Jesus Cleanses a Man with Leprosy

When [a]Jesus came down from the mountain, [b]large crowds followed Him. And (A)a man with [c]leprosy came to Him and [d](B)bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” [e]Jesus reached out with His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his (C)leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus *said to him, (D)See that you tell no one; but (E)go, (F)show yourself to the priest and present the [f]offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The Centurion’s Faith

And (G)when [g]Jesus entered Capernaum, a [h]centurion came to Him, begging Him, and saying, “[i]Lord, my [j]servant is lying (H)paralyzed at home, terribly tormented.” Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “[k]Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just [l]say the word, and my [m]servant will be healed. For I also am a man under (I)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.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith [n]with anyone in Israel. 11 And I say to you that many (J)will come from east and west, and [o]recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but (K)the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into (L)the outer darkness; in that place (M)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; [p]it shall be done for you (N)as you have believed.” And the [q]servant was healed at that very [r]moment.

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

14 (O)When Jesus came into Peter’s [s]home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and [t]waited on Him. 16 Now when evening came, they brought to Him many (P)who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and (Q)healed all who were ill. 17 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: “(R)He Himself took our illnesses and [u]carried away our diseases.”

Discipleship Tested

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, (S)He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. 19 (T)Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but (U)the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 And another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus *said to him, (V)Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

23 (W)When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, a [v]violent storm developed on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “(X)Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you [w]afraid, (Y)you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [x]it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus Sends Demons into Pigs

28 (Z)And when He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two (AA)demon-possessed men confronted Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, “[y](AB)What business do You have with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before [z]the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding at a distance from them. 31 And the demons begged Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the pigs; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and [aa]drowned in the waters. 33 And the herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, [ab]including what had happened to the (AC)demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, (AD)they pleaded with Him to leave their region.

A Paralyzed Man Healed

Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee and came to (AE)His own city.

(AF)And they brought to Him a (AG)paralyzed man lying on a stretcher. And seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man who was paralyzed, (AH)Take courage, [ac]son; (AI)your sins are forgiven.” And some of the scribes said [ad]to themselves, “This man is (AJ)blaspheming!” And Jesus, (AK)perceiving their thoughts, said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘(AL)Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that (AM)the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the (AN)paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.” And he got up and [ae]went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were [af]awestruck, and they (AO)glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew Called

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

10 Then it happened that as [ag]Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and [ah]sinners came and began dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “(AS)Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, It is not (AT)those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Now go and learn [ai](AU)what this means: ‘(AV)I desire [aj]compassion, [ak]rather than sacrifice,’ for (AW)I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Question about Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and (AX)the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “The [al]attendants of the groom cannot mourn as long as the groom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the groom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for [am]the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. 17 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

18 (AY)While He was saying these things to them, behold, [an]a synagogue [ao]official came and [ap](AZ)bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will become alive again.” 19 Jesus got up from the table and began to accompany him, along with His disciples.

20 And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him, and touched (BA)the [aq]border of His [ar]cloak; 21 for she was [as]saying [at]to herself, “If I only (BB)touch His cloak, I will [au]get well.” 22 But Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, “Daughter, (BC)take courage; (BD)your faith has [av]made you well.” And [aw]at once the woman was [ax]made well.

23 When Jesus came into the [ay]official’s house and saw (BE)the flute players and the crowd in noisy disorder, 24 He said, “Leave; for the girl (BF)has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. 25 But (BG)when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and (BH)took her by the hand, and the girl [az]got up. 26 And (BI)this news spread throughout that land.

27 As Jesus went on from there, two men who were blind followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, (BJ)Son of David!” 28 And after He entered the house, the men who were blind 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.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, [ba]It shall be done for you (BK)according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus (BL)sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows about this!” 31 But they went out and (BM)spread the news about Him throughout that land.

32 And as they were going out, behold, (BN)a (BO)demon-possessed man who was unable to speak [bb]was brought to Him. 33 And after the demon was cast out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “(BP)Nothing like this has ever [bc]been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees were saying, “He (BQ)casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

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

36 (BS)Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, (BT)because they were [bd]distressed and downcast, like sheep [be]without a shepherd. 37 Then He *said to His disciples, (BU)The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

The Twelve Disciples; Instructions for Service

10 Jesus (BV)summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to (BW)heal every disease and every sickness.

(BX)Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, (BY)Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother (BZ)Andrew; and [bf](CA)James the son of Zebedee, and his brother [bg]John; (CB)Philip and [bh]Bartholomew; (CC)Thomas and (CD)Matthew the tax collector; [bi](CE)James the son of Alphaeus, and (CF)Thaddaeus; Simon the [bj]Zealot, and (CG)Judas Iscariot, the one who also betrayed Him.

(CH)These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go on a road [bk]to Gentiles, and do not enter a city of (CI)Samaritans; but rather go to (CJ)the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, [bl]preach, saying, ‘(CK)The kingdom of heaven [bm]has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. (CL)Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, 10 or a [bn]bag for your journey, or even two [bo]tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for (CM)the worker is deserving of his [bp]support. 11 And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay [bq]at his house until you leave that city. 12 As you enter the [br]house, (CN)give it your [bs]greeting. 13 If the house is worthy, see that your blessing of peace comes upon it. But if it is not worthy, [bt]take back your blessing of peace. 14 And whoever does not receive you nor listen to your words, as you leave that house or city, (CO)shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I say to you, (CP)it will be more tolerable for the land of (CQ)Sodom and Gomorrah on (CR)the day of judgment, than for that city.

A Hard Road Ahead of Them

16 (CS)Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as (CT)wary as serpents, and as (CU)innocent as doves. 17 But be on guard against people, for they will hand you over to the (CV)courts and flog you (CW)in their synagogues; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings on My account, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 (CX)But when they hand you over, (CY)do not worry about how or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given you in that hour. 20 For (CZ)it is not you who are speaking, but it is the Spirit of your Father who is speaking [bu]in you.

21 “Now (DA)brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and (DB)children will rise up against parents and [bv]cause them to be put to death. 22 And (DC)you will be hated by all because of My name, but (DD)it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

23 “But whenever they (DE)persecute you in [bw]one city, flee to the [bx]next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel (DF)until the Son of Man comes.

The Meaning of Discipleship

24 (DG)A [by]disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he may become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. (DH)If they have called the head of the house [bz](DI)Beelzebul, how much more will they insult the members of his household!

26 “So do not (DJ)fear them, (DK)for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 (DL)What I tell you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim (DM)on the housetops. 28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather (DN)fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [ca](DO)hell. 29 (DP)Are two sparrows not sold for an [cb]assarion? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But (DQ)even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not fear; (DR)you are more valuable than a great number of sparrows.

32 “Therefore, (DS)everyone who [cc]confesses Me before people, I will also confess [cd]him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But (DT)whoever denies Me before people, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34 (DU)Do not think that I came to [ce]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to [cf]bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to (DV)turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and (DW)a persons enemies will be the members of his household.

37 (DX)The one who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and the one who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And (DY)the one who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 (DZ)The one who has found his [cg]life will lose it, and the one who has lost his [ch]life on My account will find it.

The Reward for Service

40 (EA)The one who [ci]receives you [cj]receives Me, and (EB)the one who [ck]receives Me [cl]receives Him who sent Me. 41 (EC)The one who [cm]receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and the one who [cn]receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person shall receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And (ED)whoever gives one of these [co]little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”

John’s Questions

11 (EE)When Jesus had finished [cp]giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there (EF)to teach and [cq]preach in their cities.

(EG)Now while in prison, (EH)John heard about the works of Christ, and he sent word by his disciples, and said to Him, “Are You (EI)the Coming One, or are we to [cr]look for someone else?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: (EJ)those who are blind receive sight and those who limp walk, those with leprosy are cleansed and those who are deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the (EK)poor have the [cs]gospel preached to them. And blessed is [ct]any person who (EL)does not [cu]take offense at Me.”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

As these disciples of John were going away, Jesus began speaking to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into (EM)the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? [cv]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ [cw]palaces! [cx]But what did you go out to see? (EN)A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it [cy]is written:

(EO)Behold, I am sending My messenger [cz]ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11 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 least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And (EP)from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been treated violently, and violent men take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is (EQ)Elijah who [da]was to come. 15 (ER)The one who has ears to hear, [db]let him hear.

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call out to the other children, 17 and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not [dc]mourn.’ 18 For John came neither (ES)eating nor (ET)drinking, and they say, ‘(EU)He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [dd]heavy drinker, (EV)a friend of tax collectors and [de]sinners!’ And yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

The Unrepenting Cities

20 Then He began to reprimand the cities in which most of His [df](EW)miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21 (EX)Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, (EY)Bethsaida! For if the [dg]miracles that occurred in you had occurred in (EZ)Tyre and (FA)Sidon, they would have repented long ago in [dh](FB)sackcloth and ashes. 22 Nevertheless I say to you, (FC)it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on (FD)the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, (FE)Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be (FF)brought down to (FG)Hades! For if the [di]miracles that occurred in you had occurred in (FH)Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that (FI)it will be more tolerable for the land of (FJ)Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come to Me

25 [dj](FK)At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, (FL)Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that (FM)You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, (FN)Father, for this way was well pleasing in Your sight. 27 (FO)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 (FP)except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son determines to reveal Him.

28 (FQ)Come to Me, all [dk]who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and (FR)learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and (FS)you will find [dl]rest for your souls. 30 For (FT)My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

Sabbath Questions

12 [dm](FU)At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to (FV)pick the heads of grain and eat. Now when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what (FW)is not lawful to do on a Sabbath!” But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions— how he entered the house of God, and (FX)they ate the [dn]consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple [do]violate the Sabbath, and yet are innocent? But I say to you that something (FY)greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this [dp]means: ‘(FZ)I desire [dq]compassion, [dr]rather than sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned [ds]the innocent.

Lord of the Sabbath

For (GA)the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

(GB)Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned [dt]Jesus, asking, “(GC)Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might bring charges against Him. 11 But He said to them, (GD)What man [du]is there among you who [dv]has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 (GE)How much more valuable then is a person than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do [dw]good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” (GF)He stretched it out, and it was restored to [dx]normal, like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and [dy](GG)conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

15 But Jesus, [dz]aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and (GH)He healed them all, 16 and (GI)warned them not to [ea]tell who He was. 17 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled:

18 (GJ)Behold, My [eb]Servant whom I [ec]have chosen;
(GK)My Beloved in whom My soul [ed]delights;
(GL)I will put My Spirit upon Him,
(GM)And He will proclaim [ee]justice to the [ef]Gentiles.
19 (GN)He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 (GO)A bent reed He will not break off,
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish,
Until He [eg]leads [eh]justice to victory.
21 (GP)And in His name the [ei]Gentiles will hope.”

The Pharisees Rebuked

22 (GQ)Then a (GR)demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to speak was brought to [ej]Jesus, and He healed him so that the man who was unable to speak talked and [ek]could see. 23 And all the crowds were amazed and were saying, “This man cannot be the (GS)Son of David, can he?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man (GT)casts out demons only by [el]Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

25 (GU)And (GV)knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if (GW)Satan is casting out Satan, he [em]has become divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if (GX)by [en]Beelzebul I cast out the demons, (GY)by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. 28 But (GZ)if I cast out the demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or, how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

The Unpardonable Sin

30 (HA)The one who is not with Me is against Me; and the one who does not gather with Me scatters.

31 (HB)Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 (HC)And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in (HD)this age or in the age to come.

Words Reveal Character

33 “Either [eo]assume the tree to be good as well as its fruit good, or [ep]assume the tree to be bad as well as its fruit bad; for (HE)the tree is known by its fruit. 34 (HF)You [eq]offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, express any good things? (HG)For the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart. 35 (HH)The good person brings out of his good treasure good things; and the evil person brings out of his evil treasure evil things. 36 But I tell you that for every [er]careless word that people [es]speak, they will give an account of it on the (HI)day of judgment. 37 For [et]by your words you will be justified, and [eu]by your words you will be condemned.”

The Desire for Signs

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, (HJ)we want to see a [ev]sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, (HK)An evil and adulterous generation craves a [ew]sign; and so no [ex]sign will be given to it except the [ey]sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as (HL)Jonah was in the stomach of the sea monster for three days and three nights, so will (HM)the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for (HN)three days and three nights. 41 (HO)The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because (HP)they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something (HQ)greater than Jonah is here. 42 (HR)The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something (HS)greater than Solomon is here.

43 (HT)Now when the unclean spirit comes out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they come in and live there; and (HU)the last condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

Changed Relationships

46 (HV)While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His (HW)mother and (HX)brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 [[ez]Someone said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to You.”] 48 But [fa]Jesus replied to the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” 49 And extending His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold: My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother, and sister, and mother.”

Jesus Teaches in Parables

13 On that day Jesus had gone out of (HY)the house and was sitting (HZ)by the sea. And large crowds gathered to Him, so (IA)He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

And He told them many things in (IB)parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and they sprang up immediately, because they had no depth of soil. But after the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell [fb]among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. But others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a (IC)hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much. (ID)The one who has ears, [fc]let him hear.”

An Explanation for Parables

10 And the disciples came up and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 And [fd]Jesus answered them, (IE)To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 (IF)For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while (IG)seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And [fe]in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

[ff](IH)You shall keep on listening, [fg]but shall not understand;
And [fh]you shall keep on looking, [fi]but shall not perceive;
15 (II)For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their heart, and return,
And I would heal them.’

16 (IJ)But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that (IK)many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Sower Explained

18 (IL)Listen then to the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears (IM)the [fj]word of the kingdom and does not understand it, (IN)the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown with seed beside the road. 20 The one sown with seed on the rocky places, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the [fk]word, immediately he [fl](IO)falls away. 22 And the one sown with seed among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, and the anxiety of (IP)the [fm]world and the (IQ)deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it [fn]becomes unfruitful. 23 But the one sown with seed on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces, some (IR)a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much.”

Weeds among Wheat

24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, (IS)The kingdom of heaven [fo]is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [fp]weeds among the wheat, and left. 26 And when the [fq]wheat sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also became evident. 27 And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? [fr]How then does it have weeds?’ 28 And he said to them, ‘[fs]An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he *said, ‘No; while you are gathering up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them; but (IT)gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The Mustard Seed

31 He presented another parable to them, saying, (IU)The kingdom of heaven is like (IV)a mustard seed, which a person took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all the other seeds, but when it is fully grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that (IW)the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”

The Leaven

33 He spoke another parable to them: (IX)The kingdom of heaven is like [ft]leaven, which a woman took and hid in (IY)three [fu]sata of flour until it was all leavened.”

34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak anything to them (IZ)without a parable. 35 This was so that what was spoken through the prophet would be [fv]fulfilled:

(JA)I will open My mouth in parables;
I will proclaim things hidden since the foundation of the world.”

The Weeds Explained

36 Then He left the crowds and went into (JB)the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “(JC)Explain to us the parable of the [fw]weeds of the field.” 37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is (JD)the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are (JE)the sons of the kingdom; and the weeds are (JF)the sons of (JG)the evil one; 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is (JH)the [fx]end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40 So just as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at (JI)the [fy]end of the age. 41 (JJ)The Son of Man (JK)will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom [fz]all (JL)stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and they (JM)will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place (JN)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 (JO)Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (JP)The one who has ears, [ga]let him hear.

Hidden Treasure

44 (JQ)The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from [gb]joy over it he goes and (JR)sells everything that he has, and buys that field.

A Costly Pearl

45 “Again, (JS)the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold everything that he had and bought it.

A Dragnet

47 “Again, (JT)the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; 48 and when it was filled, they pulled it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49 So it will be at (JU)the [gc]end of the age: the angels will come forth and remove the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and they (JV)will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place (JW)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 “Have you understood all these things?” They *said to Him, “Yes.” 52 And [gd]Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure new things and old.”

Jesus Revisits Nazareth

53 (JX)When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 And (JY)He came to [ge]His hometown and (JZ)began teaching them in their synagogue, with the result that (KA)they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man acquire this wisdom and these [gf]miraculous powers? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is (KB)His mother not called Mary, and His (KC)brothers, James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 And (KD)His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man acquire all these things?” 57 And they took (KE)offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, (KF)A prophet is not dishonored except in his [gg]hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many [gh]miracles there because of their unbelief.


  1. Matthew 8:1 Lit He
  2. Matthew 8:1 Or many
  3. Matthew 8:2 I.e., leprosy or a serious, unspecified skin disease, and so throughout the ch; see Lev 13
  4. Matthew 8:2 Or worshiped Him
  5. Matthew 8:3 Lit And He
  6. Matthew 8:4 Lit gift
  7. Matthew 8:5 Lit He
  8. Matthew 8:5 I.e., a Roman military officer
  9. Matthew 8:6 Or Sir
  10. Matthew 8:6 Lit boy
  11. Matthew 8:8 Or Sir
  12. Matthew 8:8 Lit say with a word
  13. Matthew 8:8 Lit boy
  14. Matthew 8:10 One early ms not even in Israel
  15. Matthew 8:11 I.e., to dine
  16. Matthew 8:13 Or it is to be done; Gr imperative, i.e., a command
  17. Matthew 8:13 Lit boy
  18. Matthew 8:13 Lit hour
  19. Matthew 8:14 Or house
  20. Matthew 8:15 Or served
  21. Matthew 8:17 Or removed
  22. Matthew 8:24 Lit great
  23. Matthew 8:26 Or cowardly
  24. Matthew 8:26 Lit a great calm occurred
  25. Matthew 8:29 Lit What to us and to you (an ancient idiom)
  26. Matthew 8:29 I.e., the appointed time of judgment
  27. Matthew 8:32 Lit died
  28. Matthew 8:33 Lit and the things of
  29. Matthew 9:2 Lit child
  30. Matthew 9:3 Lit among
  31. Matthew 9:7 Lit departed to his home
  32. Matthew 9:8 Lit afraid
  33. Matthew 9:10 Lit He
  34. Matthew 9:10 I.e., irreligious Jews
  35. Matthew 9:13 Lit what is
  36. Matthew 9:13 Or mercy
  37. Matthew 9:13 Lit and not
  38. Matthew 9:15 Lit sons of the wedding place
  39. Matthew 9:16 Lit that which fills up
  40. Matthew 9:18 Or one
  41. Matthew 9:18 Lit ruler
  42. Matthew 9:18 Or worshiped
  43. Matthew 9:20 Or tassel; i.e., a ritual tassel sewn to corners of garments for Jewish men
  44. Matthew 9:20 Or outer garment
  45. Matthew 9:21 Or thinking
  46. Matthew 9:21 Lit in herself
  47. Matthew 9:21 Lit be saved
  48. Matthew 9:22 Lit saved you
  49. Matthew 9:22 Lit from that hour
  50. Matthew 9:22 Lit saved
  51. Matthew 9:23 Lit ruler’s
  52. Matthew 9:25 Or was raised up
  53. Matthew 9:29 Or it is to be done; Gr imperative, i.e., a command
  54. Matthew 9:32 Lit they brought
  55. Matthew 9:33 Lit appeared
  56. Matthew 9:36 Or weary
  57. Matthew 9:36 Lit not having
  58. Matthew 10:2 Or Jacob
  59. Matthew 10:2 Gr Joannes, for Heb Johanan
  60. Matthew 10:3 I.e., son of Talmai (Aram)
  61. Matthew 10:3 Or Jacob
  62. Matthew 10:4 Or Cananaean
  63. Matthew 10:5 Lit of
  64. Matthew 10:7 Or proclaim
  65. Matthew 10:7 Or is at hand
  66. Matthew 10:10 Or knapsack; or beggar’s bag
  67. Matthew 10:10 A long shirt worn next to the skin
  68. Matthew 10:10 Lit nourishment
  69. Matthew 10:11 Lit there until
  70. Matthew 10:12 Or household
  71. Matthew 10:12 I.e., the familiar Heb blessing, “Peace be to this house!”
  72. Matthew 10:13 Lit your peace is to return to you
  73. Matthew 10:20 Or by you
  74. Matthew 10:21 Lit put them to death
  75. Matthew 10:23 Lit this
  76. Matthew 10:23 Lit other
  77. Matthew 10:24 Or student
  78. Matthew 10:25 Two early mss Beezebul; meaning uncertain, perhaps lord prince, referring to Satan
  79. Matthew 10:28 Gr Gehenna
  80. Matthew 10:29 A Roman copper coin, worth about 1/16 of a laborer’s daily wage
  81. Matthew 10:32 Lit will confess in Me
  82. Matthew 10:32 Lit in him
  83. Matthew 10:34 Lit cast
  84. Matthew 10:34 Lit cast
  85. Matthew 10:39 Or soul
  86. Matthew 10:39 Or soul
  87. Matthew 10:40 Or welcomes
  88. Matthew 10:40 Or welcomes
  89. Matthew 10:40 Or welcomes
  90. Matthew 10:40 Or welcomes
  91. Matthew 10:41 Or welcomes
  92. Matthew 10:41 Or welcomes
  93. Matthew 10:42 Possibly someone of low social standing
  94. Matthew 11:1 Or commanding
  95. Matthew 11:1 Or proclaim
  96. Matthew 11:3 Or wait for
  97. Matthew 11:5 Or good news
  98. Matthew 11:6 Lit whoever
  99. Matthew 11:6 Or stumble over Me
  100. Matthew 11:8 Or Well then,
  101. Matthew 11:8 Lit houses
  102. Matthew 11:9 Or Well then,
  103. Matthew 11:10 Lit has been written
  104. Matthew 11:10 Lit before Your face
  105. Matthew 11:14 Or is going to come
  106. Matthew 11:15 Or hear! Or listen!
  107. Matthew 11:17 Lit beat the breast
  108. Matthew 11:19 Or wine drinker
  109. Matthew 11:19 I.e., irreligious Jews
  110. Matthew 11:20 Or works of power
  111. Matthew 11:21 Or works of power
  112. Matthew 11:21 I.e., symbols of mourning
  113. Matthew 11:23 Or works of power
  114. Matthew 11:25 Or On that occasion
  115. Matthew 11:28 Or who work to exhaustion
  116. Matthew 11:29 Or a resting place
  117. Matthew 12:1 Or On that occasion
  118. Matthew 12:4 Lit loaves of presentation
  119. Matthew 12:5 Or profane
  120. Matthew 12:7 Lit is
  121. Matthew 12:7 Or mercy
  122. Matthew 12:7 Lit and not
  123. Matthew 12:7 Plural in the Gr
  124. Matthew 12:10 Lit Him
  125. Matthew 12:11 Lit will be from you
  126. Matthew 12:11 Lit will have
  127. Matthew 12:12 Lit well
  128. Matthew 12:13 Lit health
  129. Matthew 12:14 Lit took counsel
  130. Matthew 12:15 Lit knowing
  131. Matthew 12:16 Lit make Him known
  132. Matthew 12:18 Lit Child
  133. Matthew 12:18 Lit chose
  134. Matthew 12:18 Or took pleasure
  135. Matthew 12:18 Or judgment
  136. Matthew 12:18 Or nations
  137. Matthew 12:20 Or brings forth
  138. Matthew 12:20 Or judgment
  139. Matthew 12:21 Or nations
  140. Matthew 12:22 Lit Him
  141. Matthew 12:22 Lit saw
  142. Matthew 12:24 Or Beezebul; meaning uncertain, perhaps lord prince, referring to Satan
  143. Matthew 12:26 Lit was
  144. Matthew 12:27 See note v 24
  145. Matthew 12:33 Lit make
  146. Matthew 12:33 Lit make
  147. Matthew 12:34 Or brood
  148. Matthew 12:36 Or useless
  149. Matthew 12:36 Lit will speak
  150. Matthew 12:37 Or in accordance with
  151. Matthew 12:37 Or in accordance with
  152. Matthew 12:38 I.e., confirming miracle
  153. Matthew 12:39 I.e., confirming miracle
  154. Matthew 12:39 I.e., confirming miracle
  155. Matthew 12:39 I.e., confirming miracle
  156. Matthew 12:47 This verse is not found in early mss
  157. Matthew 12:48 Lit He
  158. Matthew 13:7 Lit upon
  159. Matthew 13:9 Or hear! Or listen!
  160. Matthew 13:11 Lit He
  161. Matthew 13:14 Lit for them
  162. Matthew 13:14 Lit With a hearing you shall hear; a Heb idiom
  163. Matthew 13:14 Lit and
  164. Matthew 13:14 Lit Seeing you shall see
  165. Matthew 13:14 Lit and
  166. Matthew 13:19 I.e., message
  167. Matthew 13:21 I.e., message
  168. Matthew 13:21 I.e., from the faith
  169. Matthew 13:22 Or age
  170. Matthew 13:22 Or proves to be unfruitful
  171. Matthew 13:24 Lit has been compared to
  172. Matthew 13:25 Prob. darnel, a weed resembling wheat
  173. Matthew 13:26 Lit grass
  174. Matthew 13:27 Lit From where
  175. Matthew 13:28 Lit A hostile person
  176. Matthew 13:33 I.e., fermented dough
  177. Matthew 13:33 A Gr term for a Heb measure, totaling about 48 lb. or 22 kg of flour
  178. Matthew 13:35 Lit fulfilled, saying
  179. Matthew 13:36 Prob. darnel, a weed resembling wheat
  180. Matthew 13:39 Or consummation
  181. Matthew 13:40 Or consummation
  182. Matthew 13:41 Or everything that is offensive
  183. Matthew 13:43 Or hear! Or listen!
  184. Matthew 13:44 Or his joy, he goes
  185. Matthew 13:49 Or consummation
  186. Matthew 13:52 Lit He
  187. Matthew 13:54 Or His own part of the country
  188. Matthew 13:54 Or miracles
  189. Matthew 13:57 Or own part of the country
  190. Matthew 13:58 Or works of power

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