8 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 1 Jesus 2 called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 6 Then 3 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 4 they served the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8 Everyone 5 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 There were about four thousand 6 who ate. 7 Then he dismissed them. 8 10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 9
11 Then the Pharisees 10 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for 11 a sign from heaven 12 to test him. 12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, 13 no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 Then 14 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
14 Now 15 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 And Jesus 16 ordered them, 17 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 18 and the yeast of Herod!” 16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 19 17 When he learned of this, 20 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing 21 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? 22 Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 23 “Seven.” 21 Then 24 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 25
22 Then 26 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus 27 and asked him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then 28 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes 29 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 Regaining his sight 30 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 25 Then Jesus 31 placed his hands on the man’s 32 eyes again. And he opened his eyes, 33 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus 34 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” 35
27 Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. 36 On the way he asked his disciples, 37 “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They said, 38 “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, 39 and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, 40 “You are the Christ.” 41 30 Then 42 he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 43
31 Then 44 Jesus 45 began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer 46 many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 47 and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke openly about this. So 48 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 49
34 Then 50 Jesus 51 called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 52 he must deny 53 himself, take up his cross, 54 and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life 55 will lose it, 56 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. 36 For what benefit is it for a person 57 to gain the whole world, yet 58 forfeit his life? 37 What can a person give in exchange for his life? 38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 59 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
9 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, 1 there are some standing here who will not 2 experience 3 death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 4
2 Six days later 5 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, 6 3 and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, 7 and they were talking with Jesus. 5 So 8 Peter said to Jesus, 9 “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters 10 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) 11 7 Then 12 a cloud 13 overshadowed them, 14 and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. 15 Listen to him!” 16 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant.
11 Then 17 they asked him, 18 “Why do the experts in the law 19 say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has certainly come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and experts in the law 20 arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran 21 at once and greeted him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 A member of the crowd said to him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that makes him mute. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to cast it out, but 22 they were not able to do so.” 23 19 He answered them, 24 “You 25 unbelieving 26 generation! How much longer 27 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 28 you? 29 Bring him to me.” 20 So they brought the boy 30 to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He 31 fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus 32 asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’ 33 All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked 34 the unclean spirit, 35 saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 It shrieked, threw him into terrible convulsions, and came out. The boy 36 looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” 27 But Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 Then, 37 after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 29 He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 38
30 They went out from there and passed through Galilee. But 39 Jesus 40 did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men. 41 They 42 will kill him, 43 and after three days he will rise.” 44 32 But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him.
33 Then 45 they came to Capernaum. 46 After Jesus 47 was inside the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes 48 one of these little children 49 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say anything bad about me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For I tell you the truth, 50 whoever gives you a cup of water because 51 you bear Christ’s 52 name will never lose his reward.
42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 53 tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have 54 two hands and go into hell, 55 to the unquenchable fire. 44 [[EMPTY]] 56 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better to enter life lame than to have 57 two feet and be thrown into hell. 46 [[EMPTY]] 58 47 If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! 59 It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have 60 two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 61 50 Salt 62 is good, but if it loses its saltiness, 63 how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
10 Then 1 Jesus 2 left that place and went to the region of Judea and 3 beyond the Jordan River. 4 Again crowds gathered to him, and again, as was his custom, he taught them. 2 Then some Pharisees 5 came, and to test him 6 they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his 7 wife?” 8 3 He answered them, 9 “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 10 5 But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hard hearts. 11 6 But from the beginning of creation he 12 made them male and female. 13 7 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, 14 8 and the two will become one flesh. 15 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 In the house once again, the disciples asked him about this. 11 So 16 he told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 17
13 Now 18 people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, 19 but the disciples scolded those who brought them. 20 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 21 15 I tell you the truth, 22 whoever does not receive 23 the kingdom of God like a child 24 will never 25 enter it.” 16 After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them.
17 Now 26 as Jesus 27 was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 28 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? 29 No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 30 20 The man 31 said to him, “Teacher, I have wholeheartedly obeyed 32 all these laws 33 since my youth.” 34 21 As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money 35 to the poor, and you will have treasure 36 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But at this statement, the man 37 looked sad and went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 38
23 Then 39 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were astonished at these words. But again Jesus said to them, 40 “Children, how hard it is 41 to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel 42 to go through the eye of a needle 43 than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were even more astonished and said 44 to one another, “Then 45 who can be saved?” 46 27 Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, 47 but not for God; all things are possible for God.”
28 Peter began to speak to him, “Look, 48 we have left everything to follow you!” 49 29 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, 50 there is no one who has left home 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 not receive in this age 51 a hundred times as much – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions 52 – and in the age to come, eternal life. 53 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
32 They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem. 54 Jesus was going ahead of them, and they were amazed, but those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. 33 “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and experts in the law. 55 They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog 56 him severely, and kill him. Yet 57 after three days, 58 he will rise again.”
35 Then 59 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 They said to him, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I experience?” 60 39 They said to him, “We are able.” 61 Then Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I experience, 40 but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give. It is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 62
41 Now 63 when the other ten 64 heard this, 65 they became angry with James and John. 42 Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 43 But it is not this way among you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave 66 of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom 67 for many.”
46 They came to Jericho. 68 As Jesus 69 and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout, 70 “Jesus, Son of David, 71 have mercy 72 on me!” 48 Many scolded 73 him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So 74 they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” 50 He threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. 51 Then 75 Jesus said to him, 76 “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Rabbi, 77 let me see again.” 78 52 Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately he regained 79 his sight and followed him on the road.