1 Seeing that many have undertaken to compose a written account of the things that have been fulfilled1 among us— 2 accounts like the ones handed down to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning— 3 it seemed good to me as well, most excellent Theophilus, having closely followed all things from the very start, to write an orderly account for you, 4 so that you may enjoy2 complete certainty about the matters in which you were instructed.
Good News for Zacharias
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest by the name of Zacharias, who belonged to the division of Abijah; and he had a wife by the name of Elizabeth, whose descent was from the daughters of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. 7 But they had no child, for Elizabeth was barren; and they both were far along in years.
8 Now during the time when Zacharias’ division was on duty, when he was performing his priestly service before God, 9 it happened that in accordance with the custom of the priesthood he was chosen by lot to enter the Holy Place3 of the Lord and burn incense; 10 and during the hour when the incense was offered the entire multitude of the people were outside, praying.
11 At that time an angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias, standing on the right side of the altar of incense; 12 and when Zacharias saw him, he was deeply distressed, and great fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Don’t be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer has been heard: Your wife Elizabeth will soon bear you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 He4 will be a joy and a delight to you. Indeed, many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to partake of wine or strong drink; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God; 17 indeed, he himself will go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of the fathers back to the children,5 and those who are disobedient back to the wisdom of the righteous, so as to ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
A Doubter Silenced
18 But Zacharias said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this, since I am an old man and my wife is far along in years?” 19 So the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands ready in the presence of God; and I have been sent to speak with you and bring you this good news. 20 And behold, now you will be silent, unable to speak until the day these things take place, for you did not believe my words, which will surely be fulfilled at their appointed time.” 21 Now the people outside were waiting for Zacharias, wondering why he lingered so long in the Holy Place. 22 Moreover, when he finally did come out, he was unable to speak to them. Then they realized he had seen a vision in the Holy Place, for6 he kept using gestures to communicate with them, but remained unable to speak. 23 And when the days of his priestly service were complete, he departed for his own home.
24 Now after those days, Zacharias’ wife Elizabeth conceived; and for five months she kept herself in seclusion, saying, 25 “This is what the Lord has done for me in a time when he looked on me7 with favor in order to remove my disgrace from among the people.”
26 Now in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man of the house of David whose name was Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And when he had entered the house, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, O favored one, the Lord is with you! 29 But she was troubled by his words, and began to ponder in her heart what such a greeting might mean. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive a child in your womb and give birth to a son; and you are to call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom8 there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have never had relations with9 a man?” 35 So the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for this reason the child who is born will be called holy,10 the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your blood relative, has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month of pregnancy for one who was called barren. 37 For nothing shall be impossible with God.”11 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the bondservant of the Lord. May it happen to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Two Mothers Meet
39 Now in those days Mary rose up and went in haste to the hill country, to a town of Judah; 40 and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, it came about that the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then, with a loud cry, she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For listen: No sooner did the sound of your greeting reach my ears, than the baby leaped in my womb for joy! 45 And blessed is she who believed that12 what was spoken to her by the Lord would indeed be fulfilled.”
46 And Mary said:
“My soul declares the greatness of the Lord,
47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the humble state of his bondservant;
for behold, from this time on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 From generation to generation
his mercy is on those who fear him.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the inmost thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 In remembrance of his mercy
he has given help to his servant Israel,
55 just as he promised13 to our fathers,
to Abraham and his seed forever.”
56 So Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned to her home.
The Birth of John
57 Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth arrived, and she brought forth a son. 58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her, they rejoiced with her. 59 Then, on the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child; and they were about to name him Zacharias, after his father. 60 But his mother responded, saying, “No, he has to be called John!” 61 They said to her, “None of your relatives is called by that name.” 62 Then they motioned towards the child’s father, inquiring as to what he wanted his son to be called. 63 So when he had asked for a tablet, Zacharias wrote down: “His name is John.” And they all were astonished. 64 Moreover, Zacharias’ mouth was suddenly opened, and his tongue freed; and he began to speak out, praising God! 65 Then fear fell on all their neighbors, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea people were discussing all these events. 66 And everyone who heard about them kept them in their hearts, saying to themselves, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was indeed with him.
The Prophecy of Zacharias
67 As for Zacharias, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying:
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited his people and accomplished redemption in their behalf;
69 He has raised up for us a horn of salvation
in the house of his servant David,
70 just as he told us long ages ago
through the mouth of his holy prophets:
71 Salvation from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us!
72 He has done this to show mercy to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant—
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham—
74 to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might live without fear,
75 serving before him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.
76 And you, my child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the presence14 of the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give to his people the knowledge of salvation
through15 the forgiveness of their sins,
78 all because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise from on high shall visit us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child continued to grow and become strong in spirit; and he was in the deserts until the day of his public presentation to Israel.
- Or on which there is full conviction
- Or experience; lit. know
- Or temple, sanctuary
- Or this, it
- Mal. 4:5-6
- Lit. and
- Lit. in the days when he has looked upon me
- Or dominion
- Lit. do not know
- Or the holy child who is born will be called
- Or no word of God shall be devoid of power
- Or believed, because
- Lit. spoke
- Many mss face
- Lit. by
The Birth of Christ
2 Now in those days a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus, declaring that the entire Roman empire1 must be registered for taxation. 2 (This first registration began2,3 while Quirinius was governing Syria.) 3 So everyone set out to be registered, each to his own home town. 4 And Joseph too went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David (which is called Bethlehem), because he belonged to the house and family line of David. 5 He did this in order to be registered together with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and who was now with child. 6 And while they were there, it came about that the time arrived4 for her to give birth. 7 So she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, for there was no room for them at the inn.
The Angel’s Song of Praise
8 Now in that same region there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them; and they were terribly afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid; for behold, I am bringing you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people; 11 for this very day, in the city of David, there is born for you a savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign appointed for you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Then, along with the angel, there suddenly appeared a vast assembly of the army of heaven, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest place, and on earth, peace towards those on whom his favor rests.”5
A Midnight Visit to the Newborn Christ
15 Now when the angels had departed from them to heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go at once to Bethlehem and see for ourselves this thing that has happened, which the Lord has revealed to us.” 16 So they hurried off and sought out both Mary and Joseph; and they found the baby lying in a manger. 17 And after they had seen him, they began to spread the news of what they had been told6 about this little boy; 18 and everyone who heard it was amazed at the things the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary hid these matters deep within, and continually pondered them in her heart. 20 So the shepherds returned to their flock, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were indeed just as they had been told.
The Presentation in the Temple
21 Now when the eight days required for his circumcision were complete, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the period of time required by the Law of Moses for their purification was finished, Joseph and Mary brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was set forth in the Law of the Lord: “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”7
Simeon and the Consolation of Israel
25 Now in Jerusalem there was a man called Simeon. This man was both righteous and devout, looking for the Consolation of Israel;8 and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 Moreover, the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So at the prompting of the Spirit, Simeon entered the temple precincts. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary according to the Law, 28 Simeon took him up in his arms and blessed God, saying, 29 “Master, just as you promised9 you are now releasing your servant in peace, 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples: 32 a light of10 revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at the things he had spoken about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them. And he said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to serve as a sign that will be spoken against—35 indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul as well—so that the inmost thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Anna Testifies of the Redeemer
36 And a certain prophetess was there: Anna,11 the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was quite old now, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four; and she never left the temple precincts, but served God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 And coming up to them at that very hour, she began giving thanks to God; and she kept on speaking of the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 So when Joseph and Mary had finished performing everything prescribed by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 And the child, being filled with wisdom, continued to grow and became strong; and the grace of God was upon him.
The Boy Jesus Teaches the Teachers
41 Now every year Jesus’ parents would go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. 42 So when he was twelve years old, they again went up to Jerusalem in accordance with the custom of the feast. 43 But after the feast days were over, while Joseph and Mary were on their way home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Now his parents did not know this. 44 Therefore, assuming he was in the caravan, they travelled on for a full day, after which12 they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances; 45 and when they couldn’t find him, they headed back for Jerusalem, in search of him. 46 And so it came about that after three days they found him in the temple, seated in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47 and everyone who heard him marveled at his insight and his answers. 48 But when his parents13 saw him, they were shocked and upset. His mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? You should know that14 your father and I have been terribly worried, looking for you everywhere.” 49 But he said to them, “How is it that you had to look15 for me? Didn’t you realize I must be engaged in my Father’s affairs?”16 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down from Jerusalem with Joseph and Mary,17 and they arrived in Nazareth; and he continued in submission to them both. Now his mother carefully guarded all these things18 in her heart. 52 Meanwhile, Jesus himself kept on increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
- Lit. inhabited world
- Or took place
- Or This registration first began (to occur)
- Lit. the days were completed
- Or with whom he is pleased; lit. the men of his good pleasure
- Lit. made known the word which was told to them
- Ex. 13:2, 12, 15; Lev. 12:8
- I.e. the Messiah
- Lit. according to your word
- Lit. unto, for
- Lit. And (also) there was Anna, a prophetess
- Lit. and
- Lit. they
- Lit. Behold
- Lit. were looking
- Or possibly be in my Father’s house
- Lit. them
- Lit. words, matters
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, when Herod was tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and when Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 So he traveled throughout1 the entire region surrounding the Jordan River, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord!
Straighten out his paths!
5 Every valley will be filled,
and every mountain and hill brought low;
the crooked ways will become straight,
and the rough roads made smooth;
6 and all flesh will see the salvation of God.’ ”2
John’s Message of Repentance
7 Therefore John would say to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Very well then, bring forth fruits worthy of repentance! And don’t begin saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these very stones! 9 Moreover, the ax is already laid to the root of the trees; therefore every tree that fails to bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 So the crowds were constantly inquiring of John, asking, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he would tell them, “He who has two tunics should give one to the man who has none; and he who has food should do likewise.” 12 Then some of the tax collectors also came to be baptized; and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 So he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to receive.”3 14 And some of the soldiers inquired of him as well, saying, “What about us; what should we do?” So he said to them, “Intimidate no one,4 never bring a false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
John’s Message of Faith
15 Now while the people were waiting in expectation, and while all were weighing in their hearts whether or not John was the Christ, 16 John himself responded by telling them all, “Yes, I am baptizing you in water; but someone stronger than me is coming soon, and I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal: He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 And his winnowing fork is in his hand, to thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will consume with unquenchable fire.” 18 And so, while exhorting the people on many other matters, John would proclaim the good news to them. 19 But when he reproved Herod the tetrarch about Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, and about all the other evils he had done, 20 Herod added this to5 them all: He locked up John in prison.
John Baptizes Jesus
21 Now when all the people had been baptized, it came about that Jesus too was baptized; and as he was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came out of heaven: “You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased!”
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
23 Now when Jesus himself began his ministry, he6 was about thirty years old, being (as it was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Hesli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Joseph, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
- Lit. came into
- Is. 40:3-5
- Lit. than what is appointed to you
- Or extort nothing from anyone
- Or on top of, above
- Or possibly Now when Jesus began his own ministry, he
Jesus Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River; and for forty days he was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where he was repeatedly tempted1 by the devil.
Now during those days, Jesus ate nothing at all; and when they were over, he suffered great hunger. 3 So the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”2
5 Then, taking him up to a high place, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you this entire domain—and the glory of all these kingdoms3—for it has been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. 7 If then you will kneel in worship before me, all will be yours.” 8 But Jesus answered and said to him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him alone you shall serve.’ ”4
9 Then the devil led5 him up to Jerusalem and had him stand6 on the pinnacle of the temple; and he said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: ‘He will give his angels commands on your behalf, that they guard you with utmost care,’ 11 and, ‘With their hands they will lift you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”7 12 But in reply Jesus said to him, “It is stated, ‘You shall not force a test on the Lord your God.’ ”8
13 And when the devil had finished every temptation, he left him, waiting for9 a more favorable time.
A Prophet Without Honor
14 So Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and the news of him spread quickly throughout the entire surrounding region. 15 And he began to teach in their synagogues, and was honored and praised by all.
16 Then he arrived in Nazareth, where he was brought up; and as was his custom, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. 17 Then they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah; and opening the scroll, he found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor;
he has sent me to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty10 those who are stricken and shattered,
19 and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”11
20 Then Jesus rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to address them, saying, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 Now all in attendance were speaking well of him, and marveling at the gracious words that fell from his lips. Yet they kept on saying, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” 23 So he said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself! What we’ve heard that you did in Capernaum, do here as well, in your own home town.’ ” 24 But he went on to say, “Truly, I say to you: No prophet is accepted in his own hometown. 25 But I also tell you truly that there were many widows in Israel during the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, and when a great famine covered the whole land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them, except to a woman—a widow—who lived in Zarephath, in the land of Sidon. 27 Moreover, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet none of them was cleansed except Naaman, the Syrian.” 28 Now when they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 So rising up, they forced him out of the city and were taking him towards the brow of the hill on which their city was built, so they could throw him off the cliff. 30 But passing safely through their midst, he went his way.
A Teaching with Power
31 Then Jesus went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee; and on the Sabbath days he began to instruct them. 32 And they were amazed at his teaching, because his word was spoken with authority. 33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had an unclean spirit, a demon.12 And the demon cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” So when the demon had thrown him down into their midst, it came out of him, doing him no harm at all. 36 Then wonder and amazement fell on them all, and they began to converse with one another, saying, “What is this new teaching?13 For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 So the news of him spread to every place in the surrounding region.
Healings in Capernaum
38 Now after Jesus got up and departed from the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. And Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, so they asked him to minister to her.14 39 Then, standing over her, he rebuked the fever and it left her; and immediately she got up and began to serve them.
40 And while the sun was setting, all who had friends or relatives15 afflicted with various diseases brought them to him; and laying his hands on each one of them, he would heal them. 41 Moreover, demons were coming out of many among them, crying,16 “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus rebuked the demons and would not permit them to speak, for they knew he was the Christ.
Proclaiming the Kingdom Throughout Judea
42 Now when daytime arrived, Jesus left the city and went to an isolated place. But the crowds kept looking for him; and when they finally came to the place where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities as well, for this is why I was sent.” 44 So he began preaching in the synagogues of Judea.17
- Lit. being tempted (tested)
- Deut. 8:3
- Lit. and their glory
- Deut. 6:13
- Or brought
- Or stood
- Ps. 91:11-12
- Deut. 6:16
- Lit. until
- Lit. to set free by release (or pardon)
- Is. 61:1-2
- Lit. a spirit of an unclean demon
- Or What a teaching this is! Or What’s happening here?
- Lit. they asked concerning her
- Lit. any who were
- Lit. crying out and saying
- Some mss Galilee; others, land of the Jews
Four Fishermen Called
5 Now while he was standing beside the Lake of Gennesaret, and while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, Jesus happened 2 to notice two boats lying at the water’s edge (the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets). 3 Stepping into one of the boats (it was Simon’s), he asked him to put out a little from the shore; then he sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat.
4 When he was finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” 5 In reply Simon said, “Master, we’ve toiled all night long and caught nothing; nevertheless, at your word I’ll let down the nets.” 6 And once they had done so, they enclosed such a huge number of fish that their nets began to break! 7 So they motioned to their partners in the other boat, signaling that they should come over and help them. So they came over, and the men so completely filled both of the boats that they began to sink. 8 Now when Simon Peter saw all this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For utter amazement had taken hold of Simon and all his companions, due to the catch of fish they had just hauled in; 10 and the same was true for James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. But Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching men!” 11 And once they had brought their boats to land, they left everything behind and followed him.
A Leper Cleansed
12 Now while Jesus was spending time in one of the towns, he happened upon a man who was full of leprosy;1 and when the man saw Jesus, he bowed his face to the ground and began to implore him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 So stretching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And at once the leprosy left him. 14 Then Jesus commanded him, “Tell no one about this, but go, show yourself to the priest and present an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses instructed; this will serve as a testimony to them.” 15 But word about Jesus2 spread more and more throughout that region, and great crowds gathered together, both to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus himself would often withdraw to isolated places and pray.
A Paralytic Healed
17 Now on one of those days, while Jesus was teaching, it happened that certain Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting nearby (they had come from every town of Galilee and Judea, and also from Jerusalem). And the power of the Lord was present with him to heal. 18 Suddenly a number of men appeared,3 carrying a paralytic on a stretcher; and they tried to bring him into the house and set him before Jesus. 19 But finding no way to do so because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and then lowered the man and his stretcher down through the tiles into the midst of the crowd,4 right in front of Jesus! 20 Now when he saw their faith, he said to him, “Friend,5 your sins are forgiven you.” 21 So the scribes and the Pharisees began to think within themselves,5 “Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 But when Jesus discerned their thoughts, he responded by saying to them, “Why are you raising questions7 in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—and then he spoke to the paralytic—“I say to you, arise, pick up your stretcher, and go back to your house.” 25 And at that very moment the paralytic got up in front of them, picked up the stretcher he was lying on, and departed for his own house, glorifying God. 26 Then utter amazement gripped them all, and they too began glorifying God; and they were filled with holy fear,8 saying, “We’ve seen incredible things today!”
A Tax Collector Called
27 After these things, Jesus went out and noticed a certain tax collector by the name of Levi, who was sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything behind, Levi arose and began following him.
29 Then Levi prepared a great banquet for Jesus in his own home; and a large company of tax collectors and other outsiders were reclining at the table with them. 30 So the Pharisees and their scribes began complaining to Jesus’ disciples, saying, “Why are you men eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 But in reply Jesus said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, only9 those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Fasting, Fabric, and Wine
33 Then they said to him, “The disciples of John regularly fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees; but yours are continually eating and drinking!” 34 But Jesus said to them, “Would you have the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is still with them? 35 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then, in those days, they will fast.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece of fabric from a new garment and sews it onto an old; otherwise he will damage10 the new, and the piece taken from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. 38 Rather, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 Moreover, no one who has drunk old wine desires new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’ ”
- Lit. towns, behold, a man full of leprosy!
- Lit. him
- Lit. And behold, men
- Or room
- Lit. Man
- Lit. reasoning
- Or raising objections; lit. reasoning
- Or awe
- Lit. but, rather
- Lit. tear
Lord of the Sabbath
6 Now on a certain Sabbath day, Jesus happened to be walking through some grain fields; and his disciples were picking the heads of wheat, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. 2 So some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 3 In reply Jesus said to them, “Have you never read this in the scriptures, what David did when he was hungry, both he and the men who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and took and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone except the priests to eat; and how he gave some of it to his companions?” 5 Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
A Sabbath Healing
6 On yet another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and began to teach. And there was a man there whose right hand was deformed and paralyzed. 7 So the scribes and Pharisees, in an effort to find grounds for accusing him, began watching Jesus closely to see if he would perform a healing on the Sabbath. 8 But he knew their thoughts. So he said to the man with the deformed hand, “Get up and stand here in the midst of the people.” So he arose and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” 10 And when he had looked around at them all, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” So the man did, and his hand was immediately restored to its former health. 11 But the scribes and Pharisees1 were enraged,2 and began discussing among themselves what they might do to Jesus.
The Calling of the Twelve
12 Now at that time Jesus departed into a mountain to pray; and there he spent the entire night in prayer to God. 13 When morning arrived, he called for his disciples, and he chose from among them twelve men whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and his brother, Andrew; James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon who was called the Zealot, and 16 Judas the son of James and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Power Flowing Forth
17 Now when he had come down from the mountain with them, he stood on a level place. And a large crowd of his disciples was gathered there, together with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. These all had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; 18 and3 those who were oppressed by unclean spirits were also being restored to health. 19 So the whole crowd was trying to touch him, for power was flowing out of him and healing4 them all.
Blessing and Woe
20 Now when he had lifted up his eyes towards his disciples, he began to teach them:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, hurl insults at you, and banish your name as though it were evil, all because of the Son of Man. 23 In that day be exceedingly glad, and leap for joy; for behold, your reward in heaven will be great, for their fathers did the same things5 to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort in full. 25 Woe to you who are satisfied, for you will hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same to the false prophets.
On the Love of Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening,6 I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who abuse and mistreat you. 29 To the man who strikes you on one7 cheek, offer the other as well. And from the man who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.8 30 Give to everyone who asks of you; and from the man who takes away your belongings, do not demand them back. 31 Just as you would have men do to you, so too you must do for them.
32 “Now if you love those who love you, what thanks or reward do you deserve?9 For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what compensation is rightfully yours? For even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to be repaid, what thanks or reward should you receive? For even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be paid back in full. 35 But as for you: Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.10 Then your reward will be great, and you will show that you are11 sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and immoral. 36 You, then, must be12 merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
On Passing Judgment
37 “Also, do not pass judgment, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured out into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you in return.”
39 And he also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher; however, once he is fully trained, a disciple will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you gaze at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that’s in your eye,’ when you yourself do not perceive the beam that’s in your own? Hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck in your brother’s.
A Tree and Its Fruit
43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit; nor again does any bad tree bear good fruit—44 for every tree is known by its own fruit. For men never gather figs from a briar, nor do they harvest grapes from a bramble. 45 The good man out of the good treasure stored in his heart13 brings out what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure stored in his heart brings out what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Hear, Do, and Build
46 “And why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ but fail to act on the things I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them,14 I will show you what15 he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, a man who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. Now when a flood rose, the river broke against that house but couldn’t shake it, for the house was well built. 49 But he who has heard my words and has not acted on them is like a man who built his house on the ground with no foundation: When the river burst against it, it instantly fell; and great was the ruin of that house.”
- Lit. they
- Lit. filled with mindless (foolish) rage
- Or even
- Or and he was healing
- Lit. according to these things
- Or hear (me)
- Lit. the
- I.e. undergarment
- Lit. what sort of grace belongs to you? (also vs. 33, 34)
- Or in no way despairing
- Lit. you will be
- Or become
- Lit. of his heart
- Lit. does them
- Or whom
A Centurion’s Amazing Faith
7 After Jesus had fully delivered1 all his teachings in the hearing2 of the people, he went to Capernaum. 2 Now in that city there was a centurion whose servant was sick and at the point of death; and the centurion held him in high regard. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some of the Jewish elders to him, requesting3 that he come and heal his servant. 4 So when the elders had come to Jesus, they besought him with great fervor, saying, “This man4 is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation; moreover, he is the one who built us our synagogue!” 6 So Jesus headed off with them. But no sooner had he gotten near the house, than the centurion sent out some of his friends, saying to him, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 and this is also why I didn’t think it fitting to come to you in person. But simply say the word,5 and my beloved servant6 will be healed. 8 For I too am a man placed under authority, and a man with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 Now when Jesus heard these words, he stood amazed at the centurion. And when he had turned around, he said to the crowd following him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found so great a faith!” 10 And when the men who had been sent to Jesus returned to the centurion’s house, they found the servant in perfect health.
A Son Raised, a Family Restored
11 Soon after this Jesus headed out for a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, together with a large crowd. 12 Now when he drew near to the city gate, he suddenly noticed a dead man being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother (who was also a widow); and a large crowd from the city was accompanying her. 13 Now when the Lord saw her, he was moved with compassion for her. So he said to her, “Weep no more.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and when he did the men who were carrying it stood still. Then Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” 15 And the one who had died sat up and began to speak; and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Then fear took hold of them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us!” and “God has looked upon his people!” 17 And this report about Jesus went out into all Judea and the entire surrounding region.
John’s Faltering Faith
18 Now John’s disciples brought him word of all these things. 19 So after calling for two of his disciples, he sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 20 So when the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to ask you,7 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 21 Now in that very hour Jesus healed many people of various diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits; and he also granted sight to many who were blind. 22 Then, in response to the messengers’ question, he said, “Go and report the things you’ve seen and heard to John: how the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news announced to them.8 23 And blessed is the man who doesn’t stumble over me!”
24 Now when the messengers from John had gone their way, Jesus began speaking to the crowds about John. “What did you go out into the desert to gaze at? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But if not that, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? But look around:9 Those who are elegantly dressed and live in luxury are only found in royal courts. 26 But what then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and something more than a prophet. 27 For this is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face; he will prepare your way before you.’10 28 And I say to you, among those born of women there is none greater than John; nevertheless, he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29 Now when all the people heard this— including the tax collectors—they acknowledged God’s righteous judgment,11 for they all had been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in Jewish law had rejected God’s purpose for their lives, refusing to be baptized by John.12
31 “With what then can I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They’re like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, but you wouldn’t dance; we mourned with lamentation, but you wouldn’t weep.’ 33 For John the Baptizer has come, eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating bread and drinking wine; and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
Forgiven Much, Loving Much
36 Then one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dine with him; so Jesus entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 Now in that city there was a woman who had lived a sinful life; and when she learned that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought in an alabaster jar filled with perfumed ointment. 38 And standing behind him at his feet weeping, she began to water his feet with her tears; and she kept wiping them with the hairs of her head, kissing them, and anointing them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him to dinner saw it, he said to himself, “If this man really were a prophet, he would know who this is, and what kind of woman is touching him. He would know that she13 is a sinner.”
40 But in response Jesus said to him: “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One of them owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 But since they had nothing with which to repay him, he graciously forgave them both. Tell me then, which of the debtors will love him most?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one to whom he forgave the greater debt.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Then, turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, and you gave me no water for my feet; but she has continually washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss; but from the time I came in, she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet. 46 You didn’t anoint my head with oil; but here she is, continually anointing my feet with fragrant ointment. 47 And so I say to you: Her sins, which are many, have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 So those reclining at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 But Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
- Lit. fulfilled, completed
- Lit. into the ears of
- Or beseeching
- Lit. He
- Lit. say with a word
- Or child, boy
- Lit. saying
- See Is. 61:1f
- Lit. Behold!
- Mal. 3:1
- Lit. declared God’s righteousness
- Lit. not having been baptized by him
- Or who is touching him, because she
Women Support the Work
8 Soon after this Jesus began travelling from city to city and village to village, publicly proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve apostles were with him, 2 as well as certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and various infirmities. These included Mary (the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out), 3 Joanna (the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager1), Susanna, and many others who continually ministered to their2 needs out of their own resources.
The Parable of the Sower
4 Now while a large crowd was gathering, and while people from town after town were making their way to him, Jesus spoke to them by way of a parable: 5 “A3 sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some of the seed fell beside the path and was trampled, after which the wild birds4 came and completely devoured it. 6 Other seed fell on rocky ground; but as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it and crowded out5 the plants. 8 But other seed fell into good ground, sprang up, and produced a crop one hundred fold.” And as he spoke these words, he would cry out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
9 Then his disciples began to question him about the meaning of this parable. 10 So he said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest the mysteries come in parables, so that seeing, they may not see, and hearing, they may not understand.6
11 “Now this is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those beside the path are the people who hear, but then the devil comes and takes the word from their hearts, so they cannot believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the people who, upon hearing the word, receive it with joy, but develop7 no root; they believe for a season, but in the time of testing fall away. 14 As for the seed that fell among the thorns, these are the people who have heard the word, but as they go their way they are thronged8 by the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life, and so bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But as for the seed that landed on good ground, these are the people who, when they hear the word in an honest and good heart, take hold of it9 and bear fruit with patience and endurance.
Hearing the Word, Displaying the Light
16 “No one, after lighting a candle or an oil lamp, covers it with a clay pot, or puts it under a bed; instead, he sets it out on a lampstand so that those who enter the room can see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything kept secret that will not be made known and come to light. 18 So take care how you hear; for whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”
Jesus’ True Family
19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to him, but could not get near him because of the crowd. 20 So someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he answered and said to them, “My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it!”
Lord of Sea and Storm
22 Now on one of those days it came about that Jesus stepped into a boat with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they headed out. 23 And as they were sailing along, Jesus fell asleep. Then a fierce windstorm swept down onto the lake, with the result that the boat10 began to fill up with water, so that now they were in great danger. 24 So the disciples went over to him, woke him up, and said, “Master, Master, we’re going to die!” But Jesus, roused from his sleep, rebuked the wind and the violent surging of the waters; and they both died down, and a great calm settled upon the lake. 25 Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” But stricken with fear, they stood amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He even commands the winds and the water, and they obey him!”
The Gerasene Demoniac
26 Then they sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is situated opposite Galilee. 27 Now when Jesus stepped out onto the shore, a certain man from the city who was controlled by11 demons came out to meet him. For a long time this man had gone about naked;12 nor had he lived in a house, but instead dwelt among the tombs. 28 Now when he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and said in a loud voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I beg you not to torment me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For the spirit had seized him many times, with the result that they would tie him down with chains and shackles, and keep him under guard; but he would break the chains, and the demon would drive him into remote and desolate areas.) 30 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” So he said, “Legion”—for many demons had entered him. 31 Then the demons began pleading with Jesus not to command them to go into the abyss. 32 Now in that place there was a large herd of pigs, feeding on the hillside; so they begged him to let them enter the pigs. And Jesus let them. 33 So the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs; and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.
34 Now when the men who fed the pigs saw what had happened, they fled and reported these things in the city and the surrounding villages. 35 So the people went out to see what had taken place; and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed, and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 Then those who had witnessed the event told them how the demon-possessed man had been rescued and restored.13 37 And then the Gerasenes and all the people living around them begged Jesus to depart from them, for sheer terror had taken hold of them. So stepping into a boat, Jesus headed back. 38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out began pleading with him that he might go with him. But Jesus sent him on his way, saying, 39 “Go back to your home and tell everyone what great things God has done for you!” So the man went off and began proclaiming throughout the entire city what great things Jesus had done for him.
Healing and Resuscitation
40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they all had been eagerly waiting for him. 41 But just then a man by the name of Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, came up to him. And when he had fallen down at Jesus’ feet, he began pleading with him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was at the point of death.
Now as Jesus was making his way to Jairus’ house, the crowds kept pressing around him. 43 And in among them was a woman who had suffered for twelve years from an issue of blood, and who could not be healed by anyone. 44 Coming up to Jesus from behind, she touched the edge of his cloak; and immediately the flow of her blood ceased. 45 So Jesus said, “Who touched me?” Now while they all were denying it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are thronging you and pressing in on every side!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I experienced14 power flowing out of me.” 47 Then the woman, realizing she could no longer remain hidden, came up to him, trembling; and falling down before him, she explained in front of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been instantly healed. 48 So he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.15 Go in peace.”
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone from the house of the synagogue leader arrived and told him, “Your daughter has died. Don’t trouble the teacher any more.” 50 But when Jesus heard it, he responded to the ruler, “Don’t be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 Now when he arrived at the house, he let no one go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the father and mother of the little girl. 52 Now all the people were wailing and beating their breasts over her passing. But Jesus said, “Stop your wailing; she isn’t dead, but only sleeps.” 53 So they began to laugh at him, for they knew very well she was dead. 54 But after taking her hand, he called out in a loud voice: “Little girl, get up!” 55 Then her spirit returned, and at once she got up. And then he directed that she be given something to eat. 56 Now her parents stood amazed; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.
- Or steward (i.e. a court official)
- Some mss his
- Lit. The
- Lit. birds of the sky (vs. domesticated birds)
- Lit. choked
- Is. 6:9
- Lit. have
- Or suffocated, overwhelmed; lit. choked
- Or possibly who, hearing the word, take hold of (cling to) it with an honest and good heart
- Lit. and they
- Lit. had
- Lit. did not put on a garment
- Lit. saved
- Lit. was knowing, aware of
- Lit. saved you
The Apostles Empowered and Sent Forth
9 Now when Jesus had called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority over all the demons, and the ability to heal various diseases; 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 Moreover, he said to them, “Take nothing for the journey: no staff, no bag, no bread, and no money; nor are you to bring along an extra tunic.1 4 Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave the area.2 5 And whoever will not welcome you, as you leave that town, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So heading out, they began to travel from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, but was at a loss to understand. For some of the people were saying that John the Baptizer had risen from the dead, 8 others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of old had risen again. 9 But Herod said, “I myself had John beheaded, so who is this about whom I am hearing such things?” So he kept on trying to see Jesus.
Five Thousand Are Fed
10 Now when the apostles returned, they gave Jesus a full account of all they had done. Then, taking them with him, he withdrew to a town called Bethsaida to be by himself. 11 But when the crowds learned of it, they followed him; and after welcoming them, he began speaking with them about the kingdom of God and curing those who needed to be healed. 12 But now the day was drawing to a close. So the twelve came up and said to him, “Send the crowd away so they can go into the surrounding towns and countryside, find lodging, and get some food; for this is3 a remote area.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we go off and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For about five thousand men were gathered there.) So he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the disciples did as he said, and all the people sat down. 16 Then, picking up the five loaves and two fish, and looking up into heaven, Jesus blessed and broke them; and he began distributing4 them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 So all the people ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was gathered up: twelve baskets full of fragments.
Peter’s Good Confession
18 Now on a certain occasion when Jesus was praying by himself, his disciples happened to be nearby. So he put a question to them, saying, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They answered, “John the Baptist. But others say Elijah, and still others that one of the prophets of former times has risen again.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say I am?” And Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” 21 But Jesus strictly charged them, commanding that they speak of this to no one. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes; and he must be killed, and then raised up on the third day.”
The Cost of Discipleship
23 Then he began speaking to all the people:5 “If anyone desires to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For how does it benefit a man if he gains the whole world, when he himself is destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory, and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: Among the men standing here there are some who will not taste death until they have seen the kingdom of God.”
28 About eight days after saying these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray. 29 Now as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered; and his cloak grew white and shone like lightning. 30 And suddenly there were two men—Moses and Elijah—talking with him, for after appearing in glory 31 they had begun to speak about his departure,6 which he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those with him had sunk into a deep sleep. But once they were fully awake, they beheld his glory; and they also saw the two men standing with him. 33 Now it so happened that just as the men were beginning to leave Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here! Let us prepare three tabernacles:7 one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (not realizing what he was saying). 34 But even as he was speaking these words, a cloud appeared and began to overshadow the two men;8 and as they entered the cloud, the disciples9 were gripped with fear. 35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had finished speaking, they found Jesus standing there alone. Now the disciples kept all this to themselves: At that time they told no one about any of the things they had seen.
A Boy Set Free
37 On the next day, after they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd came up to meet Jesus. 38 But just then a man from the crowd lifted up his voice, saying, “Teacher, I beg you: Take pity10 on my son, for he is my one and only child. 39 For this is what’s happening:11 An evil spirit takes hold of him, and suddenly he lets out a scream. Then it throws him into convulsions, and he starts foaming at the mouth. What’s more, the spirit hardly ever leaves him, but is constantly tearing at him. 40 So I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.” 41 Then Jesus replied, “O unbelieving and perverse generation! How much longer must I remain among you?12 How much longer must I put up with you? Bring your son here!” 42 Now as the boy was coming towards him, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him; but Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 And everyone in the crowd stood amazed at the mighty power13 of God.
Jesus Again Predicts His Death
Now while all the people were marveling at all he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 “Place these words deep inside your ears: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they failed to understand this statement. Indeed, its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not discern it; and they were afraid to ask him about what it meant.14
Who Is the Greatest?
46 Then an argument arose among the disciples as to which one of them would be15 the greatest. 47 But Jesus, perceiving the inmost thought of their hearts, took a little child and stood him at his side; 48 and he said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—that is the one who is great.”
49 Now in reply, John said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he doesn’t follow along with the rest of us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “You are not to hinder him, for he who is not against you is on your side.”
A Samaritan Village and a Jewish Savior
51 Now when the time had finally come for Jesus to be taken up, he resolutely set his face to go to Jerusalem; 52 and he sent messengers on ahead of him. Now as the messengers went their way, they entered a village of the Samaritans in order to make preparations for him. 53 But the villagers would not welcome him, because he was intent on travelling to Jerusalem. 54 So when James and John, his disciples, saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven and destroy16 them?” 55 But Jesus turned around and rebuked them.17 56 And they went their way to another village.
The Cost of Discipleship
57 Now as they were walking down the road, someone said to him, “Lord, I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 But Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 And to another he said, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 And another disciple also said, “Lord, I will follow you, but first let me go and say goodbye to the members of my household.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who has laid his hand upon the plow and then looks back is fit for18 the kingdom of God.”
- Lit. nor have two tunics (apiece)
- Lit. and from there depart
- Lit. for here we are in
- Or kept distributing
- Or to (them) all; but see Mark 8:34
- Or decease
- Or booths, shelters, (sacred) tents
- Lit. them
- Lit. they
- Lit. look upon, regard
- Lit. And behold
- Lit. Until when shall I be with you?
- Or mighty deeds; lit. majesty, greatness
- Lit. to question him concerning this statement
- Or was, might be
- Or consume
- Some mss add and said, “You don’t know what kind of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
- Or of any use to
Jesus Commissions the 72
10 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy-two1 others and sent them out, two by two, before his face to every town and locale where he himself was planning to go. 2 At that time he told them, “The harvest is indeed bountiful, but the laborers are few; so beseech the Lord of the harvest, that he would thrust laborers into his crop. 3 Go your ways, but know this:2 I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor traveler’s bag, nor extra sandals; and greet no one along the way. 5 Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If a son of peace lives there, your peace will rest upon him;3 if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the laborer is worthy of his wages; you are not to move around from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and the people4 welcome you, eat the things they5 set before you; 9 then heal those in the town6 who are sick, and say to the people, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they don’t welcome you, go out into its streets and declare, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off as a testimony against you. Nevertheless, be sure of this: The kingdom of God is now near.’7 12 I say to you that in that day it will be more bearable for Sodom than for that city!
Two Impenitent Cities
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty miracles performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But in the judgment it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum: Do you refuse to be8 exalted to heaven? Very well, you will be pulled down into Hades!
16 He who listens to you listens to me; and he who rejects you rejects me. But he who rejects me is rejecting him who sent me.”
17 Now the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name!” 18 So he said to them, “I was watching as Satan fell like lightning from heaven. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and on all the power of the enemy, so that9 nothing at all will ever harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names have been recorded in heaven.”
Jesus Rejoices in His Father’s Plan
21 At that time Jesus greatly rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, saying, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I honor10 you because you have concealed these things from the wise and learned,11 and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for to work in this way was well pleasing in your sight.12 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, nor does anyone know who the Father is except the Son and those13 to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.” 23 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and spoke to them privately, saying, “Blessed are the eyes that see the things you are seeing; 24 for I say to you that many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but never saw it, and to hear what you hear, but never heard it.”
The Good Samaritan
25 Now it happened that a certain expert in the Mosaic Law stood up in order to test Jesus. So he said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you understand14 its teaching on this subject?” 27 In reply the lawyer said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”15 28 Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”
29 But the lawyer, wanting to be sure that he himself was righteous,16 said to Jesus, “But who exactly is my neighbor?” 30 Taking up his question, Jesus said, “A certain man was going down to Jericho from Jerusalem; and he fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him naked, rained down blows on him, and then went their way leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest was going down by the same road; but when he saw the wounded man, he passed him by on the opposite side. 32 Likewise, when a Levite came to that place and saw the wounded man, he too passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan making a journey came upon the man; and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. 34 So he went over to him, poured oil and wine into his wounds, and dressed the wounds with strips of cloth. Then he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him there. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Look after him; and whatever you spend above this, I will repay you when I return.’ 36 Now, which of these three men do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 The lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.” So Jesus said to him, “Go then and do the same.”
Mary Chooses the Best Part
38 As they continued on their journeys, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman by the name of Martha welcomed him as her guest. 39 Now Martha had a sister named Mary who had seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to his word; 40 but as for Martha, she was consumed with all the serving that had to be done. So she went over to Jesus and stood before him, saying, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving by myself? So tell her to help me!” 41 But in reply the Lord said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but only one thing is truly necessary.17 I’m telling you this because18 Mary has chosen the best19 part, and it will not be taken from her.”
- Many mss seventy (also in v. 19)
- Lit. behold
- Or it
- Lit. they
- Lit. that are
- Lit. in it
- Lit. has come near
- Lit. will you not be
- Lit. and
- Or praise, thank, acknowledge
- Or intelligent, understanding
- Lit. for thus it became pleasing before you
- Lit. the one
- Lit. read
- Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18
- Lit. justify himself
- Some mss only a few things are necessary, really only one
- Or Try to understand this, for
- Lit. good
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
11 Now in a certain place Jesus was spending time in prayer; and when he was done, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 So he said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. May your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread; 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation.”1
On Persistence in Prayer
5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for an acquaintance of mine who is making a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 And suppose your friend answers you from inside the house, saying, ‘Don’t bother me; the door is already locked and my children are here in bed with me; I can’t get up and give you what you want.’ 8 I tell you, even though this man won’t get up and give him something for friendship’s sake, yet because of his friend’s persistence he will indeed get up and give him as many loaves as he needs. 9 So I say to you: Keep on asking, and it will be given to you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and the door2 will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door3 will be opened. 11 Moreover, what father among you, if his son asks him for a fish, would instead give him a serpent? 12 Or if the son asks for an egg, would his father give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Overcoming the Strong Man
14 Now Jesus was casting out a demon that made its victims mute;4 and when the demon had come out of him, the mute man spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He is driving out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons!” 16 Others, putting him to a test, were asking him for a sign from heaven. 17 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to ruin; and a house divided against a house falls. 18 So then: If Satan too is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I ask this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 But if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason, they themselves will be your judges. 20 On the other hand, if I am driving out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man who is fully armed guards his own property, his holdings are secure.5 22 But when someone stronger attacks him and overpowers him, the stronger takes away his entire arsenal in which he trusted, and then divides his spoils. 23 He who isn’t with me is against me; and he who doesn’t gather with me scatters.
The Peril of an Empty House
24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; 25 and when it arrives, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes out and brings along seven other spirits more wicked than itself; and once they all have entered the house, they settle down to live there. Thus, the final state of that man is worse than the first.”
27 Now as Jesus was saying these things, a certain woman in the crowd lifted up her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and blessed are the breasts that nursed you!” 28 But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and are careful to obey it!”6
An Evil Generation Given a Sign
29 Then, as the crowds were growing, Jesus began to speak: “This generation is an evil generation. It is constantly demanding a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so too will the Son of Man be a sign to this generation. 31 At the judgment, the queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here! 32 At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will stand with this generation, and they too will condemn it, for they repented when they heard the preaching of Jonah; and behold, someone greater than Jonah is here!
Take Heed to the Light Within
33 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it in a vault7 or under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so that those who enter the room can see the light. 34 The lamp of your body is your eye. When, therefore, your eye is healthy, your whole body is also filled with light; but when it is diseased, your whole body is also filled with darkness. 35 So look to yourselves, making sure that the light within you is not darkness. 36 And if, as a result of this, your whole body is full of light—with no part whatsoever containing darkness—it will be fully illumined, as when the lamp in your house illumines you with its rays.”
A Litany of Woes
37 Now while Jesus was speaking, a certain Pharisee invited him to dine at his home; so he entered his house and reclined at the table. 38 But when the Pharisee saw it, he was taken aback, for Jesus hadn’t performed a ceremonial washing prior to the meal. 39 So the Lord said to him, “Now as for you Pharisees, you cleanse the outside of the cup and the plate, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Didn’t he who made the outside make the inside as well? 41 So then: Bestow as alms the things on the inside, and behold, all things will be clean for you! 42 But woe to you Pharisees, for you give a tenth of your mint, rue, and every kind of garden herb, but overlook justice and the love of God; yet these are the things you should have done, while not neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees, for you love the chief seats8 in the synagogues, and deferential greetings9 in the marketplaces! 44 Woe to you, for you are like unmarked graves that men walk on without knowing it!”10
45 Now in reply, one of the lawyers said to him, “Teacher, when you say these things you are insulting us too.” 46 But Jesus declared, “Woe to you lawyers as well, for you load men down with burdens that are hard to carry, while you yourselves won’t touch them with one of your fingers! 47 Woe to you, for you build the tombs of the prophets, yet it was your own fathers who killed them; 48 thus, you are testifying that you approve of the deeds of your fathers, for they killed the prophets, and you are building their tombs! 49 And this is why11 the wisdom of God has declared, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles. Some of them they will kill, and some of them they will persecute,’ 50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the very foundation of the world, may be required of this generation— 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary.12 I tell you the truth: All of it will be required of this generation. 52 Woe to you lawyers, for you have completely taken away13 the key to knowledge: You yourselves did not go in, and those who were trying to go in14 you hindered.”
53 Now when he left that place, the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly15 and pepper him with questions on many subjects, 54 setting traps for him16 in order to catch him in something he might say.
- Or testing
- Lit. it
- Lit. it
- Or that was mute; many mss and it was mute
- Lit. in peace
- Lit. guard it; watch over it
- Or cellar
- Or possibly best (front) seats
- Lit. the greetings
- Lit. and the men who walk over (them) do not know
- Lit. For this reason also
- Lit. house; some interpreters close the quote here
- Lit. took away
- Lit. who were going in
- Or engage him strenuously (furiously)
- Or lying in wait for (him)
Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees
12 While these things were taking place—and after a crowd of so many thousands had gathered together that people were stepping on one another—Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples: “Guard yourselves against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For nothing is covered that will not be revealed, nor is anything hidden that will not be made known. 3 For this reason, whatever you have spoken in the darkness will be heard in the light; and whatever you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
Fear and Fear Not
4 “Moreover, I say to you who are my friends: Don’t be afraid of those who can kill the body, after which there is nothing more they can do. 5 On the other hand, I will show you whom you really should fear: Fear him who, once he has killed, has the authority to throw sinners into Gehenna.1 Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two small copper coins,2 yet not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But as for you, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid: You are worth far more than many sparrows!
The Good Confession
8 “And I tell you this: Everyone who acknowledges me before men will be acknowledged by the Son of Man before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 Moreover, everyone who speaks3 a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who has spoken blasphemously against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. 11 Now when they bring you before the synagogues, the magistrates, and the authorities, don’t be concerned about how to defend yourself or what you should say; 12 for in that very hour the Holy Spirit will teach you the things you should say.”
13 Now someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, speak to my brother about dividing the family inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus said to him, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbitrator between you?” 15 Then he said to them all, “Watch out and be on guard against every form of covetousness, for a man’s life is not found in the abundance of things he owns.” 16 Then he told them a parable, saying: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop. 17 So he began to deliberate within himself, saying, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Finally he said, ‘Here’s what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build bigger barns, and I will store all my grain and all my goods there; 19 then I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have stored up many goods for many years to come. Take your ease: Eat, drink, and be merry!” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul will be required of you; and all the things you prepared—to whom will they then belong?’ 21 This is how it will be for the man who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich towards God.”
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “For this reason I say to you: Don’t worry about your4 life, what you are going to eat; or about your5 body, what you are going to wear. 23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: They neither sow nor reap, and they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. And are you not far more valuable than the birds? 25 Moreover, who among you, by worrying, can add a single hour to the length of his life?6 26 If, therefore, you cannot accomplish even the smallest thing, why worry yourselves about all the rest? 27 Consider also the lilies, how they grow: They neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was never clothed like one of these! 28 And if God so clothes the wild grass, which today is found in the field, but tomorrow is thrown into the fire beneath the oven, how much more will he clothe you, you men of little faith? 29 So then: Don’t concern yourselves about what you’re going eat or what you’re going to drink, and don’t be anxious about them. 30 For all the nations of the world are constantly pursuing these things, yet your Father already knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 O little flock, don’t be afraid: Your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom! 33 Sell your belongings and give gifts7 to those in need. Make purses for yourselves that won’t grow old or wear out. Prepare an unfailing treasury in the heavens, where no thief gets near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be as well.
Be Ready at All Times!
35 “Stay dressed for action8 and keep your lamps burning bright. 36Indeed, be like men who are eagerly waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, so that when he arrives and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 Blessed are those servants whose master finds them on watch when he comes. I tell you the truth: He will dress himself for service, seat them at the table, and come and wait on them. 38 And if he should arrive during the second watch of the night, or even the third, and finds them so, how blessed those servants will be! 39 But understand this: If the head9 of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 40 And you too must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.”
41 Then Peter said to him, “Lord, are you addressing this parable to us, or to all alike?” 42 So the Lord replied, “Who then is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master places over his household servants to give them their allotment of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is the servant whose master finds him doing so when he arrives. 44 I tell you the truth: He will put him charge of all his belongings! 45 If, however, that servant should say in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his return,’ and if he should begin to abuse the male and female servants, and eat, and drink, and get drunk, 46 then the master of that servant will come on a day he is not anticipating, and at an hour he has not forseen;10 and he will cut him in two and assign him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And the servant who knew his master’s will, but who did not prepare himself, or act according to that will, will be beaten with many blows. 48 But he who did not know it, yet did things worthy of blows, will be beaten with few. Moreover, from everyone to whom much is given, much will be required; and from the one to whom they have entrusted much, they will ask all the more.
The Fire of Division
49 “I have come to pour out11 fire on the earth; and how I wish it was already kindled! 50 But there is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished.12 51 Do you men think I have come to grant peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on there will be five in one household, three divided against two, and two against three. 53 They will be divided father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”13
Learn to Discern
54 And he was also saying to the crowds, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A storm14 is coming!’ and so it does. 55 Again, whenever you notice the south wind beginning to blow, you say, ‘There’s going to be a scorching heat!’ and so there is. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to read the face15 of the earth and the sky; how is it, then, you don’t know how to read this appointed moment in time?16
Judge for Yourselves
57 “Also, why do you not decide among yourselves what is right?17 58 For example: As you and your adversary are on your way to appear before the magistrate, you should make every effort to settle the matter with him while you are still on the road. Otherwise he will18 drag you before the judge, the judge will hand you over to the executioner, and the executioner will throw you into jail. 59 I tell you the truth: You will not get out of there until you have paid the last cent!”
- Traditionally, hell; the place of eternal punishment
- Lit. assaria; a small Roman coin, worth bout a half hour’s wage
- Lit. will speak
- Lit. the
- Lit. the
- Or a single cubit to his height?
- Lit. alms
- Lit. Let your loins be girded about
- Or owner
- Lit. which he does not know
- Or throw, scatter
- Or completed, fulfilled, brought to an end
- Mic. 7:6
- Or shower
- Or interpret the appearance
- Lit. this time (Greek: kairos, a divinely appointed time, season)
- Lit. And why even from yourselves do you not judge what is right?
- Or may
Repent or Perish
13 Now at that time some men were there who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 But in reply he said to them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you: Not at all! Moreover, unless you repent, all of you will perish as well. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them: Do you think they deserved a greater punishment than all the other men living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you: Not at all! Moreover, unless you repent, all of you will perish as well.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 Then he began telling them this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard; and one day he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. 7 So he said to the man in charge of tending his vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming here, looking for fruit on this fig tree, but finding none. Cut it down! Why should it keep using up the soil?’ 8 But in reply the man said to him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I can dig around it and put in some fertilizer. 9 If it bears fruit next year, good; but if not, cut it down.’ ”
Healing on the Sabbath
10 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And in the synagogue there was a woman1 who for eighteen years had been afflicted by an evil spirit,2 with the result that she was hunched over and unable to fully straighten herself up.3 12 But when Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are released from your infirmity.” 13 Then he laid his hands on her, and at once she straightened up and began glorifying God! 14 But in response the ruler of the synagogue, who was angry and offended that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work should be done; so come and be healed on one of those days, but not on the Sabbath.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each one of you untie his ox or his donkey from its feeding trough on the Sabbath, and then lead it off to water? 16 What then of this woman, who is a daughter of Abraham and someone Satan has bound—think of it4—for eighteen long years? Should she not be released from this grievous bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 Now when he spoke these words, all of his opponents were put to shame. But the whole gathering continued to rejoice over all the glorious things he was doing.5
Two Parables about the Kingdom
18 So Jesus began to speak, asking, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his own garden; and it grew up and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until the lump was leavened through and through.”
Strive to Enter by the Narrow Door
22 Now Jesus was travelling through city after city and village after village, teaching and making his way towards Jerusalem. 23 And a certain man asked him, “Lord, are only a few going to be saved?” So he said to them all, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter, but not be able to do so. 25 Once the ruler of the house has gotten up and shut the door, and once you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ he will answer by declaring, ‘I neither know you nor where you are from.’6 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught us in our streets!’ 27 But he will reply, “I tell you, I don’t know where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of unrighteousness!’ 28 There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, while you yourselves are cast out. 29 Moreover, people will come from the east and the west, and the north and the south, and they will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 But know this:7 Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.”
Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem
31 At that very moment certain Pharisees came up to him and said, “Get away from here,8 for Herod is intending to kill you.” 32 But he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, today and tomorrow I will drive out demons and perform healings; and on the third day I will finish my course.’9 33 Nevertheless, I must continue my journey today, tomorrow, and the day after that, for it is impossible that a prophet should be put to death outside of Jerusalem. 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city10 that kills the prophets and stones the men who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children together, like a mother hen gathers her brood beneath her wings; but you were unwilling! 35 See! Your house is left to you in ruins. Moreover, I say to you: You will not see me again until the time arrives when you say,11 ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”12
- Lit. And behold, a woman
- Lit. having a spirit of infirmity
- Or unable to straighten herself at all
- Lit. behold
- Lit. that were being done by him
- Or I do not know you. Where do you come from?
- Lit. And behold
- Lit. Go forth and depart from here
- Or complete my work, reach my goal, be perfected
- Lit. which
- Some mss until you say
- Ps. 118:26
Exchanges with the Pharisees
14 One Sabbath day when Jesus had gone to dine1 at the home of a certain leader of the Pharisees, the guests2 were carefully watching him; 2 and there before him was a man whose limbs were badly swollen with fluid. 3 In response, Jesus addressed the lawyers and Pharisees, saying “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they kept silent. So taking hold of the man, Jesus healed him and sent him on his way. 5 Then he said to them, “Which one of you, if you had a son or an ox fall into a well on the Sabbath, would not pull him out at once?” 6 And they were powerless to speak against his words.3
7 Now when Jesus observed how those invited to the meal were choosing the places of honor at the tables, he began to tell them a parable. 8 “Whenever someone invites you to a wedding feast, never seat yourself 4 in a5 place of honor; for perhaps your host has invited someone more distinguished than you, 9 with the result that6 the he who invited both of you will come over and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace7 you will start moving down to8 the lowest place. 10 So then: Whenever you are invited to a feast, go instead and seat yourself in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes in, he can9 say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the sight of those seated at the table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus spoke as well to the man who had invited him: “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends, your siblings, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; otherwise they also may invite you in return, with the result that you are repaid. 13 But whenever you host a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; 14 then you will be blessed, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous, since these have nothing with which to repay you.”
The Parable of the Great Supper
15 Now when one of the men reclining at the table with Jesus heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will dine10 in the kingdom of God!” 16 But Jesus said to him, “A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 Now when the time for the banquet arrived, he sent his servant to those who had been invited, saying, ‘Come, for the banquet is now ready!’ 18 But one after another11 they all began making excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a piece of land and need to go out and inspect it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 Then another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to examine them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have just taken a wife, and because of this I am unable to come.’ 21 So when the servant returned, he reported all these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, moved to anger, said to his servant, ‘Quickly, go out into the streets and alley ways of the city, and bring the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame into this place.’ 22 Later12 the servant declared, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, but there is still room for more.’ 23 So the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the roads and country lanes, and compel13 people to come in so that my house will be filled. 24 For I tell you this: Not one of those men invited to the banquet will taste of my supper!’”
Counting the Cost of Discipleship
25 Now large crowds were travelling with Jesus. So14 when he had turned around, he said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and doesn’t hate his own father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever doesn’t bear his own cross and follow after me, he cannot be my disciple. 28 For what man among you, desiring to build a tower, won’t first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has the means with which to finish it? 29 Otherwise, if he lays the foundation, but is unable to complete the project, everyone who sees it15 will ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build but wasn’t able to finish!’ 31 Or what king, going out to meet another king in battle, doesn’t first sit down and take counsel to see if he is able with ten thousand soldiers to confront the one who is coming against him with twenty? 32 And if in fact he is not, he will send a messenger to ask for terms of peace while his adversary is still a long way off. 33 So then:16 Anyone among you who does not surrender17 all he has—he cannot be my disciple.
Tasteless Salt Is Worthless
34 “So then: Salt is good. But if the salt itself18 has lost its flavor, with what shall it be seasoned? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the dunghill, but they must throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
- Lit. eat bread
- Lit. they
- 3. contradict these things
- Lit. recline; and so in v. 10
- Lit. the
- Lit. and
- Or with shame
- Lit. you will begin to occupy
- Lit. will
- Lit. eat bread
- Or they all alike; lit. from one
- Lit. And or But
- Or urge
- Lit. and
- Or all the onlookers
- Lit. In the same way therefore
- Or renounce; lit. separate himself from
- Lit. if even the salt
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were constantly gathering around Jesus to listen to him. 2 But both the scribes and the Pharisees were outraged, saying, “This man keeps company with sinners and eats with them!”
3 So Jesus told them this parable, saying: 4 “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, doesn’t leave the ninety-nine in the open field and go in search of the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 What’s more, once he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing; 6 and when he has returned to his house, he calls together his friends and neighbors, and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I’ve found my lost sheep!’ 7 I tell you this: In the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and then loses one of them, doesn’t light a lamp, sweep the house, and search diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, and says, ‘Rejoice with me, for I’ve found the coin I lost!’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Then Jesus said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of the two1 said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that falls to me.’ So the father divided his livelihood between the two of them. 13 Now a few days later, after gathering together everything he had, the younger son went abroad to a distant land, and there scattered his inheritance to the four winds2 through reckless and dissolute living. 14 Then, after squandering everything, a mighty famine arose throughout that land, and he began to suffer want. 15 So he went off and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 And he longed to fill his stomach with the carob pods the pigs were eating; but no one was giving him anything at all.
17 “When, however, he finally came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough food, while I’m here, dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” ’
20 “So he got up and headed back to his own father. But while he was still a good way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; and running towards his son, he fell on his neck and kissed him over and over again. 21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Hurry, bring out the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his finger3 and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf, and kill it; and when we’ve eaten, let us rejoice and celebrate! 24 For this son of mine was dead, but has come to life4 again; and he was lost, but now is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Now the father’s older son was out in the field; and as he came in from work and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him why these things were going on.5 27 Then the servant said to him, ‘Your brother has come home and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But the older son6 was infuriated and refused to go inside. So his father came out and began pleading with him; 29 but in reply, the son said to his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for7 you, never neglecting a single command; yet never once did you give me a young goat so that I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours—who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes—came home, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But it was only right that we should celebrate and rejoice, for your brother was dead, but now lives again, and was lost, but now is found.’”
- Lit. them
- Lit. scattered; dispersed; winnowed by throwing into the air
- Lit. on his hand
- Lit. came to life
- Lit. what these things might mean
- Lit. he
- Or serving
16 Then Jesus began to address his disciples as well: “There was a certain rich man who received a report that his household steward was squandering his possessions. 2 So the rich man called him in and said to him, ‘What’s this I’m hearing about you? Give me a full account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be my steward.’ 3 Then the steward said to himself, ‘What should I do, seeing that my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’d be ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I’ll do! This way, when I’m removed from the stewardship, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5 So after calling for each one of his master’s debtors, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’1 The steward said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another debtor, ‘How much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’2 The steward said to him, ‘Take your bill and write down eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unrighteous steward, for he had acted shrewdly. I have told you this parable because in their dealings with their own kind3 the sons of this age are wiser than the sons of light. 9 Therefore I say to you: Make friends for yourselves by the wise use of unrighteous mammon,4 so that when it finally fails,5 they may welcome you into the eternal dwelling places.6
10 He who is faithful in what is least will also be faithful in much; and he who is unrighteous in what is least will also be unrighteous in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in your use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust you with the true riches? 12 And if you’ve not been faithful in the care of another man’s property, who will give you your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for he will either hate the one and love the other, or hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Exhortations to the Pharisees
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things; and they began to scoff at him. 15 But Jesus said to them, “You are the kind7 who make8 themselves righteous in the sight men, but God knows your hearts; for what is prized among men is detestable9 in the sight of God.
16 “The Law and the Prophets were in effect10 until John. Since then the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and each one of you is forcing his way into it.11 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for a single serif on a single letter12 of the Law to fall to the ground.
18 “Every man who divorces his wife and marries someone else is committing adultery; and the man who marries a woman divorced from her husband is also committing adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “Now there was a certain rich man who dressed in garments made of purple fabric and soft white linen; and he feasted sumptuously13 day after day. 20 But there was laid at the rich man’s gate a certain beggar by the name of Lazarus, whose body was covered with sores, 21 and who longed to be filled with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. And besides all this, the street dogs would come and lick his sores.
22 “Now it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. Later on14 the rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in Hades—where the rich man was in torment15—he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham from afar and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 So he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus so he can dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and that likewise Lazarus received his evil things; but now he is comforted and you are in torment. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been firmly put in place, so that those who want to cross over to you from here cannot, nor can anyone cross to us over from there.’ 27 The rich man replied, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house—28 for I have five brothers—so that he can warn16 them, or else they too might come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 The rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will surely repent.’ 31 But Abraham said to him, ‘If they are not listening to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
- I.e. 875 gallons, worth about 1000 denarii (three years pay)
- I.e. 10-12 bushels, worth about 2750 denarii
- Or generation
- Or worldly wealth; mammon is Aramaic for riches
- Or runs out
- Lit. tents, tabernacles
- Lit. ones
- Or show
- Lit. an abomination
- Or were proclaimed
- Or possibly everyone is urged to press into it
- Lit. one little horn (projection, stroke)
- Or celebrated in luxury (with ostentation)
- Lit. And
- Lit. being in torments
- Lit. solemnly testify
Jesus Teaches on Offenses
17 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “It is unavoidable that stumbling blocks come before you; but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble into sin. 3 Keep watch over yourselves! If your brother sins, reprove him; if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day—but then returns to you seven times and says, ‘I repent’—you must forgive him.”
Mustard Seed Faith
5 Then the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 So the Lord replied, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Let Servants Understand Their Place
7 “But what man among you, if he had a servant plowing a field or tending sheep, would say to him when he came in from the field, ‘Come over here right now and sit down for supper’? 8 Would he not instead say to him, ‘Prepare me something to eat, and then, when you’ve dressed yourself properly, serve me until I have finished eating and drinking; after that1 you may eat and drink’? 9 And does he thank his2 servant because he has done what he was told to do? 10 The same applies to you: When you’ve done everything you were commanded to do, you should say, ‘We are ordinary3 servants; we have only done what our duty required.’ ”4
The Grateful Samaritan
11 Now while Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he was travelling along the border between5 Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he was entering a certain village, he came upon ten men who were lepers. Standing at a distance, 13 they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when he saw them, he said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” Now as they were on their way, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, turned back and began to glorify God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell face down at Jesus’ feet, thanking him again and again. (Now the man was a Samaritan.) 17 So in response Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where then are the other nine? 18 Were none found returning to give God glory except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to the man, “Stand up and go your way; your faith has made you well.”6
How the Kingdom Comes
20 Now when he was pressed by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was going to come, Jesus answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with signs that can be observed;7 21 nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘See, there it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your very midst!”8
22 Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but will not see it. 23 Then people9 will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ or ‘See, he’s over here!’ But you must neither go out nor follow after them. 24 For the Son of Man, on the day he comes,10 will be like a flash of lightning, lighting up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And just as it was in the days of Noah, so too will it be in the days of the Son of Man: 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage, right up to the day when Noah entered the ark, after which the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, it will be just as it was in the days of Lot: People were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building. 29 But on the day when Lot escaped from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Things will be exactly the same11 on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31 “On that day, a man whose goods are in the house might be on the roof: He must not go down to carry them off. The same holds true for a man out in the field: He must not go back for the things he left behind. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two will be sleeping in one bed: One will be taken and the other left behind. 35 Two will be grinding in the same place: One will be taken and the other left behind.”12 37 In reply, the disciples said to him, “Where, Lord?” So he said to them, “Wherever the corpse13 is, there too the vultures14 will be gathered.”
- Lit. after these things
- Lit. the
- Lit. undeserving, unmeritorious
- Lit. that which it is our duty to do
- Lit. passing through the midst of
- Lit. saved you
- Lit. with observation; close inspection
- Or within you
- Lit. And they
- Lit. in his day (this phrase is omitted by some mss)
- Lit. according to the same things it will be
- With variations, some mss add v. 36: Two will be out in the field: One will be taken and the other left behind.”
- Lit. body
- Or eagle
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then Jesus began telling them a parable to show them that they should pray at all times and never lose heart.1 2 So he said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And in that city there lived a widow who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice and protection from my adversary.’ 4 Now for a little while the judge was unwilling to do so; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering2 me I will grant her justice, so that in the end she doesn’t wear me out by constantly coming to me.’ ” 6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge said!3 7 And will God not vindicate and avenge his own elect who cry out to him day and night, even though he suffers long over them?4 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 He also told this parable to certain men who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and who held everyone else in contempt. 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood there and began praying about himself in this way:5 ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like those other people—extortionists,6 evildoers, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, and I donate a tenth of everything I receive.’7 13 But the tax collector, standing a great distance off, was unwilling even to lift up his eyes towards heaven; instead, he kept on beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man, and not the other, went down to his house justified;8 for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Of Children and the Kingdom
15 Now the people were even bringing their babies to him, so that he might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they began scolding them. 16 But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me, and never hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to people such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will not enter it at all.”
The Rich Young Ruler
18 Now a certain ruler inquired of him, saying, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one, and that is God. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, and honor your father and your mother.’ ”9 21 So the young man replied, “All these things I have carefully observed from my youth up.” 22 Now when Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack: Sell everything you have and distribute the proceeds to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then10 come and follow me.” 23 But when the young man heard this, he was deeply saddened,11 for he was quite wealthy. 24 And looking at him,12 Jesus said,13 “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Then those who heard this said, “Who then can be saved?” 27 So he replied, “Things that are impossible with men are possible with God.” 28 Then Peter said, “Look, we left behind everything we had14 and followed you.” 29 So he said to them, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the cause of the kingdom of God 30 who will not receive far more in this time of trial and opportunity,15 and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection
31 Taking the twelve aside, Jesus then said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and be mocked, mistreated, and spit upon. 33 And they will scourge him and kill him; but on the third day he will rise again.” 34 But they understood none of these things. Indeed, the meaning of this utterance was hidden from them, so that they could not understand the things he had spoken to them.16
A Blind Man Sees and Follows
35 Now as Jesus was drawing near to Jericho, it happened that a certain blind man was sitting beside the road, begging. 36 And when the man heard the noise of a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 So they told him the news: “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by!” 38 Then he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 At this, the people in front of the procession began to rebuke him, telling him to be quiet; but he only cried out all the more: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Then Jesus stood still and commanded that the beggar be brought to him. And when the man had drawn near, Jesus asked him a question, 41 saying, “What is it you want me to do for you?” The beggar said, “Lord, that I might regain my sight.” 42 So Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well!”17 43 And at once the man regained his sight and began following him, glorifying God. And when all the people saw what had happened, they gave God praise.
- Or grow weary
- Lit. beating up (esp. beneath the eyes)
- Lit. says
- Lit. and he patiently suffers upon them
- Lit. began praying these things about (to) himself
- Or swindlers, robbers
- Or possess
- I.e. declared righteous in God’s sight
- Ex. 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20
- Lit. and, also
- Or distressed
- Or Now when Jesus noticed this
- Some mss Now when Jesus noticed him looking sad, he said
- Lit. left our own things (e.g. family, homes, property, etc.)
- Greek kairos (i.e. a divinely appointed time or season)
- Lit. and they were not fully knowing the things that had been spoken
- Lit. saved you
Salvation Comes to Zacchaeus’ House
19 So Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 And behold, a man by the name of Zacchaeus was living there, a chief tax collector, and very rich. 3 Now Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, but was unable to do so because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. 4 So after running ahead of the crowd, he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus,1 for he was soon to pass by that place. 5 But when Jesus got there, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must lodge at your house.” 6 So Zacchaeus hurried down and joyfully welcomed him as his guest. 7 Now when the crowd saw this, they all began to complain, saying, “He’s gone off to be the guest of a sinful man!” 8 But Zacchaeus, coming to a halt, said to the Lord, “Look, Lord:2 I am now giving half my possessions to the poor; and if I’ve cheated anyone out of anything, I will pay it back fourfold.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, for he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man has come3 to seek and to save what is lost.”
The Parable of the Minas
11 Now as the people were listening to these things, Jesus went on to present another parable, because he was near Jerusalem and they all were assuming that the kingdom of God would immediately appear. 12 So he said, “A certain man of noble birth went on a journey to a distant land in order to receive a kingdom for himself and then return. 13 So summoning ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, saying to each of them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ 14 However, his own citizens hated him and sent a delegation4 after him, saying, ‘We are not willing to have this man be king over us.’ 15
Now when the nobleman returned from receiving the kingdom, he commanded that the servants to whom he had given the money be called to him, so he could find out what they had gained by doing business with it. 16 So the first one came before him and said, ‘Lord, your mina has gained ten more minas.’ 17 The king said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you’ve been faithful in what is least, you will have authority over ten cities.’ 18 Then the second servant came up to him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five more minas.’ 19 So the king likewise said to this man, ‘And you will be ruler over five cities.’ 20 Then another servant came up, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I put away for safekeeping in a handkerchief. 21 For I was afraid of you, seeing that you are a hard man, taking what you didn’t work for,5 and harvesting what you didn’t plant.’ 22 So the king said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You “knew” I was a hard man, taking what I didn’t work for and harvesting what I didn’t plant. 23 Why then didn’t you place my money with the bankers, so that at my return I might have had it back with interest?’ 24 So he said to those who were standing by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the man who has ten.’ 25 But they said to him, ‘Master, he already has ten minas!’ 26 But the king replied, ‘To everyone who has, more will be given; but from him who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away. 27 And as for those enemies of mine who were unwilling for me to be king over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”
The Triumphal Entry
28 Now after saying these things, Jesus resumed his journey, walking ahead of his disciples6 as he went up to Jerusalem. 29 And as he approached Bethphage and Bethany—towns near the Mount of Olives—he sent out two of his disciples, 30 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you. When you enter it you will find a colt that no one has ever ridden, secured with a rope. Untie it and bring it to me. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ this is how you are to answer: ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” 32 So the men who were sent went their way and found the colt, just as Jesus had told them. 33 But as they were untying it, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 So they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, draped their cloaks over the back of the colt, and had Jesus get on. 36 And as he rode along, the people were spreading out their cloaks on the road.
37 Now as soon as he came near to the path descending from the Mount of Olives, the entire multitude of his disciples began rejoicing and praising God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying, “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’7 In heaven, peace, and glory in the highest!” 39 Then some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 But in reply he said to them, “I tell you, if these kept silent, the very stones would cry out!”
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 Now when he drew near and beheld the city, Jesus wept over it, 42 saying, “If only you—especially you—had known on this day the things that were meant for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will raise up an embankment around you, encircle you with armies, and hem you in on every side. 44 Then they will level you to the ground—you and your children within you—and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, for you failed to recognize the appointed time of your visitation from God.”
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
45 Now when Jesus finally entered the temple precincts, he began driving out the men who were selling there, 46 telling them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,8 but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”9 47
And he was teaching daily in the temple courts. Meanwhile, the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept trying to put him to death; 48 but they could find no way to do it, for all the people were hanging on his every word.10
- Lit. him
- Lit. behold
- Lit. came
- Or ambassador, embassy
- Lit. taking up what you did not lay down (deposit)
- Or continuing on ahead
- Ps. 118:26
- Is. 56:7
- Jer. 7:11
- Lit. were hanging on him, listening
Jesus’ Authority Challenged
20 Now on one of the days when Jesus was in the temple courts, teaching the people and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted him. 2 They said, “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things, or who it is that gave you this authority?” 3 But in reply he said to them, “I also will ask you a question, and you must first tell me: 4 The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?” 5 So they consulted with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will reply, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered: “We don’t know where it came from.” 8 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
9 But then he began telling the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to vine-growers, and went abroad for a long time. 10 And in due season he sent a servant to the vine-growers, so that they might give him his portion1 of the fruit from the vineyard. But the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 So the man sent another servant; and they beat him as well, treated him with contempt, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 So he sent a third servant; but after wounding that servant as well, they threw him out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved son; surely they will respect him!’ 14 But when they saw the son, the vine-growers began deliberating with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir! Let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So after throwing him out of the vineyard, they put him to death. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vine-growers, and he will give the vineyard to others.” Now when the people heard that, they declared, “May it never be!” 17 But fixing his gaze on them, Jesus replied, “What then is the meaning of this scripture:2 ‘The stone that the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone’? 18 Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and3 on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”4
The Pharisees Inquire About Taxes
19 Now in that very hour the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on him; but they feared the people, for they knew he had spoken this parable against them. 20 So after carefully observing him for some time, they sent along hirelings, men who pretended to be righteous, but whose purpose was to fasten on something Jesus might say in order to hand him over to the authority and power of the governor. 21 So they put a question to him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and also that you defer to no one5 but teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it or is it not lawful for us Jews to pay the tribute tax6 to Caesar?” 23 But Jesus, seeing through their duplicity, said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it carry?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 25 So Jesus said to them, “Then pay to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar, and to God the things that belong to God.” 26 And they were powerless to trap him in his words7 in the presence of the people; and marveling at his answer, they fell into silence.
The Sadducees Inquire About the Resurrection
27 Then some of the Sadducees (who assert that there is no resurrection of the body) came up and put a question to him. 28 They said, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving behind a widow but no children, that man8 must marry9 his brother’s widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and died childless. 30 Then the second married her, 31 and the third as well, and so on until all seven had died leaving no children behind. 32 Last of all, the woman also died. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, which of the brothers will have the woman as his wife? For each of the seven had her as a wife.”
34 So Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those considered worthy of attaining that age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 For since they are sons of the resurrection they are no longer even capable of dying, for now they are like the angels, and are sons of God. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’10 38 God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before11 him.” 39 Then some of the scribes declared, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to question him about anything at all.
Jesus Inquires about David
41 But Jesus said to them, “How is it that people say the Messiah will be12 David’s Son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand 43 till I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’13 44 David, then, refers to him as14 ‘Lord’; so how can he be his Son?”15
Beware of Scribal Hypocrisy
45 Then, while all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, men who purposely walk16 around in long robes; who love elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, the foremost seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets; 47 men who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’ sake offer lengthy prayers. Their punishment will be all the more severe.”
- Or a portion
- Lit. this which has been written
- Or but
- Or crush, scatter like dust
- Lit. do not receive a face
- An annual property tax levied by Rome on occupied peoples
- Lit. to seize upon his word
- Lit. his brother
- Lit. take, receive
- Ex. 3:6, 15
- Lit. to
- Lit. is
- Ps. 110:1
- Lit. calls him, names him
- Lit. and how is he his Son?
- Or who are fond of walking
A Lesson in Giving
21 And looking up, Jesus saw the rich depositing their gifts in the offering box;1 2 but he also noticed a certain poor widow depositing two small copper coins. 3 So he said, “I tell you the truth: This poor widow has put in more than them all. 4 For all these put in offerings out of their surplus; but she, out of her poverty, has put in all she had to live on.”
Signs of the End
5 Now while some of them were conversing about the temple—how it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive offerings—Jesus said, 6 “As for these things that you are admiring,2 days are coming in which not one stone will remain on another; all of them will be thrown down!”3 7 So they questioned him about this, saying, “Then tell us, teacher: When will these things take place, and what will be the sign that they’re about to happen?” 8 So he said: “See to it that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and, ‘The time has arrived!’ You are not follow after them. 9 Moreover, when you hear of wars and uprisings, do not give in to fear or distress; for these things must happen first, but the consummation will not follow right away.”
10 Then he went on to tell them, “Nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will also be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be terrifying sights and great signs coming from the sky.4 12 But before all these things take place, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and bringing you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14 So settle it in your hearts that you are not going to plan out your defense ahead of time, 15 for I myself will give you a mouth and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 But even parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will betray you, and some of you they will put to death; 17 and because of my name you will be hated by all. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will win your souls.
The Destruction of Jerusalem
20 “Now when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that her desolation is near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, those within the city5 must depart, and those out in the countryside must not enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, so that all that is written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant in those days, and to those who are nursing their babies! For there will be great distress upon the land, and great wrath towards this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge6 of the sword, and be led away captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles till the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth distress among nations perplexed by the roaring of the sea and its waves; 26 men will be fainting from fear, and from foreboding over the things that are keep coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things start to happen, stand up and lift your heads, for your redemption is drawing near!”
The Parable of the Fig Tree
29 Then he told them a parable: “Consider the fig tree, and all the other trees. 30 As soon as they start to bud you see this for yourselves, and you realize that summer is now getting near. 31 Just so with you: When you see these things taking place, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. 32 I tell you the truth: This generation will by no means pass away till all these things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.
34 “But look to yourselves, that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness, or constant fretting over the affairs of this life, so that that day springs upon you unexpectedly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 So stay awake and watch at all times, praying7 that you may have strength to escape all these things that are soon to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Now during the day Jesus would teach in the temple precincts; but in the evening he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives. 38 As for the people, they would rise early in the morning and come to him in the temple courts to hear him teach.
- Likely one of many such boxes whose contents went into the temple treasury
- Lit. see; gaze upon; view as a spectacle
- Lit. another that will not be thrown down
- Or great signs from heaven
- Lit. her
- Lit. mouth
- Or possibly and watch, praying at all times
Plotting and Betrayal
22 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is also called the Passover, was drawing near; 2 and the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way1 to put Jesus to death, because they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who also was numbered among the twelve. 4 So after leaving the other disciples, Judas spoke with the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard about how he might hand Jesus over to them. 5 And they were thoroughly pleased and promised2 to give him money. 6 So Judas gave his consent and began looking for an opportunity to betray him when he was away from the crowds.
The Final Passover
7 Now the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day on which the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent out Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal3 for us, so that we may partake of it together.”4 9 They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” 10 So he answered them, “Listen carefully.5 Once you have entered the city, a man carrying a jug of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters. 11 Then say to the head of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover meal with my disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, well-furnished upper room; make your preparations there.” 13 So they left and found everything just as Jesus had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
14 Now when the time had come to partake of it, Jesus reclined at the table together with the apostles. 15 Then he said to them, “With great desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you this: I will never partake of it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And after taking a cup and offering thanks, he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I say to you: From now on I will never drink of the fruit of the vine till the kingdom of God has come.” 19 Then, when he had taken up bread and given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And after they had eaten, he did the same with the cup, taking it and saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But look: The hand of the one who betrays me is here with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man will indeed depart just as God has ordained;6 but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 So the disciples began discussing among themselves7 who it could be8 who would do this.
24 But there was also a dispute among them as to which one should be considered the greatest. 25 So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But among you it must not be so. Rather, the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater: the one who reclines at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? Yet I am among you as the one who serves. 28 Nevertheless, you are the men who have stood by me in my trials; 29 so I in turn confer on you a kingdom,9 just as my Father has conferred a kingdom on me, 30 so that in my kingdom you may eat and drink with me at my table. Moreover, you will be seated on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 “Simon, Simon, listen to me! Satan has received11 permission to sift you all like wheat. 32 But as for you, Simon, I have prayed that your faith will not fail; and when you have returned, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But Peter said to him, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, today the rooster will not crow before you have denied three times that you even know me.”
Fresh Instructions for Difficult Days Ahead
35 And Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out with no money pouch, traveler’s bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” And they replied, “Nothing.” 36 Then he said to them, “But now, he who has a money pouch, let him take it with him, and a traveler’s bag as well; and he who has no sword, let him sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this text of scripture12 must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered among the transgressors’13—for all that is written about me will surely be fulfilled.”14 38 Then the disciples said, “Look, Lord: Here are two swords!” But he said to them, “It is enough.”
Prayer, Betrayal, Arrest in Gethsemane
39 Then he left the house and proceeded, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and his disciples followed after him. 40 And when he arrived at his destination,15 he said to them, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, fell to his knees, and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in agony, he began to pray all the more earnestly; and his sweat became like large drops of blood falling to the ground.16 45 Then, after rising from prayer, he went back to his disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted from their distress.17 46 But he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray, so you won’t enter into temptation!”
47 Now while Jesus was still speaking, a crowd of men suddenly arrived; and the man called Judas (one of the twelve) was leading them. Then he approached Jesus, to kiss him; 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 Now when those around him saw what was going to happen, they said to him, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But in response, Jesus said, “Even this you must let them do”18—and he touched the servant’s ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to take him, “Have you come out as you would19 against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you didn’t stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, when the power of darkness reigns.”20
Peter Denies His Lord
54 Now after they had seized Jesus, they led him away and brought him into the high priest’s house; and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And after the men had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter took a seat among them. 56 But when a certain servant girl noticed him sitting by the fire, she fixed her gaze on him and said, “This man was with him too!” 57 But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I don’t know him!” 58 Now after a little while, someone else noticed him and declared, “You too are one of his disciples!”21 But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 Then, about an hour later, yet another bystander spoke up boldly, saying, “Without a doubt this man was also with him, for he too is a Galilean!” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I have no idea what you’re talking about!” Just then, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed; 61 and the Lord turned around and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Today, before a rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 62 And Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Mocked and Beaten
63 Now the men who were keeping Jesus under guard began to mock him and beat him. 64 And after they had blindfolded him, they kept demanding that he give them a reply, saying, “Prophesy! Which one of us just hit you?” 65 And they spoke many other things against him, insulting him and reviling him.22
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
66 Now when day arrived, the assembly of the elders of the people—both the chief priests and the scribes—gathered together and led him into their council chamber.23 And they said, 67 “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I were to tell you, you would never believe me; 68 and if I were to inquire of you, you would never reply. 69 Nevertheless, from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” And he said to them, “You yourselves are saying that I am.” 71 So they declared, “What further testimony do we need, for now we’ve heard it for ourselves from his own lips?”
- Lit. seeking
- Or arranged
- Or lamb
- Lit. that we may eat
- Lit. Behold
- Lit. according to that which has been ordained
- Or questioning one another about
- Lit. which one of them it might be
- Or a right to rule as king(s)
- Lit. Behold!
- Or asked, demanded
- Lit. this which has been written
- Is. 53:12
- Lit. for indeed that which concerns me has an end
- Lit. appeared at the place
- Verses 43-44 are not found in several older mss
- Or sorrow, grief
- Lit. permit until this
- Lit. as if
- Lit. your hour, and the power (authority) of darkness
- Lit. one of them
- Or blaspheming
- Or Sanhedrin
Jesus Delivered to Pilate
23 So the entire assembly rose up and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2 Then they began bringing charges against him, saying, “We found this man undermining our nation, forbidding us to pay the tribute tax to Caesar, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate questioned him, saying, “Are you the king of the Jews?” In reply, Jesus declared, “You are saying it yourself.” 4 Then Pilate told the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no grounds for charging this man with a crime.” 5 But they grew all the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all throughout Judea; it began in Galilee and now has reached Jerusalem itself!”1
Jesus Before Herod
6 Now when Pilate heard this, he inquired as to whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that Jesus was from Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw him, he was overjoyed, for having heard about Jesus, he had long desired to see him, and was hoping to watch him perform some kind of miraculous sign. 9 So Herod questioned him at great length, but he gave no reply at all. 10 Now the chief priests and the scribes had been standing there all along, fiercely accusing. 11 And when Herod himself, together with his soldiers, had scorned and mocked him, he sent him back to Pilate, cloaked in an elegant robe. 12 And on that day Pilate and Herod became friends with one another, for prior to this there had been enmity between them.
Pilate Surrenders to the Crowd
13 Now when Pilate had assembled the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 he said to them all, “You brought me this man, representing him as someone who misleads the people. But look: After examining him in your presence, I did not find him guilty of any of the charges you are bringing against him. 15 No, and neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. And look: He too found that he has done nothing worthy of death. 16 So then, after I warn him with a flogging,2 I will release him.”3 18 But together they all raised a great cry, saying, “Take this man away and release Barabbas to us! 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection fomented in the city, and also for murder.) 20 So Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them once again. 21 But they kept on shouting, “Crucify him, crucify him!” 22 Then he spoke to them a third time, saying, “Why, what evil has he done? I found in him no crime worthy of death; therefore I will warn him with a flogging and let him go.” 23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate gave a decision for their request to be granted. 25 Then he released the man they had asked for—the one who was thrown into prison for insurrection and murder—and handed over Jesus to their will.4
A Warning from the King
26 Now as they were leading him away, they seized Simon, a man from Cyrene who was coming in from the country; and they laid the cross on him and made him carry it5 behind Jesus.
27 Now a great many of the people were following Jesus, including women who were beating their breasts and wailing over him. 28 But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and your children. 29 For look: Days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will start saying to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’6 31 For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
The King on the Cross
32 Now two other men, both criminals, were being led away with him for execution; 33 and when they arrived at the place called “the Skull,” they crucified him there along with the criminals, one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 34 But Jesus kept saying, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t realize what they are doing.”7 Then they divided up his garments and cast lots for them.
35 Now the people stood about, looking on; and even the rulers were sneering8 at him, saying, “He saved others; if he really is the Messiah of God, the Chosen One, let him save himself!” 36 And the soldiers were mocking him as well, coming up to him and offering him sour wine, 37 saying, “If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 Now above him there was also an inscription: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 Then one of the two criminals hanging there began to rail at Jesus, saying, “You’re the Messiah, aren’t you? Save yourself and us!” 40 But in response, the other criminal rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you even fear God, seeing that you are under the same sentence that he is? 41 And in our case, justly so, since we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but this man has done nothing wrong at all.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come again in your royal power.”9 43 But Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Jesus Dies on the Cross
44 It was now about the sixth hour,10 and darkness came over the entire land until the ninth hour, for the light of the sun was withdrawn; 45 and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.”11 And when he had said that, he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Surely this man was innocent!”12 48 And when all the crowds which had assembled for this spectacle saw what had happened, they headed back to their homes, beating their breasts. 49 But all who knew him—including the women who had followed him from Galilee—stood at a distance, watching these things.
Jesus Laid to Rest in Joseph’s Tomb
50 Now there was13 a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin who came from the Jewish city of Arimathea. He was a good and righteous man 51 (he had not consented to the council’s plan and action) who was eagerly waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going in to Pilate, he asked him for the body of Jesus. 53 Then, after taking the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a tomb hewn out of rock, a tomb where no one had ever been laid to rest before. 54 Now it was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 So the women who had come with Jesus out of Galilee followed Joseph; and they observed both the tomb and the way in which Jesus’ body was laid to rest. 56 After that they went home and prepared aromatic spices and fragrant oils. Then, in accordance with the commandment, they rested on the Sabbath day.
- Lit. beginning from Galilee as far as here
- Lit. after I chastise him
- Many mss omit v. 17: Now he was obligated to release one prisoner to them at the feast.
- Or desire, decision
- Lit. on him to carry
- Hos. 10:8
- A number of important mss omit this sentence
- Or but the rulers also sneered (but see Mt. 27:39-40)
- Or in (with) your kingdom; some mss into your kingdom
- I.e. noon
- Ps. 31:5
- Or righteous
- Lit. And behold
24 Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women arrived at the tomb carrying the aromatic spices they had prepared. 2 But they found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb; 3 and when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 Now as they were trying to understand what this meant, two men1 clothed in radiant garments suddenly stood beside them. 5 And2 as the women grew fearful and lowered their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living3 among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you when he was still in Galilee 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, but rise again on the third day.” 8 Then the women remembered Jesus’ words; 9 and when they came back from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest of the disciples. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women who were with them who reported these things to the apostles; 11 but to their mind the women’s words seemed like silly talk, and they did not believe them. 12 Peter, however, jumped up and ran to the tomb; but when he stooped down, he only saw the linen wrappings. So he returned to his home, wondering4 what had happened.5
Hidden in Plain Sight
13 And behold, on that very day two of the disciples were travelling to a village called Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem; 14 and they were deep in discussion about all that had just taken place. 15 Now while they were conversing and reasoning together, Jesus himself drew near and fell in beside them; 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 17 So he said to them, “What are you men discussing so intently6 as you walk along together?” Then they stood still, looking downcast. 18 And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered and said to him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know about the things that recently7 happened there?” 19 Jesus said to them, “What things?” So they answered him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet, mighty in word and deed before God and all the people; 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. 21 But we were hoping he would be the one to redeem Israel. And besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 But that is not all.8 Some of the women in our group astonished us, 23 for after they had gone to the tomb at dawn and failed to find his body, they came back telling us they also had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive! 24 So some of the men with our group went to the tomb and found it all exactly as the women had said; but they didn’t see Jesus.”
25 Then Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! 26 Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them the things written about himself in all the scriptures.
From Sorrow to Joy
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were headed; and Jesus acted as if he meant to go farther. 29 But they constrained him, saying, “Stay here with us; it’s getting towards evening and the day is nearly done.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 Now as he was reclining at the table with them, it happened that he took up the bread and blessed it; and when he had broken it, he began handing it out to them. 31 And then their eyes were opened and they recognized him—after which he vanished from their sight! 32 So they said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us9 as he spoke to us on the road, and as he opened the scriptures to us?” 33 And at that very hour they got up and went back to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven apostles and those who were with them gathered together, 34 all declaring, “The Lord really has been raised, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two disciples began relating the things that happened to them on the road, and how he was revealed10 to them at the breaking of the bread.
Christ in the Midst
36 Now as they were speaking of these things, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them; and he said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking they were seeing a spirit. 38 So he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why are doubts rising in your heart? 39 Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself! Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see I do.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 Then, while they were still in disbelief because of their joy, and while they all stood amazed, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they handed him a piece of a broiled fish; 43 and taking it from them, he ate it before their very eyes.
Christ in the Scriptures
44 Then he said to them, “This is what I told you11 when I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds12 to understand the scriptures. 46 And he said to them, “Thus it was written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and the forgiveness of sins would be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You all are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am about to send the promise of my Father upon you; but wait here in the city till you are clothed with power from above.”
50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany; and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 Now it came about that as he was bestowing the blessing, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. 52 So after they had knelt and worshiped him,13 they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they were continually in the temple courts, praising God.
- Lit. it happened that two men
- Or But
- Or the Living One
- Or marveling at
- Or departed, wondering to himself what had happened
- Lit. What are these matters (words) that you are exchanging with one another
- Lit. in these days
- Lit. But also
- Some early mss omit within us
- Lit. made known
- Lit. These are the words that I spoke to you
- Lit. mind
- Or they had worshiped him