Genealogy of Jesus
When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, [a]as was supposed, the son of Joseph, [b]the son of [c]Eli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of [d]Hesli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of [e]Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of [f]Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of [g]Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of [h]Salmon, the son of [i]Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of [j]Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of [k]Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of [l]Heber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
The Temptation of Jesus
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around [m]by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of [n]the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and [o]its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You [p]worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written,
‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You,’
‘On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
Jesus’ Public Ministry
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the [q]book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the [r]book and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
And He closed the [s]book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your [t]hearing.” And all were [u]speaking well of Him, and wondering at the [v]gracious words which [w]were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to [x]Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, He went His way.
And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; and they were amazed at His teaching, for His [y]message was with authority. In the synagogue there was a man [z]possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! [aa]What business do we have with each other, Jesus [ab]of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is [ac]this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.” And the report about Him was spreading into every locality in the surrounding district.
Many Are Healed
Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him [ad]to help her. And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and [ae]waited on them.
While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be [af]the Christ.
When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them. But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”
So He kept on preaching in the synagogues of [ag]Judea.
The First Disciples
Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the [ah]people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but [ai]I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ [aj]feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were [ak]James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
The Leper and the Paralytic
While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man [al]covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away [am]to the [an]wilderness and pray.
[ao]One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. And some men were carrying on a [ap]bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, He said, “[aq]Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” But Jesus, [ar]aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. [as]They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Call of Levi (Matthew)
After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named [at]Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.
And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and [au]sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
And they said to Him, “The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do [av]the same, but Yours eat and drink.” And Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the [aw]attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Now it happened that He was passing through some grainfields on a Sabbath; and His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the [ax]consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there [ay]whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew [az]what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and [ba]come forward!” And he got up and [bb]came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with [bc]rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Choosing the Twelve
It was [bd]at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and [be]James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; and Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. And all the [bf]people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are [bg]you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are [bh]you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to [bi]treat the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. Woe to you who [bj]are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to [bk]treat the false prophets in the same way.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who [bl]mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your [bm]coat, do not withhold your [bn]shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. [bo]Treat others the same way you want [bp]them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [bq]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. [br]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; [bs]pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will [bt]pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A [bu]pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will [bv]be like his teacher. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, [bw]on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good [bx]treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from [by]that which fills his heart.
Builders and Foundations
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and [bz]acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who [ca]dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the [cb]torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the [cc]torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum.
And a centurion’s slave, [cd]who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some [ce]Jewish elders asking Him to come and [cf]save the life of his slave. When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue.” Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “[cg]Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just [ch]say the word, and my [ci]servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, [cj]accompanied by a large crowd. Now as He approached the gate of the city, [ck]a dead man was being carried out, the [cl]only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “[cm]Do not weep.” And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” The [cn]dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has [co]visited His people!” This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.
A Deputation from John
The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. Summoning [cp]two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the [cq]Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the [cr]Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that [cs]very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is he [ct]who does not take offense at Me.”
When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? [cu]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft [cv]clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,
‘Behold, I send My messenger [cw]ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is [cx]least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they [cy]acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and the [cz]lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by [da]John.
“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [db]drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and [dc]sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to [dd]dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And there was a woman in the city who was a [de]sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a [df]sinner.”
Parable of Two Debtors
And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he [dg]replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred [dh]denarii, and the other fifty. When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 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, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say [di]to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.
Parable of the Sower
When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the [dj]air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, [dk]let him hear.”
His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; [dl]they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with [dm]perseverance.
Parable of the Lamp
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he [dn]thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Jesus Stills the Sea
Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and [do]it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
The Demoniac Cured
Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “[dp]What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.
Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter [dq]the swine. And He gave them permission. And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been [dr]made well. And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned. But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might [ds]accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
Miracles of Healing
And as Jesus returned, the [dt]people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an [du]official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; for he had an [dv]only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.
And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His [dw]cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the [dx]people are crowding and pressing in on You.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has [dy]made you well; go in peace.”
While He was still speaking, someone *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be [dz]made well.” When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
Ministry of the Twelve
And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a [ea]bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have [eb]two tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there [ec]until you leave that city. And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” Departing, they began going [ed]throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was happening; and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again. Herod said, “I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Him.
When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida. But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Five Thousand Fed
Now the day [ee]was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get [ef]something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.” But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them [eg]sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” They did so, and had them all [eh]sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the [ei]people. And they all ate and were satisfied; and [ej]the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.
And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the [ek]people say that I am?” They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.” And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The [el]Christ of God.” But He [em]warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his [en]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [eo]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and [ep]gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in [eq]glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. And as [er]these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three [es]tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying. While he was saying this, a cloud [et]formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” And when the voice [eu]had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my [ev]only boy, and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves. I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not.” And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” While he was still approaching, the demon [ew]slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the [ex]greatness of God.
But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be [ey]delivered into the hands of men.” But they [ez]did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.
The Test of Greatness
An argument [fa]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest. But Jesus, knowing [fb]what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is [fc]for you.”
When the days were approaching for His [fd]ascension, He [fe]was determined to go to Jerusalem; and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to [ff]make arrangements for Him. But they did not receive Him, because [fg]He was traveling toward Jerusalem. When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But He turned and rebuked them, [[fh]and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.
As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the [fi]air have [fj]nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The Seventy Sent Out
Now after this the Lord appointed [fk]seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no money belt, no [fl]bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a [fm]man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in [fn]that house, eating and drinking [fo]what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet [fp]be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the [fq]miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in [fr]sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades!
“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”
The Happy Results
The [fs]seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
At that very [ft]time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I [fu]praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
Turning to the disciples, He said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see, for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.”
And a [fv]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [fw]How does it read to you?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
The Good Samaritan
Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [fx]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two [fy]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [fz]the same.”
Martha and Mary
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with [ga]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Instruction about Prayer
It happened that while [gb]Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
‘[gc]Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
‘Give us each day our [gd]daily bread.
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
Then He said to them, “[ge]Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children [gf]and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his [gg]persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
“So I say to you, [gh]ask, and it will be given to you; [gi]seek, and you will find; [gj]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Now [gk]suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a [gl]fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your [gm]heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” Others, [gn]to test Him, were demanding of Him a [go]sign from heaven. But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “[gp]Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against [gq]itself falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When [gr]a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are [gs]undisturbed. But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder. He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.
“When the unclean spirit goes out of [gt]a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”
While [gu]Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.” But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
The Sign of Jonah
As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a [gv]sign, and yet no [gw]sign will be given to it but the [gx]sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a [gy]sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
“No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is [gz]clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is [ha]bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”
Woes upon the Pharisees
Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee *asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first [hb]ceremonially washed before the [hc]meal. But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but [hd]inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But give that which is within as charity, and [he]then all things are clean for you.
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Woe to you! For you are like [hf]concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”
One of the [hg]lawyers *said to Him in reply, “Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too.” But He said, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, [hh]while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the [hi]tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs. For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will [hj]persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be [hk]charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be [hl]charged against this generation.’ Woe to you [hm]lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”
When He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to question Him closely on many subjects, plotting against Him to catch [hn]Him in something He might say.
God Knows and Cares
Under these circumstances, after [ho]so many thousands of [hp]people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have [hq]whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will [hr]warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into [hs]hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two [ht]cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who [hu]speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Someone [hv]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night [hw]your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, [hx]do not worry about your [hy]life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add a single [hz]hour to his [ia]life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For [ib]all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Be in Readiness
“[ic]Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the [id]second watch, or even in the [ie]third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
“But [if]be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be [ig]broken into. You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not [ih]expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his [ii]servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his [ij]master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master [ik]will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of [il]a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
Christ Divides Men
“I [im]have come to cast fire upon the earth; and [in]how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to [io]undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way. You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but [ip]why do you not analyze this present time?
“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right? For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to [iq]settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last [ir]cent.”
Call to Repent
Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had [is]mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you [it]repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse [iu]culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree [iv]without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
Healing on the Sabbath
And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.” And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, “There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated; and the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him.
Parables of Mustard Seed and Leaven
So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the [iw]air nested in its branches.”
And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three [ix]pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
Teaching in the Villages
And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out. And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.
- Luke 3:23 Lit as it was being thought
- Luke 3:23 Lit of Eli, and so throughout the genealogy
- Luke 3:23 Also spelled Heli
- Luke 3:25 Also spelled Esli
- Luke 3:27 Gr Salathiel; names of people in the Old Testament are given in their Old Testament form through v 38
- Luke 3:29 Gr Jesus
- Luke 3:30 Gr Judas
- Luke 3:32 Gr Sala
- Luke 3:32 Gr Naasson
- Luke 3:33 Gr Arni
- Luke 3:35 Gr Ragau
- Luke 3:35 Gr Eber
- Luke 4:1 Or under the influence of; lit in
- Luke 4:5 Lit the inhabited earth
- Luke 4:6 Lit their (referring to the kingdoms in v 5)
- Luke 4:7 Or bow down before
- Luke 4:17 Or scroll
- Luke 4:17 Or scroll
- Luke 4:20 Or scroll
- Luke 4:21 Lit ears
- Luke 4:22 Or testifying
- Luke 4:22 Or words of grace
- Luke 4:22 Lit were proceeding out of His mouth
- Luke 4:26 Gr Sarepta
- Luke 4:32 Lit word
- Luke 4:33 Lit having a spirit
- Luke 4:34 Lit What to us and to you (a Heb idiom)
- Luke 4:34 Lit the Nazarene
- Luke 4:36 Or this word, that with authority...come out?
- Luke 4:38 Lit about her
- Luke 4:39 Or served
- Luke 4:41 I.e. the Messiah
- Luke 4:44 I.e. the country of the Jews (including Galilee)
- Luke 5:3 Lit crowds
- Luke 5:5 Lit upon Your word
- Luke 5:8 Lit knees
- Luke 5:10 Or Jacob
- Luke 5:12 Lit full of
- Luke 5:16 Lit in
- Luke 5:16 Or deserted places
- Luke 5:17 Lit On one of the days
- Luke 5:18 Or stretcher
- Luke 5:20 Lit Man
- Luke 5:22 Or perceiving
- Luke 5:26 Lit Astonishment took them all
- Luke 5:27 Also called Matthew
- Luke 5:30 I.e. irreligious Jews
- Luke 5:33 Or likewise
- Luke 5:34 Lit sons of the bridal-chamber
- Luke 6:4 Or showbread; lit loaves of presentation
- Luke 6:6 Lit and his
- Luke 6:8 Lit their thoughts
- Luke 6:8 Lit stand into the middle
- Luke 6:8 Lit stood
- Luke 6:11 Lit folly
- Luke 6:12 Lit in these days
- Luke 6:14 Or Jacob, also vv 15 and 16
- Luke 6:19 Lit crowd
- Luke 6:20 Lit the
- Luke 6:21 Lit the
- Luke 6:23 Lit do to
- Luke 6:25 Lit having been filled
- Luke 6:26 Lit do to
- Luke 6:28 Or revile
- Luke 6:29 I.e. outer garment
- Luke 6:29 Or tunic; i.e. garment worn next to body
- Luke 6:31 Lit Do to
- Luke 6:31 Lit people
- Luke 6:35 Or not despairing at all
- Luke 6:36 Or Become
- Luke 6:37 Lit release
- Luke 6:38 Lit give
- Luke 6:40 Or disciple
- Luke 6:40 Or reach his teacher’s level
- Luke 6:43 Lit again
- Luke 6:45 Or treasury, storehouse
- Luke 6:45 Lit the abundance of
- Luke 6:47 Lit does
- Luke 6:48 Lit dug and went deep
- Luke 6:48 Lit river
- Luke 6:49 Lit river
- Luke 7:2 Lit to whom he was honorable
- Luke 7:3 Lit elders of the Jews
- Luke 7:3 Lit bring safely through, rescue
- Luke 7:6 Or Sir
- Luke 7:7 Lit say with a word
- Luke 7:7 Or boy
- Luke 7:11 Lit and
- Luke 7:12 Lit one who had died
- Luke 7:12 Or only begotten
- Luke 7:13 Or Stop weeping
- Luke 7:15 Or corpse
- Luke 7:16 Or cared for
- Luke 7:19 Lit a certain two
- Luke 7:19 Lit Coming One
- Luke 7:20 Lit Coming One
- Luke 7:21 Lit hour
- Luke 7:23 Lit whoever
- Luke 7:25 Or Well then, what
- Luke 7:25 Or garments
- Luke 7:27 Lit before Your face
- Luke 7:28 Or less
- Luke 7:29 Or justified God
- Luke 7:30 I.e. experts in the Mosaic Law
- Luke 7:30 Lit him
- Luke 7:34 Or wine-drinker
- Luke 7:34 I.e. irreligious Jews
- Luke 7:36 Lit eat
- Luke 7:37 I.e. an immoral woman
- Luke 7:39 I.e. an immoral woman
- Luke 7:40 Lit says
- Luke 7:41 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
- Luke 7:49 Or among
- Luke 8:5 Lit heaven
- Luke 8:8 Or hear! Or listen!
- Luke 8:13 Lit who believe
- Luke 8:15 Or steadfastness
- Luke 8:18 Or seems to have
- Luke 8:24 Lit a calm occurred
- Luke 8:28 Lit What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)
- Luke 8:32 Lit them
- Luke 8:36 Or saved
- Luke 8:38 Lit be with
- Luke 8:40 Lit crowd
- Luke 8:41 Lit ruler
- Luke 8:42 Or only begotten
- Luke 8:44 Or outer garment
- Luke 8:45 Lit crowds
- Luke 8:48 Or saved you
- Luke 8:50 Or saved
- Luke 9:3 Or knapsack or beggar’s bag
- Luke 9:3 Or inner garments
- Luke 9:4 Lit and leave from there
- Luke 9:6 Or from village to village
- Luke 9:12 Lit began to decline
- Luke 9:12 Lit provisions
- Luke 9:14 Lit recline
- Luke 9:15 Lit recline
- Luke 9:16 Lit crowd
- Luke 9:17 Lit that which was left over to them of the broken pieces was
- Luke 9:18 Lit crowds
- Luke 9:20 I.e. Messiah
- Luke 9:21 Or strictly admonished
- Luke 9:24 Or soul
- Luke 9:24 Or soul
- Luke 9:29 Lit flashing like lightning
- Luke 9:31 Or splendor
- Luke 9:33 Lit they
- Luke 9:33 Or sacred tents
- Luke 9:34 Lit occurred
- Luke 9:36 Lit occurred
- Luke 9:38 Or only begotten
- Luke 9:42 Or tore him
- Luke 9:43 Or majesty
- Luke 9:44 Or betrayed
- Luke 9:45 Lit were not knowing
- Luke 9:46 Lit entered in
- Luke 9:47 Lit the reasoning; or argument
- Luke 9:50 Or on your side
- Luke 9:51 Lit taking up
- Luke 9:51 Lit set His face
- Luke 9:52 Or prepare
- Luke 9:53 Lit His face was proceeding toward
- Luke 9:55 Early mss do not contain bracketed portion
- Luke 9:58 Or sky
- Luke 9:58 Or roosting-places
- Luke 10:1 Some mss read seventy-two
- Luke 10:4 Or knapsack or beggar’s bag
- Luke 10:6 Lit son of peace; i.e. a person inclined toward peace
- Luke 10:7 Lit the house itself
- Luke 10:7 Lit the things from them
- Luke 10:11 Lit know
- Luke 10:13 Or works of power
- Luke 10:13 I.e. symbols of mourning
- Luke 10:17 Some mss read seventy-two
- Luke 10:21 Lit hour
- Luke 10:21 Or acknowledge to You
- Luke 10:25 I.e. an expert in the Mosaic Law
- Luke 10:26 Lit How do you read?
- Luke 10:30 Lit laid blows upon
- Luke 10:35 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
- Luke 10:37 Or likewise
- Luke 10:40 Lit much service
- Luke 11:1 Lit He
- Luke 11:2 Later mss add phrases from Matt 6:9-13 to make the two passages closely similar
- Luke 11:3 Or bread for the coming day or needful bread
- Luke 11:5 Lit Which one of you will have
- Luke 11:7 Lit with me
- Luke 11:8 Lit shamelessness
- Luke 11:9 Or keep asking
- Luke 11:9 Or keep seeking
- Luke 11:9 Or keep knocking
- Luke 11:11 Lit which of you, a son, will ask the father
- Luke 11:11 Two early mss insert loaf, he will not give him a stone, will he, or for a
- Luke 11:13 Lit Father from heaven
- Luke 11:16 Lit testing
- Luke 11:16 Or attesting miracle
- Luke 11:17 Lit every
- Luke 11:17 Lit a house
- Luke 11:21 Lit the
- Luke 11:21 Lit in peace
- Luke 11:24 Lit the
- Luke 11:27 Lit He
- Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
- Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
- Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
- Luke 11:30 Or attesting miracle
- Luke 11:34 Or healthy
- Luke 11:34 Or evil
- Luke 11:38 Lit baptized
- Luke 11:38 Or lunch
- Luke 11:39 Lit your inside is full
- Luke 11:41 Lit behold
- Luke 11:44 Or indistinct, unseen
- Luke 11:45 I.e. experts in the Mosaic Law
- Luke 11:46 Lit and
- Luke 11:47 Or monuments to
- Luke 11:49 Or drive out
- Luke 11:50 Or required of
- Luke 11:51 Or required of
- Luke 11:52 I.e. experts in the Mosaic Law
- Luke 11:54 Lit something out of His mouth
- Luke 12:1 Lit myriads
- Luke 12:1 Lit the crowd
- Luke 12:3 Lit spoken in the ear
- Luke 12:5 Or show
- Luke 12:5 Gr Gehenna
- Luke 12:6 Gr assaria, the smallest of copper coins
- Luke 12:10 Lit will speak
- Luke 12:13 Lit out of
- Luke 12:20 Lit they are demanding your soul from you
- Luke 12:22 Or stop being worried
- Luke 12:22 Lit soul
- Luke 12:25 Lit cubit (approx 18 in.)
- Luke 12:25 Or height
- Luke 12:30 Or these things all the nations of the world
- Luke 12:35 Lit Let your loins be girded
- Luke 12:38 I.e. 9 p.m. to midnight
- Luke 12:38 I.e. midnight to 3 a.m.
- Luke 12:39 Lit know
- Luke 12:39 Lit dug through
- Luke 12:40 Lit think, suppose
- Luke 12:42 Lit service
- Luke 12:43 Or lord
- Luke 12:45 Lit is delaying to come
- Luke 12:48 Lit blows
- Luke 12:49 Or came
- Luke 12:49 Lit what do I wish if...?
- Luke 12:50 Lit be baptized with
- Luke 12:56 Lit how
- Luke 12:58 Lit be released from him
- Luke 12:59 Gr lepton; i.e. 1/128 of a denarius
- Luke 13:1 I.e. shed along with
- Luke 13:3 Or are repentant
- Luke 13:4 Lit debtors
- Luke 13:7 Lit and I do not find
- Luke 13:19 Or sky
- Luke 13:21 Gr sata