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Matthew 8:1–34

A MAN CLEANSED

When he came down from the mountain, large crowdsu followed him. Right awayv a man with leprosy* came up and knelt before him,w saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus told him, “See that you don’t tell anyone;x but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”y

A CENTURION’S FAITH

When he entered Capernaum,z a centurion came to him, pleading with him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony.”

He said to him, “Am I to come and heal him?”D

“Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.aa For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command.E I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

10 Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith. 11 I tell you that many will come from east and west to share the banquetF with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.ab 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”ac 13 Then Jesus told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed,ad let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that very moment.G

HEALINGS AT CAPERNAUM

14 Jesus went into Peter’s houseae and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 So he touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve him. 16 When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spiritsaf with a word and healed all who were sick,ag 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

He himself took our weaknesses

and carried our diseases.H,ah

THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS

18 When Jesus saw a large crowdA,a around him, he gave the order to go to the other side of the sea. 19 A scribe approached him and said,b “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Manc has no place to lay his head.”

21 “Lord,” another of his disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

WIND AND WAVES OBEY JESUS

23 As he got into the boat,d his disciplese followed him. 24 Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves—but Jesus kept sleeping. 25 So the disciples came and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!”

26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea,f and there was a great calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obeyg him!”

DEMONS DRIVEN OUT BY JESUS

28 When he had come to the other side,h to the region of the Gadarenes,B two demon-possessed men met him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 Suddenly they shouted, “What do you have to do with us,

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Matthew 10:1–42

COMMISSIONING THE TWELVE

10 Summoning his twelve disciples,t he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal everyE disease and sickness.G,u These are the names of the twelve apostles:v First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;H Simon the Zealot,I and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.w

Jesus sent out these twelve after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road that leads to the Gentiles, and don’t enter any Samaritanx town. Instead, go to the lost sheepy of the house of Israel.z As you go, proclaim: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’aa Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy,* drive out demons.ab Freely you received, freely give. Don’t acquire gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts.ac 10 Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff, for the workerad is worthy of his food. 11 When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 Greet a household when you enter it,ae 13 and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it; but if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you.af 14 If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feetag when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgmentah for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.ai

PERSECUTIONS PREDICTED

16 “Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.a 17 Beware of them, because they will hand you over to local courtsA and flog you in their synagogues.b 18 You will even be brought before governors and kings because of me, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles.c 19 But when they hand you over, don’t worry about how or what you are to speak.d For you will be given what to say at that hour, 20 because it isn’t you speaking, but the Spirite of your Father is speaking through you.f

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.g 22 You will be hated by everyone because of my name.h But the one who endures to the end will be saved.i 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.j For truly I tell you, you will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 A discipleB is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master.k 25 It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master. If they called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more the members of his household!l

FEAR GOD

26 “Therefore,m don’t be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made known.n 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper,C proclaim on the housetops.o 28 Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul;p rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.q 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?D Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’sr consent.E 30 But even …

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Matthew 14:1–17:27

JOHN THE BAPTIST BEHEADED

14 At that timeb Herod the tetrarchc heard the report about Jesus. “This is John the Baptist,” he told his servants. “He has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.”d

For Herod had arrested John, chainedA him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,e since John had been telling him, “It’s not lawfulf for you to have her.” Though Herod wanted to kill John, he feared the crowd since they regarded John as a prophet.g

When Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’s daughter danced before themB and pleased Herod. So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she answered, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.” Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests. 10 So he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came, removed the corpse,C buried it, and went and reported to Jesus.

FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND

13 When Jesus heard about it,h he withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. When the crowds heard this, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore,D he saw a large crowd, had compassion on them, and healed their sick.i

15 When evening came, the disciplesj approached him and said, “This place is deserted, and it is already late.E Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 “They don’t need to go away,” Jesus told them. “You give them something to eat.”

17 “But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to him.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.k 20 Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up twelve baskets full of leftover pieces.l 21 Now those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

WALKING ON THE WATER

22 Immediatelym heF made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 After dismissing the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Well into the night, he was there alone.n 24 Meanwhile, the boat was already some distanceG from land,H battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 25 Jesus came toward them walking on the seao very early in the morning.l 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and they cried out in fear.

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”p

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.”

29 He said, “Come.”

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strength of the wind,J he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”q

32 When they got into …

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