The Genealogy of Christ

1:1 This is the record of the genealogy1 of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

1:2 Abraham was the father2 of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (by Tamar), Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 1:4Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 1:5Salmon the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, 1:6and Jesse the father of David the King.

David was the father of Solomon (by the wife of Uriah3), 1:7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,4 1:8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 1:9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 1:10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon,5 Amon the father of Josiah, 1:11 Josiah6 the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

1:12 After7 the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel,8 Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 1:13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 1:14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, 1:15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 1:16 Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, by whom9 Jesus was born, who is called Christ.10

1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ,11 fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together,12 she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Because Joseph, her husband to be,13 was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her14 privately. 1:20When15 he had contemplated this, an16 angel of the Lord17 appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him18 Jesus,19 because he will save his people from their sins.” 1:22 This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 1:23Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him20 Emmanuel,”21 which means22God with us.”23 1:24 When24 Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord told him. He took his wife, 1:25 but did not have marital relations25 with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he called26 Jesus.

The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time1 of King Herod,2 wise men3 from the East came to Jerusalem 2:2 saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose4 and have come to worship him. 2:3 When King Herod5 heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law6 he asked them where the Christ7 was to be born. 2:5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:

2:7 Then Herod9 privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. 2:8 He10 sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for this child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” 2:9After11 listening to the king they left, and once again12 the star they saw in its rising13 led them until it stopped above the place where the child was.2:10 When they saw the star they shouted joyfully.14 2:11As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down15 and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense,16 and myrrh.17 2:12 After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod,18 they went back by another route to their own country.

The Escape to Egypt

2:13 After19 they had gone, an20 angel of the Lord21 appeared in a dream to Joseph saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod22 is going to look for the child to kill him.” 2:14Then he got up, took the child and his mother at night, and went to Egypt. 2:15 He stayed there until Herod23 died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”24

2:16 When Herod25 saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became outraged. He sent men26 to kill all the children in Bethlehem and nearby from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 2:17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

The Return to Nazareth

2:19 After29 Herod30 had died, an angel of the Lord31 appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 2:20saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 2:21 So32 he got up and took the child and his mother and returned to the land of Israel. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus33 was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod,34 he was afraid to go there. After35 being warned in a dream, he went to the region of Galilee. 2:23 He came to a town called Nazareth36 and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.37

The Ministry of John the Baptist

3:1 In those days John the Baptist came into the wilderness1 of Judea proclaiming,23:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3:3 (For he is the one who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet,3

3:4 Now John’s clothing was made from camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.) 3:5 Then people6 were going out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region around the Jordan,3:6 and as they confessed their sins they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

3:7But when he saw many Pharisees7 and Sadducees8 coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce fruit9 that proves your10 repentance;3:9 and don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones! 3:10 Even now the ax is laid at11 the root of the trees; and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

3:11 “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I—I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.12 3:12 His winnowing fork13 is in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse;14 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.”15

The Baptism of Jesus

3:13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River.16 3:14But John17 tried to prevent18 him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 3:15 So Jesus replied19 to him, “Let it happen now,20 for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John21 yielded22 to him. 3:16 After23 Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the24 heavens25 opened26 and he saw the Spirit of God27 descending like a dove28 and coming on him. 3:17 And29 a voice from heaven said,30 “This is my one dear Son;31 in him32 I take great delight.”33

The Temptation of Jesus

4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness1 to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished.2 4:3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.”3 4:4 But he answered,4 “It is written, ‘Man5 does not live6 by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”7 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city,8 had him stand9 on the highest point10 of the temple, 4:6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”11 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’”12 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur.13 4:9 And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you fall down and worship14 me.” 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”15 4:11Then the devil left him, and angels16 came and began ministering to his needs.

Preaching in Galilee

4:12 Now17 when Jesus18 heard that John had been taken into custody,19 he went into Galilee. 4:13While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth to make his home in Capernaum20 by the sea,21 in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 4:14 so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled22:

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message:24 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

The Call of the Disciples

4:18 As25 he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen).26 4:19 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.”27 4:20 They28 left their nets immediately and followed him. 4:21 Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a boat29 with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Then30 Jesus called them. 4:22 They31 immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus’ Healing Ministry

4:23 Jesus32 went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,33 preaching thegospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. 4:24So a report about him spread throughout Syria. People34 brought to him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those possessed by demons, epileptics, paralytics; and he healed them. 4:25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis,35 Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan River.36

The Beatitudes

5:1When1 he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain.2 After he sat down his disciples came to him. 5:2Then3 he began to teach4 them by saying:

5:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.

5:5 “Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth.

5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be satisfied.

5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.

5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.

5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called the children of God.

5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

Salt and Light

5:13“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor,5 how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and walked on by people. 5:14You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 People6 do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets

5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.5:18 I7 tell you the truth,8 until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter9 will pass from the law until everything takes place. 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others10 to do this, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law11 and the Pharisees,12 you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Anger and Murder

5:21 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation,13Do not murder,’14 and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ 5:22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults15 a brother will be brought before16 the council,17 and whoever says ‘Fool’18 will be sent19 to fiery hell.20 5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement21 quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to a warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth,22 you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.23


5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’24 5:28But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell.25 5:30 If your right hand causesyou to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.


5:31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’26 5:32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife except for immorality makes her commit adultery, and anyone who marries a woman who has been divorced commits adultery.


5:33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation,27Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’28 5:34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all; not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 5:35 not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. 5:36Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one.29


5:38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’30 5:39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer.31 But whoever strikes you on the32 right cheek, turn the other to him as well.5:40 And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic,33also give him your coat. 5:41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile,34 go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject35 the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love For Enemies

5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor36 and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like37 your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? The tax collectors do that too, don’t they? 5:47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? The Gentiles do that too, don’t they?5:48 So then, you be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Pure-hearted Giving

6:1 “Be1 careful about not living righteously merely2 to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 6:2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving,3 do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues4 and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth,5 they have their reward. 6:3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Private Prayer

6:5 “Whenever6 you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues7 and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room,8 close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 6:7When9 you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do10 not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way:

6:14“For if you forgive others12 their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.

Proper Fasting

6:16 “When13 you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive14 so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth,15 they have their reward. 6:17 When16 you fast put oil on your head and wash your face 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Lasting Treasure

6:19“Do not accumulate for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 But accumulate for yourself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

6:22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. 6:23 But if your eye is bad,17 your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

6:24“No one is able to serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. No one is able to serve God and possessions.18

Do Not Worry

6:25 “Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat or drink, or about your body, as to what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds of the sky:19 they do not sow, or harvest, or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable20 than they are? 6:27Can any of you add time to his life by worrying?21 6:28 Why worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers22 of the field grow. They do not work or spin, 6:29 yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if God clothes the grass of the field this way, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire to heat the oven,23 won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32For the unconverted24 pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But seek first his kingdom25 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.26

Do Not Judge

7:1 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. 7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.1 7:3 Why2 do you see the speck3 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of timber4 in your own eye? 7:4 Or why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own eye? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 7:9 Is5 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?7:11 So then, if you, who are evil,6 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 7:12In7 everything, do to others as you would want them to do to you, for this fulfills8 the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate

7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

7:15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.9 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. People10 don’t gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Judgment of Pretenders

7:21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do11 many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, lawbreakers!’12

Hearing and Doing

7:24 “Everyone13 who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house; but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was a tremendous fall!”14

7:28When15 Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 7:29 because he taught them like one who had authority, and not like their experts in the law.16

Cleansing a Leper

8:1After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper1 approached, and bowed low before him, saying,2 “Lord, you are able to cleanse me, if you are willing.”8:3 He reached out his hand and touched him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone; but go, show yourself to a priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded as a testimony to them.”3

Healing the Centurions Servant

8:5 When he came into Capernaum a centurion4 came to him asking for help,5 8:6 saying, “Lord, my servant6 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus7 said to him, “I will come and heal him.”8:8 But the centurion replied,8 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just speak a word and my servant will be healed.8:9 For I too am a man under authority; I have9 soldiers under me, and I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave10 ‘Do this’ and he does it.”8:10 When11 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth,12 I have not found faith like this in anyone in Israel! 8:11 I13 tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet14 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant15 was healed at that hour.

Healings at Peters House

8:14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, ill with a fever.8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she got up and began to serve them.8:16When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled:16

Challenging Professed Followers

8:18Now when Jesus saw great crowds18 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the sea. 8:19 Then an19 expert in the law20 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky21 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 8:21 Another22 of the23 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”24

Stilling of a Storm

8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came and got him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are going to die!” 8:26But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 8:27And the men25 were amazed and said,26 “What sort of person is this that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs

8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes,27 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way.8:29 They28 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone!29 Have you come here to torment us before the time?”30 8:30 A31 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them.8:31 Then the demons asked him,32 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said,33 “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed over the cliff into the sea, and they drowned in the water. 8:33 The34 herdsmen ran off, went into the town,35 and told everything that had happened to the men who had been demon-possessed. 8:34 Then36 the entire town37 came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave.

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

9:1 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town.1 9:2All of a sudden2 people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.3When4 Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.”9:3 Then5 some of the experts in the law6 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 What is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’?9:6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic7— “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.”8 9:7 And he stood up and went home.9 9:8 When10 the crowd saw this they were afraid and honored God who had given such authority to men.11

The Calling of Matthew and Eating with Sinners

9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth.12 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him.9:10 While13 Jesus14 was dining15 in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees16 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 9:12 When17 Jesus heard this he said, “The healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’18 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Superiority of the New

9:14 Then John’s disciples came and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees19 fast often, but your disciples don’t fast?” 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests20 are not able to mourn while the bridegroom is with them, are they? The21 days will come when the bridegroom is taken away, and then they will fast! 9:16No22 one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins;23 otherwise the skins will burst and the wine will pour out and the skins will be destroyed.24 Instead they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.”

Restoration and Healing

9:18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 9:19 So25 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him.9:20 But26 a woman who had been suffering with a hemorrhage for twelve years27 came up behind him and touched the edge28 of his cloak. 9:21 For she kept saying to herself,29 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.”30 9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has healed31 you.” And the woman was healed32 from that hour. 9:23When Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd,9:24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead, only sleeping.” So33 they began to laugh34 at him. 9:25 When35 the crowd had been dispersed, he went in and took her hand, and the girl got up. 9:26 And the news of this spread throughout that region.36

Healing the Blind and Mute

9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting out,37 “Son of David, have mercy on us!”9:28When38 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus39 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 9:29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 9:30 And their eyes were opened. But Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.”9:31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region.40

9:32As41 they were going away,42 a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 9:33After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel!” 9:34 But the Pharisees43 said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of demons.”

Workers for the Harvest

9:35Then Jesus went throughout all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues,44 preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness.45 9:36 When46 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless,47 like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few, 9:38 so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

The Sending of the Twelve Apostles

10:1Jesus1 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness.2 10:2 Now3 these are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother;10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Zealot4 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.5

10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve instructing them as follows:6 “Do not go to Gentile regions7 and do not enter any Samaritan town.8 10:6 Go9 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 As10 you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead,11 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 10:9 Do not take gold, silver or copper in your belts,10:10no bag for the journey, or two tunics,12 or sandals or staff; for the worker is worthy of his provision. 10:11 Whatever13 town or village you enter, find out who is worthy there14 and stay with them15 until you leave. 10:12 As16 you enter the house, give it greetings.17 10:13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 10:14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or that town.10:15I tell you the truth,18 it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that town.

Persecution of Disciples

10:16 “I19 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.10:17Beware20 of people, because they will hand you over to courts21 and flog22 you in their synagogues.23 10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings on account of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever24 they hand you over, do not be anxious about how to speak or what to say; for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

10:21 “Brother25 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. And children will rise against26 parents and have them put to death.10:22 And you will be hated by all on account of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 10:23 Whenever27 they persecute you in one place,28 flee to another. I tell you the truth,29 you will not finish going through all the cities and towns30 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

10:24 “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave31 above his master.10:25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave32 like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!

Fear God, Not Man

10:26 “Do33 not be afraid of them. There34 is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing secret that will not become known.10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.10:28 Do35 not be afraid of those who can kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.36 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?37 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.3810:30 Even39 all the hairs of your head are counted. 10:31 So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

10:32 “Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge40 before my Father in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

10:34“Do not think that I have come to bring41 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.42

10:37“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me, is not worthy of me.10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for me43 will find it.


10:40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 10:41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever44 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 10:42And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth,45 he will not lose his reward.

11:1 When1 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

Jesus and John the Baptist

11:2Now2 when John3 in prison heard about the deeds Christ4 had done, he sent a question5 by his disciples:11:3 “Are you the one who is coming, or should we wait for another?”11:4 Jesus gave them this answer:6 “Go tell John what you hear and see-11:5the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 11:6 Whoever7 does not stumble because of me is blessed.”

11:7While8 they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness9 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11:8 What10 did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Those11 who wear soft clothes are in the homes of kings.11:9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, even more than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:

11:11 “I tell you the truth,13 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.11:12From14 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it.15 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared.16 11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 11:15 The one who has ears, listen!

11:16 “To17 what will I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another,18 11:17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we sang a lament, yet you did not mourn.’

11:18 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him,19 a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by her deeds.”

Woes on Unrepentant Cities

11:20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the towns and cities20 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done among you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.11:23 And you, Capernaum, you won’t be lifted up to heaven, will you? No, you will be brought down to Hades!21 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day.11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!”

Jesus Invitation

11:25At that time Jesus said,22 “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to infants; 11:26 yes, Father, for this was pleasing to you. 11:27 All things have been given to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son decides to reveal him.23 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke24 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

Lord of the Sabbath

12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on a Sabbath. His1 disciples were hungry, and they began to pick the grain and eat.12:2 When2 the Pharisees3 saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing something illegal4 on the Sabbath.” 12:3 He5 said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and those with him were hungry— 12:4 how he went into the house of God and they ate6 the bread of presentation, which was not lawful for him or those with him to eat, but only for the priests? 12:5 Or have you not read in the law that the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are not guilty? 12:6 I7 tell you that something greater than the temple is here.12:7 If8 you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’9 you would not have condemned the innocent. 12:8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

12:9Then10 Jesus11 left that place and went into their synagogue.1212:10 A13 man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him,14 “Is it lawful15 to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they could accuse him.12:11 He16 said to them, “Would not anyone of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12:12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 12:13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So17 he stretched it out and it was restored, as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees18 went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate19 him.

Gods Special Servant

12:15Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great20 crowds21 followed him, and he healed them all. 12:16 But he sternly warned them not to make him known. 12:17This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet:22

Jesus and Beelzebul

12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus26 healed him so that he could speak and see.27 12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 12:24 But when the Pharisees28 heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by Beelzebul, the ruler of demons!”12:25 Now when he29 became aware of what they were thinking, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or household divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already come on30 you. 12:29 How31 else can someone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 12:31For this reason I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.32 But anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven,33 neither in this age nor the age to come.

Trees and Their Fruit

12:33“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.12:34Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. 12:35 The good man34 brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of an evil treasure. 12:36 I35 tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. 12:37 For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Sign of Jonah

12:38 Then some of the experts in the law36 along with some Pharisees37 answered him,38 “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 12:39 But he answered them,39 “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 12:40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish40 for three days and three nights,41 so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.12:41 The people42 of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; yet43 something greater than Jonah is here! 12:42 The Queen of the South will stand 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; yet44 something greater than Solomon is here!

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

12:43 “When45 an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it travels through waterless places looking for rest, and does not find it.12:44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house that I came from.’ When it returns46 it finds the house47 empty, swept clean and put in order. 12:45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter in and live there; and the final condition of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”

Jesus True Family

12:46 While he was still speaking to the crowds,48 his mother and brothers came and49 stood outside, asking50 to speak to him.12:47 Someone51 told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting52 to speak to you.” 12:48 To the one who had said this, Jesus53 replied,54 “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 12:49 And pointing55 toward his disciples he said, “These56 are my mother and my brothers!12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower

13:1On that day after Jesus went out of the house he sat by the sea. 13:2And such a great crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat to sit while1 the whole crowd stood on the shore. 13:3 He2 told them many things in parables, saying: “Pay attention!3 A sower went out to sow. 13:4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the way, and the birds came and ate it up. 13:5 Other4 seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because it did not have enough depth of earth,13:6 but when the sun came up, it was scorched; and since it did not have a root, it withered. 13:7 Other5 seed fell among thorns, that grew up and choked it. 13:8 Other6 seed fell on good soil and it produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 13:9The one who has ears, listen!”

13:10Then7 the disciples came to him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 13:11He replied,8 “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets9 of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. 13:12 For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.13:13 For this reason I speak to them in parables—that although they see they do not see and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.13:14 And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

13:16“But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. 13:17 I tell you the truth,14 many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

13:18“So listen to the parable of the sower:13:19 When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the way.13:20 What15 was sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word of God and immediately receives it with joy. 13:21But this one has no root and does not endure;16 when17 trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. 13:22 What18 was sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but worldly cares and wealthy pleasures choke the word, so it produces nothing. 13:23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”19

The Parable of the Weeds

13:24 He gave them another parable:20 “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field.13:25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds21 among the wheat and went away.13:26 When22 the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.13:27 So the slaves23 of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ 13:28 He24 said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So25 the slaves26 replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ 13:29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them.13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At27 harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then28 gather29 the wheat into my barn.”’”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

13:31 He gave30 them another parable:31 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed32 that a person took and sowed in his field. 13:32It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree,33 so that the birds of the sky34 come and live in its branches.”

The Parable of the Yeast

13:33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and added to35 three measures36 of flour until all the dough had risen.”37

The Purpose of Parables

13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable. 13:35 This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet:38

Explanation for the Disciples

13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 13:37 He40 answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.13:38 The41 field is the world and the good seed are the people42 of the kingdom. The43 weeds are the people44 of the evil one, 13:39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The45 harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.13:40 As46 the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age.13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers.47 13:42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace,48 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.49 The one who has ears, listen!

Parables on the Kingdom of Heaven

13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, thata person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.

13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 13:46 When50 he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.

13:47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. 13:48 When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. 13:49 It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous 13:50 and throw them into the fiery furnace,51 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13:51 “Have you understood all these things?” They replied, “Yes.”13:52 Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law52 who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.”

Rejection at Nazareth

13:53 Now when53 Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.13:54 Then he54 came to his hometown and taught them in their synagogue.55 They56 were amazed and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? 13:55 Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Mary? And aren’t his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 13:56 And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where then did he get these things?” 13:57And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own hometown and in his own house.”13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

The Death of John the Baptist

14:1At that time Herod the tetrarch1 heard reports about Jesus, 14:2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead! And for this reason powers are at work in him.”14:3(Now Herod had arrested John, bound him,2 and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; 14:4 for John had repeatedly told3 him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”)4 14:5 Although5 he wanted to kill John, he feared the crowd, because they accepted him as a prophet. 14:6 But on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 14:7 so much that he promised with an oath6 to give her whatever she asked. 14:8 Instructed7 by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 14:9 The king8 was grieved, but because of his oath and the guests he commanded it to be given;14:10 and he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 14:11 His9 head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.14:12Then John’s10 disciples came and took the body and buried it and went and told Jesus.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

14:13 Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place. But the crowd heard about it11 and followed him on foot from the towns.14:14 As he got out he saw the great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.14:15 As12 it became evening his disciples came to him saying, “This is an isolated place and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”14:16 But he13 said to them, “They do not need to go. You give them something to eat.”14:17 They14 said to him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 14:18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.14:19 Then15 he instructed the crowds to recline for a meal on the grass, and he took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks. Then he broke the loaves and passed them to the disciples,16 who in turn gave them to the crowds.1714:20 They18 all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve full baskets of leftover pieces.14:21 Not counting women and children, the number of men who ate was about five thousand.

Walking on Water

14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent away the crowds.14:23 And after he dispersed the crowds, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When19 evening came, he was there alone.14:24Meanwhile the boat, already far from land,20 was taking a beating from the waves, because the wind was against it. 14:25 As the night was ending,21 Jesus came to them walking on the sea.14:26 When22 the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified and said, “It is a ghost!” and cried out with fear.14:27 But immediately he23 spoke to them:24 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 14:28 Peter25 said to him,26 “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.” 14:29 So he said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. 14:30 But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. And starting to sink, he cried out,27 “Lord, save me!” 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”14:32 When28 they went up into the boat, the wind ceased.14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

14:34After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.2914:35 When the people there recognized him, they sent word into all the surrounding area. Then30 they brought all their sick to him,14:36 and asked if31 they could only touch the edge of his cloak. And all who touched it were healed.

Breaking Man-made Traditions

15:1Then Pharisees1 and experts in the law2 came from Jerusalem to Jesus and said,3 15:2 “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their4 hands when they eat.”515:3 He answered them,6 “And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 15:4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother7 and ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’8 15:5But you say, ‘If someone says to his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you would have received from me is given to God,”9 15:6 he certainly does not honor his father.’ You nullify the word of God on account of your tradition.15:7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly concerning you when he said,

True Defilement

15:10Then Jesus12 called the crowd to him and said,13 “Listen and understand. 15:11What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what14 comes out of the mouth that defiles a person.” 15:12Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know that when the Pharisees15 heard this saying they were offended?” 15:13 And he replied,16 “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 15:14 Leave them! They are blind guides. If one blind person leads another blind person both will fall into a pit.” 15:15 But Peter17 said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”15:16 Jesus18 said, “Even after all this, are you still without understanding? 15:17 Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the latrine? 15:18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person. 15:19 For out of the heart come evil opinions, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 15:20 These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.” 19

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

15:21 After going out of that place, Jesus went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 15:22 A20 Canaanite woman from that area came21 and cried out,22 “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is horribly demon-possessed!” 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. Then23 his disciples came24 and begged him,25 “Send her away, because she keeps on crying out after us.”15:24 So26 he answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 15:25 But she came27 and bowed down28 before him and said,29 “Lord, help me!” 15:26 “It is not right30 to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,”31 he said.3215:27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 15:28 Then33 Jesus answered her, “Woman, your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Healing Many Others

15:29When he left there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up a mountain, where he sat down.15:30 Then34 great crowds came to him bringing with them the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others. They35 laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 15:31 As a result, the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

15:32 Then Jesus called the36 disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry since they may faint from exhaustion37 on the way.” 15:33 The38 disciples said to him, “Where can we get enough bread in this desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” 15:34 Jesus39 said to them, “How much bread do you have?” They40 replied, “Seven loaves and a few small fish.” 15:35 After instructing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 15:36 he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks, he broke them and began distributing them to the disciples, who then distributed them to the crowd.41 15:37 They42 all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven baskets full of pieces left over. 15:38 Not counting children and women,43 there were four thousand men who ate.44 15:39 After sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.45

The Demand for a Sign

16:1 Now when the Pharisees1 and Sadducees2 came to test Jesus,3 they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 16:2 He4 said, “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather, because the sky is red,’ 16:3 and in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, because the sky is red and darkening.’5 You know how to judge correctly the appearance of the sky,6 but you cannot evaluate the signs of the times. 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” And he left them and went away.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

16:5 When the disciples went to the other side, they forgot to take bread. 16:6 “Watch out,” Jesus said to them, “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees7 and Sadducees.”8 16:7 So9 they debated among themselves, saying, “It is because we brought no bread.” 16:8 When he was aware of this,10 Jesus said, “People of little faith, why are you arguing11 among yourselves about having no bread? 16:9 Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?16:10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? 16:11 How could you not understand that I did not speak to you about bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees12 and Sadducees!”13 16:12Then they understood that he had not told them to keep on guard against the yeast in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees14 and Sadducees.15

Peters Confession

16:13 When16 Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,17 “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”16:14 They18 answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”16:15 He said to them, “And who do you say that I am?” 16:16 Simon Peter19 answered, “You are the Christ,20 the Son of the living God.” 16:17And Jesus answered him,21 “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades22 will not overpower it. 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on the earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 16:20 Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.23

Jesus First Prediction of His Death and Resurrection

16:21From that time on24 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and experts in the law,25 and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid,26 Lord! This must not happen to you.” 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not thinking the thoughts of God, but of men.”27 16:24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me will find it. 16:26 For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?28 Or what can a person give in exchange for his soul?16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.29 16:28 I tell you the truth,30 there are some standing here who will not31 taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The Transfiguration

17:1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, his brother, and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them. His1 face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.17:3 Then Moses2 and Elijah also appeared to them, talking with him. 17:4 So3 Peter said4 to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters5—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 17:5 While he was still speaking, a6 bright cloud surrounded them, and a voice from the cloud said,7 “This is my one dear Son,8 in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!” 17:6 When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground.9 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” 17:8 When10 they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.

17:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them,11 “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 17:10The12 disciples asked him,13 “Why then do the experts in the law14 say that Elijah must come first?” 17:11 He15 answered, “Elijah does come first and will restore all things. 17:12 And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In16 the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

The Disciples’ Failure to Heal

17:14 When17 they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 17:15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he is epileptic18 and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water. 17:16 I19 brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to heal him.” 17:17 Jesus20 answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you?21 How long must I endure you? Bring him here to me.”17:18 Then22 Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him; and the child was healed from that moment. 17:19 Then the disciples came23 to Jesus privately and said, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?” 17:20 He24 told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth,25 if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing26 will be impossible for you.”27

Jesus Second Prediction of His Death and Resurrection

17:22When28 they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, 17:23 and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they became greatly distressed.

The Temple Tax

17:24 After29 they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax30 came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the double drachma tax, doesn’t he?” 17:25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first,31 “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes—from their sons32 or from foreigners?” 17:26 After33 he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons34 are free. 17:27 But so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four drachma coin.35Take that and give it to them for me and you.”

Questions about the Greatest

18:1At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 18:2 He called a child whom he stood among them 18:3and said, “I tell you the truth,1 unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! 18:4 Whoever2 humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 18:5 And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.

18:6“But if anybody causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,3 it would be better for him to have a huge millstone4hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.18:7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks. It5 is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come.18:8If6 your hand or your foot causes you to sin,7 cut it off and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have8 two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than to have9 two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell.10

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

18:10“See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.1118:12 What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray?18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth,12 he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 18:14In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.

Restoring Christian Relationships

18:15“If13 your brother sins,14 go and show him his fault15 when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.18:16But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, that ‘at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established.’16 18:17 If17 he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If18 he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like19 a Gentile or tax collector.20

18:18 “I tell you the truth,21 whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 18:19 Again, I tell you the truth,22 if two of you on earth agree about whatever they ask, my Father in heaven will do it for them.2318:20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”

18:21Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother24 who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 18:22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.25

The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave

18:23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.26 18:24 As27 he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents28 was brought to him.18:25 Because29 he was not able to repay, the lord ordered him to be sold, along with30 his wife, children and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made. 18:26 Then the slave31 threw himself to the ground prostrate32 before him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’ 18:27 The33 lord had compassion on that slave34 and released him, and forgave him the debt. 18:28 After35 he went out, that same slave36 found one of his fellow slaves who owed him one hundred silver coins;37 then38 he grabbed him by the throat and started to choke him,39 saying, ‘Pay back what you owe!’ 18:29Then his fellow slave threw himself down and begged him,40 ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’ 18:30 But he refused. Instead, he went out and threw him in prison until he repaid the debt. 18:31 When41 his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very upset and went and told their lord everything that had happened.18:32 Then his lord called the first slave42 and said to him, ‘Evil slave!43 I forgave you all that debt because you begged me! 18:33 Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’ 18:34 And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him44 until he repaid all he owed. 18:35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your45 fellow believer46 from your heart.”


19:1Now when1 Jesus finished these sayings, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan River.2 19:2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

19:3Then some Pharisees3 came to him. Testing him they asked, “Is it lawful4 to divorce a wife for any cause?” 19:4 He5 answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’6 19:5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and the two will be one flesh’?719:6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. So then, what God has joined together, no one is to separate.” 19:7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us ‘to give a legal document and to divorce’?”8 19:8 Jesus9 said to them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were so hard, but from the beginning it was not this way. 19:9Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife (except for immorality) and marries another commits adultery.”19:10 The10 disciples said to him, “If this is the case of a husband with a wife, it is better not to marry!” 19:11 He11 said to them, “Not everyone can accept this statement, except those to whom it has been given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs who were that way from birth,12 and some who were made eunuchs by others,13 and some who became eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this should accept it.”

Jesus and Little Children

19:13 Then little children were brought to him, so that he would lay his hands on them and pray. His14 disciples criticized them sharply. 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to prevent them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 19:15 And he placed his hands on them and went on his way.15

The Rich Young Man

19:16 Then16 someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?”19:17 He17 said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only one is good. If18 you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 19:18 “Which ones?” he asked. Jesus19 replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false witness, 19:19 honor your father and mother20 and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”21 19:20 The young man said to him, “I have kept all these things. What do I still lack?”19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the proceeds22 to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.23 Then come, follow me.” 19:22When24 the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had many possessions.25

19:23Then Jesus said his disciples, “I tell you the truth,26 it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 19:24 Again I say,27 it is easier for a camel28 to go through the eye of a needle29 than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 19:25 The30 disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?” 19:26 Jesus31 looked at them and said, “This is impossible with people, but with God all things are possible.” 19:27 Then Peter said32 to him, “We33 have left everything and followed you. What then will there be for us?” 19:28 Jesus34 said to them, “I tell you the truth,35 you who have followed me, in the age when all things are renewed,36 when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you also will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And whoever has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or fields because of me37 will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 19:30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Workers in the Vineyard

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner1 who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.20:2 And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage,2 he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning,3 he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. 20:4 And he said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ 20:5 So they went. When4 he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon,5 he did the same thing. 20:6And about five o’clock that afternoon6 he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ 20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ 20:8When7 it was evening8 the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay9 starting with the last hired until the first.’ 20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay.10 20:10 And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. 20:11 When11 they received it, they began to complain12 against the landowner, 20:12 saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ 20:13 And the landowner13 replied to one of them,14 ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage?15 20:14 Take what is yours and go. I16 want to give to this last man17 the same as I gave to you. 20:15 Am I not18 permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’19 20:16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Jesus Third Prediction of His Death and Resurrection

20:17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve20 aside privately and said to them on the way, 20:18 “We21 are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law;22 they will condemn him to death,20:19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely23 and crucified. And on the third day, he will be raised!”

A Request For James and John

20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked something from him.20:21 He24 said to her, “What do you want?” She said, “Permit25 these two sons of mine to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left,26 in your kingdom.” 20:22 Jesus27 answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 20:23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right and left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 20:24 When the other ten28 heard this,29 they were angry with the two brothers. 20:25 But Jesus called them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high position use their authority over them. 20:26 It must not be this way among you! But whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. 20:27 And whoever wants to be first must be your slave3020:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Two Blind Men Healed

20:29 As they were going out of Jericho, a large crowd followed them. 20:30 Two31 blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by they shouted out,32 “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 20:31The33 crowd criticized them sharply to get them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us,34 Son of David!” 20:32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.35 20:33 “Lord,” they said to him, “let our eyes be opened.” 20:34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately36 they received their sight and followed him.

The Triumphal Entry

21:1 Now1 when they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage,2 at the Mount of Olives,3 Jesus sent two of his disciples,21:2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you.4 Right away you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 21:3 If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 21:4 This5 took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:6

21:6 So8 the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 21:7 They brought the donkey and the colt, and placed their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.21:8 A9 great crowd spread their cloaks on the way. Others10 cut branches from the trees and spread them on the way. 21:9 The11 crowds that went ahead of him and those following were shouting,12Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!13 Hosanna in the highest!” 21:10As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar,14 saying, “Who is this?” 21:11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Cleansing the Temple

21:12 Then15 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, and turned over the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those selling doves. 21:13 And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer’;16 but you are turning it into a den17 of robbers.”18

21:14The blind and lame came to him in the temple courts, and he healed them. 21:15 But when the chief priests and the experts in the law19 saw the wonderful things he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple courts,20 “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 21:16 and said to him, “Do you hear what they are saying?” Jesus21 said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of children and nursing infants you have prepared praise for yourself’?”22 21:17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

The Withered Fig Tree

21:18Now23 early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 21:19 And seeing a fig tree24 by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He25 said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once. 21:20When the disciples saw it they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21:21 Jesus26 answered them, “I tell you the truth,27 if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be picked up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe,28 you will receive.”

The Authority of Jesus

21:23 Now after Jesus29 entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 21:24 Jesus30 answered, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 21:25 Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from men?”31 They32 discussed this with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 21:26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet.” 21:27 So33 they answered Jesus,34 “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

21:28 “What35 do you think? A man had two sons. He36 went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 21:29 The boy answered,37 ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart38 and went. 21:30 The father39 went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered,40 ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go.21:31Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.”41 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth,42 tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God!21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although43 you saw this, you did not later change your minds44 and believe him.

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner45 who planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. Then46 he rented it to tenant farmers and went on a journey.21:34 When47 the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves48 to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. 21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves,49 beat one, killed another and stoned another. 21:36 Then50 he sent other slaves,51 more than the first, and they treated them the same way. 21:37 Finally52 he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 21:38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and get his inheritance!’ 21:39So53 they seized him,54 threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 21:40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 21:41 They said to him, “He will put those evil men to a miserable death, and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his portion at the harvest.”

21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

21:43 For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people57 that will produce its fruit. 21:44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.”58 21:45When59 the chief priests and the Pharisees60 heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.21:46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22:1 Jesus spoke1 to them again in parables, saying:22:2 “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 22:3 He sent his slaves2 to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come. 22:4 Again he sent other slaves,3 saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready.4 My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’ 22:5 But they were indifferent and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 22:6 The5 rest seized his slaves,6 insolently mistreated them, and killed them. 22:7 The7 king was furious! He sent his soldiers who put those murderers to death8 and set their town9 on fire. 22:8 Then he said to his slaves,10 ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy. 22:9 So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 22:10 And those slaves11 went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 22:11But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 22:12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say.12 22:13 Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

22:15 Then the Pharisees13 went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words.14 22:16 They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You15 do not court anyone’s favor because you do not show partiality. 22:17 Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right16 to pay taxes17 to Caesar18 or not?”

22:18 But Jesus knew their evil intentions and said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? 22:19Show me the coin used for the tax.” So19 they brought him a denarius.20 22:20 Jesus21 said to them, “Whose likeness22 is this and whose inscription?” 22:21 “Caesar’s,” they said. “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s,” he23 said.22:22 Now when they heard this they were stunned;24 and they left him and went away.

Marriage and the Resurrection

22:23 The same day Sadducees25 (who say there is no resurrection)26 came to him. And they asked him, 22:24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children27 for his brother.’28 22:25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children he left his wife to his brother. 22:26 The second did the same, and the third, down to the seventh.22:27 Last29 of all, the woman died. 22:28 In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.” 22:29Jesus30 answered them, “You are misled, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. 22:30 For at the resurrection, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.22:31 But as for the resurrection, have you not read what was spoken to you by God,3122:32I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?32 He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” 22:33 When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

22:34 Now33 when the Pharisees34 heard that he had silenced the Sadducees,35 they assembled together.36 22:35 And one of them, an expert in religious law,37 asked him a question to test38 him: 22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”39 22:37 Jesus40 said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’41 22:38 This is the first and greatest42 commandment. 22:39 A second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’43 22:40 All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The Messiah: Davids Son and Lord

22:41 While44 the Pharisees45 were assembled Jesus asked them a question:4622:42 “What do you think about the Christ?47 Whose son is he?” They said, “The son of David.” 22:43 He said to them, “How then does David by the Spirit call him ‘Lord,’ saying, 22:44The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?48 22:45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 22:46No one49 was able to answer him a word, and from that day on no one dared to question him any longer.

Seven Woes

23:1Then Jesus said to the crowds and his disciples,23:2 “The1 experts in the law2 and the Pharisees3 sit on Moses’ seat. 23:3 Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach.4 23:4 They5 tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 23:5 They6 do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries7 wide and their tassels8 long. 23:6They9 love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues,10 23:7 and to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’ 23:8 But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. 23:9 And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 23:10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ.11 23:11The12 greatest among you will be your servant. 23:12And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

23:13 “But woe to you experts in the law13 and you Pharisees,14 hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven!15 For you neither enter nor permit those trying to enter to go in.16

23:15 “Woe to you experts in the law17 and you Pharisees,18 hypocrites! You cross land and sea to make one convert,19 and when you get one,20 you make him twice as much a child of hell21 as yourselves!

23:16 “Woe to you blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing. But whoever swears by the gold of the temple is bound by the oath.’ 23:17 Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 23:18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing. But if anyone swears by the gift on it is bound by the oath.’ 23:19 You are blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 23:20 So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it. 23:21 And whoever swears by the temple, swears by it and the one who dwells in it. 23:22 And whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and the one who sits on it.

23:23 “Woe to you experts in the law22 and you Pharisees,23 hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin,24 yet you neglect what is more important in the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You25 needed to do these without neglecting the other. 23:24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel!26

23:25 “Woe to you, experts in the law27 and you Pharisees,28 hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.23:26 Blind Pharisee!29 First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside may become clean too!

23:27 “Woe to you, experts in the law30 and you Pharisees,31 hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of the bones of the dead and of everything unclean.32 23:28 In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

23:29 “Woe to you, experts in the law33 and you Pharisees,34 hypocrites! You35 build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves36 of the righteous. 23:30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers,37 we would not have participated with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 23:31 By saying this you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32 Fill up then the measure of your forefathers!38 23:33 You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?39

23:34 “For this reason I40 am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law,41 some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog42 in your synagogues43 and pursue from town to town,23:35so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah,44 whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 23:36 I tell you the truth,45 this generation will be held responsible for all these things.46

Judgment on Israel

23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How many times I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 23:38 Look, your house is left to you desolate!23:39 For I tell you, you will not see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”47

The Coming Destruction of the Temple

24:1 Now1 as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. 24:2 And he answered them,2 “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth,3 not one stone will be left here on another. All will be torn down.”4

The Signs of the End of the Age

24:3As5 he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us when these things will happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”24:4 Jesus answered them,6 “Watch out that no one leads you astray. 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Christ,”7 and they will lead many astray. 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but it is not yet the end. 24:7 For nation will rise up in arms8 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines9 and earthquakes in various places. 24:8 All10 these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Persecution of Disciples

24:9“Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations11 because of my name. 24:10 Then many will be led into sin,12 and they will betray one another and hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will appear and deceive13 many; 24:12 and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold.24:13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations,14 and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

24:15“So when you see ‘the abomination of desolation’15—spoken about by Daniel the prophet—standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 24:16 then those in Judea must escape to the mountains.24:17 The one on the roof16 must not go down17 to take anything out of his house, 24:18 and the one in the field must not go back to get his cloak. 24:19 Woe18 to those who are pregnant and to nursing mothers in those days!24:20 Pray19 that your flight will not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 24:21 For then there will be great persecution,20 unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 24:22 And if those days had not been reduced in number, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be reduced in number. 24:23Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’21 or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false Christs22 and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray (if possible) even the elect. 24:25 Remember,23 I have told you ahead of time.24:26So then, if someone24 says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’25 do not go out; or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, that is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures26 will be gathered.

The Coming of the Son of Man

24:29 “Immediately27 after the persecution28 of those days,

24:30 “Then30 the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,31 and32 all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They33 will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven34 with power and great glory. 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven35 to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

24:32 “Learn36 this parable from the fig tree: whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 24:33 So too, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the gates. 24:34 I tell you the truth,37 this generation will not pass away until all these things occur. 24:35Heaven and earth will pass away, but these words of mine will never pass away.

Be Ready!

24:36 “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven,38 except the Father alone. 24:37For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.24:38 For in those days before the flood, people39 were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 24:39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man.40 24:40 Then there will be two in the field; one will be taken and one left. 24:41Two women will be grinding with a mill;41 one will be taken and one left.

24:42“Therefore be alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.24:43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into.24:44 Therefore you be ready too, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

The Faithful and Wise Slave

24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise slave,42 whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves43 their food at the proper time? 24:46 That slave44 whom his master finds doing this when he returns will be blessed.24:47 I tell you the truth,45 he will put him in charge of all his possessions.24:48 But if that evil slave46 says to himself,47 ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 24:49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, 24:50 that slave’s48 master will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee. 24:51The master49 will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25:1 “At that time, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 Five1 of the virgins2 were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When3 the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take olive oil4 with them. 25:4But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When5 the bridegroom took his time in coming, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’6 25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The7 foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 But the wise said, ‘No! There will not be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 25:10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 25:11 Later,8 the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open the door9 for us.’ 25:12 But he replied,10 ‘I tell you the truth,11 I do not know you!’ 25:13Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Talents

25:14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves12 and entrusted his property to them.25:15 To13 one he gave five talents,14 to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.25:16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work15 and gained five more.25:17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 25:18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 25:19 After16 a long time, the master of those slaves17 came and settled his accounts with them.25:20 The18 one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered,19 ‘Well done, good and faithful slave!20 You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’25:22 The21 one with the two talents also came, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 25:23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave!22 You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent came, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25:25 so23 I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 25:26 But his master answered,24 ‘Evil and lazy slave!25 So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 25:27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers,26 and on my return I would have received my money back with interest!25:28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 25:29For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 25:30 And throw that worthless slave27 into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Judgment

25:31 “When28 the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 25:32 All29 the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.25:33 He30 will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 25:34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,25:36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 25:37Then the righteous will answer him,31 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 25:38 When32 did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you?25:39 When33 did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’25:40 And the king will answer them,34 ‘I tell you the truth,35 just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’

25:41 “Then he will say36 to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed,37 into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’25:44 Then they too will answer,38 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 25:45 Then he will answer them,39 ‘I tell you the truth,40 just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 25:46And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Plot Against Jesus

26:1 When1 Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over2 to be crucified.” 26:3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 26:4 They3 planned to arrest Jesus by treachery and kill him.26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there will not be a riot among the people.”

Jesus’ Anointing

26:6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him with an alabaster flask4 of expensive perfumed oil,5 and she poured it on his head as he was at the table.626:8 When7 the disciples saw this, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? 26:9 For this could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” 26:10When8 Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why do you bother this woman? She9 has done a good service for me. 26:11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 26:12 When10 she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13 I tell you the truth,11 wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

The Plan to Betray Jesus

26:14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests26:15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him to you?”12 So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 26:16 From that time13 on Judas14 looked for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover

26:17 Now15 on the first day of the feast of16 Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and said,17 “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 26:18 He18 said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, my time is near. I will observe the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 26:19 So19 the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them and prepared the Passover. 26:20 When20 it was evening, he took his place at the table21 with the twelve.26:21And while they were eating he said, “I tell you the truth,22 one of you will betray me.” 26:22 They23 became deeply grieved24 and each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?”26:23 He25 answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 26:24 The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.” 26:25 Then26 Judas, who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”

The Lords Supper

26:26 While27 they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” 26:27 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant28 that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 I29 tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 26:30After30 singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Prediction of Peters Denial

26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’31 26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter32 said to him, “Though all fall away because of you, I will never fall away!” 26:34Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth,33 on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.


26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 Then he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “I am in deep anguish,34 even to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch35 with me.” 26:39 Going36 a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed,37 “My Father, if possible,38 let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He39 said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay alert40 with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay alert and pray so that you will not come to the time of testing.41 The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed,42 “My Father, if it is not possible for this to pass away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 And when he came again, he found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open.43 26:44 So he left them again and went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and relaxing? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer44 is approaching!”

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas45 (one of the twelve) came and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.26:48 (Now the betrayer46 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man.47 Arrest him!”)48 26:49Immediately49 he came to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him.26:50 Jesus50 said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold51 of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But52 one of those with Jesus grabbed53 his sword, drew it out and struck the slave54 of the high priest, cutting off his ear.26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place!55 For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions56 of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” 26:55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would a robber? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet57 you did not seize me. 26:56 But all this has happened so that the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and ran away.

Condemned by the Sanhedrin

26:57 Now58 the ones who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the experts in the law59 and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the courtyard of the high priest. After60 going in, he sat with the officers61 to see the outcome. 26:59 The62 chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death.26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally63 two came forward26:61 and said, “This man64 said, ‘I can destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 26:62 So65 the high priest stood up and said to him, “Do you have no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 26:63 But Jesus remained silent. The66 high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ,67 the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand68 of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”69 26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now70 you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is you verdict?”71 They72 answered, “He is guilty and deserves73 death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ!74 Who hit you?75

Peters Denials

26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A76 slave girl came to him and said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean too.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all, saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about!” 26:71 When77 he went out to the gateway, another slave girl78 saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 26:72 And he denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!”26:73 After79 a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too, because80 your accent81 shows it clearly.” 26:74 At that he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. 26:75 Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

27:1 When1 it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute him. 27:2 They2 tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas Suicide

27:3 Now when3 Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that he had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders, 27:4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? You take care of it yourself!” 27:5 So4 Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 27:6 The5 chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 27:7 After6 consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. 27:8 For this reason that field has been called the ‘Field of Blood’ to this day.27:9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah7 the prophet was fulfilled:

Jesus and Pilate

27:11 Then10 Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him,11 “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus12 said, “You say so yourself.” 27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he did not respond. 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many charges they are bringing against you?” 27:14 But he did not answer even one accusation, so that the governor was quite amazed.

27:15 During the feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, whomever they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had in custody a notorious prisoner called Jesus13 Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus14 Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ?”15 27:18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.)16 27:19 As17 he was sitting on the judgment seat,18 his wife sent a message19 to him,20 “Do not have anything to do with that innocent man, because I have suffered greatly as a result of a dream21 about him today.” 27:20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.27:21 The22 governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas!” 27:22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?”23 They all said, “Crucify him!”24 27:23 And he asked, “Why, what wrong has he done?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!”

Given Over for Crucifixion

27:24 When25 Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves!”26 27:25 In27 reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them. But after he had Jesus flogged28 he handed him over to be crucified. 27:27Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence29 and gathered the whole cohort30 around him. 27:28They31 stripped him and put a scarlet robe around him, 27:29 and after plaiting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They32 put a staff33 in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 27:30 They34 spat on him and took the staff35 and hit him repeatedly36 on the head.27:31When37 they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

27:32 As38 they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they drafted to carry his cross. 27:33They39 came to a place called Golgotha40 (which means ‘Place of the Skull’)41 27:34 and offered Jesus42 wine mixed with gall to drink. But after tasting it, he would not drink it. 27:35 When43 they had crucified him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice.4427:36 Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. 27:37 Above45 his head they put the charge against him, that read as follows:46 “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 27:38Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.27:39 Those47 who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads 27:40 and saying, “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If48 you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”27:41 In49 the same way the chief priests along with the experts in the law50 and elders were mocking him, saying, 27:42 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the King of Israel! If he comes down51 now from the cross, we will believe in him! 27:43 He trusts in God—let God, if he wills, deliver him now, because he said, ‘I am the Son of God!’” 27:44The52 robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him.

Jesus Death

27:45 Now from53 noon until three o’clock,54 darkness came over all the land. 27:46 At55 about three o’clock Jesus shouted with a loud voice,56Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”57 27:47 When58 some of those standing there heard it, they said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” 27:48 Immediately59 one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine,60 put it on a stick,61 and gave it to him to drink. 27:49 But the rest said, “Leave him alone. Let us see if Elijah will come to save him.” 27:50 Then Jesus cried out again in a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 27:51 Just then62 the temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom. The63 earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 27:52 Tombs also were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died64 were raised. 27:53 (They65 came out of the tombs after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) 27:54 Now when the centurion66 and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!” 27:55Many67 women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and supported68 him were also there, watching from a distance. 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Burial

27:57 Now69 when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him.27:59 Joseph70 took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth27:60 and placed it71 in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone in the door72 of the tomb and went away. 27:61 (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)

The Guard at the Tomb

27:62 The73 next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees74 assembled before Pilate 27:63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 27:64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body75 and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 27:65 Pilate said to them, “Take76 a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 27:66 So77 they went with the soldiers78 of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

The Resurrection

28:1 Now1 after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 And2 there was a severe earthquake, for an angel3 of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled back the stone, and sat on it.28:3 His4 appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The5 guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said6 to the women, “Do not be afraid, because I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He7 is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you.” 28:8 So8 they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9But9 Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They10 came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him.28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

The Guards Report

28:11 While11 they were going, some12 of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 28:12 After13 they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 28:13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body14 while we were asleep.’ 28:14 If15 this matter is heard before the governor,16 we will satisfy him17 and keep you out of trouble.”18 28:15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day.19

The Great Commission

28:16 So20 the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. 28:17 When21 they saw him, they worshiped him,22 but some doubted.23 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them,24 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go25 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember,26 I am with you27 always, to the end of the age.”