1:1Many have taken it upon themselves to write an orderly account of everything that happened among us,1:2from what we were told by those who were original eyewitnesses and deputies of the Word.1:3So I decided that I too should write for you, Honorable Theophilus, a meticulous account of everything I observed from the start,1:4so that you may have full confidence regarding the validity of what you were taught.
1:5In the days of Herod the king of Judea there was a certain priest by the name of Zacharias, of the Abia order. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron.1:6They were both righteous before God, faultlessly performing every command and decree of the Master.1:7But they had no child because Elizabeth was infertile, and they were quite elderly.
1:8One day it came time for Zacharias to perform his priestly duties before God according to his order,1:9and he was chosen by chance to burn incense and enter the Holiest Place of the Master.1:10A huge crowd of people was praying outside at the time the incense was burned.1:11But Zacharias saw a Messenger of the Master standing to the right of the altar of incense,1:12and he became quite disturbed and was overcome with fear.
1:13“Do not be afraid, Zacharias,” the Messenger said to him. “Your request has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, whom you must name John.1:14He will bring you happiness and great joy, and many people will be happy about his birth.
1:15“He will be great in the sight of the Master. He must never drink wine or any other intoxicating beverage, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even as he leaves his mother’s womb.1:16He will also turn many in Israel back to the Master their God,1:17and he will go ahead before him in the spirit and power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the incorrigible into the sensible and righteous, to prepare a people made for the Master.”
1:18But Zacharias said to the Messenger, “What reason do I have to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is well along in years herself.”
1:19“I am Gabriel, the one who stands before God!” the Messenger replied. “I was dispatched to speak to you and bring you this good news.1:20And now look! You will be silenced and unable to speak until the day these things come to pass, because you did not believe what I told you.”
1:21Meanwhile, the people outside were waiting for Zacharias and wondered what was taking so long in the temple.1:22But when he came out he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple, because he was making motions to them since he couldn’t talk.1:23And when his term of priestly service was completed, he returned to his home.1:24After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months.1:25“This is how the Master has taken away my shame before the people,” she said to herself. “In these days he has noticed me!”
1:26In Elizabeth’s sixth month, the Messenger Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth.1:27He went to a woman of marriageable age who was engaged to a man named Joseph from the line of David. The woman’s name was Mary,1:28and the Messenger spoke to her: “Greetings, favored one! The Master is with you!”1:29Upon hearing this, she was quite disturbed and perplexed about what sort of greeting this could be.
1:30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” said the Messenger. “For you have found favor with God.1:31And now look! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will give him the name Jesus.1:32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Master God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.1:33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!”
1:34“But how can this be,” asked Mary, “since I haven’t been intimate with a man?”
1:35The Messenger replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will envelope you. For this reason the holy one being conceived will be called the God-Man.1:36And look! Your relative Elizabeth is also expecting a son in her old age. She is in her sixth month, this one who was considered infertile!1:37For nothing God declares is impossible.”
1:38“Observe, the slave of the Master!” Mary responded. “May it happen as you have stated.” And the Messenger went away.
1:39At that time Mary quickly went up into the hill country to a city in Judea.1:40She entered the home of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.1:41And as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb jumped for joy, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
1:42Then Elizabeth shouted out, “You are blessed among women, and blessed is the child within you!1:43How is it that the mother of my Master should visit me?1:44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby within me jumped for joy!1:45And blessed is she who believed that what she was told by the Master would come to pass!”
1:46And Mary said, “My soul exalts the Master,1:47and my spirit jumps for joy about God my Savior,1:48for he noticed his humble slave! From now on, every generation will consider me blessed1:49because the Powerful One did great things for me. His name is holy,1:50and his compassion extends from generation to generation for those who fear him.
1:51“He has ruled with power and might; he has scattered those whose minds are filled with contempt;1:52he has pulled rulers from their thrones. But he has lifted up the oppressed;1:53he has satisfied the hungry yet sent the rich away empty-handed.1:54At the right time he has remembered to have eternal mercy on his child Israel,1:55just as he said to our ancestors, to Abraham’s descendants.”1:56Mary stayed with her for about three months, and then she returned to her own home.
1:57The time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son.1:58Her neighbors and relatives heard about how the Master had shown her great mercy, so they celebrated with her.1:59When the eighth day arrived they came to circumcise the little boy, and they intended to name him after his father Zacharias.1:60But his mother said “No! He is to be named John.”
1:61“But there is no one among your relatives by that name,” they objected.1:62So they motioned to his father to see what he wanted to name him.1:63He asked for a writing tablet, and to their great surprise he wrote, “His name is John.”
1:64Instantly his mouth was opened and his tongue [was freed], and he began to speak praises to God.1:65Fear came upon all the neighbors, and this account spread throughout the whole hill country of Judea.1:66Everyone who heard about it wondered what this little boy would turn out to be, because surely the hand of the Master was with him.
1:67His father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this divine message:1:68“Praise to the Master, the God of Israel, for he selected and redeemed his people!1:69He awakened a powerful deliverance for us from the line of his servant David,1:70just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets through the ages.
1:71“[He brought] deliverance from our enemies and from the hands of all who hate us,1:72to have compassion on our ancestors; he remembered his holy contract1:73which he swore on oath to our ancestor Abraham;1:74he granted that we would be rescued from the clutches of our enemies, so we could offer divine service without fear1:75and in devoutness and justice before him all the days of our lives.
1:76“Now as for you, little one, you will be called a prophet of the Highest. For you will lead the way before the Master, to prepare his paths,1:77and to impart the knowledge of salvation to his people, the pardon of their failures1:78through the deep compassion of our God. The sun will rise high to visit us,1:79to appear to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, and to light the way for our feet on the road to peace.”1:80So the little boy grew and became spiritually powerful, and he lived in the desert until he presented himself to Israel.
2:1Those were the days in which Caesar Augustus issued a decree to take a census of the whole inhabited world.2:2This registration took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria.2:3So everyone traveled to their hometown.
2:4One of them was Joseph. He went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee into Judea, to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, since he was of the house and lineage of David.2:5He registered together with his fiancée Mary, who was pregnant.2:6And it so happened that while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.2:7She had a son, her firstborn, whom she wrapped in baby clothes.1 But she had to lay him in a feeding trough due to the fact that there was not a single room available for them in the inn.
2:8There were shepherds camping out in the area to watch over their flocks throughout the night.22:9Suddenly a Messenger of the Master stood beside them! The majesty of the Master shone around them as well, and they were extremely terrified.2:10“Don’t be afraid,” the Messenger said to them, “because I’m here to announce good news to you, of great happiness which extends to all the people.2:11For today a Savior, the Anointed Master, was born to you in the City of David.2:12And here is a sign for you: you will find the infant wrapped in baby clothes and lying in a feeding trough.”
2:13Suddenly the Messenger was joined by the whole celestial army! They were praising God and saying,2:14“The highest honor to God, and peace on earth to the people with whom he is pleased!”2:15While the Messengers were leaving them and returning to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “By all means, let’s go over to Bethlehem to see what the Master told us has happened!”
2:16So they hurried along and discovered Mary and Joseph, and the infant was lying in the feeding trough.2:17Having seen this, they told everyone about the declaration that had been given to them concerning this little one.2:18And everyone who heard it was amazed about what the shepherds told them.2:19But Mary mulled over in her mind what all these things could mean.2:20Then the shepherds returned, honoring and praising God on account of everything they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.
2:21When the eighth day arrived for him to be circumcised, he was given the name Jesus, which was the name given by the Messenger before he was conceived.2:22And when the days of cleansing required by the law of Moses were completed, they took him into Jerusalem to present to the Master.2:23(It is written in the law of the Master that every first-born male is to be consecrated to the Master,2:24and this requires the sacrifice stipulated in the law of the Master: a pair of doves or two young pigeons.)
2:25It just so happened that there was someone in Jerusalem by the name of Simon. He was a righteous and conscientious person who was expecting the Comfort of Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him2:26and had revealed to him that he would not die without first seeing the Master’s Anointed.2:27The Spirit prompted him to go into the temple compound, where the parents of little Jesus were admitting him in order to fulfill the custom of the law concerning him.
2:28Simon picked up Jesus and held him in his arms, then praised God and said,2:29“Your slave can now be released in peace, my Owner, in accordance with what you declared.2:30For my eyes have seen the salvation2:31you prepared in the presence of all the people,2:32a light of revelation to the non-Judeans and honor to your people, Israel.”2:33These things spoken about Jesus took his father and mother by surprise.2:34Then Simon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Look! This one is set to cause the downfall and arising of many in Israel— and to be a controversial sign.2:35But a broadsword will be thrust through your soul, so that the thoughts in many minds will be exposed.”
2:36Now there was another prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was well-advanced in age, having lived with her husband for seven years of their marriage2:37and then being a widow until she was eighty-four. She never leaves the temple compound, and night and day she offers impassioned prayer and performs divine service.2:38At that very day and hour she came near and praised God, and she spoke about him to all those who were expecting the redemption of Jerusalem.
2:39After they had fulfilled everything according to the requirements of the law of the Master, they returned to Galilee, to their home town of Nazareth.2:40Then the little one grew strong and became very wise, and the favor of God was upon him.2:41His parents took him to Jerusalem for the Passover festival each year.
2:42When he was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem for the traditional festival as usual.2:43When it was over they returned home, but they were unaware that the boy Jesus had stayed behind in Jerusalem.2:44They presumed he was somewhere among their travelling companions, but after a day’s travel they began to search for him among their relatives and good friends.2:45When they couldn’t find him they went back to Jerusalem to keep searching.
2:46It was three days later when they found him. He was sitting among the teachers, listening and asking them questions,2:47and impressing everyone who heard him with his mental prowess and responses.2:48[His parents] were dumbfounded! But his mother demanded, “Child, look at what you have done to us! Your father and I have been searching frantically for you!”
2:49“Why were you looking for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I had to attend to my Father’s affairs?”2:50But they had no idea what he was talking about.2:51Then he went down with them to Nazareth and supported them. His mother carefully noted everything that was said and kept it in mind.2:52Jesus advanced in wisdom and maturity, earning the favor of God and people.
3:1In the fifteenth year of the governorship of Tiberias Caesar, Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea, Herod was ruler over one-fourth of Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler over one-fourth of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was ruler over one-fourth of Abilene.33:2It was then, during the ruling priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, that a declaration from God came upon John, the son of Zacharias, while he was in the desert.
3:3So he went into the whole area around the Jordan River, proclaiming immersion based upon a complete change of mind that would lead to being acquitted of faults.3:4As it has been written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah,
“There is someone calling out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Master and straighten its paths!3:5Its ravines will be filled in, every hill will be lowered, every crooked thing will be straightened, and every rocky place will be smoothed.3:6Then everyone will clearly see the deliverance of God.’”
3:7But to the crowd coming to him to be immersed he said, “You hatchlings of snakes! Who showed you how to run away from the fury to come?3:8You must produce results to match your change of mind, rather than simply saying to yourselves, ‘We are the offspring of Abraham’. For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!3:9The ax is already aimed at the root of the trees, so every tree that does not produce acceptable fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire.”
3:10So the crowd asked him, “What are we to do then?”
3:11“The one with two tunics should share with someone who has none,” he replied. “Do the same with food.”
3:12Then some tax contractors4 came to be immersed, and they asked him, “Teacher, what are we to do?”
3:13“Do not take one bit more than you’re supposed to,” he answered.
3:14Next some soldiers asked what they should do, and he told them, “Stop intimidating people and engaging in extortion, and be content with your pay.”
3:15Now all the people were in anticipation, speculating among themselves whether John was actually the Anointed.53:16But he responded to them all, “I do immerse you in water, but one stronger than I is coming, whose shoelaces I am not worthy to untie! He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire.3:17He has a broom in his hand, and he is poised to sweep the threshing floor clean! He will gather the grain into his storage bins, but he will burn the chaff in fire that will never be extinguished.”
3:18Then with many other words he encouraged the people with this good news.3:19But he confronted Herod, ruler over one-fourth the country, concerning the wife of his brother Philip,3:20so Herod added to all his other evils by locking John in prison.
3:21When all the people were being immersed, Jesus was immersed as well. While he was praying, the sky opened up3:22the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove, and there was a voice from heaven: “You are my dear son, and I am very pleased with you.”
3:23Jesus’ [activities] began when he was about thirty years old. He was presumed to be the son of Joseph:
of Heli,3:24of Matthat, of Levi, of Melchi, of Jannai, of Joseph,3:25of Mattathias, of Amos, of Nahum, of Esli, of Naggai,3:26of Maath, of Mattathias, of Semein, of Josech, of Joda,3:27of Joanan, of Rhesa, of Zorobabel, of Salathiel, of Neri,3:28of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam, of Elmadam, of Er,
3:29of Joshua, of Eliezer, of Jorim, of Matthat, of Levi,3:30of Simon, of Judah, of Joseph, of Jonam, of Eliakim,3:31of Melea, of Menna, of Mattatha, of Nathan, of David,3:32of Jesse, of Obed, of Boaz, of Sala, of Nahshon,3:33of Aminadab, of Admin, of Arni, of Hezron, of Phares, of Judah,
3:34of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nahor,3:35of Serug, of Reu, of Peleg, of Eber, of Sala,3:36of Cainan, of Arphaxad, of Shem, of Noah, of Lamech,3:37of Methusaleh, of Enoch, of Jared, of Mahalalel, of Cainan,3:38of Enosh, of Seth, of Adam, of God.
4:1Now Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert.4:2For forty days the Slanderer tried to get him to fail the test.6 He ate nothing during that time, so by the end he was hungry.4:3And the Slanderer said to him, “If you’re really the God-Man, tell this stone to become bread!”
4:4“It is written,” replied Jesus, “that ‘A person doesn’t live on bread alone’.”
4:5Then the Slanderer brought him to the top of a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant.4:6And he said to him, “I will give you complete jurisdiction over all this, and the majesty that goes with it. I can give it to whomever I wish because it was all handed over to me.4:7It can all be yours— if you fall on your face and worship me!”
4:8“It is written,” replied Jesus, “that ‘You must worship the Master your God; only to him must you offer divine service’.”
4:9Then he brought him into Jerusalem and stood him on the highest point of the temple compound. And he said to him,“If you’re really the God-Man, throw yourself down from here,4:10for it is written that ‘His Messengers will be assigned to protect you’,4:11and, ‘They will lift you up in their hands so you won’t strike your foot against a stone’ .”
4:12“It has already been stated,” replied Jesus, “that ‘You must not provoke the Master your God’!”4:13And after all these trials were over, the Slanderer withdrew from him until another opportunity might present itself.
4:14By the power of the Spirit, Jesus then returned to Galilee, and talk about him spread out to the whole surrounding area.4:15He taught in their synagogues and was well-esteemed by everyone.4:16He went into Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as was his custom he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day. He stood up to read4:17and was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, which he unrolled to the spot where this was written:
4:18“The Spirit of the Master is upon me, because he has anointed me to announce good news to the destitute; he has commissioned me to proclaim release to the prisoners of war and recovery of sight to the blind; he has dispatched me to cancel charges against the oppressed4:19and to herald the acceptable time of the Master.”4:20Rolling up the scroll, he handed it to the attendant and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue were watching him intently,4:21and he started to say to them, “Today, in your hearing, this scripture has been fulfilled.”
4:22Everyone was impressed with him and marveled at the favorable things he said. But they also said, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
4:23And Jesus replied, “Surely you will quote this saying to me: ‘Physician, cure yourself!’; ‘Do here at home what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ ”
4:24And then he added, “I tell you very truly that no prophet is ever accepted in their hometown.4:25There were in fact many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky gave no rain for three-and-a-half years and caused a severe famine to come over the whole land.4:26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them but to a widow in Sarepta in the province of Sidon.4:27And there were many lepers in Israel in the days of the prophet Elisha, yet he didn’t heal one of them but only Naaman the Syrian.”
4:28When the synagogue heard this they were infuriated,4:29so they picked him up and ejected him from the city. They took him to the edge of the mountain the city had been built upon, with the intention of pushing him over the edge.4:30But he walked right through the crowd and went away.
4:31He went down to Capernaum in Galilee and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.4:32They were awestruck with his teachings because he spoke with authority.4:33But in that synagogue was someone with a demonic, unclean spirit, and it shouted out,4:34“Aaah! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to wipe us out? I know who you are— you are the Holy One of God!”
4:35“Silence!” Jesus rebuked it. “Get out of him!” The demon hurled the person down in front of them and then left without doing him any harm.4:36They were all shocked and said to each other, “What kind of speech is this, that has jurisdiction and power to exorcise unclean spirits?”4:37And reports of this spread rapidly to every spot in the surrounding area.
4:38Now Jesus went up from the synagogue and entered the home of Simon, whose mother-in-law was gripped with a high fever. They asked him about her,4:39and he bent over above her and rebuked the fever. Instantly the fever left her, and she got up to wait on them.
4:40At sunset, people brought to Jesus everyone who was disabled or had various diseases, and he placed his hands on each of them and healed them.4:41Demons came out of many of them, shouting out, “You are the God-Man!” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Anointed.
4:42At daybreak he left and went to a solitary location. But the crowd searched diligently for him, and when they found him they tried to keep him from leaving.4:43Then he told them, “I must take the Gospel about the kingdom of God to other cities; this is the purpose for which I was sent.”4:44And he continued to proclaim it in the synagogues of Judea.
5:1On one occasion when the crowd was pressing in around him to hear the word of God, he was standing beside Lake Gennesaret.5:2He saw two ships docked at the edge, and the sailors had disembarked to wash their nets.5:3He got into the ship that belonged to Simon and asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down in the ship and taught the crowd.
5:4As he finished speaking he said to Simon, “Go out to deeper waters and lower your nets for a catch.”
5:5“Exalted One,” Simon replied, “We worked the whole night and caught nothing. But just because you said it, I will lower the nets.”5:6And when they did, they caught a huge number of fish, yet the nets didn’t tear.5:7So they motioned to their partners in the other ship to help them. The haul filled both ships to the point that they almost sank!
5:8When Simon Peter saw this, he dropped to his knees before Jesus and said, “Please stay away from me, Master, because I am a man of many faults!”5:9He and everyone with him were overawed about the huge haul of fish they had caught.5:10So also were his partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee. And Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t worry; from now on you’ll be catching people!”5:11When the ships landed, they left everything and followed him.
5:12One time when Jesus was in one of the cities, suddenly there was a man absolutely covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus he put his face to the ground and begged him, “Master, if you choose, you could make me clean!”
5:13“I so choose!” replied Jesus as he reached out his hand and touched him. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
5:14But Jesus instructed him to tell no one: “Go and show yourself to the priest, and present the offering for your cleansing as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”5:15Yet the news about him spread everywhere, and a huge crowd gathered to hear him and be cured of their infirmities.5:16And he kept retreating to deserted areas to pray.
5:17One day he was teaching, and included among those sitting there were Pharisees and lawyers from every village in Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Master was there for healing,5:18when suddenly there were some men carrying a stretcher, and the person on it was paralyzed. They intended to carry him and place him before Jesus,5:19but they couldn’t find a way through the crowd. So they went up to the top of the house and lowered him on his stretcher through the roofing tiles, right in front of Jesus.
5:20When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the person, “You are acquitted of your faults!”
5:21And the scripture scholars and Pharisees began to grumble among themselves: “Who is he to speak so irreverently?! Who but God alone can dismiss faults?”
5:22Yet Jesus was fully aware of what they were thinking, and he responded to them, “What are you going on about?5:23Which is easier: to say ‘You are acquitted of your faults’ or ‘Get up and walk around’?5:24But just so you can see that the Human One has jurisdiction on earth to release faults…”
Jesus turned to the paralyzed person: “I tell you, get up, pick up your stretcher and go home!”5:25Instantly he got up in front of them, picked up the stretcher he had been put upon, and went home praising God.5:26Everyone was completely amazed and gave honor to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen extraordinary things today!”
5:27After all that, Jesus went out and spotted a tax contractor by the name of Levi7 sitting in his office. He said to him, “Follow me!”5:28and he left everything behind and followed him.5:29Levi also threw a big party for him in his home, and among the guests reclining at the table were many other tax contractors.
5:30But the Pharisees and their scripture scholars complained to Jesus’ disciples, “Why are you eating and drinking with tax contractors and deviants?”
5:31“It isn’t the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick,” Jesus replied.5:32“I didn’t come to tell the righteous to change their minds, but the deviant.”
5:33But they went on: “The disciples of John frequently go without food and pray earnestly, just as those of the Pharisees. Yet yours eat and drink.”
5:34“You can’t expect the groom’s guests to fast while they’re with the groom,” Jesus replied.5:35“But the time will come when the groom is taken away from them, and when that time comes they will fast.”
5:36Then he gave them an object lesson: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old one. In that case the new one will be torn and the old one will be mismatched.5:37And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will burst the old wineskins and spill out, and the wineskins will be ruined.5:38Rather, they put new wine into new wineskins.5:39And no one who has drunk old wine would choose new; they’d say that the old wine is better.”
6:1Now it happened that on a Sabbath he and his disciples were passing through some fields, picking and eating some of the heads of grain by rubbing them in their hands.6:2But some of the Pharisees said, “What you’re doing is forbidden on Sabbaths.”6:3And Jesus responded, “Have you never read about what David did when he and those with him were hungry?6:4He entered the house of God and ate the bread that had been presented as offerings, sharing it also with those with him. Yet only the priests are allowed to eat it.”6:5And then he added, “The Human is Master of the Sabbath.”
6:6On yet another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught. There was someone there with a deformed right hand.6:7The scripture scholars and Pharisees were watching Jesus like a hawk, to see if he’d heal on the Sabbath so they could have grounds to accuse him.6:8But he knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up here in front.” And he did so.
6:9And Jesus said to them, "I ask you: is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do malice, to save a life or to destroy it?"6:10He looked around at them all and said to the man, “Hold out your hand!” He did so, and it was suddenly restored just like the other hand.6:11But they completely lost their minds and discussed among themselves what they could do to Jesus.
6:12It was in those days that Jesus retreated up into the mountain to pray, and he spent the entire night in prayer to God.6:13The next day he summoned his disciples and chose twelve from among them, designating them Ambassadors:
6:17Jesus came down from the mountain with them, and he stood in a low-lying place. A huge crowd of his disciples was there, along with innumerable people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.6:18They came to hear him and to be miraculously healed of their diseases, and all who had been oppressed by unclean spirits were cured.6:19The whole crowd wanted to touch him because power was coming out of him, and he healed them all.
6:20Then Jesus looked at his disciples and said,“Happy are the destitute, because the Kingdom of God is yours.
6:21“Happy are those who hunger for now, because you will be satisfied.“Happy are those who weep for now, because you will laugh.
6:22“Be happy when people despise you, shun you, disgrace you, reject you, and ruin your reputation, just because of the Human.6:23Be happy about that day and jump for joy; just look at the wages you’ve earned in heaven! For this is what your ancestors did to the prophets.
6:24“In contrast, woe to you who are rich, because you’ve already received your comfort.
6:25“Woe to you who are satisfied for now, because you will hunger.“Woe to you who laugh for now, because you will grieve and sob.
6:26“Woe to you if everyone speaks highly of you, because their ancestors also spoke well of the false prophets.
6:27“To those who hear, I say this: Love your enemies. Do good to those who despise you;6:28bless those who call down curses on you; pray for those who insult you.6:29If someone hits you on one side of your jaw, present to them the other side; if someone confiscates your outer clothing, don’t stop them from taking your inner clothing as well.6:30Give people what they ask of you, and don’t demand that they return what they take from you.6:31In other words, treat people the way you want them to treat you.8
6:32“If you only love those who love you, what credit is that to you? After all, the deviant only love those who love them.6:33If you only do good to those who return the favor, what credit is that to you? After all, the deviant do the same thing.6:34And if you only lend to those who can pay you back, what credit is that to you? After all, the errant lend to each other and expect to be repaid.96:35So then, love your enemies; be good to others and lend without expecting anything return. Then you will earn generous wages and you will be called Children of the Highest, because he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.
6:36“Become compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.6:37Don’t be judgmental, and you will certainly not be so judged;10 don’t condemn, and you will certainly not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.6:38Give, and it will be given to you— filled up, packed solid, and spilling over! This is what they will give to you personally, because the level of generosity you show to others will be shown to you in return.”
6:39And then he gave them an object lesson: “The blind cannot lead the blind; both will certainly fall into a ditch.6:40Neither is the student superior to the teacher, though after completing the training they may reach the same level.6:41So how is it that you can notice the splinter in someone else’s eye, yet completely ignore the plank in your own eye?6:42How can you say to them, ‘Here, let me get that splinter out of your eye’, when you have a plank in your own eye? You are using a double standard! First get the plank out of your own eye before you try to remove the splinter in someone else’s eye.
6:43“You know that a good tree doesn’t produce rotten fruit, and that a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit,6:44because each tree is identified by what it actually produces. You don’t pick figs or grapes from thorn bushes.6:45So also, someone who treasures up good things within them will produce good things, while someone with evil inside of them will produce evil things. Both express what is in their minds.
6:46“Now how can you call me ‘Master, Master’ yet don’t do what I say?6:47Let me tell you what all who come to me and hear and practice my sayings are like:6:48such a person is like someone who built a house and dug a deep foundation on rock. Though a flood came and the river pounded against the house, it was not strong enough to shake it because of how well it was built.6:49But the one who hears and yet doesn’t put it into practice is like someone who built a house on soil without any foundation. The river pounded against it and it collapsed right away into a huge pile.”
7:1After Jesus finished saying all this to them, he went into Capernaum.7:2And there was a certain Roman army captain, whose highly-esteemed assistant was sick and about to die.7:3When he heard about Jesus, he sent out Judean elders to ask him to come and bring his assistant safely through it.7:4When they approached Jesus they petitioned passionately, “This person is worthy of your assistance,7:5because he loves our nation and built us a synagogue.”
7:6So Jesus went along with them. But when he was only a short distance from the house, the Roman army captain sent friends to him to say, “Sir, don’t go to all this trouble, because I am unworthy to have you come under my roof.7:7This is why I didn’t come to you myself. All you need to do is say the word and my assistant will be miraculously healed.7:8After all, I am under someone else’s jurisdiction and have soldiers under me as well. I tell one of them to go and he goes; I tell another to come and he comes; I tell my slave to do something and he does it.”
7:9When Jesus heard all of this, he was very impressed. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith in Israel!”7:10Then the ones who had been dispatched to him went back to the house, where they found the assistant in good health.
7:11The next day he happened to go into a city called Nain. He was accompanied by his disciples and a large crowd.7:12And as he approached the city gate, there was a funeral procession for the only son of his mother, who was a widow. A large number of people from the city were with her.
7:13The sight of her moved the Master to compassion, and he said to her, “Don’t cry.”7:14Then he went up to the coffin and touched it, and the ones carrying it stood still. Then Jesus said, “Young one, I tell you to awaken!”7:15and the dead one sat up and began to talk! Then Jesus presented him to his mother.7:16They all were gripped with fear and honored God: “A great prophet has been raised up among us!” and “God has visited his people!”7:17Word about him spread throughout Judea and the surrounding area.
7:18Now John’s disciples told him about all this, and he gathered his disciples and sent two of them7:19to say to the Master, “Are you the Coming One, or should we expect someone else?”7:20So the men came to Jesus and said, “John the Immerser sent us to you to ask whether you’re the Coming One or we should expect someone else.”7:21And in that very hour Jesus cured many who were diseased or flogged, or who had evil spirits, and he restored sight to the blind.
7:22Then Jesus responded to them, “Go and report to John the things you’ve seen and heard: the blind now see, the lame now walk, the lepers are now clean, the deaf now hear, the dead are being raised, and the destitute are hearing the Gospel.7:23Happy is the one who isn’t put off by what I’m doing.”
7:24When John’s messengers had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed being shaken by the wind?7:25Or did you go to see someone wearing fine clothing? Of course not; those who wear fashionable clothing and live in luxury are found among the royals.7:26So what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, more than just a prophet!7:27He is the one about whom it has been written, ‘Look! I am dispatching my messenger to stand before you, and he will build the road ahead of you’.117:28I tell you, not one person born of women is greater than John. Yet the least significant in the Kingdom of God is greater than he!”
7:29When all the people heard this, even the tax contractors considered God righteous and were immersed via John’s immersion.7:30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected what God had intended for them and refused John’s immersion.
7:31“To whom shall I compare the people of this generation? Who are they like?7:32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other, ‘We played the flute for you but you didn’t dance; we mourned but you didn’t cry’.7:33For John the Immerser didn’t eat bread or drink wine, and you say ‘He’s demon-possessed!’.7:34But now that the Human has come along, eating and drinking, you say ‘Look at that glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax contractors and deviants!’.7:35But Wisdom is validated by all who accept it.”12
7:36Now a certain Pharisee invited him to dinner, so he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.7:37But a woman of many faults who lived in that city found out that he was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, so she brought in an alabaster flask of perfumed oil.7:38She stood at his feet crying, and her tears dropped down on his feet. She wiped his feet with her hair, massaging and kissing them, and rubbing them with the oil.
7:39Upon seeing this, the Pharisee that had invited him said to himself, “Some prophet! He should already know what kind of woman this is who is touching him— a woman of many faults!”
7:40“Simon, I have something to tell you,” Jesus responded. And he replied, “Speak, teacher.”
7:41“Two people owed money to a certain creditor. One owed five hundred days’ wages, and the other owed fifty.7:42But since they had no way to repay it, the creditor forgave both debts. Now who do you suppose will love him more?”
7:43“I’d assume it’s the one who had the bigger debt forgiven,” Simon replied.“Correct,” answered Jesus.
7:44Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “See this woman? I came into your home but you offered no water for my feet, yet she has rained down tears on them and wiped them with her hair.7:45You did not greet me with a kiss, but the whole time I’ve been here she has not stopped kissing my feet.7:46You did not put oil on my head, but she has rubbed my feet with perfumed oil.7:47For this reason, I tell you that she is acquitted of her many faults, for she loved much. In contrast, the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”
7:48Then he said to her, “You are acquitted of all your faults!”7:49But the others reclining there began to say to each other, “Who is he to forgive faults?”7:50But he told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
8:1A short while later he started going through one city or town after another, proclaiming and announcing the Gospel about the kingdom of God. He was accompanied by the Twelve,8:2as well as some women who were cured from evil spirits and diseases: Mary of Magdala from whom seven demons had come out,8:3Joanna the wife of Chuza (the legal guardian under Herod), Susanna, and many others who supported them from their own means.
8:4Now a huge crowd began to form due to his going from city to city, and he gave them this object lesson:
8:5“The farmer went out to scatter his seed. As he did so, some of it actually landed along the path, where it was trampled on and then the birds ate it.8:6Other seeds fell on rocky ground, but when they sprouted they quickly withered, because they couldn’t get any moisture.8:7Still other seeds fell among thorns, but when they sprouted together the thorns choked them.8:8Yet some seeds landed on good soil, and when they sprouted they produced a crop that was a hundred times more than the number of seeds.” Then he added, “If you have hears, listen!”
8:9Then his disciples asked him to explain the object lesson.8:10And he replied, “It has been granted to you to know the secrets of the kingdom of God. But to the rest I give object lessons, so that ‘Though they see, they don’t really see; though they hear, they don’t understand’.8:11Now this is the object lesson: the seed is the Word of God.13
8:12“Where the seeds fell on the path represents those who hear, but then the Slanderer comes along and takes the Word from their hearts to prevent them from believing it and being saved.
8:13“Where the seeds fell on rocky ground represents those who hear the Word and accept it with joy. But they have no root and only believe until a time when they are put to the test, and they desert the faith.
8:14“Where the seeds fell among thorns represents those who hear, but they are choked by concerns and wealth and the pleasures of life, so they don’t mature.
8:15“But where the seeds fell in good soil represents those with good, virtuous hearts. They hear the Word and keep it, producing a crop that endures.
8:16“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so that those coming in can see the light.8:17For nothing is concealed that won’t be put out in the open, and nothing is cloaked that won’t surely be made known.8:18So listen very carefully! If you have, you will be given even more, but if you do not have, what you think you have will be taken away from you.”
8:19Now his mother and siblings came to see him, but they couldn’t get close to him because of the crowd.8:20So someone told him, “Your mother and siblings are standing outside and want to see you.”8:21But Jesus replied, “The ones who hear and act on the Word of God are my mother and siblings.”
8:22One day he and his disciples boarded a ship, and he said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.”8:23So they set sail, and he fell asleep. Now a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were almost to the point of sinking.8:24They went to Jesus to wake him up and said, “Exalted One, Exalted One, we’re going to die!” But when he was fully awake he rebuked the wind and the surging water, and they stopped and became calm.8:25“Where is your faith?” he asked them. But they were amazed and said to each other, “Who can this be, that he gives directives to the wind and water, and they listen to him?!”
8:26Then they sailed down into the region of the Gerasenes, which is across from Galilee.8:27As soon as Jesus got off the ship he was met by a demonized man from the city. For a long time he had not worn any clothing nor lived in any house, but he stayed instead among the graves.8:28When he saw Jesus he shouted loudly and fell down before him. “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Highest God?” he shouted. “I beg you not to torture me!”8:29(Jesus had ordered the unclean spirit to get out of the person, because on many occasions it had taken control of him. He had been bound with chains and ankle irons, but he broke through them and was driven by the demon into deserted areas.)
8:30“What is your name?” Jesus asked him. And he said “Legion,” since so many demons had entered into him.8:31And they kept begged Jesus not to order them to go into the Abyss.8:32Now there was a fairly large herd of hogs grazing on the mountain, and they begged permission to enter into them. He granted it8:33and they entered the hogs. Immediately the herd stampeded off the cliff and into the lake, where they drowned.
8:34When the ones herding the hogs saw what happened, they ran away and reported it both in the city and the farms,8:35and everyone came to see what this was all about. When they reached Jesus they found the person from whom the demons had left, sitting there at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and in his right mind. They were afraid,8:36but those who had seen it told of how the demonized man was restored.
8:37Then the whole crowd from the area around the Gerasenes asked Jesus to go away from them, because they were gripped with fear. So he boarded a ship and left.8:38Now the man from whom the demons had come out pleaded to go along with him, but he sent him back and said,8:39“Return to your home and tell the whole story of all that God has done for you.” And off he went, telling everyone in the city what Jesus had done for him.
8:40Upon Jesus‘ return, he was greeted by a large crowd that was expecting him.8:41Suddenly there came a man by the name of Jairus who was in charge of the synagogue. Falling at Jesus’ feet, he begged him to enter his house8:42because his only daughter, who was twelve years old, was dying.14 And as Jesus went along, the crowd pressed in all around him.
8:43In the crowd was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhaging for twelve years. She had spent her entire livelihood on physicians, but none of them could cure her.8:44So she approached Jesus from behind and touched the hem of his garment, and instantly the flow of blood stopped.8:45And Jesus said, “Who touched me?”Everyone denied it, and Peter said to him, “Exalted One, the crowd is pressing in on you on all sides, and you wonder who touched you?”
8:46But Jesus replied, “Someone touched me, because I know that power went out of me.”
8:47Now the woman, seeing that she could not escape notice, began to shake and fell before him. In front of the whole crowd she told why she had touched him, and that she had been healed instantly.8:48And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has restored you; go in peace.”
8:49While he was still speaking, someone from the household of the synagogue ruler came and said, “Your daughter has died; there is no more need to bother the teacher.”8:50But when Jesus heard this he replied to him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe, and she will be restored.”8:51And when he entered the house, he let no one else in except Peter, John, James, and the girl’s father and mother.
8:52They were all sobbing and grieving for her, but he said, “Don’t cry, because she is not dead but only sleeping.”8:53And they laughed at him, since they knew very well that she had died.8:54But taking her firmly by the hand, he called to the girl, “Wake up!.”8:55Instantly her spirit returned and she got up, and he told them to give her something to eat.8:56Her parents were beside themselves, but he instructed them not to tell anyone what happened.
9:1Now Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and jurisdiction over all the demons, and to cure diseases.9:2He dispatched them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to restore the weak to health.9:3And he said to them, “Take nothing with you on the trip: not a walking stick, not a money pouch, no bread, no money, and no extra clothing.9:4Stay in whichever house you enter until you leave that area.9:5If anyone refuses to accept you, leave that city and shake the dust from your feet15 as a testimony against them.”9:6So they went off through all the villages, announcing the Gospel and healing people everywhere.
9:7Now Herod, the ruler over one-fourth the country, heard about all this and was baffled: some said that John had been raised from the dead,9:8while others said that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the ancient prophets had been raised up.9:9And Herod said, “I beheaded John, so who is this that I’m hearing about?” And he tried to see him.
9:10When the Ambassadors returned, they gave Jesus a complete report of all they had done. Then he took them off by themselves to a city called Bethsaida,9:11but the crowd found out and followed him. So he talked to them about the kingdom of God, and he miraculously healed all who needed it.
9:12As daylight began to fade, the Twelve came to Jesus and said, “Dismiss the crowd, so they can go to the surrounding villages and farms to spend the night and get a meal, because we’re out in the middle of nowhere.”
9:13“You give them something to eat,” Jesus replied.
“But all we have is five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.”9:14(There were about five thousand men there.)
“Have them recline for dinner, and divide them into groups of fifty each,” he told his disciples.9:15So they did as he said, and everyone reclined.
9:16Taking the five loaves and two fish, Jesus looked up into the sky and blessed them. Then he broke them in pieces and gave them to his disciples to put before the crowd.9:17They all ate and were satisfied, and it took twelve wicker baskets to hold the leftovers.
9:18Once when Jesus was praying alone, the disciples were with him, so he asked them, “Who are all the people saying I am?”
9:19“Some say John the Immerser,” they replied, “Others say Elijah, and still others say one of the ancient prophets has come back.”
9:20“And who do you say I am?” he asked.
And Peter responded, “You are the Anointed of God.”9:21Then Jesus warned them and instructed them to say nothing about this,9:22and he added, “The Human must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders, ruling priests, and scripture scholars, and then he is to be killed but arise on the third day.”
9:23Then he said to them all, “If anyone decides to follow me, they must renounce themselves, pick up their cross each day, and follow me.9:24Those who decide to save themselves will lose themselves, but those who lose themselves on my account will save themselves.9:25What good is it for people to gain the whole world but destroy or forfeit themselves?9:26For whoever is ashamed of me and what I say, that is someone of whom the Human will be ashamed when he comes in his majesty and in the majesty of the Father and the holy Messengers.9:27I tell you truly, there are some who have stood here who will absolutely not face death before they see the kingdom of God.”
9:28About eight days after he said these things, he took Peter, James, and John with him up into the mountain to pray.9:29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed and his clothing became a dazzling white.9:30Suddenly two men appeared in the majestic scene: Moses and Elijah!9:31They were talking with him about his leaving the world, which was about to take place in Jerusalem.
9:32Now Peter and the others had been in a deep sleep, but when they fully awakened they saw Jesus’ majesty and the two men with him.9:33After those two left, Peter said to Jesus, “Exalted One, it’s great to be here! We should put up three temporary sanctuaries: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (he didn’t know what he was saying).
9:34As he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed them, but they were afraid as they entered into it.9:35Then a voice came out from the cloud and said, “This is my chosen Son; hear him!”9:36And at that point they saw that Jesus was alone. But they said nothing about this to anyone at that time.
9:37Now the next day as they were going down the mountain, they were met by a large crowd.9:38Suddenly a man in the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you, please take notice of my son, my only son!9:39A spirit takes him without warning, making him shout and convulse and foam at the mouth. When it leaves it does so with great difficulty and it bruises him.9:40I begged your disciples to throw it out but they couldn’t.”
9:41So Jesus responded, “You faithless, twisted generation! How long must I stay and put up with you? Bring your son here.”9:42Yet while he was coming, the demon tore into him and made him convulse violently. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and miraculously healed the boy, and he gave him back to his father.9:43And they were all awestruck at the magnificence of God.
While they were all still marveling at what Jesus did, he said to his disciples,9:44“Keep these sayings in mind, because the Human is about to be handed over into people’s clutches.”9:45But they had no idea what he was talking about, because it was completely hidden from them so that they wouldn’t understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
9:46Now a dispute broke out among the disciples over which of them was greater.9:47Jesus perceived what they were considering, so he got hold of a small child to stand beside him.9:48And he said to them, “Whoever will accept this little one in my name is actually accepting me, and whoever will accept me is actually accepting the one who sent me. For the one who is less esteemed among you is actually important.”
9:49Then John responded, “Exalted One, we saw someone throwing out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us who follow you.”9:50But Jesus replied, “Don’t stop anyone, because whoever is not opposing you is on your side.”
9:51As the time drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he was determined to go to Jerusalem.9:52He sent messengers ahead to go into a Samaritan village, to prepare for his arrival.9:53But they did not accept him because he was on his way to Jerusalem.9:54When his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Master, do you want us to call fire down from the sky to consume them?”9:55But Jesus turned around and rebuked them,9:56and they went on to another village.
9:57As they went along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go,”9:58and he replied, “Foxes have burrows and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Human has no place to lay his head.”
9:59To another person Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Master, first let me go and bury my father.”9:60And Jesus replied, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you should publicize the kingdom of God.”
9:61Yet another person said to Jesus, “Master, first let me say goodbye to the people in my household.”9:62But he replied, “No one who puts their hand to the plow while looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
10:1After that, the Master appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them out two-by-two as forerunners to every city and place he intended to visit.10:2And he said to them, “The harvest is truly vast but the workers are few in number. So plead with the Master of the harvest, to urgently send workers out to his harvest.10:3Now, off you go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
10:4“Don’t take a money pouch with you, nor an extra bag or pair of sandals. Don’t stop to greet people along the way.10:5When you enter a house, give it your blessing.10:6If it is a house of peace, your peace will be upon it; if not, take it back.10:7Stay only in one house to eat and drink what they offer, because the worker deserves their pay; do not go from house to house.
10:8“If you enter a city and they welcome you, eat what they offer you10:9and heal the sick, and tell them that ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you’.10:10But if the city you enter does not welcome you, stand in the city square and proclaim,10:11‘We hereby wipe the dust from your city off of our feet! But understand this: that the kingdom of God has come near to you’.10:12And I tell you, it will be more bearable on Judgment Day for Sodom than for that city!
10:13“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the powerful things that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have sat down and covered themselves with sackcloth and ashes as a sign of remorse a long time ago.10:14Tyre and Sidon will fare better at the Judgment than you will!10:15And you, Capernaum… you will not be lifted to heaven, you will descend into Hades!10:16Those who listen to you, listen to me, and those who reject you, reject me. And those who reject me, reject the one who sent me.”
10:17Then the seventy-two returned and happily reported, “Master, even the demons defer to us because of your name!”
10:18And he replied, “I watched the Adversary fall like lightning from the sky.10:19So now I have given you the jurisdiction to trample serpents and scorpions, and over all the forces of the enemy, and not one of you will be harmed.10:20But don’t be so happy that the spirits defer to you; be happier that your names have been written down in the heavens.”
10:21At that very moment Jesus was filled with happiness by the Holy Spirit, and he said, “I acknowledge you, my Father and Master of heaven and earth, because you concealed these things from the wise and educated, and instead you revealed them to the innocent. Yes, Father, this is what you were pleased to do.”10:22To his disciples he said, “Everything has been handed over to me from my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son decides to reveal him.”10:23And he added, “You are very privileged to see what you have seen!10:24For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see and hear what you’ve seen and heard.”
10:25Suddenly a lawyer stood up to provoke him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
10:26“What is written in the law?” he replied. “How do you understand it?”
10:27And his answer was, “You must love the Master your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
10:28“Correct,” Jesus replied. “If you do this, you will live.”
10:29But he wanted to make himself look better,16 so he asked, “And exactly who is my neighbor?”
10:30Accepting the challenge, Jesus said, “A certain person went down from Jerusalem into Jericho. But he was attacked by muggers, who stripped off his clothes, beat him up, and left him there half dead.10:31By coincidence a certain priest went down that same road, but he passed by on the other side.10:32Likewise, a Levite came to that same spot and saw him, but he too passed by on the other side.
10:33“But when a Samaritan came along and saw him, he was moved with pity.10:34He went over to him and applied ointment and bandages to his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal and took him to an inn to be cared for.10:35As he left the next day he gave two days’ wages to the innkeeper and said to him, ‘Take care of him, and if you incur additional expenses, I will compensate you when I return.’10:36So which of these three do you suppose was being a neighbor to the one who was mugged?”
10:37“The one who had pity on him,” the lawyer replied.And Jesus said, “Now go and do likewise!”
10:38After they left, Jesus entered into a village where a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.10:39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Master’s feet17 and listened to what he was saying.10:40But Martha was distracted by all the meal preparations, so she said, “Master, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve all alone? Tell her to get busy and help me!”
10:41“Martha, Martha,” the Master replied, “You’re distracted and frazzled about many things,10:42but only one thing really matters. Mary has chosen the good part, and it will not be taken from her.”
11:1Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying. And when he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Master, teach us how to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
11:2“Whenever you pray, say something like this:,” Jesus answered. “ ‘Father, may your name be considered sacred, and may your kingdom come!11:3Give us the bread we need each day,11:4and pardon our faults just as we pardon the faults committed against us. Please don’t bring us to trial.’ ”
11:5Then Jesus continued: “Which of you would go to see a friend at midnight and say, ‘Friend, I need three loaves of bread,11:6because a travelling friend of mine has arrived and I have nothing to feed him.’?11:7Then the one inside will respond, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is locked and my children are here in bed with me. I’m not getting up to give you anything!’11:8I tell you, though, that while he won’t get up because the person is his friend, he will get up anyway and give him what he needs, because of his sheer audacity!
11:9“So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.11:10For the one who asks is the one who receives, the one who seeks is the one who finds, and the one who knocks is the one to whom the door is opened.11:11What parent among you would give your child a serpent if they ask for a fish?11:12Or who would give your child a scorpion if they asked for an egg?11:13So if you, evil though you are, will give good gifts to your children, then how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
11:14Now Jesus was throwing out a demon, the kind that makes a person unable to speak. But when it came out, the person began to speak, and the crowd was amazed.11:15Yet some of them said, “It’s only by the power of Beelzeboul, the ruler of demons, that he throws them out!”11:16Others wanted to harass him by demanding a sign from heaven.
11:17But Jesus knew what they were thinking about and said to them, “Every kingdom that is divided against itself is destroying itself; a house against itself is collapsing.11:18So if the Adversary is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand, since you say that I throw out demons by the power of Beelzeboul?11:19And if that’s true, then by what power to your own people drive them out? Therefore, they will be your judges!11:20But if I’m throwing them out by the power of God, then the kingdom of God has surely come upon you.
11:21“As long as a strong person is fully armed and guards their property, their possessions are safe.11:22But if a stronger person comes along to conquer them, they take away the protections that had been counted on and hand out the loot.11:23The one who is not with me is against me, and the one who does not gather with me is scattering.
11:24“If an unclean spirit leaves a person, it goes through very dry areas looking for rest but doesn’t find it. Then it says, ‘I will go back to the house I left’.11:25And when it finds the person swept clean and set in order,11:26it goes off to get seven other spirits more evil than itself to live there. So the person is much worse off at the end than the beginning.”
11:27Now at this point a woman shouted out from the crowd, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts that nursed you!”11:28And he replied, “Yes, but even more blessed is the one who hears the Word of God and guards it!”
11:29Now the crowd was packed, and he began to speak to them: “This generation is evil! It looks for a sign, but none will be given except that of Jonah.11:30Just as Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineva, so also the Human will be a sign to this generation.11:31The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and now someone more important than Solomon is here.11:32The Ninevites will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they changed their minds based on what Jonah proclaimed, and now someone more important than Jonah is here.
11:33“No one lights a small lamp and then conceals it or puts it under a container; instead, they place it on a lampstand to provide light so people can see.11:34Your eye is the light of your body. And if your eye is innocent your whole body is illuminated, but if your eye is evil, your whole body is dark.11:35So be sure that the light within you is not darkness.11:36If your whole body is luminous and no part of it is in darkness, then it is completely light, as when a lamp shines on you.”
11:37Now after he spoke, a Pharisee asked Jesus to have lunch with him. So he went and reclined at the table,11:38but the Pharisee was surprised to see that Jesus did not perform ritual cleansing before the meal.11:39So the Master said to him, “You Pharisees wash the outside of the cup and plate, but on the inside you are crammed full with greed and evil.11:40Dimwits! Didn’t the One who made the outside also make the inside?11:41But should you give charitably from within, then you will be clean everywhere.
11:42“But woe to you, you Pharisees! You collect a tenth of your mint, rue, and every vegetable, but you abandon justice and the love of God. You should do both!11:43And woe to you, you Pharisees! You love the best seat in the synagogue and to be greeted in the marketplaces.11:44Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves that people walk on unawares!”
11:45Now one of the lawyers responded by saying to him, “Teacher, these things you’re saying are insulting us too!”11:46But he replied, “And to you lawyers, woe! You put unbearable loads on people yet won’t lift a finger to help them.11:47Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, though it was your ancestors who killed them!11:48So then, you admit that you consented to the actions of your ancestors, since you built the tombs for the ones they killed.11:49This is the reason God wisely said, ‘I will send them prophets and ambassadors, but they will kill some and persecute others!’
11:50“So the blood of all the prophets that has been spilled from the beginning of the world will be demanded of this generation:11:51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary.18 Yes, I tell you, it will be demanded of this generation!11:52Woe to you lawyers, because you stole the key of knowledge. You yourselves will not enter, and you make sure no one else does, either!”
11:53After Jesus left, the scripture scholars and Pharisees began to put intense pressure on him. They fired many questions at him,11:54trying to ambush him with something he might say.
12:1As the crowd grew to tens of thousands, to the point that they were stepping on each other, Jesus turned to speak only to his disciples: “Beware of the ‘yeast’ of the Pharisees, which is their pedantry.12:2Everything that has been covered up will surely be revealed, and everything that has been concealed will surely be made known.12:3For whatever you say in the dark will be heard in the light, and whatever you whisper in the back rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
12:4”Now I say to you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body but can do no more beyond that.12:5Let me show you who you should fear: the One who, after killing the body, has the jurisdiction to throw you into Gehenna!19 Yes, I tell you, fear this One!
12:6“Aren’t five sparrows sold for dirt cheap? Yet not one of them passes from God’s sight.12:7In fact, even the hairs on your head are counted! So don’t be afraid; you are worth so much more than many sparrows.
12:8“Now I say this to you all: Whoever acknowledges me in front of other people is the one the Human will acknowledge in front of the Messengers of God.12:9Yet whoever renounces me in front of other people will be completely renounced in front of the Messengers of God.12:10Everyone who speaks against the Human will be forgiven, but everyone who slanders the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.12:11So whenever they may bring you before the synagogues and their rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you should say,12:12because the Holy Spirit will teach you what to say at that time.”
12:13Now someone from the crowd said, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the estate with me!”12:14But Jesus replied, “You there— who appointed me as the judge or executor of your estate?”12:15And then he said to them, “Watch and be on your guard against all kinds of greed, because your life is not found in the abundance of your possessions.”
12:16Then he gave them this object lesson: “There was a rich person whose farm produced a bumper crop.12:17And he began to think to himself, ‘What will I do with all this? I have no place to put it.’12:18Then he said, ‘I know… I’ll demolish the existing barns and build bigger ones! Then I will fill them with all my grain and possessions,12:19and say to myself, “Man, you have it made for many years to come. Let the party begin!”’12:20But God said to him, ‘Dimwit! This very night your life will be demanded back from you; then who will benefit from all your preparations?’12:21And so it will also be for those who store up only for themselves but are not rich with the things of God.”
12:22Then he turned back toward his disciples and said, “This is why I tell you not to worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear.12:23For your life is more than its food, and your body is more than its clothing.12:24Take a good look at the ravens; they don’t plant or harvest, and they have no barns. But God feeds them, and you are so much more valuable than birds!12:25Yet which of you by worrying can add an hour to your life?2012:26So if you can’t do such a little thing as that, then why worry about the rest?
12:27“Consider how the lilies grow: they don’t toil or weave cloth, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his majesty was as nicely dressed as one of these!12:28And if God so clothes the grass of the field which is here one day and burned up the next, then how much more will he also clothe you, you skeptics?12:29So don’t focus on what you will eat or drink; don’t keep in suspense about these things.12:30All the other people in the world do this, but your Father is aware that you need them.12:31Focus instead on his kingdom, and all these other things will be added to you.
12:32“Don’t be afraid, little flock, for your Father delighted in giving you the kingdom.12:33Sell your possessions and donate them to the poor. Make for yourselves money pouches that don’t wear out, a limitless treasure in the heavens where the thief cannot come near and the moth cannot cause decay.12:34For wherever your treasure is, that’s where your thoughts will be.
12:35“Prepare yourselves for travel, light your lamps!12:36Be like people who are anticipating their master after he leaves a wedding, so that when he comes and knocks they can quickly open the door for him.12:37Happy are those slaves the master finds in a state of alertness! I tell you truly that he will dress himself like a servant and wait on them at the table.12:38Those servants will be happy if he finds them ready, even if he doesn’t come until the middle of the night or the early morning hours.
12:39“But understand this: if the homeowner knew what time the thief would arrive, he wouldn’t let his house be broken into.12:40So you too must be ready, because the Human will come when you’re not expecting him.”12:41Then Peter asked him, “Master, are you giving this object lesson to us or to everyone?”
12:42But Jesus continued: “So then, who is the trustworthy and thoughtful house manager, the one the master sets over the rest of the household help to give them their regular meals?12:43Blessed is that slave if the master comes and finds them doing their job!12:44I tell you truly that they will be put in charge of all the master’s possessions.
12:45“But suppose the slave takes the attitude ‘my master is not coming for a long time’, and begins to beat the household help, eat all the food, and get drunk?12:46Then the master will come on a day the slave didn’t expect and couldn’t anticipate— and that slave will be cut in two and suffer the same fate as the unfaithful!12:47A slave who knows what their master wants but doesn’t prepare or perform their assigned duties will be severely beaten.12:48On the other hand, a slave who does not know what their master wants only deserves a light beating. Much will be required from those to whom much is given; much will be expected from those of whom much was asked.
12:49“I have come to throw fire on the earth, and oh how I wish it were already kindled!12:50But there is an immersion I must undergo, and oh the pressure I’m under until it is completed!12:51You assume that I came to bring peace to the earth; yet I tell you, it is not peace but division.12:52From now on, five people in one household will be divided three against two and two against three;12:53father against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
12:54Then he said to the crowd, “Whenever you see the clouds accumulating in the west, you instinctively know that a thunderstorm is coming.12:55Likewise, whenever the south wind blows, you know that the day will be a scorcher.12:56Pedants! You know how to interpret the earth and sky, so how can you not interpret this era?
12:57“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?12:58If someone is pressing charges against you and is taking you to court, try to settle the dispute along the way. Otherwise they may drag you in front of the judge, the judge will hand you over to the police, and the police will throw you into prison.12:59I tell you, you will certainly not be released until you have paid the last little bit!”
13:1Now there were some in attendance at that time who told him about the Galileans Pilate had killed and whose blood he mingled with their own sacrifices.13:2And Jesus responded, “Do you think that those Galileans must have been more deviant than everyone else, to have this happen to them?13:3Not at all, I tell you! But unless you change your minds, you too will be destroyed.13:4Or how about the eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them; do you think they were more guilty than everyone else in Jerusalem?13:5Not at all, I tell you! But unless you change your minds, you too will be destroyed.”
13:6Then he gave them this object lesson: “Someone had a fig tree planted in their vineyard, but when they went to check on its fruit there was none.13:7So he said to the gardener, ‘Enough! I waited three years for this tree to produce figs and found nothing. Chop it down, because it’s wasting good soil.’13:8But the gardener replied, ‘Master, give it one more year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize it,13:9and if there’s still no fruit, then cut it down’ .”
13:10One Sabbath when Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,13:11suddenly there was a woman who had suffered from a spirit of frailty for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not stand up straight at all.13:12When Jesus saw her he said to her, “Dear woman, you are fully released from your infirmities!”13:13He put his hands on her and instantly she straightened up and gave honor to God.
13:14But the synagogue ruler reacted with indignation to Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath. So he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which people can work, so come for healing on those days rather than the Sabbath Day.”13:15Yet the Master responded, “Pedants! Any of you would, on the Sabbath, untie your ox or donkey from the feeding trough and lead it away to get a drink of water.13:16Yet this daughter of Abraham— whom the Adversary had imprisoned for eighteen years!— was not to be set free from her confinement on the Sabbath Day?!”13:17These words shamed all who were opposing him. The whole crowd, though, was delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
13:18Then he said to them, “What is like the kingdom of God? To what can I compare it?13:19It’s like a mustard seed that someone planted in their garden, that grew to become a tree in whose branches the birds built their nests.13:20To what else can I compare the kingdom of God?13:21It’s like yeast that a woman combined with three measures of flour until the whole batch rose.”
13:22Then he went through cities and villages, teaching along his way to Jerusalem.13:23And someone said to him, “Master, are only a few to be saved?”
13:24“Compete to enter through the narrow door,” he replied. “For I tell you that many who try to enter will not be strong enough.13:25Once the homeowner gets up and locks the doors, you will stand outside knocking on the doors and saying, ‘Master, open up the door for us!’ But he will reply to you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from’.
13:26“Then you’ll start to say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our city squares!’13:27But he will retort, ‘I’ve never seen you before. Where did you come from? Get out of here, you outlaws!’13:28There will be much crying and teeth grinding when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, while you are expelled.13:29People will come from east and west, from north and south, and be seated at the table in the kingdom of God.13:30But take note of this! The last will be first, and the first will be last.”
13:31At that time some Pharisees approached him and said, “Get away from here and go someplace else, because Herod intends to kill you!”
13:32Jesus replied. “You go and tell that fox, ‘Watch this: I am driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and the third day I’m done’.13:33After all, I must go on today, tomorrow, and the day after, because it just isn’t right for a prophet to be done away with outside of Jerusalem!
13:34“Jerusalem, Jerusalem… you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you! So many times I’ve wanted to gather your children the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing!13:35And now look; your temple21 is to be taken away from you. But I say to you, you will not recognize me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one coming in the name of the Master’.”
14:1One day on a Sabbath, he went to have lunch22 in the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees, where he was closely watched.14:2Suddenly, there before him was someone whose body was very swollen.14:3And Jesus challenged the lawyers and Pharisees by saying, “Is it permissible to heal on the Sabbath, or not?”14:4But they said nothing. So he took hold of the person, healed them, and sent them on their way.14:5Then he turned toward the others and said, “Which of you would not immediately help your child or even an ox if they fell into a well on the Sabbath Day?”14:6But they were unable to refute what he was saying.
14:7Then Jesus noticed that the other guests all selected the best seats possible, so he turned to them and gave them an object lesson:14:8“Whenever you happen to be invited to weddings, don’t take the most prominent seats for yourselves. What if someone more important than you has been invited,14:9and you are asked to give up your seat for them? Then, in humiliation, you will have to take the worst seat.
14:10“Instead, when you’re invited, take the seat farthest back. Then the one who invited you may say to you, ‘Friend, come and sit farther up’, and you will be honored in front of everyone else.14:11For all who promote themselves will be humiliated, but all who humble themselves will be promoted.”
14:12Then he said to the host, “Whenever you host a luncheon or dinner, don’t invite your friends, siblings, relatives, and rich neighbors, because they may invite you to theirs and pay you back.14:13Instead, invite the destitute, the disabled, the lame, and the blind.14:14Then you will be blessed because, though they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
14:15Upon hearing this, one of the guests said to him, “Blessed is the one who eats at the luncheon in the kingdom of God!”14:16Then Jesus said this:
“A certain person prepared a lavish banquet and invited many guests.14:17So when dinner time came, a slave was sent to all the invited guests to say, ‘Come! The banquet is ready.’14:18But one after another began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I’m sorry, but I just bought a field and must go to inspect it.’14:19Another said, ‘I’m sorry, but I just bought five pairs of oxen and must try them out.’14:20And another said, ‘I just got married and cannot come.’
14:21“So the slave returned and reported this to the master. Then the homeowner became angry and said to the slave, ‘Go out quickly to the city square and into the streets, and invite the destitute, the disabled, the blind, and the crippled to my banquet!’
14:22“ ‘I’ve done what you said’, the slave reported, ‘but there is still room for more’.
14:23“So the master said to the slave, ‘Go out to the lanes and outskirts of town and urge them to come in, so my house will be completely filled.14:24I tell you, not one of those original invited guests will get a taste of my dinner!’ ”
14:25A large crowd was traveling with Jesus, and he turned to speak to them:14:26“Anyone who wants to be my disciple must be prepared to break ties23 with their father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even their own life.14:27And anyone who wants to be my disciple must be willing to carry their own cross and follow me.
14:28“If one of you intended to build a tower, would you not first of all sit down and calculate the cost to see if you have the funds to complete it?14:29Otherwise, you may lay the foundation but be unable to afford to finish the job, and then everyone would jeer14:30and say, ‘This person started construction but ran out of money!’
14:31“Or, what king would engage another king in battle without first sitting down to determine whether his own army of ten thousand can meet the twenty thousand coming toward him?14:32If not, then he will surely send a peace delegation while there is still time.
14:33“This all illustrates what it takes to be my disciple: you must be willing to part with everything you have.14:34Salt is good, but once it loses its flavor it can’t get it back.14:35And since it cannot be used for seasoning, nor even for fertilizing the soil, it is thrown outside. If you have ears, listen!”
15:1Now all the tax contractors and deviants were coming to hear him.15:2And the Pharisees and scripture scholars grumbled, “This one welcomes deviants and even eats with them!”15:3But he replied to them with an object lesson:
15:4“If you had a hundred sheep but lost one, which of you would not leave the 99 others out in the open and go after the lost one until you found it?15:5And when you did, you would put it on your shoulders15:6and go home happy. Then you’d call together your friends and neighbors and say, ‘Celebrate with me, because I found my lost sheep!’15:7But I tell you, this is the kind of happiness there will be in heaven whenever one deviant changes their mind, rather than the 99 who have no such need.
15:8“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins. If she loses one, won’t she light a lamp and sweep the house, looking carefully until she finds it?15:9And when she does, she will call together her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Celebrate with me, because I found the silver coin I lost!’15:10Likewise, I tell you, there is happiness in the presence of the Messengers of God on account of one deviant who changes their mind.”
15:11Then he continued: “A certain person had two sons.15:12The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate’. So he divided the property between them.15:13Shortly thereafter the younger son packed all his belongings and went abroad to a far-away land. He squandered his property in extravagant living,15:14spending everything he had. But then a severe famine came upon the land, and he began to be in need.
15:15“So he got in touch with one of the local citizens, who sent him into his fields to tend hogs.15:16And he longed to be filled with the husks the pigs were fed, but no one gave him anything.15:17He finally came to his senses and said to himself, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands get plenty of food, yet here I am starving to death!15:18I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have failed both heaven and you.15:19I am no longer worthy to be called your son, so please make me like one of your hired hands.”’
15:20“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still some distance away, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran toward him and greeted him fondly.15:21And the son started to say to him, ‘Father, I have failed both heaven and you an am no longer worthy to be called your son…’15:22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quick! Get the finest robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.15:23Get the fattened calf and kill it so we can have a party!15:24For my son was dead but now lives; he was lost but now is found!’ And so the party began.
15:25“Now the older son was in the field, and as he came near the house he heard music and dancing.15:26So he called for one of the household help to find out what all this was about.15:27And they replied, ‘It’s because your brother has returned. Your father had the fattened calf killed, because your brother came back safe and sound.’15:28But the older brother was angry and refused to enter the house, so his father came out to comfort him.
15:29“But the son said to him, ‘Look, in all the years I slaved for you, I never disobeyed a single order you gave me. Yet you never even gave me a young goat for a party with my friends.15:30But when this son of yours comes back after wasting your property on hookers, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
15:31“But the father replied, ‘My child, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.15:32But we must celebrate and be happy, because your brother was dead but now lives; he was lost and now is found!’ ”
16:1Now Jesus said to his disciples, “A certain rich person had a house manager who was accused of being wasteful with the rich person’s assets.16:2So he called him in and said, ‘What is this I’m hearing about you? Give your final report, because you are no longer my administrator.’
16:3“Then the house manager said to himself, ‘What am I going to do, now that my master is firing me? I don’t have the strength to dig and I’m too proud to beg.16:4I know what I’ll do! And when I’m let go, people will welcome me into their homes.’16:5So he summoned each one who owed his master money. And he said to the first one, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
16:6“ ‘A hundred measures of olive oil’, he replied.“ ‘Quick, get your invoice,’ he said, ‘Sit down and write fifty instead.’
16:7“He then asked another how much they owed, and they said ‘A hundred bags of grain.’“And he said, ‘Get your invoice and change it to eighty.’
16:8“The master had to commend the crooked house manager for his cleverness, because the people of this age are more savvy in their dealings with each other than are the people of light.16:9So I say to you, you’d better make friends with those who benefitted from cheating, so that when your wealth is gone they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.24
16:10“Whoever is trustworthy with the least is also trustworthy with the most, and whoever is unjust in the smallest matters is also unjust in the greatest matters.16:11So if you could not be trusted with the wealth of this world, who will trust you with true wealth?16:12And if you could not be trusted with someone else’s belongings, who will give you belongings of your own?16:13No domestic can serve two masters; they will despise one and love the other, or they will defend one and scorn the other. You cannot serve both God and Wealth.”
16:14Now the greedy Pharisees heard all of this and held Jesus in derision.16:15But he said to them, “You like to make yourselves look good in front of other people. But God knows your hearts, and what is impressive to people is disgusting to God.16:16The Law and the Prophets applied until the time of John. But from then on, the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is trying to take unlawful possession of it.2516:17Yet it is easier for the sky and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the Law to drop off.26
16:18“All who send away their wives in order to marry others are committing adultery, and the ones who are sent away and remarry are committing adultery.27
16:19“Now there was a certain rich person who dressed in purple and fine linen, living each day in happiness and luxury.16:20But there was also a destitute man named Lazarus who was put at the rich man’s door. He was covered with ulcers16:21and longed to fill himself with crumbs from the rich man’s table, and the dogs came and licked his sores.16:22Eventually the destitute man died, and he was carried away by the Messengers to the place of honor with Abraham. Then the rich man also died and was buried.
16:23“The rich man, being tormented in Hades, looked up and saw Abraham a great distance away, with Lazarus at the place of honor.16:24And he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip his fingertip in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this inferno.’
16:25“But Abraham replied, ‘Child, remember that you received good things in your life, while Lazarus only received bad things. Now he is being comforted and you are suffering.16:26And besides, there is a wide chasm set between us, so that no one can cross over from one side to the other.’
16:27“ ‘Then I beg you, Father’, he replied, ‘that you would send him to my father’s house.16:28For I have five brothers, and he could warn them not to come to this place of torment.’
16:29“But Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.’
16:30“ ‘Oh no, Father Abraham!’ he replied. ‘But if someone were to come to them from the dead, they would change their minds.’
16:31“ ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets’, said Abraham, ‘they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
17:1Then he said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are inevitable, but woe to whoever sets them up!17:2It would be better for such people to have a large millstone tied around their neck and be flung into the sea, rather than to have ensnared one of these little ones.17:3So watch yourselves! Yet if your brother or sister does you wrong, rebuke them; and if they’re sorry, forgive them.17:4Even if they do you wrong seven times in a day, and seven times they turn around and apologize, forgive them.”
17:5Then the Ambassadors said to the Master, “Increase our faith.”17:6And he replied, “If you have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to uproot itself and be planted in the sea instead, and it would listen to you.
17:7“Now suppose one of you had a slave doing the plowing or shepherding, and they came in from the field. Would you say to them, ‘Come, sit right down at the table’?17:8No, you would say, ‘Prepare my meal, then prepare to serve me my food and drink. After that, you may have your meal.’17:9Does that slave expect to be thanked for doing their duty?17:10In the same way, when you do your duty you should say, ‘We are useless slaves; we have only done our duty.’ ”
17:11Now it happened that as he went toward Jerusalem, he passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee.17:12And when he entered a certain village, he was met by ten men with leprosy. They stood a distance away17:13and called out to Jesus, “Oh exalted one, have pity on us!”17:14Then he looked at them and said, “Off you go! Show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went on their way, they were suddenly healed.
17:15One of them, when he realized he was healed, went back and loudly gave honor to God.17:16He fell to his face next to Jesus, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan.17:17But Jesus responded, “Weren’t there ten who were healed? So where are the other nine?17:18Did no one come back to give honor to God except this foreigner?”17:19And he said to him, “Get up! Your faith has restored you.”
17:20Another time, Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. And he replied, “The kingdom of God is not coming in a way you can watch for it.17:21No one will be able to say ‘Look, over here!’ or ‘Look, over there!’, for the kingdom of God is all around you.”28
17:22Then he said to his disciples, “The days will come when you will wish you could see just one of the days of the Human, but you won’t see it.17:23And people will say to you, ‘Look, over there! ’ or ‘Look, over here!’, but don’t even go to investigate it.17:24For just as lightning flashes and lights up the whole sky, so it will be when the Human comes in his day.17:25But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
17:26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will also be in the days of the Human:17:27People ate, drank, and married, right up to the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and wiped them all out.17:28Likewise as in the days of Lot: they ate and drank, they bought and sold, they planted and built,17:29right up to the day when Lot left Sodom, and fire and sulfur rained down from the sky and wiped them all out.
17:30“This is how it will be on the day the Human is revealed.17:31On that day, the one on the rooftop who has left tools in the house must not go down to retrieve them. Likewise, the one in the field must not turn back to what is behind them;17:32remember Lot’s wife!
17:33“Whoever tries to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will live.17:34And I tell you this: One night there will be two people in a bed; one will be accepted and the other will be abandoned.17:35Two will be grinding grain; one will be accepted and the other will be abandoned.”29
17:3617:37“Where, Master?” asked the disciples.And he replied, “Where the body is, there will the eagles gather.”
18:1Then he gave them another object lesson, to illustrate the need to always pray and not be demoralized:3018:2“There was a judge in a certain city who had no fear of God and no regard for anyone.18:3There was also a widow in that city, and she came to him and told him, ‘Avenge me against my accuser!’18:4For a while he ignored her, but eventually he said to himself, ‘I have no fear of God and no regard for anyone.18:5But since this widow is wearing me down, I will see that she gets justice— before she gets violent!’ ”
18:6Then Jesus added, “Notice what the unjust judge is saying.18:7But won’t God do even more to vindicate his chosen ones who plead for help day and night? Will he keep them waiting?18:8I tell you that he will vindicate them, and do it quickly.31 But the question is, will the Human find faith on the earth when he comes?”
18:9Jesus gave yet another object lesson, this time to those who are self-righteous while holding others in contempt:18:10“Two people went up into the temple compound to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax contractor.18:11The Pharisee stood there and prayed to himself, ‘I am grateful to you, God, because I am not like everyone else: extortioners, cheaters, adulterers… and especially this tax contractor!18:12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of everything I acquire.’
18:13“But the tax contractor stood at a distance, not even lifting his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his chest and said, ‘God, please absolve me of my guilt!’18:14I tell you, it was this one and not the other who went home cleared of all charges. For those who exalt themselves will be humiliated, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
18:15Now people also brought their little ones to Jesus so that he would bless them. But his disciples saw this and rebuked them.18:16So Jesus called them to him and said, “Let the little ones come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God is theirs.18:17Truly I tell you, that whoever does not accept the kingdom of God the same way these little ones do, will not enter into it.”
18:18A certain ruler asked him this: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18:19“Why do you call me ‘good’?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God.18:20And you know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not commit perjury, honor your father and mother.”
18:21“But I’ve kept all those commandments since I was young,” he said.
18:22Upon hearing this, Jesus said, “You only lack one thing: sell everything you have and distribute it to the destitute, and you will have treasure in the heavens. Then come and follow me.”
18:23When the ruler heard this he became very dejected, because he was extremely wealthy.18:24And when Jesus saw how dejected he became, he said, “How difficult is is for those with money to enter the kingdom of God!18:25It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”32
18:26Those who heard this exclaimed, “Then who could ever be saved?”
18:27And he answered, “What people cannot do, God can do.”
18:28Then Peter said, “See, we’ve left everything we owned to follow you.”18:29But he replied, “I tell you truly, that whoever is willing to let go of their house, spouse, siblings, parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God,18:30will certainly be repaid many times over in this era, and receive eternal life in the ages to come.”
18:31Then Jesus took the Twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where everything the prophets wrote about the Human will be fulfilled.18:32For he will be handed over to the non-Judeans to be jeered at, abused, spat upon,18:33and flogged, and finally put to death. But on the third day he will arise.”18:34But they had no clue what he was talking about, because it was hidden from them and they were kept from understanding.
18:35Now it happened that as they approached Jericho, there was a blind person sitting at the side of the road, begging.18:36And when he heard the crowd passing by, he asked what this was about,18:37and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by.18:38So he cried out for help: “Jesus, descendant of David, have pity on me!”18:39The ones leading the way told him to shut up, but he only shouted out louder, “Descendant of David, have pity on me!”
18:40Jesus stood still and ordered the blind one to be led over to him. And as he got near Jesus asked him,18:41“What is it that you want me to do?”“Sir,” he replied, “I want to see!”
18:42“All right, see!” said Jesus, “Your faith has restored you.”18:43Instantly he could see, and he followed him, giving honor to God. And all the people who saw this praised God as well.
19:1Jesus then entered Jericho and was passing through.19:2There was a man there by the name of Zaccheus, who was a district tax contractor and quite wealthy.19:3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he couldn’t see over the crowd because he was short.19:4So he ran ahead and climbed up a fig-mulberry tree so he could see him as he passed through.19:5As Jesus reached that spot he looked up into the tree and said, “Zaccheus, come down at once, because I will be staying at your house this very day!19:6” So he hurried down and welcomed him gladly.
19:7Those who saw this grumbled about the fact that he entered the home of a deviant to spend the night.19:8But Zaccheus stood up and said to the Master, “Look, Master, I’m going to give half of my possessions to the destitute. And if I have extorted anyone, I will pay back four times the amount.”33
19:9And Jesus replied, “Today, salvation has come to this house, because after all, he is a descendant of Abraham.19:10For the Human came to seek out and rescue the lost.”
19:11Then Jesus decided to give an object lesson to those who had heard all of this, because they presumed the kingdom of God was about to appear since he was near Jerusalem.19:12And he said, “There was a certain person of noble birth who was about to go to a distant place to be crowned king and then return.19:13So he called in ten of his slaves and gave them money amounting to ten years’ wages. Then he told them, ‘Conduct business with this while I’m gone’.19:14But the citizens despised him and sent out a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want this one to reign over us!’.
19:15“But he was made king anyway, and when he returned he called in his slaves to whom he had given the money, to see what profit had been made.19:16The first one said, ‘Master, your original money has earned ten times as much!’
19:17“ ‘Well done, good slave!’ he replied, ‘And since you were trustworthy with a little, you will be given jurisdiction over ten cities.’
19:18“Then the second one said, ‘Master, your original money has earned five times as much!’
19:19“And to this one he said, ‘You will be over five cities.’
19:20“Then another one said, ‘Master, here’s your money. I kept it wrapped up and stored away,19:21because I was afraid of you. You are a harsh person who makes a profit from work you never did!’34
19:22“ ‘I will judge you according to the words from your own mouth!’ retorted the master. ‘So you knew I was harsh, making a profit from work I never did?19:23Then why didn’t you put my money in the bank to at least earn interest for me?’
19:24“Then to those standing by he said, ‘Take the money from this one and give it to the one who earned ten times as much!‘
19:25“ ‘But master’, they said, ‘He already has ten!’
19:26“ ‘Now I say to you: The one who has will be given more, but the one who does not have will have more taken away.19:27Now as for my enemies who didn’t want me to be king, bring them here and execute them in front of me!’ ”
19:28After he said all this, Jesus went ahead into Jerusalem.19:29And as he approached Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent out two of his disciples with these instructions:19:30“Go straight to the village in front of you. You will find a colt hitched there. one that has never been ridden. Untie it and lead it here.19:31And if anyone wants to know why you untied it, tell them that the Master needs it.”
19:32So the ones who were sent off went and found it just as Jesus had said.19:33They untied the colt, but its owners said to them, “What are you doing?”19:34And they replied, “The Master needs it.”19:35Then they led it to Jesus, laid their outer clothing on it, and sat Jesus on it.
19:36Now as he went along, people spread clothing on the path in front of him.19:37And as he was almost to the descent from the Mount of Olives, everyone in the crowd full of disciples began to celebrate and praise God loudly for all the powerful things they had seen:19:38“Blessed is the king bearing the name of the Master! Peace and honor in the presence of God!”
19:39Then some of the Pharisees among the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
19:40But Jesus replied, “I say to you, that if these people are silent, the stones themselves will shout!”
19:41Then as he came closer and saw the city, he began to sob over it:19:42“If only you realized that in this day you could have had peace, yet now it is hidden from your eyes!19:43The day will come when your enemies will throw siege ramps all around you and press in on you from all sides.19:44They will destroy you along with your children, and they will not leave one stone on top of another, all because you did not recognize the era in which you were to be set free!”35
19:45Upon entering the temple compound, Jesus began to throw out the merchants19:46and said, “It is written: ‘my house will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a robbers’ hideout!’ ”
19:47He was teaching every day in the temple compound. The ruling priests, scripture scholars, and prominent people looked for a way to get rid of him,19:48but they couldn’t figure out how, since the people were hanging on his every word.
20:1So one day while Jesus was teaching the people in the temple compound and proclaiming the Gospel, the ruling priests, scripture scholars, and elders were standing by.20:2And they said to him, “Tell us what gives you the right to do these things! Who gave you the jurisdiction?”
20:3“I’ll answer your question if you’ll answer mine,” Jesus replied.20:4“John’s immersion— was it authorized by heaven or by people?”
20:5Then they huddled together and said among themselves, “If we say ‘By heaven’, he will say ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’20:6But if we say ‘By people’, then they will all lynch us since they are convinced that John is a prophet.”20:7So they answered, “We don’t know who authorized it.”
20:8And Jesus replied, “Then I’m not telling you who authorized me to do these things!”
20:9Then Jesus began to give the people an object lesson: “There was a person who planted a vineyard, who then leased it to tenant farmers and went traveling abroad for an extended period of time.20:10After he had been gone for a while, he dispatched a slave to the tenants to collect produce from the vineyard. But the tenants beat up the slave and sent him back empty-handed.20:11So another slave was sent, but as with the first one, the tenants sent him away after beating and insulting him.20:12Then a third slave was sent, but they injured him and threw him out.
20:13“So the vineyard owner said, ‘What can I do? I will send my own dear son; maybe they’ll show him some respect!’20:14But when the tenants saw him, they huddled together and said, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so we will inherit the vineyard!’20:15And they threw him outside of the vineyard and killed him. So what do you think the vineyard owner will do to them?20:16He will go there and put the tenants to death, and then lease the vineyard to others.“ And when the people heard this, they exclaimed, “May this never happen!”
20:17Then Jesus looked at them and said, “What does this scripture mean? ”
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.3620:18All who trip over it will be shattered, and all upon whom it falls will be pulverized!”
20:19At that moment the scripture scholars and ruling priests wanted to seize him and put him under arrest because they knew that the object lesson was aimed at them, but they feared the people.
20:20So they put Jesus under surveillance and sent out spies posing as honest people, so that they could arrest him over something he might say and hand him over to the jurisdiction of the governor.20:21And they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach accurately, and that you look beneath the surface to expose the truth, teaching the ways of God.20:22So is it all right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
20:23But Jesus saw right through their ploy37 and said to them,20:24“Show me a coin, and tell me whose image and inscription are on it.”“Caesar’s,” they answered.
20:25Then Jesus replied, “So repay Caesar with what belongs to him, and repay God with what belongs to him.”20:26They were unable to get him to say anything justifying arrest in front of everyone, and his ingenious response silenced them.
20:27Next the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to Jesus with a question:20:28“Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if someone’s brother dies and leaves a widow but no children, he must marry the widow to produce children for him.20:29Now there were seven brothers, and the oldest died and left a widow but no children.20:30The same happened with the second brother,20:31then the third, and so on through all seven brothers.20:32Then finally the woman herself also died.20:33So in the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all seven?”
20:34And Jesus replied, “In this life, people marry and are given in marriage.20:35But those deemed worthy of eternal life and the resurrection of the dead do not marry and are not given in marriage.20:36Neither can they die, since they are like the Messengers; they are part of the resurrection because they belong to God.
20:37“As for the rising of the dead, Moses alluded to it at the thorn bush incident38 when he described the Master as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’.20:38God is not the God of the dead but of the living, because everyone is alive from his perspective.”
20:39“Well said, Teacher!” exclaimed some of the scripture scholars.20:40And they dared not ask him any more questions.
20:41Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Anointed is the descendant of David?20:42David said himself in the book of praise songs, ‘My Master said to my Master, “Sit here at my right20:43until I make your enemies your footstool.”’20:44But how can David call him ‘Master’ if he’s his descendant?”
20:45Now while all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,20:46“Beware of the scripture scholars! They want to walk around in long robes, and they love to be greeted in the marketplaces, to take the best seats in the synagogues, and to take the most prominent seats at banquets.20:47They confiscate the property of widows and make a big show of their long prayers. They will be judged severely!”
21:1Then Jesus looked up and saw the rich tossing their offerings into the treasury.21:2But then he saw a poor widow toss in two tiny coins,21:3and he said, “Truly I tell you that this destitute widow has tossed in the greatest amount of all.21:4The others gave out of their abundance, but she gave out of her insufficiency, giving all she had to live on.”
21:5Some of them were talking about the temple compound with its beautiful stonework and donated ornaments.21:6And Jesus said, “Everything you see here… the days will come when there won’t be one stone left on top of another; they will all be demolished!”
21:7“Teacher,” they asked, “When will this happen, and what will be the sign to tell us when it’s about to begin?”
21:8And he replied, “Stay sharp so that you are not mislead. For many will come in my name and say, ‘I am!’ and ‘The end is near!’, but don’t follow them.21:9Even when you start to hear about wars and chaos, don’t be afraid. These things must happen first, but the end is not yet.”21:10And he added, “Nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.21:11There will be strong earthquakes, famines and plagues in various places, terrifying things, and significant signs in the heavens.
21:12“But before all of this, they will arrest you and persecute you. They will hand you over to face tribunals and jail, and you will be led away to stand trial before kings and governors on my account.21:13Yet it will actually be an opportunity for you to give your testimony!21:14But the way to prepare yourself is not by rehearsing your defense,21:15for I will give you wise words that your opponents will not be able to refute.
21:16“Even your parents, siblings, relatives, and friends will hand you over to be put to death;21:17everyone will hate you because of me.21:18But not a single hair on your head will be lost;21:19by your endurance you will secure your lives.
21:20“Now when you see Jerusalem surrounded by military encampments, you will know that its ruin is near.21:21Then those in Judea must run away into the mountains: those in the city must evacuate, and those in the country must not go back to the city,21:22for this will be the fulfillment of what was written about the days of retribution.21:23But how awful it will be for women who are pregnant or nursing in those days! For there will be terrible stress on the world, and great rage against this people.3921:24They will be killed in battle and taken captive to all the other nations. Then Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until their time is up.
21:25“Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And on the earth, the nations will be filled with anguish and perplexity due to the roaring and turbulence of the sea.21:26People will be deathly afraid and apprehensive of what is coming upon the whole world, for the forces of the heavens will be shaken.21:27And then they will see the Human coming in a cloud with great power and majesty.21:28But when you see this all coming to pass, stand up and raise your heads, for your rescue is coming!”
21:29Then he gave them this object lesson: “Observe the fig tree, and all the other trees:21:30when they bud you know for sure that summer is near.21:31Likewise, when you see all these things happening, you can know that the kingdom of God is near.21:32I tell you truly that this generation will not pass away until all of this has happened.21:33The sky and earth may pass away, but my words will not.
21:34“But take care that your hearts are not weighed down with drunkenness and hangovers and the anxieties of daily life, so that this Day doesn’t spring like a trap on you,21:35as it will on everyone else on the earth.21:36Always be alert, praying that you will prevail and escape all that is about to happen, so you will be able to stand before the Human.”
21:37Jesus taught in the temple compound each day, and he spent each night on the Mount of Olives.21:38People came to the temple compound early every morning to hear him.
22:1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called the Passover, was approaching.22:2And the ruling priests and scripture scholars were looking for a safe way to get Jesus killed, because they feared the people.22:3Then the Adversary entered into Judas of Kerioth (one of the Twelve),22:4and he went out to confer with the ruling priests and commanders on how to hand Jesus over.22:5This pleased them immensely, so they all agreed to pay him.22:6He accepted the money and then watched for an opportunity to hand him over while the crowd was away.
22:7Then the day of the Feast arrived, when they were to sacrifice the Passover lamb.22:8Jesus sent out Peter and John with this task: “Go and prepare the Passover for us so we can eat it.”
22:9“Where should we prepare it?” they asked.
22:10“As you enter the city you will meet someone carrying a pitcher of water,” he replied. “Follow that person to the house they enter.22:11Then say to the homeowner, ‘The Teacher wants to know where the reception room is, so he can eat the Passover with his disciples’.22:12That person will show you a large, furnished, upper-story room; prepare it there.”22:13And they went out and found everything as he had told them, so they prepared the Passover.
22:14When the hour came, he reclined at the table along with his Ambassadors.22:15And he said to them, “I have greatly desired to eat this Passover with you before my time of suffering.22:16I tell you that I will not eat it until40 it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”22:17When he received the cup he gave thanks and said, “Accept this and share it among yourselves.22:18I tell you that I will certainly not drink the fruit of the vine from now until the kingdom of God comes.”22:19And then he took bread and gave thanks and said, “This is my body being given up for you; do this to remember me.”22:20After dinner he did the same with the cup and said, “This is the cup of the new Will and Testament, signed in my own blood, which is poured out on your behalf.
22:21“But look! The hand of the one who will betray me is on the table with me.22:22For the Human will indeed go according to plan, but woe to the person by whom he is betrayed!”22:23Then they all began to argue among themselves as to which of them would turn out to commit this act.
22:24Then a rivalry broke out among them, as to which of them was greater.22:25And Jesus said to them, “The kings of the non-Judeans exercise mastery over them, and those wielding authority are called ‘benefactors’.22:26But you must not be like that. For the greater among you must become like the lesser, and the leader like the assistant.22:27Who is greater, the one reclining at the table or the one waiting tables? Is it not the one reclining? Yet here I am among you as the one waiting tables.
22:28“You are the ones who stood with me during my trials.22:29I now bequeath the kingdom to you, just as my Father bequeathed it to me,22:30so that you will eat and drink at my table in the kingdom, and you will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
22:31“Simon, Simon, look! The Adversary had demanded that you be brought to trial to see what you’re made of.4122:32But I have pleaded concerning you, that your faith will not fail. And when you turn back, reinforce your siblings.”
22:33“Master,” objected Peter, “I am willing to go to jail or even be put to death with you!”
22:34But Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, that the rooster will not crow today before you have completely renounced me three times!”
22:35Then he said to them, “When I sent you out without wallet or luggage or an extra pair of sandals, did you lack anything?”“Not a thing,” they replied.
22:36“But now,” he said, “whoever has a wallet or luggage should use it. And if you need a sword, sell some clothing and buy it.22:37For I tell you that what is written must be fulfilled in me: ‘He was considered to be among the lawless’. Yes, that which refers to me has reached its end.”
22:38So they said, “Look, Master, we have two swords here!”“That will do,” he replied.
22:39Then he went out to the Mount of Olives as usual, and his disciples followed him.22:40When they reached their destination he said to them, “Pray that you will not be put to the test!”22:41Then he went about a stone’s throw away from them and knelt down to pray:22:42“Father, if you’re willing, take this cup away from me. But do what you want, not what I want.”42
22:4322:4422:45Jesus got up from praying, and when he went back to where his disciples were, he found them asleep because of their great sorrow.22:46And he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray, so that you will not be put to the test!”22:47But while he was still speaking, suddenly there was a crowd. One of the Twelve, called Judas, went ahead of them and approached Jesus to greet him warmly,22:48but Jesus said to him, “Will you really betray the Human with a kiss?”
22:49When those around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Master, should we attack them with swords?”22:50And one of them struck the ruling priest’s deputy, cutting off his right ear.22:51But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” Then he touched the ear and instantly healed him.22:52And he said to the ruling priests and temple compound officers and elders, “Am I a robber, that you come at me with swords and clubs?22:53Every day I was with you in the temple compound, and you never arrested me. But this hour belongs to you, and to the jurisdiction of Darkness.”
22:54So they arrested him and took him into the house of the ruling priest, and Peter followed at a distance.22:55Someone had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and Peter sat with the others around it.22:56But a slave girl saw him sitting near the fire, and continuing to watch him she said, “This one was with him too!”
22:57But Peter denied it: “Miss, I don’t know him.”
22:58Then someone else saw him and said, “I swear, you are one of them!”Again Peter denied it: “No, I am not!”
22:59About an hour later yet another person said, “I’m telling you, he was with him, because he’s a Galilean!”
22:60And Peter said again, “Listen, man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
As the words left his mouth, a rooster crowed.22:61Then Jesus turned around and looked at Peter, and he remembered what the Master had said: “Before the rooster crows today, you will completely renounce me three times!”22:62Peter then went outside, sobbing bitterly.
22:63Then the men holding Jesus in custody jeered at him and beat him up.22:64They blindfolded him and taunted him, “Prophesy! Tell us who hit you!”22:65And they said many other slanderous things to him.
22:66At daybreak the council of elders of the people gathered, along with the ruling priests and scripture scholars, and they led him away to the Sanhedrin.
22:67“If you are the Anointed,” they said to him, “Tell us now.”
“No matter what I say, you will never believe me,” he replied.22:68“If I were the one asking you questions, you’d never respond.22:69But from now on, the Human will be seated at the right hand of the power of God!”
22:70“So then, you are the God-Man?” they all said.“Yes, you’ve said it yourself,” he replied.
22:71Then they all said, “What need is there for any additional testimony? We have heard it ourselves from his own mouth!”
23:1So the whole crowd got up and took him to Pilate,23:2where they began to accuse him: “We found this person subverting our nation and agitating against paying taxes to Caesar, and he says he is an anointed king.”
23:3So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Judeans?”“Yes,” replied Jesus, “you’ve said it yourself.”
23:4Then Pilate said to the ruling priests and the crowd, “I find nothing incriminating against this person.”
23:5But they were insistent: “He agitates the people with his teachings all over Judea, from here to Galilee!”
23:6When Pilate heard this, he wanted to find out if this person were a Galilean.23:7And once he found out that he was under the jurisdiction of Herod, he sent him to him, since he was in Jerusalem at the time.
23:8Now when Herod found out about this he was very pleased, because for a long time he had wanted to meet him, since he had heard so much about him. He especially wanted to see Jesus perform a miracle.23:9But though he asked him many questions, Jesus did not respond.23:10Then the ruling priests and scripture scholars who were standing there began to accuse him vigorously.23:11Even Herod and his troops joined in the jeering, and then they dressed him up in fancy clothes and sent him back to Pilate.23:12(On that very day, Herod and Pilate became friends, though before this they were bitter enemies.)
23:13Pilate then called together the ruling priests and rulers of the people,23:14and he said to them, “You brought this person to me under the charge of subversion, but let it be known that I examined him in your presence and found no basis for the charge.23:15In fact, neither did Herod, seeing that he sent him back to me. So my finding is that he has done nothing worthy of the death penalty.23:16I will have him punished and then released.”4323:17
23:18Yet as one they all kept saying, “Away with this one! Release Bar-Abbas to us instead!”23:19(Bar-Abbas was in jail for rioting and murder.)23:20So Pilate informed them again that he wanted to release Jesus,23:21but they shouted back, “Crucify! Crucify him!”23:22Then for the third time Pilate said to them, “What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to charge him with a capital offense! I will punish him and then release him.”
23:23But they only shouted all the louder for him to be crucified, and they finally wore Pilate down.23:24So he granted their demand;23:25he released the one they asked for who had been in jail for rioting and murder, but handed Jesus over to them to do as they wished.23:26And as they led him away, they seized Simon the Cyrenian who was coming in from the fields, forcing him to carry the cross behind Jesus.
23:27There was a large crowd of people following Jesus, including women who grieved and mourned for him.23:28But Jesus turned around to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me but for yourselves and your children.23:29For the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the infertile, the wombs that have never given birth, the breasts that have never nursed!’23:30Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’, and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’23:31For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will they do when it dries up?”
23:32Now two criminals were also taken away with him.23:33And when they reached the place called The Skull they crucified him, putting one criminal to his left and the other to his right.23:34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t realize what they’re doing.” And they divided up his clothes and gambled for them.
23:35The people stood and watched, and they as well as the rulers mocked him viciously: “He saved others, so let him save himself, if he is the Anointed of God, the Chosen One!”23:36The soldiers jeered too, offering him their cheap wine23:37and saying, “If you are the king of the Judeans, save yourself!”23:38(There was an inscription above him with the words, “This is the King of the Judeans.”)
23:39Even one of the criminals hanging there slandered him and said, “Aren’t you the Anointed? Save yourself and us too!”
23:40But the other one rebuked him and said, “Even now, do you not fear God, since you are under the same judgment?23:41We are only getting what we deserved for our deeds, but this one has done nothing wrong.”23:42And he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you acquire your kingdom!”
23:43“I tell you truly,” Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
23:44Now it was already around noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until three in the afternoon,23:45because the sun had gone dark.44 Then the curtain in the temple was ripped down the center,23:46and Jesus shouted out loudly, “Father, into your hands I present my spirit!” And with that, he breathed his last.23:47Now when the Roman army captain saw all this, he gave honor to God and said, “This person had to have been righteous!”23:48And the crowd that had gathered to watch saw this too, and they turned away in shame.23:49But his close friends, including the women who followed him from Galilee, all stood at a distance observing all this.
23:50Then came a man named Joseph, a member of the Council with a reputation as a fair civic benefactor,23:51who had not consented to the Council’s motives and deeds. He was from Arimathea, a city in Judea, and he had been anticipating the kingdom of God.23:52He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.23:53He took it down and wrapped it in linen, then placed it a new tomb carved out of rock.
23:54It was Preparation Day and the Sabbath was about to start.23:55The women who had come together from Galilee with Jesus had been following along, and they noted the tomb and how his body was placed in it.23:56Then they returned and prepared aromatic spices and perfumed oils.45
Then they rested on the Sabbath according to the law,4624:1and at the earliest light of dawn on the First of Sabbaths47 they carried their prepared aromatic spices to the tomb.24:2But the stone had been rolled away from it,24:3and when they entered they did not find the body of Master Jesus.
24:4While they stood there perplexed, suddenly two men in shining attire were standing there!24:5The women became terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. And the men said to them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?24:6He is not here but is risen! Remember how he told you this while you were all still in Galilee?24:7‘The Human must be handed over to deviant people and crucified, but on the third day he will arise.’ ”24:8And then they remembered what he had said.
24:9So the women returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the Eleven and everyone else.24:10(Those who told these things to the Ambassadors were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and their companions.)24:11But they dismissed it all as nonsense and didn’t believe them.24:12Nevertheless, Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent over to look inside, and seeing only bandages there, he went away wondering what could have happened.
24:13Now on that very same day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles48 from Jerusalem.24:14They were talking to each other about all that had happened.24:15And while they were talking and arguing, Jesus himself came near and went along with them,24:16but they were kept from recognizing him.
24:17Then he said to them, “What is all this conversation about as you walk along?”
They stood still and looked down in deep disappointment.24:18One of them, named Cleopas, replied, “You must have just arrived in Jerusalem to not know what has been going on here in the last few days.”
24:19“What happened?” Jesus asked.
“It’s all about Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.24:20But the ruling priests and our rulers handed him over to receive the death penalty, and they crucified him.24:21But we had hoped that he was to be the one to liberate Israel. And now we’re into the third day since this all happened.49
24:22“But some of our women told us something amazing. They went to the tomb at dawn24:23but found no body there, so they came and told us they had seen a vision of Messengers, who told them that he is alive!24:24So some of us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, though they did not see him.”
24:25And Jesus said to them, “You’re clueless! You are reluctant to believe all that the prophets said.24:26Was it not necessary for the Anointed to suffer all these things and then to enter into his majesty?”24:27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted all the scriptures that wrote about him.50
24:28When they were about to enter the village, Jesus acted as though he would continue on his way.24:29But they twisted his arm and said, “We insist that you stay with us! It’s getting dark and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.24:30But as he reclined at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, and handed it to them.24:31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.
24:32And they exclaimed to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he spoke with us along the way and shed light on the scriptures?”24:33So they got up at that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. The Eleven had convened a meeting with the others,24:34and they told them, “The Master has indeed arisen and appeared to Simon [Peter]!”24:35Then the two told what happened to them along the way, and how he revealed himself to them as he broke the bread.
24:36While they were still saying these things, there was Jesus standing among them! “Greetings!” he said.24:37But in their fear and terror they presumed they were seeing a ghost.24:38So he said to them, “Why are you so shaken up? And why do you jump to such conclusions?24:39Observe my hands and feet; it’s me! Touch and examine me; a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can clearly see that I have.”24:40And having said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
24:41But they still couldn’t believe it because it seemed too good to be true. So he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”24:42And they handed him some grilled fish,24:43which he took and ate in front of them.24:44Then he said to them, “This is what I was talking about when I was still with you; everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Praise Songs had to be fulfilled.”
24:45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,24:46and he said to them, “It is written that the Anointed must suffer and then rise up from the dead the third day.24:47Then proclamation is to be made on his behalf, starting in Jerusalem, for people of all nations to change their minds so they can be cleared of all charges against them.24:48You are witnesses of these things.24:49And now I am certainly sending you what my Father promised. But you must stay in the city until you are clothed with power from above.”
24:50When he had led them out as far as Bethany, he raised his hands and blessed them.24:51And while he was doing this he put some distance between himself and them, and then he was lifted up into the sky.24:52They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy.24:53And they were praising God every day in the temple compound.