Matthew 2:1-12

The Visit of the Magi

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the [b]Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written [c]by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For out of you shall come forth a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them [d]the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they [e]fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”

So [f]Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He [g]remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Herod Slaughters Babies

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
And she refused to be comforted,
Because they were no more.”

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” So [h]Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

The Preaching of John the Baptist

Now in those days John the Baptist *[i]came, [j]preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [k]is at hand.” For this is the one referred to [l]by Isaiah the prophet when he said,

The voice of one [m]crying in the wilderness,
Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight!’”

Now John himself had [n]a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“As for me, I baptize you [o]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you [p]with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and [q]he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and [r]lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is [s]My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He [t]then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

He will command His angels concerning You’;

and

On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, [u]On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and [v]worship me.” Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and [w]serve Him only.’” Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
[x]By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the [y]Gentiles
The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to [z]preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The First Disciples

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He *said to them, [aa]Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, [ab]James the son of Zebedee, and [ac]John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Ministry in Galilee

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the [ad]gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, [ae]epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the [af]mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

[ag]Blessed are the [ah]poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the [ai]gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Disciples and the World

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how [aj]can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a [ak]hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a [al]basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [am]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [an]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [ao]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Personal Relationships

“You have heard that [ap]the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be [aq]liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be [ar]guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[as]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be [at]guilty before [au]the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be [av]guilty enough to go into the [aw]fiery hell. Therefore if you are presenting your [ax]offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your [ay]offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your [az]offering. Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last [ba]cent.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you [bb]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [bc]to lose one of the parts of your body, [bd]than for your whole body to be thrown into [be]hell. If your right hand makes you [bf]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [bg]to lose one of the parts of your body, [bh]than for your whole body to go into [bi]hell.

“It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who [bj]divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a [bk]divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that [bl]the ancients were told, ‘[bm]You shall not [bn]make false vows, but shall fulfill your [bo]vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or [bp]by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is [bq]of evil.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your [br]shirt, let him have your [bs]coat also. Whoever [bt]forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [bu]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore [bv]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Giving to the Poor and Prayer

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

“So when you [bw]give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you [bx]give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your [by]giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [bz]so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day [ca]our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [cb]evil. [cc][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

For if you forgive [cd]others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive [ce]others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Fasting; The True Treasure; Wealth (Mammon)

“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they [cf]neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is [cg]clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is [ch]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [ci]wealth.

The Cure for Anxiety

“For this reason I say to you, [cj]do not be worried about your [ck]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the [cl]air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single [cm]hour to his [cn]life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But [co]seek first [cp]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [cq]added to you.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will [cr]care for itself. [cs]Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Judging Others

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and [ct]by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 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 [cu]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Prayer and the Golden Rule

[cv]Ask, and it will be given to you; [cw]seek, and you will find; [cx]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. Or what man is there among you [cy]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [cz]will give him a stone? Or [da]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

“In everything, therefore, [db]treat people the same way you want [dc]them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will [dd]know them by their fruits. [de]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will [df]know them by their fruits.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [dg]miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

The Two Foundations

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [dh]acts on them, [di]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the [dj]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not [dk]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the [dl]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

[dm]When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith

When [dn]Jesus came down from the mountain, [do]large crowds followed Him. And a leper came to Him and [dp]bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus *said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the [dq]offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

And when [dr]Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “[ds]Lord, my [dt]servant is [du]lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “[dv]Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just [dw]say the word, and my [dx]servant will be healed. For I also am a man 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 and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith [dy]with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and [dz]recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; [ea]it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the [eb]servant was healed that very [ec]moment.

Peter’s Mother-in-law and Many Others Healed

When Jesus came into Peter’s [ed]home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and [ee]waited on Him. When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and [ef]carried away our diseases.”

Discipleship Tested

Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the [eg]air have [eh]nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose [ei]a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you [ej]afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [ek]it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus Casts Out Demons

When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. And they cried out, saying, “[el]What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before [em]the time?” Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, [en]including what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.

A Paralytic Healed

Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city.

And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, [eo]son; your sins are forgiven.” And some of the scribes said [ep]to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ 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”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” And he got up and [eq]went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were [er]awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew Called

As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.

Then it happened that as [es]Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and [et]sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard this, He said, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn [eu]what this means: ‘I desire [ev]compassion, [ew]and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Question about Fasting

Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The [ex]attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. But no one puts [ey]a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for [ez]the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Miracles of Healing

While He was saying these things to them, [fa]a synagogue [fb]official came and [fc]bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples.

And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the [fd]fringe of His [fe]cloak; for she was saying [ff]to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will [fg]get well.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has [fh]made you well.” [fi]At once the woman was [fj]made well.

When Jesus came into the [fk]official’s house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder, He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl [fl]got up. This news spread throughout all that land.

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus *said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They *said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, [fm]It shall be done to you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!” But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.

As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man [fn]was brought to Him. After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has [fo]ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

Seeing the [fp]people, He felt compassion for them, because they were [fq]distressed and [fr]dispirited like sheep [fs]without a shepherd. Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

The Twelve Disciples; Instructions for Service

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and [ft]James the son of Zebedee, and [fu]John his brother; Philip and [fv]Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; [fw]James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the [fx]Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.

These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not [fy]go [fz]in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, [ga]preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven [gb]is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a [gc]bag for your journey, or even two [gd]coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his [ge]support. And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay [gf]at his house until you leave that city. As you enter the [gg]house, give it your [gh]greeting. If the house is worthy, [gi]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [gj]take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

A Hard Road before Them

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so [gk]be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and [gl]cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

“But whenever they persecute you in [gm]one city, flee to [gn]the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.

The Meaning of Discipleship

“A [go]disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house [gp]Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [gq]hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a [gr]cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

“Therefore everyone who [gs]confesses Me before men, I will also confess [gt]him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever [gu]denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

“Do not think that I came to [gv]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his [gw]life will lose it, and he who has lost his [gx]life for My sake will find it.

The Reward of Service

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these [gy]little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

John’s Questions

When Jesus had finished [gz]giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and [ha]preach in their cities.

Now when John, [hb]while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the [hc]Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the [hd]gospel preached to them. And blessed is he [he]who does not [hf]take offense at Me.”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? [hg]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ [hh]palaces! [hi]But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it [hj]is written,

Behold, I send My messenger [hk]ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is [hl]least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven [hm]suffers violence, and violent men [hn]take it by force. For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who [ho]was to come. He who has ears to hear, [hp]let him hear.

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not [hq]mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [hr]drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and [hs]sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

The Unrepenting Cities

Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His [ht]miracles were done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the [hu]miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in [hv]sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the [hw]miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come to Me

At that [hx]time Jesus said, “I praise You, 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 the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

“Come to Me, all [hy]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is [hz]easy and My burden is light.”

Sabbath Questions

At that [ia]time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.


Footnotes
  1. Matthew 2:1 A caste of wise men specializing in astronomy, astrology, and natural science
  2. Matthew 2:4 Gr Christos (Christ)
  3. Matthew 2:5 Or through
  4. Matthew 2:7 Lit the time of the appearing star
  5. Matthew 2:11 Lit prostrated; i.e. face down in a prone position to indicate worship
  6. Matthew 2:14 Lit he
  7. Matthew 2:15 Lit was
  8. Matthew 2:21 Lit he
  9. Matthew 3:1 Or arrived, or appeared
  10. Matthew 3:1 Or proclaiming as a herald
  11. Matthew 3:2 Lit has come near
  12. Matthew 3:3 Or through
  13. Matthew 3:3 Or shouting
  14. Matthew 3:4 Lit his garment
  15. Matthew 3:11 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by
  16. Matthew 3:11 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by
  17. Matthew 3:16 Or He
  18. Matthew 3:16 Lit coming upon Him
  19. Matthew 3:17 Or My Son, the Beloved
  20. Matthew 4:2 Lit later became; or afterward became
  21. Matthew 4:7 Lit Again
  22. Matthew 4:9 Lit prostrate Yourself
  23. Matthew 4:10 Or fulfill religious duty to Him
  24. Matthew 4:15 Or Toward the sea
  25. Matthew 4:15 Lit nations, usually non-Jewish
  26. Matthew 4:17 Or proclaim
  27. Matthew 4:19 Lit Come here after Me
  28. Matthew 4:21 Or Jacob; James is the Eng form of Jacob
  29. Matthew 4:21 Gr Joannes, Heb Johanan
  30. Matthew 4:23 Or good news
  31. Matthew 4:24 Lit moonstruck
  32. Matthew 5:1 Or hill
  33. Matthew 5:3 I.e. fortunate or prosperous, and so through v 11
  34. Matthew 5:3 I.e. those who are not spiritually arrogant
  35. Matthew 5:5 Or humble, meek
  36. Matthew 5:13 Lit will
  37. Matthew 5:14 Or mountain
  38. Matthew 5:15 Or peck-measure
  39. Matthew 5:18 Lit one iota (Heb yodh) or one projection of a letter (serif)
  40. Matthew 5:19 Gr anthropoi
  41. Matthew 5:19 Lit does
  42. Matthew 5:21 Lit it was said to the ancients
  43. Matthew 5:21 Or guilty before
  44. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  45. Matthew 5:22 Or empty-head; Gr Raka (Raca) fr Aram reqa
  46. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  47. Matthew 5:22 Lit the Sanhedrin
  48. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  49. Matthew 5:22 Lit Gehenna of fire
  50. Matthew 5:23 Or gift
  51. Matthew 5:24 Or gift
  52. Matthew 5:24 Or gift
  53. Matthew 5:26 Lit quadrans (equaling two mites); i.e. 1/64 of a daily wage
  54. Matthew 5:29 I.e. sin
  55. Matthew 5:29 Lit that one...be lost
  56. Matthew 5:29 Lit not your whole body
  57. Matthew 5:29 Gr Gehenna
  58. Matthew 5:30 I.e. sin
  59. Matthew 5:30 Lit that one...be lost
  60. Matthew 5:30 Lit not your whole body
  61. Matthew 5:30 Gr Gehenna
  62. Matthew 5:32 Or sends away
  63. Matthew 5:32 Or sent away
  64. Matthew 5:33 Lit it was said to the ancients
  65. Matthew 5:33 you and your are singular here
  66. Matthew 5:33 Or break your vows
  67. Matthew 5:33 Lit oaths
  68. Matthew 5:35 Or toward
  69. Matthew 5:37 Or from the evil one
  70. Matthew 5:40 Lit tunic; i.e. a garment worn next to the body
  71. Matthew 5:40 Lit cloak; i.e. an outer garment
  72. Matthew 5:41 Lit will force
  73. Matthew 5:45 Or show yourselves to be
  74. Matthew 5:48 Lit you shall be
  75. Matthew 6:2 Or give alms
  76. Matthew 6:3 Or give alms
  77. Matthew 6:4 Or alms
  78. Matthew 6:5 Lit to be apparent to men
  79. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  80. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one
  81. Matthew 6:13 This clause not found in early mss
  82. Matthew 6:14 Gr anthropoi
  83. Matthew 6:15 Gr anthropoi
  84. Matthew 6:16 Lit distort their faces, i.e. discolor their faces with makeup
  85. Matthew 6:22 Or healthy; or sincere
  86. Matthew 6:23 Or evil
  87. Matthew 6:24 Gr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship
  88. Matthew 6:25 Or stop being worried
  89. Matthew 6:25 Lit soul
  90. Matthew 6:26 Lit heaven
  91. Matthew 6:27 Lit cubit (approx 18 in.)
  92. Matthew 6:27 Or height
  93. Matthew 6:33 Or continually seek
  94. Matthew 6:33 Or the kingdom
  95. Matthew 6:33 Or provided
  96. Matthew 6:34 Lit worry about itself
  97. Matthew 6:34 Lit Sufficient for the day is its evils
  98. Matthew 7:2 Lit by what measure you measure
  99. Matthew 7:4 Lit will
  100. Matthew 7:7 Or Keep asking
  101. Matthew 7:7 Or keep seeking
  102. Matthew 7:7 Or keep knocking
  103. Matthew 7:9 Lit whom his son will ask
  104. Matthew 7:9 Lit he will not give him a stone, will he?
  105. Matthew 7:10 Lit also will ask
  106. Matthew 7:12 Lit you, too, do so for them
  107. Matthew 7:12 Lit people; Gr anthropoi
  108. Matthew 7:16 Or recognize
  109. Matthew 7:16 Lit They do not gather
  110. Matthew 7:20 Or recognize
  111. Matthew 7:22 Or works of power
  112. Matthew 7:24 Lit does
  113. Matthew 7:24 Lit will
  114. Matthew 7:25 Lit rivers
  115. Matthew 7:26 Lit do
  116. Matthew 7:27 Lit rivers
  117. Matthew 7:28 Lit And it happened when
  118. Matthew 8:1 Lit He
  119. Matthew 8:1 Lit many
  120. Matthew 8:2 Or worshiped
  121. Matthew 8:4 Lit gift
  122. Matthew 8:5 Lit He
  123. Matthew 8:6 Or Sir
  124. Matthew 8:6 Lit boy
  125. Matthew 8:6 Lit thrown down
  126. Matthew 8:8 Or Sir
  127. Matthew 8:8 Lit say with a word
  128. Matthew 8:8 Lit boy
  129. Matthew 8:10 One early ms reads not even in Israel
  130. Matthew 8:11 Or dine
  131. Matthew 8:13 Or let it be done; i.e. a command
  132. Matthew 8:13 Lit boy
  133. Matthew 8:13 Lit hour
  134. Matthew 8:14 Or house
  135. Matthew 8:15 Or served
  136. Matthew 8:17 Or removed
  137. Matthew 8:20 Or sky
  138. Matthew 8:20 Or roosting places
  139. Matthew 8:24 Lit a shaking
  140. Matthew 8:26 Or cowardly
  141. Matthew 8:26 Lit a great calm occurred
  142. Matthew 8:29 Lit What is to us and to you (a Heb idiom)
  143. Matthew 8:29 I.e. the appointed time of judgment
  144. Matthew 8:33 Lit and the things of
  145. Matthew 9:2 Lit child
  146. Matthew 9:3 Lit among
  147. Matthew 9:7 Or departed
  148. Matthew 9:8 Lit afraid
  149. Matthew 9:10 Lit He
  150. Matthew 9:10 I.e. irreligious Jews
  151. Matthew 9:13 Lit what is
  152. Matthew 9:13 Or mercy
  153. Matthew 9:13 I.e. more than
  154. Matthew 9:15 Lit sons of the wedding place
  155. Matthew 9:16 Lit that which is put on
  156. Matthew 9:16 Lit that which fills up
  157. Matthew 9:18 Or one
  158. Matthew 9:18 Lit ruler
  159. Matthew 9:18 Or worshiped
  160. Matthew 9:20 I.e. tassel fringe with a blue cord
  161. Matthew 9:20 Or outer garment
  162. Matthew 9:21 Lit in herself
  163. Matthew 9:21 Lit be saved
  164. Matthew 9:22 Lit saved you
  165. Matthew 9:22 Lit from that hour
  166. Matthew 9:22 Lit saved
  167. Matthew 9:23 Lit ruler’s
  168. Matthew 9:25 Or was raised up
  169. Matthew 9:29 Or Let it be done; Gr command
  170. Matthew 9:32 Lit they brought
  171. Matthew 9:33 Lit ever appeared
  172. Matthew 9:36 Lit crowds
  173. Matthew 9:36 Or harassed
  174. Matthew 9:36 Lit thrown down
  175. Matthew 9:36 Lit not having
  176. Matthew 10:2 Or Jacob; James is the Eng form of Jacob
  177. Matthew 10:2 Gr Joannes, Heb Johanan
  178. Matthew 10:3 I.e. son of Talmai (Aram)
  179. Matthew 10:3 Or Jacob
  180. Matthew 10:4 Or Cananaean
  181. Matthew 10:5 Or go off
  182. Matthew 10:5 Or on the road of (Gr hodos: way or road)
  183. Matthew 10:7 Or proclaim
  184. Matthew 10:7 Lit has come near
  185. Matthew 10:10 Or knapsack, or beggar’s bag
  186. Matthew 10:10 Or inner garments
  187. Matthew 10:10 Lit nourishment
  188. Matthew 10:11 Lit there until
  189. Matthew 10:12 Or household
  190. Matthew 10:12 I.e. the familiar Heb blessing, “Peace be to this house!”
  191. Matthew 10:13 Lit your peace is to come upon it
  192. Matthew 10:13 Lit your peace is to return to you
  193. Matthew 10:16 Or show yourselves to be
  194. Matthew 10:21 Lit put them to death
  195. Matthew 10:23 Lit this
  196. Matthew 10:23 Lit the other
  197. Matthew 10:24 Or student
  198. Matthew 10:25 Or Beezebul: ruler of demons
  199. Matthew 10:28 Gr Gehenna
  200. Matthew 10:29 Gr assarion, the smallest copper coin
  201. Matthew 10:32 Lit will confess in Me
  202. Matthew 10:32 Lit in him
  203. Matthew 10:33 Lit will deny
  204. Matthew 10:34 Lit cast
  205. Matthew 10:39 Or soul
  206. Matthew 10:39 Or soul
  207. Matthew 10:42 I.e. humble
  208. Matthew 11:1 Or commanding
  209. Matthew 11:1 Or proclaim
  210. Matthew 11:2 Lit in prison
  211. Matthew 11:3 Lit Coming One
  212. Matthew 11:5 Or good news
  213. Matthew 11:6 Lit whoever
  214. Matthew 11:6 Or stumble over Me
  215. Matthew 11:8 Or Well then,
  216. Matthew 11:8 Lit houses
  217. Matthew 11:9 Or Well then,
  218. Matthew 11:10 Lit has been written
  219. Matthew 11:10 Lit before your face
  220. Matthew 11:11 Or less
  221. Matthew 11:12 Or is forcibly entered
  222. Matthew 11:12 Or seize it for themselves
  223. Matthew 11:14 Or is going to come
  224. Matthew 11:15 Or hear! Or listen!
  225. Matthew 11:17 Lit beat the breast
  226. Matthew 11:19 Or wine-drinker
  227. Matthew 11:19 I.e. irreligious Jews
  228. Matthew 11:20 Or works of power
  229. Matthew 11:21 Or works of power
  230. Matthew 11:21 I.e. symbols of mourning
  231. Matthew 11:23 Or works of power
  232. Matthew 11:25 Or occasion
  233. Matthew 11:28 Or who work to exhaustion
  234. Matthew 11:30 Or comfortable, or pleasant
  235. Matthew 12:1 Or occasion

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