1:1This begins the Gospel of Anointed Jesus, the God-Man.1:2As it is written according to the prophet Isaiah:
“Look! I am dispatching my messenger before you, to pave the road in front of you.1:3There is the sound of someone shouting in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Master! Make the path straight!’”
1:4John the Immerser happened to be in the desert, proclaiming that people should change their minds and be immersed, so that they could be acquitted of their failures.1:5The whole province of Judea and the people of Jerusalem went out to him, and he immersed them all in the Jordan River as they admitted their faults.1:6John himself was dressed in cloth made from camel hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His diet was locusts and wild honey.1:7And his message was, “Someone stronger than I is coming after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down to untie.1:8I do indeed immerse you in water, but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit!”
1:9Now it was in those days that Jesus arrived from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was immersed in the Jordan by John.1:10And right as he came up out of the water he saw the heavens split apart, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove.1:11Then a voice came from the heavens: “You are my dear son; I am pleased with you!”1:12And right away the Spirit compelled him to go into the desert.1:13He was there for forty days, being tested by the Adversary. And he was with the wild animals, but the Messengers attended to him.
1:14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, where he proclaimed the Gospel of God1:15and said, “The time has come and the kingdom of God approaches! Change your minds and believe the Gospel.”
1:16As they passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting nets into the sea, because they caught fish for a living.1:17And Jesus said to them, “Come and follow me, and I will have you catch people for a living!”1:18Right away they left their nets and followed him.1:19Going along a short distance he saw James and his brother John, sons of Zebedee, who were in their boat preparing the nets.1:20Right away he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired hands and followed Jesus.
1:21As they went into Capernaum, they went straight to the synagogue, where Jesus began to teach.1:22The people were awestruck by his teaching, because he taught with authority, rather than like the scripture scholars.
1:23Just then they saw someone in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. It shouted loudly,1:24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are— the Holy One of God!”1:25And Jesus rebuked it: “Shut up! Get out of him!”1:26Then the unclean spirit caused the person to convulse and shouted loudly as it left him.1:27So everyone was shocked, and they discussed this among themselves: “What new teaching is this, that has such jurisdiction? He commands unclean spirits and they listen to him!”1:28And the news about him spread rapidly all through the area around Galilee.
1:29Leaving the synagogue, they went straight to the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John.1:30But Simon’s mother-in-law was down with a fever, and they told him about her right away.1:31He went over to her and took her by the hand to help her up. The fever left her, and she began to attend to them.
1:32Now when evening came, at sunset, the people brought him all who were in poor health or were possessed.1:33The whole city was at the door!1:34And he healed those who were in poor health with various diseases, and he threw out many demons. But he would not allow the demons to speak because they knew who he was.
1:35The next morning Jesus got up very early (it was actually still dark), and he went to an isolated place to pray.1:36But Simon hunted him down,1:37and those with him found him and told him, “Everyone is looking for you!”1:38And he said to them, “Let’s go somewhere else, into the towns, so I can proclaim there, since this is the reason I’m here.”1:39So he went into the synagogues throughout Galilee to proclaim and to throw out demons.
1:40Then a leper comes to him to plead with him. He dropped to his knees and said, “If you are willing, you can make me clean!”1:41Jesus, moved with compassion, held out his hand and touched him and said, “I am willing; be clean!”1:42Right away the leprosy left him and he was clean.
1:43Now Jesus sent him off with a stern warning:1:44“See to it that you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest and offer the cleansing sacrifice commanded by Moses as a testimony.”1:45But instead he went off and blabbed to everyone, such that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city but instead had to stay outside in desolate places. Yet they came to him from everywhere.
2:1He went back to Capernaum in those days, but they heard he was in a house there.2:2So many gathered there that the house was packed (you couldn’t even get in the door), and he gave a speech to them.2:3Then a paralyzed person was carried there by four people.2:4But since they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where Jesus was and dug a hole so they could lower the paralyzed person on the cot.
2:5Now when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed person, “Dear child, your faults are forgiven!”2:6But some of the scripture scholars sat there and muttered to themselves,2:7“How can he say such a thing? He is calling himself God! Who else can forgive faults except the one true God?”2:8But right away Jesus knew in his spirit what they were muttering to themselves, and he said to them, “What is this you’re muttering to yourselves?2:9Which is easier to say to the paralyzed person: ‘Your faults are forgiven’ or ‘Arise, pick up your cot and walk’?
2:10“But observe the jurisdiction the Human has to forgive faults here on earth!” So he said to the paralyzed person,2:11“I tell you, arise, pick up your cot and go home!”2:12And right away he got up, picked up his cot, and walked out the door in front of everyone. Then they were all astounded and gave honor to God: “We have never seen anything like this!”
2:13Jesus left again and went to the seaside. The whole crowd came with him, and he taught them.2:14As he passed by he saw Levi, son of Alpheus, sitting in his tax contractor’s office. So he said to him, “Follow me!” and he got up and followed.
2:15When he went to eat at the tax contractor’s house, many other tax contractors and deviants were also reclining at the table with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many of them and they followed him.2:16But when the scripture scholars who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with deviants and tax contractors, they complained to his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax contractors and deviants?”
2:17Jesus heard this and said to them, “It is the sick, not the healthy, who need a physician. I didn’t come to call the righteous but the deviant.”
2:18The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting, so they came and asked him, “Why is it that the disciples of John and of the Pharisees all fast, but your disciples do not?”
2:19“Do the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?” answered Jesus. “No, they cannot fast while they’re with the bridegroom.2:20But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
2:21“No one uses unshrunk cloth to patch an old article of clothing. Otherwise, the new cloth pulls away from the old and creates an even bigger tear than before.2:22Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst through, and both the wineskin and the wine will be ruined. New wine belongs in new wineskins.”
2:23Now it happened on one of the Sabbaths that he was passing alongside some grain fields, and his disciples were picking heads of grain along the way.2:24But the Pharisees complained, “Look! What they’re doing is forbidden on the Sabbath.”
2:25“Haven’t you ever read what David did when he and his men were hungry,2:26during the time of Abiathar the ruling priest?” Jesus replied. “He went into the House of God and ate the bread that was presented as an offering, which only the priests are allowed to eat, and fed it to those with him as well.”2:27And Jesus added, “The Sabbath is for the sake of the person, not the person for the Sabbath.2:28And the Human is Master of the Sabbath.”
3:1Again he entered the synagogue, and there was someone with a shriveled hand.3:2Jesus was closely watched to see if he would heal on the Sabbath so they’d have an excuse to accuse him.3:3And he said to the one with the useless hand, “Step up here in front.”3:4Then he said to them all, “On the Sabbath, is it permissible to do good or to do evil, to restore a life or to destroy it?” But they were silent.3:5Jesus looked around at them angrily, irritated by their hard hearts. Then he said to the person, “Hold out your hand.” He did so, and it was instantly restored.
3:6At this, the Pharisees went right out and convened a council with the Herodians, to concoct a plot to kill Jesus.3:7But Jesus and his disciples went to the sea. A huge crowd from Galilee followed,3:8along with people from Judea, Jerusalem, the area of Idumea, from the other side of the Jordan, and from around Tyre and Sidon.3:9They all came to him due to what they’d heard about him. And he told his disciples to keep a boat handy so the crowd wouldn’t crush him.
3:10In fact, he had healed many, and they all were pressing in on him so that whoever had a physical problem could be healed.3:11And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out as they left, “You are the God-Man!”3:12But he sternly warned them not to reveal who he was.
3:13Then Jesus went up into the mountain and picked out certain people to come to him, and they did so.3:14He made twelve of them official Ambassadors, who would stay with him and be commissioned to proclaim3:15and to have authority to expel the demons.3:16These were the Twelve: Simon (he called him Peter),3:17James son of Zebedee and his brother John (he called them Boanerges, meaning “Thunderous Ones”),3:18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddaios, Simon the Zealot,3:19and Judas of Kerioth, who would later betray Jesus.
3:20He went into a house, but such a large crowd gathered that he couldn’t even recline to eat a meal.3:21When his relatives1 heard about it they came to take him by force, because they thought he’d lost his mind.3:22But the scripture scholars who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Beelzeboul!” and “It’s by the power of the ruler of the demons that he throws the demons out!”
3:23So Jesus replied to them with an object lesson: “How can the Adversary throw out the Adversary?3:24A kingdom divided against itself won’t last long;3:25a house divided against itself cannot endure.3:26So if the Adversary rises up against himself and divides himself, he cannot endure but has met his end.
3:27“No one can enter a strong person’s house to plunder their possessions unless they first tie up the strong one; then they can plunder their house.3:28I tell you truly that all people’s failures and slanders will be forgiven,3:29unless they slander the Holy Spirit. There is no acquittal for that in this age, and they are guilty of an eternal failure.”3:30(He said this because they had accused him of having an unclean spirit.)
3:31Then his mother and siblings came and stood outside, and they sent someone to call for him.3:32The crowd was seated all around him, and they told him, “Look! Your mother and brothers and sisters are here looking for you.”3:33And he replied, “Who is my mother and who are my siblings?”3:34Then he looked at those sitting around him and said, “See? These are my mother and siblings,3:35because whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
4:1Once again Jesus began to teach by the sea. A large crowd gathered to him, so he got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd was on land facing the sea.4:2He taught them with many object lessons; for example:4:3“Listen! Out came a farmer to sow seeds.4:4And as he did so, some of them fell along the side of the path, where the birds came and ate them.
4:5“Others fell onto rocky ground where there wasn’t much soil. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.4:6But when the sun came up, it scorched them because they had no root.4:7Still others fell among thorns, which grew up and chocked the plants so that they could not produce.
4:8“Yet others fell into ideal soil where they grew and prospered. By the time they all finished growing and producing, one seed had multiplied by thirty, another by sixty, and yet another by a hundred.”4:9And he added, “Whoever has ears, listen!”
4:10Now when he was alone with the disciples, the Twelve asked him about the object lessons.4:11And he said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to outsiders, everything is said in object lessons,4:12such that ’though watching, they do not see, and though listening, they do not hear and understand. If they did, they might someday turn around and be forgiven’.”
4:13Then he continued: “Don’t you perceive this object lesson? Then how will you grasp the rest of them?4:14The farmer is sowing the Word.24:15The seeds along the side of the path represent those who hear the Word but the Adversary comes and takes it away.
4:16“The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the Word and gladly accept it right away.4:17But there is no root in them; they are shallow. So when oppression or trials come because of the Word, they are easily tripped up.4:18And the seeds among the thorns represent those who hear the Word,4:19but it becomes choked by the anxieties of life, the allure of wealth, and other desires, so the Word is unproductive.4:20But the seeds on ideal soil represent those who hear the Word and gladly accept it. They product thirty, sixty, or a hundred times what was sown.”
4:21Then he said to them, “Nobody puts a lamp under a container or bed; don’t they put it on a lampstand instead?4:22For there is nothing hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing cloaked that won’t be made obvious.4:23If you have ears, listen!”4:24And he added, “Listen carefully! Whatever measure you use will be used on you— with a bonus!4:25For those who have much will be given more, but those who have little will be deprived of even that.
4:26“The kingdom of God is like this,” he continued. “A farmer plants seeds4:27and goes to bed, then wakes up the next day and the seed has sprouted and grown. The farmer has no idea how this happens;4:28the earth just automatically produces the stalk, then the ear, and then the full head of grain.4:29And when it ripens it is time to get out the sickle, because the harvest is ready.”
4:30And he went on: “To what can we compare the kingdom of God? What object lesson can we use?4:31It is like a mustard seed, one of the tiniest that gets planted in the ground.4:32After planting, it grows up to become the biggest vegetable, with branches large enough to provide shade for the birds to nest.”4:33And with many such object lessons he spoke the Word to them, according to what they could grasp.4:34In fact, he never spoke without using object lessons, though he explained them all to his disciples privately.
4:35Later that day as evening approached, he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.”4:36So they left the crowd and took him, since he was already in the boat. Other boats went along as well.4:37But a storm came up with strong winds, and the waves beat on the boat to the point that it was filled with water.
4:38Now Jesus was sleeping on a cushion at the stern, so they woke him up and were saying, “Teacher! Don’t you care that we are about to die?”4:39And when he was fully awake he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Shut up!” Then the wind died down and there was great calm.
4:40“What cowards you are!” he said to them. “You have no faith!”
4:41Great fear came over them and they said to each other, “Who can this be, since the wind and the sea listen to him?!”
5:1Then they arrived at the other side of the sea, in the region of the Gerasenes.5:2When Jesus disembarked, he was met right away by someone who came from the direction of the graveyard and had an unclean spirit.5:3The graveyard was where he lived, and he could no longer be restrained, even with chains and ankle irons.5:4He was able to break them apart, and no one was strong enough to control him.5:5He stayed night and day among the tombs and mountains, screaming and pounding himself with stones.
5:6When he saw Jesus in the distance, he ran and bowed before him5:7and shouted loudly, “What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Highest God? Swear by God that you won’t torture me!”5:8(He said this because Jesus had told the unclean spirit to get out of him.)
5:9“What is your name?” Jesus asked.
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”5:10And they kept on begging him not to send them out of the area.
5:11There was a large herd of hogs grazing near the mountain,5:12and they begged him, “Send us into the hogs so we can enter them!”5:13He granted permission, and the unclean spirits came out and then entered into the hogs. The whole herd stampeded over the cliff and into the sea; some two thousand of them were drowned.5:14Those who were herding them ran away, and they spread the news throughout the city and country. People came to see what had happened.
5:15Then they all came to Jesus and saw the one who had been possessed by Legion sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.5:16The ones who saw all this told them what had happened to the possessed person and the hogs.5:17So they started begging Jesus to leave their territory.5:18When he stepped into the boat, the one who had been possessed asked to go along.5:19But Jesus didn’t allow him: ”Go back to your home and your people, and report to them all that the Master has done and how he showed compassion to you.“5:20So he went off to the Ten Cities and proclaimed all that Jesus had done, and they were amazed.
5:21Jesus then took the boat back to the other side, and a large crowd gathered to him by the sea.5:22One of the synagogue rulers by the name of Jairus sees him, and he’s falling at his feet5:23and begging, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her so that she may be restored and live.”5:24So he left with him, followed by a large crowd that pressed in on him from all sides.
5:25Now there was a woman who had suffered from hemorrhaging for twelve years.5:26She had suffered much from many healers and spent everything she had, though none could cure her; in fact, she only got worse.5:27But when she heard about Jesus, she approached him from the crowd behind him and touched the hem of his cloak.5:28For she had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be restored.”5:29And right away the flow of blood stopped, and she could feel that he had healed her body of this scourge.
5:30Right away Jesus knew that his power was going out of him, so he turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
5:31“The crowd is pressing in all around you,” replied his disciples, “and you want to know who touched you?”
5:32But he kept looking around to see who it was.5:33So the woman, shaking with fear because she knew what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.
5:34“Daughter,” he said to her, “Your faith has restored you! Go in peace; be healed from your scourge.”
5:35While he was still speaking, some from the synagogue ruler’s household came and said, “Your daughter has died; there is no further need to bother the teacher.”5:36But Jesus ignored the message and said to the synagogue ruler, “Do not fear; only believe.”5:37He wouldn’t let anyone else follow along except Peter, James, and James’ brother John.
5:38When they arrive at the synagogue ruler’s house, he sees all the turmoil, wailing, and loud sobbing.5:39He comes in and says to them, “Why all this fuss? Why are you crying? The little one is not dead but only sleeping!”5:40They laughed at him, but he makes everyone leave the house except for the little one’s father and mother, and the ones who had come with him.
5:41He takes the little girl by the hand and says to her, “Talitha, koum!” (which means, “Young girl, I tell you to arise!”).5:42Right away he helped up the young girl and she walked around (she was about twelve years old)! They were all completely beside themselves and totally amazed.5:43But he cautioned them not to say anything about this, and he told them to give her something to eat.
6:1He left there and went into his hometown, with his disciples following.6:2On one Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and when they heard him, many were dumbfounded and said, “Where did this come from? And how did he get this wisdom, or the power to do such things through his hands?6:3Isn’t he the craftsperson, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” So they took offense at him.
6:4Then Jesus said to them, “A prophet is honored everyplace except in their own hometown and among their own relatives and household!”6:5And he was unable to do any powerful deeds there, except to place his hands on a few chronically ill people and heal them;6:6their lack of faith was disturbing. And he went around teaching in the villages.
6:7Then he calls the Twelve together and begins to send them out two by two. He gave them jurisdiction over the unclean spirits6:8and told them not to take anything extra on the trip except a walking stick: no bread, no luggage, no wallet.6:9They could wear sandals but not an extra tunic.6:10And he added, “Whenever you enter into a house, stay there until you leave that place.6:11If they don’t welcome you and refuse to listen to you, shake the dust from beneath your feet3 as a testimony against them.”6:12So they went out and proclaimed that people should change their minds.6:13They also expelled many demons, and rubbed oil on the chronically ill to heal them.
6:14Now King Herod heard about this, because Jesus’ name had become well-known. People were saying that John the Immerser had been raised from the dead, since he had these powers.6:15Others said he was Elijah, and still others that he was a prophet like the prophets of old.6:16But when Herod heard this he said, “It is John, whom I had beheaded! He has been raised from the dead!”
6:17(Herod had ordered that John be arrested and jailed, because Herod had married the wife of his brother Philip6:18and John had told him, “It is illegal for you to have your brother’s wife.”6:19So Herodias was out to get John and wanted to kill him. But she couldn’t6:20because Herod feared John and knew him to be a righteous and holy man, so he protected him. He was intrigued with him and listened to him eagerly.
6:21But then came the opportune moment. On his birthday, Herod was hosting a dinner for all his important guests, including legion commanders and leading citizens of Galilee.6:22When Herodias’ daughter came in and danced for them, this pleased Herod and his guests. So the king said to the young girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”6:23And he swore a strong oath to her: “Anything you ask of me, I will give to you— even up to half my kingdom!”
6:24So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?”“The head of John the Immerser!” she replied.
6:25So she quickly went straight to the king and said, “I choose that you immediately give me, on a platter, the head of John the Immerser!”
6:26The king was devastated. But because of his oaths and the dinner guests, he didn’t want to decline her request.6:27So right away the king dispatched his executioner to bring John’s head, so he left and beheaded him in the prison.6:28Then he brought it on a platter and gave it to the young girl, who gave it to her mother.6:29Upon hearing this, his disciples came and carried away the corpse and buried it.)
6:30Then the ambassadors met with Jesus and told him about all that they had done and taught.6:31And he said to them, “Come with me; you need a little rest for yourselves in a quiet place.” (So many people were coming and going that they didn’t even have a chance to eat.)6:32So they went off alone in the boat to a remote place.6:33But many people found out where they were going, so they went on foot as fast as they could from all the cities and got there ahead of them.
6:34Upon leaving the boat Jesus saw the large crowd, and he was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.6:35But it was already late in the day, and his disciples came to him and said, “We’re out in the middle of nowhere and it’s getting late.6:36Dismiss them so they can go into the farms and villages to buy themselves something to eat.”
6:37“You give them something to eat!” he answers.“How are we supposed to do that?!” they reply. “It would take 200 days’ wages4 to buy enough bread for them to eat!”
6:38Then he asks them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and check.”So they checked and reported, “We have five loaves and two fish.”
6:39So he had them all sit down in equally-sized groups on the green grass,6:40and they reclined according to a grid of plots in groups of hundreds and fifties.6:41Taking the five loaves and two fish, Jesus looked up into the sky, blessed the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to hand out; the same with the fish. It was divided among them all,6:42and they all ate and were satisfied.6:43Afterwards they picked up twelve baskets full of scraps of bread and fish;6:44there were five thousand men there.
6:45Right away he compelled his disciples to get on the boat and go to the other side near Bethsaida, while he stayed and dismissed the crowd.6:46After bidding them farewell, he went into the mountain to pray.6:47By evening the boat had reached the middle of the sea, and he was alone on land.
6:48He sees that they are straining at the oars because the wind was against them, so at about three in the morning5 he starts coming toward them, walking on the sea! He intended to walk right past them,6:49but they screamed because they thought they were seeing a ghost;6:50they all saw him and were quite disturbed. But right away he starts talking to them: “Have courage, it is I! Don’t be afraid.”6:51Then he went toward them and got into the boat, and the wind died down. They were completely and totally beside themselves,6:52because they were still clueless about the bread; they weren’t terribly bright.6
6:53When they finally reached land, they anchored at Gennesaret.6:54As they disembarked they were recognized right away,6:55and the people of the area started running from all over, carrying the sick on cots to where they heard he was.6:56And wherever he went, whether villages or cities or out in the fields, they would place the disabled in the city squares and plead with him to let them touch the hem of his cloak. And whoever did so was restored.
7:1Now the Pharisees and some of the scripture scholars came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus,7:2and they saw some of his disciples eating bread without first having ritually cleansed their hands.7:3(The Pharisees and all the Judeans never eat without first ritually washing their hands, according to the traditions of their ancestors.7:4If they have just returned from the marketplace, they perform a ritual bath before eating. They also observe many other rituals such as washing cups, pitchers, saucepans, and even beds.)
7:5So the Pharisees and scripture scholars asked Jesus, “Why is it that your disciples don’t observe the tradition of the elders? They eat bread with unclean hands.”
7:6“Isaiah prophesied accurately about you, you pedants!” Jesus replied. “As it is written,
“These people give me lip service but their hearts are far away.7:7In vain they pay their respects, for their teachings are their own and not mine.”
7:8“You discard the command of God and cling to human tradition!”
7:9Then he continued: “You really do push aside the command of God in order to establish your own tradition.7:10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother; whoever speaks abusively against their father or mother must be put to death.’7:11But you say, ‘You can tell your father or mother that you don’t have to support them if the money is a gift offering which you get to keep’,7:12so you get them off the hook from helping their own father or mother!7:13You thereby invalidate the Word of God for the tradition you invent. And you do a lot of things like that.”
7:14Once again he called the crowd to come to him, and he said, “Listen to me and understand:7:15It isn’t what’s outside of a person and goes into them that contaminates them, but what comes out of them.”7:167:17And when he left the crowd and went into the house, his disciples asked him about the object lesson.7:18And he replied, “Are you stupid too? Don’t you understand that whatever comes from outside of a person and goes into them cannot contaminate them?7:19It doesn’t go into their heart but into their bowels and then the toilet.” (In saying this, he was declaring all food ‘clean’.)
7:20Then he added, “What comes out of a person is what contaminates them.7:21For it is out of people’s hearts that come depraved thinking, promiscuity, theft, murder,7:22adultery, greed, evil, treachery, vice, ‘the evil eye’, slander, arrogance, and empty-headedness.7:23All of these evil things come out from the inside and contaminate a person.”
7:24Leaving there, Jesus went into the region of Tyre. He entered a house and didn’t want anyone to know, but he couldn’t avoid it.7:25Right away a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him and fell down at his feet.7:26She was a non-Judean from Syro-Phoenicia, and she asked if he could throw out the demon from her daughter.
7:27But he said to her, “First let the children eat their fill; it isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to puppies.”
7:28“But sir,” she replied, “Even the puppies under the table eat the scraps the children drop!”
7:29“Good answer!” Jesus said to her. “Because of it, you may go; the demon has come out of your daughter.”7:30She went to her home and found the little one placed on a bed, free of the demon.
7:31Leaving the region of Tyre, once again he went through Sidon and the Ten Cities to the Sea of Galilee.7:32They brought him someone who was deaf and speech-impaired,7 pleading with him to place his hand on them.7:33He took the person away from the crowd, put his fingers into the person’s ears, and then spit and touched the person’s tongue.7:34Then he looked up to the sky and sighed deeply, saying, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened up!”).7:35Immediately they were opened up, and the person could hear and their tongue was loosened, and they began to talk normally.
7:36Jesus commanded them not to say a thing, but the more he did so, the more they spread the news.7:37They were beyond awestruck and said, “He does everything well! The deaf hear and the mute talk!”
8:1In those days, once again there was a large crowd, and they had nothing to eat. So he called his disciples to him and said,8:2“I pity the crowd, because they have been with me for three days already and have nothing to eat.8:3And if I send them away hungry, they may faint along the way, because some have come a long distance.”
8:4“Where would anyone get enough bread for them in this remote place?” asked his disciples.
8:5“How many loaves do you have?” replied Jesus.“Seven,” they answered.
8:6So Jesus had the crowd recline on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks, and broke them up, then handed them to his disciples to set before the crowd.8:7They also had a few small fish, which he blessed and put before the crowd as well.8:8They all ate and were filled, and seven large baskets of leftovers were picked up.8:9Jesus dismissed them, about four thousand people in all.
8:10Right away Jesus got into the boat with his disciples, and he went into the province of Dalmanutha.8:11The Pharisees came out to debate him, testing him by demanding that he give a sign from heaven.8:12He groaned deeply within himself and said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you truly, we’ll see if this generation will be given a sign!”8:13And with that he left them, getting into the boat and going to the other side.
8:14Now the disciples had forgotten to buy bread, and all they had with them in the boat was one loaf.8:15Then Jesus sternly warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod!”8:16They had been discussing among themselves why they had no bread.8:17But Jesus knew what they were discussing and said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you get it? Are you that thick in the head?
8:18“You have eyes but don’t see; you have ears but don’t hear!8:19Don’t you remember when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand people? How many baskets full of leftovers did you pick up?”“Twelve,” they answered.
8:20“And when I broke the seven loaves for four thousand people, how many large baskets filled to the brim with scraps did you pick up?”“Seven,” they replied.
8:21Then Jesus said, “So how can you not understand?”
8:22When they arrived at Bethsaida, people brought a blind person to Jesus and begged him to touch him.8:23Taking him by the hand, he led him outside of the village, where he spit on his eyes and placed his hands on him. And he asked, “Do you see anything?”
8:24He looked up and said, “I see people as something like trees walking around.”8:25So Jesus put his hands on the blind one’s eyes again, and the person could see normally; his vision was restored and he could see everything sharply.8:26So Jesus sent him home with the warning, “Don’t go into the village.”
8:27Then Jesus and his disciples went off to the villages of Caesarea Philippi, and along the way Jesus asked them, “Who do the people say I am?”
8:28“Some say John the Immerser, others Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets,” they replied.
8:29“And who do you say I am?” he asked.
Then Peter spoke up: “You are the Anointed!”8:30And Jesus ordered them not to say anything about him.
8:31He began to teach them: “The Human must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, ruling priests, and scripture scholars. Then he is to be killed, and then he will rise after three days.”8:32After he had stated this explicitly, Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.8:33Then Jesus turned around to look at his disciples, and he rebuked Peter: “Get out of my sight, Adversary! Your mind is not on God but on people.”
8:34He gathered the crowd together with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone decides to follow me, they must renounce themselves, pick up their cross, and follow me.8:35For whoever decides to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever decides to lose their life because of me and the Gospel will preserve it.8:36What good is it to gain the whole world but forfeit one’s life?8:37Or what would a person give in exchange for their life?8:38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and deviant generation, the Human will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the majesty of his Father, along with the holy Messengers.”
9:1Jesus continued: “I tell you truly that some of you standing here will certainly not experience death without having seen the kingdom of God coming with power.”9:2And six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John alone with him up a high mountain. Suddenly he was transformed in front of them;9:3his clothing became extremely gleaming white, such as no launderer on earth could make them.9:4Then Elijah and Moses appeared, and they were conversing with Jesus.
9:5Then Peter blurted out to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s great for us to be here! We should make three sanctuaries: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”9:6(he didn’t know what to say, since they were so afraid).9:7But a cloud enveloped them, and from it came a voice that said, “This is my dear son; listen to him!”9:8When they looked around, suddenly they saw no one else there with them except Jesus.
9:9On their way down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to say a thing about what they had seen, until the Human had risen from the dead.9:10They kept the command, discussing among themselves what he had meant by rising from the dead.9:11So they asked him, “What did the scripture scholars mean about Elijah having to come first?”
9:12“Elijah does indeed come first,” he assured them, “and he is restoring everything. Yet how can it be written that the Human must suffer a lot and be scorned?9:13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did what they wanted to him, just as it was written about him.”
9:14When they reached the other disciples they saw a large crowd around them, and they were debating the scripture scholars.9:15The crowd recognized Jesus immediately and were thrilled to see him, so they raced toward him and greeted him.9:16Then he asked them what they were arguing about,9:17and one person out of the crowd replied, “Teacher, I brought you my son. He has a mute spirit,9:18and whenever it seizes him it takes control and causes him to foam at the mouth and grind his teeth, and he is wasting away. I asked your disciples to throw it out but they couldn’t.”
9:19Jesus replied, “Faithless generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring him to me.”9:20So they brought him, and when the spirit saw Jesus it started right away to convulse the boy violently. It made him fall to the ground and roll around, foaming at the mouth.9:21And Jesus asked the father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he replied.9:22“On many occasions it has thrown him into the fire or into water to kill him. But if you can, help us; have pity on us!”
9:23“If I can?” asked Jesus. “Everything is possible to those who believe!”9:24Right away the boy’s father cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
9:25Then Jesus, seeing that the crowd was rushing toward him, rebuked the unclean spirit and said, “Deaf and mute spirit, I command you to get out of him and never enter him again!”9:26And with much screaming and convulsing it left, making the boy to appear dead; in fact, most of the people believed he was dead.9:27But Jesus grasped him by the hand, and he awakened and stood up.9:28When Jesus entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we throw it out?”
9:29“This kind cannot be thrown out except with prayer,” he answered.
9:30After this they went through Galilee, but Jesus did not want anyone to know,9:31because of what he was teaching his disciples: “The Human is to be handed over to people who will kill him. But three days after they do that, he will arise.”9:32Yet they didn’t know what he meant and were afraid to ask.9:33Then they arrived in Capernaum, and when they got to the house he asked them what they had been discussing along the way.9:34But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing over who was the greatest.
9:35So Jesus sat down and called the Twelve to him and said, “Whoever wants to be first will be last of all, and the servant to all.”9:36Then he had a child stand in front of them, whom he picked up and held in his arms. And he said to them,9:37“Whoever accepts one of these little ones in my name is really accepting me, and whoever accepts me is really accepting the One who sent me.”
9:38Then John spoke up: “Teacher, we saw someone throwing out demons in your name and we stopped them, because they’re not one of us.”
9:39But Jesus replied, “Don’t stop them, because no one who does a powerful deed in my name can turn right around and malign me.9:40For whoever is not against us is for us.9:41Whoever gives you a cup of water, just because you belong to the Anointed, will certainly be paid their wages.9:42And if anyone sets a trap for one of these little ones who trust me, it would be better if a very large millstone were tied around their neck and they were thrown into the sea!
9:43“If your own hand sets a trap for you, cut it off; better to go through life crippled than to keep both hands and be sent to Gehenna8 where the fire is never quenched.9:449:45And if your own foot sets a trap for you, cut it off; better to go through life lame than to keep both feet and be thrown into Gehenna.9:469:47And if your own eye sets a trap for you, get rid of it; better to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into Gehenna, ‘where9:48the worm does not die and the fire is not extinguished’.
9:49“Everyone will be ‘salted’ by means of fire.9:50Salt is good, but not if it loses its saltiness; how could you re-season it? So keep yourselves ‘salty’, and be at peace with each other.”
10:1Going up from there, Jesus crossed the Jordan River and went into the area of Judea. Once again a large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them as usual.10:2Then the Pharisees came to test him by asking whether it was permissible for a man to divorce his wife.9
10:3“What did Moses command you?” Jesus asked.
10:4And they answered, “Moses permitted a man to write up a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
10:5Then Jesus said, “It was because of your hard hearts that he wrote this command to you.1010:6But from the beginning of creation ‘he made them male and female,10:7and for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,10:8so that the two become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh,10:9and no one is to separate what God has joined.”
10:10Once they were in the house, the disciples kept asking about this.10:11So he told them, “If anyone divorces his wife and she marries someone else, he commits adultery against her.10:12And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”11
10:13People presented little ones to Jesus so that he would bless them, but his disciples rebuked them.10:14When Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little ones come to me; do not prevent them! For the kingdom of God consists of such people.10:15I tell you truly that whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as these little ones do, will not enter it themselves!”10:16Then he took the little ones in his arms and place his hands on them to bless them.
10:17As he went out onto the road, someone approached quickly and dropped to his knees: “Good Teacher,” he asked, “What should I do to inherit eternal life?”
10:18“Why do you call me ‘good’?” he asked. “No one but God is good.10:19And you know the commandments: don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t give false testimony, honor your father and mother.”
10:20“I’ve kept all those commands all my life,” he replied.
10:21But Jesus looked at him with fondness and said, “You lack only one thing: Go and sell everything you have and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”10:22But upon hearing this, he went away dejected, because he was very wealthy.
10:23Then Jesus looked around at his disciples and said, “How very difficult it is for those with money to enter into the kingdom of God!”10:24His disciples were shocked to hear this, so Jesus continued: “Students, it is very difficult to enter the kingdom of God.10:25I think it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle12 than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
10:26They were still astounded and said to themselves, “Then who can possibly be saved?”
10:27Jesus looks at them and says, “People may be unable to do this, but with God, anything is possible.”
10:28Then Peter started to say, “Look, we’ve given up everything to follow you!”
10:29“Yes,” said Jesus. “I tell you truly that not one of you who has given up a house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property for the sake of me and the Gospel,10:30will fail to receive a hundred times more in this life: houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, property. Trials will come too, but in eternity10:31many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
10:32They were going up the road to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way. They were awestruck, but those following were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them all the things that were about to happen to him:10:33“Look, we’re going up into Jerusalem, and the Human is to be handed over to the ruling priests and scripture scholars. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the non-Judeans,10:34who will jeer at him, spit on him, flog him, and kill him. But after three days he will rise up.”
10:35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, went up to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we have a favor to ask of you.”
10:36“What is it you want me to do?” Jesus asked.
10:37“When you are exalted, grant that one of us will sit at your right and the other at your left,” they answered.
10:38“You don’t realize what you’re asking,” replied Jesus. “Are you able to drink from the same cup as I will, and be immersed with the same immersion as I will?”
10:39“Yes, we are!” they replied.
And Jesus said, “You will indeed drink from the same cup and experience the same immersion.10:40But the places at my right and left are not mine to assign; they are for those already selected.”
10:41When the Ten heard about this, they were indignant with James and John.10:42So Jesus called them to himself and said, “As you know, those among the non-Judeans who think themselves rulers have mastery over their people, and their great ones wield authority over them.10:43But it is not to be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great must be your servant,10:44and whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all.10:45For the Human did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom payment for many.”
10:46They went up to Jericho, and then as Jesus was leaving, along with his disciples and a fairly sizable crowd, there was a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) sitting by the road.10:47When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout and say, “Jesus, descendant of David, have mercy on me!”10:48Many people told him to shut up, but he only shouted louder, “Jesus, descendant of David, have mercy on me!”
10:49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him!” So they called to the blind one and said, “Take courage! Get up, he’s calling you!”10:50So he threw off his cloak and jumped up and went to Jesus.
10:51“What do you want me to do?” he asked.“My Master,” he replied, “I want to see!”
10:52“On your way!” said Jesus, “Your faith has restored you.” And right away he saw, and he followed Jesus along the road.
11:1When they neared Jerusalem and arrived at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent out two of his disciples11:2with these instructions: “Go into the village before you, and as soon as you enter it you will find a colt hitched, one that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it.11:3And if anyone asks you why you’re doing this, tell them that the Master needs it and will return it shortly.”
11:4So they left and found the colt hitched near the gates by the outer street. They untied it,11:5and some of the people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”11:6So they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them take it.11:7They took it to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, then sat Jesus on it.11:8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others used chopped brush from the fields.11:9Then those in front and behind went along shouting, “Celebrate! Blessed is the one bearing the name of the Master!11:10And blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Celebrate in the presence of God!”
11:11Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple compound. He looked around, but because it was getting late he went into Bethany with the Twelve.11:12The next day when they left Bethany, he was hungry.11:13In the distance he saw a fig tree with leaves on it, so he went to see if it had fruit. But when he got there he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.11:14So he said, “No one will ever pick fruit from you again!”; the disciples heard him say it.13
11:15Now Jesus went into Jerusalem to the temple compound, and he started throwing out the merchants and their customers there, as well as overturning the tables of the brokers and the benches of those selling doves.11:16He prevented anyone from carrying merchandise through the temple,11:17and he gave them all a lecture: “Is it not written that ‘my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have turned it into a hideout for robbers!”11:18The ruling priests and scripture scholars heard about this, so they started looking for a way to kill him. But they feared the masses, who were captivated by his teaching.
11:19When evening came, they went outside of the city.11:20In the morning when they came back, they saw that the fig tree was shriveled down to its roots.11:21Then Peter remembered and said, “Rabbi, look! The tree you cursed has dried up.”11:22And Jesus replied to them all, “If you have Godly faith,11:23I tell you truly that if you were to tell this mountain to lift up and throw itself into the sea, without second-guessing but being confident that what you’re saying will happen, it will happen.
11:24“What I’m saying here is that whatever you’re praying about or requesting, believe that you have it, and it will be yours.11:25But whenever you’re praying, if you have anything against someone you must forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your blunders.”11:26
11:27They went again into Jerusalem, and when Jesus walked into the temple compound the ruling priests, scripture scholars, and elders11:28said, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you the jurisdiction to do them?”
11:29“Let me ask you a question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer my question I’ll answer yours.11:30The immersion of John: was it from heaven or from people? Answer me!”
11:31They talked it over among themselves and said, “If we say ‘from heaven’ he will ask us why we didn’t believe him.11:32But if we say ‘from people’…“ (They feared the crowd, because all the people believed John to be a genuine prophet.)11:33So they said to Jesus, “We don’t know.”“Then I’m not telling you by whose authority I do these things,” Jesus answered.
12:1Then Jesus began to talk to them in object lessons: “Someone planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a vat, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went traveling abroad.12:2When it was time to harvest he sent a slave to them to collect it.12:3But the tenants beat him up and sent him away empty-handed.12:4So he sent another slave, and they hit him on the head and humiliated him.12:5He sent yet another slave, whom they killed, and so on. The tenants beat some and killed others.
12:6“Now the owner still had one dear son, and he sent him last to them and thought, ‘They will respect my son!’12:7But the tenants said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will go to us!’12:8So they took him and killed him, then threw him out of the vineyard.12:9So what will the owner do? He will come and wipe out the tenants, and lease the vineyard to others.
12:10“Have you not read this scripture? ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;1412:11this is the Master’s doing, and wonderful to see!’ ”12:12Then they intended to arrest him but didn’t because of the crowd, since they knew the object lesson was about them. So they left him alone and went away.
12:13Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to entrap him by something he might say:12:14“Teacher, we know that you are genuine and don’t care what others think about you. You don’t judge by appearances but truly teach the way of God. So are we permitted to pay the poll tax15 to Caesar, or not?12:15Should we pay or not pay?”
But Jesus, knowing they were pedants, said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a coin so I can examine it.”12:16So they brought him one and he asked them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”“Caesar’s,” they replied.
12:17So Jesus said to them, “Repay Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and repay God what belongs to God!” And they were stumped.
12:18Now the Sadducees, who don’t believe in the resurrection, came to him and asked,12:19“Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if someone’s brother dies and leaves a widow behind but no children, that he should marry the widow and produce children for his brother.12:20Suppose there were seven brothers; the first marries and then dies childless.12:21So the second brother marries her, and he too dies childless. Likewise with the third,12:22and so on through all seven brothers. Finally the woman dies too.12:23When they rise up at the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all of them?”
12:24And Jesus said to them, “You are mistaken; don’t you know the scriptures or the power of God?12:25For when they rise from the dead they do not marry; they are like the angels in heaven.12:26And regarding the dead being raised, haven’t you read in the book of Moses about the burning bush and how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?12:27He is not the God of the dead but of the living; you are badly mistaken!”
12:28One of the scripture scholars came along and heard them debating, and he saw that Jesus had answered them well. So he asked him, “What is the greatest commandment of all?”
12:29And Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Listen, Israel! The Master our God is the only one.12:30You must love the Master your God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.’12:31The second is very similar: ‘You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There are no greater commandments than these.”
12:32“Well said, Teacher!” the scripture scholar replied. “You are correct in saying that there is one God and no other.12:33To love him with one’s whole heart, understanding, and strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is far better than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
12:34When Jesus saw how astutely he had answered, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
12:35Jesus went on teaching in the temple compound: “How is it that the scripture scholars say that the Anointed is the descendant of David?12:36For David himself said through the Holy Spirit, ‘The Master said to my Master, “Sit here at my right until I place your enemies under your feet.”’12:37Since David himself calls him ‘master’, how can he be his descendant?” Many in the crowd were delighted with what Jesus said.
12:38In another teaching he said, “Observe the scripture scholars; they like to walk around in their robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces,12:39to have the best seats in the synagogues, and to have the most prominent places at banquets.12:40Yet they prey upon widows to take their property, and they like to show off with their lengthy prayers. They will endure extreme judgment!”
12:41Then Jesus sat down facing the treasury, and he watched how the crowd threw money into it. Many rich people threw in a lot,12:42but one destitute widow threw in two tiny coins worth only a fraction of a day’s wages.1612:43He called his disciples to himself and said, “I tell you truly that this destitute widow has thrown a greater sum into the treasury than all the others.12:44For they gave out of their excess, but she gave out of what she needed— everything she had to live on.”
13:1As he left the temple compound, one of his disciples remarked, “Teacher, look! Such stones, such buildings!”
13:2“See these magnificent buildings?” Jesus asked. “Not one stone will be left on another; they will all be demolished.”
13:3And when he sat down on the Mount of Olives facing the temple compound, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him about this privately:13:4“When will this take place, and what sign will indicate that it’s all about to happen?”
13:5Then Jesus began to tell them: “Beware, so you are not deceived!13:6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am the one!’ and they will deceive many people.13:7But when you hear about battles near and far, don’t be alarmed; these things must happen but it is not yet the end.13:8For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famine. These are just the beginning of labor pains.
13:9“Watch out! They will hand you over to face councils and you will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings on my account, as a testimony to them.13:10But first the Gospel must be proclaimed in all the nations.13:11And when they hand you over, don’t worry about what you will say, because the words will be given to you at that moment; it won’t be you talking but the Holy Spirit.
13:12”Siblings will hand each other over to be executed; fathers will hand over their own children to die, and children will do the same to their own parents.13:13Everyone will despise you on my account, but the one who endures to the end will be saved.
13:14“Whenever you see ’the disgusting thing that completely ruins’ standing where it isn’t supposed to17 (the reader18 must be clear!), then those in Judea must run away into the mountains;13:15those on housetops must not go down into the houses to get anything out of them;13:16those out in the fields must not turn back to get their clothing.13:17But woe to those who are pregnant or nursing in those days!13:18And pray that this will not happen in winter.
13:19“The suffering of those days will be unlike anything that has happened since God first created the world until now, and will never be again.1913:20In fact, if the Master didn’t cut those days short, no living thing would survive. But those days will be cut short for the sake of his chosen ones.13:21And if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Anointed!’, don’t believe them.13:22For false anointed ones and false prophets will rise up and perform signs and miracles, to try and lure away the chosen ones— if that were possible.13:23But watch out! I have told you everything ahead of time.
13:24“In the days following that suffering, ‘the sun will be darkened and the moon will give no light;13:25the stars will fall out of the sky, and the forces in the heavenly places will be shaken.’2013:26Then they will see the Human coming in the clouds with power and majesty.13:27He will send out the Messengers to gather his chosen ones out from every direction, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
13:28“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: When its branches have become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.13:29Likewise, when you see all these things happening, you know that they are near— right at the door!13:30I tell you truly that this generation will definitely not pass away until all of these things have come to pass.13:31Sky and earth will pass away, but not my words!
13:32“But no one knows the day or hour; not even the Messengers in heaven nor the Human, but only the Father.13:33So watch and stay alert, since you don’t know when the time will come.13:34Think of it as when someone leaves home and puts their house under the care of managers, with each one being assigned a particular responsibility, including one to guard the door.13:35So be alert! You don’t know when the owner of the house will come; it may be in the evening, or maybe midnight, or at dawn, or in the morning.13:36Don’t let him come unexpectedly and find you sleeping!13:37What I say to you, I say to everyone: be alert!”
14:1Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away. The ruling priests and scripture scholars were looking for a devious way to arrest him and get him executed.14:2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people will riot.”
14:3Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper. As he reclined at the table, a woman came with an alabaster flask containing very costly perfumed oil made from pure nard. She broke open the flask and poured the oil on his head.14:4But some there were indignant and said to each other, “Why this waste of perfumed oil?14:5It could have been sold for nearly a year’s wages and the money given to the destitute!” And they began to intimidate her.
14:6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bullying her? She is doing a good thing to me.14:7You will always have the destitute among you, and you can help them anytime you want, but you will not always have me.14:8She has done what she could, and she has anointed me in advance of burial preparations for my body.14:9And it will be as I tell you now: wherever the Gospel is announced anywhere in the world, what she did will be told in honor of her memory.”
14:10Then Judas from Kerioth, one of the Twelve, went off to the ruling priests to have Jesus handed over to them.14:11They were delighted to hear this and paid him in advance for his services. So he started watching for an opportune moment to hand him over.
14:12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was to be killed, his disciples asked, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”14:13So he sent out two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, where you will see someone carrying a pitcher of water. Follow them,14:14and when they enter a house tell the owner, ‘the Teacher wants to know where the reception room is so that he may eat the Passover meal with his disciples’.14:15You will be shown a large, furnished, upper-story room; prepare it for us there.”14:16And when the disciples went into the city, they found everything just as he said it would be, so they prepared the Passover.
14:17When evening came, he went there with the Twelve.14:18And while they were reclining around the table Jesus said to them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that one of you who are eating with me will betray me!”14:19They were deeply distressed, and one after the other they began to say to him, “Not I!”14:20But he said to them, “It is one of the Twelve who dips food into the sauce bowl with me.14:21Indeed, the Human must go away just as it is written about him. But woe to the person through whom the Human is betrayed! It would be better for that person if he had never been born.”
14:22While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, blessed it, and then broke it up and passed it around to them. “Take this,” he said, “This is my body.”14:23Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and passed it around to them, and they all drank it.14:24“This is my blood, with which I am signing the new unilateral contract, and it is being poured out for many.14:25With absolute certainty I tell you that I will never drink the fruit of the vine until21 the day comes when I drink it fresh in the kingdom of God.”14:26And after singing a festive song, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
14:27Then Jesus said to them, “You are all about to fall into a trap, for it is written: ‘I will strike down the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.’14:28But after I arise, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
14:29But Peter objected, “Even if everyone else falls into a trap, I will not!”
14:30“On the contrary,” said Jesus, “I tell you that today, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will completely disown me three times!”
14:31But Peter became even more insistent: “Even if I am bound to die with you, I will never, ever disown you!” And all of them said the same.
14:32They went into an area called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”14:33He took Peter, James, and John with him, and in anguish and despair14:34he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death! Stay here and keep alert.”14:35Then he went a little farther ahead and dropped to the ground, and he prayed that there might be some way for this hour to pass him by.14:36And he said, “Daddy, my Father, you can do anything; take this cup away from me! But the decision is yours, not mine.”
14:37He comes back and finds the disciples sleeping, so he says to Peter, “Simon, what are you doing sleeping? Couldn’t you stay alert for one hour?14:38Pray that you will not be put to the test, for the spirit is eager but the flesh is weak.”14:39Once again Jesus left and prayed, saying the same thing.14:40And once again he went back to find them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. And they didn’t know what to say to him.14:41So he comes back the third time and says to them, “Why are you still sleeping and resting? Well, that’s all you get; the hour has come! Look, the Human is being handed over to the deviants!14:42Get up, let’s go! See, here comes my betrayer!”
14:43And while he is still speaking, Judas (one of the Twelve) comes right then with a mob wielding swords and clubs, sent by the ruling priests, scripture scholars, and elders.14:44Judas had given them a signal: “Whoever I greet affectionately is the one; seize him and take him away!”14:45And coming straight up to Jesus he says, “Rabbi!” and kissed him fondly.14:46So they seized Jesus and took him away.
14:47One of the people standing there drew a sword and struck the slave of the ruling priest, cutting off his ear.14:48But Jesus told them, “Am I a robber, that you came with swords and clubs to arrest me?14:49Every day I was teaching in the temple compound and you didn’t arrest me. But the scriptures must be fulfilled!”14:50Then they all abandoned him and ran away.2214:51(There was also a youth among them, and he was wearing nothing but high-quality pajamas. They seized him14:52but he slipped out of his pajamas and ran away naked.)
14:53So they led Jesus away and took him to the ruling priest. All the ruling priests, elders, and scripture scholars were assembled there.14:54Peter followed at a distance, up to the point where they entered the courtyard of the ruling priest. He sat down with the slaves, warming himself by the fire.
14:55Meanwhile, the ruling priests and the entire Sanhedrin were looking for evidence to convict Jesus of a capital crime. But they couldn’t find any14:56because of all the false and conflicting testimonies.14:57Some stood up to falsely accuse him by saying,14:58“We heard him say, ‘I will demolish this temple made by hands, and in three days I will build another one without hands!’ ”14:59But even then their testimonies were still conflicting.
14:60So the ruling priest stood up in front and asked Jesus, “Why don’t you respond to any of these accusations?”14:61But Jesus said nothing.Once again the ruling priest asked him, “Are you the Anointed, the son of the Blessed One?”
14:62“I am,” Jesus answered, “And all of you will see the Human sitting to the right of the Power,23 and coming with the clouds of the sky!”
14:63At that, the ruling priest tore his tunic24 and exclaimed, “What need do we have for further testimony?14:64You yourselves heard his claim to be God! How do you see it?” And they all deemed him worthy of the death penalty.14:65At that, some began to spit on him. Then they blindfolded him and started beating him while mocking, “Prophesy!” The deputies slapped him as well.
14:66Meanwhile, while Peter was in the courtyard, one of the ruling priest’s servant girls came14:67and saw Peter warming himself. She looked at him and said, “Hey you! You were with that Nazarene, Jesus!”
14:68But he denied it: “I don’t know or care what you’re talking about!” He went outside onto the porch, and then a rooster crowed.
14:69But the slave girl kept watching him and said again to the people standing around, “This is one of them!”14:70And again he denied it.Then short time later, the bystanders said to Peter once more, “You have to be one of them, because you’re a Galilean!”
14:71Then Peter began cursing and swore to them, “I do not know that person you’re talking about!”14:72And right away a rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will disown me three times!” And once this sank in, Peter began to sob.
15:1First thing in the morning, the ruling priests consulted with the elders, the scripture scholars, and the whole Sanhedrin. Then they handcuffed Jesus and sent him away to be handed over to Pilate.15:2And Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Judeans?”
“It is as you say,” he replied.15:3And the ruling priests hurled many accusations at him.
15:4“Have you nothing to say in your defense?” asked Pilate. “Look at how many things they’re accusing you of!”15:5Yet Jesus stopped responding, which greatly puzzled Pilate.
15:6Now it was the custom to release a prisoner during the festival, whomever the people chose.15:7One such prisoner, called Bar-Abbas, had been jailed along with some rebels who had committed murder during the revolts.15:8So when the crowd came up to ask for the usual prisoner release,15:9Pilate said to them, “Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Judeans’?”15:10(He knew the ruling priests had handed him over out of envy.15:11But the ruling priests had incited the crowd to ask for Bar-Abbas to be released to them.)
15:12So Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call ‘the king of the Judeans’?”
15:13“Crucify him!” they shouted again.
15:14“But why?” Pilate asked. “What crime has he committed?”And they only shouted louder: “Crucify him!”
15:15Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he released Bar-Abbas to them and handed Jesus over to be scourged25 and crucified.
15:16The soldiers led him away to the inner courtyard of their headquarters. They called the whole garrison together,15:17dressed Jesus in purple, and put a wreath made of braided thorns on him.15:18They saluted him and mockingly said, “Hail, king of the Judeans!”,15:19hitting him in the head with a stick and spitting on him. Then they knelt before him and pretended to worship him.15:20And after they had finished jeering, they removed the purple robe and put his own clothing back on him. Then they took him out and crucified him.
15:21Along the way they conscripted someone who had come in from the fields, a Cyrenian named Simon (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to carry Jesus’ cross.15:22They took Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”),15:23and though they offered him wine with pain-killer mixed in, he refused it.2615:24Then they crucified him, throwing dice to see who would get his articles of clothing.15:25It was almost noon.
15:26The inscription listing the charges against him was, “The King of the Judeans.”15:27Two robbers were crucified along with him, one on either side.15:2815:29Passers-by slandered him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! The one who was going to demolish the temple and rebuild it in three days!15:30Come down off the cross and save yourself!”15:31The ruling priests and scripture scholars jeered at him as well, saying to each other, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!15:32Let the Anointed, the King of Israel, come down from the cross right now, so that we can believe him!” Even the others being crucified treated him with contempt.
15:33Darkness came upon the whole land from about noon until three in the afternoon.15:34Then Jesus cried out loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?”).15:35Some standing there said, “Look, he’s calling for Elijah!”15:36So they ran and soaked a sponge with wine-vinegar and put it on the end of a stick, then lifted it to him to drink. And they said, “Now leave him alone; let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down!”
15:37But Jesus let out a loud sound and breathed his last,15:38and the curtain in the temple was split in two from top to bottom.15:39Seeing how he died, the Roman army captain standing opposite Jesus exclaimed, “Surely this person was the God-Man!”15:40There were also women there, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James the Small and Joses, and Salome.15:41These are the ones who had followed Jesus in Galilee and provided for his needs. And there were many others who had accompanied him to Jerusalem.
15:42Since it was nearly evening on Preparation Day before the Sabbath,15:43Joseph of Arimathea boldly went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (He was a respected counselor who had been expecting the kingdom of God.)15:44Pilate was surprised that Jesus had already died, so he called for the Roman army captain to see how long ago it had happened.15:45And when he found out, he released the corpse to Joseph.
15:46Joseph took down Jesus’ body and wrapped it in some fine linen that he had bought. Then he put the body in a tomb that had been quarried out of the rock, and he rolled the stone in front of the tomb’s entrance.15:47And Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses noted where it was placed.16:1When the Sabbath was over,27 Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.
16:2Extremely early on the First of Sabbaths,28 they came to the tomb as the sun was just beginning to rise.16:3And they said to each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance for us?”16:4But they looked up to see that the stone had already been rolled away, and it was a very large stone!
16:5Upon entering the tomb they saw a young man dressed in a white robe, sitting to the right. They were overawed,16:6but he said to them, “Relax! You’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen; he is not here! You can see where they had placed him.16:7Now go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He will go ahead of you into Galilee, and you will see him there, just as he told you.’ ”16:8They left the tomb and ran away, shaking and filled with amazement. But they were afraid and said nothing to anyone.29
16:9Having risen early on First Sabbath, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala, from whom he had thrown out seven demons.16:10She went and announced this to those who had been with him and were grieving and sobbing,16:11but when they heard that she had seen him alive, they didn’t believe her.16:12But later he appeared to two of them as they were walking out in the countryside, though he looked different to them.16:13And though they too went off to report this to the others, they didn’t believe them either.
16:14Eventually he appeared to the Eleven as they were reclining at the table. He scolded them for their skepticism and stubbornness, because they didn’t believe those who had seen him after he arose.16:15Then he said to them, “Go everywhere in the world and proclaim the Gospel to all of creation.16:16Those who believe and are immersed will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned.
16:17“And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will throw out demons; they will speak in new languages;16:18they will shake off deadly snakes; they will drink poison without being harmed; they will place their hands on the chronically ill and they will get better.”
16:19So then, after Master Jesus finished talking to them, he was taken up into the sky and seated to the right of God.16:20They went out proclaiming it everywhere, with the Master helping and confirming the Word by the signs that accompanied them.