John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus(A)

11 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to (B)teach and to preach in their cities.

(C)And when John had heard (D)in prison about the works of Christ, he [a]sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You (E)the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (F)The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and (G)the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not (H)offended because of Me.”

(I)As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? (J)A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, (K)and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written:

(L)‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 (M)And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 (N)For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is (O)Elijah who is to come. 15 (P)He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16 (Q)“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not [b]lament.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a [c]winebibber, (R)a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (S)But wisdom is justified by her [d]children.”

Woe to the Impenitent Cities(T)

20 (U)Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago (V)in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, (W)it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, (X)who[e] are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you (Y)that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Jesus Gives True Rest(Z)

25 (AA)At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that (AB)You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent (AC)and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 (AD)All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. (AE)Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to (AF)Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you (AG)and learn from Me, for I am [f]gentle and (AH)lowly in heart, (AI)and you will find rest for your souls. 30 (AJ)For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath(AK)

12 At that time (AL)Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to (AM)pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”

But He said to them, “Have you not read (AN)what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate (AO)the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, (AP)but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the (AQ)law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple [g]profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is (AR)One greater than the temple. But if you had known what this means, (AS)‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord [h]even of the Sabbath.”

Healing on the Sabbath(AT)

(AU)Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, (AV)“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.

11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. 14 Then (AW)the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Behold, My Servant

15 But when Jesus knew it, (AX)He withdrew from there. (AY)And great [i]multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He (AZ)warned them not to make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

18 “Behold!(BA) My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved (BB)in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

A House Divided Cannot Stand(BC)

22 (BD)Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the [j]blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the (BE)Son of David?”

24 (BF)Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by [k]Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

25 But Jesus (BG)knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, (BH)surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 (BI)Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

The Unpardonable Sin(BJ)

31 “Therefore I say to you, (BK)every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, (BL)but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who (BM)speaks a word against the Son of Man, (BN)it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit(BO)

33 “Either make the tree good and (BP)its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 (BQ)Brood[l] of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? (BR)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure [m]of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign(BS)

38 (BT)Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and (BU)adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 (BV)For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 (BW)The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and (BX)condemn it, (BY)because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 (BZ)The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

An Unclean Spirit Returns(CA)

43 (CB)“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, (CC)he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; (CD)and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him(CE)

46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, (CF)behold, His mother and (CG)brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, (CH)Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My (CI)brothers! 50 For (CJ)whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower(CK)

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house (CL)and sat by the sea. (CM)And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that (CN)He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: (CO)“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some (CP)a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (CQ)He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables(CR)

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, “Because (CS)it has been given to you to know the [n]mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 (CT)For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

(CU)‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not (CV)perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears (CW)are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have (CX)closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I [o]should (CY)heal them.’

16 But (CZ)blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you (DA)that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained(DB)

18 (DC)“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word (DD)of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately (DE)receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when (DF)tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately (DG)he stumbles. 22 Now (DH)he who received seed (DI)among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears (DJ)fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but (DK)gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed(DL)

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: (DM)“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a (DN)tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven(DO)

33 (DP)Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three [p]measures of meal till (DQ)it was all leavened.”

Prophecy and the Parables

34 (DR)All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

(DS)“I will open My mouth in parables;
(DT)I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 (DU)The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are (DV)the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, (DW)the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, (DX)and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 (DY)and will cast them into the furnace of fire. (DZ)There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 (EA)Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (EB)He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and (EC)sells all that he has and (ED)buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found (EE)one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Dragnet

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and (EF)gathered some of every kind, 48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, (EG)separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

51 [q]Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”

They said to Him, “Yes, [r]Lord.”

52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every [s]scribe instructed [t]concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure (EH)things new and old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth(EI)

53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 54 (EJ)When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 (EK)Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And (EL)His brothers (EM)James, [u]Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they (EN)were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, (EO)“A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now (EP)He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

John the Baptist Beheaded(EQ)

14 At that time (ER)Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” (ES)For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John had said to him, (ET)“It is not lawful for you to have her.” And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, (EU)because they counted him as a prophet.

But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”

And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Feeding the Five Thousand(EV)

13 (EW)When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He (EX)was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 (EY)When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”

16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, (EZ)He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Sea(FA)

22 Immediately Jesus [v]made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 (FB)And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. (FC)Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now [w]in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him (FD)walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, [x]“Be of good (FE)cheer! [y]It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw [z]that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of (FF)little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat [aa]came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly (FG)You are the Son of God.”

Many Touch Him and Are Made Well(FH)

34 (FI)When they had crossed over, they came [ab]to the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only (FJ)touch the hem of His garment. And (FK)as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

Defilement Comes from Within(FL)

15 Then (FM)the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, (FN)“Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, (FO)‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, (FP)‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, (FQ)“Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father [ac]or mother.’ Thus you have made the [ad]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. (FR)Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

‘These(FS) people [ae]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
(FT)Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

10 (FU)When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 (FV)Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, (FW)“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. (FX)They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

15 (FY)Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, (FZ)“Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that (GA)whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But (GB)those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 (GC)For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

A Gentile Shows Her Faith(GD)

21 (GE)Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, (GF)Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

23 But He answered her not a word.

And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

24 But He answered and said, (GG)“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little (GH)dogs.”

27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, (GI)great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus Heals Great Multitudes(GJ)

29 (GK)Jesus departed from there, (GL)skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 (GM)Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, [af]maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ (GN)feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the [ag]maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they (GO)glorified the God of Israel.

Feeding the Four Thousand(GP)

32 (GQ)Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

33 (GR)Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”

34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And (GS)He took the seven loaves and the fish and (GT)gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 (GU)And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of [ah]Magdala.

The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign(GV)

16 Then the (GW)Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ [ai]Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. (GX)A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [aj]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees(GY)

Now (GZ)when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, (HA)“Take heed and beware of the [ak]leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”

But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you [al]have brought no bread? (HB)Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 (HC)Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the [am]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [an]doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ(HD)

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, (HE)“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14 So they said, (HF)“Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or (HG)one of the prophets.”

15 He said to them, “But who do (HH)you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, (HI)“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, (HJ)for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but (HK)My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that (HL)you are Peter, and (HM)on this rock I will build My church, and (HN)the gates of Hades shall not [ao]prevail against it. 19 (HO)And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [ap]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

20 (HP)Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection(HQ)

21 From that time Jesus began (HR)to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [aq]“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, (HS)Satan! (HT)You are [ar]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him(HU)

24 (HV)Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and (HW)follow Me. 25 For (HX)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (HY)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (HZ)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For (IA)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (IB)with His angels, (IC)and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, (ID)there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount(IE)

17 Now (IF)after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, [as]let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

(IG)While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, (IH)“This is My beloved Son, (II)in whom I am well pleased. (IJ)Hear Him!” (IK)And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and (IL)touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, (IM)“Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming [at]first and will (IN)restore all things. 12 (IO)But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they (IP)did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise (IQ)the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” 13 (IR)Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.

A Boy Is Healed(IS)

14 (IT)And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is [au]an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O [av]faithless and (IU)perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus (IV)rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your [aw]unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, (IW)if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 [ax]However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection(IX)

22 (IY)Now while they were [ay]staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly (IZ)sorrowful.

Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes

24 (JA)When they had come to [az]Capernaum, those who received the [ba]temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”

25 He said, “Yes.”

And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from (JB)strangers?”

26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a [bb]piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

Who Is the Greatest?(JC)

18 At (JD)that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Then Jesus called a little (JE)child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, (JF)unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (JG)Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (JH)Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Jesus Warns of Offenses(JI)

(JJ)“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of [bc]offenses! For (JK)offenses must come, but (JL)woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

(JM)“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into [bd]hell fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep(JN)

10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven (JO)their angels always (JP)see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 (JQ)For[be] the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

12 (JR)“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the (JS)will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Dealing with a Sinning Brother

15 “Moreover (JT)if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, (JU)you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that (JV)‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a (JW)heathen and a tax collector.

18 “Assuredly, I say to you, (JX)whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 (JY)“Again[bf] I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, (JZ)it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered (KA)together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? (KB)Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, (KC)up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded (KD)that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down [bg]at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you [bh]all.’ 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you (KE)all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 (KF)“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother [bi]his trespasses.”

Marriage and Divorce(KG)

19 Now it came to pass, (KH)when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. (KI)And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.

The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who [bj]made them at the beginning (KJ)‘made them male and female,’ and said, (KK)‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and (KL)the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

They said to Him, (KM)“Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”

He said to them, “Moses, because of the (KN)hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your (KO)wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (KP)And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for [bk]sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

10 His disciples said to Him, (KQ)“If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”

Jesus Teaches on Celibacy

11 But He said to them, (KR)“All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: 12 For there are [bl]eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and (KS)there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children(KT)

13 (KU)Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for (KV)of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler(KW)

16 (KX)Now behold, one came and said to Him, (KY)“Good[bm] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, [bn]“Why do you call Me good? [bo]No one is (KZ)good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, (LA)keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, (LB)“‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 (LC)‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, (LD)‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have (LE)kept [bp]from my youth. What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, (LF)go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

With God All Things Are Possible(LG)

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that (LH)it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but (LI)with God all things are possible.”

27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, (LJ)we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”

28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, (LK)you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 (LL)And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother [bq]or wife or children or [br]lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 (LM)But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing [bs]idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, [bt]and whatever is right you will receive.’

“So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they [bu]complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 (LN)Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or (LO)is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 (LP)So the last will be first, and the first last. (LQ)For[bv] many are called, but few chosen.”

Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection(LR)

17 (LS)Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 (LT)“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 (LU)and deliver Him to the Gentiles to (LV)mock and to (LW)scourge and to (LX)crucify. And the third day He will (LY)rise again.”

Greatness Is Serving(LZ)

20 (MA)Then the mother of (MB)Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.

21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?”

She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine (MC)may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”

22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink (MD)the cup that I am about to drink, [bw]and be baptized with (ME)the baptism that I am baptized with?”

They said to Him, “We are able.”

23 So He said to them, (MF)“You will indeed drink My cup, [bx]and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”

24 (MG)And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet (MH)it shall not be so among you; but (MI)whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 (MJ)And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 (MK)just as the (ML)Son of Man did not come to be served, (MM)but to serve, and (MN)to give His life a ransom (MO)for many.”

Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight(MP)

29 (MQ)Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. 30 And behold, (MR)two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, (MS)Son of David!”

31 Then the multitude (MT)warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34 So Jesus had (MU)compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.


  1. Matthew 11:2 NU sent by his
  2. Matthew 11:17 Lit. beat your breast
  3. Matthew 11:19 wine drinker
  4. Matthew 11:19 NU works
  5. Matthew 11:23 NU will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be
  6. Matthew 11:29 meek
  7. Matthew 12:5 desecrate
  8. Matthew 12:8 NU, M omit even
  9. Matthew 12:15 NU brackets multitudes as disputed.
  10. Matthew 12:22 NU omits blind and
  11. Matthew 12:24 NU, M Beelzebul, a Philistine deity
  12. Matthew 12:34 Offspring
  13. Matthew 12:35 NU, M omit of his heart
  14. Matthew 13:11 secret or hidden truths
  15. Matthew 13:15 NU, M would
  16. Matthew 13:33 Gr. sata, same as a Heb. seah; approximately 2 pecks in all
  17. Matthew 13:51 NU omits Jesus said to them
  18. Matthew 13:51 NU omits Lord
  19. Matthew 13:52 A scholar of the Old Testament
  20. Matthew 13:52 Or for
  21. Matthew 13:55 NU Joseph
  22. Matthew 14:22 invited, strongly urged
  23. Matthew 14:24 NU many furlongs away from the land
  24. Matthew 14:27 Take courage
  25. Matthew 14:27 Lit. I am
  26. Matthew 14:30 NU brackets that and boisterous as disputed.
  27. Matthew 14:33 NU omits came and
  28. Matthew 14:34 NU to land at
  29. Matthew 15:6 NU omits or mother
  30. Matthew 15:6 NU word
  31. Matthew 15:8 NU omits draw near to Me with their mouth, And
  32. Matthew 15:30 crippled
  33. Matthew 15:31 crippled
  34. Matthew 15:39 NU Magadan
  35. Matthew 16:3 NU omits Hypocrites
  36. Matthew 16:4 NU omits the prophet
  37. Matthew 16:6 yeast
  38. Matthew 16:8 NU have no bread
  39. Matthew 16:11 yeast
  40. Matthew 16:12 teaching
  41. Matthew 16:18 be victorious
  42. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been bound . . . will have been loosed
  43. Matthew 16:22 Lit. Merciful to You (May God be merciful)
  44. Matthew 16:23 a stumbling block
  45. Matthew 17:4 NU I will make
  46. Matthew 17:11 NU omits first
  47. Matthew 17:15 Lit. moonstruck
  48. Matthew 17:17 unbelieving
  49. Matthew 17:20 NU little faith
  50. Matthew 17:21 NU omits v. 21.
  51. Matthew 17:22 NU gathering together
  52. Matthew 17:24 NU Capharnaum, here and elsewhere
  53. Matthew 17:24 Lit. double drachma
  54. Matthew 17:27 Gr. stater, the exact temple tax for two
  55. Matthew 18:7 enticements to sin
  56. Matthew 18:9 Gr. Gehenna
  57. Matthew 18:11 NU omits v. 11.
  58. Matthew 18:19 NU, M Again, assuredly, I say
  59. Matthew 18:29 NU omits at his feet
  60. Matthew 18:29 NU, M omit all
  61. Matthew 18:35 NU omits his trespasses
  62. Matthew 19:4 NU created
  63. Matthew 19:9 Or fornication
  64. Matthew 19:12 Emasculated men
  65. Matthew 19:16 NU omits Good
  66. Matthew 19:17 NU Why do you ask Me about what is good?
  67. Matthew 19:17 NU There is One who is good. But
  68. Matthew 19:20 NU omits from my youth
  69. Matthew 19:29 NU omits or wife
  70. Matthew 19:29 Lit. fields
  71. Matthew 20:6 NU omits idle
  72. Matthew 20:7 NU omits the rest of v. 7.
  73. Matthew 20:11 grumbled
  74. Matthew 20:16 NU omits the rest of v. 16.
  75. Matthew 20:22 NU omits and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with
  76. Matthew 20:23 NU omits and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

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