11 When 1 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
2 Now when John 2 heard in prison about the deeds Christ 3 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 4 3 “Are you the one who is to come, 5 or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, 6 “Go tell John what you hear and see: 7 5 The blind see, the 8 lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 6 Blessed is anyone 9 who takes no offense at me.”
7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 10 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11 8 What 12 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 13 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 14 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 15 than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 16
who will prepare your way before you.’ 17
11 “I tell you the truth, 18 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 19 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From 20 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 21 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 22 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 The one who has ears had better listen! 23
16 “To 24 what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 25
17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 26
we wailed in mourning, 27 yet you did not weep.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 28 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 29 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 30 and sinners!’ 31 But wisdom is vindicated 32 by her deeds.” 33
20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 34 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 35 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 36 the miracles 37 done in you had been done in Tyre 38 and Sidon, 39 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 23 And you, Capernaum, 40 will you be exalted to heaven? 41 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 42 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 43 on the day of judgment than for you!”
25 At that time Jesus said, 44 “I praise 45 you, Father, Lord 46 of heaven and earth, because 47 you have hidden these things from the wise 48 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 49 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 50 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 51 to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke 52 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”
12 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on a Sabbath. His 1 disciples were hungry, and they began to pick heads of wheat 2 and eat them. 2 But when the Pharisees 3 saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He 4 said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 4 how he entered the house of God and they ate 5 the sacred bread, 6 which was against the law 7 for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 8 5 Or have you not read in the law that the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are not guilty? 6 I 9 tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If 10 you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ 11 you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is lord 12 of the Sabbath.”
9 Then 13 Jesus 14 left that place and entered their synagogue. 15 10 A 16 man was there who had a withered 17 hand. And they asked Jesus, 18 “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 19 so that they could accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Would not any one of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, 20 as healthy as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate 21 him.
15 Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great 22 crowds 23 followed him, and he healed them all. 16 But he sternly warned them not to make him known. 17 This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet: 24
18 “Here is 25 my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I take great delight. 26
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick,
until he brings justice to victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles 27 will hope.” 28
22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus 29 healed him so that he could speak and see. 30 23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees 31 heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 32 the ruler 33 of demons!” 25 Now when Jesus 34 realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 35 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 36 and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 26 So if 37 Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 38 cast them 39 out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God 40 has already overtaken 41 you. 29 How 42 else can someone enter a strong man’s 43 house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 44 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, 45 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 46 31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, 47 but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 48 But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, 49 either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad 50 and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. 35 The good person 51 brings good things out of his 52 good treasury, 53 and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. 36 I 54 tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
38 Then some of the experts in the law 55 along with some Pharisees 56 answered him, 57 “Teacher, we want to see a sign 58 from you.” 39 But he answered them, 59 “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish 60 for three days and three nights, 61 so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 41 The people 62 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 63 – and now, 64 something greater than Jonah is here! 42 The queen of the South 65 will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 66 something greater than Solomon is here!
43 “When 67 an unclean spirit 68 goes out of a person, 69 it passes through waterless places 70 looking for rest but 71 does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 72 When it returns, 73 it finds the house 74 empty, swept clean, and put in order. 75 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 76 the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”
46 While Jesus 77 was still speaking to the crowds, 78 his mother and brothers 79 came and 80 stood outside, asking 81 to speak to him. 47 82 Someone 83 told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside wanting 84 to speak to you.” 48 To the one who had said this, Jesus 85 replied, 86 “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 49 And pointing 87 toward his disciples he said, “Here 88 are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is 89 my brother and sister and mother.”
13 On that day after Jesus went out of the house, he sat by the lake. 2 And such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat to sit while 1 the whole crowd stood on the shore. 3 He 2 told them many things in parables, 3 saying: “Listen! 4 A sower went out to sow. 5 4 And as he sowed, some seeds 6 fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other 7 seeds fell on rocky ground 8 where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. 9 6 But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. 7 Other seeds fell among the thorns, 10 and they grew up and choked them. 11 8 But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 The one who has ears had better listen!” 12
10 Then 13 the disciples came to him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He replied, 14 “You have been given 15 the opportunity to know 16 the secrets 17 of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. 12 For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 18 13 For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. 14 And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
‘You will listen carefully 19 yet will never understand,
you will look closely 20 yet will never comprehend.
15 For the heart of this people has become dull;
they are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ 21
16 “But your eyes are blessed 22 because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, 23 many prophets and righteous people longed to see 24 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18 “So listen to the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one 25 comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; 26 this is the seed sown along the path. 20 The 27 seed sown on rocky ground 28 is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 21 But he has no root in himself and does not endure; 29 when 30 trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 The 31 seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth 32 choke the word, 33 so it produces nothing. 23 But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” 34
24 He presented them with another parable: 35 “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds 36 among the wheat and went away. 26 When 37 the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 So the slaves 38 of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ 28 He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So 39 the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At 40 harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then 41 gather 42 the wheat into my barn.”’”
31 He gave 43 them another parable: 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed 45 that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree, 46 so that the wild birds 47 come and nest in its branches.” 48
33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 49 three measures 50 of flour until all the dough had risen.” 51
34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable. 35 This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet: 52
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” 53
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He 54 answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world and the good seed are the people 55 of the kingdom. The weeds are the people 56 of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 As 57 the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers. 58 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, 59 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 60 The one who has ears had better listen! 61
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 46 When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. 49 It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, 62 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all these things?” They replied, “Yes.” 52 Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law 63 who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.”
53 Now when 64 Jesus finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Then 65 he came to his hometown 66 and began to teach the people 67 in their synagogue. 68 They 69 were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? 55 Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary? 70 And aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where did he get all this?” 71 57 And so they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own house.” 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.