8 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 And a leper 1 approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 2 “Lord, if 3 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 He stretched out his hand and touched 4 him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, 5 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 6 that Moses commanded, 7 as a testimony to them.” 8
5 When he entered Capernaum, 9 a centurion 10 came to him asking for help: 11 6 “Lord, 12 my servant 13 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 7 Jesus 14 said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, 15 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just say the word and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. 16 I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, 17 and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave 18 ‘Do this’ and he does it.” 19 10 When 20 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 21 I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel! 11 I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet 22 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 23 in the kingdom of heaven, 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 24 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 25 was healed at that hour.
14 Now 26 when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 27 sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 28 she got up and began to serve them. 16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 29 17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 30
“He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 31
18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 32 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 33 19 Then 34 an expert in the law 35 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 36 20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 37 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 38 21 Another 39 of the 40 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 41
23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 42 24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 25 So they came 43 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 26 But 44 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 45 the winds and the sea, 46 and it was dead calm. 27 And the men 47 were amazed and said, 48 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 49
28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 50 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way. 29 They 51 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 52 Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 53 30 A 54 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 31 Then the demons begged him, 55 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said, 56 “Go!” So 57 they came out and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned in the water. 33 The 58 herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 59 and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then 60 the entire town 61 came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
9 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 1 2 Just then 2 some people 3 brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 4 When Jesus saw their 5 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 6 3 Then 7 some of the experts in the law 8 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 9 4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 5 Which is easier, 10 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know 11 that the Son of Man 12 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 13 – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 14 7 And he stood up and went home. 15 8 When 16 the crowd saw this, they were afraid 17 and honored God who had given such authority to men. 18
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 19 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 10 As 20 Jesus 21 was having a meal 22 in Matthew’s 23 house, many tax collectors 24 and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees 25 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 26 12 When 27 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 28 13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 29 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
14 Then John’s 30 disciples came to Jesus 31 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 32 fast often, 33 but your disciples don’t fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 34 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 35 is with them, can they? But the days 36 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 37 and then they will fast. 16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 38 otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 39 and both are preserved.”
18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 20 But 40 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 41 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 42 of his cloak. 43 21 For she kept saying to herself, 44 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 45 22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 46 And the woman was healed 47 from that hour. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 48 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 49
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 50 “Have mercy 51 on us, Son of David!” 52 28 When 53 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 54 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 55
32 As 56 they were going away, 57 a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees 58 said, “By the ruler 59 of demons he casts out demons.” 60
35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 61 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 62 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 63 36 When 64 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 65 like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 66 to send out 67 workers into his harvest.”
10 Jesus 1 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 2 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 3 2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 4 first, Simon 5 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; 6 Thomas 7 and Matthew the tax collector; 8 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 9 4 Simon the Zealot 10 and Judas Iscariot, 11 who betrayed him. 12
5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 13 “Do not go to Gentile regions 14 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 15 6 Go 16 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 17 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag 18 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 19 or sandals or staff, 20 for the worker deserves his provisions. 11 Whenever 21 you enter a town or village, 22 find out who is worthy there 23 and stay with them 24 until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 25 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 26 14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 27 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 15 I tell you the truth, 28 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 29 on the day of judgment than for that town!
16 “I 30 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 31 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware 32 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 33 and flog 34 you in their synagogues. 35 18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 36 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 19 Whenever 37 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 38 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 39 20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother 40 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 41 parents and have them put to death. 22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 Whenever 42 they persecute you in one place, 43 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 44 you will not finish going through all the towns 45 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 46 greater than his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
26 “Do 47 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 48 that will not be revealed, 49 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 50 proclaim from the housetops. 51 28 Do 52 not be afraid of those who kill the body 53 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 54 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 55 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 56 30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 31 So do not be afraid; 57 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever, then, acknowledges 58 me before people, I will acknowledge 59 before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 60 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 61
37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take up his cross 62 and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life 63 will lose it, 64 and whoever loses his life because of me 65 will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 66 41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 67 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, 68 he will never lose his reward.”