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Matthew 8 International Standard Version (ISV)

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When Jesus[a] came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him. Suddenly, a leper[b] came up to him, fell down before him, and said, “Sir,[c] if you want to, you can make me clean.”[d]

So Jesus[e] reached out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do want to. Be clean!” And instantly his leprosy was made clean. Then Jesus told him, “See to it that you don’t speak to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded[f] as proof to the authorities.”[g]

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

When Jesus[h] returned to Capernaum, a centurion[i] came up to him and begged him repeatedly, “Sir,[j] my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

Jesus[k] told him, “I will come and heal him.”

The centurion replied, “Sir,[l] I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed, because I, too, am a man under authority and I have soldiers under me. I say to one of them[m] ‘Go’ and he goes, to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my servant ‘Do this’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and told those who were following him, “I tell all of you[n] with certainty, not even[o] in Israel have I found this kind of faith! 11 I tell all of you,[p] many will come from east and west and will feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom from[q] heaven. 12 But the unfaithful heirs[r] of that kingdom will be thrown into the darkness outside. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”[s]

13 “Go,” Jesus told the centurion, “and it will be done for you, just as you have believed.” And his servant was healed that very hour.

Jesus Heals Many People

14 When Jesus went into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s[t] mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began serving him.

16 When evening came, people[u] brought to him many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits by speaking a command[v] and healed everyone who was sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

“It was he who took our illnesses away
    and removed our diseases.”[w]

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the large crowds around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.[x] 19 Just then, a scribe came up and told him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus told him,

“Foxes have holes and birds[y] have nests,
    but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”[z]

21 Then another of his disciples told him, “Lord,[aa] first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Sea

23 When Jesus[ab] got into the boat, his disciples went with him. 24 Suddenly, a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat began to be swamped by the waves. Yet Jesus[ac] kept sleeping. 25 They[ad] went to him and woke him up. “Lord!” they cried, “Save us! We’re going to die!”

26 He asked them, “Why are you afraid, you who have little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27 The men were amazed. “What kind of man is this?” they asked. “Even the winds and the sea obey him!”

Jesus Heals Two Demon-Possessed Men

28 When Jesus[ae] arrived on the other side in the region of the Gerasenes,[af] two demon-possessed men met him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could travel on that road. 29 Suddenly, they screamed, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Did you come here to torture us before the proper time?”

30 Now a large herd of pigs was grazing some distance away from them. 31 So the demons began to plead with Jesus,[ag] saying, “If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”

32 He told them, “Go,” and they came out and went into the pigs. Suddenly, the whole herd rushed down a steep slope into the sea and drowned in the water.

33 Now when those who had been taking care of the pigs ran away, they came into the city and reported everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and as soon as they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:1 Lit. he
  2. Matthew 8:2 I.e. a man with a serious skin disease
  3. Matthew 8:2 Or Lord
  4. Matthew 8:2 I.e. restored to health and qualified to participate in worship
  5. Matthew 8:3 Lit. He
  6. Matthew 8:4 Cf. Lev 14:3-32
  7. Matthew 8:4 Lit. to them
  8. Matthew 8:5 Lit. he
  9. Matthew 8:5 I.e. a commander of about 100 soldiers
  10. Matthew 8:6 Or Lord
  11. Matthew 8:7 Lit. He
  12. Matthew 8:8 Or Lord
  13. Matthew 8:9 The Gk. lacks of them
  14. Matthew 8:10 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
  15. Matthew 8:10 Other mss. read in no one
  16. Matthew 8:11 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
  17. Matthew 8:11 Lit. of
  18. Matthew 8:12 Lit. the sons
  19. Matthew 8:12 I.e. extreme pain
  20. Matthew 8:14 Lit. his
  21. Matthew 8:16 Lit. they
  22. Matthew 8:16 Lit. spirits with a word
  23. Matthew 8:17 Cf. Isa 53:4
  24. Matthew 8:18 The Gk. lacks of the Sea of Galilee
  25. Matthew 8:20 Lit. birds in the sky
  26. Matthew 8:20 Lit. no place to lay his head
  27. Matthew 8:21 Or Sir
  28. Matthew 8:23 Lit. he
  29. Matthew 8:24 Lit. he
  30. Matthew 8:25 Other mss. read The disciples
  31. Matthew 8:28 Lit. he
  32. Matthew 8:28 Other mss. read Gergesenes; still other mss. read Gadarenes
  33. Matthew 8:31 Lit. him
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Matthew 8 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus Heals Many

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.”[b]

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[c] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:2 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  2. Matthew 8:17 Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)
  3. Matthew 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes
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