5 Now 1 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and the crowd was pressing around him 3 to hear the word of God. 2 He 4 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into 5 one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 6 Jesus 7 sat down 8 and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 9 your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon 10 answered, 11 “Master, 12 we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 13 I will lower 14 the nets.” 6 When 15 they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 16 7 So 17 they motioned 18 to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 19 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 20 for I am a sinful man!” 21 9 For 22 Peter 23 and all who were with him were astonished 24 at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 25 Then 26 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 27 you will be catching people.” 28 11 So 29 when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 30 him.
12 While 31 Jesus 32 was in one of the towns, 33 a man came 34 to him who was covered with 35 leprosy. 36 When 37 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 38 and begged him, 39 “Lord, if 40 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 So 41 he stretched out his hand and touched 42 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then 43 he ordered the man 44 to tell no one, 45 but commanded him, 46 “Go 47 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 48 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 49 as a testimony to them.” 50 15 But the news about him spread even more, 51 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 52 and to be healed of their illnesses. 16 Yet Jesus himself 53 frequently withdrew 54 to the wilderness 55 and prayed.
17 Now on 56 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 57 and teachers of the law 58 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 59 and the power of the Lord was with him 60 to heal. 18 Just then 61 some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 62 on a stretcher. 63 They 64 were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 65 19 But 66 since they found 67 no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 68 and let him down on the stretcher 69 through the roof tiles 70 right 71 in front of Jesus. 72 20 When 73 Jesus 74 saw their 75 faith he said, “Friend, 76 your sins are forgiven.” 77 21 Then 78 the experts in the law 79 and the Pharisees began to think 80 to themselves, 81 “Who is this man 82 who is uttering blasphemies? 83 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived 84 their hostile thoughts, 85 he said to them, 86 “Why are you raising objections 87 within yourselves? 23 Which is easier, 88 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 But so that you may know 89 that the Son of Man 90 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man 91 – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 92 and go home.” 93 25 Immediately 94 he stood up before them, picked 95 up the stretcher 96 he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 97 God. 26 Then 98 astonishment 99 seized them all, and they glorified 100 God. They were filled with awe, 101 saying, “We have seen incredible 102 things 103 today.” 104
27 After 105 this, Jesus 106 went out and saw a tax collector 107 named Levi 108 sitting at the tax booth. 109 “Follow me,” 110 he said to him. 28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 111 behind. 112
29 Then 113 Levi gave a great banquet 114 in his house for Jesus, 115 and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 116 at the table with them. 30 But 117 the Pharisees 118 and their experts in the law 119 complained 120 to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 121 31 Jesus 122 answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 123 32 I have not come 124 to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 125
33 Then 126 they said to him, “John’s 127 disciples frequently fast 128 and pray, 129 and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 130 but yours continue to eat and drink.” 131 34 So 132 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 133 fast while the bridegroom 134 is with them, can you? 135 35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 136 at that time 137 they will fast.” 36 He also told them a parable: 138 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 139 it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 140 the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 141 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 142 If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 143 39 144 No 145 one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” 146
6 Jesus 1 was going through the grain fields on 2 a Sabbath, 3 and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 4 rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 5 2 But some of the Pharisees 6 said, “Why are you 7 doing what is against the law 8 on the Sabbath?” 3 Jesus 9 answered them, 10 “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 4 how he entered the house of God, took 11 and ate the sacred bread, 12 which is not lawful 13 for any to eat but the priests alone, and 14 gave it to his companions?” 15 5 Then 16 he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 17 of the Sabbath.”
6 On 18 another Sabbath, Jesus 19 entered the synagogue 20 and was teaching. Now 21 a man was there whose right hand was withered. 22 7 The experts in the law 23 and the Pharisees 24 watched 25 Jesus 26 closely to see if 27 he would heal on the Sabbath, 28 so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 8 But 29 he knew 30 their thoughts, 31 and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 32 So 33 he rose and stood there. 9 Then 34 Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 35 is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10 After 36 looking around 37 at them all, he said to the man, 38 “Stretch out your hand.” The man 39 did so, and his hand was restored. 40 11 But they were filled with mindless rage 41 and began debating with one another what they would do 42 to Jesus.
12 Now 43 it was during this time that Jesus 44 went out to the mountain 45 to pray, and he spent all night 46 in prayer to God. 47 13 When 48 morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 49 14 Simon 50 (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 51 15 Matthew, Thomas, 52 James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 53 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 54 who became a traitor.
17 Then 55 he came down with them and stood on a level place. 56 And a large number 57 of his disciples had gathered 58 along with 59 a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 60 Jerusalem, 61 and from the seacoast of Tyre 62 and Sidon. 63 They came to hear him and to be healed 64 of their diseases, 18 and those who suffered from 65 unclean 66 spirits were cured. 19 The 67 whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 68 was coming out from him and healing them all.
20 Then 69 he looked up 70 at his disciples and said:
“Blessed 71 are you who are poor, 72 for the kingdom of God belongs 73 to you.
21 “Blessed are you who hunger 74 now, for you will be satisfied. 75
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 76
22 “Blessed are you when people 77 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 78 on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 79 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 80 did the same things to the prophets. 81
24 “But woe 82 to you who are rich, for you have received 83 your comfort 84 already.
25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 85 now, for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you 86 who laugh 87 now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you 88 when all people 89 speak well of you, for their ancestors 90 did the same things to the false prophets.
27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 91 do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 92 you. 29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 93 offer the other as well, 94 and from the person who takes away your coat, 95 do not withhold your tunic 96 either. 97 30 Give to everyone who asks you, 98 and do not ask for your possessions 99 back 100 from the person who takes them away. 31 Treat others 101 in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 102
32 “If 103 you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 104 love those who love them. 105 33 And 106 if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 107 sinners 108 do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 109 what credit is that to you? Even sinners 110 lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 111 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 112 Then 113 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 114 of the Most High, 115 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 116 36 Be merciful, 117 just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do 118 not judge, 119 and you will not be judged; 120 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 121 and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 122 will be poured 123 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 124
39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 125 Won’t they both fall 126 into a pit? 40 A disciple 127 is not greater than 128 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why 129 do you see the speck 130 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 131 the beam of wood 132 in your own? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
43 “For 133 no good tree bears bad 134 fruit, nor again 135 does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known 136 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 137 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 138 from brambles. 139 45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 140 heart 141 produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 142 produces evil, for his mouth speaks 143 from what fills 144 his heart.
46 “Why 145 do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 146 and don’t do what I tell you? 147
47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 148 – I will show you what he is like: 48 He is like a man 149 building a house, who dug down deep, 150 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 151 a flood came, the river 152 burst against that house but 153 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 154 49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 155 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 156 the river burst against that house, 157 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 158
7 After Jesus 1 had finished teaching all this to the people, 2 he entered Capernaum. 3 2 A centurion 4 there 5 had a slave 6 who was highly regarded, 7 but who was sick and at the point of death. 3 When the centurion 8 heard 9 about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 10 to him, asking him to come 11 and heal his slave. 4 When 12 they came 13 to Jesus, they urged 14 him earnestly, 15 “He is worthy 16 to have you do this for him, 5 because he loves our nation, 17 and even 18 built our synagogue.” 19 6 So 20 Jesus went with them. When 21 he was not far from the house, the centurion 22 sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 23 for I am not worthy 24 to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why 25 I did not presume 26 to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 27 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 28 I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 29 and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 30 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 31 at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” 32 10 So 33 when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 34 well.
11 Soon 35 afterward 36 Jesus 37 went to a town 38 called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a man 39 who had died was being carried out, 40 the only son of his mother (who 41 was a widow 42 ), and a large crowd from the town 43 was with her. 13 When 44 the Lord saw her, he had compassion 45 for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 46 14 Then 47 he came up 48 and touched 49 the bier, 50 and those who carried it stood still. He 51 said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 So 52 the dead man 53 sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 54 gave him back 55 to his mother. 16 Fear 56 seized them all, and they began to glorify 57 God, saying, “A great prophet 58 has appeared 59 among us!” and “God has come to help 60 his people!” 17 This 61 report 62 about Jesus 63 circulated 64 throughout 65 Judea and all the surrounding country.
18 John’s 66 disciples informed him about all these things. So 67 John called 68 two of his disciples 19 and sent them to Jesus 69 to ask, 70 “Are you the one who is to come, 71 or should we look for another?” 20 When 72 the men came to Jesus, 73 they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 74 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 75 21 At that very time 76 Jesus 77 cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 78 and evil spirits, and granted 79 sight to many who were blind. 22 So 80 he answered them, 81 “Go tell 82 John what you have seen and heard: 83 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 84 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 23 Blessed is anyone 85 who takes no offense at me.”
24 When 86 John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 87 began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 88 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 89 25 What 90 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 91 clothes? 92 Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 93 are in kings’ courts! 94 26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 95 than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 96 who will prepare your way before you.’ 97 28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 98 than John. 99 Yet the one who is least 100 in the kingdom of God 101 is greater than he is.” 29 (Now 102 all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 103 acknowledged 104 God’s justice, because they had been baptized 105 with John’s baptism. 30 However, the Pharisees 106 and the experts in religious law 107 rejected God’s purpose 108 for themselves, because they had not been baptized 109 by John. 110 ) 111
31 “To what then should I compare the people 112 of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 113
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 114
we wailed in mourning, 115 yet you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come 116 eating no bread and drinking no wine, 117 and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 118 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 119 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 120 35 But wisdom is vindicated 121 by all her children.” 122
36 Now one of the Pharisees 123 asked Jesus 124 to have dinner with him, so 125 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 126 37 Then 127 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 128 was dining 129 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 130 of perfumed oil. 131 38 As 132 she stood 133 behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 134 wiped them with her hair, 135 kissed 136 them, 137 and anointed 138 them with the perfumed oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 139 he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 140 he would know who and what kind of woman 141 this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40 So 142 Jesus answered him, 143 “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 144 “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A certain creditor 145 had two debtors; one owed him 146 five hundred silver coins, 147 and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled 148 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, 149 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 150 Jesus 151 said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then, 152 turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, 153 but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 154 but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet 155 with perfumed oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 156 but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then 157 Jesus 158 said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 159 49 But 160 those who were at the table 161 with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 He 162 said to the woman, “Your faith 163 has saved you; 164 go in peace.”