9 After 1 Jesus 2 called 3 the twelve 4 together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 5 diseases, 2 and he sent 6 them out to proclaim 7 the kingdom of God 8 and to heal the sick. 9 3 He 10 said to them, “Take nothing for your 11 journey – no staff, 12 no bag, 13 no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 14 4 Whatever 15 house you enter, stay there 16 until you leave the area. 17 5 Wherever 18 they do not receive you, 19 as you leave that town, 20 shake the dust off 21 your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 Then 22 they departed and went throughout 23 the villages, proclaiming the good news 24 and healing people everywhere.
7 Now Herod 25 the tetrarch 26 heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 27 because some people were saying that John 28 had been raised from the dead, 8 while others were saying that Elijah 29 had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 30 9 Herod said, “I had John 31 beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 32
10 When 33 the apostles returned, 34 they told Jesus 35 everything they had done. Then 36 he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 37 called Bethsaida. 38 11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 39 welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 40 and cured those who needed healing. 41 12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 42 so 43 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 44 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 45 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 46 13 But he said to them, “You 47 give them something to eat.” They 48 replied, 49 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 50 we go 51 and buy food 52 for all these people.” 14 (Now about five thousand men 53 were there.) 54 Then 55 he said to his disciples, “Have 56 them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So they did as Jesus directed, 57 and the people 58 all sat down.
16 Then 59 he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 60 and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 61 was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18 Once 62 when Jesus 63 was praying 64 by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 65 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 66 19 They 67 answered, 68 “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 69 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 70 20 Then 71 he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 72 answered, 73 “The Christ 74 of God.” 21 But he forcefully commanded 75 them not to tell this to anyone, 76 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 77 many things and be rejected by the elders, 78 chief priests, and experts in the law, 79 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 80
23 Then 81 he said to them all, 82 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 83 he must deny 84 himself, take up his cross daily, 85 and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 86 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it benefit a person 87 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed 88 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 89 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 90 of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you most certainly, 91 there are some standing here who will not 92 experience 93 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 94
28 Now 95 about eight days 96 after these sayings, Jesus 97 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 29 As 98 he was praying, 99 the appearance of his face was transformed, 100 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 101 30 Then 102 two men, Moses and Elijah, 103 began talking with him. 104 31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 105 that he was about to carry out 106 at Jerusalem. 107 32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 108 but as they became fully awake, 109 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 Then 110 as the men 111 were starting to leave, 112 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 113 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 34 As 114 he was saying this, a cloud 115 came 116 and overshadowed 117 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then 118 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 119 Listen to him!” 120 36 After 121 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 122 they kept silent and told no one 123 at that time 124 anything of what they had seen.
37 Now on 125 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 Then 126 a man from the crowd cried out, 127 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 128 my son – he is my only child! 39 A 129 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 130 it throws him into convulsions 131 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 132 him severely. 40 I 133 begged 134 your disciples to cast it out, but 135 they could not do so.” 136 41 Jesus answered, 137 “You 138 unbelieving 139 and perverse generation! How much longer 140 must I be with you and endure 141 you? 142 Bring your son here.” 42 As 143 the boy 144 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 145 and shook him with convulsions. 146 But Jesus rebuked 147 the unclean 148 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 Then 149 they were all astonished at the mighty power 150 of God.
But while the entire crowd 151 was amazed at everything Jesus 152 was doing, he said to his disciples, 44 “Take these words to heart, 153 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 154 45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 155 had been concealed 156 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 157 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
46 Now an argument started among the disciples 158 as to which of them might be 159 the greatest. 47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 160 he took a child, had him stand by 161 his side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 162 this child 163 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 164
49 John answered, 165 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 166 him because he is not a disciple 167 along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
51 Now when 168 the days drew near 169 for him to be taken up, 170 Jesus 171 set out resolutely 172 to go to Jerusalem. 173 52 He 174 sent messengers on ahead of him. 175 As they went along, 176 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 177 for him, 53 but the villagers 178 refused to welcome 179 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 180 54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 181 them?” 182 55 But Jesus 183 turned and rebuked them, 184 56 and they went on to another village.
57 As 185 they were walking 186 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 187 58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 188 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 189 59 Jesus 190 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 191 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus 192 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 193 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 194 61 Yet 195 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 196 62 Jesus 197 said to him, “No one who puts his 198 hand to the plow and looks back 199 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 200
10 After this 1 the Lord appointed seventy-two 2 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 3 and place where he himself was about to go. 2 He 4 said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 5 to send out 6 workers into his harvest. 3 Go! I 7 am sending you out like lambs 8 surrounded by wolves. 9 4 Do not carry 10 a money bag, 11 a traveler’s bag, 12 or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 13 5 Whenever 14 you enter a house, 15 first say, ‘May peace 16 be on this house!’ 6 And if a peace-loving person 17 is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 18 7 Stay 19 in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 20 for the worker deserves his pay. 21 Do not move around from house to house. 8 Whenever 22 you enter a town 23 and the people 24 welcome you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal 25 the sick in that town 26 and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 27 has come upon 28 you!’ 10 But whenever 29 you enter a town 30 and the people 31 do not welcome 32 you, go into its streets 33 and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town 34 that clings to our feet we wipe off 35 against you. 36 Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 37 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 38 than for that town! 39
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 40 Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 41 the miracles 42 done in you had been done in Tyre 43 and Sidon, 44 they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 15 And you, Capernaum, 45 will you be exalted to heaven? 46 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 47
16 “The one who listens 48 to you listens to me, 49 and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects 50 the one who sent me.” 51
17 Then 52 the seventy-two 53 returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 54 us in your name!” 55 18 So 56 he said to them, “I saw 57 Satan fall 58 like lightning 59 from heaven. 19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 60 on snakes and scorpions 61 and on the full force of the enemy, 62 and nothing will 63 hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 64 the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 65 that your names stand written 66 in heaven.”
21 On that same occasion 67 Jesus 68 rejoiced 69 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 70 you, Father, Lord 71 of heaven and earth, because 72 you have hidden these things from the wise 73 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 74 22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 75 No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 76 to reveal him.”
23 Then 77 Jesus 78 turned 79 to his 80 disciples and said privately, “Blessed 81 are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 82 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
25 Now 83 an expert in religious law 84 stood up to test Jesus, 85 saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 86 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” 87 27 The expert 88 answered, “Love 89 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 90 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 91 28 Jesus 92 said to him, “You have answered correctly; 93 do this, and you will live.”
29 But the expert, 94 wanting to justify 95 himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, 96 “A man was going down 97 from Jerusalem 98 to Jericho, 99 and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 100 him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 101 31 Now by chance 102 a priest was going down that road, but 103 when he saw the injured man 104 he passed by 105 on the other side. 106 32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 107 the place and saw him, 108 passed by on the other side. 33 But 109 a Samaritan 110 who was traveling 111 came to where the injured man 112 was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 113 34 He 114 went up to him 115 and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 116 and wine on them. Then 117 he put him on 118 his own animal, 119 brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The 120 next day he took out two silver coins 121 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 122 36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 123 to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 The expert in religious law 124 said, “The one who showed mercy 125 to him.” So 126 Jesus said to him, “Go and do 127 the same.”
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 128 entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 129 39 She 130 had a sister named Mary, who sat 131 at the Lord’s feet 132 and listened to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted 133 with all the preparations she had to make, 134 so 135 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 136 that my sister has left me to do all the work 137 alone? Tell 138 her to help me.” 41 But the Lord 139 answered her, 140 “Martha, Martha, 141 you are worried and troubled 142 about many things, 42 but one thing 143 is needed. Mary has chosen the best 144 part; it will not be taken away from her.”
11 Now 1 Jesus 2 was praying in a certain place. When 3 he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 4 taught 5 his disciples.” 2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 6 say:
Father, 7 may your name be honored; 8
may your kingdom come. 9
3 Give us each day our daily bread, 10
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins 11 against us.
And do not lead us into temptation.” 12
5 Then 13 he said to them, “Suppose one of you 14 has a friend, and you go to him 15 at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 16 6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 17 and I have nothing to set before 18 him.’ 7 Then 19 he will reply 20 from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 21 I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 22 8 I tell you, even though the man inside 23 will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 24 sheer persistence 25 he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
9 “So 26 I tell you: Ask, 27 and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 28 will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks 29 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 30 will be opened. 11 What father among you, if your 31 son asks for 32 a fish, will give him a snake 33 instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 34 13 If you then, although you are 35 evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 36 to those who ask him!”
14 Now 37 he was casting out a demon that was mute. 38 When 39 the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 40 and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 41 the ruler 42 of demons, he casts out demons.” 16 Others, to test 43 him, 44 began asking for 45 a sign 46 from heaven. 17 But Jesus, 47 realizing their thoughts, said to them, 48 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 49 and a divided household falls. 50 18 So 51 if 52 Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 53 you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 54 cast them 55 out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 56 of God, then the kingdom of God 57 has already overtaken 58 you. 21 When a strong man, 59 fully armed, guards his own palace, 60 his possessions are safe. 61 22 But 62 when a stronger man 63 attacks 64 and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 65 armor on which the man relied 66 and divides up 67 his plunder. 68 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 69 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 70
24 “When an unclean spirit 71 goes out of a person, 72 it passes through waterless places 73 looking for rest but 74 not finding any. Then 75 it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 76 25 When it returns, 77 it finds the house 78 swept clean and put in order. 79 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 80 the last state of that person 81 is worse than the first.” 82
27 As 83 he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 84 to him, “Blessed is the womb 85 that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!” 86 28 But he replied, 87 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 88 it!”
29 As 89 the crowds were increasing, Jesus 90 began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 91 but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 92 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 93 so the Son of Man will be a sign 94 to this generation. 95 31 The queen of the South 96 will rise up at the judgment 97 with the people 98 of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 99 something greater 100 than Solomon is here! 32 The people 101 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 102 – and now, 103 something greater than Jonah is here!
33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 104 or under a basket, 105 but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, 106 your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 107 your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore see to it 108 that the light in you 109 is not darkness. 36 If 110 then 111 your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 112 it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 113
37 As he spoke, 114 a Pharisee 115 invited Jesus 116 to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 117 38 The 118 Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 119 did not first wash his hands 120 before the meal. 39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 121 the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 122 40 You fools! 123 Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 124 41 But give from your heart to those in need, 125 and 126 then everything will be clean for you. 127
42 “But woe to you Pharisees! 128 You give a tenth 129 of your mint, 130 rue, 131 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 132 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 133 43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 134 in the synagogues 135 and elaborate greetings 136 in the marketplaces! 44 Woe to you! 137 You are like unmarked graves, and people 138 walk over them without realizing it!” 139
45 One of the experts in religious law 140 answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 141 us too.” 46 But Jesus 142 replied, 143 “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 144 You load people 145 down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 146 the burdens with even one of your fingers! 47 Woe to you! You build 147 the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 148 killed. 48 So you testify that you approve of 149 the deeds of your ancestors, 150 because they killed the prophets 151 and you build their 152 tombs! 153 49 For this reason also the wisdom 154 of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 50 so that this generation may be held accountable 155 for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 156 of the world, 157 51 from the blood of Abel 158 to the blood of Zechariah, 159 who was killed 160 between the altar and the sanctuary. 161 Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 162 this generation. 52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 163 the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 164 those who were going in.”
53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 165 and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 166 and to ask him hostile questions 167 about many things, 54 plotting against 168 him, to catch 169 him in something he might say.