

1 Again Jesus used parables in speaking to them. He said: 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding for his son. 3 He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come. 4 Then he sent other servants and said to them, ‘Tell the people who have been invited, "Look here! I have prepared my dinner. My bulls and fattened calves have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding!"'

5 "However, they paid no attention and went away, one to his farm, another to his business; 6 and the rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king became angry. He sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

8 "Then he told his servants: ‘The wedding is ready, but the people who have been invited have not deserved to come. 9 Therefore go where the highways leave the city, and invite everyone you find to the wedding!'

10 "Those servants went out on the highways and brought in all the people whom they found, both bad and good. Then the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 "When the king came in to observe the guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing a wedding garment. 12 He asked him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' The man could not say a thing. 13 Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!'

14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."

Jesus' Answer to a Question about Paying Tax to Caesar — Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26

15 Then the Pharisees went away and plotted how to trap Him in His Words. 16 They sent their disciples to Him with Herod's supporters to say to Him: "Teacher, we know that You are honest, that You teach the way of God in truth. You pay no attention to who people are, since You do not show favouritism. 17 Therefore tell us: What do You think? Is it right to pay a tax to Caesar, or not?"

18 Jesus recognised their evil intent, and asked, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the coin used for paying the tax!"

They brought Him a denarius. 20 He asked them, "Whose portrait is this, and whose inscription?"

21 They said to Him, "Caesar's."

Then He told them, "Therefore pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's!"

22 They were astonished when they heard this. Then they let Him alone and went away.

Jesus' Answer to a Question of the Sadducees about the Resurrection — Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40

23 On that day Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, came to Him, and asked Him: 24 "Teacher, Moses said: ‘If anyone dies without any children, his brother should, as next of kin, marry his widow and have children for his brother.' 25 There were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and, since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 Likewise the second brother also and the third, and down to the seventh. 27 Last of all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be, since they had all married her?"

29 Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection people do not marry, nor are they given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven. 31 However, concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what has been spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

33 When the crowds were hearing this, they were astonished at His teaching.

Jesus' Response about the Greatest Commandments, Love of God and of the Neighbour — Mark 12:28-34

34 When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.

35 One of them, an expert in the Law, asked Him a question, to test Him, 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest Commandment in the Law?"

37 Jesus answered him, "‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind!' 38 This is the greatest and the first Commandment. 39 The second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself!' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments."

Jesus' Question to the Pharisees about David's Son — Mark 12:35-37a; Luke 20:41-44

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?"

They said to Him, "The son of David."

43 He asked them, "How, then, does David, by the Spirit, call Him ‘Lord'? For he says, 44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet!"' 45 Therefore, if David calls Him ‘Lord,' how is He his son?"

46 No one could answer Him a word, and from that day on no one dared to ask Him any more questions.

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Mt 23

A Selection of Jesus' Words: Seven Woes and Predictions about the Last Things (23:1-25:46)

Jesus' Woes against the Pharisees — Mark 12:37b-40; Luke 20:45-47

1 Then Jesus told the crowds and His disciples: 2 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 Therefore do all the things that they tell you, and keep them; but do not do as they do! For they tell others, but do not practise it. 4 They tie up loads that are heavy and hard to carry, and lay them on other people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with one of their fingers. 5 They do everything that they do in order that other people may see them. For they make their prayer-strips broad, and the tassels on their garments long. 6 They love the places of honour at dinners and the most important seats in synagogues. 7 They love to be greeted in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi' by other people. 8 However, you, do not be called ‘Rabbi'! For you have only one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth ‘Father'! For you have only one Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called ‘teachers'! For you have only one Teacher, the Christ. 11 He who is the greatest among you shall be your servant! 12 He who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Jesus' Woes and Warnings about the Scribes and Pharisees — Luke 11:37-54

13 "How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you are locking up the kingdom of heaven against other people. For you are not going in yourselves, and you are not allowing those who are trying to enter to go in. *3 15 How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel around the sea and the dry land to make one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are. 16 How terrible for you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold in the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17 You blind and foolish people! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that has made the gold holy? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift that is on it, he is bound by his oath.' 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift holy? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar swears by it and by all the things that are on it. 21 He who swears by the temple swears by it and by the One who dwells in it. 22 He who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by the One who is sitting on it. 23 How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have done the latter things without neglecting the former! 24 Blind guides! You strain out the gnat, but swallow the camel. 25 How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and of the dish in order that the outside also may be clean. 27 How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed graves, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. 28 So you also on the outside appear righteous to other people, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 How terrible for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who were righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31 Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers! 33 You snakes! You brood of vipers! How are you to escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore now, I am sending to you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify. Others of them you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 so that all the righteous blood that has been shed on the earth may come on you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I tell you, all these things will come on this generation.

Jesus' Lament over Jerusalem — compare Luke 13:34-35

37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who have murdered the prophets and stoned those who have been sent to you, how often I have wanted to bring your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you have not been willing! 38 Now your house will be left to you a deserted place. 39 For I tell you, you will never see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

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Mt 24

Jesus' Prediction of the Destruction of the Temple — Mark 13:1-4; Luke 21:5-7

1 When Jesus left the temple and was walking away, His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 Jesus told them, "You see all these things, do you not? Truly, I tell you, one stone will certainly not be left on another here. Every one will be thrown down."

3 While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him privately and said, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?"

The Signs of the Kingdom — Mark 13:5-8; Luke 21:8-11

4 Jesus answered them, "Beware that no one deceives you! 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 You are going to hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you do not become alarmed! For these things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 For one nation will rise against another nation, and one kingdom against another kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 However, all these are the beginning of birth-pains. 9 Then they will hand you over to be afflicted, and they will kill you; and all nations will hate you because of My name. 10 Then many will be offended, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and deceive many people. 12 Because lawlessness will increase, the love of most people will also grow cold. 13 However, the one who endures to the end will be saved.

The Spread of the Gospel before the End — Mark 13:9-13; Luke 21:12-19

14 "This Good News of the kingdom will also be preached in the whole world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

A Prediction about the Devastating Abomination — Mark 13:14-20; Luke 21:20-24

15 "Daniel the prophet spoke about the devastating abomination, which would stand in the holy place. When you see it — let the reader take note — 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains! 17 He who is on the roof should not come down to take things out of his house! 18 He who is in the field should not turn back to get his coat!

19 "How terrible for the women who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Pray that it may not be winter or a Sabbath when you flee! 21 For it will be a time of great misery, such as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now — and surely will never happen again. 22 Moreover, if that time had not been cut short, no one would be saved. However, that time will be cut short for the sake of those whom He has chosen.

The Culmination of the Troubles — Luke 13:21-23; Luke 17:21

23 "At that time if anyone tells you, ‘Look! Here is Christ!' or ‘There He is!' do not believe it! 24 For false christs and false prophets will come and work great miraculous signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. 25 You see, I have told you this before it happens.

The Day of the Son of Man — Luke 17:23-24, 37

26 "So when you are told, ‘There He is in the wilderness!' do not go out; or ‘Here He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it! 27 For the coming of the Son of Man will be like the lightning, which starts in the east and flashes across the whole sky, to the west. 28 Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.

The Coming of the Son of Man — Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the miraculous sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Jesus' Parable about the Fig Tree — Mark 13:28-29; Luke 21:29-31

32 "Learn this parable from the fig tree! When its branch has already become tender and it sprouts its leaves, you know summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the doors.

The Certainty of Jesus' Words and the Time of His Coming — Mark 13:30-32; Luke 21:32-33

34 "Truly, I tell you, that this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things happen. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will certainly not pass away.

The Need for Watchfulness — Compare Mark 13:32-37; Luke 21:34-36

36 "No one knows about that day and hour, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the days of Noah. 38 For in those days before the flood people were eating and drinking, and marrying and being married, until the day when Noah went into the ark. 39 They knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away. That is what the coming of the Son of Man will also be like. 40 At that time two men will be in the field. One will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left.

Jesus' Parable about the Watchful Householder — Luke 12:39-40

42 "Therefore stay awake! For you do not know at which hour your Lord is coming. 43 However, be aware of this! If the householder had known at which time of the night the burglar was coming, he would have stayed awake, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also, be ready! For the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Jesus' Parable about the Faithful and Wise Servant — Luke 12:42-46

45 "Who then is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the right time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing this when he comes! 47 Truly, I tell you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 However, if that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away for a long time,' 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not expecting him and at an hour of which he is not aware. 51 His master will cut him in two and assign his place with the hypocrites. There they will weep and gnash their teeth.

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Mt 25

Jesus' Parable about the Ten Virgins

1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For, when those who were foolish brought their lamps, they did not bring any olive-oil with them. 4 Those who were wise, however, brought olive-oil in their jars with their lamps. 5 When the bridegroom took a long time, they all became drowsy, and began to sleep. 6 At midnight there was a shout: ‘The bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him!' 7 Then all those virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 Those who were foolish asked those who were wise, ‘Give us some of your olive-oil! For our lamps are going out.' 9 However, those who were wise answered, ‘No, otherwise there will certainly not be enough for us and for you. Rather, go to those who sell oil, and buy some for yourselves!' 10 While they were going away to buy it, the bridegroom came. The ones who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us!' 12 However, he answered them, ‘Truly, I tell you, I do not know you.'

13 "Therefore stay awake! For you do not know the day or the hour."

Jesus' Parable about Three Kinds of Workers and their Talents — Compare the Parable of the Minas, Luke 19:12-27

14 "For it is like a man going on a journey. He called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 He gave one man five talents, another two talents, and another one talent, each according to his ability; and he immediately went on his journey. 16 The one who had received the five talents went and put them to work and gained five more. 17 In the same way the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 However, the one who had received the one talent went away, dug in the ground, and hid his master's money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came and brought five more talents. He said, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. Look! I have gained five more talents.'

21 "His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I shall put you in charge of many things. Enter into your master's joy!'

22 "The one who had received the two talents came and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. Look! I have gained two more talents.'

23 "His master told him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I shall put you in charge of many things. Enter into your master's joy!'

24 "When the one who had received the one talent also came, he said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown, and gathering from where you have not scattered. 25 I was afraid. So I went away and hid your talent in the ground. Look! Here you have what is yours.'

26 "His master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! So did you know that I harvest where I have not sown, and gather from where I have not scattered? 27 Therefore you should have deposited my money with the bankers; and, when I returned, I would have received my own back with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents! 29 For everyone who has something will be given more, and he will have plenty. However, he who has nothing will have even what he has taken away from him. 30 So throw the useless servant out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!'"

The Last Judgment

31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will have the sheep stand at His right but the goats at His left. 34 Then the King will say to those at His right, ‘Come, you whom My Father has blessed! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the time when the world was created! 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you took Me into your homes; 36 naked, and you gave Me something to wear; sick, and you looked after Me; in prison, and you visited Me.'

37 "Then the righteous ones will ask Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You a drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You into our homes, or naked and give You something to wear? 39 When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?'

40 "Then the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, anything you have done for one of My brothers here, even the least important of them, you have done for Me.'

41 "Then He will say to those at His left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; thirsty, and you did not give Me a drink; 43 a stranger, and you did not take Me into your homes; naked, and you did not give Me anything to wear; sick and in prison, and you did not look after Me.'

44 "Then they also will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not help You?'

45 "Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, anything you have not done for one of these, even the least important of them, you have not done for Me.'

46 "Then these will go away to everlasting punishment, but the righteous ones to everlasting life."

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Mt 26

Jesus' Passion, Death, and Resurrection (26:1-28:20)

The Plot of the Jews to Put Jesus to Death — Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2; John 11:45-57

1 When Jesus finished saying all these things, He told His disciples, 2 "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."

3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the chief priest, whose name was Caiaphas. 4 They plotted to arrest Jesus in an underhanded way and kill Him. 5 However, they said, "Not during the festival! Or there may be a riot among the people."

Mary's Anointing of Jesus at Bethany — Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8

6 When Jesus was at Bethany in the home of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, and she poured it on His head while He was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw it they were indignant. They asked, "Why this waste? 9 For this perfume could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."

10 Since He was aware of it, Jesus asked them, "Why are you bothering the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to Me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. 12 For she has put this perfume on My body to prepare Me for burial. 13 Truly, I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her."

Judas' Plan to Betray Jesus — Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6

14 Then one of the Twelve, the one called ‘Judas Iscariot,' went to the chief priests.

15 He asked, "What are you willing to pay me if I hand Him over to you?"

They offered him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas kept looking for an opportunity to betray Him.

The Preparation for the Passover — Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13

17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"

18 He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, "My appointed time is near. I shall celebrate the Passover at your house with My disciples"'!"

19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and prepared the Passover. 20 When evening had come, He was reclining at the table with the Twelve.

Jesus' Prediction of His Betrayal — Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14, 21-23; John 13:21-30

21 While they were eating, He said, "Truly, I tell you that one of you will betray Me."

22 They were very sad, and each one of them began to ask Him, "I am not the one, am I, Lord?"

23 Jesus answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the bowl with Me is the one who will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man is going as the Scriptures have said about Him, but how terrible for that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born."

25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, asked, "I am not the one, am I, Rabbi?"

Jesus told him, "You have said that."

The Institution of the Lord's Supper — Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-25

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread and gave thanks. He broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat! This is My body."

27 He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you! 28 For this is My blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 For I tell you, I shall certainly not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you anew in My Father's kingdom."

The Way to Gethsemane, and Prophecy of Peter's Denials — Mark 14:28-31; Luke 22:30-34; John 13:36-38

30 After they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus told them, "All of you will take offence at Me this night. For Scripture has said, ‘I shall strike down the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 32 However, after I have been raised, I shall go ahead of you to Galilee."

33 Peter answered Him, "If they are all going to take offence at You, I shall never take offence."

34 Jesus told him, "Truly, I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."

35 Peter told Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I shall certainly not deny You."

All the other disciples said something similar.

Jesus' Prayer in Gethsemane — Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1

36 Then Jesus went with the disciples to a place called "Gethsemane," and told them, "Sit down here while I go over there and pray!"

37 He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and distressed.

38 Then He told them, "My soul is very sorrowful, to the point of death. Stay here and be watchful with Me!"

39 He went ahead a little, fell down with His face to the ground, and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me! Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will!"

40 When He came back to the disciples, He found them sleeping. He asked Peter, "So could you men not be watchful with Me for one hour? 41 Be watchful and pray, that you may not enter into temptation! The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, let Your will be done!"

43 He came again and found them sleeping, because their eyes had been weighed down. 44 He left them again, and went away again and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to the disciples and asked them, "Are you still sleeping on and resting? Look! The hour has come, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up! Let us go! Look! The one who is betraying Me is at hand."

The Arrest of Jesus — Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-54a; John 18:1-14

47 While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd from the chief priests and elders of the people. They were carrying swords and clubs. 48 The betrayer had given them a signal. He said, "The One whom I kiss is the Man. Arrest Him!"

49 Judas at once went up to Jesus, said, "Greetings, Rabbi," and kissed Him.

50 Jesus told him, "Friend, do what you have come for!"

Then the men came forward, took hold of Jesus, and arrested Him. 51 Suddenly, one of Jesus' companions stretched out his hand and drew his sword. He struck the chief priest's slave and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus told him, "Put your sword back in its place! For all who take the sword will die by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, so that He will at once provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How, then, are the Scriptures to be fulfilled, which say that it must happen in this way?"

55 At that time Jesus asked the crowd, "Have you come out to arrest Me with swords and clubs as if I were a robber? Every day I have been sitting and teaching in the temple, and you have not arrested Me. 56 However, all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled."

Then all His disciples deserted Him and ran away.

Jesus' First Trial before the Jewish Court — Mark 14:53-72; Luke 22:54-71

57 Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the chief priest, where the scribes and the elders had been called together. 58 Peter followed Him at a distance right up to the chief priest's courtyard. He went inside and sat down with the servants to see how this would end.

59 The chief priests and the whole Jewish council kept on looking for false testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death. 60 However, they did not find any, although many false witnesses came forward. Later two men came forward, 61 and said, "This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and build it in three days.'"

62 The chief priest stood up and asked Jesus, "Are you making no reply? What is it that these men are testifying against You?"

63 However, Jesus remained silent. Then the chief priest said to Him, "I put you under oath by the living God: Tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God!"

64 Jesus answered him, "It is as you have said, but I tell you all, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."

65 Then the chief priest tore his robes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look! Now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?"

They answered, "He is guilty and deserves to die."

67 Then they spat in His face and struck Him with their fists, and others slapped Him, 68 saying, "Prophesy to us, You Christ! Who is the one who has hit You?"

Peter's Denials of Jesus — Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54b-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27

69 Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came to him, saying, "You too were with Jesus of Galilee."

70 However, he denied it in front of them all. He said, "I do not know what you are talking about."

71 While he was going out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him. She told those who were there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."

72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I do not know the Man."

73 After a little while, those who were standing there approached Peter and said, "Surely you are also one of them. For your accent gives you away."

74 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the Man."

Immediately a rooster crowed, 75 and Peter remembered the statement that Jesus had made, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."

He went outside and wept bitterly.

27

Mt 27

The Death of Judas

1 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people came to a decision against Jesus, to put Him to death. 2 They bound Him, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate, the governor. 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he was filled with remorse and took the thirty silver coins back to the chief priests and elders. 4 He said, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood."

However, they said, "What is that to us? You should see to it!"

5 So he threw down the pieces of silver into the temple and departed. Then he went away and hanged himself. 6 The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are the price of blood."

7 They made the decision to use them to buy the Potter's Field, as a burial place for foreigners. 8 Therefore that field has been called "the Field of Blood" to this day. 9 Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, "I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him who had been valued, whom those of the children of Israel had valued, 10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord had commanded me."

Jesus' Trial before Pilate — Mark 15:1-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-38

11 Jesus stood before the governor. The governor asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered, "It is as you say."

12 While the chief priests and elders were accusing Him, He did not answer at all. 13 Then Pilate asked Him, "Do You not hear how much testimony they are bringing against You?"

14 However, Jesus made no reply to him, even about a single statement, so that the governor was very amazed.

The Choice between Jesus and Barabbas, and the Sentencing of Jesus to Death — Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:17-25; John 18:39-40

15 At every feast the governor used to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they chose. 16 At that time they were holding a well-known prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when the people had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called ‘Christ'?"

18 For he knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent someone to tell him, "Do not have anything to do with that innocent Man! For I have suffered greatly today in a dream because of Him."

20 However, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death. 21 The governor asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?"

They said, "Barabbas."

22 Pilate asked them, "Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called ‘Christ'?"

They all said, "Let Him be crucified!"

23 Pilate said, "No, what wrong has He done?"

Nevertheless, they began to shout even louder: "Let Him be crucified!"

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. He said, "I am innocent of this Man's blood. You will see to it yourselves."

25 All the people answered, "Let His blood be on us and on our children!"

26 Then he released Barabbas for them, but he had Jesus scourged, and handed Him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers' Mockery of Jesus — Mark 15:16-20; John 19:1-3

27 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the governor's quarters, and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him. 28 They took His clothes off and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 They twisted together a crown of thorns, placed it on His head, and put a stick in His right hand, knelt in front of Him, and made fun of Him, saying: "Welcome, King of the Jews!" 30 They spat on Him, took the stick, and began to beat Him on the head.

31 After they had made fun of Him, they took the robe off Him, and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.

The Road to Calvary — Mark 15:21; Luke 22:26-32

32 While they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene by the name of Simon, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.

Jesus' Crucifixion — Mark 14:22-32; Luke 23:33-43; John 19:16b-24

33 When they had come to a place called "Golgotha," which means "The Place of a Skull," 34 they offered Him a drink of wine mixed with gall, but, when He had tasted it, He refused to drink it. 35 After they had crucified Him, they divided His clothes among themselves by throwing lots. 36 Then they sat down there and kept watch over Him. 37 Above His head they placed the written charge against Him: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."

38 At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one at His right and the other at His left. 39 Those who were passing by kept ridiculing Him, shaking their heads, 40 and saying, "You, who are going to tear down the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"

41 The chief priests, together with the scribes and elders, also kept making fun of Him in a similar way, saying, 42 "He saved others: He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel. He should come down from the cross now, and we shall believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'" 44 In the same way even the robbers who had been crucified with Him kept insulting Him.

Jesus' Death on the Cross — Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-30

45 At noon darkness came over the whole land and lasted until three in the afternoon. 46 About three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "This man is calling Elijah."

48 Immediately one of them ran, took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to Him to drink. 49 The others said, "Let Him alone! Let us see if Elijah is coming to save Him!"

50 Jesus cried out once again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.

51 Just then the curtain in the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had died were raised. 53 They came out of the tombs, after Jesus had risen, went into the Holy City, and appeared to many people.

54 When the captain and those who were watching Jesus with him saw the earthquake and the other things that happened, they were terrified. They said, "Truly, this Man was the Son of God!"

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee and used to support Him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

Jesus' Burial — Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42

57 In the evening a rich man from Arimathea by the name of Joseph, who had also become a disciple of Jesus, came. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it should be given to him.

59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. After he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, he went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees met with Pilate. 63 They said, "Sir, we remember how that deceiver said while He was still alive, ‘After three days I shall rise.' 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, to keep His disciples from coming and stealing Him, and telling the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead'! Then the latter deception will be worse than the former."

65 Pilate told them, "You have a guard. Go and make it as secure as you know how!"

66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

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Mt 28

The Resurrection of Jesus — Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10

1 After the Sabbath, as Sunday was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, went to the tomb, rolled the stone back, and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were as white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel told the women, "Do not be afraid! For I know that you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified. 6 He is not here. For He has risen, as He said. Come! See the place where He was lying! 7 Then go quickly, and tell His disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead. Indeed, He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him.' Be sure! I have told you."

8 The women hurried away from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. 9 Just then Jesus met them, and said, "Greetings!"

They went up to Him, took hold of His feet, and worshipped Him.

10 Then Jesus told them, "Stop being afraid! Go, and tell My brothers to go to Galilee! There they will see Me."

The Bribery of the Soldiers

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guard went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and devised a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 and told them, "Say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him while we were sleeping'! 14 If the governor hears about it, we shall persuade him and keep you out of trouble."

15 They took the money and did as they had been instructed. This story has also been widely circulated among the Jews until the present day.

Jesus' Command to the Eleven to Make Disciples

16 The eleven disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.

18 When Jesus came near, He spoke to them. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations by baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 20 and by teaching them to keep all that I have commanded you! Certainly, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

 

Index

 

MARK

1

Mk 1

A. The Theme (1:1) and Introduction (1:2-13)

The Preaching of John the Baptist — Matthew 3:1-12; Luke 3:1-18; John 1:19-28

1 The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it has been written in the prophet Isaiah: "Look! I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. 3 A voice of one calling out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight!'"

4 John the Baptist came in the wilderness and preached that people should repent and be baptised for the forgiveness of sins. 5 All the land of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem kept coming out to him. They were baptised by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was dressed in camels' hair, wore a leather belt around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He preached: "He who is mightier than I am is coming after me, and I am not worthy to bend down and untie His sandal-straps. 8 I have baptised you with water; but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit."

The Baptism of Jesus — Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22; compare John 1:29-34

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn apart and the Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven: "You are My Son, whom I love. With You I am well pleased."

The Temptation of Jesus — Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13

12 At once the Spirit drove Him out into the wilderness, 13 and He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels served Him.

Galilean Period of Jesus' Ministry (1:14-9:50)

Jesus' Ministry around the Sea of Galilee (1:14-5:43)

The First Preaching in Galilee and the Call of the First Disciples — Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11; John 1:35-51

14 After John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News of God: 15 "The time has come and the kingdom of God is near. Repent, and believe in the Good News!"

16 While He was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Simon's brother Andrew casting a net in the sea. For they were fishermen. 17 Jesus told them, "Come and follow Me! I shall make you fishers of men."

18 They at once left their nets and followed Him.

19 When He had gone on a little farther, He saw James, the son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were also in their boat, mending their nets. 20 He called them at once; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.

Jesus' Driving out of a Demon at Capernaum — Luke 4:31-37

21 They went to Capernaum. On the next Sabbath, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at His teaching. For He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes taught. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24 "What do we have in common with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God!"

25 Jesus spoke sharply to him: "Be quiet, and come out of him!"

26 The unclean spirit shook the man violently and with a loud shriek came out of him. 27 The people were all so amazed that they debated with one another: "What is this? This is a new teaching, with authority! He even gives orders to the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."

28 The news about Him spread quickly everywhere through the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus' Healing of Peter's Wife's Mother — Matthew 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39

29 Immediately after they left the synagogue, they went into the home of Simon and Andrew, together with James and John. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was lying down with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. 31 He went to her, took her hand, and lifted her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.

Jesus' Healing of Sick People one Evening — Matthew 8:16-17; Luke 4:40-41

32 In the evening, when the sun had set, people kept bringing to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 The whole city had gathered at the door. 34 Jesus healed many who were sick with various diseases, and drove out many demons, but He would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

Jesus' Departure from Capernaum and His First Preaching-journey in Galilee — Matthew 4:23-25; Luke 4:42-44

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a lonely place, and there He prayed. 36 Simon and those who were with him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they told Him, "Everyone is looking for You."

38 He told them, "Let us go somewhere else, to the small towns that are near, so that I may preach there also! For I have come forth for this purpose."

39 He went and preached in their synagogues everywhere in Galilee and drove out the demons.

Jesus' Healing of a Leper — Matthew 8:1-4; Luke 5:12-14

40 Then a leper came to Him and begged Him on his knees. He said to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean."

41 Jesus was moved with compassion. He stretched out His hand, touched him, and told him, "I am willing. Be made clean!"

42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 "See that you do not say anything to anyone! Instead, go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them!"

45 Instead, he went out, and began to tell about it so much and to spread the news so widely that Jesus could no longer enter a city openly, but He stayed outside in lonely places. People kept coming to Him from every direction.

2

Mk 2

Jesus' Healing of a Paralysed Man — Matthew 9:1-8; Luke 5:17-26

1 When Jesus came back to Capernaum after some days, people heard that He was at home. Such a large number of people gathered that there was no longer any room, even near the door. He kept speaking the Word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to Him a paralysed man. Four men carried him. 4 Since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof over where Jesus was. After they had dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

6 Some of the scribes were sitting there, and they thought to themselves: 7 "Why is this Man speaking like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

8 Jesus immediately knew in His spirit that they were thinking to themselves like this. He asked them, "Why do you have these thoughts in your hearts? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralysed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk!'?

10 "You should know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins!" Then He said to the paralysed man, 11 "I tell you, get up, take your mat, and go to your home!"

12 The man got up, immediately took his mat, and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and praised God. They said, "We have never seen anything like this."

Jesus' Call of Matthew (Levi) — Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 5:27-32

13 Jesus went out again beside the sea. The entire crowd kept coming to Him, and He began to teach them. 14 As He was going past, He saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office. Jesus told him, "Follow Me!"

Levi got up and began to follow Him.

15 While Jesus was reclining at the table in Matthew's home, many tax-collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and His disciples. For there were many, and they were following Him. 16 When the scribes belonging to the Pharisees saw that He was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they kept asking His disciples, "Why does He eat with tax-collectors and sinners?"

17 Jesus heard them and told them: "Those who are healthy have no need of a doctor, but those who are sick. I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners."

Jesus' Response to a Question about Fasting — Matthew 9:14-17; Luke 5:33-39

18 John's disciples and the Pharisees used to fast. People came to Jesus and asked Him, "Why is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"

19 Jesus told them, "The friends of the bridegroom cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 However, the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast.

21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch shrinks away from the old cloth, and the tear is made worse. 22 No one puts new wine in old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the wineskins, and both the wine and the skins are lost. Rather, people put new wine in new wineskins."

The Plucking of Grain by Jesus' Disciples on the Sabbath — Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 6:1-5

23 Once Jesus was going through the grain-fields on a Sabbath. As the disciples walked along, they began to pick heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees began to tell Him, "Look! Why are they doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?"

25 Jesus asked them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were in need and became hungry: 26 how he went into the house of God at the time of Abiathar the chief priest, and ate the loaves set out before God, which are unlawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and how he also gave some to his companions?"

27 Then He went on to tell them, "The Sabbath was made for the sake of man, not man for the sake of the Sabbath. 28 For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

3

Mk 3

Jesus' Healing of a Man with a Shrivelled Hand — Matthew 12:9-15a; Luke 6:6-11

1 Then He went again into the synagogue, and a man was there who had a shrivelled hand. 2 They were watching Him closely to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they might accuse Him. 3 He told the man with the shrivelled hand, "Stand up in the middle!"

4 Then Jesus asked them, "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?"

However, they remained silent. 5 Jesus looked around at them with anger, and was distressed at the hardness of their hearts. Then He told the man, "Stretch out your hand!"

He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately began to plot with Herod's supporters against Jesus in order that they might destroy Him.

Jesus' Healing of Many People — Luke 6:17-19

7 Then Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. A large crowd from Galilee followed Him. There was also a large crowd from Judea, 8 from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from the other side of the Jordan, and from the area of Tyre and Sidon. They had heard about all the things that He was doing, and came to Him. 9 He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the crowd, to prevent them from pressing against Him. 10 For He had healed many people, so that all who had diseases were pressing around Him in order to touch Him. 11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, "You are the Son of God!"

12 However, He sternly warned them not to make Him known.

Jesus' Choice of Twelve Apostles — Matthew 10:1-4; Luke 6:13-16

13 Then He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He wanted, and they came to Him.

14 He appointed twelve, whom He also named "apostles," that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have authority to cast out demons.

16 He appointed the Twelve: Simon, to whom He gave the name "Peter;" 17 James the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, to whom He gave the name "Boanerges," which means "Thunderbolts;" 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

An Accusation of the Pharisees and the Controversy about Beelzebul — Matthew 12:22-32; Luke 11:14-23

20 Then Jesus came into the house. Again the crowd gathered, so that Jesus and those who were with Him were not even able to eat bread. 21 When His family heard about it, they came out to take charge of Him. For they were saying, "He has gone out of His mind!" 22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem began to say, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and, "It is by the ruler of the demons that He is driving out the demons."

23 Jesus called them to come to Him and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a family is divided against itself, that family will not be able to stand. 26 If Satan has risen up against himself and has been divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 Rather, no one can go into the strong man's house and plunder his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he will plunder his house. 28 Truly, I tell you, all the sins that the sons of men commit will be forgiven, and all the blasphemies that they utter. 29 However, anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin."

30 He said this because they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."

Jesus' Declaration about His Real Brothers — Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21

31 Just then His mother and His brothers came. They stood outside and sent someone to Him to ask Him to come out. 32 A crowd was sitting around Jesus, and they told Him, "Look! Your mother, Your brothers, and Your sisters are outside, looking for You."

33 He answered them, "Who are My mother and My brothers?" 34 He looked around at those who sat in a circle around Him, and said, "Look! Here are My mother and My brothers. 35 Whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother."

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Mk 4

Jesus' Parable about the Sower — Matthew 13:1-9; Luke 8:4-8

1 Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. A very large crowd gathered around Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, while the entire crowd was on the land, facing the sea.

2 He kept teaching them many things in parables, and, as He was teaching, He told them, 3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Some seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because it did not have deep soil. 6 When the sun came up, it was scorched, and, because it had no roots, it withered. 7 Some seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 However, other seeds fell on the good soil. It came up, grew, and produced grain, some thirty times as much, some sixty times as much, and some a hundred times as much."

9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear should hear!"

Jesus' Reason for Speaking in Parables — Matthew 13:10-15; Luke 8:9-10

10 When He was alone, those who were with Him together with the Twelve began to ask Him about the parables. 11 He answered them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those on the outside everything comes in parables, 12 so that they may see clearly and yet not perceive, and hear clearly and yet not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven."

Jesus' Interpretation of the Parable of the Sower — Matthew 13:18-23; Luke 8:11-15

13 He asked them, "Do you fail to understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the Word. 15 These are the ones along the path where the Word is sown: when they hear it, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that has been sown in them. 16 These are the ones who are sown on the rocky ground: when they hear the Word, they immediately receive it with joy, 17 and yet they have no root in themselves, but last for only a while. Afterwards, when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they are immediately caused to stumble. 18 Still others are the ones who are sown among the thorns: these are the ones who have heard the Word, 19 but the worries of the world, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for the other things come in and choke the Word, and it does not produce anything. 20 These are the ones who have been sown on the good soil: they continue to hear the Word, receive it, and go on producing a crop, some thirty times as much, some sixty times as much, and some a hundred times as much."

The Comparisons of a Lamp and a Lampstand, and the Right Use of Parables — (Matthew 5:14-16) Luke 11:33; Luke 8:16-18

21 Then He asked them: "Surely a lamp is not brought that it may be placed under the grain-measure or under the bed? Rather, is it not brought that it may be placed on the lampstand? 22 For there is nothing so secret that it will not be revealed, and there is nothing so hidden that it is not brought into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, he should hear!"

24 Then He went on to tell them: "Take care about what you are hearing! You will be measured by the measure by which you measure, and you will get even more. 25 For whoever has will be given more; and he who does not have will have even what he has taken away from him."

Jesus' Parable about the Seed Growing Secretly

26 Then He said: "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep and get up, by night and by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, although he does not know how. 28 All by itself the ground produces grain, first the green blade, then the head, and then the full wheat in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ready, he puts in the sickle, because harvest has come."

Jesus' Parable about the Mustard Seed — Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19

30 Then He asked, "To what are we to compare the kingdom of God, or with what parable are we to present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when it is sown on the ground, is a very small seed among all the seeds on earth. 32 Nevertheless, when it is sown, it comes up and becomes the largest of all the garden plants. It produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can make their dwelling under its shade."

The Use of Parables — Matthew 13:36-43

33 He used many parables like these to speak the Word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without using a parable. However, in private He used to explain everything fully to His disciples.

Jesus' Stilling of a Storm — Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

35 That day, when evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, "Let us go over to the other side!"

36 They left the crowd, and took Him along in the boat just as He was. There were other boats with Him. 37 A violent windstorm came up, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that the boat was already filling up. 38 Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping on the cushion. They woke Him and asked Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are drowning?"

39 When He had been wakened, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Be quiet! Be silenced!"

The wind stopped, and it became very calm.

40 He asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

41 They were very afraid, and kept saying to one another, "Who is this, then, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

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Mk 5

Jesus' Healing of a Gadarene Demoniac — Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-39

1 Then they went to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gergesenes. 2 After Jesus had come out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit immediately came out of the tombs to meet Him. 3 The man used to live in the tombs. No one could tie him up any longer, even with a chain. 4 For he had often been tied up with fetters and chains, but he had torn the chains apart and smashed the fetters, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Continually, by night and by day, he used to cry out in the tombs and in the mountains and beat himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before Him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"

8 For Jesus had begun to tell him, "You unclean spirit, come out of the man!"

9 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"

He told Him, "My name is ‘Legion,' because we are many."

10 He kept begging Jesus earnestly that He would not send them out of the area. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding there near the mountain. 12 The demons begged Jesus, "Send us into the pigs! Let us go into them!"

13 Jesus gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs; and the herd, about two thousand pigs, rushed down the cliff into the sea and they drowned in the sea. 14 Those who used to take care of them ran away and reported it in the city and on the farms; and people came to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw that the man who used to be possessed by the legion was sitting down, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it related to them what had happened to the man who used to be possessed by demons, and they also told them about the pigs. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Jesus that he might go with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but told him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you!"

20 So the man went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis all that Jesus had done to him. They were all amazed.

Jesus' Healing of a Woman who was continuously Bleeding and His Raising of the Daughter of Jairus — Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56

21 After Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around Him while He was beside the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came. When he saw Jesus, he fell down at His feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with Jesus: "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her that she may be saved and live!"

24 Jesus went with him. A large crowd was following Him and pressing around Him.

25 There was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years. 26 She had suffered much under the care of many doctors and had spent all that she had. She had not been helped at all, but instead had become worse. 27 Since she had heard about Jesus, she came from behind in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, "If I only touch His clothes, I shall be made well."

29 Immediately the source of her haemorrhage dried up, and she was aware in her body that she had been healed from her affliction. 30 At once Jesus realised in Himself that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and kept asking, "Who has touched my clothes?"

31 His disciples kept saying to Him, "You see how the crowd is pressing around You, yet You ask, ‘Who has touched Me?'"

32 However, He kept looking around to see the woman who had done this. 33 The woman, in fear and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth.

34 He told her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be healed from your affliction!"

35 While He was still speaking, some men came from the ruler of the synagogue, and said, "Your daughter has died. Why do you trouble the Teacher any further?"

36 Jesus disregarded the message that they were telling, and told the ruler of the synagogue, "Stop being afraid! Only believe!"

37 He did not allow anyone to go with Him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the ruler of the synagogue, Jesus saw a noisy crowd, with people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When He had gone inside, He asked them, "Why do you go on making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep."

40 They began to laugh at Him. However, He put them all outside, took with Him the child's father and mother, and those who were with Him, and went in to where the child was. 41 He took the child's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" which means, "Little girl, I tell you, get up!"

42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At once they were completely astonished. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders that no one should find out about this, and He told them that something should be given to her to eat.

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Mk 6

Jesus' Ministry in Galilee (6:1-9:50)

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth — Matthew 13:54-58; Luke 4:16-30

1 Then Jesus went away from there and came to His hometown, and His disciples followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard Him were amazed. They asked, "Where did this Man get these things? What is this wisdom given to Him, that His hands are doing such miracles? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Are not His sisters also here with us?"

So they took offence at Him.

4 However, Jesus began to tell them, "A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his family."

5 He could not perform any miracle there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 He was amazed at their unbelief. Then He went all around in the villages, and taught.

Jesus' Sending out of the Twelve — Matthew 10:1-42; Luke 9:1-6

7 Jesus called the Twelve to Him, began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in their belts, 9 but to wear sandals. He told them, "Do not put on two tunics!" 10 He also told them, "Wherever you go into a house, stay there until you leave that place! 11 Moreover, if any place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake off the dust that is under your feet, as a testimony against them!"

12 They went out, and preached that people should repent. 13 They also drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with olive-oil, and healed them.

Herod's Opinion about Jesus — Matthew 14:1-2; Luke 9:7-9

14 King Herod heard about this. For Jesus' name had become well known. Some people were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him."

15 Others were saying, "He is Elijah."

Others were saying, "He is a prophet, like one of the other prophets."

16 However, when Herod heard about it, he used to say, "John, the man whom I beheaded, has been raised."

The Death of John the Baptist — Matthew 14:3-12; Luke 3:19-20

17 For Herod himself had sent some men, arrested John, and bound him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom Herod had married.

18 For John used to tell Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19 Herodias held a grudge against John, and wanted to kill him, but she could not do it, 20 because Herod was afraid of John. For he knew that John was a righteous and holy man, and he kept protecting him. When he listened to John, he was greatly disturbed, and yet he liked to hear him. 21 Then an opportune day came on Herod's birthday, when he made a dinner for his noblemen, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When his daughter, that is, the daughter of Herodias, came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those who were sitting at table with him. The king told the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want! I shall give it to you."

23 He solemnly swore to her: "I shall give you whatever you ask me for, up to half of my kingdom."

24 She went out and asked her mother, "What am I to ask for?"

She answered, "The head of John the Baptist."

25 Immediately the girl hurried in to the king and made her request: "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

26 Although the king became very sorry, yet, because of his oaths and because of those who were sitting at the table with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and ordered him to bring John's head. He went and beheaded John in the prison, 28 brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When John's disciples heard this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

The Return of the Twelve, and Jesus' Feeding of Five Thousand Men — Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him everything that they had done and taught. 31 He told them, "Come away to a deserted place where you can be alone, and rest a little!"

For so many people were coming and going that there was not even time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat to a deserted place to be alone. 33 However, many people who saw them leaving recognised them, ran there on foot from all the cities, and arrived ahead of them. 34 When Jesus came out of the boat, He saw a large crowd and felt sorry for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then He began to teach them many things.

35 When it was already late in the day, His disciples came to Him, and began to say, "This is a deserted place, and it is already late. 36 Send them away, that they may go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat!"

37 Jesus answered them, "You give them something to eat!"

They asked Him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?"

38 He asked them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see!"

When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."

39 He ordered them that they should all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 After He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves apart and kept giving them to His disciples, that they might set them before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all had enough to eat. 43 They took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces of bread and the fish. 44 There were five thousand men who had eaten the bread.

Jesus' Walking on the Water — Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:15-21

45 Immediately Jesus compelled His disciples to get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side at Bethsaida, while He was sending the crowd away. 46 After He had taken leave of them, He went away into the mountain to pray. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 When Jesus saw that they were having great trouble as they rowed, because the wind was against them, He came to them, about the fourth watch of the night, walking on the sea. He wanted to go past them. 49 When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought that He was a ghost, and cried out. 50 For they all saw Him and were terrified. However, He immediately spoke to them, "Be courageous! It is I. Stop being afraid!"

51 Then He climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were altogether amazed in themselves. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, but their hearts had been hardened.

Jesus' Healings at Gennesaret — Matthew 14:34-36

53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 When they had come out of the boat, people immediately recognised Him. 55 They ran all over that region, and began to carry those who were sick on their stretchers to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He went, into villages, cities, or farms, people would lay down the sick in the market places. They begged Him that they might touch even the hem of His garment; and all who touched it were made well.

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Mk 7

Jesus' Comments about the Tradition of the Elders — Matthew 15:1-20; Luke 6:18-19

1 The Pharisees and some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus. 2 They saw that some of His disciples were eating their food with ‘defiled' hands, that is, without washing them. 3 For the Pharisees, like all other Jews, do not eat without washing their hands up to the wrist, to follow the tradition of their elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat without first washing; and there are many other things that they have had handed on to them and observe, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, brass pots, and couches. 5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him: "Why do Your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with defiled hands?"

6 He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as the Scriptures say: ‘This people honours Me with its lips, but its hearts are far from me. 7 They worship Me in vain, since what they teach as doctrines are the commandments of men.' 8 You have abandoned the Commandment of God, but you hold on to the tradition of men."

9 He told them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the Commandment of God in order to establish your own tradition! 10 For Moses said: ‘Honour your father and your mother!' and ‘Let the person who speaks evil of father or mother be put to death!' 11 However, you say, ‘If anyone says to his father or mother, "Anything by which I might have helped you is Corban (that is, a gift to God),"' 12 then you do not let him do anything for his father or his mother any more. 13 You make the Word of God of no effect by the tradition that you have handed down. You also do many other things like that."

14 When He had called the multitude to Himself again, He told them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand this! 15 There is nothing that enters a person from outside that can defile him. Rather, the things that come out of a person are the things that defile a person." *4

17 When He had left the crowd and gone home, His disciples asked Him about this parable.

18 He asked them, "Are you also so lacking in understanding? Do you not know that nothing that comes into a person from the outside can defile him, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach and goes out into the toilet?" — In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean." — 20 He went on to say: "What comes out of a person is the thing that defiles him. 21 For from inside, out of people's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual sins, thefts, murders, 22 adulteries, sinful desires, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, a jealous eye, slander, pride, and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside, and ‘defile' a person."

Jesus' Healing of the Daughter of the Syro-Phoenician Woman — Matthew 15:21-31

24 Jesus left that place, and went away to the vicinity of Tyre. He went into a house and did not want anyone to know it; but He could not avoid being noticed. 25 Indeed, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about Him, and she came and fell down at His feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She kept asking Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He answered her, "First let the children eat all they want! For it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the pet-dogs."

28 She answered Him, "Lord, even the pet-dogs under the table eat some of the children's crumbs."

29 Jesus told her, "Because you have said this, go! The demon has gone out of your daughter."

30 When the woman went home, she found her little child lying on the bed and the demon gone.

Jesus' Healing of a Man who was Deaf and Dumb — Matthew 15:29-31

31 Jesus again left the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee and through the region of the Decapolis. 32 Some people brought to Him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to lay His hand on him. 33 Jesus took him away from the crowd to be alone with him, and put His fingers into the man's ears. Then He spat, and touched the man's tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven, groaned, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" which means, "Be opened!" 35 Immediately the man's ears were opened, the bond of his tongue was untied, and he began to speak plainly. 36 Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone. However, the more He forbade them the more widely they kept telling about it. 37 They were extremely amazed. They said, "He has been doing everything well. He even makes deaf people hear and dumb people speak."

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Mk 8

Jesus' Feeding of the Four Thousand — Matthew 15:32-39; Luke 9:10-17

1 During those days, when the crowd was again very large, and since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called the disciples to Him and told them: 2 "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been staying with Me for three days already, and they have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them away hungry, they will become exhausted on the road, and some of them have come from far away."

4 His disciples asked Him, "From where will anyone be able to feed these people with bread here in the wilderness?"

5 Jesus asked them, "How many loaves do you have?"

They answered, "Seven."

6 He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves, gave thanks, broke them, and kept giving them to His disciples to set before them, and they set them before the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish. He blessed them and told the disciples to set these also before them. 8 They had enough to eat. Then they picked up seven large baskets of broken pieces that were left over. 9 There were about four thousand people. Then He sent them away.

The Pharisees' Request to See a Miraculous Sign — Matthew 16:1-4; Luke 11:16-20

10 Jesus immediately got into the boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 11 The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him. To test Him, they tried to get from Him a miraculous sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this generation try to get a miraculous sign? Truly, I tell you, a miraculous sign will certainly not be given to this generation."

Jesus' Warning about the Yeast of the Pharisees — Matthew 16:5-12; Luke 12:1

13 Then He left them, got into a boat again, and went away to the other side. 14 They had forgotten to bring bread, and they did not have anything with them in the boat except one loaf of bread. 15 Jesus ordered them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"

16 They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread."

17 Jesus knew it, and asked them, "Why are you discussing about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Do you have hearts that have been hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see? Do you have ears, but fail to hear? Do you not remember either? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?"

They answered Him, "Twelve."

20 "When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?"

They answered Him, "Seven."

21 He asked them, "Do you still not understand?"

Jesus' Healing of a Blind Man of Bethsaida

22 They went to Bethsaida. People brought a blind man to Jesus and begged Him to touch him. 23 He took hold of the blind man's hand and led him outside of the village. Then He spat on the man's eyes and laid His hands on him. Jesus asked him, "Do you see anything?"

24 He looked up and kept saying, "I see people. I see that they are like trees, and walking around."

25 Then Jesus again laid His hands on the man's eyes, and he saw distinctly. He was completely restored, and saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, "Do not even go into the village!"

Peter's Confession at Caesarea Philippi — Matthew 16:13-20; Luke 9:18-21

27 Then Jesus went away with His disciples to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way He asked His disciples, "Who do people say I am?"

28 They answered Him, "John the Baptist; but others say Elijah, and others say one of the other prophets."

29 He asked them, "You, however, who do you say I am?"

Peter answered Him, "You are the Christ!"

30 He strictly warned them not to tell anyone about Him.

Jesus' First Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 9:22

31 Then Jesus began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer greatly, to be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, to be killed, and, after three days, to rise again. 32 He was speaking frankly about this, and Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 However, Jesus turned around, looked at His disciples, and rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

The Conditions for being a Disciple — Matthew 16:24-28; Luke 9:23-27

34 When He had called the crowd to Him together with His disciples, He told them: "If anyone wants to follow Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me! 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever will lose his life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it. 36 For what good does it do a person to gain the whole world and yet lose his own soul? 37 For what is a person to give in exchange for his soul? 38 For, if anyone is ashamed of Me and of 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."

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Mk 9

1 Jesus went on to tell them, "Truly, I tell you that there are some of those standing here who will certainly not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

Jesus' Transfiguration — Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36

2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and led them up onto a high mountain, by themselves and alone. He was transfigured before them, 3 and His clothes became dazzling and very white, whiter than any launderer on earth could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they began to talk with Jesus.

5 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!"

6 For he did not know what to say, because they had become very afraid. 7 Then a cloud came and overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud: "This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!"

8 Suddenly, as they looked around, they did not see anyone with them any more except Jesus only. 9 While they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Jesus' Explanation about the Predicted Coming of Elijah — Matthew 17:10-13; Luke 9:37

10 They kept this saying to themselves, but they continued to discuss what "rising from the dead" meant. 11 They asked Him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

12 Jesus told them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first, and he restores all things. How, then, has Scripture spoken concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer much and be treated with contempt? 13 However, I tell you that Elijah has come, and people have done to him whatever they have wished, just as Scripture has said concerning him."

Jesus' Healing of an Epileptic Boy with a Demon — Matthew 17:14-20; Luke 9:37-43a

14 When they came back to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. 15 As soon as the whole crowd saw Jesus, they were amazed, and ran to Him and greeted Him.

16 He asked them, "What are you discussing with them?"

17 Someone in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought to You my son, who has a spirit who has robbed him of speech. 18 Wherever it takes hold of him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked Your disciples to cast the spirit out, but they could not."

19 Jesus answered them, "O you unbelieving generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!"

20 They brought the boy to Him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground, rolled around, and foamed at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?"

He said, "Since he has been a child. 22 It has often thrown him into fire or into water to destroy him. Nevertheless, if You are at all able, have compassion on us and help us!"

23 Jesus answered him, "With reference to ‘If You are able' — all things are possible for him who believes."

24 Immediately the child's father cried out, "I believe. Help my unbelief!"

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running together towards Him, He rebuked the unclean spirit: "You speechless and deaf spirit, I command you, ‘Come out of him, and do not go into him again!'"

26 It cried out, convulsed him violently, and came out. The boy became like a corpse, so that most of them were saying, "He has died."

27 However, Jesus took hold of his hand and lifted him up, and he stood up. 28 After Jesus had gone into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?"

29 He told them, "This kind cannot be driven out by any means except by prayer."

Jesus' Second Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 17:22-23; Luke 9:43b-45

30 They left that place and were passing through Galilee, and Jesus did not want anyone to know about it. 31 For He was teaching His disciples and telling them: "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, but after He has been killed, He will rise on the third day."

32 They did not understand what He said, and they were afraid to ask Him.

A Dispute among the Disciples about Greatness — Matthew 18:1-5; Luke 9:46-48

33 Then they came to Capernaum. When He had come into the house, He asked them, "What were you discussing on the road?"

34 They kept quiet. For on the road they had been discussing who the greatest was. 35 Jesus sat down and called the Twelve. He told them, "If anyone wants to be the first, he must be the last of all, and the servant of all!"

36 He took a little child and set him among them. He put His arms around him and told them, 37 "Whoever welcomes one of the little children like this one in My name welcomes Me. Whoever welcomes Me welcomes not Me but the One who has sent Me."

Jesus' Comment about an Exorcist who did not Belong to the Twelve — Luke 9:49-50

38 John told Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone who is not one of us driving out demons in Your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us."

39 Jesus said, "Do not try to stop him! For no one who works a miracle in My name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

Jesus' Warning about Causing others to Stumble — Matthew 18:6-10; Luke 17:1-2

42 "If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life maimed than to go into hell with two hands, into the fire that will never be put out. *5 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. *6 47 If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.

Jesus' Comparison about Salt — Luke 14:34-35

49 "For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good. However, if salt loses its saltiness, how will you make it taste salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another!"

10

Mk 10

The Judean Period of Jesus' Ministry (10:1-16:8)

Jesus' Words and Works before His Passion (10:1-13:37)

Jesus' Instruction about Marriage and Divorce — Matthew 19:1-12; Luke 16:18

1 Jesus left that place and went into the territory of Judea and to the other side of the Jordan; and crowds gathered around Him again. As was His custom, He began to teach them again. 2 Some Pharisees came to Him and asked Him, in order to test Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

3 He answered them by asking, "What has Moses commanded you?"

4 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and divorce her."

5 Jesus told them, "It was because your hearts were hard that he wrote this Commandment for you. 6 However, at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.' 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore, no person should separate what God has joined together!"

10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 If a wife divorces her husband and marries another man, she also commits adultery."

Jesus' Reception of Little Children — Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus that He might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 However, when Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He told them, "Allow the little children to come to Me and stop forbidding them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child does will certainly not enter it."

16 He took the children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Jesus' Answer to a Rich Young Leader's Question — Matthew 19:16-30; Luke 18:18-30

17 As Jesus was going out onto the road, a man came running to Him and fell on his knees before Him. He asked Him, "Good Teacher, what am I to do to inherit eternal life?"

18 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, that is, God. 19 You know the Commandments: ‘Do not murder,' ‘Do not commit adultery,' ‘Do not steal,' ‘Do not give false testimony,' ‘Do not defraud,' ‘Honour your father and mother!'"

20 He told Him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since I was a child."

21 Jesus looked straight at him and loved him. He told him, "You lack one thing, Go, sell everything you have, and give to the poor! You will have treasure in heaven. Then come here and follow Me!"

22 He looked gloomy when he heard that, and went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are rich to enter into the kingdom of God!"

24 The disciples were amazed at His Words. However, Jesus told them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God."

26 They were extremely amazed. They asked one another, "Who then can be saved?"

27 Jesus looked straight at them, and said: "With men it is impossible, but not with God. For with God all things are possible."

28 Then Peter began to say to Him: "Look! We have left everything and followed You."

29 Jesus said, "Truly, I tell you, there is no one who has left his house, or brothers or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or fields for My sake and for the sake of the Gospel, 30 who will fail to receive a hundred times as much, now, in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, with persecutions, and, in the coming age, eternal life. 31 However, many who are first will be last, and the last first."

Jesus' Third Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 20:17-28; Luke 18:31-34

32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going ahead of them. The disciples were amazed, and the others who were following Him were afraid. Then He again took the Twelve aside, and began to tell them the things that were going to happen to Him: 33 "Look! We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock Him and spit on Him, flog Him, and kill Him, and after three days He will rise."

The Request of the Sons of Zebedee for Prominent Positions in Jesus' Kingdom — Matthew 20:20-28; Luke 9:48b

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him. They told Him, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."

36 He asked them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

37 They told Him, "Grant that one of us may sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory!"

38 Jesus told them, "You do not realise what you are requesting. Can you drink the cup that I drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I am baptised?"

39 They said to Him, "We can."

Jesus told them, "You will drink the cup that I drink, and you will be baptised with the baptism with which I am baptised, 40 but sitting at My right or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."

41 When the other ten heard about it, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 Then Jesus summoned them and told them, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 However, it is not like that among you, but whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all! 45 For even the Son of Man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

Jesus' Healing of Blind Bartimaeus — Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and His disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he began to shout, "Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!"

48 Many people kept urging him to be quiet. Instead, he shouted much louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him!"

Then they called the blind man and told him, "Cheer up! Get up! He is calling you."

50 He threw aside his outer garment, jumped up, and went to Jesus. 51 Jesus asked him, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

The blind man told Him, "Rabboni, I want to see again."

52 Jesus told him, "Go! Your faith has saved you."

Immediately he could see again, and he began to follow Jesus on the road.

11

Mk 11

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem — Matthew 21:1-9; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-19

1 When they were approaching Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples. 2 He told them, "Go into the village ahead of you! Just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied up, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here! 3 If anybody asks you, ‘Why are you doing that?' say, ‘The Lord needs it'! Then that person will promptly send it back here."

4 They went and found a colt tied at a doorway, outside in the street, and began to untie it. 5 Some of the people standing there asked them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"

6 They answered them just as Jesus had told them, and the people let them go. 7 They brought the colt to Jesus, put their cloaks over it, and He sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the fields and spread them on the road. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed Him kept shouting: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"

Jesus' Appearance at the Temple, and His Return to Bethany — Matthew 21:12-17; Luke 10:45-46

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. He looked around at everything. Since it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree — Matthew 21:18-19

12 On the next day, after they had left Bethany, Jesus became hungry. 13 He saw in the distance a fig tree with leaves, and went to see if He would perhaps find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves. For it was not the season for figs. 14 Jesus reacted by saying to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" His disciples heard Him.

Jesus' Clearing of the Temple — Matthew 21:12-17; Luke 19:45-48

15 When they had come to Jerusalem Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. 16 He would not allow anyone to carry any object through the temple. 17 Then He began to teach them: "Has not Scripture said, ‘My House will be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? However, you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'"

18 When the chief priests and scribes heard this, they began to look for a way to destroy Him. For they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching. 19 Whenever evening came, they used to go out of the city.

The Meaning of the Withered Fig Tree — Matthew 21:18-22

20 When they were walking past early in the morning, they saw that the fig tree had withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered."

22 Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and be thrown into the sea!' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he is saying is happening, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, believe that you have received all the things that you pray for and ask for, and you will have them. 25 Whenever you stand and pray, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses!" *7

Jesus' Response to a Question about His Authority — Matthew 21:23-27; Luke 20:1-8

27 They came to Jerusalem again. While Jesus was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. 28 They asked Him, "By what authority are You doing these things? Or who has given You this authority, that you are doing these things?"

29 Jesus answered them, "I shall ask you one question. Answer me! Then I shall tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer Me!"

31 They began to discuss it among themselves, and said, "If we say, ‘From heaven,' He will ask, ‘Then why did you not believe him?' 32 However, if we say, ‘From men' —" For they were afraid of the crowd, because they all considered that John had certainly been a prophet.

33 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know."

Then Jesus told them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

12

Mk 12

Jesus' Parable about the Wicked Tenant-Farmers — Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 20:9-19

1 Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a tower. Then he leased the vineyard out to tenant-farmers, and went on a journey. 2 At the right time he sent a servant to the tenant-farmers to obtain from the tenant-farmers some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 Nevertheless, they seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again, he sent another servant to them, and they hit him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He sent many others. They beat some, and killed others. 6 He had one more, a son, whom he loved. He sent him to them last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.'

7 "However, those tenant-farmers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come here, let us kill him! Then the inheritance will be ours.'

8 "They took him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, destroy the tenant-farmers, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture-passage: ‘The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. 11 This has been done by the Lord, and it is marvellous in our eyes'?"

12 They looked for a way to arrest Him, and yet they were afraid of the crowd. For they knew that He had told the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

Jesus' Answer to a Question about Paying Tax to Caesar — Matthew 22:15-22; Luke 20:20-26

13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians to Jesus to catch Him in His Words. 14 They came to Him and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and that You do not court anyone's favour. For You do not regard the person of human beings, but that You teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay tax to Caesar or not? Are we to pay it, or are we not to pay it?"

15 However, He was aware of their pretence, and asked them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius so that I may see it!"

16 They brought one, and He asked them, "Whose image is this, and whose inscription?"

They said to Him, "Caesar's."

17 Jesus told them, "Pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's!"

Then they were amazed at Him.

Jesus' Answer to a Question of the Sadducees about the Resurrection — Matthew 22:23-33; Luke 20:27-40

18 Then Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 19 "Teacher, Moses has written for us that, if someone's brother dies, and leaves behind a wife but no child, as the dead man's brother he should marry the woman, and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers. The first married a woman, and, when he died, he left no children. 21 The second married her, and died, and left no children; and so did the third. 22 None of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when people rise, which of them will have her as his wife? For the seven had her as a wife."

24 Jesus asked them, "Is not this the reason why you are mistaken, that you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 For, when people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven. 26 Now, concerning the dead, that they are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him: ‘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 of the living. You are greatly mistaken."

Jesus' Response about the Greatest Commandments, Love of God and of the Neighbour — Matthew 22:34-40

28 One of the scribes came to Him. When he heard them arguing, and saw that Jesus had been answering them well, he asked Him, "Which Commandment is the first of them all?"

29 Jesus answered, "The first one is: ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord, our God, the Lord is one, 30 and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength!' 31 The second one is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself!' There is no other Commandment greater than these."

32 The scribe said to Him, "Well said, Teacher! You have told the truth in saying that He is one, and that there is no one but Him. 33 Loving Him with all one's heart, with all one's understanding, and with all one's strength, and loving one's neighbour as oneself is also more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices."

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered sensibly, He told him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

After that, no one dared to ask Him another question.

Jesus' Question to the Pharisees about David's Son — Matthew 22:41-46; Luke 20:41-44

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, He asked, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself said by the Holy Spirit, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I put your enemies under your feet!"' 37 David himself calls Him ‘Lord'. Then how is He his son?"

The large crowd used to enjoy listening to Him.

Jesus' Warnings about the Scribes— Matthew 23:1-12; Luke 20:45-47

38 As Jesus was teaching, He said, "Beware of the scribes, who want to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces, 39 to sit in the chief seats in synagogues, and to have the best places at dinners! 40 They devour widows' houses, and, to put on a good appearance, they make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."

Jesus' Comment about a Widow's Coins — Luke 21:1-4

41 As Jesus sat facing the contribution box, He was watching how the crowd was putting money into the contribution box. Many rich people were putting in large amounts. 42 A poor widow also came and put in two small copper coins, which make a quadrans. 43 He summoned His disciples and told them, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all the others who were putting money into the contribution box. 44 For they all have put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all that she had, everything she had to live on."

13

Mk 13

Jesus' Prediction of the Destruction of the Temple — Matthew 24:1-3; Luke 21:5-7

1 As Jesus was going out of the temple, one of His disciples told Him, "Teacher, look at these massive stones and magnificent buildings!"

2 Jesus asked him, "Do you see these great buildings? Truly, not one stone will be left on another. Every one will be thrown down."

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately: 4 "Tell us when these things will happen, and what the miraculous sign will be when all these things are going to be fulfilled!"

The Signs of the Kingdom — Matthew 24:4-8; Luke 21:8-11

5 Jesus began to tell them, "Beware that no one deceives you! 6 Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,' and will deceive many. 7 When you hear about wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed! Such things must happen, but that is not yet the end. 8 For one nation will rise against another nation and one kingdom against another kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines. These things are the beginning of birth-pains.

The Beginning of the Troubles — Matthew 24:9-14; Luke 21:12-19

9 "Nevertheless, watch out for yourselves! For they will hand you over to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, in order to testify to them. 10 The Good News must also first be preached to all nations. 11 When they are taking you away to hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what to say! Instead, say whatever is given you at that time! For you are not the ones who are speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 A brother will betray his brother to death and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 All people will also hate you because of My name. However, he who endures to the end will be saved.

A Prediction about the Devastating Abomination — Matthew 24:15-22; Luke 21:20-24

14 "When you see ‘the devastating abomination' standing where it should not be (let the reader understand!), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains! 15 He who is on the roof of his house should not come down or go inside to get anything out of his house! 16 He who is in the field should not return to get his cloak! 17 How terrible for the women who are pregnant, and to those who are breast-feeding in those days! 18 Pray that it will not happen during winter! 19 For in those days there will be such distress as has not happened from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now, and will certainly not happen again. 20 Moreover, if the Lord had not shortened those days, no human being would have been saved. However, because of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened the days.

The Culmination of the Troubles — Matthew 24:23-25; Luke 17:21

21 "Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,' or ‘Look! There He is,' do not believe it! 22 For false christs and false prophets will appear and offer miraculous signs and wonders, in order to deceive the elect, if that were possible. 23 However, as for you, be on your guard! I have told you everything in advance.

The Coming of the Son of Man — Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-28

24 "However, in those days, after that distress, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. 25 The stars will be falling from the sky; and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 Then He will send the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

Jesus' Parable about the Fig Tree — Matthew 24:32-33; Luke 21:29-31

28 "Learn this parable from the fig tree! When its branch has already become tender and it puts out leaves, you know the summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things happening, you know He is near, at the doors.

The Certainty of Jesus' Words, and the Time of His Coming — Matthew 24:34-36; Luke 21:32-33

30 "Truly, I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until these things all take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will certainly not pass away.

32 "No one knows about that day or hour, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

The Conclusion of Jesus' Eschatological Discourse — Matthew 24:42; Luke 12:38- 40

33 "Beware, and be on the alert! For you do not know when the time will be. 34 It is like a man who was away on a journey. When he left home, he put his slaves in charge, assigned each one his task, and ordered the doorkeeper to keep watch. 35 Therefore keep watch! For you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, at the time when the rooster crows, or early in the morning. 36 Make sure that, if he comes suddenly, he does not find you asleep! 37 What I tell you, I tell everyone: ‘Keep watch!'"

14

Mk 14

Jesus' Passion and Resurrection (14:1-16:8)

The Plot of the Jews to Put Jesus to Death — Matthew 26:1-5; Luke 22:1-2; John 11:45-57

1 It was two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus in an underhand manner and kill Him. 2 For they were saying, "Not during the feast, to avoid a riot among the people!"

Mary's Anointing of Jesus at Bethany — Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8

3 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper and was reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfume, pure nard, and very expensive. She broke the alabaster jar and poured the perfume on His head. 4 Some people were saying indignantly to one another, "Why has the perfume been wasted like this? 5 For this perfume could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor."

They also scolded her. 6 Jesus said, "Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to Me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and you can do good to them whenever you want to, but you do not always have Me. 8 She has done what she has been able to do. She has put perfume on My body in advance for My burial. 9 Truly, I tell you, wherever the Good News is preached in the entire world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her."

Judas' Plan to Betray Jesus — Matthew 26:14-16; Luke 22:3-6

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 When they heard this, they were delighted, and promised to give him money. So he kept trying to find a convenient way of betraying Him.

The Preparation for the Passover — Matthew 26:17-20; Luke 22:7-17

12 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when people used to kill the Passover lamb, the disciples asked Jesus, "Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?"

13 He sent two of His disciples and told them: "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him! 14 Where he goes inside, tell the owner: ‘The Teacher asks, "Where is My guest-room, in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"' 15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there!"

16 The disciples left, went into the city, and found things just as Jesus had told them; and they prepared the Passover. 17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.

Jesus' Prediction of His Betrayal — Matthew 26:21-25; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:21-30

18 While they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I tell you, one of you, one who is eating with Me, will betray Me!"

19 They began to be sad, and to ask Him one after another, "I am not the one, am I?"

20 He told them, "It is one of the Twelve, the one who is dipping into the bowl with Me. 21 For the Son of Man is going away as Scripture has said about Him, but how terrible for that man by whom the Son of Man is being betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born."

The Institution of the Lord's Supper — Matthew 26:26-30; Luke 22:18 -20; I Corinthians 11:23-25

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it! This is My body."

23 Then He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them; and they all drank from it. 24 He told them, "This is My blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I tell you, I shall certainly not drink of the fruit of the vine any more until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."

The Way to Gethsemane, and Jesus' Prediction of Peter's Denials — Matthew 26:30-35; Luke 22:30; John 13:36-38

26 After they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

27 Then Jesus told them, "You will all fall away. For Scripture has said, ‘I shall strike down the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' 28 However, after I have been raised, I shall go ahead of you to Galilee."

29 However, Peter said to Him, "Even if they are all going to fall away, yet I shall not."

30 Jesus told him, "Truly, I tell you, today, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

31 However, he kept insisting strongly, "If I have to die with You, I shall certainly not deny You."

All the others also kept speaking like that.

Jesus' Prayer in Gethsemane — Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22:39-46

32 Then they came to a place that had the name "Gethsemane," and Jesus told His disciples, "Sit down here while I pray!"

33 He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 He told them, "My soul is very sad, to the point of death. Remain here and be watchful!"

35 He went forward a little, fell to the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me! Nevertheless, not what I want, but what You want!"

37 Then He came and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not be watchful for one hour? 38 Be watchful and pray, that you may not enter into temptation! The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

39 Then He went away again and prayed, saying the same words. 40 He came again and found them sleeping. For their eyes were heavy, and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 Then He came a third time and asked them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough. The hour has come. Look! The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up! Let us go! Look! The one who is betraying Me has arrived."

The Arrest of Jesus — Matthew 26:47-56; Luke 22:47-54a; John 18:1-14

43 Just then, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 The man who was betraying Him had given them a signal. He told them, "The One whom I kiss is the One. Arrest Him, and lead Him away securely!"

45 When he came, he immediately went up to Jesus and said, "Rabbi," and kissed Him. 46 Then the men laid their hands on Jesus and arrested Him. 47 A certain one of those who were standing near drew his sword, struck the chief priest's servant, and cut off his ear.

48 Jesus answered them, "Have you come out to capture Me as if you were coming against a robber, with swords and clubs? 49 Every day I was with you while I was teaching in the temple, and you did not arrest Me. However, let the Scriptures be fulfilled!"

50 Then they all left Him and ran away.

51 A certain young man was also following Him wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They tried to take hold of him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

Jesus' First Trial before the Jewish Court — Matthew 26:57-68

53 The men led Jesus away to the chief priest, and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes assembled. 54 Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the chief priest. He was sitting with the servants and warming himself at the fire. 55 The chief priests and the whole Jewish council were trying to find some evidence against Jesus in order to put Him to death, but they could not find any. 56 For many were testifying falsely against Him, but their statements in evidence did not agree. 57 Then some men stood up and gave this false testimony against Him: 58 "We heard Him saying, ‘I shall destroy this temple, made with hands; and in three days I shall build another not made with hands.'" 59 However, even on this point their evidence did not agree.

60 Then the chief priest stood up in the middle and asked Jesus, "Are You not answering at all? What is it that these men are testifying against You?"

61 However, Jesus remained silent and did not answer at all. Again the chief priest asked Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

62 Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One, and coming with the clouds of heaven."

63 Then the chief priest tore his clothes, and said, "Why do we need witnesses any more? 64 You have heard the blasphemy. What is your opinion?" They all condemned Him, saying that He deserved to die. 65 Then some men began to spit at Him, cover His face, strike Him with their fists, and say to Him, "Prophesy!" The attendants also gave Him blows.

Peter's Denials of Jesus — Matthew 26:69-75; Luke 22:54b-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the chief priest came, 67 and, when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You were also with the Man from Nazareth, this Jesus!"

68 However, he denied it, saying: "I neither know nor understand what you are saying." He went outside to the forecourt, and a rooster crowed. 69 When the servant girl saw him, she again began to tell those who were standing around, "This is one of them!"

70 However, he denied it again. After a little while, those who were standing near began to say to Peter again, "In fact you are one of them. For you are a Galilean."

71 However, he began to curse and swear: "I do not know this Man, about whom you are talking."

72 Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the Words that Jesus had told him: "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

Then he began to weep.

15

Mk 15

An Early-morning Meeting of the Jewish Council — Matthew 27:1-2; Luke 23:1; John 18:28-38

1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate.

Jesus' Trial before Pilate — Matthew 27:11-14; Luke 23:2-5

2 Pilate then asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered him, "Yes, it is as you say."

3 The chief priests kept accusing Him of many things. 4 Pilate asked Him again, "Are You making no reply at all? See how many things about which they are accusing you!"

5 However, Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate was amazed.

The Choice between Jesus and Barabbas, and the Sentencing of Jesus to Death — Matthew 27:15-26; Luke 23:17-25; John 18:39-40

6 At every festival Pilate used to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 There was a man by the name of Barabbas. He had been in prison with the rebels who had committed a murder in the rebellion. 8 The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 Pilate answered them by asking, "Do you want me to release ‘the King of the Jews' for you?"

10 For he knew that the chief priests had handed Jesus over because they were jealous. 11 The chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that Pilate might release Barabbas to them instead. 12 Pilate again asked them, "Therefore, what am I to do with the One whom you call ‘the King of the Jews'?"

13 They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"

14 Pilate asked them, "Why? What wrong has He done?"

However, they shouted even louder, "Crucify Him!"

15 Then Pilate, wanting to satisfy the people, released Barabbas to them, but he scourged Jesus, and handed Him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers' Mockery of Jesus — Matthew 27:27-31; Luke 23:26

16 The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on Him, twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on Him, 18 and began to greet Him: "Welcome, King of the Jews!" 19 They kept hitting Him on the head with a stick, spitting on Him, kneeling down, and paying homage to Him.

20 After they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him out to crucify Him.

The Road to Calvary — Matthew 27:32; Luke 23:26-32

21 A certain man, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was going past as he was coming in from the country, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.

The Crucifixion of Jesus — Matthew 27:33-44; Luke 23:33-43; John 19:16b-24

22 They took Jesus to the place called "Golgotha," which means "The Place of the Skull." 23 They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. 24 They crucified Him, and divided His clothes by casting lots for them, to see what each one should get. 25 It was the third hour when they crucified Him. 26 The notice of the accusation against Him had been written above Him: "The King of the Jews." 27 With Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left. *8 29 Those who were going past kept ridiculing Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are tearing down the temple and building it in three days, 30 come down from the cross, and save Yourself!"

31 In the same way the chief priests and the scribes kept mocking Him among themselves, saying, "He saved others. He cannot save Himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, in order that we may see and believe!"

Those who had been crucified with Him also kept insulting Him.

The Death of Jesus on the Cross — Matthew 27:45-56; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-30

33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 At the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 35 When some of those who were standing nearby heard that, they said, "Look! He is calling for Elijah."

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine-vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. He said, "Let Him alone! Let us see whether Elijah is coming to take Him down!"

37 Jesus cried out in a loud voice and breathed His last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 When the centurion, who was standing opposite Jesus, saw that He breathed His last like this, he said, "Truly, this Man was the Son of God."

40 There were also some women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 While Jesus was in Galilee, they had been following Him and supporting Him. There were also many other women who had come up to Jerusalem with Him.

The Burial of Jesus — Matthew 27:57-61; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42

42 When evening had already come, since it was the Day of Preparation, which is the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph from Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who himself also was waiting for the kingdom of God, dared to go in to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate wondered whether Jesus had already died. So he summoned the centurion, and asked him if Jesus was already dead. 45 When he had found from the centurion that this was so, Pilate granted the body to Joseph. 46 Joseph bought linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. He laid Him in a tomb that had been cut out of rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, were watching where He was laid.

16

Mk 16

The Resurrection — Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint Jesus. 2 On Sunday they were coming to the tomb very early when the sun had just come up. 3 They asked one another, "Who is going to roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?"

4 However, when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back, even though it was very large. 5 As they went into the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting at the right side, and they were amazed.

6 He told them, "Do not be amazed any longer! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where He was laid! 7 Go, however, and tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you'!"

8 They went out and hurried away from the tomb, because they were trembling and bewildered; and they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Postscript (16:9-20) *9

Jesus' Command to the Eleven to Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation

9 After Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and reported it to those who had been with Him as they were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it. 12 After that, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking on a journey into the country. 13 They went back and reported it to the rest of them, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the Eleven while they were reclining at the table. He scolded them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had been raised. 15 He told them, "Go into the entire world and preach the Good News to the whole creation! 16 He who has come to faith and been baptised will be saved, but he who has not believed will be condemned. 17 These are the miraculous signs that will accompany those who have become believers: In My name they will cast out demons. They will speak in new languages. 18 They will pick up snakes in their hands; and, if they drink anything deadly, it will certainly not harm them. They will lay their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

19 So, after the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 However, the disciples went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord was working with them and confirming the Word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it.

 

Index

 

LUKE

1

Lk 1

The Preface about Luke's Research (1:1-4)

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning have been eyewitnesses and servants of the Word have handed them over to us. 3 For this reason, since I too have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I have decided to write down an orderly account for you, most noble Theophilus, 4 so that you may be sure that the things about which you have been instructed are certain.

Beginnings of the New Testament: The Period from the Birth of John the Baptist to the Temptation of Jesus (1:5-4:13)

The Angel Gabriel's Promise of the Birth of John the Baptist

5 In the days of Herod, the King of Judea, there was a priest by the name of Zacharias. He belonged to the division of priests named after Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the Commandments and Regulations of the Lord. 7 However, they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. 8 When Zacharias was serving as a priest before God in the order of his division, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord to burn incense. 10 The whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the time for burning incense. 11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zacharias saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 However, the angel told him, "Stop being afraid, Zacharias! For your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him ‘John.' 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will be glad when he is born. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink any wine or other intoxicating drink! He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb. 16 He will turn many of the people of Israel back to the Lord, their God. 17 He will go ahead of Him with the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' to turn those who are disobedient to the wisdom of those who are righteous, and to make the people ready, so that they are thoroughly prepared for the Lord."

18 Zacharias asked the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

19 The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel! I stand before God, and have been sent to speak to you and tell you this Good News. 20 So now you will be silent and not able to talk until the day when this happens, because you have not believed my words. However, they will be fulfilled at their proper time."

21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were astonished that he was staying so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. Then they realised that he had seen a vision in the temple. He kept beckoning to them, and remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service as priest was completed, he returned home. 24 After this time, his wife Elizabeth conceived and remained in seclusion for five months. She said, 25 "The Lord has dealt with me in this way at a time when He has looked with favour on me, and removed my disgrace among people."

The Angel Gabriel's Annunciation of Jesus' Birth to Mary

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called "Nazareth," 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man by the name of Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 When the angel entered her home, he said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you."

29 She was greatly troubled at what he said, and was wondering what kind of greeting this was. 30 The angel told her: "Stop being afraid, Mary! For you have found favour with God. 31 You see: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name ‘Jesus.' 32 He will be great and will be called ‘the Son of the Most High.' Moreover, the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 He will reign over the family of Jacob for ever, and there will be no end of His kingdom."

34 Mary asked the angel, "How will this be, since I am not living with a husband?"

35 The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the Power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the Holy One who is conceived will be called ‘the Son of God.' 36 In addition, look! Your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her, whom people used to call barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God."

38 Mary answered, "Look! I am the Lord's servant. May it happen to me as you have said!"

Then the angel left her.

Mary's Visit to Elizabeth

39 In those days Mary got ready and hurried to a city of Judah in the hill-country. 40 She went into Zacharias' home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and exclaimed in a loud voice: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Child who will come from your womb! 43 Why, then, does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped with delight in my womb. 45 Moreover, blessed is she who has believed that the Lord will accomplish what He has promised to do for her!"

Mary's Song

46 Mary said, 47 "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my Saviour; 48 because He has looked kindly on the humble state of His servant. For look! From now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy; 50 and He is merciful to those who fear Him throughout all generations. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with His arm. He has scattered those who have proud thoughts in their hearts. 52 He has brought strong rulers down from their thrones, but has exalted lowly people. 53 He has filled hungry people with good things, but has sent rich people away empty. 54 He has come to help His servant Israel, so that He has remembered to be merciful, 55 to Abraham and his descendants for ever, as He has promised our fathers."

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, and then went back home.

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When the full time came for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 When her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the baby. They were going to call him "Zacharias" because that was his father's name. 60 However, his mother spoke up and said, "No, he will be named ‘John.'"

61 They told her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."

62 They motioned to his father to find out what he would like him to be called. 63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John."

They were all astonished. 64 At once Zacharias' mouth and tongue were opened, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 Then fear came on all who lived around them, and through all the hill-country of Judea people kept talking about all these things. 66 All who heard about them thought them over and asked, "What, then, is this child going to be?"

For it was clear that the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 His father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! For He has visited His people and has redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a Horn of salvation for us in the family of His servant David, 70 as He has promised by the mouths of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, 71 that He would save us from our enemies and from the hands of all who hate us. 72 He has promised to be merciful to our fathers and to remember His holy Covenant, 73 the oath that He swore to our father Abraham: 74 that we would be rescued from the hands of our enemies, and serve Him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76 You, child, will be called ‘the prophet of the Most High.' For you will go ahead of the Lord, to prepare His ways, 77 to give the knowledge of salvation to His people by the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the compassionate mercy of our God, by which the Dawn from on high will visit us, 79 to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace."

80 The child John grew and became strong in spirit. He lived in the deserts until the day when he appeared publicly before Israel.

2

Lk 2

The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the whole world. 2 This was the first census, which took place while Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 3 Everyone went to be registered, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the city of David in Judea, which is called Bethlehem, because he belonged to the house and line of David, 5 to register himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her Baby, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Announcement of Jesus' Birth to Shepherds

8 There were shepherds in the same district, staying out in the fields, watching over their flocks by night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10 The angel said to them, "Stop being afraid! For look! I am bringing you Good News of great joy, which will be for all the people, 11 because a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, has been born for you today, in the city of David. 12 This will also be the sign to you: you will find an Infant wrapped in swaddling cloths, and lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly there was with the angel a great company of the heavenly host, who were praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people whom He favours!"

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us!" 16 Then they came quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen Him, they declared to others the Word that had been told them about this Child. 18 All those who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds told them. 19 Mary kept treasuring up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen. They were just as they had been told to them.

The Circumcision of Jesus

21 On the eighth day, when the time came to circumcise the Baby, He was named "Jesus," the name that the angel had given Him before He was conceived in the womb.

The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, they took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord: "Every firstborn male will be called ‘holy to the Lord'"). 24 They also went to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem by the name of Simeon. This man was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Christ of the Lord. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple. When the parents brought in the Child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, 28 Simeon took Him in his arms, blessed God, and said: 29 "Now, Lord, You are letting Your servant depart in peace, as You have promised, 30 because my eyes have seen Your Salvation, 31 which You have prepared in the sight of all the peoples, 32 a Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the Glory of Your people Israel."

33 The Child's father and mother were astonished at the things that were being said about Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and told Mary, His mother, "Look! This Child is appointed for many in Israel to fall and to rise; and to be a Sign that is spoken against, 35 that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. A sword will also pierce your own soul."

36 Moreover, there was Anna, a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old. She had lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage. 37 This woman had been a widow for as much as eighty-four years. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting, and praying. 38 Just then she came up to them, gave thanks to God, and kept speaking about the Child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they went back to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth.

The Twelve-year-old Jesus' Devotion to His Father's Business

40 The Child grew and became strong, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him.

41 Every year Jesus' parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43 When they had spent the days there, and while they were returning, the Boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents were unaware of this. 44 They thought He was with the others who were travelling with them. After travelling for a day, they began to look for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they went back to Jerusalem, looking for Him. 46 After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 All those who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother asked Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look! Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

49 He asked them, "Why have you been looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be about My Father's business?"

50 However, they did not understand what He said to them. 51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew wiser and taller and increased in the approval of God and of people.

3

Lk 3

The Preaching of John the Baptist — Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; John 1:19-28

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, while Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea, while Herod was the tetrarch of Galilee, while his brother Philip was the tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and while Lysanias was the tetrarch of Abilene, 2 and at the time when Annas and Caiaphas were the chief priests, the Word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan and preached that people should repent and be baptised for the forgiveness of sins. 4 It was as Scripture has said in the book of the Words of the prophet Isaiah: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight! 5 Every ravine will be filled in. Every mountain and hill will be levelled. The crooked roads will be made straight and the rough roads smooth, 6 and all people will see the salvation of God.'"

7 Therefore John kept saying to the crowds who were coming out to be baptised by him, "You brood of poisonous snakes, who has warned you to run away from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruits worthy of repentance! Do not begin to tell yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father'! For I tell you that God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. 9 The axe has been already laid at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

10 The crowds used to ask him, "Therefore what are we to do?"

11 He used to answer them, "The person who has two tunics should share with the person who has none, and the person who has food should do the same!"

12 Tax-collectors also came to be baptised, and asked him, "Teacher, what are we to do?"

13 He told them, "Stop collecting any more money than what has been laid down for you!"

14 Soldiers also used to ask him, "What are we also to do?"

He told them, "Do not extort money by violence, do not accuse people falsely, and be satisfied with your wages!"

15 The people were expecting something and were all wondering in their hearts whether John might perhaps be the Christ. 16 John answered them all: "I am baptising you with water. However, the One who is more powerful than I am is coming. I am not worthy to untie His sandal-strap. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 He has His winnowing fork in His hand to clean up His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn, but He will burn the chaff with fire that cannot be put out."

18 So with many other words John kept exhorting the people and telling them the Good News.

The Imprisonment of John the Baptist — Matthew 14:3-4; Mark 6:17-18

19 However, when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: he locked John up in prison.

The Baptism of Jesus — Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; compare John 1:29-34

21 When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was also baptised. While He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit came down on Him in bodily form like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, which said, "You are My Son, whom I love. I am well pleased with You."

23 Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry.

The Family-Line of Jesus — Matthew 1:1-17

He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainam, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainam, 38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

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Lk 4

The Temptation of Jesus — Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where the Devil continued to tempt Him for forty days. He ate nothing during those days, and, when they were over, He was very hungry.

3 The Devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread!"

4 Jesus answered him, "Scripture has said, ‘A person will not live by bread alone.'"

5 The Devil took Him up, and, in a moment, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. 6 The Devil told Him, "I shall give You all this authority and glory, because it has been given to me and I give it to anyone to whom I please. 7 So, if You worship me, all this will be Yours."

8 Jesus answered him, "Scripture has said, ‘Worship the Lord, your God, and serve Him only!'"

9 The Devil took Him into Jerusalem and had Him stand on the summit of the temple. The Devil told Him, "If You are the Son of God, jump down from here! 10 For Scripture has said: ‘He will order His angels about you, to watch over you carefully. 11 They will carry you in their hands and never let you stub your foot against a stone.'"

12 Jesus answered him, "Scripture has said, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to a test!'"

13 When the Devil had finished every way of tempting Him, he left Him until another opportunity would present itself.

Jesus' Ministry in Galilee (4:14-9:50)

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth — Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread all over the surrounding country. 15 He continued to teach in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.

16 Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. On the Sabbath He went into the synagogue, as His custom was, and He stood up to read. 17 He was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, He found the place where Scripture had said: 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on Me because He has anointed Me to tell the Good News to poor people. He has sent Me to announce freedom to prisoners and restoration of sight to blind people, to set free those who have been oppressed, 19 and to announce the acceptable year of the Lord."

20 He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 He began to tell them, "Today, while you are listening, this passage of Scripture has been fulfilled."

22 All spoke well of Him and were astonished at the gracious words that were coming from His mouth. They were asking, "Is This not Joseph's son?"

23 He told them: "You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Doctor, heal yourself!' and say, ‘Do the same things here in Your hometown as we have heard that You have done at Capernaum!'" 24 He added, "Truly, I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 However, I tell you truly, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months and there was a severe famine all over the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow at Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha. Yet none of them was made clean, only Naaman the Syrian."

28 All the people in the synagogue were filled with anger when they heard these things. 29 They got up, drove Him out of the city, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 However, He walked right through them and went on His way.

Jesus' Transfer to Capernaum and His Driving out of a Demon — Mark 1:21-28; Matthew 7:28-29

31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching people on the Sabbath. 32 The people were amazed at His teaching, because His Word had authority.

33 In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. He cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ha! What do we have in common with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God."

35 Jesus rebuked him: "Be quiet, and come out of him!"

The demon threw him down in the middle of the crowd, and came out of him, without doing him any harm. 36 They were all amazed and began to ask one another, "What kind of speaking is this, that with authority and power He gives orders to unclean spirits, and they come out?"

37 The news about Him kept spreading to every place in the surrounding region.

Jesus' Healing of Peter's Wife's Mother — Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-28

38 Jesus left the synagogue, and went to Simon's home. Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

Jesus' Healing of Sick People one Evening — Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 1:32-34

40 When the sun was going down, all who had people who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him. He laid His hands on each one of them and healed them.

41 Moreover, demons were also being cast out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!"

However, He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ.

Jesus' Departure from Capernaum — Mark 1:35-38

42 At daybreak Jesus came out and went to a solitary place. The crowds continued to look for Him. When they came to Him, they tried to keep Him from leaving them. 43 However, He told them, "I must tell the Good News of the kingdom of God in other cities also, because I have been sent for this purpose."

Jesus' First Preaching-journey in Galilee — Matthew 4:23-25; Mark 1:39

44 Then He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

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Lk 5

A Miraculous Catch of Fish — Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:14-20; (John 1:35-51)

1 While the people were crowding around Jesus as they were listening to the Word of God, He was standing beside the Lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats standing on the shore of the lake. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Then Jesus got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. He sat down and began to teach the crowd from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He told Simon, "Put out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch!"

5 Simon answered, "Master, we have been working hard all night and have caught nothing. Nevertheless, at Your Word, I shall let down the nets."

6 When the men had done this, they caught a very large number of fish, and their nets began to tear. 7 They signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and they filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me! For I am a sinful man, Lord."

9 He and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. Then Jesus told Simon, "Stop being afraid! From now on you will be catching people."

11 When they had brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and became His followers.

Jesus' Healing of a Leper — Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45

12 When Jesus was in one of the cities, there was a man who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell facedown and begged him, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

13 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him. He said, "I am willing. Be made clean!"

Immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Jesus ordered him, "Do not tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them!"

15 However, the news about Jesus kept spreading even more, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. 16 Nevertheless, Jesus used to withdraw to lonely places and pray.

Jesus' Healing of a Paralysed Man — Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12

17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting there. They had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem, and He had the power of the Lord to heal. 18 Then some men brought a paralysed man on a bed and tried to take him inside and place him in front of Jesus. 19 However, when they could not find how to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof. They let him down with his stretcher through the tiles into the middle of the people, in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, He said, "Man, your sins have been forgiven you."

21 The scribes and the Pharisees began thinking to themselves, "Who is this Man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

22 Jesus perceived what they were thinking, and asked them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, ‘Get up and walk!'? 24 You should know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins!" He said to the paralysed man, "I tell you, get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home!"

25 Immediately the man stood up in front of them, picked up the stretcher on which he had been lying, and went home, glorifying God. 26 Astonishment gripped them all, and they began to praise God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

Jesus' Call of Matthew (Levi) — Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax-collector by the name of Levi sitting in his tax booth. He told him, "Follow Me!"

28 Levi got up, left everything, and began to follow Him. 29 Then Levi held a large banquet for Jesus at his home, and there was a large crowd of tax-collectors and others who were sitting at table with them.

30 The Pharisees and their scribes complained to Jesus' disciples: "Why are you people eating and drinking with tax-collectors and sinners?"

31 Jesus answered them, "Those who are healthy do not need a doctor, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners, to repentance."

Jesus' Response to a Question about Fasting — Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22

33 However, they said to Him, "John's disciples often fast and say prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink."

34 Jesus asked them, "Surely you cannot make the guests of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 However, the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then, in those days, they will fast."

36 Then He went on to tell them a parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise he will tear the new one, and the patch from the new one will not match the old one. 37 No one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be spilt, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 Rather, new wine must be put into new wineskins! 39 No one who has drunk old wine wants the new. For he says, ‘The old is fine!'"

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Lk 6

The Plucking of Grain by Jesus' Disciples on the Sabbath — Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28

1 On a Sabbath, while Jesus was walking through grain-fields, His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you people doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?"

3 Jesus answered them, "Have you not even read this, what David did when he and those who were with him became hungry, 4 how he went into the house of God and took the loaves set out before God, which it is not lawful to eat, except only for the priests; and he ate, and gave some to those who were with him?" 5 Then Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."

Jesus' Healing of a Man with a Shrivelled Hand — Matthew 12:9-15; Mark 3:1-6

6 On another Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and was teaching; and a man was there whose right hand was shrivelled. 7 The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely to see whether He would heal him on a Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. 8 However, He knew what they were thinking; and He told the man with the shrivelled hand, "Get up and stand in the middle!" The man got up and stood there.

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

10 After looking around at all of them, He told the man, "Stretch out your hand!"

He did, and his hand was completely restored. 11 They were filled with fury, and began to discuss with one another what they were to do to Jesus.

Jesus' Choice of Twelve Apostles — Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19

12 In these days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He continued all night in prayer to God. 13 When day came, He called His disciples, and chose twelve of them, whom He also named "apostles": 14 Simon, whom He also named "Peter," and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James, who was the son of Alphaeus, Simon, who was called "the Zealot," 16 Judas, who was the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Jesus' Healing of Many People — (Matthew 12:15-21); Mark 3:7-12

17 Jesus went down with them and stood on a level place with a large crowd of His disciples and a great many people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, and those who were troubled by unclean spirits were made well. 19 All the people were trying to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all.

Jesus' Sermon on the Plain 6:20-49

Four Beatitudes — Matthew 5:3-6, 11-12.

20 Jesus looked at His disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor! For yours is the kingdom of God.

21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now! For you will be satisfied.

"Blessed are you who are weeping now! For you will laugh.

22 "Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you, insult you, and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For, you see, your reward is great in heaven. For that is how their fathers used to treat the prophets.

Four Woes

24 "However, how terrible for you who are rich! For you have already received your comfort.

25 "How terrible for you who are well fed now! For you will be hungry.

"How terrible for you who are laughing now! For you will mourn and weep.

26 "How terrible for you when all people speak well of you! For that is how their fathers used to treat the false prophets.

Jesus' Teaching about Love of one's Enemies — Matthew 5:38-48

27 "However, I tell you who are listening: Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you! 28 Bless those who curse you! Pray for those who mistreat you! 29 If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other also! If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic as well! 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and, if someone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back! 31 Treat other people in exactly the same way as you want them to treat you! 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 For, if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to get it back, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to get equal payment back. 35 Rather, love your enemies! Do good, and lend, without expecting to get anything back! Then your reward will be great, and you will be the children of the Most High, because He is kind to ungrateful and wicked people. 36 Be merciful, as your Father also is merciful!

Jesus' Teaching about Judging — Matthew 7:1-5

37 "Stop judging; and you will certainly not be judged. Stop condemning; and you will certainly not be condemned. Forgive; and you will be forgiven. 38 Give; and it will be given to you. People will put a good measure, pressed together, shaken down, and running over, into your lap. For the measure with which you measure others will be used for you in return."

39 Jesus also told them a parable "A blind man cannot lead another blind man, can he? Will not both fall into a ditch? 40 A pupil is not above his teacher. However, everyone who has been fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and do not notice the plank that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye!' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye! Then you will see clearly, to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

The Testing of What is Good — Matthew 7:16-21

43 "For a good tree does not produce bad fruit and a bad tree does not produce good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not gather figs from thorns, or pick grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good person brings forth what is good out of the good treasure in his heart, and an evil person brings forth what is evil out of the evil there. For a person says with his mouth what fills his heart. 46 Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord!' but do not do what I tell you?

Jesus' Teaching about Hearing the Word and Practising it — Matthew 7:24-27

47 "I shall show you what everyone is like who comes to Me, hears My Words, and continues to put them into practice. 48 He is like a person who was building a house, dug down deep, and laid the foundation on the rock. When a flood came, the torrent dashed against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 The one who has heard My words, but has not put them into practice is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the torrent dashed against it, it immediately collapsed. The ruin of that house was great."

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Lk 7

Jesus' Healing of a Centurion's Servant — Matthew 8:5-13

1 When Jesus had finished all His sayings to the people who were listening to Him, He entered Capernaum. 2 A certain centurion had a slave, who was dear to him, and who was sick and about to die. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him to ask Him to come and heal his slave. 4 They came to Jesus and earnestly pleaded with Him, "He deserves to have You do this for him, 5 because he loves our nation, and he has personally built the synagogue for us."

6 Jesus began to go with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to tell Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself! For I do not deserve that You should come in under my roof. 7 That is why I did not think that I was worthy to come to You either. Rather, just give an order, and let my servant be healed! 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, and I have soldiers under myself. I order one of them, ‘Go!' and he goes; and another, ‘Come!' and he comes. I order my slave, ‘Do this!' and he does it."

9 When Jesus heard these words, He was astonished at him. He turned to the crowd that was following Him and said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith, even in Israel."

10 When the messengers returned to the house, they found that the slave was well.

Jesus' Raising of the Widow's Son from the Dead at Nain

11 Soon after this, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and His disciples and a large crowd were going along with Him. 12 As He came near the gate of the city, they saw that a dead man was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and told her, "Stop crying!"

14 He went up to the open coffin and touched it, and the men who were carrying it stood still. Jesus said, "Young man, I tell you, get up!"

15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 Fear came over them all, and they began to glorify God. They said, "A great prophet has arisen among us," and "God has visited His people."

17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the entire surrounding region.

The Question of John the Baptist — Matthew 11:2-6

18 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. 19 Then John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask the Lord, "Are You the One who is coming, or are we to expect someone else?"

20 The men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptist has sent us to ask You, ‘Are You the One who is coming, or are we to expect someone else?'"

21 At that time Jesus had healed many people of their diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.

22 Jesus answered, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard! Blind people see, lame people are walking; lepers are made clean, deaf people hear; the dead are raised, and poor people are having the good news told to them. 23 Blessed is anyone who is not offended because of Me!"

Jesus' Testimony about John the Baptist — Matthew 11:7-19

24 After the messengers of John had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 What, then, did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft robes? No, those who wear splendid clothing and live in luxury are found in kings' palaces. 26 What, then, did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom Scripture has said: ‘Look! I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.' 28 I tell you, among those born to women no one is greater than John; but the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

29 When all the people, even the tax-collectors, heard John, they acknowledged that God was right when they were baptised with the baptism of John. 30 However, when the Pharisees and the lawyers were not baptised by John, they rejected God's purpose for themselves.

31 "Therefore to what shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another. They say: ‘We have played the flute for you, but you have not danced. We have sung a funeral song, but you have not wept.' 33 For John the Baptist has come, neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.' 34 The Son of Man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!' 35 Nevertheless, wisdom is proved right by all her children."

Jesus' Forgiveness of a Sinful Woman

36 One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee's home and reclined at the table. 37 In the city there was a sinful woman. When she found out He was reclining at a meal at the Pharisee's home, she brought an alabaster jar of fragrant oil 38 and stood behind Jesus at His feet. She was weeping and began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she used the hair of her head to dry His feet, kissed His feet, and poured the fragrant oil on them. 39 The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and said to himself, "If this Man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is, that she is a sinner."

40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to say to you."

Simon said, "Teacher, say it."

41 "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay it back, he freely forgave them both. Therefore, which of them will love him more?"

43 Simon answered, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more."

Jesus told him, "You have judged correctly."

44 Then Jesus turned to the woman and asked Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your home, and you did not give me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but since I came in, this woman has not stopped kissing My feet. 46 You did not put olive-oil on My head, but she has poured fragrant oil on My feet. 47 That is why I tell you that the greatness of her love shows that her many sins have been forgiven. However, he who has little forgiven has only a little love."

48 Then He told her, "Your sins have been forgiven."

49 His fellow guests began to say to themselves, "Who is this Person who even forgives sins?"

50 Jesus told the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace!"

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Lk 8

The Women Who Supported Jesus

1 After this, Jesus travelled through every city and village, preaching and telling the Good News of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him, 2 and some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, the one called "Magdalene," from whom seven demons had been cast out, 3 Joanna, the wife of Chusa, the manager of Herod's household, Susanna, and many other women. They used to support Jesus and His disciples from their own means.

Jesus' Parable of the Sower — Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9

4 When a large crowd was gathering and the people were coming to Jesus from every city, He spoke by means of a parable: 5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path. It was trampled on and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock. When it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 However, other seed fell on good soil, and it came up and yielded a crop a hundred times as much."

When He said this, He called out, "Let the one who has ears to hear listen!"

Jesus' Reason for Speaking in Parables — Matthew 13:10-15; Mark 4:10-12

9 His disciples asked Him what this parable meant. 10 He answered, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest, in parables, that ‘Although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.'

Jesus' Interpretation of the Parable of the Sower — Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20

11 "The parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. 12 Those people along the path are those who hear. Then the Devil comes and takes the Word out of their hearts that they may not become believers and be saved. 13 The people on the rock are those who receive the Word with joy when they hear it, and yet these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of temptation they fall away. 14 The seeds that fell among thorns are those who have heard, and yet, as they go along, they are choked by worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and do not produce a mature crop. 15 However, the seeds on the good soil are the ones who, with a good and honest heart, have heard the Word, retain it, and produce a crop with patience.

The Comparisons of a Lamp and a Lampstand, and the Right Use of Parables — Mark 4:21-25

16 "No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For there is nothing secret that will not be made visible, and there is nothing hidden that will not surely be made known and be brought out into the open. 18 Therefore be careful how you hear! For whoever has will be given more; and, if anyone does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him."

Jesus' Declaration about His Real Brothers — Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35

19 Jesus' mother and His brothers came to Him, but they could not get near Him because of the crowd. 20 He was told, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside and want to see You."

21 However, He answered them, "My mother and My brothers are these who are hearing the Word of God and putting it into practice."

Jesus' Stilling of a Storm — Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41

22 On a certain day Jesus and His disciples got into a boat. He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake!" and they launched out. 23 However, while they were sailing along He fell asleep. A windstorm came down on the lake, and they were being swamped and were in danger. 24 They came to Him and woke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are drowning."

When He was awakened He rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. They subsided, and it became calm.

25 He asked them, "Where is your faith?"

They were afraid and amazed, and asked one another, "Who, then, is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?"

Jesus' Healing of a Gadarene Demoniac — Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 When Jesus came out onto the shore, a certain man from the city, who was possessed by demons, met Him. He had not worn clothes for a long time, and he did not stay in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and shouted aloud, "What do we have in common, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"

29 For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had been seizing him violently for a long time. He used to be bound with chains and shackles, and used to be kept under guard, but he would tear the chains and be driven by the demon into lonely places.

30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"

He answered, "Legion," because many demons had gone into him.

31 They kept begging Him not to order them to go into the abyss. 32 There was a herd of many pigs there, feeding on the mountain. The demons begged Jesus to permit them to go into them, and He permitted them. 33 The demons came out of the man and went into the pigs; and the herd rushed down the cliff into the lake, and was drowned. 34 However, when those who had been taking care of the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported it in the city and in the country. 35 People came out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus they found the man from whom the demons had been cast out. He was sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed, and in his right mind; and the people were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been made well. 37 Then the whole crowd from the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to go away from them, because they were overcome by great fear. He got into a boat and went back. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging Jesus that he might be with Him. However, Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 "Return home and tell what great things God has done for you!"

The man left and preached throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Jesus' Healing of a Woman who was continuously Bleeding and His Raising of the Daughter of Jairus — Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43

40 When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed Him. For they were all expecting Him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, who was a leader of the synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet. He began to plead with Jesus to come to his home, 42 because he had an only daughter, who was about twelve years old, and she was dying. While Jesus was going there, the crowds were pressing against Him.

43 There was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years. Although she had spent her whole livelihood on doctors, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came to Him from behind and touched the hem of His garment, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 Jesus asked, "Who is the one who has touched Me?"

When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds are cramping You in and pressing against You."

46 However, Jesus said, "Someone has touched Me. For I have perceived that power has gone out of Me."

47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling, and fell down before Him. In front of all the people she told the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been healed immediately. 48 He told her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace!"

49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the leader of the synagogue. He said, "Your daughter is dead. Do not bother the Teacher any more!"

50 When Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Stop being afraid! Only believe, and she will be saved."

51 When He arrived at the house, He did not permit anyone to go in with Him except Peter, John, James, and the child's father and mother. 52 People were all weeping and mourning for her. However, He said, "Stop weeping! For she has not died, but is sleeping."

53 They ridiculed Him, because they knew that she had died. 54 However, He took hold of her hand and called out, "Girl, arise!"

55 Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and Jesus ordered that she should be given something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished; but He ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

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Lk 9

Jesus' Sending out of the Twelve — Matthew 10:1-12; Mark 6:5-13

1 Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them, "Do not take anything for the journey, no staff, no bag, no bread, and no money! Do not take two tunics each! 4 Whenever you go into a house, stay there, and leave from there! 5 As for all who do not welcome you, when you go out of that city, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them!"

6 They left and passed through from village to village, telling the Good News, and healing people everywhere.

Herod's Opinion of Jesus — Matthew 14:1-2; Mark 6:14-16

7 Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening; and was perplexed, because some people were saying that John had risen from the dead. 8 It was being said by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the other prophets of long ago had risen.

9 Herod said, "I have beheaded John. However, who is this about whom I am hearing such things?"

He kept trying to see Jesus.

Jesus' Feeding of Five Thousand Men — Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14

10 The apostles came back and told Jesus all that they had done. He took them with Him and withdrew in private to a city called Bethsaida. 11 However, when the crowds found out about it, they followed Him. He welcomed them, began to speak to them about the kingdom of God, and was healing those who needed healing. 12 The day began to decline, and the Twelve came to Him and told Him, "Send the crowd away, that they may go to the villages and farms round about, get lodging, and find food! For here we are in a remote place."

13 He told them, "You give them something to eat!"

However, they answered, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people."

14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He told His disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each!"

15 The disciples did this and made them all sit down. 16 He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them, broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set them before the crowd. 17 All of them had enough to eat. Twelve baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over by them were also taken up.

Peter's Confession of Jesus at Caesarea Philippi — Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30

18 Once when Jesus was alone praying, His disciples were with Him, and He asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

19 They answered Him, "John the Baptist. Others say that You are Elijah; and still others say that one of the other ancient prophets has come back to life."

20 He asked them, "You, however, who do you say I am?"

Peter answered, "The Christ of God."

21 He strictly warned them and commanded them not to tell this to anyone.

Jesus' First Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33

22 He said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised on the third day."

The Conditions of Discipleship — Matthew 16:24-28; Mark 8:34-9:1

23 He went on to tell them all, "If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross every day, and follow Me! 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what good does it do a person to gain the whole world and lose himself or forfeit himself? 26 For, if anyone is ashamed of Me and My Words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 However, I tell you truly, there are some of those who are standing here who will certainly not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."

Jesus' Transfiguration — Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8

28 About eight days after He said this, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with Him and went up the mountain to pray. 29 While He was praying, the appearance of His face changed and His clothing became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly two men were talking with Him. They were Moses and Elijah. 31 They appeared in glory and were talking about His departure, which He was about to make come true at Jerusalem.

32 Peter and the men with him had been overcome by sleep. When they woke up, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. 33 When these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!"

He did not realise what he was saying. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them. They were frightened as they went into the cloud. 35 Then a voice came out of the cloud: "This is My Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to Him!"

36 When the voice had spoken, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about this, and in those days they did not tell anything of what they had seen.

Jesus' Healing of an Epileptic Boy with an Evil Spirit — Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29

37 The next day, after they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38 Suddenly a man from the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, because he is my only child. 39 You see, a spirit takes hold of him, and he suddenly screams. It throws him into convulsions, and he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him, and it bruises him. 40 I begged Your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."

41 Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving and perverted generation! How long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here!"

42 While the boy was still coming, the demon flung him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. However, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 They were all amazed at the majesty of God.

Jesus' Second Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32

While they were all marvelling at all the things that Jesus was doing, He told His disciples, 44 "As for you, put these Words into your ears! For the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men."

45 However, they did not understand this saying. It had been hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.

A Dispute among the Disciples about Greatness — Matthew 18:1-5; Mark 9:33-37

46 An argument began among them about which of them was the greatest. 47 However, because Jesus knew the thoughts of their hearts, He took a little child, set him beside Him, 48 and told them, "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me. Moreover, whoever receives Me receives the One who has sent Me. For the one who is least among you all is the one who is the greatest."

Jesus' Comment about an Exorcist who did not Belong to the Twelve — Mark 9:38-41

49 John replied, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he is not a follower together with us."

50 However, Jesus told him, "Do not try to stop him! For the one who is not against you is for you."

Jesus' Journey from Galilee to Jerusalem (9:51-19:27)

His Refusal to Harm a Samaritan Village for Refusing to Welcome Him

51 As the time was coming nearer for Jesus to be taken up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead of Him. They went and entered into a village of the Samaritans to get things ready for Him. 53 However, the people did not welcome Him, because He was journeying with His face toward Jerusalem. 54 When His disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?"

55 However, Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then Jesus and His disciples went on to another village.

Jesus' Response to Claimants to Discipleship — Matthew 8:19-22

57 While they were walking along the road, someone told Jesus, "I shall follow You wherever You go."

58 However, Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head."

59 He told another man, "Follow Me!"

However, he said, "Lord, first permit me to go back and bury my father!"

60 Jesus told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead! Rather, you go and proclaim the kingdom of God!"

61 Another man also said, "I shall follow You, Lord, but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home!"

62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

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Lk 10

Jesus' Sending out of the Seventy-two

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two other men and sent them out in pairs to go ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was intending to go. 2 He told them, "The harvest is great, but the labourers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest! 3 Go! Look! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not carry a purse, or a bag, or sandals, and do not greet anyone on the road! 5 Whenever you go into a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house!' 6 If a man of peace is there, let your peace rest on him; but, if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay in the same house and eat and drink what they give! For a worker is worthy of his wages. Do not move around from one house to another! 8 Whenever you go into a city and the people welcome you, eat what is set before you! 9 Heal the sick that are in it, and tell the people, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you'! 10 However, whenever you go into a city and they do not welcome you, go out on its streets and say, 11 ‘We are wiping off against you even the dust of your city that has clung to our feet! Nevertheless, realise this: The kingdom of God has come near you'! 12 I tell you, on that day it will be more bearable for Sodom than for that city. 13 How terrible for you, Chorazin! How terrible for you, Bethsaida! For, if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 However, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 As for you, Capernaum, you will not be lifted up to heaven, will you? You will go down to Hades. 16 The person who hears you hears Me, and the person who rejects you rejects Me. The person who rejects Me rejects the One who has sent Me."

The Return of the Seventy-two Men to Jesus

17 The seventy-two men returned with joy. They said, "Lord, even the demons do what we tell them in Your name."

18 He replied to them, "I was watching Satan falling like lightning from heaven. 19 Look! I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and on all the power of the enemy, and nothing at all will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice because the spirits are subordinate to you! Rather, rejoice that your names have been written in heaven!"

Jesus' Thanksgiving to the Father — Matthew 11:25-27

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this has been Your gracious purpose. 22 All things have been handed over to me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him."

Jesus' Declaration about the Blessedness of the Disciples — Matthew 13:16-17

23 Jesus turned to His disciples and told them privately: "Blessed are the eyes that see the things that you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you are seeing but have not seen them, and to hear the things that you are hearing but have not heard them."

Jesus' Response to a Lawyer's Question — compare Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-31

25 On one occasion a certain lawyer stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?"

26 Jesus asked him, "What do the Scriptures say in the Law? How do you read it?"

27 He answered, "‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself!'"

28 Jesus told him, "You have answered correctly. Continue to do this and you will live!"

29 However, the lawyer wanted to justify himself. So he asked Jesus, "Who, then, is my neighbour?"

Jesus' Parable about the Good Samaritan

30 Jesus answered: "A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, struck him blow after blow, and went away, leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road, but, when he saw him, he went past on the other side. 32 When a Levite came to the place he too did the same thing. He looked at him and went past on the other side. 33 However, as a certain Samaritan was travelling, he came on the man. When he saw him, he felt sorry for him. 34 He went over to him, poured olive-oil and wine on his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him! When I return I shall pay you back for whatever else you spend on him.'

36 "Which one of those three, do you think, has been a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"

37 He said, "The one who has shown mercy to him."

Jesus told him, "You, too, go and keep doing as he did!"

Jesus' Statement about the One Thing Needful in the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As they were on their journey, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman by the name of Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister by the name of Mary, who also kept sitting at the Lord's feet, listening to His Word. 40 However, Martha was distracted with much serving. She came and asked, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me, then!"

41 The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Yes, Mary has chosen that better part, and it will not be taken away from her."

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Lk 11

Jesus' Teaching of the Lord's Prayer — Matthew 6:9-13

1 Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He had finished, one of His disciples asked Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples!"

2 He told them, "When you pray, say: ‘Our Father in heaven,

‘May Your name be kept holy!

‘May Your kingdom come!

3 ‘Give us day by day our daily bread!

4 ‘Forgive us our sins! For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

‘Do not lead us into temptation!'"

Jesus' Parable about a Friend at Midnight

5 He also asked them, "Which of you will have a friend, and will go to him at midnight and ask him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has just come to my house, and I have nothing to set before him'? 7 If he answers from inside: ‘Stop bothering me! The door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything,' 8 I tell you, although he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet, because he persists, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

Jesus' Teaching about God's Answer to Prayer — Matthew 7:7-13

9 "I also tell you: Keep asking! It will be given to you. Keep searching! You will find. Keep knocking! The door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who continues to ask receives; and he who continues to search finds; and to him who continues to knock, the door will be opened.

11 "Which father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13 Therefore, if you, although you are wicked, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more will your Father from heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

An Accusation of the Pharisees and the Controversy about Beelzebul — Matthew 12:22-30; Mark 3:22-27

14 Jesus was casting out a demon, and it was unable to talk. After the demon had gone out, the man who had been unable to talk began to speak, and the crowds were amazed. 15 However, some of them said, "He is casting out the demons by Beelzebul, the ruler over the demons."

16 Others, testing Him, were trying to get from Him a miraculous sign from heaven. 17 Since He knew their thoughts, He told them, "Every kingdom that has been divided against itself is ruined, and a family that has been divided against a family falls. 18 If Satan also has been divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you are saying that I am casting out the demons by Beelzebul. 19 Moreover, if I am casting out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 Nevertheless, if I am driving out the demons by the Finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come on you.

21 "Whenever the strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are secure. 22 However, when someone stronger than he attacks him and defeats him, he takes away his full armour, in which he had been trusting, and divides the spoils.

23 "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who is not gathering with Me is scattering.

The Return of the Evil Spirit — Matthew 12:43-45

24 "When the unclean spirit is cast out of a person, it goes through dry places, looking for rest. When it does not find it, then it says, ‘I shall return to my house, from which I have come out.' 25 When it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and fetches with it seven other spirits that are more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first."

Jesus' Declaration about the Blessedness of those who Hear the Word

27 While Jesus was saying these things, a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that gave birth to You, and the breasts that You have sucked!"

28 However, He said, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!"

Jesus' Warning against Trying to See Miraculous Signs — Matthew 12:38-42; Mark 8:11-12

29 While the crowds were gathering even more, He began to say, "This is a wicked generation. It is trying to get a miraculous sign, and a miraculous sign will not be given to it except the miraculous sign of Jonah. 30 For, as Jonah became a miraculous sign to the people of Nineveh, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will stand up at the judgment with the men of this generation and will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and look! Something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and look! Something greater than Jonah is here.

Jesus Comparison with Light — Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 6:22-28; Mark 4:21

33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a cellar or under the grain-measure, but on the lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is sound, your whole body also is full of light. However, when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light that is in you is not darkness! 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, without any part of it being dark, your whole body will be full of light as when a lamp shines on you with its light."

Jesus' Warnings about the Pharisees and the Lawyers — Matthew 23:13-39; Mark 12:38-39

37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited Him to eat a meal with him. He went in and reclined at the table. 38 However, the Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. 39 The Lord told him, "Now, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but the inside of you is full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Has not the One who has made the outside also made the inside? 41 Rather, give the things that are on the inside as a gift to help the poor! Then, you see, everything is clean for you.

42 "However, how terrible for you Pharisees! For you give a tenth of mint, rue, and every other garden herb, and yet you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practised the latter things without leaving the former things undone!

43 "How terrible for you Pharisees! For you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.

44 "How terrible for you! For you are like the unmarked graves, of which the people who walk over them are not aware."

45 One of the lawyers replied to Him, "Teacher, when You say these things You are insulting us also."

46 Jesus said, "How terrible for you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens that are hard to carry, and yet you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.

47 "How terrible for you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. 48 Therefore you are witnesses that you approve of what your fathers did, because they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, the wisdom of God has also said: ‘I shall send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill or persecute,' 50 with the result that this generation will have to answer for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed from the foundation of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who was killed between the altar and the temple. Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it.

52 "How terrible for you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You have not gone in yourselves, and you have hindered those who were entering."

53 When Jesus had gone out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be fiercely hostile to Him, and to try to catch Him in many things that He said, 54 lying in wait for Him, to trap Him in something He might say.

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Lk 12

Jesus' Warning about the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

1 Meanwhile, after a crowd of many thousands had come together to Him, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to His disciples: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy!

An Exhortation to Fearless Confession — Matthew 10:19-20, 26-33; Mark 3:28-29

2 "There is nothing that has been completely concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore everything that you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have said in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. 4 However, I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that cannot do any more! 5 However, I shall show you the One whom you are to fear. Fear Him who, after He has killed, has the authority to cast into hell! Yes, I tell you, fear Him!

6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Nevertheless, not one of them has been forgotten before God. 7 However, even the hairs on your heads have all been counted! Stop being afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows. 8 I tell you, if anyone confesses Me before other people, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God. 9 However, he who denies Me before other people will be denied before the angels of God. 10 Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but he who has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

11 "When people bring you in before synagogues, rulers, and other authorities, do not begin to worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say! 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you must say."

Jesus' Parable about a Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd asked Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me!"

14 Jesus asked him, "Man, who appointed Me to be a judge or an arbitrator over you?"

15 Then He told them, "Beware, and be on your guard against all greed! For a person's life does not consist in how plentiful his possessions are."

16 Then Jesus told them a parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What am I to do? For I have no place to store my produce.'

18 "Then he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and I shall store my grain and all my other goods in them. 19 Then I shall say to myself, "Soul, you have many good things stored up for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!"'

20 "However, God said to him, ‘You fool, this very night your life will be demanded of you. Then who will get the things that you have prepared?'"

21 Jesus said, "So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

Jesus' Teaching about Worry — Matthew 6:19-21, 26-33

22 Jesus said to His disciples: "Therefore I tell you: Stop worrying about your lives, what you are to eat; or about your bodies, what you are to wear! 23 For life is a greater thing than food, and the body is a greater thing than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens! They do not sow or reap. They have no storeroom or barn; and yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds? 25 Which of you by worrying can add an hour to his length of life? 26 Therefore, if you cannot do even the smallest thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider how the lilies grow! They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into an oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 You also, stop trying to get what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and stop being anxious! 30 For all the nations of the world search for these things; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31 Rather, be eager to have His kingdom! These things will be given to you as well.

32 "Stop being afraid, little flock! For your Father has considered it good to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor! Make yourselves purses that do not wear out, a treasure that will never be used up, in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys! 34 For your heart will also be where your treasure is.

Jesus' Admonitions to be Watchful and Faithful — Matthew 24:43-51; Mark 13:35-36

35 "Be dressed for action and have your lamps burning! 36 Be like people who are waiting for their master when he comes back from the wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks they may immediately open the door for him! 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find wide-awake when he comes! Truly, I tell you, he will dress himself for work, have them recline at the table, and will come and wait on them. 38 If he comes even in the second watch, or even in the third watch, and finds them like that, blessed are they! 39 Be aware of this, that if the owner of a house had known at what hour the burglar was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into! 40 You also, be ready! For the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him."

41 Peter asked, "Lord, are You telling this parable to us, or also to all people?"

42 The Lord said, "Who, then, is the trustworthy and sensible manager whom the master will put in charge of his other servants, to give them their food-allowance at the right time? 43 Blessed is that slave whom his master will find doing this when he comes! 44 Truly, I tell you that he will put him in charge of all his property. 45 However, if that slave says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time to come,' and begins to beat the male and female servants and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he is not expecting him and at an hour about which he is not aware. He will cut him in two and assign him his place with those who cannot be trusted.

Jesus' Teaching about what is Required from a Servant

47 "That slave who has known what his master has wanted and has not made preparations or done what he has wanted will be beaten with many blows. 48 However, he who has not known and has done things for which he has deserved to be beaten will be beaten with few blows. Much will be required from everyone who has been given much; and, if people have entrusted much to someone, they will require more from him.

Jesus' Warning that He Causes Division, and His Criticism of the Inability of His Generation to Discern its Crucial Time — Matthew 10:34-36; Matthew 16:2-3; Mark 10:38

49 "I have come to set fire on the earth, and how I wish it had already been kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how troubled I am until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather, division. 52 For from now on there will be five in one family who have been divided, three against two and two against three. 53 A father will be divided against a son and a son against a father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

54 Jesus also told the crowds, "When you see the cloud coming up in the west, you immediately say, ‘A rainstorm is coming,' and that is what happens. 55 In addition, when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,' and it is. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the earth and of the sky. How is it that you do not know how to discern this present time? 57 Why, even for yourselves, do you not judge what is right?

Jesus' Teaching about the Need to be Reconciled with an Adversary — Matthew 5:23-26

58 "For, when you are going with your opponent in a lawsuit before a magistrate, try hard to come to a settlement with him on the way, in order that he may not drag you off before the judge, and the judge may not hand you over to the officer, and the officer may not throw you into prison! 59 I tell you, you will certainly not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent."

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Lk 13

Jesus' Exhortation to Repentance

1 At that time some people were present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 I tell you, no. However, unless you repent, you too will all perish in a similar way. 4 Or do you think that those eighteen who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them were guiltier than all the other people who were living in Jerusalem were? 5 I tell you, no; but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way."

Jesus' Teaching about God's Patience and its Limits

6 Jesus told them this parable: "A man had a fig tree that had been planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 He told the man who worked the vineyard, ‘Look here! For the last three years I have been coming here looking for fruit on this fig tree, and I have not been finding any. Therefore cut it down! Why does it keep using up the ground?'

8 "However, the man answered him, ‘Sir, allow it to stand this year also, until I dig around it and put fertiliser on it! 9 If the tree bears fruit in future, fine. However, if it does not, you will cut it down.'"

Jesus' Healing of a Woman who had been Sick for Eighteen Years

10 Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, 11 and a woman was there whom a spirit had caused to be unwell for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, He called her to Himself and told her, "Woman you have been set free from your sickness."

13 He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and began to glorify God.

14 However, the ruler of the synagogue responded with indignation that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. He kept telling the crowd, "There are six days in which people ought to work. So come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!"

15 The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you untie his ox or donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out to give it a drink? 16 Should not this woman, who is a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has tied up for eighteen whole years, be untied on the Sabbath day from this thing that has tied her up?"

17 As He said this, all His opponents were put to shame, but all the crowd began to rejoice over all the glorious things that were being done by Him.

Jesus' Parable about the Mustard Seed — Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32

18 Then Jesus went on to say, "What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that a man took and put in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches."

Jesus' Parable about the Yeast — Matthew 13:33

20 He asked again, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened."

Jesus' Admonition to Enter through the Narrow Door, a Warning about False Confidence in being Israelites, and a Promise of God's Grace to Gentiles

22 Jesus was travelling through each of the cities and villages and teaching as He was making the journey to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked Him, "Lord, are there only few who are saved?"

He told them: 24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door! For, I tell you, many will try to enter and not be able to. 25 After the Owner of the house gets up and closes the door, and after you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open it for us!' He will answer you, ‘I do not know you, or where you are from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.' 27 However, He will tell you, ‘I do not know you or where you are from. Go away from Me, all you evildoers!' 28 There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and see yourselves being thrown out. 29 People will also come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed, there are those who are last who will be first, and there are those who are first who will be last."

Jesus' Departure from Galilee

31 Right at that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and told Him, "Leave here, and go away! For Herod wants to kill You."

32 He answered them, "Go, and tell that fox, ‘Look! Today and tomorrow I am driving out demons and working healings, and on the third day I shall be perfected!' 33 Nevertheless I must be on My way today, tomorrow, and the next day; because it is impossible that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.

Jesus' Lament over Jerusalem — Compare Matthew 23:37-39

34 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one that kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to it! How often I have wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you have not been willing! 35 Look! Your house is abandoned to your disadvantage. I also tell you, you certainly will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

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Lk 14

Jesus' Healing of a Man with Dropsy

1 On a Sabbath Jesus went to the home of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat a meal, and they were watching Him closely. 2 He saw a man in front of Him who had dropsy. 3 Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"

4 However, they remained silent. Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. 5 Then He asked them, "Which of you, whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?"

6 They could not answer this.

Jesus' Teaching about Humility

7 Then He began to tell a parable to those who had been invited, since He noticed how the guests were trying to choose the places of honour: 8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the place of honour! It may be that he has invited a person who is more distinguished than you are. 9 Then he who has invited him and you will tell you, ‘Give this man your place!' and then with shame you will begin to take the last place. 10 However, when you are invited, go and sit down in the last place, and so when your host comes he will tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher!' Then you will be honoured in the presence of all the fellow guests who are sitting with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

12 Then He told the man who had invited Him, "When you give a meal or a dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbours, to avoid having them invite you back and repaying you! 13 Rather, when you give a banquet, invite poor people, crippled people, lame people, and blind people. 14 Then you will be blessed, because they have nothing with which to pay you back. For you will be paid back when those who are righteous rise from the dead."

Jesus' Parable about the Great Supper

15 When one of those who were reclining at table with Jesus heard this, he said to Him, "Blessed is the person who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!"

16 Jesus told him: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many people. 17 When it was time for the banquet, he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come! For everything is now ready.'

18 "Then they all alike began to excuse themselves. The first told him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out to see it. I ask you, have me excused!'

19 "Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am on my way to try them out. I ask you, have me excused!'

20 "Another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'

21 "The slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house became angry, and told his slave, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here poor people, crippled people, blind people, and lame people!'

22 "The slave said, ‘Master, what you have ordered has been done, and there is still room.'

23 "Then the master told the slave, ‘Go out to the roads and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled! 24 For I tell you that none of those men who had been invited will taste my banquet.'"

The Conditions of Discipleship — Matthew 10:37-38

25 Large crowds were travelling with Jesus. He turned to them and said, 26 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate what it will cost, to see if he has enough to finish it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and cannot finish the building, all who watch him might begin to make fun of him, 30 and say, ‘This man began to build, but could not finish it.' 31 Or what king, on his way to make war against another king, does not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he is able to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 Otherwise, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation to ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, therefore, whoever of you does not give up everything that he has cannot be My disciple. 34 Therefore, salt is good. However, if salt loses its taste, how will it be seasoned? 35 It is no good either for the soil or for the manure pile. People throw it away. He who has ears to hear should listen!"

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Lk 15

Jesus' Parable about the Lost Sheep — Matthew 18:12-14

1 All the tax-collectors and other sinners were coming to Jesus to hear Him. 2 However, the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled and said, "This Man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

3 So He told them this parable: 4 "Which man among you who has a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the other ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and is glad. 6 He goes home, calls his friends and neighbours together, and tells them, ‘Be happy with me! For I have found my lost sheep.' 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.

Jesus' Parable about the Lost Coin

8 "Or which woman who has ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and look for it carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Be happy with me! For I have found the coin that I lost.' 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Jesus' Parable about the Lost Son

11 Jesus said: "A certain man had two sons. 12 The younger one of them asked his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the property!' So he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later the younger son got together all he had, and left home for a distant country, and there he wasted his possessions in wild living. 14 When he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 He went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill up on the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything. 17 When he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired men have plenty of bread, and here I am starving to death. 18 I shall get up and go to my father and tell him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you. 19 I do not deserve to be called your son any more. Make me one of your hired men!"'

20 "So he got up and went to his father. While he was still far away, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 The son told him, ‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you. I do not deserve to be called your son any more.'

22 "The father told his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe, the best one, and put it on him! Put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet! 23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and begin to celebrate! 24 For this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again. He was lost and has been found.' So they began to celebrate.

The Resentment of the Elder Brother

25 "His elder son was in the field. As he was coming in and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants, and asked what this meant.

27 "The servant answered, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.'

28 "However, the elder brother became angry and would not go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him.

29 "However, he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I have been working like a slave for you and have never disobeyed a command of yours, and yet you have never given me a little goat to celebrate with my friends. 30 However, as soon as this son of yours has come back, who has squandered your property with prostitutes, you have killed the fattened calf for him.'

31 "The father told him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that I have is yours; 32 but we had to celebrate and be glad. For this brother of yours was dead, and has come to life. He was lost, and has been found.'"

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Lk 16

Jesus' Parable about a Shrewd Manager

1 Then Jesus also told His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and allegations were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 He called the manager and asked him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give an account of your management! For you cannot be manager any longer.'

3 "The manager said to himself, ‘What am I to do? For my master is taking my position as manager away from me. I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have realised what I should do, so that, when I am dismissed from my position as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'

5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe my master?'

6 "He answered, ‘Three thousand litres of olive-oil.'

"The manager said, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write "one thousand, five hundred!"'

7 "Then he asked another, ‘How much do you owe?'

"He answered, ‘Thirty tonnes of wheat.'

"The manager told him, ‘Take your bill and write, "Twenty-four!"'

8 "The master praised the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are shrewder than the people of the light in dealing with their own kind of people. 9 I also tell you: Make friends for yourselves with unrighteous mammon, so that, when it runs out, they may welcome you into the eternal dwellings! 10 The person who is trustworthy in what is least is also trustworthy in much. The person who is unjust in what is least is also unjust in much. 11 Therefore, if you have not been trustworthy with unrighteous mammon, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 If you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? 13 No household slave can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Jesus' Criticism of the Pharisees' Hypocrisy

14 The Pharisees, who were fond of money, heard all this, and began to sneer at Jesus. 15 He told them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Jesus' Teaching about the Law and the Prophets — Matthew 11:12-13; Matthew 5:18

16 "The Law and the Prophets were until John. Since then the good news of the kingdom of God is being told, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

17 "It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one small part of a letter to drop out of the Law.

Jesus' Teaching about Divorce — Matthew 5:12

18 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another is committing adultery. The man who marries a woman who has been divorced from her husband is also committing adultery.

Jesus' Contrast between a Rich Man and Lazarus

19 "A certain man was rich. He used to dress in purple and fine linen, and he enjoyed himself splendidly every day. 20 A certain beggar by the name of Lazarus had been laid at his gate. He was covered with ulcers, 21 and longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs used to come and lick his ulcers. 22 The beggar died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he looked up, as he was being tormented, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus at his side. 24 He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue! For I am in agony in this flame.'

25 "However, Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that you received your good things in your lifetime, while Lazarus received bad things! However, now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 Besides all these things, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot, and people cannot cross over from there to us.'

27 "He answered, ‘Therefore I ask you, father, to send Lazarus to my father's family. 28 For I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they also may not come to this place of torture!'

29 "Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. They should listen to them!'

30 "He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'

31 "Abraham answered him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

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Lk 17

Jesus' Warning about Causing others to Stumble — Matthew 18:6-7; Mark 9:42

1 Jesus told His disciples, "It is impossible that things that cause people to stumble will not come, but how terrible for the person through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.

Jesus' Teaching about Forgiving others — Matthew 18:15, 21-22

3 "Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and, if he repents, forgive him! 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day and comes back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,' you shall forgive him!"

Jesus' Teaching about Faith — Matthew 17:20

5 Then the apostles asked the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

6 The Lord said, "If you have faith like a mustard seed, you would tell this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea!' and it would obey you.

Jesus' Teaching that Doing one's Duty does not Earn Reward

7 "Which of you who has a slave ploughing or looking after sheep will tell him, when he comes in from the field, ‘Come here at once and sit down to eat!'? 8 Rather, will he not tell him, ‘Get dinner ready for me! Tuck your clothes up, and wait on me while I eat and drink! After that you may eat and drink'? 9 He does not thank the slave for doing what he has been ordered to do, does he? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you have been ordered to do, should say, ‘We are worthless slaves. We have only done what our duty was to do.'"

Jesus' Healing of Ten Lepers, and the Return of One of Them to Thank Him

11 As Jesus was travelling to Jerusalem, He went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He was entering a village, ten men who were lepers came toward Him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out aloud, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

14 When Jesus saw them, He told them, "Go! Show yourselves to the priests!"

As they went, they were made clean. 15 When one of them saw that he had been healed, he came back, loudly glorifying God. 16 He fell down on his face at Jesus' feet, thanking Him; and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, "Were not the ten made clean? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one been found to return and give glory to God except this foreigner?"

19 Then Jesus told him, "Get up, and go! Your faith has saved you."

Jesus' Teaching about the Coming of the Kingdom of God — Matthew 24:23; Mark 13:21

20 Jesus was asked by the Pharisees, "When will the kingdom of God come?"

He answered them, "The kingdom of God does not come in such a way that people can observe it. 21 Nor will people say, ‘Look! Here it is,' or ‘There it is.' For, indeed, the kingdom of God is among you."

The Day of the Son of Man — Matthew 24:26-28, 37-41; Matthew 10:39; Matthew 24:40, 28

22 He told His disciples, "The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘Look! There!' or ‘Look! Here!' Do not go off or follow them. 24 For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes out of one part under the sky and shines to the other part under the sky. 25 However, first He must suffer much and be rejected by this generation. 26 In the days of the Son of Man it will be as it was in the days of Noah. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage until the day when Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, it will be as it was in the days of Lot: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 However, on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 That is what it will be like on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the person who is on the roof of his house and has his goods in the house should not come down to fetch them! Likewise, the person who is in the field should not turn back! 32 Remember Lot's wife! 33 Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life will keep it alive. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; the one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain at the same place; the one will be taken and the other will be left." *10

37 People asked Him, "Where, Lord?"

He told them, "Where the body is, there too the vultures will gather."

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Lk 18

Jesus' Parable about the Unjust Judge

1 Then Jesus told them a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up: 2 He said: "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God or respect people. 3 There was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Get justice for me against my adversary!' 4 For some time he refused. However, afterwards he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God or respect a human being either, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I shall secure justice for her, so that she may not finally wear me out by her coming.'"

6 Then the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says! 7 Will God also not surely get justice for His elect, who cry out to Him for help day and night? Does He then delay a long time to help them? 8 I tell you, He will quickly get justice for them. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

Jesus' Parable about the Pharisee and the Tax-collector

9 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised everyone else: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed this about himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: robbers, wrongdoers, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all my income.' 13 However, the tax-collector, standing at a distance, did not even want to look up to heaven, but kept beating his chest and saying, ‘God, be propitiated to me, the sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man, rather than the other, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled; but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Jesus' Reception of Little Children — Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16

15 People were bringing even the infants to Jesus that He might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they began to rebuke them. 16 However, Jesus called the infants to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will certainly not enter it."

Jesus' Answer to a Rich Young Leader's Question — Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31

18 A certain ruler asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God. 20 You know the Commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery!' ‘Do not murder!' ‘Do not steal!' ‘Do not give false testimony!' ‘Honour your father and mother!'"

21 He said, "I have been keeping all these since I was young."

22 When Jesus heard this, He told him, "You still lack one thing: Sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor! You will have treasure in heaven. Then come here and follow Me!"

23 When he heard this, he became very sad. For he was extremely rich.

24 When Jesus saw that he had become very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God."

26 Those who heard Him asked, "Then who can be saved?"

27 However, Jesus said, "The things that are impossible with men are possible with God."

28 Then Peter said, "Look! We have left our own possessions and have been following You."

29 He answered them, "Truly, I tell you that there is certainly no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 who will not receive many times as much in this present time, and, in the coming age, eternal life."

Jesus' Third Explicit Prediction of His Passion — Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them: "Look! We are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that have been written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 For He will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked, insulted, and spat on. 33 They will scourge Him and kill Him, and on the third day He will rise again."

34 However, the disciples understood none of these things. This saying had been hidden from them, and they did not understand the things that were being said.

Jesus' Healing of Blind Bartimaeus — Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52

35 As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the road, begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going through, he tried to find out what was happening. 37 People told him, "Jesus from Nazareth is going past."

38 He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

39 Those who were going in front were rebuking him, telling him to be quiet. Instead, he kept shouting even more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

40 Jesus stood still and ordered that the man should be brought to Him. After he had come close, Jesus asked him, 41 "What do you want Me to do for you?"

He said, "Lord, I want to get my sight back."

42 Jesus told him, "Receive your sight again! Your faith has saved you."

43 Immediately he received his sight again, and he began to follow Jesus, glorifying God. When all the people saw this, they gave praise to God.

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Lk 19

The Change in Zacchaeus when Jesus Went to His Home

1 Then Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax-collector, and he was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not see Him because of the crowd. For he was a short man. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus, because Jesus intended to go through that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and told him, "Zacchaeus, come down quickly! For today I must stay at your house."

6 He came down quickly, and welcomed Him joyfully. 7 However, when they all saw it, they began to grumble: "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a ‘sinner'."

8 Zacchaeus stood up and told the Lord, "Look! I am giving half of my property, Lord, to the poor, and, if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I shall pay him back four times as much."

9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man has come to search for, and to save, what has been lost."

The Parable about the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to these things, Jesus told another parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was about to appear immediately. 12 Therefore He said, "A certain man of noble birth went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself and then to return. 13 He called ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and told them, ‘Do business until I come back!'

14 "However, his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.'

15 "After he had received the kingdom, he came back. He then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, in order to find out what business they had done.

16 "The first one came and said, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten more minas.'

17 "He told him, ‘Well done, good slave!' Because you have been faithful in very little, have authority over ten cities!'

18 "The second one came and said, ‘Your mina, master, has made five more minas.'

19 "He told this one also, ‘You too be over five cities!'

20 "Then another one came and said, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have been keeping, laid aside in a face-cloth. 21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You withdraw what you have not deposited, and you harvest what you have not sown.'

22 "He told him, ‘I judge you by what you say, you wicked slave.' You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, withdrawing what I have not deposited, and harvesting what I have not sown? 23 Why, then, did you not put my money in the bank? Then, when I came back, I would have collected it with interest.'

24 "He told those who were standing by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has ten minas!'

25 However, they answered him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.'

26 "‘I tell you that more will be given to everyone who has, and even what he has will be taken away from the one who has nothing. 27 However, bring here these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, and slaughter them in front of me!'"

Jesus' Last Days in and around Jerusalem: Holy Week, Jesus' Passion, Death, and Resurrection, to the Ascension (19:28-24:53)

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem — Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; John 12:12-19

28 After Jesus had said this, He continued on His way in front of them up to Jerusalem. 29 When He came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, as it was called, He sent two of His disciples. 30 He said, "Go into the village ahead of you! As you enter, you will find a colt tied up on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it! 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?' say, ‘The Lord needs it'!"

32 The men whom He had sent went and found it just as He had told them. 33 While they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

34 They said, "Because the Lord needs it."

35 So they brought the colt to Jesus, put their garments on the colt, and seated Jesus on it. 36 As He was riding along, people kept spreading their garments on the road. 37 As He was already coming near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully and loudly for all the miracles they had seen. 38 They said: "Blessed is the King who is coming in the name of the Lord! In heaven peace, and glory in the highest heavens!"

Jesus' Prediction of the Destruction of Jerusalem — Matthew 21:14-16

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd told Him, "Teacher, order Your disciples to be quiet!"

40 He answered them, "I tell you, if these keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

41 When Jesus approached the city and saw it, He wept over it, 42 and said, "If you, yes, you, had known, on this day, the things that bring peace! However, now they have been hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come on you when your enemies will build a palisade against you, surround you, and hem you in from every side. 44 They will dash to the ground you and your children inside your walls and will not leave one stone on another in you, because you have not recognised the time of your gracious visitation."

Jesus' Clearing of the Temple — Matthew 21:12-19; Mark 11:15-19

45 Then Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out the traders. 46 He told them, "Scripture has said, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,' but you have made it ‘a den of thieves.'"

47 He was teaching daily in the temple. However, the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were trying to destroy Him. 48 However, they could not find what they were to do. For all the people used to hang on His Words as they listened to Him.

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Lk 20

Jesus' Response to a Question about His Authority — Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-31

1 On one of the days, while He was teaching the people in the temple and telling the Good News, the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, came up to Him. 2 They asked Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who the One is who has given You this authority!"

3 Jesus answered them, "I also shall ask you a question, and you tell Me! 4 ‘The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men?'"

5 They discussed it among themselves, "If we say, ‘From heaven,' He will ask, ‘Why did you not believe him?' 6 However, if we say, ‘From men,' all the people will stone us. For they are convinced that John was a prophet."

7 So they answered that they did not know where it was from. 8 Then Jesus told them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

Jesus' Parable about the Wicked Tenant-farmers — Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12

9 Then Jesus began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it out to tenant-farmers, and left home for a long time. 10 At the right time he sent a servant to the tenant-farmers so that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. However, the tenant-farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Then he sent another servant. They also beat him, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 Then he sent a third servant. They wounded this one, too, and threw him out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What am I to do? I shall send my son, whom I love. Perhaps they will respect him.'

14 "However, when the tenant-farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves. They said, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours!'

15 "So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

"Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy these tenant-farmers and give the vineyard to others."

When the people heard this, they said, "May this not happen!"

17 Jesus looked straight at them and asked, "Therefore what does this Scripture-passage mean: ‘The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone'? 18 Everyone who falls on that Stone will be dashed in pieces, and, if that Stone falls on anyone, It will scatter him like dust."

19 The scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to lay hands on Him immediately, because they knew that He had spoken this parable against them; but they were afraid of the people.

Jesus' Answer to a Question about Paying Tax to Caesar — Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17

20 They kept a close watch on Him and sent spies who pretended to be righteous men, that they might catch Him in what He said, in order to hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 They said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach what is right, and that You do not show personal favouritism. Rather, You teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay a tax to Caesar or not?"

23 Jesus perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 "Show me a denarius! Whose image and inscription does it have?"

They answered, "Caesar's."

25 He told them, "Therefore pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's!"

26 They could not trap Him before the people in what He said, and, since they were astonished at His answer, they became silent.

Jesus' Answer to a Question of the Sadducees about the Resurrection — Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, came to Jesus, and asked Him: 28 "Teacher, Moses has written for us, ‘If any married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow and raise up children for his brother!' 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died without children. 30 Then the second one, 31 and then the third one, married her, and in the same way the rest of the seven died without leaving any children. 32 Finally, the woman also died. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For the seven were married to her."

34 Jesus told them: "The people of this world marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 For they cannot die any more either, because they are equal to the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 However, that the dead are raised, even Moses revealed, in the passage about the bush, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. For to Him all are alive."

39 Some of the scribes responded, "Teacher, You have spoken well."

40 For they did not dare to ask Him anything any more.

Jesus' Question about David's Son — Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37

41 Jesus asked them, "How do people say that the Christ is the Son of David? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand 43 until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet!"' 44 Therefore, David calls Him ‘Lord.' How, then, is He his son?"

Jesus' Warning against the Scribes — Matthew 23:1-12; Mark 12:37-40

45 While all the people were listening, Jesus told His disciples: 46 "Beware of the scribes, who want to walk in long robes, and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the chief places at dinners, 47 who devour widows' houses, and make long prayers to put on a good appearance! These will receive greater condemnation."

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Lk 21

Jesus' Comment about a Widow's Coins — Mark 12:41-44

1 Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the temple-treasury. 2 He saw a certain poor widow putting in two very small copper coins. 3 He said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 For all these have put in among the gifts some of what they had in plenty, but this woman, out of her poverty, has put in everything she had to live on."

Jesus' Prediction of the Destruction of the Temple — Matthew 24:1-3; Mark 13:1-4

5 Some were saying about the temple, "It has been beautifully constructed with fine stones and decorated with beautiful gifts."

Jesus said, 6 "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. Every one will be thrown down."

7 They asked Him, "Teacher, when will these things be, therefore, and what will be the miraculous sign when these things are about to happen?"

The Signs of the Kingdom — Matthew 24:4-8; Mark 13:5-8

8 Jesus said, "Be careful that you are not deceived! For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,' and ‘The time has come near.' Do not follow them! 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not become alarmed! For these things must happen first, but the end will not come immediately."

10 Then He told them, "One nation will arise against another nation and one kingdom against another kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines, plagues in various places, terrifying sights, and great miraculous signs from heaven.

The Beginning of the Troubles — Matthew 24:9-14; Mark 13:9-13

12"However, before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you, persecute you, and hand you over to synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. 13 This will result in your giving witness to them. 14 Therefore make up your minds not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves! 15 For I shall give you such wisdom to utter that none of your enemies will be able to resist it or contradict it. 16 Nevertheless, even parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will betray you; and they will put some of you to death. 17 Because of My name all people will also hate you. 18 However, not a strand of hair on your heads will be lost. 19 Gain your lives by your patient endurance!

A Prediction about the Devastating Abomination — Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:14-20

20 "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near! 21 Then those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains, and those who are inside the city should leave it! Those who are in the country should not go into the city! 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all the things in the Scriptures may be fulfilled. 23 How dreadful it will be for the women who are pregnant and for those who are breast-feeding in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath on this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led away as prisoners among all the nations; and the Gentiles will trample on Jerusalem until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man — Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27

25 "There will be miraculous signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth nations will be distressed and perplexed at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People's hearts will fail them as they fearfully wait for the things that are coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to happen, stand erect, and lift up your heads! For your redemption is coming near."

Jesus' Parable about the Fig Tree — Matthew 24:32-33; Mark 13:28-29

29 Then He told a parable to them: "Look at the fig tree and all the other trees! 30 As soon as they put out their leaves, you see and know for yourselves that summer is near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near!

The Certainty of Jesus' Words — Matthew 24:34-36; Mark 13:30-32

32 "Truly, I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will certainly not pass away.

The Need for Watchfulness and Prayer — Compare Matthew 24:37-41; Mark 13:33-37

34 "However, be careful that your hearts do not become burdened with carousing, drunkenness, and worries about this life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap! For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 However, always be on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all these things that are going to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man!"

A Summary of the Time that Jesus Spent in Jerusalem before His Passion

37 During the days, Jesus used to teach in the temple, but, at nights, He used to go out to the mountain called "The Mount of Olives," and stay there. 38 All the people used to get up very early in the morning to come to Him at the temple to hear Him.

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Lk 22

The Plot of the Jews to Put Jesus to Death — Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; John 11:45-57

1 The Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called "the Passover," was approaching. 2 The chief priests and the scribes were searching for a way to put Him to death. For they were afraid of the people.

Judas' Plan to Betray Jesus — Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11

3 Then Satan entered Judas, who was called "Iscariot," and who was numbered among the Twelve. 4 Judas went to the chief priests and the captains and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus to them. 5 They were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and kept looking for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

The Preparation for the Passover — Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16

7 Then the day of Unleavened Bread came, when the Passover lamb had to be killed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go, and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it!"

9 They asked Him, "Where do You want us to prepare it?"

10 He told them, "Look! When you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters! 11 You shall tell the owner of the house: ‘The Teacher asks you, "Where is the guest room, that I may eat the Passover in it with My disciples?"!' 12 He will show you a large, furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there!"

13 They went and found it as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour had come, He and the apostles reclined at the table. 15 He told them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I shall certainly not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

17 Then He took a cup, gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves! 18 For I tell you, from now on I shall certainly not drink what comes from the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

The Institution of the Lord's Supper — Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; I Corinthians 11:23-25

19 Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me!"

20 In the same way He took the cup after the supper, saying, "This cup is the new Covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.

Jesus' Prediction of Judas' Betrayal — Matthew 26:21-25; Mark 14:18-21; John 13:21-30

21 "Nevertheless, look! The hand of him who is betraying Me is with Me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but how terrible for that man through whom He is being betrayed!"

23 Then they began to discuss among themselves which of them it might be who was going to do this.

A Dispute among the Disciples about Greatness in the Kingdom of God — Compare Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45

24 Then a dispute arose among them about which of them was considered to be the greatest. 25 Jesus told them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.' 26 However, you should not be like that! Rather, the one who is the greatest among you should become like the youngest, and the one who rules should be like the one who serves! 27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? However, I am among you as the One who serves. 28 However, you are those who have continued with Me in My temptations. 29 I also confer on you a kingdom, as My Father has conferred one on Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom; and that you may sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

Jesus' Prophecy of Peter's Denials — Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; John 13:36-38

31 Then the Lord said, "Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asked for you people, to sift you like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers!"

33 However, Peter told Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death."

34 Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day before you deny three times that you know Me."

35 Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you out without a purse, or a bag, or sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?"

They answered, "Nothing!"

36 He told them, "However, now the person who has a purse should take it, and also a bag! The person who does not have a sword should sell his garment and buy one! 37 For I tell you that this passage of Scripture must be fulfilled in Me, ‘He was numbered with transgressors.' Yes, what has been written about Me is being fulfilled."

38 The disciples said, "Lord, look! Here are two swords."

He told them, "That is enough."

Jesus' Prayer in Gethsemane — Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; John 18:1

39 Jesus came out and went to the Mount of Olives, as He usually did, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He reached the place, He told them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation!"

41 He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray: 42 "Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me! However, let not My will, but Yours, be done!"

43 An angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthened Him. 44 He began to be in anguish, and prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like clots of blood falling down to the ground. 45 When He rose up from the prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 He asked them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray, that you may not enter into temptation!"

The Arrest of Jesus — Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; John 18:2-9

47 While He was still speaking, they saw a crowd, and the man who was called "Judas," one of the Twelve, was coming in front of them. He came close to Jesus to kiss Him.

48 However, Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

49 When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they asked, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"

50 A certain one of them struck the servant of the chief priest and cut off his right ear. 51 However, Jesus answered, "Stop! No more of this!" Then He touched his ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus asked those who had come for Him, the chief priests, the captains of the temple, and the elders: "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not stretch out your hands against Me. Rather, this is your hour, when darkness reigns."

Jesus' Trial before the Jewish Council and Peter's Denials of Jesus — Matthew 26:57-75; Mark 14:53-72; John 18:15-18, 25-27

54 They arrested Him, led Him away, and took Him into the chief priest's house. However, Peter followed at a distance. 55 When the men had lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 A certain servant girl saw him sitting at the light. She looked at him closely, and said, "This man was also with Him."

57 However, he denied it, saying, "I do not know Him, woman."

58 After a little while another man saw him and said, "You are also one of them."

However, Peter said, "Man, I am not."

59 Then after about an hour had passed, another man began to assert: "It is certain that this man also was with Him. For, indeed, he is a Galilean."

60 Peter replied, "Man, I do not know what you are saying."

Just then, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the Word of the Lord, how He had told him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times."

62 Then he went outside and wept bitterly.

The Condemnation of Jesus by the Jewish Court

63 The men who were holding Jesus in custody were making fun of Him as they struck Him. 64 They covered His face and kept asking Him: "Prophesy! Who hit You?"

65 They went on insulting Him in many other ways.

66 In the morning, the council of elders of the people, including the chief priests and the scribes, held a meeting. They brought Jesus before their council and asked, 67 "Are You the Christ? Tell us!"

He replied to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe Me. 68 If I ask you a question, you will not answer. 69 However, from now on the Son of Man will be sitting at the right hand of the power of God."

70 All of them asked, "Are You, then, the Son of God?"

He answered them, "As you say: I am He."

71 They asked, "Why do we need any more testimony? We ourselves have heard Him say it."

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Lk 23

The Accusations against Jesus before Pilate, and His Trial before Pilate — Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14; Mark 15:1-5; John 18:28-38

1 Then the whole assembly rose and took Him to Pilate. 2 They began to accuse Him: "We found that He makes our people disloyal, keeping them from paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that He is Christ, a King."

3 Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered him, "Yes, it is as you say."

4 Pilate told the chief priests and the crowd, "I do not find this Man guilty at all."

5 However, they kept insisting, "He stirs up the people by teaching all over Judea. He began in Galilee and has come here."

The Questioning of Jesus by Herod

6 When Pilate heard that, he asked if the Man was a Galilean. 7 When he found out that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, because for a long time he had wanted to see Him. For he had been hearing about Him, and was hoping to see some miracle done by Him. 9 Herod asked Him many questions, but Jesus did not answer him at all. 10 The chief priests and the scribes were standing there and accusing Him vehemently. 11 Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt and mocked Him. They put a splendid garment on Him and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 On that very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other. For before this they had been enemies of each other.

The Continuation of Jesus' Trial before Pilate

13 Then Pilate called the chief priests, the rulers, and the people together. 14 He told them, "You have brought this Man to me as one who is inciting the people to rebellion. Now, look! I have examined this Man before you and found Him innocent of the charges that you are making against Him. 15 No, neither has Herod. For he has sent Him back to us; and, as you can see, He has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I shall chastise Him and release Him."

The Choice between Jesus and Barabbas, and the Sentencing of Jesus to Death — Matthew 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; John 18:39-40

*11 18 The whole crowd then began to shout aloud: "Away with this Man! Release Barabbas for us!"

19 Barabbas had been thrown into prison for a revolt that had taken place in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate spoke to them again, because he wanted to release Jesus. 21 However, they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

22 Then Pilate spoke to them the third time, "No. What wrong has He done? I have found nothing in Him to make Him deserve to die. I shall therefore chastise Him and release Him."

23 However, they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He should be crucified, and their voices began to prevail. 24 Then Pilate decided that what they demanded should be done. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they were asking, and he delivered Jesus for them to do what they wanted.

The Road to Calvary — Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21

26 As they led Jesus away, they took hold of Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and they laid the cross on him, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd of the people followed Him. The women in the crowd were mourning and weeping for Him. 28 Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me! Rather, weep for yourselves and for your children! 29 For indeed the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that have not borne children, and the breasts that have not suckled!' 30 Then people will begin to say to the mountains: ‘Fall on us!' and to the hills: ‘Cover us!' 31 For, if they do these things to the green tree, what will be done to the dry one?"

32 Two other men, who were criminals, were also led out to be executed with Him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus — Matthew 27:31-44; Mark 15:22-32; John 19:16-24

33 When they came to the place that is called "The Skull," they crucified Him there with the criminals, one at His right and the other at His left. 34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them! For they do not know what they are doing."

They divided His clothes among them by casting lots. 35 The people stood there watching. The rulers were also sneering, "He saved others. Let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One!"

36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him wine-vinegar. 37 They said, "If you are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!"

38 There was also a written notice above Him, "This is the King of the Jews."

The Repentance of One of the Thieves

39 One of the criminals who hung there was blaspheming Him: "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"

40 However, the other criminal rebuked him. He said, "Do you not even fear God? For you are under the same condemnation. 41 We are also being punished justly. For we are getting what we deserve for what we have done. However, this Man has done nothing wrong."

42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!"

43 Jesus told him, "Truly, I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise."

Jesus' Death on the Cross — Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; John 19:28-30

44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun stopped shining. The curtain in the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus cried out aloud, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit."

After He had said this, He breathed His last. 47 When the captain saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "Certainly this Man was righteous."

48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what had happened, they beat their breasts and went away.

49 However, all those who knew Him, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Jesus' Burial — Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; John 19:38-42

50 There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He was from Arimathea, a Jewish city, and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb cut in the rock, in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was the Day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed closely behind. They observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 When they went back they prepared spices and perfumes. Then they rested on the Sabbath according to the Commandment.

24

Lk 24

The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead — Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-10

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, some women went to the tomb, carrying the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled back from the tomb; 3 but, when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were troubled about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in clothes that were shining like lightning. 5 The women were terrified, and bowed their faces to the ground. The two men asked the women, "Why are you looking among the dead for Him who is alive? 6 He is not here; but He has been raised. Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and rise again on the third day'!"

8 Then they remembered His Words. 9 When the women returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them. They told these things to the apostles. 11 However, these words seemed like nonsense to the Eleven, and they would not believe them. 12 However, Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent down and saw only the strips of linen. Then he went away, wondering to himself about what had happened.

Jesus' Appearance to the Two People Going to Emmaus

13 On the same day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, eleven kilometres from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about all of these things, which had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came up to them and began to walk along with them. 16 Their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know who He was. 17 He asked them, "What are you discussing with one another as you are walking along?"

They stood still, with gloomy faces. 18 The one by the name of Cleopas asked Him, "Are you the only visitor staying in Jerusalem, and do you not know what things have happened there during these days?"

19 He asked, "What things?"

They told him, "The things about Jesus from Nazareth, who was a Prophet, mighty in what He did and said before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and officials handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and crucified Him. 21 However, we were hoping that He would be the One who was going to redeem Israel. What is more, today is the third day since these things have happened. 22 However, then some of our women startled us. They went to the tomb early this morning, 23 and did not find His body. They came and told us that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He is alive. 24 Some of our companions went to the tomb and found it as the women had said, but they did not see Him."

25 Jesus told them, "O foolish people, and slow in your hearts to believe everything that the prophets have said! 26 Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into His glory?" 27 Then He began from Moses and all the other prophets and explained to them what had been said about Himself in all the Scriptures.

28 They approached the village to which they were going, and He acted as if He were going further. 29 They urged Him strongly, "Stay with us! It is nearly evening, and the day has almost gone."

So He went in, to stay with them.

30 When He sat at the table with them, He took the bread and said a blessing. He broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised Him. However, He vanished from them.

32 They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning in us as He was speaking to us on the road, and as He was opening the Scriptures to us?"

33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those who were with them gathered together. 34 They were saying, "The Lord really has risen, and has appeared to Simon."

35 Then the two related what had happened on the road, and how they had recognised Jesus when He was breaking the bread.

Jesus' Appearance in the Locked Room — John 20:19-25

36 While they were talking about what had happened, Jesus stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"

37 They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He asked them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts come into your minds? 39 Look at My hands and My feet! It is I Myself. Feel Me and see! A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see Me have."

40 After He said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

41 While they were still so overwhelmed with joy that they could not believe it, He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"

42 They gave Him a piece of broiled fish. 43 He took it and ate it while they watched Him.

44 He told them, "These are the very words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, namely, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, "This is what Scripture has said: ‘The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day; 47 and on the basis of His name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.' 48 You will testify to these things.

Jesus' Ascension to Heaven — Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11

49 "I am sending you what My Father has promised. Wait here in the city until you are armed with power from above!"

50 He led them out to where Bethany lay ahead of them. Then He raised His hands and blessed them. 51 While He was blessing them, He left them, and was taken up to heaven.

52 They knelt in worship of Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 They stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

 

Index

 

JOHN

1

Jn 1

The Prologue: The Incarnation of the Word (1:1-18)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 Everything was made through Him, and not one thing that was made was made without Him. 4 In Him was life, and the Life was the Light of mankind. 5 The Light is shining in the dark, and the darkness has not understood it. 6 A man came, whom God sent, and whose name was John. 7 He came to testify, that is, to testify about the Light so that through Him everyone might believe. 8 He was not the Light but came to witness about the Light. 9 The genuine Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and He made the world, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 However, to all who received Him, who believe in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God. 13 They have been born not of blood, or of an urge of the flesh, or of a husband's desire, but of God. 14 The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father's only Son – He is full of grace and truth.

15 John testified about Him when he cried out: "This was the One about whom I said, ‘He who is coming after me has been before me, because He has been before me.' 16 For from His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is God, who is in the lap of the Father, has made Him known."

The Revelation of the Word to Israel (1:19-4:54)

The Preaching of John the Baptist — Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18

19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him, to ask him, "Who are you?"

20 He confessed and did not deny. He confessed: "I am not the Christ."

21 They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?"

He said, "I am not."

"Are you the Prophet?"

He answered, "No."

22 Then they asked him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who have sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

23 John said: "I am ‘a voice of one calling out in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as the prophet Isaiah said."

24 They had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, "Then why are you baptising, if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?"

26 John answered them, "I am baptising with water. There is One standing among you whom you do not know, 27 the One who is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandal."

28 This happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

John the Baptist's Testimony to the Lamb of God — Compare Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the One about whom I said, ‘A Man is coming after me who has been ahead of me, because He has existed before me.' 31 I myself did not know Him, but the purpose for which I have come baptising with water is that He may be revealed to Israel."

32 John testified: "I have seen the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and He has remained on Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who has sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the One who baptises with the Holy Spirit.' 34 I have seen it and I have been testifying that this is the Son of God."

Jesus' First Disciples — Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:14-20; Luke 5:1-11

35 On the next day John was again standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He was walking along, and said, "Look! The Lamb of God!"

37 When the two disciples heard him saying this, they began to follow Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned around, and, when He saw them following Him, He asked them, "What are you looking for?"

They asked Him, "Rabbi" (which is translated as "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"

39 He told them, "Come! You will see."

So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about the tenth hour. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who had heard what John had said, and began to follow Jesus.

41 Andrew first found his brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated as "the Christ"). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked straight at him and said, "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called ‘Cephas'" (which is translated as "Peter").

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip. Jesus told him, "Follow Me!"

44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One about whom Moses wrote in the Law and about whom the prophets also wrote — Jesus, Joseph's son from Nazareth."

46 Nathanael asked him, "Nazareth — can anything good come from Nazareth?"

Philip told him, "Come and see!"

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him. He said about him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is no deceit."

48 Nathanael asked Him, "Where did You get to know me?"

Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

49 Nathanael answered Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel."

50 Jesus answered him, "You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than these."

51 Then He told him, "Truly, truly, I tell you people, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man."

2

Jn 2

Jesus' Changing of Water into Wine

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother told him, "They have no more wine."

4 Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."

5 His mother told the servants, "Do whatever He tells you!"

6 Six stone water-jars were standing there, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing. Each jar held between eighty and one hundred and eighteen litres. 7 Jesus told the servants, "Fill the waterpots with water!"

So they filled them up to the top. 8 Then He told them, "Now dip some of it out, and take it to the manager of the dinner!"

Then they took it to him. 9 When the manager of the dinner had tasted the water that had been turned into wine, and did not know where it had come from, although the servants who had dipped the water out knew, the manager called the bridegroom. 10 He told him, "Everybody else serves his good wine first, and when people have had plenty to drink, then the inferior wine. You have kept the best wine until now."

11 Jesus performed this, as the first of His miraculous signs, at Cana in Galilee. He showed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples went down to Capernaum, and they stayed there for a few days.

Jesus' Clearing out of the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple He found those who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as the moneychangers sitting there. 15 He made a whip of small ropes and drove them all out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who sold the doves, "Take these away from here! Stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise!"

17 His disciples remembered that Scripture has said: "The zeal for Your house will consume Me."

18 So the Jews spoke up and asked Him, "What miraculous sign do you show to us, seeing that You are doing these things?"

19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple! I shall raise it in three days."

20 Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it in three days?"

21 However, He was speaking about the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, after He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made. 23 While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw His miraculous signs, which He was doing. 24 However, Jesus Himself did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify about man. For He knew what was in man.

3

Jn 3

The Visit of Nicodemus to Jesus and the Necessity of Rebirth

1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher. For no one can do these miraculous signs, which You are doing, unless God is with him."

3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I tell you, unless anyone is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

4 Nicodemus asked Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"

5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I tell you, unless anyone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What has been born of the sinful human nature is sinful human nature, but what has been born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I have told you, ‘You people must be born from above!' 8 The wind blows where it pleases and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it is coming from or where it is going. So is everyone who has been born of the Spirit."

9 Nicodemus answered Him, "How can these things be?"

10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel without knowing these things? 11 Truly, truly, I tell you, We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, and you people do not accept Our testimony. 12 If I have told you people earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has gone up into heaven except the One who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God has not sent His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world may be saved through Him. 18 The person who believes in Him is not condemned, but the person who does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's only Son. 19 This is the verdict, that the Light has come into the world, but people have loved darkness rather than the Light, because they have been doing evil. 20 For everyone who does wrong hates the Light and does not come to the Light, in order that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 However, he who practises the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be plainly seen to have been done in God."

John the Baptist's Explanation about the Christ

22 After this, Jesus went into the country of Judea with His disciples, and there He spent some time with them, and baptised. 23 John was also baptising at Aenon, near Salim, because water was plentiful there. People were coming to him and being baptised, 24 for John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25 Then an argument developed between some of John's disciples and a Jew about purification. 26 People came to John and told him, "Rabbi, He who was with you on the other side of the Jordan and to whom you gave your testimony, look! He is baptising, and everyone is going to Him."

27 John answered, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent ahead of Him.' 29 The One who has the bride is the Bridegroom. However, the friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and listens to Him, is full of joy when he hears the Bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine has been made complete. 30 He must become greater; but I must become less. 31 The One who comes from above is above all. The one who comes from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all others. 32 He is testifying to what He has seen and heard, but no one is accepting His testimony. 33 The person who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For the One whom God has sent is speaking the Words of God. For God is giving the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not believe in the Son will not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him."

4

Jn 4

Jesus' Conversation with a Samaritan Woman

1 When the Lord found out that the Pharisees had heard that He was making and baptising more disciples than John had, 2 although it was not Jesus Himself who was baptising but His disciples, 3 He left Judea, and went back again to Galilee.

4 Jesus had to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's Well was there. So Jesus, tired from His journey, simply sat down at the well. It was about noon.

7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her, "Give Me a drink!"

8 For His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman asked Him: "How is it that You, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).

10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink!' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

11 The woman said, "Sir, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. From where, then, do You get this living water? 12 Surely You are not greater than Jacob, our ancestor, who gave us the well and used to drink from it himself, as did also his sons and his animals?"

13 Jesus answered her, "Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. 14 However, whoever drinks the water that I shall give him will never become thirsty. However, the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life."

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not get thirsty or keep coming out here to draw water!"

16 Jesus told her, "Go, call your husband, and come back here!"

17 The woman answered Him, "I do not have a husband."

Jesus told her, "You were right when you said, ‘I do not have a husband.' 18 For you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have just said is true."

19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I see that You are a prophet! 20 Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews say, ‘The place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.'"

21 Jesus told her, "Believe Me, woman, the time is coming when you will not be worshipping the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We Jews worship what we know. For salvation comes from the Jews. 23 However, the time is coming, and it is now here, when the genuine worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. 24 God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

25 The woman said to Him, "I know that the Messiah" (who is called ‘the Christ') "is coming. When He comes, He will tell us everything."

26 Jesus told her, "I, the One speaking to you, am He."

27 Just then His disciples came and were amazed that He was talking to a woman. However, no one asked, "What do You want?" or "Why are You talking to her?"

28 So the woman left her water jar and went back to the town. 29 She told the people, "Come! See a Man who told me everything that I have done! Could this be the Christ?"

30 They went out of the town and came to Jesus.

31 Meanwhile the disciples kept urging Him, "Rabbi, eat!"

32 However, He told them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."

33 Therefore the disciples asked one another, "Could anyone have brought Him something to eat?"

34 Jesus told them, "My food is to do the will of Him who has sent Me and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four more months and the harvest will be here'? I tell you, open your eyes, and see that the fields are already white for harvest! 36 The reaper receives wages, and gathers grain for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 For in this respect the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.' 38 I have sent you to reap what you have not laboured at. Others have done the hard work, and you have entered into their toil."

39 Many of the Samaritans in that town began to believe in Him because of the statement of the woman, who had testified: "He told me everything that I have done."

40 Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them. Then He stayed there for two days. 41 Then many more became believers because of His Words. 42 They told the woman, "We no longer believe because of what you have said. For we have heard Him ourselves and we know this is truly the Saviour of the world."

Jesus' Healing of the Son of a Royal Official

43 After two days He went away from there to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country. 45 Therefore, when He had come to Galilee, the people of Galilee welcomed Him. They had seen all He had done at Jerusalem during the feast. For they also had gone to the feast. 46 So Jesus went again to Cana in Galilee, where He had made water wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and asked Him to come down and heal his son. For he was about to die. 48 Then Jesus told him, "Unless you see miraculous signs and wonders, you will certainly not believe."

49 The royal official asked Him, "Lord, come down before my child dies!"

50 Jesus told him, "Go! Your son lives."

The man believed the Word that Jesus told him and departed. 51 While he was still going down, his servants met him, and told him, "Your son is alive."

52 So he inquired from them at which hour the child had become better. Then they told him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."

53 The father realised that it was at the same hour in which Jesus had told him, "Your son lives." He himself began to believe, together with his whole family. 54 This again was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed after He had come from Judea to Galilee.

5

Jn 5

The Rejection of the Word by Israel (5:1-12:50)

Jesus' Healing of a Man who had been an Invalid for Thirty-eight Years

1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 In Jerusalem there is a pool near the Sheep Gate, which in Aramaic is called "Bethesda." It has five porches. 3 In them there used to lie a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame, and paralysed, [waiting for the water to be stirred. 4 At a certain time the Lord's angel used to come down into the pool and stir the water. After the stirring of the water, the first to step in was healed from whatever disease he was suffering.] *12 5 A certain man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been sick for a long time. He asked him, "Do you want to be made well?"

7 The invalid answered Him, "Lord, I do not have any person to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am going, someone else gets down ahead of me."

8 Then Jesus told him, "Get up! Pick up your mattress and walk!"

9 Immediately the man was made well, picked up his mattress, and began to walk. It was a Sabbath that day. 10 So the Jews began to tell the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry your mattress."

11 He answered them, "The One who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mattress, and walk!'"

12 They asked him, "Who is the Man who told you, ‘Pick it up, and walk'?"

13 However, the man who had been healed did not know who He was. For Jesus had withdrawn from the crowd that was at the place. 14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and told him, "Look! You have been made well. Do not sin any more, that something worse may not happen to you!"

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

Jesus' Witness to Himself as the Son of God

16 Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews began to persecute Him. 17 However, Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I also am working."

18 Therefore the Jews were trying even more to kill Him, because He was not only breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal to God.

19 Therefore Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son cannot do anything by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing something. For whatever the Father does the Son also does in a similar way. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all the things that He Himself is doing; and He will show Him greater works than these, with the result that you will be amazed. 21 For, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to those whom He wishes. 22 For the Father does not even judge anyone, but has given all the judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honour the Son as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who has sent Him. 24 Truly, truly, I tell you that he who listens to My Word and believes Him who has sent Me has eternal life, and will not come into judgment, but has passed over out of death into life. 25 Truly, truly, I tell you that the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For, as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also granted the Son to have life in Himself. 27 He has also given Him authority to carry out judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be astonished at this, because an hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and will come out. Those who have done good will come out to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil will come out to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I Myself cannot do anything by Myself. I judge as I hear, and My judgment is just, because I am not trying to do what I want, but what He who has sent Me wants. 31 If I give evidence about Myself, My evidence is not true. 32 There is Someone else who gives evidence about Me, and I know that the evidence that He gives about Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from a man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 John was a burning and shining lamp, and you wanted to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 However, I have witness that is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given Me to complete, these works, which I am doing, are testifying about Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 The Father Himself, who has sent Me, has also testified about Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. 38 You do not have His Word remaining in you, because you do not believe Him whom He has sent. 39 You examine the Scriptures, because you think that you have eternal life in them; and yet they are the ones that testify about Me! 40 Nevertheless, you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from men. 42 However, I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in the name of My Father, and you do not receive Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe when you receive glory from one another, and you are not eager to have the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Stop thinking that I shall accuse you before the Father! There is the one who is accusing you, Moses, in whom you have been hoping. 46 For, if you had believed Moses, you would believe Me. For he has written about Me. 47 However, if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words?"

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Jn 6

Jesus' Feeding of Five Thousand Men — Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17

1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd was following Him, because they had been seeing the miraculous signs that He was performing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and sat down there with His disciples. 4 The Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw that a large crowd was coming to Him, He asked Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?"

6 He asked this to test him, since He knew what He was going to do. 7 Philip answered, "Bread costing two hundred denarii is not enough for each of them to get a little."

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, told Him, 9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?"

10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down!"

There was plenty of grass in that place. Therefore the men sat down, numbering about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people who were sitting down, and also in the same way as much of the fish as they wanted. 12 When they had had enough, He told His disciples, "Gather the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing may be lost!"

13 So they gathered them, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Therefore, when the people had seen the miraculous sign that Jesus had performed, they began to say, "This is truly the Prophet who is coming into the world."

Jesus' Walking on the Water — Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52

15 Therefore, since Jesus knew that the people were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew again into the mountain by Himself. 16 When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea. 17 After they got into a boat, they began to go to the other side of the sea, towards Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 A strong wind that was blowing began to make the sea rough. 19 Then, after they had been rowing for five or six kilometres, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming close to the boat; and they were terrified. 20 He told them, "It is I. Stop being afraid!"

21 Then they wanted to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Jesus' Witness to Himself as the Life-giving Bread from Heaven

22 The following day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been no other boat there except one, and that Jesus had not gone into the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum, looking for Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the lake, they asked Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"

26 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, you are looking for Me, not because you have seen miraculous signs, but because you have eaten the loaves of bread and had your fill. 27 Stop working for the food that spoils, but work for the food that remains for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you! For God, the Father, has set His seal on Him."

28 Therefore they asked Him, "What are we to do, that we may do the works of God?"

29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the One whom He has sent."

30 Therefore they asked Him, "So what miraculous sign are You going to perform? Let us see it, that we may believe You! What work are You going to do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as Scripture has said: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"

32 Then Jesus told them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true Bread from heaven. 33 For the Bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

34 Therefore they said to Him, "Lord, always give us this bread!"

35 Jesus told them, "I am the Bread of life. The person who comes to Me will certainly not be hungry and the person who believes in Me will certainly never be thirsty. 36 However, I have told you both that you have seen Me and that you do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives to Me will come to Me; and I shall certainly not cast out the person who comes to Me, 38 because I have come down from heaven, not that I may do My will, but the will of Him who has sent Me. 39 This is also the will of the One who has sent Me, that I should not lose anything of what He has given to Me, but that I should raise it on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life; and that I should raise him on the last day."

41 The Jews therefore grumbled because He said, "I am the Bread that has come down from heaven." 42 They asked, "Is this not Jesus, Joseph's son, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven'?"

43 Jesus answered them, "Stop grumbling among yourselves! 44 A person can come to Me only if the Father, who has sent Me, draws him; and I shall raise him on the last day. 45 The prophets wrote: ‘God will teach everyone.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father. Only He who comes from God has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I tell you, the one who believes in Me has eternal life.

48 "I am the Bread of Life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the Bread coming down from heaven, so that anyone may eat from it and not die. 51 I am the living Bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live for ever, and the Bread that I shall give is My flesh, for the life of the world."

52 Therefore the Jews kept arguing sharply with one another: "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?"

53 Therefore Jesus told them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me and I in him. 57 As the living Father has sent Me, and as I live because of the Father, so that person who feeds on Me will also live because of Me. 58 This is the Bread that has come down from heaven. It is not like the bread that the fathers ate; they died. He who eats this Bread will live for ever."

59 He said these things in the synagogue, while He was teaching at Capernaum. 60 Therefore, when they heard this, many of His disciples said, "This is a hard statement. Who can listen to it?"

61 Since Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples were grumbling about this, He asked them, "Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man go up to where He was before? 63 The Spirit is the One who gives life. The sinful human nature is of no help at all. The Words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64 However, there are some of you who do not believe."

For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and the one who would betray Him. 65 He went on to say, "That is why I have told you that no one can come to Me unless it has been given to him by My Father."

66 After this, many of His disciples went back and did not walk with Him any more. 67 Therefore Jesus asked the Twelve, "Surely you too do not want to go away?"

68 Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God."

70 Jesus answered them, "Have I not chosen you as the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"

71 He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For he was going to betray Him, and he was one of the Twelve.

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Jn 7

Jesus' Secret Journey to Jerusalem

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. For He did not want to go around in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill Him. 2 The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near. 3 So Jesus' brothers told Him, "Leave this place, and go to Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing! 4 For no one goes on doing something in secret when he himself wants to be known publicly. Since you are doing these things, show Yourself to the world!"

5 For not even His brothers used to believe in Him.

6 Therefore Jesus told them, "My time has not come yet. However, your time is always right. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me, because I testify about it, that its deeds are evil. 8 Go up to the Feast yourselves! I am not going up to this Feast, because My time has not yet been completed."

9 After He had said this, He stayed in Galilee. 10 However, after His brothers had gone up to the feast, He also went up, not publicly, but, as it were, in secret.

Jesus' Discussions with the Jews at the Feast of Tabernacles

11 Therefore the Jews kept looking for Jesus during the feast and asking, "Where is He?"

12 There was much secret discussion about Him in the crowds. Some were saying: "He is a good Man," but others were saying, "No. Rather, He is deceiving the crowd."

13 However, no one would talk about Him in public for fear of the Jews. 14 Nevertheless, when the feast was already half over Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15 Then the Jews were astonished, and asked, "How is He so well educated when He has not received instruction?"

16 So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not My own, but it belongs to Him who has sent Me. 17 If anyone wants to do His will, he will know whether the teaching is from God, or whether I am speaking it on My own authority. 18 He who speaks on his own authority tries to get glory for himself. However, He who wants to glorify the One who has sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 19 Has not Moses given you the Law? Yet none of you is observing the Law. Why are you trying to kill Me?"

20 The crowd answered, "You have a demon. Who is trying to kill You?"

21 Jesus answered them, "I have performed one work, and you are all astonished. 22 Because Moses has given you circumcision (not that it has come from Moses, but from the fathers), — you circumcise a person even on the Sabbath. 23 If a person receives circumcision on a Sabbath in order that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with Me because I have made a whole person well on a Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by outward appearance! Rather, make a judgment that is just!"

25 Then some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Is this not the Man whom they are trying to kill? 26 However, look! He is speaking openly, and they are not saying anything to Him. Can it possibly be that the authorities have actually realised that He is the Christ? 27 However, we know where this One is from. However, when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from."

28 Then Jesus cried out as He was teaching in the temple, "You both know Me and know where I am from. I have not come on My own authority either, but He who has sent Me is true, the One whom you do not know. 29 I know Him, because I am from Him, and He has sent Me."

30 Therefore they tried to arrest Him, but no one laid his hand on Him, because His time had not yet come.

31 However, many from the crowd began to believe in Him and were asking, "When the Christ comes, He will not perform more miraculous signs than the ones that this Man has performed, will He?"

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent servants to arrest Him. 33 Then Jesus said, "I am still with you for a little while, and then I am going to Him who has sent Me. 34 You will search for Me and you will not find Me; and where I am you cannot come."

35 Then the Jews asked one another, "Where does He intend to go, saying that we shall not find Him? Surely He does not intend to go to the Jews scattered among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does this statement mean, which He has said, ‘You will search for Me and you will not find Me,' and ‘Where I am, you cannot come'?"

37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried aloud, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! 38 As the Scripture has said, ‘Streams of living water will flow from inside the person who believes in Me.'" 39 By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive. For the Spirit had not yet come, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

40 So after some people from the crowd heard Him say these Words, they began to say, "This is truly the Prophet." 41 Others were saying, "This is the Christ." Still others were saying, "No! For the Christ does not come from Galilee, does He? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ is coming from the descendants of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

43 Therefore a division arose in the crowd because of Jesus. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest Him, but no one laid his hands on Him. 45 Then the servants went to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they asked them, "Why have you not brought Him?"

46 The servants answered, "No man has ever spoken in this way."

47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Surely you have not also been deceived? 48 No one from the rulers or from the Pharisees has become a believer in Him, has he? 49 However, this crowd, which does not know the Scriptures, is accursed."

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus previously, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 "Our Law does not condemn a man unless it first hears him and knows what he is doing, does it?"

52 They asked him, "Surely you are not also from Galilee? Examine and see that a prophet does not arise from Galilee!"

[*13 53 Then each one went to his own home.

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Jn 8

Jesus' Treatment of the Woman Caught in Adultery

1 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came back into the temple. All the people kept coming to Him, and He sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and they made her stand in the middle. 4 They told Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 In the Law Moses ordered us to stone such women. Now, what do You say?"

6 They were asking this to test Him, that they might have something for which to accuse Him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. 7 However, when they kept on asking Him, He straightened up and told them, "The person who is without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her!"

8 Then He bent down again and kept writing on the ground. 9 However, when they heard Jesus they began to go out one by one, as they were convicted by their consciences, beginning with the older men. Jesus was left alone with the woman in the middle of the place.

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11 She said, "No one, Lord."

Jesus said, "I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more!"]

Jesus' Testimony to the Jews

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again: "I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will certainly not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

13 Therefore the Pharisees told Him, "You are testifying about Yourself. Your testimony is not true."

14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I am testifying about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I have come from and where I am going; but you do not know where I have come from or where I am going. 15 You are judging by human standards. I do not judge anyone. 16 Yet, if I do judge, My judgment is valid, because I am not alone, but I am with the Father, who has sent Me. 17 It has also been written in your own Law that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the One who is giving witness about Myself, and the Father, who has sent Me, is giving witness about Me."

19 Then they asked Him, "Where is Your Father?"

Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you knew Me, you would also know My Father."

20 He spoke these Words at the treasury while He was teaching in the temple; and yet no one arrested Him, because His hour had not yet come. 21 Then He told them again, "I am going away and you will search for Me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come."

22 Therefore the Jews asked, "Surely He will not kill Himself? For He is saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.'"

23 He told them, "You are from things below. I am from things above. You are from this world. I am not from this world. 24 Therefore I have told you that you will die in your sins. For, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

25 Then they asked Him, "Who are You?"

Jesus asked them, "How is it that I even speak to you at all? 26 I have many things to say about you and to judge about you. However, He who has sent Me is true; and I am speaking to the world the things that I have heard from Him."

27 They did not understand that He was talking to them about the Father.

28 Then Jesus told them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but that I am speaking these things as My Father has taught Me. 29 He who has sent Me is also with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."

30 While He was saying these things, many began to believe in Him. 31 Therefore Jesus said to those Jews who had become believers in Him, "If you remain in My Word, you are truly My disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been in slavery to anyone. How do You mean, ‘You will be made free'?"

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I tell you that everyone who keeps on committing sin is a slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the family for ever. The son remains for ever. 36 Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you will certainly be free. 37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants. However, you are trying to kill Me because My Word has no place in you. 38 What I am saying is what I have seen at My Father's side; and you therefore are doing what you have heard from your father."

39 They answered Him, "Our father is Abraham."

Jesus told them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the things that Abraham did. 40 However, now you are trying to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth, which I have heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You are doing the things that your father does."

Then they told Him, "We have not been born as illegitimate children. We have one Father, God."

42 Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me. For I have come out and I have come here from God. For I have not come on My own authority either, but He has sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My way of speaking? Because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the Devil, and you want to do the things that your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he tells it from his own resources, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 However, because I am telling the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you proves Me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is from God listens to God's Words. The reason why you do not listen is that you are not from God."

48 The Jews answered Him, "Are we not right when we say that You are a Samaritan and that You have a demon?"

49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I am honouring My Father, and you are dishonouring Me. 50 I am also not trying to glorify Myself. There is One who wants Me to have glory, and He is the Judge. 51 Truly, truly, I tell you, if anyone keeps My Word, he will certainly never see death."

52 Then the Jews told Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will certainly never taste death.' 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham was? He died, and the prophets died. Whom are You making Yourself?"

54 Jesus said, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing. It is My Father who glorifies Me, He of whom you say, ‘He is our God.' 55 Yet you do not know Him; but I know Him. If I say that I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you. Rather, I do know Him, and I keep His Word. 56 Abraham your father rejoiced to see My day; and he saw it and was glad."

57 Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

58 Jesus told them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, before Abraham came into being, I am."

59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

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Jn 9

Jesus' Gift of Sight to a Blind Man

1 While Jesus was passing by, He saw a man who had been blind from his birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"

3 Jesus answered, "Neither has this man sinned, nor have his parents sinned. Rather, he is blind so that the works of God may be revealed in him. 4 We must do the works of Him who has sent Me while it is day. The night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."

6 After He said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and anointed the man's eyes with the mud. 7 He told him, "Go! Wash yourself in the Pool of Siloam!" (When translated, the name is "Sent").

So the man went and washed himself; and came back seeing.

8 His neighbours, therefore, and those who used to see him previously as a beggar asked, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?"

9 Some said, "It is he." Others said, "No, but he is like him." He himself kept saying, "I am the one."

10 Therefore they kept asking him, "How, then, have your eyes been opened?"

11 He answered, "The Man who is called Jesus made some mud, anointed my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash yourself!' Therefore I went and washed myself, and I received sight."

12 They asked him, "Where is He?"

He answered, "I do not know."

13 They brought the man who had once been blind to the Pharisees. 14 The day was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also kept asking him how he had received his sight. The man told them, "He put mud on my eyes, and I washed myself, and I see!"

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Others were asking, "How can a man who is a sinner do such miraculous signs?"

So there was a division among them. 17 Therefore they asked the blind man again, "What do you say about Him? For He has opened your eyes."

He answered, "He is a prophet."

18 Therefore the Jews did not believe that the man had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight. 19 They asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? So how does he now see?"

20 Therefore his parents answered, "We know that he is our son, and that he was born blind. 21 However, we do not know how it is that he now sees, or who has opened his eyes. Ask him! He is of age. He will tell you about himself."

22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already agreed to put out of the synagogue anyone who confessed that Jesus was the Christ. 23 That is why his parents said, "He is of age. Ask him!"

24 So they called a second time the man who had been blind. They told him. "Give glory to God! We know this Man is a sinner."

25 He answered, "I do not know whether He is a sinner. One thing I know, that, although I was blind, now I see."

26 Therefore they asked him, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?"

27 He answered them, "I have already told you, and you have not listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Can it possibly be that you also want to become His disciples?"

28 They answered him insultingly, "You are that Fellow's disciple. We are Moses' disciples. 29 We know God has spoken to Moses, but as for this Fellow, we do not know where He is from."

30 The man answered them, "Well, the astonishing thing in this is that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but, if anyone worships God and does what God wants, God listens to him. 32 Since the beginning of time no one has ever heard that anyone has opened the eyes of a person who has been born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He would not be able to do anything."

34 They answered him, "You were completely born in sins; and are you trying to teach us?"

Then they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out. When He had found him, He asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

36 The man asked, "Who, then, is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?"

37 Jesus told him, "You have both seen Him, and He is the One who is talking with you."

38 He said, "I believe, Lord," and he worshipped Him.

39 Then Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."

40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this. They asked Him, "Surely we are not blind, too?"

41 Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin. However, now that you say, ‘We see,' your sin remains.

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Jn 10

Jesus' Testimony to Himself as the Door and as the Good Shepherd

1 "Truly, truly, I tell you, the man who does not come into the sheepfold through the door but climbs over somewhere else is a thief and a robber. 2 However, the One who comes in through the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper opens the door for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.

4 "When He brings out all His own sheep, He walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

6 Jesus told them this dark saying, but they did not understand what He was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus spoke again: "Truly, truly, I tell you, I am the Door for the sheep. 8 All who have come before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the Door. If anyone comes in through Me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it abundantly."

11 "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 When the hired man, who is not the shepherd, and who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away; and the wolf catches them and scatters them. 13 He runs away because he is a hired man, and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I also have other sheep, which are not in this fold. I must also lead them, they will listen to My voice, and there will be one flock and one Shepherd. 17 The reason why the Father loves Me is that I lay down My life, in order that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it back again. This command I have received from My Father.

19 There was a division again among the Jews because of these Words. 20 Many of them were saying, "He has a demon, and He is mad. Why do you listen to Him?"

21 Others were saying, "These Words are not those of a demon-possessed man. A demon cannot open the eyes of blind people, can it?"

Jesus' Claim that He is One with the Father

22 Then the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem came. It was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's Colonnade. 24 The Jews gathered around Him and began to ask Him, "How long are You keeping us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly!"

25 Jesus answered them, "I have told you, but you do not believe. The works that I am doing in the name of My Father give evidence about Me. 26 However, you do not believe, because you do not belong to My sheep. 27 My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, 28 and I give them eternal life, and they will certainly not be lost, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one."

31 Again the Jews took up stones to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. Because of which of these works do you stone Me?"

33 The Jews answered Him, "We are not stoning You for a good work, but for blasphemy, because, although You are a man, You are making Yourself God."

34 Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, "You are gods"'? 35 If He called them ‘gods' to whom the Word of God came — and the Scripture cannot be broken — 36 do you say about the One whom the Father has sanctified and has sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,' because I have said, ‘I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the works of My Father, do not believe Me! 38 However, if I am doing them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me and that I am in the Father!"

39 Therefore they again tried to arrest Him, but He escaped from their hands. 40 Jesus went back again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptising at first, and He stayed there. 41 Many people came to Him. They were saying, "John did not perform any miraculous sign, but all the things that John said about this Man were true."

42 Then many people became believers in Him there.

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Jn 11

Jesus' Raising of Lazarus

1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. 3 Therefore his sisters sent someone to tell Jesus, "Lord, look! The one whom You love is sick."

4 When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness will not end in death, but it is for the sake of the glory of God, in order that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

5 Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. 6 Yet, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed in the place where He was for two more days. 7 After that, He told His disciples, "Let us go to Judea again!"

8 The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, recently the Jews were trying to stone You. So are You going back there?"

9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 However, if anyone walks during the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."

11 After He said this, He told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going that I may wake him up."

12 Therefore His disciples said to Him, "Lord, if he has gone asleep, he will be restored to health."

13 However, Jesus had meant that he was dead; but His disciples thought He meant that Lazarus was taking rest in sleep. 14 Therefore Jesus then told them plainly, "Lazarus has died, 15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. However, let us go to him!"

16 Therefore Thomas, who was called "The Twin," said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him!"

17 So when Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about three kilometres away. 19 Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. 20 Therefore, when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary kept sitting in the house. 21 So Martha told Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 However, even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask from God."

23 Jesus told her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."

25 Jesus told her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. The person who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will assuredly never die. Do you believe this?"

27 She told Him, "Yes, Lord, I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary. She told her in private, "The Teacher is here, and He is asking for you."

29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Him. 30 Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him. 31 Then the Jews who had been in the house with Mary and had been comforting her saw her get up quickly and leave. They followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb, to weep there. 32 So, when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell down at His feet. She said to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who had come with her, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled.

34 He asked, "Where have you laid him?"

They said to Him, "Lord, come and see!"

35 Jesus wept. 36 Therefore the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"

37 However, some of them asked, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, also have kept this man from dying?"

38 So Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone had been laid against it. 39 Jesus said, "Move the stone away!"

Martha, the dead man's sister, told Him, "Lord, he smells already. He has been dead for four days."

40 Jesus asked her, "Did I not tell you, ‘If you believe, you will see the glory of God'?"

41 So they moved the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 I have known that You always hear Me, but I have spoken because of the crowd that is standing around Me, so that they may believe that You have sent Me."

43 After Jesus had said this, He called out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out here!"

44 The man who had died came out, with his feet and hands tied up with bandages, and with his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"

The Plot of the Jews to Put Jesus to Death — Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-6

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to Mary and who had seen what Jesus did began to believe in Him. 46 However, some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council. They asked, "What are we accomplishing? For this Man is performing many miraculous signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

49 However, one of them, Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, told them, "You do not know anything, 50 and you do not consider that it is better for you that one Man should die for the people, than that the whole nation should be lost."

51 He did not say this on his own authority, but, as the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52 and not only for that nation, but also that Jesus would gather God's scattered children together and make them one.

53 So from that day on they plotted to kill Him. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about in public among the Jews. Instead, He went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim; and He stayed there with His disciples.

55 The Jewish Passover was near, and many people went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Therefore they kept looking for Jesus. They were asking one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think, that He really will not come to the feast?"

57 The chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that, if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it, so that they might arrest Him.

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Jn 12

Mary's Anointing of Jesus at Bethany — Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9

1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So people made a dinner for Jesus there. Martha was serving, and Lazarus was one of those who were reclining at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a third of a kilogram of perfume, pure and very expensive nard, and anointed Jesus' feet. She wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, the one who was going to betray Him, asked, 5 "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?"

6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As the keeper of the moneybox, he used to pilfer what was put in it. 7 Then Jesus said, "Leave her alone! Let her keep it for the day of My burial! 8 For You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."

9 Then a large crowd of the Jews realised that He was there, and they came, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 However, the chief priests resolved that they should also kill Lazarus. 11 For he was the reason why many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and becoming believers in Him.

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem — Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44

12 On the next day, the large crowd that had come for the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 They took branches of palm-trees, went out to meet Him, and began to shout, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is He who is coming in the name of the Lord!" and "the King of Israel!"

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as Scripture has said: 15 "Stop being afraid, daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey."

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but, when Jesus had been glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about Him, and that they had done these things to Him. 17 Therefore the crowd that had been with Him when He had called Lazarus out of the tomb and had raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 This was also a reason why the crowd went to meet Him, that they heard that He had performed this miraculous sign. 19 Therefore the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are not achieving anything. Look! The world has gone after Him."

The Glorification of the Son of Man

20 There were some Greeks among those who were coming up to worship at the Feast. 21 They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

22 Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but, if it dies, it produces much grain.

25 "The person who loves his life loses it, and the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, he should follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honour him. 27 Now My soul is troubled, and what am I to say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour!'? No! For this reason I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name!"

Then a voice came from heaven: "I both have glorified it, and shall glorify it again."

29 Therefore the crowd that was standing there and heard it began to say that it had thundered. Others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him."

30 Jesus answered: "This voice has not come because of Me, but because of you. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 I, if I am lifted up from the earth, shall also draw all people to Myself."

33 He said this to indicate the kind of death that He was going to die.

34 The crowd answered Him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains for ever. How, then, are You saying that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this ‘Son of Man'?"

35 Then Jesus told them, "The Light is still among you for a little while. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness may not overtake you! The person who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light so that you may become children of light!"

After Jesus had said these things, He went away and hid from them. 37 Although He had done so many miraculous signs in their presence, they would not believe in Him, 38 in order that the Word that the prophet Isaiah had said might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

39 This was the reason why they could not believe. For Isaiah said again: 40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they may not see with their eyes, and that they may not understand with their hearts, and may not be converted, that I should heal them."

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about Him. 42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers many became believers in Him, but they would not confess it publicly because of the Pharisees, to avoid being put out of the synagogue. 43 For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

44 Jesus cried out, "The person who believes in Me does not believe only in Me but in Him who has sent Me. 45 The person who sees Me also sees the One who has sent Me. 46 I have come as Light into the world so that no one who believes in Me may remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My Words but does not keep them, I do not condemn him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The person who rejects Me and does not receive My Words has the thing that judges him. The Word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day, 49 because I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father, who has sent Me, has Himself given Me a Commandment, what I am to say and what I am to speak. 50 I also know that His Commandment is eternal life. Therefore, as for the things that I am saying, I am saying them as the Father has told Me."

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Jn 13

The Reception of the Word by the Disciples (13:1-17:26)

Jesus' Washing of His Disciples' Feet

1 Before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and go to the Father. He had loved His own who were in the world, and He loved them completely. 2 The evening meal was being served, and the Devil had already put the idea of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God. 4 Jesus rose from the meal, laid aside His outer garments, took a towel, and tied it around His waist. 5 Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel that He had wrapped around Him. 6 So He came to Simon Peter. Peter asked Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"

7 Jesus answered him, "You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will know."

8 Peter told Him. "You will assuredly never wash my feet."

Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."

9 Simon Peter told Him, "Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!"

10 Jesus told him, "The person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet. He is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you."

11 For He knew who would betray Him. That was why He said, "Not all of you are clean."

12 After He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments, He reclined at the table again. He asked them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me ‘Teacher' and ‘Lord,' and you are right, because I am. 14 Therefore, if I, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet! 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I tell you, a slave is not greater than his master is, and one who is sent is not greater than the one who has sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them! 18 I am not talking about all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. Nevertheless, let the Scripture be fulfilled that says: ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me'! 19 From now on I am telling you these things before they happen so that, when they happen, you may believe that I am He. 20 Truly, truly, I tell you, the person who receives anyone whom I send receives Me, and the person who receives Me receives Him who has sent Me."

Jesus' Prediction of His Betrayal — Matthew 26:21-25; Mark 14:18-21; Luke 22:21-23

21 After He had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit. He testified, "Truly, truly, I tell you, one of you will betray Me."

22 The disciples began to look at one another, at a loss to know whom Jesus meant. 23 One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Him. 24 Therefore Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus which one He meant. 25 Leaning back so that he was against Jesus' chest, he asked Him, "Lord, who is it?"

26 Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I shall give the piece of bread when I have dipped it."

Then He dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 After Judas had taken the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, "Do quickly what you are doing!"

28 None of those who were reclining at the table knew why Jesus had said this to him. 29 For, since Judas had the moneybag, some thought that Jesus was telling him, "Buy the things that we need for the feast!" or that he should give something to the poor. 30 After Judas had taken the piece of bread, he immediately went outside. It was night.

31 When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him. 32 If God has been glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself; and He will glorify Him immediately.

Jesus' Prophecy of Peter's Denials — Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38

33 "Little children, I shall be with you a little longer yet. You will look for Me, but, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 I am giving you a new Commandment, that you love one another. You also love one another, as I have loved you! 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

36 Simon Peter asked Him, "Lord, where are You going?"

Jesus answered him, "You cannot follow Me now where I am going, but you will follow later."

37 Peter asked Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I shall lay down my life for You."

38 Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I tell you, a rooster will certainly not crow until you deny Me three times.

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Jn 14

The Meaning of Jesus' Going Away

1 "Let not your hearts be troubled! Believe in God and believe in Me! 2 In My Father's house there are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go to prepare a place for you, I shall also come again and take you to be with Me, so that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to where I am going."

5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?"

6 Jesus told him, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you have known Me, you will know My Father also; and from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."

8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father! Then that is enough for us."

9 Jesus asked him, "Have I been with you for such a long time, and have you not known Me, Philip? The person who has seen Me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in Me? These Words, which I am telling you, I am not speaking on My own authority; but the Father, who remains in Me, is doing His works. 11 Believe Me, that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me. Or else, believe because of the works themselves!

12 "Truly, truly, I tell you, the person who believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I shall also do whatever you ask in My name, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me for anything in My name, I shall do it.

15 "If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments. 16 I shall also ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. 17 He is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see or know Him. You know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. 18 I shall not leave you as orphans. I am coming back to you.

19 "Only a little while longer and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in My Father, that you are in Me, and that I am in you.

21 "The person who has My Commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The person who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and show Myself to him."

22 Judas, not Judas Iscariot, asked Him, "Then, Lord, what has happened that You are going to show Yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23 Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him, and We shall come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My Words. The Word that you hear is not Mine, but the Father's, who has sent Me. 25 I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26 However, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and will remind you of everything that I have told you. 27 Peace I am leaving with you. A peace that is My own I am giving to you. I am not giving it to you as the world gives it. Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid! 28 You have heard Me telling you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 Now I have told you before it happens, so that, when it happens, you may believe. 30 I shall not say much to you any more. For the ruler of the world is coming, and he has no hold on Me. 31 However, the world should realise that I love the Father, and that I am doing as the Father has commanded Me! Get up! Let us be going from here!

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Jn 15

Jesus' Allegory about the Vine and the Branches

1 "I am the true Vine and My Father is the Gardener. 2 He takes out every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, and He prunes every branch that bears fruit, so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the Word that I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, and I shall remain in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you, unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the Vine. You are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown away like the branch and withers. Such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burnt. 7 If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask for whatever you wish! It will be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and become My disciples.

9 "As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Remain in My love! 10 If you keep My Commandments, you will remain in My love, as I have also kept My Father's Commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 This is My Commandment, that you should love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you continue to do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you ‘servants,' because a servant does not know what his master is doing. However, I have called you ‘friends' because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. 16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and appointed you that you may go and bear fruit, and that your fruit may remain, so that the Father may give you whatever you ask for in My name. 17 This is what I command you: Love one another!

18 "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own. Because you do not belong to the world; but I have chosen you out of the world, that is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the Word that I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master'! If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they have observed My Word, they will also observe yours. 21 Now they will do all these things to you because of My name, because they do not know Him who has sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 The person who hates Me also hates My Father. 24 If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would have no sin. However, now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 However, this has happened so that the Word may be fulfilled that has been written in their Law: ‘They have hated Me without any reason.' 26 When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me. 27 You also must testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

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Jn 16

Jesus' Promise that Sorrow will Turn to Joy

1 "I have spoken these things to you so that you may not fall away. 2 People will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time is coming when anyone who murders you will think that he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. 4 However, I have told you these things so that, when their time comes, you may remember them, because I have told you about them. I did not tell you these things at first, because I was with you. 5 However, now I am going away to Him who has sent Me, and none of you is asking Me, ‘Where are You going?' 6 However, because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is good for you that I am going away. For, if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you. However, if I go, I shall send Him to you. 8 When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you do not see Me any more; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 "I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot endure them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will lead you into the whole truth. For He will not speak on His own authority, but He will speak whatever He hears, and He will tell you what is coming. 14 He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and will tell it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. That is why I have said, ‘He takes from what is Mine and will tell it to you.'

16 "A little while and you do not see Me any more; and again a little while and you will see Me."

17 Therefore some of His disciples asked one another, "What does this mean that He is telling us, ‘A little while and you do not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me,' and ‘Because I am going to the Father'?"

18 Therefore they kept asking, "What does this mean that He is saying, ‘A little while'? We do not understand what He is saying."

19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him. He said to them, "Are you trying to find out among yourselves about this thing that I said, ‘A little while and you do not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me'? 20 Truly, truly, I tell you that you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come. However, when she has given birth to her child, she does not remember her anguish any more, because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you also have sorrow now; but I shall see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 23 In that day you will not ask Me any questions. Truly, truly, I tell you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete! 25 I have been telling you these things in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall report to you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall ask the Father on your behalf. 27 For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and because you have believed that I have come forth from God. 28 I have come forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world and I am going to the Father."

29 His disciples said, "Look! Now You are speaking plainly, and are not speaking any dark saying. 30 Now we know that You know all things, and do not need to have anyone ask You questions. By this we believe that You have come forth from God."

31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32 Look! The hour is coming, and it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 I have spoken these things to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have distress. Nevertheless, have courage! I have overcome the world."

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Jn 17

Jesus' High Priestly Prayer — Prayer for Himself

1 Jesus spoke these Words, and looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You! 2 For You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 This is eternal life, to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth by finishing the work that You have given Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me at Your side with the glory that I had with You before the world existed!

Jesus' High Priestly Prayer — Prayer for His Apostles

6 "I have made Your name known to the people whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word. 7 Now they know that all things that You have given Me come from You, 8 because I have given them the Words that You have given Me; and they have received them and learned the truth that I have come from You, and they have believed that You have sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world, but for those whom You have given Me. For they are Yours. 10 All that are Mine are Yours, and what are Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name that You have given Me, so that they may be one, as We are one! 12 While I have been with them, I have kept them in Your name, which You have given Me. I have watched over them, and none of them has been lost except the one who will be lost, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 Now I am coming to You, and I say these things while I am in the world, so that they may have a full measure of My joy in them. 14 I have given them Your Word, but the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, as I do not belong to the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the Evil One. 16 They do not belong to the world, as I do not belong to the world. 17 Make them holy by the truth! Your Word is truth. 18 As You have sent Me into the world, I have also sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I set Myself apart as holy, that they also may be set apart as holy by the truth.

Jesus' High Priestly Prayer — Prayer for Believers of All Times

20 "I am not praying for these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their Word, 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. Let them also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me! 22 I have given them the glory that You have given Me, so that they may be one, as We are one. 23 I am in them, and You are in Me. Let them be brought to complete unity so that the world may know that You have sent Me, and that You have loved them as You have loved Me! 24 Father, I desire that those also whom You have given to Me may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given to Me, because You have loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world has not known You, but I have known You, and these have come to know that You have sent Me. 26 I have made Your name known to them, and I shall make it known; so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and that I may be in them."

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Jn 18

The Word's Accomplishment of Grace and Truth through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection (18:1-20:31)

The Arrest of Jesus — Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-54a

1 After Jesus had said this, He went out with His disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden. He and His disciples went into it.

2 Judas, who was betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus had often been meeting there with His disciples. 3 Then Judas took the troop of soldiers and assistants from the chief priests and Pharisees, and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

4 Therefore Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out, and asked them, "For whom are you looking?"

5 They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth."

Jesus told them, "I am He."

Judas, who was betraying Him, was also standing with them. 6 When Jesus told them, "I am He," they went backwards, and fell to the ground.

7 Therefore Jesus asked them again, "For whom are you looking?"

They said, "Jesus of Nazareth."

8 Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if I am the One for whom you are looking, let these men go!"

9 This happened in order that the statement that He had made might be fulfilled: "I have not lost any of those whom You have given Me."

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.

11 So Jesus told Peter, "Put your sword into its scabbard! Shall I not indeed drink the cup that My Father has given Me?"

12 Then the troop of soldiers, the commander, and the Jewish assistants arrested Jesus, and tied Him up. 13 They took Him to Annas first. For he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews, "It is better that one Man should die for the people."

Peter's First Denial — Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54b-62

15 Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. That other disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard. 16 However, Peter was standing outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the girl watching the door, and brought Peter inside.

17 So the servant-girl who was keeping the door asked Peter, "You are not one of this Man's disciples too, are you?"

He answered, "I am not."

18 The slaves and the assistants were standing around and had made a heap of burning coals, because it was cold, and they were warming themselves. Peter was also standing with them and warming himself.

Jesus' Trial before Annas

19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching.

20 Jesus answered him, "I have been speaking openly to the world. I have always been teaching in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews come together, and I have not been saying anything in secret. 21 Why do you question Me? Ask those who have heard what I have told them! Surely, they know what I have said."

22 After He had said this, one of the assistants who was standing near Jesus slapped His face, and asked, "Is that how You answer the high priest?"

23 Jesus answered him, "If I have said anything wrong, give evidence about what has been wrong! However, if I have said what is good, why do you hit Me?"

24 Then Annas sent Him, still bound, to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter's Subsequent Denials — Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54b-62

25 Simon Peter continued to stand and warm himself. So people asked him, "You are not one of His disciples too, are you?"

He denied it, saying, "I am not."

26 One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?"

27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus' Trial before Pilate — Matthew 27:11-14; Mark 15:1-5; Luke 23:1-4

28 So they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor's quarters. It was early in the morning. The Jews themselves did not go into the governor's quarters, to avoid becoming unclean, and to enable them to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came outside to them, and asked, "What accusation are you bringing against this Man?"

30 They answered him, "If He were not a criminal, we would not have handed Him over to you."

31 Pilate therefore told them, "You take Him, and judge Him according to your Law!"

The Jews answered him, "We are not permitted to execute anyone."

32 This happened that the statement that Jesus had made might be fulfilled, when He indicated the kind of death He was going to die.

33 Then Pilate went into the governor's quarters again and called for Jesus. He asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

34 Jesus answered, "Are you saying this of yourself, or have others told you about Me?"

35 Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and the chief priests have handed You over to me. What have You done?"

36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If My kingdom belonged to this world, My attendants would fight, to prevent Me from being handed over to the Jews. However, now My kingdom is not from here."

37 Therefore Pilate asked Him, "Then are You a king?"

Jesus answered, "You are correct in saying that I am a king. I have been born for this reason, and I have come into the world for this reason, that I may testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice."

38 Pilate asked Him, "What is truth?"

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, "I do not find any ground for complaint in Him. 39 However, you have a custom for me to release one person for you at the Passover. So would you like me to release the King of the Jews for you?"

40 Then they shouted back: "No, not Him, but Barabbas!" Barabbas was a revolutionary.

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Jn 19

The Scourging of Jesus, and the Soldiers' Mockery of Him — Matthew 27:27-30; Mark 15:16-19

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 The soldiers twisted a crown out of thorns and placed it on His head. They clothed Him in a purple robe 3 and they kept going up to Him, saying, "Welcome, King of the Jews," and slapped His face.

Pilate's Attempts to Avoid Putting Jesus to Death

4 Pilate went outside again and told them, "Look! I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no cause for complaint in Him."

5 Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate told them, "Look at the Man!"

6 Therefore when the chief priests and the attendants saw Him, they shouted, "Crucify, crucify!"

Pilate told them, "Take Him yourselves and crucify Him! For I do not find any basis for a charge against Him."

7 The Jews answered him, "We have a Law, and according to the Law He ought to die, because He has made Himself the Son of God."

8 When Pilate heard them say that, he was more afraid. 9 He went into the governor's quarters again and asked Jesus, "From where are You?"

However, Jesus did not give him an answer. 10 Therefore Pilate asked Him, "Are You refusing to speak to me? Do You not realise that I have authority to free You and authority to crucify You?"

11 Jesus answered him, "You would not have any authority at all over Me if it had not been given to you from above. That is why the man who has handed Me over to you has the greater sin."

12 From then on Pilate kept trying to release Jesus, but the Jews shouted out, "If you let this Man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king is speaking against Caesar."

13 Therefore, when Pilate heard these words, he took Jesus outside, and sat down in the judge's seat at a place called "the Stone Pavement," or "Gabbatha" in Aramaic. 14 It was the day of the Preparation of the Passover, and about six in the morning. Pilate told the Jews, "Look at your King!"

15 Therefore they shouted, "Away with Him! Away with Him! Crucify Him!"

Pilate asked them, "Am I to crucify your King?"

The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."

Jesus' Crucifixion — Matthew 27:31-44; Mark 15:20-32; Luke 23:26-38

16 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.

17 Jesus went out, carrying His own cross, to the place that was called "the Place of the Skull," which is called "Golgotha" in Aramaic. 18 There they crucified Him with two other men, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate also wrote a notice and put it on the cross. It read: "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."

20 Therefore many Jews read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. The notice had been written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek.

21 Therefore the high priests of the Jews told Pilate, "Do not write: ‘The King of the Jews,' but: ‘He said, "I am the King of the Jews"'!"

22 Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

23 So when the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His outer garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier, and also the undergarment. The undergarment was without a seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 Therefore they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but let us throw dice for it, to decide who will get it!"

This happened in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: "They divided My outer garments among them, and they cast lots for My clothing."

So that is what the soldiers did.

Jesus' Provision for the Care of Mary

25 Jesus' mother, His mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene were standing near the cross of Jesus.

26 Therefore, when Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, there is your son." 27 Then He said to the disciple, "There is your mother."

From that time on, this disciple took her into his own home.

Jesus' Death on the Cross — Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49

28 After this, knowing that everything had now been finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

29 A jar full of sour wine had been placed there. So they put a sponge full of the sour wine on hyssop and lifted it to His mouth.

30 When Jesus had taken the sour wine, He said, "It is finished."

Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

The Fulfilment of the Command that no Bone of the Passover Lamb should be Broken

31 Since it was the Day of Preparation, to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath, and because that Sabbath day was an important one, the Jews asked Pilate that the men's legs should be broken, and the bodies taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and those of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus.

33 However, when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead already, they did not break His legs; 34 but one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 He who has seen it has been testifying about it. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth, in order that you also may believe.

36 For these things happened in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled: "None of His bones shall be broken!" 37 Again another Scripture-passage says: "They will look at the One whom they have pierced."

Jesus' Burial — Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56

38 After this, Joseph from Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he was afraid of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave Joseph permission. So he came and took Jesus' body away. 39 Nicodemus also came, the man who had come to Jesus by night at the beginning. He brought a mixture of about thirty kilograms of myrrh and aloes.

40 Therefore they took Jesus' body and wrapped it in strips of linen with the spices according to the Jewish burial-custom.

41 There was a garden at the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So they laid Jesus there, because it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and because the tomb was nearby.

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Jn 20

Jesus' Resurrection from the Dead — Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12

1 Early on Sunday, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved. She told them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him."

3 Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out, and began to go to the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and saw the strips of linen lying there, but he did not go in.

6 So Simon Peter, who was behind him, also arrived, and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the strips of linen, but wrapped up in a place by itself. 8 So then the other disciple, who had arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw, and began to believe. 9 For they did not yet know the Scripture, that He had to rise from the dead.

10 So the disciples went back again to their lodgings.

Jesus' Appearance to Mary Magdalene

11 Mary was standing outside, facing the tomb and crying. While she was crying, she bent over to look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels in white clothes sitting where Jesus' body had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

She told them, "They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid Him."

14 After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? For whom are you looking?"

She thought that He was the gardener, and said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him! Then I shall take Him away."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!"

She turned, and said to Him in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (The word means "Teacher").

17 Jesus told her, "Stop holding on to Me! For I have not yet gone up to the Father. Instead, go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am going up to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God'!"

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her.

Jesus' Appearance in the Locked Room and His Commission to the Apostles to Forgive and Retain Sins — Luke 24:36-48

19 That Sunday evening the doors had been locked where the disciples were, because they were afraid of the Jews. Then Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you!"

20 After He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. So the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I also am sending you."

22 After He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit! 23 If you forgive any people's sins, they have been forgiven; if you retain any people's sins, they have been retained."

24 However, Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called "The Twin," was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord."

He told them, "Unless I see the marks of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the marks of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I shall certainly not believe."

26 A week later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors had been locked, Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you!"

27 Next He told Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at My hands! Take your hand and put it into My side! Stop your unbelief, and believe!"

28 Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 Jesus asked him, "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!"

The Purpose of the Gospel

30 Jesus also performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which have not been written in this book. 31 However, these things have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in His name.

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Jn 21

Appendix (21:1-25)

The Lord Jesus' Breakfast with some Disciples at the Sea of Tiberias

1 After this, Jesus showed Himself again to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is how He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas, who was called "The Twin," Nathanael, who was from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of Jesus were together. 3 Simon Peter said to the others, "I am going fishing."

They told him, "We too are coming with you."

They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 When morning had already come, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus asked them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?"

They answered Him, "No."

6 He told them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat! You will find some!"

So they cast the net, and they could not pull it in again, because there were so many fish. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved told Peter, "It is the Lord."

So when Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he put on the outer garment that he had taken off, fastened it with his belt, and jumped into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the small boat, towing the net full of fish. For they were not far from the shore, only about a hundred metres away. 9 Then, when they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals set there, with fish laid on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus told them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught!"

11 Then Simon Peter got into the boat and dragged the net ashore, full of one hundred and fifty-three large fish; and, although there were so many, the net had not been torn. 12 Jesus told them, "Come and have breakfast!"

None of the disciples dared to ask Him, "Who are You?"

They knew that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them, and the fish as well. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He had been raised from the dead.

Jesus' Restoration of Peter and the Commission to Him to Feed His Sheep

15 So, when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?"

He said to Him, "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You."

Jesus told him, "Feed My lambs!"

16 Jesus asked him again, a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?"

He answered Him, "Yes, Lord, You know that I love you."

Jesus told him, "Be a shepherd to My sheep!"

17 Jesus asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?"

Peter was saddened because He had asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?"

He answered Him, "Lord, You know all things. You know that I love you."

Jesus told him, "Feed My sheep! 18 Truly, truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to tie on your belt and walk where you wished. However, when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will tie on your belt, and carry you where you do not wish."

19 Jesus said this to signify by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After He had said this, He told him, "Follow Me!"

20 Peter turned around and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. He was the one who had also reclined at Jesus' chest at the supper and had asked, "Lord, who is the one who is betraying You?"

21 When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, "Lord, and what about this man?"

22 Jesus asked him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!"

23 Because of this, this saying spread among the brothers, that this disciple would not die. However, Jesus had not told him that he would not die, but "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?"

24 This is the disciple who is testifying about these things and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

A Declaration that much more could have been Written

25 There are also many other things that Jesus has done, and, if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself would have room for the books that would be written.

 

Index

 

ACTS

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Ac 1

Introduction and Theme (1:1-8)

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I have written about everything that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had given instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3 After His suffering, Jesus also showed these men, through many convincing proofs, that He was alive. He was seen by them during a period of forty days, and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 While He was eating with them, He ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised. He said, "You have heard about this from Me. 5 For John baptised with water, but not many days from now you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit."

6 Therefore, when they met together, they asked Him, "Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

7 He told them, "It is not for you to know the times or events that the Father has set by His own authority. 8 However, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the world."

The Gospel in Jerusalem (1:9-7:60)

Jesus' Ascension

9 After He had said this, and while they were watching Him, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him away from their sight. 10 While they were gazing into the sky as He was going, suddenly two men in white clothes stood beside them. 11 They asked, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing and looking up into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way as you have seen Him go into heaven."

12 Then they went back to Jerusalem from what was called "the Mount of Olives," which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.

The Appointment of Matthias as an Apostle

13 When they entered, they went to the second-floor room where they were staying. There were Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 With one mind these all kept praying together, along with the women, Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the disciples (the number of persons all together was about a hundred and twenty), and he said, 16 "Men, brothers, the passage of Scripture that the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David about Judas had to be fulfilled. He served as a guide for the men who arrested Jesus. 17 For Judas had been counted as one of us and had received his portion in this ministry. 18 With the reward that he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field. He fell headlong, and burst open in the middle, and all his intestines poured out. 19 All those who live in Jerusalem have heard about it; and so that piece of land is called ‘Akel-Dama' in their language; that is, ‘Field of Blood.' 20 For Scripture has said in the book of Psalms: ‘Let his home be deserted and let there be no one who lives in it!' and ‘Let someone else take his position of oversight!' 21 Therefore there must be one of the men who have accompanied us all through the time when the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 one of these men who have been with us, beginning with the baptism of John until the day when Jesus was taken up from us, to be a witness with us of His resurrection."

23 So they proposed two men: Joseph, called "Barsabbas," who was also known as "Justus," and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, "Lord, You know the hearts of all. Show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take over the position of this ministry and office of apostle, from which Judas has transgressed, to go to his own place!"

26 They cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was chosen by vote to be added to the eleven apostles.

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Ac 2

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like a violent blast of wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw tongues that separated, like flames, and one rested on each of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

5 Jews who feared God from every nation under heaven were staying in Jerusalem. 6 When that sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own native language. 7 They were astonished and amazed, and asked: "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that every one of us hears in his own native language, 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; people living in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 10 people living in Phrygia and Pamphilia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, Jews as well as proselytes; 11 and people from Crete and Arabia? We hear them declaring in our own languages the wonderful works of God."

12 They were all amazed and puzzled. They asked one another, "What does this mean?" 13 Others sneered: "They are full of new wine."

Peter's Sermon at Pentecost

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: "Men who are Jews and all of you who are living in Jerusalem, understand this, and listen closely to what I say! 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. For it is only nine in the morning. 16 Rather, this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days, God says, "I shall pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 Indeed, even on My male slaves and female slaves I shall pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I shall show wonders in the heaven above and miraculous signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will turn dark, and the moon turn to blood before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord, 21 and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."'

22 "Men of Israel, listen to these words! Jesus of Nazareth was a Man whom God commended to you, as you yourselves know, by miracles, wonders, and miraculous signs, which God worked among you through Him. 23 This Man was handed over to you by God's set plan and foreknowledge, and you, with the hands of wicked men, nailed Him to a cross and put Him to death. 24 Nevertheless, God raised Him, and loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible for death to hold Him. 25 For David says with regard to Him: ‘I have continually been foreseeing the Lord before Me. For He is at My right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 For this reason My heart is glad, and My tongue rejoices; yes, even My body will rest in hope. 27 For You will not abandon My soul to Hades, or allow Your Holy One to see decay. 28 You have made the paths of life known to Me. You will fill Me with joy through Your presence.' 29 Brethren, I can tell you frankly that our ancestor David died and was buried and his grave is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, because David was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn to him by an oath to cause one of his descendants to sit on his throne, 31 he saw what would come, and said concerning the resurrection of the Christ that He was not abandoned to the grave, and that His body did not experience decay. 32 This One, Jesus, God has raised, and of that fact we are all witnesses.

33 "Therefore, after He has been lifted up by God's right hand, and has received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, He has poured out this, which you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who went up to heaven, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, 35 until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."'

36 "Therefore all the people of Israel should know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, Lord, and Christ!"

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart. They asked Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what are we to do?"

38 Peter answered them: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptised, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For this promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far away, all whom the Lord, our God, calls."

40 With many other words he testified to them by argument. He urged them, "Be saved from this crooked kind of people!"

41 Those who received what he said were baptised; and that day about three thousand persons were added.

The Manner of Life of the First Christians

42 They continued steadfastly in the teaching of the apostles and in the fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers. 43 Fear came on everyone; and many wonders and miraculous signs were being done through the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and shared everything with one another. 45 They used to sell their possessions and goods and divide them among them all, as anyone was in need. 46 All were one at heart as they continued to go to the temple every day. They used to break bread from house to house, and eat their food with glad and generous hearts. 47 They kept praising God, and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord kept adding together those who were being saved.

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The Healing of the Crippled Man at the Temple

1 Peter and John were going up to the temple for the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 A certain man had been a cripple from his birth, and people used to carry him every day and lay him at the gate of the temple that was called "Beautiful," so that he might beg for gifts from those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw that Peter and John were about to go into the temple, he asked to receive a gift. 4 Peter and John looked straight at him, and Peter said, "Look at us!"

5 The man gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but I give you what I have: In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up, and walk!"

7 He took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately the man's feet and ankles were made strong. 8 He jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and went with them into the temple, walking, jumping, and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 They recognised him as the man who had been sitting and begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11 As the man clung to Peter and John, all the people came running together to them at the porch that is called "Solomon's," greatly amazed.

Peter's Address in Solomon's Colonnade

12 When Peter saw the people, he responded to them, "Men of Israel, why are you wondering about this, or why are you looking intently at us, as though we had made him walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied before Pilate when he had decided to release Him. 14 You denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. 15 You killed the Author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in His name, His name has made this man, whom you see and know, strong. The faith that comes through Him has given him this perfect health in front of all of you.

17 "Yet now, fellow Jews, I know that you have acted in ignorance, as your rulers have also done. 18 However, in this way God has fulfilled what He had foretold by the mouths of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer. 19 Repent therefore, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Christ, whom He has previously appointed for you, namely, Jesus! 21 Heaven must receive Him until the times when everything is restored, as God has promised since the world began by the mouths of His holy prophets.

22 "Moses said: ‘The Lord, your God, will raise up for you a Prophet from among your brethren, who is like me. You shall listen to Him in everything that He tells you; 23 and every person who does not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.' 24 Indeed, Samuel and all the other prophets who have spoken after him have also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the Covenant that God made with your fathers, when He said to Abraham: ‘In your Offspring all the families of the earth will be blessed.' 26 God has raised up His Servant, and He has sent Him first to you to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."

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The Investigation of Peter and John by the Jewish Council

1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees approached them. 2 They were extremely annoyed because Peter and John were teaching the people and preaching in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They laid their hands on them and put them in custody until the next day. For it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who had heard the Word had become believers, and the number of the men grew to about five thousand. 5 On the next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander were there, and all the other members of the high priest's family. 7 They made the two men stand in the middle, and began to ask, "By what power or by what name have you done this?"

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied to them, "Rulers of the people and elders! 9 If we are being examined today because of a good deed that we have done to a crippled man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, by Him this man is standing here before you in good health! 11 This is ‘the Stone that was rejected by you builders, which has become the Cornerstone.' 12 There is also salvation in no one else. For there is no other name under heaven that has been given among human beings by which we must be saved."

13 When they saw how boldly Peter and John spoke, and perceived that they were unschooled laymen, they were astonished. Then they realised that these men had been with Jesus. 14 Since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they could not say anything against them. 15 So they ordered them to go aside out of the council, and then conferred together. 16 They asked, "What are we to do with these men? For it is evident to all who live in Jerusalem that a remarkable miraculous sign has been performed through them, and we cannot deny it. 17 However, in order that it may not spread any further among the people, let us threaten them not to speak to anyone any more using this name!"

18 They called Peter and John and ordered them to give up altogether speaking and teaching by using the name of Jesus. 19 Peter and John answered them, "You judge whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God! 20 For we cannot but speak the things that we have seen and heard."

21 However, they threatened them further and let them go, because they did not find any way of punishing them, because of the people. For they were all glorifying God for what had been done. 22 For the man on whom this miraculous sign had been performed was more than forty years old.

The Prayer of the Church for Boldness

23 When Peter and John had been released, they went to their own people and reported everything that the high priests and elders had told them. 24 After they heard it, they raised their voices to God with one accord and said, "Master, You, who have made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, 25 You, who have said through the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father, Your servant David: ‘Why have the nations raged, and why have the peoples plotted vain things? 26 The kings of the earth have taken their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ.' — 27 For truly, both Herod and Pontius Pilate have gathered together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You have anointed, 28 to do all the things that Your hand and Your plan had decided beforehand should be done. 29 Even now, Lord, look on their threats; and grant to Your servants that they may keep speaking Your Word with all boldness, 30 as You stretch out Your hand to heal; and grant that miraculous signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus!"

31 After they had prayed, the place where they had assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and continued to speak the Word of God boldly.

The Sharing of Possessions by the First Christians

32 The large number of believers was one in heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but they possessed everything in common. 33 With great power the apostles continued to give testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great good will rested on them all.

34 For there was no one among them who was in need. For all who possessed pieces of land or houses used to sell them, bring the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and lay them at the apostles' feet. These used to be distributed to each one according to the need he had. 36 Joseph, the one whom the apostles called "Barnabas," which is translated as "Son of Encouragement," a Levite, born in Cyprus, 37 sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

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The Deaths of Ananias and Sapphira for their Deception

1 A man by the name of Ananias also sold a piece of property together with his wife Sapphira. 2 He put aside part of the proceeds for himself, and his wife was also aware of it. Then he brought a part of them and laid them at the apostles' feet. 3 Peter asked, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart that you tell a lie to the Holy Spirit and put aside for yourself some of the price of the land? 4 While you had the land, did it not remain your own, and, after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have put it into your heart to do this? You have not lied to men, but to God."

5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed out his life. Great fear came on all those who heard about it. 6 The young men arose, wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. 7 There had been an interval of about three hours when his wife came in, without knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, "Tell me, did you two sell the piece of land for so much?"

She answered, "Yes, for so much."

9 Peter asked her, "Why is it that you two have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."

10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in, they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear came on the whole church, and on all who heard these things.

The Performing of many Miracles by the Apostles

12 Many miraculous signs and wonders were performed among the people by the apostles. All the brethren used to be in unanimity in Solomon's Porch. 13 None of the others dared to join with them, but they regarded them highly. 14 Believers were increasingly being added to the Lord, a large number of both men and women. 15 As a result, people actually carried the sick out into the streets and laid them down on beds and mats, so that when Peter came at least his shadow might fall on one of them. 16 A large number of people used to gather even from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those whom unclean spirits troubled, and they were all healed.

The Imprisonment of the Apostles and their Appearance before the Jewish Council again

17 Then the high priest and all those who were with him, who were members of the local party of the Sadducees, began to be filled with envy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 However, at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out. He said, 20 "Go, and stand in the temple, and keep on telling the people the full message about this life!"

21 After they heard that, they went into the temple at daybreak and began to teach. The high priest and those who were with him came and called together the Jewish council, that is to say, all the elders of the people of Israel. Then they sent some men to the prison to have the apostles brought. 22 However, when the officers arrived, they did not find them in prison. They came back and reported, 23 "We found the prison very securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but, when we opened them, we found no one inside."

24 When the captain of the temple and the high priests heard these reports, they were puzzled about them, wondering what might come of this. 25 Then someone arrived and told them, "Look! The men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people."

26 Then the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles, but without using force, because they were afraid that the people would stone them. 27 They brought them and made them stand before the Jewish Council, and the high priest questioned them, 28 and said, "Did we not give you strict orders not to teach using this name? Yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you want to bring this Man's blood on us."

29 Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers has raised Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree. 31 God has exalted Him to His right hand as Prince and Saviour, in order to give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Gamaliel's Advice and the Dismissal of the Apostles

33 When they heard this, they were infuriated and wanted to put them to death. 34 However, a certain man in the council, a Pharisee by the name of Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, who was respected by all the people, stood up, and ordered them to put the men outside for a little while. 35 He told them, "Men of Israel, take care what you intend to do with these men! 36 For Theudas appeared some time ago, claiming to be somebody, and a number of about four hundred men joined him. He was put to death, all who followed him were dispersed, and they came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and drew a host after him in a revolt. He also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 In the present case I tell you, keep away from these men, and dismiss them! For, if this purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail; 39 but, if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Perhaps you will even be found to be fighting against God."

40 He persuaded them. Then they called the apostles in, flogged them, ordered them not to speak using the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 The apostles went away from the council, rejoicing that they had been thought worthy of being dishonoured for the sake of the Name. 42 Every day, in the temple, and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and telling the Good News that Jesus is the Christ.

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The Appointment of the Seven Assistants to Serve the Needs of Greek-Speaking Widows

1 In those days, as the number of the disciples was multiplying, those who spoke Greek brought a complaint against those who spoke Aramaic, that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. 2 The Twelve called the whole group of disciples together and said, "It is not satisfactory for us to give up the Word of God in order to serve at tables. 3 Brethren, select seven men from among you who have a good reputation, and who are full of the Spirit and wisdom, and we shall put them in charge of this duty. 4 However, we shall devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word."

5 The proposal pleased the whole group. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus from Antioch, who had previously become a Jew. 6 They placed these men before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

7 The Word of God kept on spreading. The number of disciples in Jerusalem was growing very large. Even a large number of the priests were becoming believers, as God wanted them to.

The Arrest of Stephen

8 Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, was working great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Some men of the Synagogue of the Freedmen, as it was called, men from Cyrene and Alexandria, and men from Cilicia and Asia, rose up to argue with Stephen. 10 However, they could not resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

11 Then they secretly induced some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speaking blasphemous words against Moses and against God."

12 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, went up to him, seized him, and took him to the council. 13 They produced false witnesses, who said, "This man does not cease speaking words against this holy place and against the Law. 14 For we have heard him saying, ‘This Jesus of Nazareth will tear this place down and will change the customs that Moses has handed down to us.'"

15 All who sat in the council looked intently at Stephen, and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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Stephen's Defence

1 Then the high priest asked, "Are these things so?"

2 Stephen answered, "Fellow-Jews and fathers, listen! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. 3 God told him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come to whichever land I shall show you!'

4 "Then Abraham left the country of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. After his father died, God transferred him from there to this land, where you are now living. 5 Yet He did not give him any inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on; but, while Abraham had no child, He promised to give it as a possession to him and to his descendants after him. 6 However, God spoke in this way: that Abraham's descendants would reside as strangers in a foreign country, and that its people would make slaves of them and mistreat them for four hundred years. 7 God said, ‘However, I shall judge the people to whom they will be slaves, and afterwards they will come out and worship Me in this place.'

8 "God gave Abraham the Covenant of circumcision. In this situation he fathered Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day. Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs. 9 When the patriarchs became jealous of Joseph, they sold him into Egypt; but God was with him. 10 God rescued Joseph from all his troubles and gave him favour and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and of his whole household. 11 Then a famine with great misery came over all of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers could not find any food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time.

13 "During the second time, Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and the Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family. 14 Joseph sent to his father Jacob, and asked him and all his relatives to come, consisting of seventy-five persons. 15 So Jacob went down to Egypt. He and our fathers died 16 and were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor at Shechem. 17 When the time of the promise that God had made to Abraham came near, the people had increased, and had become very numerous in Egypt. 18 Then a different king over Egypt arose, who did not know Joseph. 19 By trickery he took advantage of our race, and mistreated our fathers by making them expose their babies, in order that they might not be kept alive. 20 At that time Moses was born, and he was well pleasing to God. For three months he was cared for in his father's home. 21 When he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter took him for herself and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in what he said and did. 23 When he was in his fortieth year, the thought came to him that he would visit his brothers, the Israelites. 24 When he saw a man being mistreated, he defended him. He avenged the man who was being oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his fellow-Israelites would understand that God was giving them deliverance by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 On the next day he appeared to them as they were fighting. He tried to reconcile them and restore peace by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why are you doing wrong to one another?'

27 "However, the man who was doing wrong to his neighbour pushed Moses away. He asked. ‘Who appointed you to be a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Surely you do not want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'

29 "Because he said that, Moses fled and became a foreigner residing in the land of Midian, and there he had two sons. 30 After forty years had passed, an Angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning thorn-bush in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. 31 When Moses saw it, he was astonished at the sight. While he was approaching to observe it carefully, the voice of the Lord came to him: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.'

"Moses began to tremble, and did not dare to look. 33 The Lord told him, ‘Take your sandals off your feet! For the place on which you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have clearly seen the oppression of My people, who are in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to rescue them. Now, come! Let Me send you to Egypt!'

35 "This same Moses, whom they had rejected, saying, ‘Who appointed you as a ruler and a judge?' God sent to be both a ruler and a redeemer, with the help of the Angel, the one who had appeared to him in the thorn-bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and miraculous signs in the land of Egypt, in the Red Sea, and, for forty years, in the wilderness. 37 This is the Moses who told the Israelites: ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me, out of your brothers.' 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness, with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living oracles to give to us. 39 However, our fathers were not willing to be obedient to him. Instead, they rejected him, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make gods for us who will go before us! For we do not know what has happened to this Moses, who has brought us out of the land of Egypt.'

41 "In those days they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in what their hands had made. 42 Then God turned away, and gave them over to worship the heavenly bodies, as Scripture has said in the Book of the Prophets: ‘Family of Israel, you did not offer slaughtered animals and sacrifices to Me for forty years in the wilderness, did you? 43 You took along the tabernacle of Moloch, the star of your god Rompha, and the images that you had made to worship. So I shall send you away to live beyond Babylon.'

44 "In the wilderness our fathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony. It was made according to the pattern that Moses had seen, as the One who spoke to Moses had directed him to make it. 45 Our fathers also received the tabernacle in turn from Moses, and brought it in, under Joshua, while they were taking possession of the land from the nations whom God drove out before our fathers. It remained until the time of David. 46 He found favour before God, and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 However, Solomon built a house for Him. 48 However, the Most High does not dwell in things made by human hands, as the prophet says: 49 ‘"Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build Me?" asks the Lord, "or what is the place where I rest? 50 Has not My hand made all these things?"'

51 "Stubborn people, and uncircumcised in hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit. As your fathers have done it, you are doing it too. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who announced that the Righteous One would come, and now you have become the ones who have betrayed and murdered Him. 53 You were the people who received the Law through angels who were directed to transmit it, but you have not kept it."

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When they heard these things, they became furious and ground their teeth at him. 55 However, full of the Holy Spirit, he looked intently up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 He said, "Look! I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

57 However, they shouted aloud and held their ears shut. They rushed at him with one purpose, 58 threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid their outer clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning Stephen he was making an invocation, and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60 Then he knelt and shouted aloud, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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The Preaching of the Gospel in Judea and Samaria (8:1-12:25)

The Persecution and Dispersion of Believers from Jerusalem

1 Saul also approved of Stephen's murder. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem. All except the apostles were scattered throughout districts of Judea and Samaria. 2 Devout men took Stephen up for burial and mourned loudly over him. 3 Saul was ravaging the church. He kept going into one house after another, dragging off both men and women, and handing them over to prison. 4 Therefore the people who had been scattered went from place to place telling the Good News of the Word.

The Preaching of the Gospel in Samaria

5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to the people. 6 The crowds kept paying close attention together to the things that were being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the miraculous signs that he was performing. 7 For unclean spirits were crying out aloud and were being cast out of many who had them; and many paralysed and crippled people were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

The Insincere Desire of Simon to Impart the Gift of the Spirit

9 A certain man by the name of Simon had previously been practising magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria. He claimed that he was someone great, 10 and they all, from the least to the greatest, were paying close attention to him, and saying, "This man is the power of God that is called ‘Great.'" 11 They were paying close attention to him because he had astonished them with his magic arts for a long time. 12 However, when they believed Philip as he was telling the Good News about the kingdom of God and about the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptised, both men and women. 13 Simon himself also believed, and, after he had been baptised, he attached himself to Philip. He continued to be amazed as he saw the miraculous signs and great miracles that were being performed. 14 When the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 They went down and prayed for the people, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had not yet fallen on any of them; but they had only been baptised into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John kept laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was being given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money. 19 He said, "Give me this authority also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit!"

20 Peter told him, "May your money perish with you! For you thought that you could obtain the gift of God by means of money. 21 You have no part or share in this message. For your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord, if He will perhaps forgive you for having this thought in your heart! 23 For I see that you are becoming a bitter poison and bound by wickedness."

24 Simon answered, "You people, pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things that you have spoken about may come on me!"

25 After Peter and John had given their testimony and spoken the Word of the Lord, they also continued to tell the Good News to many villages of the Samaritans as they were returning to Jerusalem.

The Spirit's Instruction to Philip to Tell the Gospel to an Ethiopian Eunuch

26 An angel of the Lord told Philip, "Get up and go southwards on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza!"

This is desert. 27 He got up and went. A man from Ethiopia was there, a eunuch, who was a high official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and was on his way home. He was sitting in his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go up to this chariot and stay close to it!"

30 Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

31 He answered, "How could I, unless someone guided me?"

He invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The passage of the Scripture that the man was reading was this: "He was led like a sheep to be slaughtered, and, as a lamb is silent before its shearer, so He did not open His mouth. 33 In His humiliation, His justice was taken away. Who will describe His descendants? For His life has been taken from the earth."

34 The eunuch answered Philip, "I ask you, about whom is the prophet saying this, about himself or someone else?"

35 Then Philip began to speak. He began from this passage of Scripture, and told him the Good News about Jesus. 36 As they were travelling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, "Look! Here is water. What is there to prevent me from being baptised?"

38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptised him. 39 When they had come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but he went on his way rejoicing. 40 However, Philip was found at Ashdod. As he passed through all the cities, he kept telling the Good News, until he came to Caesarea.

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The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus

1 Saul was still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, in order that, if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them back to Jerusalem as prisoners. 3 On his journey, as he was coming near Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?"

5 Saul asked, "Who are You, Lord?"

He said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 However, get up, go into the city! You will be told what you must do."

7 The men who were travelling with Saul were standing speechless. They heard the sound, but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground. However, when he opened his eyes, he could not see anything. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 For three days he could not see, and did not eat or drink.

The Restoration of Sight to Saul and his Baptism

10 There was a certain disciple at Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision: "Ananias!"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, here I am."

11 The Lord told him, "Get up, go to the street called ‘Straight,' and in the home of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus by the name of Saul! For, you must know, he is praying. 12 He has also seen in a vision that a man by the name of Ananias has come in and laid his hands on him, that he may get his sight back."

13 Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much wrong this man has done to Your holy people in Jerusalem, 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name."

15 However, the Lord told Ananias, "Go! For this man is My chosen instrument, to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel. 16 For I shall show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name."

17 Ananias went, and arrived at the house. He laid his hands on Saul, and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord has sent me, even Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here, so that you may get your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

18 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptised. 19 Then he had something to eat and regained his strength.

The Preaching of the Gospel by Saul at Damascus

Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All who heard him were amazed and asked, "Is he not the man who made havoc among those in Jerusalem who were calling on this name, and has he not come here for this purpose, to take them as prisoners to the high priests?"

22 However, Saul became stronger and stronger, and was causing consternation in the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews plotted to murder him, 24 but Saul was informed about their plot. They were closely watching the gates day and night in order to murder him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, by lowering him in a basket. 26 After he had arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to associate with the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 However, Barnabas took an interest in him, and brought him to the apostles. He related to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road, what the Lord had told him, and how in Damascus Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 Then he moved about freely with them in Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He was talking with the Greek-speaking Jews and debating with them, but they attempted to murder him. 30 When the fellow-disciples found out about it, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

31 Therefore the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria continued to have peace and be strengthened. It lived in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and continued to grow in numbers.

Peter's Activity in Western Palestine and the Healing of Aeneas and the Raising of Dorcas

32 While Peter was travelling around everywhere, he also went down to God's holy people who were living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man by the name of Aeneas who was paralysed, and had been lying on a mat for eight years. 34 Peter told him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your own bed."

Then Aeneas got up immediately. 35 All who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and turned to the Lord. 36 In Joppa there was a woman-disciple by the name of Tabitha. When the name is translated, it is "Dorcas." She was always doing good works and giving help to poor people. 37 However, in those days she became sick and died. People washed her and laid her in a room upstairs. 38 Since Lydda is near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, sent two men to him, and urged him: "Do not fail to come here to us!"

39 Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived there, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping, and showing on themselves all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was still with them. 40 However, Peter sent all the people out of the room. He knelt down and prayed. Then he turned toward the body, and said, "Tabitha, get up!"

She opened her eyes, and, when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called God's holy people, including the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people became believers in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with Simon, a tanner.

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The Vision Seen by the Centurion Cornelius at Caesarea

1 In Caesarea there was a man by the name of Cornelius, a centurion in what was called "the Italian Regiment." 2 He was a devout man, who feared God together with all his family. He gave much to the poor among the people and used to pray to God continually. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he had a vision, in which he clearly saw an angel of God who came in to him and said to him, "Cornelius!"

4 He stared at the angel and was terrified. He asked him, "What is it, Lord?"

The angel answered him, "Your prayers and your gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send some men to Joppa, to bring back a man named Simon, who is also called ‘Peter'! 6 He is a guest of Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea."

7 When the angel who was speaking to him had gone away, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who used to wait on him. 8 He explained everything to them, and sent them to Joppa.

Three Visions that Encouraged Peter to Preach the Gospel to a Gentile Family

9 The next day, while they were on their journey, and getting close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 However, he became hungry and wanted to eat, but, while they were preparing food, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and an object like a large linen sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals, reptiles of the earth, and birds of the sky. 13 A voice came to him, "Get up, Peter! Kill and eat!"

14 Peter answered, "Surely not, Lord! For I have never eaten anything that is defiled or unclean."

15 A voice spoke to him a second time: "Stop regarding as unclean the things that God has declared clean!"

16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven.

The Arrival at Joppa of the Messengers from Cornelius

17 While Peter was greatly perplexed in his own mind about what the vision that he had seen might mean, the men who had been sent by Cornelius found out where Simon's house was, and stood at the gate. 18 They called, and asked, "Is Simon, who is also called ‘Peter,' staying here?"

19 While Peter was pondering about the vision, the Spirit told him, "Look! Three men are looking for you. 20 Get up, go down, and do not hesitate at all to go with them! For I have sent them."

21 Peter went down to the men, and said, "Yes, I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason why you are here?"

22 They answered, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man, who fears God and who is well spoken of by the whole nation of the Jews, has had it revealed to him by a holy angel that he should summon you to his house and hear what you have to say."

23 Then Peter invited them to come in, and made them his guests. The next day he went away with them, and some of the fellow-disciples from Joppa accompanied him.

Peter's Entry into the House of Cornelius

24 On the following day he arrived at Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called his relatives and close friends together. 25 When Peter was going in, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26 However, Peter made him get up, and said, "Stand up! I myself am also a man."

27 While Peter was talking to him, he went inside, and found that many people had come together. 28 He told them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to associate with anyone from another nation or visit him. However, God has shown me that I should not call anyone defiled or unclean. 29 That is also why I came without any objection when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, why have you sent for me?"

30 Cornelius answered, "Three days ago until this hour, the ninth hour, I was praying in my house, when suddenly a man in shining clothes stood in front of me. 31 He said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been remembered in the sight of God. 32 Therefore send to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is also called ‘Peter,' to come to you! He is a guest at the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.' 33 Therefore I sent to you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God to hear all the things that have been commanded you by the Lord."

Peter's Preaching of the Good News to the Gentile Family at Caesarea

34 Then Peter began to speak: "Now I realise that it is true that God does not show favouritism, 35 but that in every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him. 36 You know the Word that God has sent to the people of Israel to tell the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what took place throughout Judea. It began in Galilee after the baptism that John preached. 38 It was about Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power. He went around doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him. 39 We are witnesses of all the things that He did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also executed Him by hanging Him on a tree. 40 This man God raised on the third day, and caused Him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had selected beforehand, by us, who ate and drank with Him after He had risen from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this is the One whom God has appointed to be the judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about Him, that, through His name, everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were hearing the Word. 45 The believers who had been circumcised, namely, all those who had come with Peter, were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter said, 47 "Surely no one can refuse water, that these people should not be baptised? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we also have."

48 He ordered that they should be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.

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Peter's Defence of his Visit to the Gentile Family at Caesarea

1 The apostles and other fellow-disciples throughout Judea heard that even the Gentiles had received the Word of God. 2 However, when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who belonged to the circumcision disputed with him. 3 They said, "Why have you gone to visit uncircumcised men and eaten with them?"

4 Then Peter began, and explained it to them point by point. He said, 5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and, in a trance, I saw a vision. An object like a large linen sheet was coming down, being lowered by its four corners out of heaven, and it came right down to me. 6 When I looked at it intently, I examined it, and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. 7 I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter! Kill and eat.' 8 However, I answered, ‘Surely not, Lord! For nothing defiled or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' 9 A voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Stop regarding as unclean the things that God has declared clean!' 10 This happened three times. Then it was all drawn up into heaven again. 11 At that very moment three men stood at the house where we were, the ones who had been sent to me from Caesarea. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them without making any distinction. These six fellow-disciples also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and ask Simon, who is also called "Peter," to come! 14 He will speak a message to you by which you and all your family will be saved.'

15 "When I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them as He also did on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the Word of the Lord, how He used to say: ‘John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.' 17 Therefore, if God has given to them the same gift as He gave to us too when we became believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?"

18 When they had heard this, they became silent, and began to glorify God, saying, "Therefore God has given repentance to life even to the Gentiles."

Life at the Church at Antioch where there were many Gentiles

19 The people who were scattered because of the persecution that broke out in connection with Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, but they spoke the Word only to Jews. 20 However, there were some men among them from Cyprus and Cyrene. They came to Antioch and began to speak also to the Greeks, telling them the Good News about the Lord Jesus. 21 The hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number became believers and turned to the Lord.

22 The local church at Jerusalem heard the news about them, and they sent Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all to purpose in their hearts to remain in the Lord. 24 For Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith; and a large number of people were added to the Lord.

25 Then he left for Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 He found him and brought him to Antioch. Then they met with the church for a whole year and taught a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first commonly known as "Christians."

The Help Provided by Believers at Antioch to Relieve Famine in Judea

27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them by the name of Agabus stood up and by the Spirit showed that there was going to be a severe famine all over the world (This happened during the time of Claudius). 29 Every one of the disciples arranged, as he had plenty, to send relief to the fellow-Christians living in Judea. 30 They did this, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

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The Martyrdom of James and the Imprisonment and Escape of Peter

1 At about that time King Herod laid his hands on some who belonged to the church, in order to harm them. 2 He executed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he arrested Peter as well. It happened during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 When Herod had taken Peter also into custody, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him. Herod wanted to bring him up before the people after the Passover. 5 Peter was therefore being kept in prison; and the church was continuously making fervent prayer to God for him. 6 The night before Herod was intending to bring Peter before the people, he was sleeping between two soldiers, tied up with two chains, and guards were watching the prison in front of the door. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood near him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him. He said, "Get up, quickly!" and the chains fell off Peter's wrists. 8 The angel told him, "Put on your clothes and your sandals!" Peter did this. Then the angel told him, "Wrap your outer-garment around yourself, and follow me!"

9 Peter went outside and began to follow, and did not realise that what was being done by the agency of the angel was real. He thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed through the first guard and the second guard and came to the iron gate that led into the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went outside and walked along one street. There the angel suddenly left him. 11 Then Peter came to himself, and said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has rescued me from the hand of Herod, and from everything that the Jewish people have been anticipating."

12 When he realised what had happened, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was also called "Mark." Many people had gathered there and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl by the name of Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognised Peter's voice, she was so glad that she ran inside without opening the gate, and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. 15 They told her, "You are out of your mind!"

However, she kept on insisting that it was so. Then they said, "It is his angel."

16 However, Peter kept on knocking; and, when they opened the gate and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet, and described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, "Tell these things to James and the other fellow-Christians!"

Then he left and travelled to another place.

18 When daylight came, there was considerable consternation among the soldiers as they asked what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod had made a thorough search for Peter without finding him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be led away to execution.

The Death of Herod Agrippa

Then Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him in a group. After they had won over Blastus, who was the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because the king's country used to provide food for their country. 21 On the day that had been arranged, Herod put on his royal robe, sat on the platform, and delivered a public address to them. 22 The populace kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he had not given the glory to God. He was eaten by worms, and died.

24 However, the Word of God continued to spread and win many followers.

The Return to Antioch of the Delegation that had been Sent to Jerusalem

25 Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem after they had completed the distribution of aid. They brought along with them John, who was also called "Mark."

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The Extension of the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth (13:1-28:31)

The Sending of Barnabas and Saul to Proclaim the Gospel in Gentile Areas

1 In the local church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon (called "Niger"), Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch), and Saul.

2 While they were performing service to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set Barnabas and Saul apart for Me for the work to which I have called them!"

3 Then, after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them, and sent them off.

The Proclamation of the Gospel by Barnabas and Saul in Cyprus

4 So Barnabas and Saul, sent by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they began to preach the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant. 6 They went through the whole island as far as Paphos. There they found a sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew named Barjesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul sent for Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the Word of God. 8 However, the sorcerer Elymas (that was what his name means) opposed them, and tried to turn the proconsul away from his faith.

9 However, Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked steadily at Elymas, 10 and said, "O you who are full of all deceit and villainy, you son of the Devil, enemy of all that is right! Will you not stop twisting the straight ways of the Lord? 11 Now, the Lord's hand is also on you. You will be blind and not see the sun for a while."

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went around looking for people to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he began to believe. For he was amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

Paul's Sermon at Antioch in Pisidia

13 Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and went to Perga in Pamphylia. There John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 However, they themselves went across from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying: "Fellow-Jews, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it!"

16 Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said, "Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen to me. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made them a great people while they lived as foreign residents in Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out of it. 18 He put up with their ways for about forty years in the wilderness. 19 Then He destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and gave them their land as their inheritance. 20 He did this in about four hundred and fifty years. After that, He gave them judges, until the prophet Samuel.

21 "After that, the people asked for a king for themselves, and God gave them Saul, the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 However, when God had removed him, He raised David up as their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, to be a man after My own heart, who will do everything that I want him to do.'

23 "From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus, as He had promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John had first preached to all the people of Israel that they should repent and be baptised. 25 As John was completing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the One. No, but He is coming after me, and I am not worthy to untie the sandals on His feet.'

26 "Fellow-Jews, sons of the family of Abraham, and the Gentiles among you who fear God, it is to us that the message of this salvation has been sent. 27 The people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not know Him; and, by condemning Him, they fulfilled the messages of the prophets, who are read every Sabbath. 28 Although they found no reason to kill Him, they asked Pilate to have Him executed. 29 When they had fulfilled everything that had been written about Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 However, God raised Him from the dead; 31 and for many days He appeared to those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now His witnesses to the people. 32 We are also telling you the Good News about what God has promised the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled it for us, their children, by raising Jesus, as the Scriptures have also said in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son. Today I have begotten You.' 34 That He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken like this: ‘I shall give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' 35 Therefore He says, in a second place: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see decay.' 36 After David had served the people of his own time, he, by God's will, fell asleep and was gathered to his forefathers, and he saw decay; 37 but the One whom God raised did not see decay.

38 "Therefore, let it be known to you, fellow-Jews, that through this Man forgiveness of sins is being announced to you, 39 even from everything from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses! Through Him everyone who believes is justified. 40 Therefore beware that what has been spoken in the prophets does not come on you: 41 ‘Look, you scorners, marvel, and perish! For I am doing something in your days that you will never believe if anyone tells you'!"

42 As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people urged them that these things should be told them on the next Sabbath. 43 When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and Gentile converts, who feared God, followed Paul and Barnabas. They spoke to them and kept urging them to continue in God's grace.

The Arousal of Envy among Jews because of Gentile Interest at Antioch

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled to hear God's Word. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They contradicted the things that were being said by Paul and spoke abusively.

46 Paul and Barnabas boldly declared: "It was necessary for us to speak the Word of God to you first. Since you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, look! We are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For that is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as the Light of the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation as far as the ends of the earth.'"

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and kept praising what the Lord had said; and all who had been appointed to eternal life became believers. 49 The Word of the Lord kept spreading throughout the whole region. 50 However, the Jews incited the women of high social standing who feared God and the leading men of the city. They instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their region. 51 However, Paul and Barnabas shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went to Iconium; 52 and the disciples continued to be filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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The Proclamation of the Gospel by Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

1 In Iconium Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue of the Jews in the same manner, and spoke in such a way that a large crowd of Jews and Gentiles became believers. 2 However, the Jews who had refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the Christians. 3 So then Paul and Barnabas stayed there for a long time, and continued to speak boldly in the Lord, who bore witness to the message of His grace by granting that miraculous signs and wonders should be done through their hands. 4 However, the people of the town were divided. Some sided with the Jews and others with the apostles. 5 However, when both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers made an attempt to mistreat and stone Paul and Barnabas, 6 they found out about it and escaped to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding district. 7 They continued to tell the Good News there.

Paul's Healing of a Lame Man at Lystra

8 There was a man in Lystra who was sitting down, because his feet had no strength. He had been lame from his birth and had never walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul watched him, and, when he saw that the man had faith to be healed, 10 he said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!"

The man jumped up and began to walk. 11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have become like men and have come down to us!" 12 They were calling Barnabas "Zeus" and Paul "Hermes," because Paul was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought bulls and garlands to the gates, because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices. 14 When the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard about this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15 "Men, why are you doing this? We too are just human beings, and our feelings are similar to yours. We are telling you the Good News, that you may turn away from these worthless things to the living God, who has made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. 16 In the generations that have gone by He allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, by doing good, giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling you with food, and your hearts with happiness."

18 Although they said these things, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.

The Stoning of Paul at Lystra, the Visit to Derbe, and the Return to Antioch in Syria

19 However, then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the people over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside of the city, thinking that he was dead. 20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went into the city.

20 The next day Paul set out with Barnabas for Derbe. 21 After they had told the Good News to that city, and had made a large number of disciples, they went back to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. 22 They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."

23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church. When they had prayed for them with fasting, they committed them to the Lord, in whom they had become believers. 24 They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia. 25 After they had spoken the Word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work that they had now completed. 27 When they arrived there, they gathered the church together and reported all the things that God had done with them, and that He had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. 28 Then they spent a considerable time with the disciples.

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The Meeting at Jerusalem about whether the Gentiles to had Observe the Law

1 Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the fellow-Christians: "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

2 When Paul and Barnabas had considerable conflict and debate with them, it was arranged that Paul, Barnabas, and some of their other people should go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem about this question. 3 When they had been sent on their way by the church, and as they were going through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told in detail about the conversion of the Gentiles, and they made all the fellow-Christians very glad. 4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, the church, the apostles, and the elders welcomed them, and they reported all the things that God had been doing with them. 5 However, some of the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said that it was necessary to circumcise them and command them to keep the Law of Moses. 6 The apostles and elders assembled to consider this question. 7 After there had been much discussion, Peter stood up and said to them, "Men and fellow-Jews, you know that in the first days God made a choice among you that the Gentiles should, through my mouth, hear the Word of the Good News and become believers. 8 Then God, who knows the hearts, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He had also done to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, when He purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 No! Through the grace of the Lord Jesus we believe in order to be saved, just as they also do."

12 The whole assembly became silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they described all the miraculous signs and wonders that God had been performing among the Gentiles through them.

13 After they had finished speaking, James responded, "Men and brethren, listen to me. 14 Simon has described how God first concerned Himself about winning a people from among the Gentiles for His name. 15 The Words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as Scripture has said: 16 ‘After this I shall return and rebuild the tent of David, which has fallen down, and I shall rebuild and restore the parts of it that have been torn down, 17 so that the rest of mankind, even all the Gentiles on whom My name has been called, may seek the Lord. This is what the Lord says, who is doing these things, things that have been known from eternity.' 19 Therefore I for my part judge that we should stop making it difficult for the people from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we should send a letter to them, that they should abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had people who preach him in every city from generations long ago, and he is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."

22 Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, men who were leaders among the fellow-Christians. 23 They wrote this letter for them to deliver: "The apostles and the elders, Christians, To the fellow-Christians who come from the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings! 24 Since we have heard that some men have gone out from us without our instructions, and have been subverting you by what they have been saying, and continue to unsettle your souls, 25 we have met together unanimously and decided to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas, who also will themselves deliver the same report to you by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. You will be doing well if you keep yourselves free from these things. Farewell!"

30 Therefore the men were sent on their way, and went down to Antioch. They gathered the community together and handed over the letter. 31 The people read it and rejoiced over its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas, who were themselves also prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the fellow-Christians. 33 After they had spent some time, they were sent on their way with a greeting of peace from the fellow-Christians to those who had sent them.

[34] 35 However, Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and, along with many others, they kept on teaching and telling the Good News of the Word of the Lord.

The Beginning of the Second Mission-journey by Paul and Silas

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit our fellow-Christians in every city where we have preached the Word of the Lord, and see how they are!"

37 Barnabas wanted to take John, who was called "Mark," along with them too. 38 However, Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them into the work. 39 Such a sharp disagreement arose that they separated from each other; and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 However, Paul chose Silas, and, after the fellow-Christians had committed him to the grace of the Lord, he departed. 41 He kept going through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

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The Joining of Timothy to Paul and Silas at Lystra

1 Paul also arrived at Derbe and Lystra. Here there was a disciple by the name of Timothy. His mother was a Jewess and a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 The Christians at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to go along with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, because they all knew that his father had been a Greek. 4 As they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decisions to observe that the apostles and elders in Jerusalem had made. 5 Therefore the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew in number every day.

The Call of Paul and Silas to Preach the Gospel in Macedonia, and the Addition of Luke

6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Spirit had prevented them from speaking the Word in Asia. 7 They went down to Mysia and tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. 8 After they passed by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia, who was standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia, and help us!" 10 As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we immediately looked for a way to go to Macedonia, since we concluded that God had called us to tell them the Good News.

The Baptism of Lydia, the Imprisonment of Paul and Silas at Philippi, and the Conversion of a Jailer and His Family

11 After we had put out to sea from Troas, we sailed straight to Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a city belonging to the first part of Macedonia, and a Roman colony. We continued to stay in that city for some days. 13 On the Sabbath day we went outside of the gate and along the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had assembled there. 14 There was a woman by the name of Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, who came from the city of Thyatira, and who was a worshipper of God. As she was listening, the Lord opened her heart to take heed of the things that were being said by Paul. 15 When she and her family had been baptised, she urged us, "If you are convinced that I believe in the Lord, come to my house and stay!" She urged us strongly.

16 Once while we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future met us. She made great profit for her owners by fortune telling. 17 She used to follow Paul and us and shout, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

18 She continued to do this for many days. However, Paul was greatly annoyed, turned to her, and told the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!"

The spirit came out at that very hour. 19 When her owners saw that their hope of making a profit had gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them to the marketplace before the magistrates. 20 They brought them before the chief magistrates, and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into confusion. 21 They are announcing customs that are not lawful for us, who are Romans, to adopt or practise."

22 The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the chief magistrates tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered that they should be beaten with rods. 23 After they had flogged them severely, they threw them into prison, and ordered the jailer to guard them securely. 24 Since he had received such an order, the jailer put them in the inmost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains were unfastened. 27 The jailer woke from sleep, and, when he saw that the prison doors had been opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, because he thought that the prisoners had escaped. 28 However, Paul shouted aloud, "Do not harm yourself at all! For we are all here."

29 The jailer asked for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He took them outside and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31 They answered, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your family."

32 They spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 He took them with him at that hour of the night and washed their wounds; and immediately he and all his family were baptised. 34 He brought them up into his home and set a meal before them. He rejoiced that he had come to believe in God, and so did everyone in his household. 35 When daylight came, the chief magistrates sent their police with the order: "Release those men!"

36 The jailer reported these words to Paul. He said, "The chief magistrates have sent word that you and Silas should be released. So come out now, and go in peace!"

37 However, Paul told them, "They have beaten us publicly although we have not been found guilty, and although we are Roman citizens, and they have thrown us into prison. So are they now trying to throw us out secretly? No indeed! Rather, let them come themselves and conduct us out!"

38 The police reported these words to the chief magistrates. When they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid. 39 So they came and pleaded with them, escorted them out, and requested them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas had left the prison, they went to Lydia; and, when they had seen the fellow-Christians and encouraged them, they departed.

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The Proclamation of the Gospel at Thessalonica

1 Paul and Silas took the road through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica. There the Jews had a synagogue. 2 As his custom was, Paul went in to them, and on three Sabbaths had discussions with them based on the Scriptures. 3 He explained the Scriptures, and demonstrated to the Jews that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and rise from the dead. He said, "This One is the Christ, Jesus, whom I am proclaiming to you."

4 Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas. A large crowd of the God-fearing Greeks also did, and a considerable number of the wives of the chief men. 5 However, the Jews became jealous, took some wicked men from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. They approached Jason's home, and tried to bring Paul and Silas out to the people. 6 When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other Christians before the city officials, shouting, "These men, who have made trouble all over the world, have come here, too. 7 Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all acting contrary to Caesar's decrees by saying that there is another King, Jesus."

8 They stirred up the crowd and the city officials who heard these things. 9 After the officials had taken security from Jason and the others, they let them go. 10 The Christians immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea.

The Reception of the Gospel by the People at Berea

When they arrived there, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These people were nobler than those at Thessalonica were. For they received the Word with all eagerness, and they examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them became believers and a considerable number of well-to-do Greek women and Greek men also did. 13 However, when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the Word of God had been preached by Paul at Berea also, they went there too, caused the crowds to waver, and stirred them up. 14 Then the Christians immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.

The Attempt by Paul to Make Disciples at Athens

15 The men who escorted Paul took him as far as Athens. They received an instruction for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible and left.

16 While Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was irritated in him when he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 Therefore he had discussions in the synagogue with the Jews and with the God-fearing Greeks, and in the marketplace every day with people who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also had conversations with him, but some were asking, "What might this scrap-collector want to say?" Others were saying, "He seems to be one who proclaims foreign divinities," because he was telling the Good News about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 They took an interest in him, brought him to the Areopagus, and asked, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you are introducing some astonishingly strange things into our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean."

21 All the Athenians and the foreigners who were living there spent their time doing nothing but either saying or listening to something quite new.

22 Paul stood in the meeting of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in every way. 23 For, as I walked around and carefully observed your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ‘To an unknown god.' Therefore I am telling you about what you are worshipping, although you do not know about it. 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is the Lord of heaven and earth. He does not live in temples made by human hands, 25 and human hands do not serve Him as if He needed anything. He Himself gives everyone life, breath, and everything else. 26 From one man He has made every nation of mankind to live all over the earth. He has set the times allotted to them and the boundaries inside which they should live, 27 that they may seek God and perhaps feel their way to Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. 28 For in Him we live, move, and exist; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For, we also are His offspring.' 29 Therefore, since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold, silver, or stone, like an image that the art and the imagination of a human being have formed. 30 Although in past times God overlooked such ignorance, He now commands people everywhere that they should all repent, 31 because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world justly, by a Man whom He has appointed. He has provided everyone reason to believe this by raising Him from the dead."

32 When they heard about a resurrection of the dead, some began to mock, and others said, "We shall listen to you again about this."

33 In that situation Paul went out from among them. 34 However, some men joined him and became believers. Among them were also Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, a woman by the name of Damaris, and some others with them.

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The Proclamation of the Gospel by Paul at Corinth

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 He found a Jew by the name of Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to them; 3 and, because he had the same trade, he stayed with them and worked. For by occupation they were tent-makers. 4 He used to have discussions in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks. 5 However, when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself entirely to the Word, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6 However, when the Jews opposed Paul and blasphemed, he shook off his garments and told them, "Let your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I shall go to the Gentiles."

7 Then he moved away from there, and went to the home of a man by the name of Titius Justus, who worshipped God, and whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, became a believer in the Lord, with his whole family, and many other people in Corinth who heard Paul were becoming believers and being baptised. 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, "Stop being afraid; but keep speaking, and do not be silent! 10 For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, because I have many people in this city."

11 Paul remained there for a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them. 12 However, while Gallio was the proconsul of Achaia, the Jews united in an attack on Paul and brought him to the judicial platform. 13 They said, "This man is persuading the people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the Law."

14 When Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio told the Jews, "You Jews, if there were some misdemeanour or wicked crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to your complaint. 15 However, since there are questions about words, names, and your own Law, see to it yourselves! I do not want to be a judge of these matters."

16 Then he drove them away from the judicial platform. 17 Then all of them took hold of Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and began to beat him in front of the judicial platform; but Gallio was not concerned about these things at all.

Paul's Hasty Visit to Palestine

18 Paul remained for a considerable time. Then he said farewell to the fellow-Christians, and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. At Cenchrea Paul had his hair cut, because he had taken a vow. 19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and had discussions with the Jews. 20 They asked him to stay longer, but he declined. 21 However, when he said farewell to them, he told them, "I shall come back to you if it is God's will," and sailed from Ephesus. 22 After Paul had landed at Caesarea, and had gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch.

Paul's Third Mission-journey, and the Proclamation by Apollos at Ephesus

23 After Paul had spent some time there, he set out, and travelled to one place after the other through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 24 A Jew by the name of Apollos, a native of Alexandria, had arrived at Ephesus. He was a learned man and mighty in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he used to speak with burning zeal, teaching the story of Jesus accurately; but he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him to their home, and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 27 When Apollos wished to cross over to Achaia, the fellow-Christians encouraged him to do so, and wrote to the disciples there that they should welcome him. When he arrived, he gave much help to those who through grace had become believers. 28 For he used to completely refute the Jews vigorously and in public, showing through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

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The Administration of Christian Baptism to about Twelve Men at Ephesus

1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul travelled through the higher country, and came down to Ephesus. There he found some disciples, 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"

They replied to him, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

3 He asked them, "Into what, then, were you baptised?"

They answered, "Into John's baptism."

4 Paul said, "John baptised with the baptism of repentance, and told the people to believe in the One who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

5 When they heard this, they were baptised into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit also came on them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy. 7 There were about twelve men in all. 8 Paul went into the synagogue and continued to speak boldly for three months, having discussions, and trying to convince people about matters related to the kingdom of God. 9 When some became obstinate, refused to believe, and slandered the Way before the congregation, Paul left them, withdrew his disciples, and held daily discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the Word of the Lord. 11 God kept performing extraordinary miracles through Paul's hands, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were taken to the sick; and they were freed from their diseases, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Some of the Jewish exorcists who used to travel around even attempted to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits. They were saying, "I order you to come out, by the Jesus whom Paul is preaching!" 14 There were seven sons of a certain Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who were doing this. 15 However, the evil spirit answered them, "I know about Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?"

16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them, got the better of them, and overpowered them all, so that they ran away from that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all, both the Jews and the Greeks who were living in Ephesus. Fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus began to be magnified. 18 Many of those who had become believers came and made confession, and revealed their spells. 19 Many of those who had practised magic gathered their scrolls and began to burn them in front of everybody. People added up the value of these books and found that they were worth fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the Word of the Lord kept growing strongly and having power.

The Riot at Ephesus

21 After these things had happened, Paul decided in the Spirit to go through Macedonia and Achaia and journey to Jerusalem. He said, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome."

22 He sent two of his assistants, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he himself stayed for a while in Asia.

23 About that time there was a considerable disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith by the name of Demetrius used to provide considerable business for his fellow-craftsmen by making silver shrines of Artemis. 25 He called a meeting of these men and others who made similar things, and said, "Men, you know that we get our prosperity from this business, 26 and you see and hear that this Paul has convinced and led astray a large number of people, not only in Ephesus but almost all over the province of Asia. He has been telling them, ‘Gods that have been made by human hands are not gods.' 27 Not only is there this risk for us, that our line of business will get a bad name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be despised, and that the goddess, whom all Asia and the world worship, is even about to be cast down from her majesty."

28 When they heard this, they became furious, and began to shout, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29 The city was filled with the uproar. They dragged along with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's travelling-companions from Macedonia, and rushed into the theatre together. 30 Although Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the other disciples would not allow him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province of Asia, who were friendly to Paul, sent some men to him to plead with him not to risk going into the theatre. 32 Some were shouting one thing, some another, because the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd instructed him what to do. Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make a defence to the people. 34 However, when they found out he was a Jew, they all with one voice kept shouting for about two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

35 After the city clerk had quietened the crowd, he said: "Men of Ephesus, yes, who in the world does not know that this city of the Ephesians is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image that fell down from Zeus? 36 Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you must be calm, and not do anything rash. 37 For you have brought these men here although they have neither robbed temples nor insulted our goddess. 38 Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, court sessions are conducted, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another! 39 If there is anything further that you want to know, it will be settled in the legal assembly. 40 For, as it is, we are in danger of being charged with a riot because of today's events, when there is no good reason for them, and we shall not be able to account for this disorderly gathering."

41 After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.

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Paul's Visit to Macedonia and Greece

1 When the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the other disciples and encouraged them. He took his leave of them and left to travel to Macedonia. 2 He went through those districts and spoke many words of encouragement to the people, and then he went to Greece, 3 and stayed there three months.

Paul's Farewell at Troas

Because the Jews plotted against Paul, as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus from Berea was accompanying him, together with Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 However, we sailed away from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined the others in Troas, and stayed there for seven days. 7 On the first day of the week, when we had gathered together to break bread, Paul had a conversation with the people. Since he intended to leave on the next day, he continued his message until midnight. 8 There were many torches in the upstairs room where we had assembled. 9 A certain young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting at the window, and was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul continued to talk. When he was sound asleep, he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead. 10 However, Paul went down, fell on him, threw his arms around him, and said, "Stop making a fuss! For his life is in him."

11 Paul went up and broke the bread, and took food. Then he had a long talk until daylight, and so departed. 12 The people took the boy along alive and were greatly comforted.

The Journey from Troas to Miletus

13 We went ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos. We were intending to take Paul on board from there. For he had arranged it in that way, since he was planning to go on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and arrived at Mitylene. 15 We sailed from there, and on the following day arrived opposite Chios. On the next day we crossed over to Samos, and on the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, to avoid spending time in the province of Asia. For he was hurrying to arrive at Jerusalem, if it should be possible, for the day of Pentecost.

Paul's Address to the Elders of Ephesus

17 From Miletus Paul sent to Ephesus and asked the elders of the church to come to him. 18 When they came to him, he said to them: "You know how I lived with you all the time, from the first day when I came into the province of Asia; 19 how I have served the Lord with all humility, with tears, and in the trials that I endured because the Jews plotted against me; 20 how I have kept back nothing that was helpful, but have proclaimed it to you, and have taught you publicly and in your homes. 21 You know how I have earnestly warned both Jews and Greeks to turn to God in repentance and to believe in our Lord Jesus. 22 So now, you see, the Spirit has constrained me to go to Jerusalem. I do not know what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit keeps testifying in every city, telling me that chains and troubles are waiting for me. 24 However, I do not account my life as worth anything to me. I want only to finish running my race, and to finish the ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus, testifying to the Good News of the grace of God.

25 "Now I know that none of you, among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom, will see my face any more. 26 Therefore I testify to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all people, 27 because I have not shrunk from proclaiming to you the whole plan of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and the whole flock among whom the Holy Spirit has made you bishops! You are to shepherd the church of God, which He has purchased for Himself with His own blood! 29 I know that, after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from among yourselves men will stand up and say perverse things, in order to draw the disciples away after themselves. 31 Therefore stay awake! Remember that for three years I did not cease day and night to warn every single one with tears! 32 So now I entrust you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you the inheritance among all those who have been made holy. 33 I have not coveted anyone's silver, gold, or clothes. 34 You yourselves know that these hands have worked for my own needs and for those who were with me. 35 In every way I have shown you that, by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, and that we should remember the Words that the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

36 When he had said this, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 They all wept very much as they embraced Paul and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would not see his face any more. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

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The Arrival of Paul at Tyre

1 When we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea, ran a straight course, and came to Cos, on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship going across to Phoenicia, went on board, and set sail. 3 We came in sight of Cyprus, and, leaving it on our left, we sailed on to Syria, and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4 We sought out the disciples and stayed there for seven days. They kept telling Paul through the Spirit to stop going on to Jerusalem. 5 When our time was over, we left on our journey. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside of the city. Then we knelt down on the shore and prayed. 6 We said farewell to one another and then we went on board the ship, and they returned to their own homes.

The Arrival of Paul at Caesarea

7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the fellow-Christians and stayed with them for one day. 8 On the next day we left and came to Caesarea. We went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven, and stayed with him. 9 He had four virgin daughters who prophesied. 10 While we were staying there for several days, a prophet by the name of Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us, took Paul's belt, and tied up his own feet and hands. He said, "The Holy Spirit says this, ‘This is how the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man to whom this belt belongs, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"

12 When we heard this, we and the people at that place kept pleading with Paul to stop going up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."

14 As he would not be persuaded, we ceased speaking, and said, "Let the Lord's will be done!"

Paul's Arrival at Jerusalem and his Attempt to Show Jewish Christians his Respect for the Law of Moses

15 After these days we made preparations and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea also accompanied us and took us to the home of Mnason, to be his guests. He was a man from Cyprus, and an early disciple. 17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the fellow-Christians gladly welcomed us. 18 On the next day Paul went in together with us to James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul greeted them, and reported in detail all the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 When they heard about it, they kept glorifying God. They told Paul, "You see, brother, how many tens of thousands there are among the Jews who have become believers, and they are all zealous for the Law. 21 They have been informed that you are teaching all the Jews living among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them to stop circumcising their children and living according to our customs. 22 Therefore what is there to do about it? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 So do what we tell you! We have four men who are under a vow on their own initiative. 24 Take these men with you, purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that there is no truth in what they have been informed about you, but that you yourself are also in agreement as one who keeps the Law! 25 However, concerning the Gentiles who have become believers, we have written in a letter our decision they should keep away from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality."

26 Then Paul took the men with him, and on the next day he purified himself with them and went to the temple to give notice of the time when the days of purification would be over, at which time the sacrifice would be offered for each one of them. 27 When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the temple, and stirred up the whole crowd. They laid their hands on him, 28 shouting, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching all people everywhere against our people, the Law, and this place. Besides, he has also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."

29 For they had previously seen Trophimus from Ephesus in the city with Paul, and assumed that Paul had taken him into the temple. 30 The whole city was aroused and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were trying to kill him, a report was taken up to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was being stirred up. 32 He immediately took some soldiers and centurions with him and ran down to them. When they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander went up to Paul, arrested him, and ordered that he should be tied up with two chains. The commander tried to find out who Paul was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd kept shouting one thing and others something else. Since the commander could not ascertain the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul should be taken into the barracks. 35 When Paul came to the stairs, the soldiers were actually carrying him because of the violence of the mob. 36 For the large number of people followed, and kept shouting, "Away with him!"

Paul's Address to the Crowd near the Temple

37 As Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he asked the commander, "Am I permitted to say something to you?"

He asked, "Can you speak Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian who some time ago instigated a revolt, and led the four thousand men of the assassins out into the wilderness?"

39 Paul answered, "I am a Jewish man from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city. I ask you, permit me to speak to the people!"

40 The commander gave permission, and Paul stood on the steps and motioned with his hand to the people. When there was a great silence, he addressed them in the Aramaic language:

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1 "Fellow-Jews and fathers, listen to the defence I make to you!"

2 When they heard that he was addressing them in the Aramaic language, they quietened down still more. Then Paul said: 3 "I am a Jewish man, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but I was brought up in this city, trained at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict letter of the Law of our fathers. I was zealous for God, as all of you are today. 4 I persecuted this Way to the death, tying up both men and women and delivering them into prisons, 5 as the high priest also and the whole council of elders bear me witness. From them I even obtained letters to their fellow-Jews at Damascus, and I was going there to bring the people who were there as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. 6 As I was travelling and approaching Damascus about noon, suddenly a very bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?'

8 "I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?'

"He replied to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.'

9 "The men who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. 10 Then I asked, ‘What am I to do, Lord?'

"The Lord told me, ‘Get up! Go into Damascus! There you will be told about all the things that have been assigned for you to do.'

11 "Since I could not see, because of the brilliance of that light, I came into Damascus led by the hands of the men who were with me. 12 A certain Ananias was there, a devout man, who observed the Law, and who was well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there. 13 He came to me, stood next to me, and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight again!'

"At that very moment I could see him. 14 He said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear words from His mouth, 15 because you will be a witness to Him to tell all people about the things that you have seen and heard. 16 So now, why do you delay? Get up, be baptised, and wash away your sins, invoking His name!'

17 "After I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, I was in a trance, 18 and saw Him. He was telling me, ‘Hurry, get out of Jerusalem quickly! For they will not accept your testimony about Me.'

19 "I said, ‘Lord, they know that I used to put people in every synagogue who were believers in You in prison and flog them. 20 When the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I myself was also standing near, giving my approval, and minding the clothes of those who were murdering him.'

21 "The Lord told me, ‘Go! For I shall send you far away to the Gentiles.'"

22 They continued to listen to him until he said this. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he is not fit to live."

23 While they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and throwing dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered Paul to be taken into the barracks. He told his men to examine him by scourging him, so that he might find out the reason why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 However, after the men had stretched him out with the straps, Paul asked the centurion who was standing there, "Is it legal for you to scourge a Roman citizen who has not even been found guilty?"

26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. He asked, "What do you intend to do? For this man is a Roman citizen."

27 The commander went to Paul and asked him, "Tell me! Are you a Roman citizen?"

Paul said, "Yes."

28 The commander answered, "I obtained this citizenship by paying a large sum of money."

Paul said, "However, I have indeed been born as a citizen."

29 Those who were about to examine him immediately withdrew from him. When the commander found out, he was also afraid, because Paul was a Roman citizen, and because he had tied him up.

Paul's Appearance before the Jewish Council at Jerusalem

30 The next day, since the commander wanted to find out for certain why the Jews were accusing Paul, he released him, and ordered the chief priests and the whole Jewish council to assemble. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

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1 Paul looked intently at the Jewish council and said, "Fellow-Jews, I have been living my life before God with a clear conscience to this very day."

2 However, the high priest Ananias ordered the men who were standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul told him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you actually sit there to judge me according to the Law, and yet break the Law by ordering that I should be struck?"

4 The men who were standing near Paul asked, "Do you insult God's high priest?"

5 Paul answered, "I did not realise, fellow-Jews, that he was the high priest. For Scripture says: ‘You shall not speak evil about a ruler of your people.'"

6 When Paul became aware that some of them were Sadducees and others Pharisees, he began to call out in the council, "Fellow-Jews, I am a Pharisee and a son of Pharisees. It is about the hope of the resurrection of the dead that I am being put on trial."

7 When he had said that, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 There was a great uproar, and some of the scribes who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously: "We find nothing wrong in this man. Suppose a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel!"

10 When the quarrel was becoming violent, the commander was afraid that they would tear Paul to pieces. So he ordered the soldiers to come down, snatch Paul away from them, and take him into the barracks. 11 The next night the Lord stood over Paul and said, "Have courage! For, as you have given witness to the things about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also give witness in Rome."

A Jewish Plot to Kill Paul

12 When day came, the Jews made a conspiracy, and laid themselves under a curse. They said that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, "We have solemnly bound ourselves with an oath not to taste any food until we have killed Paul. 15 Now therefore, you, together with the council, bring formal charges to the commander, in order that he may bring him down to you, as if you meant to obtain more exact information about matters concerning him! However, we are ready to kill him before he gets near you."

16 However, when the son of Paul's sister heard about the conspiracy, as he had been present, he entered the barracks and reported it to Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young man to the commander! For he has something to report to him."

18 So the centurion took him to the commander and said, "The prisoner, Paul, has sent for me, and has asked me to bring this young man to you. For he has something to tell you."

19 The commander took the young man by the hand, went aside to be alone with him, and asked, "What is it that you have to report to me?"

20 He answered, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down into the council tomorrow as if they meant to obtain more accurate information about him. 21 Therefore they should not persuade you! For more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have bound themselves with an oath neither to eat nor to drink until they have murdered him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request."

22 Therefore the commander dismissed the young man. He commanded him, "Do not tell anyone that you have reported this to me!"

23 Then he sent for two of his centurions and said, "Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy cavalrymen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night! 24 Provide mounts that they may have Paul ride on them, and take him safely through to Felix the Governor!"

25 The commander wrote a letter as follows: 26 "Claudius Lysias, To the excellent Governor Felix: Greetings! 27 The Jews had seized this man and were about to murder him, but I came with the soldiers and rescued him. When I found out that he was a Roman citizen, 28 and when I wanted to know the reason why they were accusing him, I took him down into their council. 29 I found that he was being accused about questions concerning their Law, but that there was no charge at all against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 Since I have been informed that there will be a plot against the man, I am immediately sending him to you. I have also ordered his accusers to state before you what they have against him."

The Transfer of Paul to Prison in Caesarea

31 Therefore the soldiers, as they had been ordered, took Paul with them, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him and returned to their barracks. 33 When the cavalry arrived at Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor, and also handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked which province Paul was from. When he found out that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, "I shall hear your case when your accusers have also come."

Then he ordered that Paul should be kept under guard in Herod's palace.

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The Accusations against Paul before Felix

1 After five days, the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and Tertullus, an attorney, and they brought formal charges against Paul before the governor. 2 When Paul had been called in, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Since, through you, we are enjoying a long period of peace, and since reforms are being achieved for this nation through your foresight, 3 we welcome them in every way and in every place, most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. 4 However, in order not to detain you any further, I ask you to listen to us briefly with your usual graciousness. 5 For we have found that this man is a troublemaker, stirring up dissensions among all the Jews throughout the world, and that he is a ringleader of the party of the Nazarenes. 6 He even tried to desecrate the temple, and so we arrested him. *14 8 When you examine him yourself, you will be able to get at the facts from him about all the accusations that we are making against him."

9 The Jews also joined with Tertullus in attacking Paul, by asserting that these things were so.

Paul's Defence before Felix

10 When the governor nodded to him to speak, Paul answered, "Since I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I gladly make my defence. 11 For you can confirm that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd, either in the synagogues or throughout the city. 13 They also cannot provide proof to you for the accusations that they are now making against me. 14 However, I confess this to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers. I believe all the things that have been written in the Law and in the Prophets. 15 I have hope in God, which these men also wait for, that there is going to be a resurrection of both those who are righteous and those who are wicked. 16 Therefore I myself also do my best always to have a clear conscience before God and human beings. 17 After several years, I came to my people to bring gifts for the poor and to present offerings. 18 People found me in the temple occupied with these things after I had been purified. However, I was not with a crowd or involved in any disturbance. 19 There were some Jews from Asia, who should have been here before you and accusing me if they had anything against me. 20 Or these men should themselves state what crime they found in me when I stood before their council, 21 unless it concerns this one thing that I cried out when I was standing among them: ‘It is about the resurrection of the dead that I am being put on trial before you today.'"

22 However, Felix, who had very accurate knowledge about the matters concerning the Way, gave them a postponement. He said, "When the commander Lysias comes down I shall examine your case."

23 He ordered the centurion to guard Paul, but that Paul should have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

Paul's Interview with Felix and Drusilla

24 Some days later Felix came again with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him about the faith in Christ Jesus. 25 While Paul was discussing righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and answered, "Enough for the present! Leave! When I have some spare time I shall send for you."

26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money. For that reason he used to send for him very often and converse with him. 27 After two years had passed, Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. Because Felix wanted to do the Jews a favour, he left Paul in prison.

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Paul's Appeal to the Emperor

1 Three days after Festus had entered into his province, he went from Caesarea up to Jerusalem. 2 The high priests and the chief men of the Jews made formal charges against Paul to Festus. They made a request to Festus, 3 asking for a sign of favour against Paul, that he would send for him to come to Jerusalem. They were laying an ambush along the road to kill him. 4 Festus, however, answered that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5 He said, "Therefore those among you who have the authority should come down with me and should accuse him, if the man has done anything improper."

6 Festus stayed with them for no more than eight or ten days and then went down to Caesarea. The next day he sat down at the judicial bench and ordered that Paul should be brought in. 7 When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, and kept bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove. 8 Paul defended himself: "I have not sinned in any way either against the Law of the Jews, against the temple, or against Caesar."

9 Since Festus wanted to do the Jews a favour, he asked Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me about these things?"

10 Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's judicial bench, where I ought to be tried. I have not done anything wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well. 11 Therefore, if I am guilty and have done something for which I deserve to die, I do not try to escape death. However, if there is nothing at all in the things about which these men are accusing me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!"

12 Then Festus conferred with his council and answered, "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"

A Report by Festus about Paul to King Agrippa and Bernice

13 After some days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus. 14 Since they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul's case before the king. He said, "There is a man here whom Felix has left as a prisoner. 15 When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid formal charges against him and asked me to condemn him. 16 I answered them, ‘It is not customary for Romans to hand over any accused man before he faces his accusers and has an opportunity to defend himself against the accusation.' 17 Therefore after they had assembled here, I did not delay the case, but sat down at the judicial bench on the next day, and ordered that the man should be brought in. 18 When his accusers stood up, they did not accuse him of the crimes that I was suspecting. 19 However, they had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died, but whom Paul alleged to be alive. 20 Because I was at a loss how to investigate these things, I asked if he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried about these matters. 21 However, when Paul appealed to be reserved for the decision of His Majesty, I ordered that he should continue to be held until I remanded him to Caesar."

22 Agrippa told Festus, "I myself should also like to hear the man."

He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."

Paul's Hearing before Agrippa

23 Therefore, on the next day, Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience-room with the military commanders and prominent men of the city. Then Festus gave the order, and Paul was brought in. 24 Festus said, "King Agrippa and all you men present with us, you see this man. The whole community of the Jews in Jerusalem and here has petitioned me about him, shouting that he must not live any longer. 25 I have found that he has not done anything to deserve to die; but, when he appealed to His Majesty, I decided to send him. 26 I have nothing definite to write to our master about him. Therefore I have brought him before you people, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after the inquiry has taken place, I may have something to write. 27 For I think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner without also indicating the charges against him."

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Paul's Defence before Agrippa

1 Agrippa told Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself."

Then Paul stretched out his hand and began to make his defence. 2 "King Agrippa, I think that I am favoured in that I am about to defend myself before you today in regard to all the things about which the Jews are accusing me, 3 especially since you are familiar with all the customs and disputes that have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. 4 Well then, the Jews all know how I have been living since I was young. For from the beginning I have lived among my own nation and in Jerusalem. 5 They have known me previously from long ago, and can testify, if they wish to, that I lived as a Pharisee, according to the strictest party of our religion. 6 Now I am standing here on trial because of my hope in what God has promised to our fathers. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to this promise, earnestly serving God day and night. It is about this hope, O King, that the Jews are accusing me. 8 Why is it considered incredible on the part of you people that God raises the dead? 9 I myself indeed thought that I had to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 That was just what I did in Jerusalem. I obtained the authority from the chief priests, and locked up many of God's holy people in prisons, and, when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 In all the synagogues I often punished them, and tried to compel them to blaspheme. In my furious rage against them I used to persecute them, going even as far as foreign cities. 12 While I was occupied with this, I was travelling to Damascus, with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O King, while I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and around the men who were travelling with me. 14 All of us fell down on the ground, and I heard a voice speaking to me in the Aramaic language, ‘Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

15 "I asked, ‘Who are You, Lord?'

"The Lord answered, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 Get up and stand on your feet! For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to choose you as a servant and a witness, both about the things that you have seen in Me, and about the things in which I shall appear to you. 17 I shall rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive the forgiveness of sins and a share among those who have been made holy by faith in Me.'

19 "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 Rather, I began to proclaim, first to the people in Damascus, then in Jerusalem, then throughout the country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and perform deeds that were in keeping with repentance. 21 For these reasons, the Jews seized me when I was in the temple and tried to murder me. 22 Therefore I have been obtaining help from God up to this day, and I stand and bear witness to both small and great. I say nothing except the things that the prophets and Moses said were going to happen, 23 whether the Christ had to suffer, and whether, as the first to rise from the dead, as a Light, He was going to make proclamation to His own people and to the Gentiles."

24 While Paul was defending himself in this way, Festus shouted aloud, "You are insane, Paul. Much learning is driving you mad."

25 Paul said, "I am not insane, excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 Yes, the king knows about these things, and I am also speaking frankly before him. For I am convinced that nothing at all of these things has escaped his notice, since this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe them."

28 However, Agrippa said to Paul: "You are trying, in a short time, to persuade me, to make me a Christian."

29 Paul said, "I should like to pray to God that, both in a short time and in a long time, not only you, but all those who are listening to me today will become the kind of man I am, except for these chains."

30 The king stood up, and with him the governor, Bernice, and the others who were sitting with them. 31 When they had withdrawn, they began to say to one another, "This man is not doing anything for which he deserves to die or to be in chains."

32 Agrippa told Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

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Paul's Departure for Rome

1 When it had been decided that we should sail to Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion by the name of Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to the places in the province of Asia and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 3 On the next day we put in at Sidon. Julius treated Paul kindly and allowed him to go to his friends to be cared for. 4 When we had put out to sea from there, we sailed on the sheltered side of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5 We sailed over the sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia and landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy and put us on board. 7 We were sailing slowly for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. The wind would not allow us to proceed, and so we sailed on the sheltered side of Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 We sailed past it with difficulty and came to a place called "Fair Havens," which is near the city of Lasea. 9 After we had spent much time, sailing was already dangerous, because even the Fast had already gone by. So Paul advised them, 10 "Men, I see that the voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss, not only to the cargo and the ship, but also to our lives."

11 However, the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the owner of the ship rather than by what Paul said. 12 Because the harbour was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to set out to sea from there, hoping that they could somehow reach Phoenix, to spend the winter there. It is a harbour in Crete, open to the southwest and the northwest. 13 When a south wind began to blow, they thought that they had obtained what they wanted. They weighed anchor and sailed along close to the shore of Crete. 14 However, not long afterwards a wind of hurricane force, called "the North-easter," rushed down from Crete. 15 Because it caught the ship so that it could not face the wind, we gave way to it and kept being driven along. 16 When we ran into the shelter of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with a struggle, to get the dinghy under control. 17 The men pulled it up on the deck. Then they used cables under the ship to reinforce it. Because they were afraid that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the gear and kept being driven along. 18 Because we continued to be tossed violently by the storm, the next day the men began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day they threw the ship's rigging overboard with their own hands. 20 For many days neither sun nor stars appeared. Because a great storm continued to lie over us, at last all hope that we would be saved was gradually abandoned. 21 Since hardly anyone wanted to eat, Paul stood up among them and said, "Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete, with the result that you have incurred this damage and loss. 22 However, now I urge you to keep up your courage, because there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong, and whom I also serve, stood beside me. 24 He said, ‘Stop being afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and look! God has graciously given you all who are sailing with you.' 25 Therefore, keep up your courage, men! For I trust God that it will be just as it has been told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must be cast ashore on some island."

The Wreck of the Ship Taking Paul to Rome

27 When the fourteenth night had come, and while we were drifting through the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that some land was coming closer to them. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was forty-four metres deep. After they had sailed a short distance farther, they took soundings again and found that it was thirty-three metres. 29 Because the men were afraid that we would run aground against rocky places, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for daylight to come. 30 The sailors attempted to escape from the ship. They let the dinghy down into the sea, pretending that they were going to let out anchors from the bow. 31 Paul told the centurion and the soldiers, "If these men do not remain in the ship, you cannot be saved."

32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes that held the dinghy and allowed it to drift away. 33 When daylight was about to dawn, Paul began to urge all of them to eat something. He said, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in constant suspense, going without food, without eating at all. 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food. For this is essential for your survival. For none of you will lose a hair of his head."

35 After he said this, he took some bread, gave thanks to God in front of them all, broke it, and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and also had something to eat. 37 Altogether we were two hundred and seventy six persons on the ship. 38 After they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by dumping the wheat into the sea. 39 When daylight came, they did not recognise the land, but began to notice a bay with a beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 They cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they untied the ropes that held the rudders, hoisted the foresail to the wind, and made for the beach. 41 They came to a place between two seas, and ran the ship aground. The bow jammed fast and remained immovable, and the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any from swimming away and escaping. 43 However, because the centurion wanted to save Paul, he kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to leap off first and get to the land, 44 and the rest to get there, some on planks and others on some pieces from the ship. In this way it turned out that all of them reached the land in safety.

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The Honoured Treatment of Paul at Malta after Miracles there

1 Only after we had been brought through safely did we find out that the island was called Malta. 2 The natives showed us unusual kindness. For they lit a fire, and brought us all to it, because of the rain that had set in, and because it was cold. 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, the heat caused a viper to come out, and it fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the natives saw the snake hanging from his hand, they began to say to one another, "This man is certainly a murderer. Although he has escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live."

5 However, then Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 The people were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead; but, after they had been waiting a long time and had seen nothing unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and kept saying that he was a god. 7 In the district around that place there was an estate belonging to the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius. He welcomed us and treated us kindly as his guests for three days. 8 The father of Publius happened to be sick in bed, suffering from attacks of fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him, prayed, laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 After that had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also began to come to Paul and were healed. 10 They also honoured us in many ways, and, when we were going to sail, they provided us with the things that we needed.

The Journey from Malta to Rome

11 After three months we put out to sea on a ship from Alexandria that had stayed at the island for the winter. It had the twin sons of Zeus as its figurehead. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days. 13 We cast off from there and reached Rhegium. One day later, a south wind came up, and on the following day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found fellow-Christians, and were invited to stay with them for seven days. So we came to Rome. 15 From there the fellow-Christians heard about us, and came as far as the Forum of Appius and The Three Taverns to welcome us. When Paul saw them, he gave thanks to God and took courage.

Paul's Discussions with the Jews in Rome

16 When we came into Rome, Paul was permitted to live by himself with the soldier who was guarding him. 17 After three days, Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. When they had assembled, he proceeded to tell them, "Men and fellow-Jews, although I have not done anything against our people or the customs of our fathers, I was handed over as a prisoner into the hands of the Romans at Jerusalem. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because there was no reason why I should be put to death. 19 However, because the Jews kept objecting, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar — not that I had any accusation against my people. 20 The reason why I have

asked you to come is that I may see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain."

21 They told him, "Neither have we received any letters from Judea about you, nor has any of our fellow-Jews come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 We consider it right to hear from you what you think. For this much we know about this party, that people everywhere are talking against it."

23 They appointed a day for him, and more of them came to him at the place where he was staying. From morning until evening he kept explaining and solemnly testifying to them about the kingdom of God, and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some of them were being convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.

25 When they did not agree with one another, they began to break up, and Paul added one more statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your fathers through the prophet Isaiah 26 when He said: ‘Go to this people and say: "You will hear well enough, but you will certainly not understand. You will see well enough, but you will certainly not perceive. 27 For the hearts of these people have become dull. Their ears have become hard of hearing; and they have shut their eyes, that they may not see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, so that I may heal them."' 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation, which comes from God, has been sent to the Gentiles! They will listen."

[29 When Paul had said these words, the Jews departed and argued vigorously among themselves. *15]

The Unhindered Advance of the Gospel at Rome

30 For two whole years Paul lived at his own expense and continued to welcome all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things about the Lord Jesus Christ, with all freedom of speech; and no one prevented him.

 

Index

 

ROMANS

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Rm 1

Introduction (1:1-15)

Paul's Greeting to the Christians at Rome

1 Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Good News of God. 2 He promised this Gospel in advance through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures. 3 It is about His Son, who was born a descendant of David according to His human nature, 4 but who, according to His holy divinity, was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from