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Matthew 1

1  The book of the genealogy of Jesus  Christ, the Son of DAvid, the Son of Abraham:
2  Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
3  Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.
4  Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nashon, and Nashon begot Salmon.
5  Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse,
6 and Jesse begot David the king.  David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
7  Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa.
8  Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah.
9  Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah.
10  Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah.
11  Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
12  And after they were brought to babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.
13  Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor.
14  Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud.
15  Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot jacob.
16  And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
17  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

Christ Born of Mary

18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:  After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
19  The Joseph her husband, being just a man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
20  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
22  So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
24  Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25 and did not know her till she ahd brought forth her firstborn Son.  And he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2

1  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2  saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?"  For we have seen His star in the East and have come tow orship Him."
3  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5  So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6  'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,  Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;  For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will be shepherd My people Israel.'"
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8  And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I amy come and worship Him also."
9  When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him.  And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12  Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
13  Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him."
14  When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,
15  and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."
16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
17  Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18  "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more."
19  Now when Herod was dead, behold angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead."
21  Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.  And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.
23  And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Matthew 3

1  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2  and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
3  For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.'"

4  Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5  Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him
6  and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8  Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
9  and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.'  For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
10  And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.  Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
12  His winnowing fan is in His right hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
13  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
14  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"
15  But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."  Then he allowed Him.

16  When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 4

1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
4  But He answered and said, 'it is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
5  Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6  and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.  For it is written:
'He shall give his angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
7  Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
8  Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9  And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
10  Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"
11  Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
12  Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.
13  And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,
14  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
15  "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles:
16  The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned."
17  From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
18  And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19  Then He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20  They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21  Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets.  He called them,
22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24  Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
25  Great multitudes followed Him--from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 5

The Beatitudes

1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He
was seated His disciples came to Him.

2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

5. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For
they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For
theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all
kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in
heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor,
how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be
thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill
cannot be hidden.

15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a
lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Christ Fulfills the Law

17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I
did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one
jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is

19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments,
and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the
kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the
righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter
the kingdom of heaven.

Murder Begins in the Heart

21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not
murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'

22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a
cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his
brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says,
'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember
that your brother has something against you,

24 leave your gift there before the latar, and go your way. First be
reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25 Agree with your adversary quickly, whie you are on the way with
him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you
over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there
till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery in the Heart

27 You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not
commit adultery.'

28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has
already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from
you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members
perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it
from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members
perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage is Sacred and Binding

31 "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him
give her a certificate of divorce,'

32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any other
reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and
whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Jesus Forbids Oaths

33 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall
not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.'

34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it
is God's throne;

35 nor by earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is
the city of the great King.

36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair
white or black.

37 But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is
more than these is from the evil one.

Go the Second Mile

38 "You have heard that itw as said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth
for a tooth.'

39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps
you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have
your cloak also.

41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from
you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies

43 "You have heard it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy.'

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do
good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you,

45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His
sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and
on the unjust.

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not
even the tax collectors do the same?

47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than
others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is

Matthew 6

Do Good to Please God

1 "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to
be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in

2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet
before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have
their reward.

3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know
what your right hand is doing,

4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees
in secret will Himself reward you openly.

The Model Prayer

5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they
have their reward.

6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut
your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your
Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.
For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things
you have need of before you ask Him.

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a
sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear
to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father
who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will
reward you openly.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and
rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good,
your whole body will be full of light.

23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and
love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry

25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you
will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will
put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the iar, for they neither sow no reap nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
of more value than they?

27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.

30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and
tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O
you of little faith?

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What
shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly
Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry
about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 7

Do Not Judge

1 "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the
measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not
consider the plank in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from
your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before
swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you
in pieces.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock
and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him
who knocks it will be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will
give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good
things to those who ask Him!
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow Way

13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the
way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to
life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by thier fruits. Do men gather grapes from
thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears
bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

I Never Knew You

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done manyw
onders in Your name?'
23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from
Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Build on the Rock

24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I
will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and
beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do
them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and
beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people
were astonished at His teaching,
29 for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.

Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed
2. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You
are willing, You can make me clean."
3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing;
be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go your way,
show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded,
as a testimony to them.

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant

5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him,
pleading with Him,
6 saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully
7 And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
8 The centurion asked and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You
should come under my room. But only speak a word, and my servant will
be healed.
9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And
I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he
comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed,
"Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even
in Israel!
11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit
down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness.
There will be weekping and gnashing of teeth."
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have
believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that
same hour.

Peter's Mother-in-Law Healed

14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's
mother lying sick with a fever.
15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and
served them.

Many Healed in the Evening

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-
possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all
who were sick,
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet,

"He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses."

The Cost of Discipleship

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command
to depart to the other side.
19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will
follow You wherever You go."
20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have
nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, let me first go
and bury my father."
22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat
was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save
us! We are perishing!"
26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of littel
faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there
was a great calm.
27 So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds
and the sea obey Him?"

Two Demon-Possessed Men Healed

28 When He had come to the other side, the the country of the
Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the
tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
29 And suddently they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with
You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before
the time?"
30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us
to go away into the herd of swine."
32 And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went
into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran
violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city
and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-
possessed men.
34 And behold the whole city came out to meet jesus. And when they
saw Him, they begged Him to depart form their region.

Matthew 9

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic

1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When
jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good
cheer; your sins are forgiven you."
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man
4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in
your hearts?
5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to
say, 'Arise and walk'?
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to
forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your
bed, and go to your house."
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God,
who had given such power to men.

Matthew the Tax Collector

9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting
at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and
followed Him.
10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that
behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and
His disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why
does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have
no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not
sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the
Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"
15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when
the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the
patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.
17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins
break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they
put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and
worshiped Him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay
Your hand on her and she will live."
19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years
came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
21 For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall
be made well."
22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good
cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was
made well from that hour.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players
and the noisy crowd wailing,
24 He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but
sleeping." And they ridiculed Him.
25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the
hand, and the girl arose.
26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

Two Blind Men Healed

27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying
out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!"
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came 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, "According to your faith let
it be to you."
30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them,
saying, "See that no one knows it."
31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all
that country.

A Mute Man Speaks

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and
33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the
multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!"
34 But the Pharisees said, "he casts out demons by the ruler of the

The Compassion of Jesus

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing
every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for
them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no
37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful,
but the laborers are few.
38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into
His harvest.

Matthew 10

The Twelve Apostles

1 And when He had called His twelve disciplies to Him, He gave them
power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of
sickness and all kinds of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who
is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and
John his brother;
3 Phiip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James
the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Sending Out the Twelve

5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go
into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out
demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,
10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs;
for a worker is worthy of his food.
11 "Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy,
and stay there till you go out.
12 And when you go into a household, greet it.
13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if
it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you
depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

Persecutions are Coming

16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.
Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and
scourge you in their synagogues.
18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a
testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you
should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you
should speak;
20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who
speaks in you.
21 "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his
child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be
put to death.
22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who
endures to the end will be saved.
23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For
assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of
Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his
25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a
servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house
Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!
26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that
will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

27 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you
hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them
falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confess Christ Before Men

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also
confess before My Father who is in heaven.
33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My
Father who is in heaven.

Christ Brings Division

34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come
to bring peace but a sword.
35 For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter
against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';
36 and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own hosuehold.'
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not
worthy of me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for
My sake will find it.

A Cup of Cold Water

40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives
Him who sent Me.
41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a
prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of
a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold
water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by
no means lose his reward."

Matthew 11

John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus

1  Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding HIs twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

2  And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples

3  and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"

4  Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:

5  The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear:  the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6  And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."

7  As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John:  "What did you go out into the wilderness to see?  A reed shaken by the wind?

8  But what did you go out to see?  A man clothed in soft garments?  Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

9  But what did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

10  For this is he of whom it is written:

'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  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

14  And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.

15  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16  "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 for you,
And you did not 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 winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'  But wisdom is justified by her children."

Woe to the Impenitent Cities

20  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 in sackcloth and ashes.

22  But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

23  And you, Capernaum, who 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 that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you."

Jesus Gives True Rest

25  At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.  

26  Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

27  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father.  Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 12

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath.
And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and
to eat.

2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your
disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!"

3 But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was
hungry, he and those who were with him:

4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not
lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for
the priests?

5 Or have you not read in the law that on the SAbbath the priests in
the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?

6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the

7 But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not
sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

9 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, "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 the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they
might destroy Him.

15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great
multitudes followed Him, and HE healed them all.

16 Yet He wanted them not to make Him known,

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet,

18 "Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved 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."

22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and
mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and

23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the
Son of David?"

24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not
cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.

25 But Jesus 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?

28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom
of God has come upon you.

29 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

30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather
with Me scatters abroad.

31 "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven
men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, 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.

33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the
tree bad nad its fruit bad; for atree is known by its fruit.

34 Brood of vipers! HOw can you, being evil, speak good things? For
out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of hte good treasure of his heart brings forth good
things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil

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."

38 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 adulterous
generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except
the sign of the prophet JOnah.

40 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 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this
generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of
Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the
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.

43 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, 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; and the last state of
that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this
wicked generation."

46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother
and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.

47 Then one said to Him, "Look, 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 brothers!

50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and
sister and mother.

Matthew 13
1  On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat byt he sea.

2  And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3  The He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow.

4  And as he sowed, some seed fell byt he wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

5  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up becasue they had no depth of earth.

6  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.

7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.

8  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thiry.

9  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

10  And the disciple came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"

11  He answered and said to them, "Because it has been iven to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

12  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, becaues 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:

'Hearing you will not hear and shall not understand.

And seeing you will see and not perceive;

15   For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have 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 should heal them.'

16  But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;

17  For assuredly, I say to you 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.

18  "Therefore hear the parable of the sower:

19  When anyone hears the word 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 receives it with joy;

21  yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while.  For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

22  Now he who received seed 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 fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

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 gather the wheat into my barn."

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying:  "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 tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."

33  Another parable He put forth to them, saying:  "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 tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."

33  Another parable He spoke to them:  "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."

34  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:

'I will open My mouth in parables;

I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."

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  The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.

39  The enemy who sowed them is the devil, 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, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offended, and those who practice lawlessness,

42  and will cast them into the furnace of fire.  There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

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 sells all that he has and buys the field.

45  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,

46  who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and brought it.

47  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and 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, separate the wicked from among the just,

50  and cast them into the furnace of fire.  There will be wiling and gnashing of teeth."

51  Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?"  They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."

52  Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."

53  Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.

54  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  Is this not the carpenter's son?  Is not His mother called Mary?  And His brothers James, 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 were offended at Him.  But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house."

58  Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.


Matthew 14

John the Baptist Beheaded

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about jesus

2 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."

3 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.

4 Because John had said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

5 And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the

multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6 But when Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias

danced before them and pleased Herod.

7 Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might


8 So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, "Give me John the

Baptist's head here on a platter."

9 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

13 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 was moved

with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

15 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, 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

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat nad go

befoer Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the

mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, he was alone there.

24 But the boat was now 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 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, "Be of good cheer!

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 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 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 came and worshiped Him, saying,

"Truly You are the Son of God."

Many Touch Him and Are Made Well

34 When they had crossed over, they came 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 touch the hem of His garment.

And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

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