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The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew

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Chapter 1

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. 2 Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez became the father of Hezron, and Hezron became the father of Ram. 4 Ram became the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon became the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed became the father of Jesse. 6 Jesse became the father of David the king, and David became the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah.
7 Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam became the father of Abijah, and Abijah became the father of Asa. 8 Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram, and Joram became the father of Uzziah. 9 Uzziah became the father of Jotham, and Jotham became the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh became the father of Amon, and Amon became the father of Josiah. 11 Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12 After the deportation to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud, and Abiud became the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim became the father of Azor. 14 Azor became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Achim, and Achim became the father of Eliud. 15 Eliud became the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar became the father of Matthan, and Matthan became the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob became the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17 Therefore, all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon were fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ were fourteen generations.
18 The birth of Jesus Christ happened in the following way. His mother, Mary, was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 But Joseph, her husband, was a righteous man and did not want to publicly disgrace her, so he intended to divorce her quietly. 20 As he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, because the one who is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this happened in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,
23 “Behold, the virgin will conceive in her womb and give birth to a son, and they will call his name Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph woke up from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and he took her as his wife. 25 But he did not know her until she gave birth to a son. Then he called his name Jesus.

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Chapter 2

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, learned men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who was born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” 3 But when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Then Herod brought together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, and he asked them, “Where is the Christ to be born?” 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what was written by the prophet,
6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are not the least among the leaders of Judah,
for from you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod secretly called the learned men to ask them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the young child. When you have found him, tell me, so that I also may come and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and behold, the star that they had seen in the east went before them until it came and stood still over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with very great joy. 11 Then they went into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother. They fell down and worshiped him. They opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But God warned them in a dream not to return to Herod, so they departed to their own country by another way.
13 But after they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, “Get up, take the young child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. Remain there until I tell you, for Herod is going to seek the young child to destroy him.” 14 So that night, Joseph rose and took the young child and his mother and departed for Egypt. 15 He was there until the death of Herod. This fulfilled what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been mocked by the learned men, was very angry. So he sent and killed all the male children that were in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old and under, according to the time that he had determined exactly from the learned men. 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.”
19 Now when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Get up and take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 Then Joseph rose, took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. After God warned him in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee 23 and went and lived in a city called Nazareth. In this way, what had been spoken through the prophets was fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

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Chapter 3

1 Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
“The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”
4 Now this John wore clothing from camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan River went out to him. 6 They were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him for baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath that is coming? 8 Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. 9 Do not think of saying among yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham even out of these stones. 10 But already the ax has been placed against the root of the trees. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 11 I baptize you with water for repentance. But he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not even worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, both to thoroughly clear off his threshing floor, and to gather his wheat into the storehouse. But he will burn up the chaff with fire that can never be put out.”
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River, to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John kept trying to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it now, for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John permitted him. 16 After he was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting upon him. 17 Then, behold, a voice came out of the heavens saying, “This is my beloved Son. I am very pleased with him.”

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Chapter 4

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 Then the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him into the holy city and set him on the highest point of the temple building, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
‘He will command his angels to take care of you,’
and,
‘They will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not hit your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” 8 Again, the devil took him up to a very high hill and showed him all the kingdoms of the world along with all their glory. 9 He said to him, “All these things I will give you, if you fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go away from here, Satan! For it is written,
‘You will worship the Lord your God, and you will serve only him.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and went and lived in Capernaum, which is by the Sea of Galilee, in the territories of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This happened to fulfill what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
toward the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles!
16 The people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death,
upon them has a light arisen.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 18 As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 Jesus said to them, “Come, follow after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left the nets and followed him. 21 As Jesus was going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother. They were in the boat with Zebedee their father mending their nets. He called them, 22 and they immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.
23 Then Jesus went about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every sickness among the people. 24 The news about him went out into all of Syria, and the people brought to him all those who were sick with various diseases and oppressed by pains, and those possessed by demons, and the epileptic and paralytic. Jesus healed them. 25 Large crowds followed him from Galilee, and the Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

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Chapter 5

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain. After he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely for my sake. 12 Rejoice and be very glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For in this way people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.
13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its taste, with what can it be made salty again? It is not any longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but rather on the lampstand, and it shines for everyone in the house. 16 Let your light shine before people in such a way that they see your good deeds and praise your Father who is in heaven.
17 Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have come not to destroy them, but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will certainly not pass away from the law, until all things have been accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever breaks the least one of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps them and teaches them, that one will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you that unless your righteousness overflows—even beyond the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees—you will certainly not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 You have heard that it was said to them in ancient times, ‘Do not kill,’ and, ‘Whoever kills will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of the judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You worthless person!’ will be in danger of the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. Go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your accuser quickly while you are with him on the way to court, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will certainly not come out from there until you have paid the last bit of money you owe.
27 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your body parts should perish so that your whole body should not be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your body parts should perish and that your whole body should not go into hell. 31 It was also said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress. Whoever marries her after she has been divorced commits adultery.
33 Again, you have heard that it was said to those in ancient times, ‘Do not swear a false oath, but carry out your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, swear not at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; 35 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool for his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your speech be ‘Yes, yes,’ or ‘No, no.’ But anything that is more than this is from the evil one.
38 You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist the evil person. Instead, whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 If anyone wishes to go to court with you and takes away your coat, let that person also have your cloak. 41 Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to anyone who asks you, and do not turn away from anyone who wishes to borrow from you.
43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, The best ancient copies do not have Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you . 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you get? Do not even the tax collectors do the same thing? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same thing? 48 Therefore you must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Chapter 6

1 Now take heed that you do not do your acts of righteousness before people to be seen by them, otherwise you will not have a reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2 So when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before yourself as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have the praise of people. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your gift may be in secret. Then your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the corners of the street, so that they may be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 When you pray, do not make useless repetitions as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Therefore pray like this:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
may your name be honored as holy.
10 May your kingdom come.
May your will also be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 Do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’The best ancient copies do not have For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen .
14 For if you forgive people their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 When you fast, do not have a mournful face as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to people as fasting. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that it would not appear to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret, will reward you.
19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in nor steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body is full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in you is actually darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink—or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they are? 27 But which one of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his lifespan? 28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Think about the lilies in the fields, how they grow. They do not work, and they do not spin cloth. 29 Yet I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass in the fields, which exists today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not clothe you much more, you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What clothes will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you. 34 Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough evil of its own.

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Chapter 7

1 Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure that you measure, it will be measured out to you. 3 But why do you look at the tiny piece of straw that is in the eye of your brother, but you do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take out the piece of straw from your eye,’ while behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! First take out the log from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the piece of straw from the eye of your brother. 6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls in front of the hogs. Otherwise they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
7 Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the person who knocks, it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you, of whom his son will ask for a loaf of bread, but he will give him a stone? 10 Or he will also ask for a fish, but he will give him a snake? 11 Therefore, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him? 12 In everything, therefore, whatever you would want that people would do to you, you should also do the same to them, for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many people who go through it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. People do not gather grapes from a thornbush or figs from thistles, do they? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but the bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many people will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons, and in your name do many mighty deeds?’ 23 Then will I openly declare to them, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you who practice evil!’
24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them will be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. 25 The rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall down, for it was built on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mind and does not obey them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. 27 The rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and struck that house, and it fell, and its destruction was complete.”
28 It came about that when Jesus finished speaking these words, the crowds were astonished by his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

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Chapter 8

1 Now when Jesus had come down from the hill, large crowds followed him. 2 Behold, a leper came to him and bowed before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean.” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one. But go and show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”
5 Now when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to him and asked him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed and in terrible pain.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man who is placed under authority, and I have soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another one, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 But when Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those who were following him, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith in anyone in Israel. 11 But I tell you, many will come from the east and the west, and they will recline with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! As you have believed, so may it be done for you.” And the servant was healed at that very hour.
14 When Jesus had come into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law was laid down and had a fever. 15 Jesus touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and started serving him. 16 Now when evening had come, the people brought to Jesus many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all those who were sick. 17 In this way was fulfilled that which had been spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He himself took our sickness and bore our diseases.”
18 Now when Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave instructions to leave for the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 19 Then a scribe came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
23 When he had entered into a boat, his disciples followed him. 24 Behold, a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But Jesus was asleep. 25 Then the disciples came to him and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are about to die!” 26 Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. Then there was a great calm. 27 But the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
28 When Jesus had come to the other side and to the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons met him. They were coming out of the tombs and were very violent, so that no one could pass by on that road. 29 Behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the set time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was there feeding, not too far away from them. 31 The demons kept imploring Jesus and saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into that herd of pigs.” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Go!” So the demons came out and went into the pigs; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep hill into the sea and they died in the water. 33 But those who had been tending the pigs ran away and went into the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the men who had been possessed by demons. 34 Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to depart from their region.

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Chapter 9

1 Then Jesus entered into a boat, crossed over, and came into his own city. 2 Behold, they brought to him a paralyzed man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Child, be encouraged. Your sins have been forgiven.” 3 Then behold, some of the scribes said among themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus knew their thoughts and said, “For what reason are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins, ... “ he then said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go to your house.” 7 Then the man got up and went away to his house. 8 When the crowds saw this, they were amazed and praised God, who had given such authority to people. 9 As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man named Matthew, who was sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
10 It happened that as Jesus reclined to eat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners also came and dined with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “People who are strong in body do not need a physician, but only those who are sick. 13 But you should go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees often fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “Can wedding attendants be sorrowful while the bridegroom is still with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No man puts a piece of new cloth on an old garment, for the patch will tear away from the garment, and a worse tear will happen. 17 Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins will burst, the wine will be spilled, and the wineskins will be destroyed. Instead, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both will be preserved.”
18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a certain official came and bowed down to him. He said, “My daughter has just now died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Then Jesus got up and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 Behold, a woman who suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his garment. 21 For she had said to herself, “If only I touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned, and seeing her, said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed from that hour. 23 When Jesus came into the official’s house, he saw the flute players and the crowds making much noise. 24 He said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead, but she is asleep.” But they laughed at him in mockery. 25 When the crowd had been put outside, he entered the room and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 The news about this spread into all that region.
27 As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him. They kept shouting and saying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done to you according to your faith,” 30 and their eyes were opened. Then Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about this throughout that region.
32 As those two men were going away, behold, a mute man possessed by a demon was brought to him. 33 When the demon had been driven out, the mute man spoke. The crowds were astonished, saying, “This has never been seen before in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees were saying, “By the ruler of the demons, he drives out the demons.”
35 Jesus went about all the cities and the villages. He continued teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were troubled and discouraged, like sheep not having a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore urgently pray to the Lord of the harvest, so that he may send out laborers into his harvest.”

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Chapter 10

1 Then he called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles were these. The first, Simon (whom he also called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who would also betray him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out. He instructed them, saying, “Do not go on the path to the Gentiles, and do not enter into any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; 7 and as you go, preach and say, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not carry any gold, or silver, or copper in your purses. 10 Do not take a traveling bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff, for a laborer deserves his food. 11 Whatever city or village you enter into, find someone who is worthy in it, and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter into the house, greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace come back to you. 14 As for those who do not receive you or listen to your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Truly I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
16 See, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as the serpents and harmless as the doves. 17 Watch out for people! For they will deliver you up to councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues. 18 Then you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious about how or what you will speak, for what to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who will speak, but the Spirit of your Father who will speak in you. 21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But whoever endures to the end, that person will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to the next, for truly I say to you, you will certainly not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he should be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much worse the members of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the darkness, say in the daylight, and what you hear softly in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. But instead, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore do not fear. You are more valuable than many sparrows. 32 Therefore everyone who confesses me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.
34 Do not think that I came to bring peace upon the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 He who does not pick up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it. But he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 He who welcomes you welcomes me, and he who welcomes me also welcomes him who sent me. 41 He who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and he who welcomes a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 Whoever gives to one of these little ones a cup of cold water to drink only because he is a disciple, truly I say to you, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

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Chapter 11

1 It came about that when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2 Now when John heard in the prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent a message by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you see and hear. 5 The blind are receiving sight, the lame are walking, lepers are being cleansed, the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised back to life, and the gospel is being preached to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who is not offended by me.”
7 As these men went on their way, Jesus began to say to the crowds about John, “What did you go out in the desert to see—a reed being shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see—a man dressed in soft clothing? Really, those who wear soft clothing live in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see—a prophet? Yes, I say to you, and much more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it was written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’
11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen one who is greater than John the Baptist. Yet the least important person in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and men of violence take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law have been prophesying until John; 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who was going to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 16 To what should I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace, who call out to one another 17 and say, ‘We played a flute for you, and you did not dance. We mourned, and you did not weep.’ 18 For John came not eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, ‘Look, he is a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
20 Then Jesus began to rebuke the cities in which most of his mighty deeds were done, because they had not repented. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the mighty deeds had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you. 23 You, Capernaum, you will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades. For if in Sodom there had been done the mighty deeds that were done in you, it would have remained until today. 24 But I say to you that it shall be easier for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you concealed these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. 27 All things have been entrusted to me from my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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Chapter 12

1 At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grainfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and eat them. 2 But when the Pharisees saw that, they said to Jesus, “See, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3 But Jesus said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was hungry, and the men who were with him? 4 He went into the house of God and ate the bread of the presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests. 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath but are guiltless? 6 But I say to you that one greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what this meant, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9 Then Jesus left from there and went into their synagogue. 10 Behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 Jesus said to them, “What man would there be among you, who, if he had just one sheep, and if this sheep fell into a deep hole on the Sabbath, would not grasp hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable, then, is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it was restored to health, just like the other hand. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him as to how they might put him to death.
15 As Jesus perceived this, he withdrew from there. Many people followed him, and he healed them all. 16 He commanded them that they not make him known, 17 that it might come true, what had been said through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
18 “See, my servant whom I have chosen;
my beloved one, in whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not strive nor cry aloud;
neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed;
he will not quench a smoking flax,
until he leads justice to victory, 21 and in his name the Gentiles will have certain hope.”
22 Then someone blind and mute, possessed by a demon, was brought to Jesus. He healed him, with the result that the mute man spoke and saw. 23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Is not this man the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard of this, they said, “This man does not cast out demons except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.” 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can anyone enter into the house of the strong man and steal his belongings without tying up the strong man first? Then he will steal his belongings from his house. 30 The one who is not with me is against me, and the one who does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, that will be forgiven him. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, that will not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in the one that is coming. 33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You offspring of vipers, since you are evil, how can you say good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man from the good treasure of his heart produces good things, and the evil man from the evil treasure of his heart produces evil things. 36 I say to you that for every idle word that they will speak, people will give an account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
38 Then certain scribes and Pharisees answered Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But Jesus answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign. But no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the big fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and will condemn it. For they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and see, someone greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it. She came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and see, someone greater than Solomon is here. 43 When an unclean spirit has gone away from a man, it passes through waterless places and looks for rest, but does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ Having returned, it finds it empty and swept out and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all come in to live there. Then the final condition of that man becomes worse than the first. It will be just like that with this evil generation also.”
46 While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him. 47 Someone said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.” 48 But Jesus answered and said to the one who told him, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 49 Then he stretched out his hand toward his disciples and said, “See, here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, that person is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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Chapter 13

1 On that day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 A very large crowd gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat in it, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 Then he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow seed. 4 As he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on the rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. Immediately they sprang up, because the soil had no depth. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched because they had no root, and they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among the thorn plants. The thorn plants grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
10 The disciples came and said to Jesus, “Why do you talk to the crowd in parables?” 11 He answered and said to them, “To you has been given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him will be given more, and he will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 This is why I talk to them in parables: Though they are seeing, they do not see; and though they are hearing, they do not hear, or understand. 14 To them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, that which says,
‘You will indeed hear, but you will certainly not understand;
you will indeed see, but you will certainly not perceive.
15 For this people’s heart has become dull,
and they are hard of hearing,
and they have closed their eyes,
so they should not see with their eyes,
or hear with their ears,
or understand with their hearts,
so they would turn again,
and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things that you see, and did not see them. They desired to hear the things that you hear, and did not hear them. 18 Listen then to the parable of the farmer who sowed his seed. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the seed that was sown beside the road. 20 That which was sown on rocky ground, this is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 But he has no root in himself, so he only endures a short time. When tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he soon falls away. 22 That which was sown among the thorn plants, this is the person who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 That which was sown on the good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit, some yielding one hundred times as much as was planted, some sixty, and some thirty.”
24 Jesus presented another parable to them. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while people slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the blades sprouted and produced a crop, then the weeds appeared also. 27 The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘So do you want us to go and pull them out?’ 29 But he said, ‘No. Because while you are pulling out the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First pull out the weeds and tie them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
31 Then Jesus presented another parable to them. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is indeed the smallest of all the seeds. But when it has grown, it is greater than the garden plants. It becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 33 Jesus then told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; and he spoke nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was in order that what had been said through the prophet might come true, when he said,
“I will open my mouth in parables.
I will say things that were hidden from the foundation of the world.”
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered and said, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Therefore, as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all the things that cause sin and those who commit iniquity. 42 They will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. 43 Then will the righteous people shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid. Because of his joy over it, he goes and sells everything that he possesses, and buys that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a merchant looking for valuable pearls. 46 When he found one pearl of very great value, he went and sold everything that he possessed and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and that gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was filled, the fishermen drew it up on the beach. Then they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the worthless things they threw away. 49 It will be this way at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from among the righteous. 50 They will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
51 Have you understood all these things?” The disciples said to him, “Yes.” 52 Then Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple to the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is the owner of a house, who draws out new things and old things from his treasure.” 53 Then it came about that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from that place.
54 Then Jesus entered into his own region and taught the people in their synagogue. The result was that they were astonished and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 Is not this man the son of the carpenter? Is not his mother called Mary? Are not his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 Are not all his sisters with us? Where then did he get all these things?” 57 They were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own family.” 58 He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

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Chapter 14

1 About that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus. 2 He said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead. Therefore these powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. 4 For John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to put him to death, but he feared the people, because they regarded him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in their midst and pleased Herod. 7 In response, he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask. 8 After being instructed by her mother, she said, “Give me here, on a platter, the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was very upset, but because of his oath and because of those at dinner with him, he ordered that it be granted to her. 10 He sent and beheaded John in the prison. 11 Then his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl and she took it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came, took away the corpse, and buried it. After this, they went and told Jesus.
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to an isolated place by himself. When the crowds heard of it, they followed him on foot from the cities. 14 Then Jesus came and saw the large crowd. He had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 When the evening had come, the disciples came to him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Dismiss the crowds, so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They have no need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.” 18 He said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then Jesus ordered the crowd to recline on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish. Looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. 20 They all ate and were filled. Then they took up what remained of the broken pieces of food—twelve baskets full. 21 Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he sent away the crowds. 23 After he had sent away the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was blowing against them. 25 In the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost,” and they cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus spoke to them right away, saying, “Be brave! It is I! Do not be afraid.” 28 Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter got out from the boat and walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became afraid. As he began to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately stretched out his hand, took hold of Peter, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 Then when Jesus and Peter went into the boat, the wind ceased blowing. 33 Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land at Gennesaret. 35 When the men in that place recognized Jesus, they sent messages into all that surrounding area, and they brought to him everyone who was sick. 36 They begged him that they might just touch the edge of his garment, and as many as touched it were healed.

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Chapter 15

1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem. They said, 2 “Why do your disciples violate the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 He answered and said to them, “Then why do you also violate the commandment of God for the sake of your traditions? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘He who speaks evil of his father or mother, will surely die.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother “Whatever help you would have received from me is now a gift given to God,”’ 6 he does not need to honor his father. In this way you have made void the word of God The best ancient copies have the word of God some other ancient copies have the commandment. It is difficult to choose the better reading. for the sake of your traditions. 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying,
8 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me.
9 They worship me in vain,
because they teach as their doctrines the commandments of people.’”
10 Then he called the crowd to himself and said to them, “Listen and understand— 11 Nothing that enters into the mouth defiles a person. Instead, what comes out of the mouth, this is what defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to Jesus, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” 13 Jesus answered and said, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone, they are blind guides. If a blind person guides another blind person, both will fall into a pit.” 15 Peter responded and said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16 Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is then passed out into the latrine? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart. They are the things that defile a person. 19 For from the heart proceed evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander. 20 These are the things that defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a person.”
21 Then Jesus went away from there and withdrew toward the regions of the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region. She shouted out and said, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is shouting after us.” 24 But Jesus answered and said, “I was not sent to anyone except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and bowed down before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered and said, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, but even the little dogs eat some of the crumbs that fall from their masters’ tables.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “Woman, great is your faith; let it be done for you just as you wish.” Her daughter was healed from that hour.
29 Jesus left that place and went near to the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a hill and sat there. 30 Large crowds came to him. They brought with them lame, blind, crippled, and mute people, and many others who were sick. They presented them at his feet, and he healed them. 31 So the crowd marveled when they saw the mute persons speak, the crippled made well, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. They praised the God of Israel.
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have stayed with me for three days already and do not have anything to eat. I do not want to send them away without eating, or they may faint on the way.” 33 The disciples said to him, “Where can we get enough loaves of bread in such a deserted place to satisfy so large a crowd?” 34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 Then Jesus commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 He took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples. The disciples gave them to the crowd. 37 The people all ate and were satisfied. Then they gathered up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over. 38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 Then Jesus sent the crowds away and got into the boat and went into the region of Magadan.

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Chapter 16

1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from the sky. 2 But he answered, saying to them, Some ancient manuscripts include the end of verse 2, and verse 3. [“When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 When it is morning, you say, ‘It will be foul weather, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.] 4 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then Jesus left them and went away.
5 When the disciples came to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we did not take bread.” 8 Jesus was aware of this and said, “You of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves that it is because you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive or remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered up? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 11 How is it that you do not understand that I was not speaking to you about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to beware of yeast in bread, but to beware of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
13 Now when Jesus came to the regions near Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They said, “Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Answering, Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. The gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then Jesus commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was the Christ.
21 From that time Jesus Christ started to tell his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “May this be far from you, Lord; may this never happen to you.” 23 But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you do not care for the things of God, but for the things of people.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what does it profit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? What can a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels. Then he will reward every person according to his actions. 28 Truly I say to you, there are some of you who are standing here who will certainly not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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Chapter 17

1 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up onto a high mountain by themselves. 2 He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as brilliant as the light. 3 Behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking with him. 4 Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you desire, I will make here three shelters—one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, there was a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their face and were very afraid. 7 Then Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 Then they lifted up their eyes, but saw no one except only Jesus himself.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Report this vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10 His disciples asked him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 Jesus answered and said, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but they did not recognize him. Instead, they did whatever they wanted to him. In the same way, the Son of Man will also suffer by them.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
14 When they had come to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic and suffers severely. For he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Jesus answered and said, “Unbelieving and corrupt generation, how long will I have to stay with you? How long must I bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that hour.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 Jesus said to them, “Because of your small faith. For I truly say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 21. 21 [But this kind of demon does not go out except with prayer and fasting.]
22 While they stayed in Galilee, Jesus said to his disciples, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of people, 23 and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.” The disciples became very upset.
24 When they had come to Capernaum, the men who collected the two-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the two-drachma tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect tolls or taxes? From their sons or from others?” 26 When he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.” 27 But so that we do not cause the tax collectors to sin, go to the sea, throw in a hook, and draw in the fish that comes up first. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take it and give it to the tax collectors for me and you.”

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Chapter 18

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Jesus called to himself a little child, set him among them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will certainly not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name receives me. 6 But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him that a great millstone should be hung about his neck, and that he should be sunk into the depths of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! For it is necessary that those stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom those stumbling blocks come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or lame than to be thrown into the eternal fire having two hands or two feet. 9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to be thrown into fiery hell having two eyes. 10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I say to you that in heaven their angels always look on the face of my Father who is in heaven. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 11. 11 [For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.] 12 What do you think? If someone happens to have a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go off seeking the one that went astray? 13 If he happens to find it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 In the same way, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you will have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word might be verified. 17 And if he refuses to listen to them, tell the matter to the church. If he also refuses to listen to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I say to you, whatever things you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven. 19 Again I truly say to you, if two of you agree on earth about any matter that they might ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.”
21 Then Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Until seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not tell you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is similar to a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settling, one servant was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But since he did not have the means to repay him, his master commanded him to be sold, together with his wife and children and everything that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell down, bowed down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 So the master of that servant, since he was moved with compassion, released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii. He grasped him, choked him, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe.’ 29 Then his fellow servant fell down and implored him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you.’ 30 But the first servant was not willing to do that. Instead, he went and threw him into prison until he would pay him what he owed. 31 Therefore when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were very upset. They came and told their master everything that had happened. 32 Then his master called him, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you implored me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 His master was angry and handed him over to the torturers until he would pay all that was owed. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

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Chapter 19

1 It came about that when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came to the region of Judea that is beyond the Jordan River. 2 Great crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Pharisees came to him, testing him and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” 4 Jesus answered and said, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female? 5 He also said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and join to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not tear apart.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of divorce and then to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “For your hardness of heart, Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not that way. 9 I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and the man who marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to Jesus, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is not good to marry.” 11 But Jesus said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this teaching, let him receive it.”
13 Then some little children were brought to him so that he would lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Permit the little children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for the kingdom of heaven is to such ones.” 15 He placed his hands on the children, and then he went away from there.
16 Behold, a man came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only one is good, but if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 The man said to him, “Which commandments?” Jesus said, “Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, 19 honor your father and your mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these things I have obeyed. What do I still need?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard what Jesus said, he went away sorrowful, for he had many possessions.
23 Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard it, they were very astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter answered and said to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will there be for us?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, in the new age when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me, you will also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 Every one who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land for the sake of my name, will receive one hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

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Chapter 20

1 For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 After he had agreed with the workers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 He went out again about the third hour and saw other workers standing idle in the marketplace. 4 To them he said, ‘You also, go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Again he went out about the sixth hour and again the ninth hour, and did the same. 6 Once more about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all the day long?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ 9 When those who had been hired at the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 When the first workers came, they thought that they would receive more, but they also received one denarius each. 11 When they received their wages, they complained about the landowner. 12 They said, ‘These last workers have spent only one hour in work, but you have made them equal to us, we who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But the owner answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I do not do you wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go your way. I choose to give to these last hired workers just the same as to you. 15 Or do I not have the right to do as I want with what belongs to me? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”The best ancient copies do not have Many are called, but few are chosen .
17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death 19 and will deliver him to the Gentiles for them to mock, and to flog, and to crucify him. But on the third day he will be raised up.”
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons. She bowed down before him and asked for something from him. 21 Jesus said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to him, “Command that these my two sons may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left hand, in your kingdom.” 22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “My cup you will drink. But to sit at my right hand and at my left hand is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24 When the other ten disciples heard this, they were very angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles subjugate them, and their important men exercise authority over them. 26 But it must not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your servant, 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
29 As they went out from Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 Behold, there were two blind men sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, saying, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.” 31 But the crowd rebuked them, telling them to be quiet, but they cried out even more loudly, saying, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.” 32 Then Jesus stood still and called to them and said, “What do you wish me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34 Then Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

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Chapter 21

1 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village that is in front of you, and you will immediately find a donkey tied up there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you about that, you will say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and that person will immediately send them with you.” 4 Now this came about that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled. He said,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘See, your King is coming to you,
Humble and riding on a donkey—
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 Then the disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat upon them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them in the road. 9 Then the crowds that went before Jesus and those that followed him were shouting, saying,
“Hosanna to the son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 When Jesus had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred and said, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
12 Then Jesus entered into the temple. He cast out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and turned over the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” 14 Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the marvelous things that he did, and the children shouting in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became very angry. 16 They said to him, “Do you hear what they are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes! But have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of little children and nursing infants you have prepared praise’?” 17 Then he left them and went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.
18 Now in the morning as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing one fig tree along the roadside, he went to it and found nothing on it except leaves only. He said to it, “May there not be fruit from you ever again,” and immediately the fig tree withered. 20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree immediately wither away?” 21 Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree, but you will even say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
23 When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, saying, “By what authority do you do these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question. If you tell me that, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John—from where was it? From heaven or from men?” They discussed among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the crowd, because they all regard John as a prophet.” 27 Then they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 28 But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 The son answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the man went to the second son and said the same thing. He answered and said, ‘I will go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two sons did the will of his father?” They said, “The first one.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes will enter into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, but you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. But you, even when you saw this, you did not repent afterward and believe him.
33 Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner. He planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a watchtower, and rented it out to vine growers. Then he went into another country. 34 When the time of the fruit harvest approached, he sent some of his servants to the vine growers to get his fruit. 35 But the vine growers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned still another. 36 Again, the owner sent other servants, more than the first, but the vine growers treated them in the same way. 37 After that, the owner sent his own son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vine growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him, threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine growers?” 41 They said to him, “He will destroy those miserable men in the most severe way, and will then rent out the vineyard to other vine growers, men who will give him his share of crops at the harvest time.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures,
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
this has become the cornerstone.
This was from the Lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation that produces its fruits. 44 Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces. But anyone on whom it falls, it will crush him.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they understood that he was speaking about them. 46 Seeking to arrest him, they were afraid of the crowd, because the people regarded him as a prophet.

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Chapter 22

1 Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a marriage feast for his son. 3 He sent out his servants to call those who had been invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come. 4 Again the king sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell them who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened calves have been killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 6 The others seized the king’s servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his soldiers and they killed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go to the highway crossings and invite as many people to the marriage feast as you can find.’ 10 Those servants went out to the highways and gathered together all the people they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 The king said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind this man hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and the grinding of teeth.’ 14 For many people are called, but few are chosen.”
15 Then the Pharisees went and planned how they might entrap him in his own words. 16 Then they sent to him their disciples, together with the Herodians. They said, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and that you teach God’s way in truth. Anyone’s opinion does not concern you, for you do not look at the appearance of people. 17 So tell us, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus understood their wickedness and said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” Then they brought a denarius to him. 20 Jesus said to them, “Whose image and name is this?” 21 They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then Jesus said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. Then they left him and went away.
23 On that day some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him. They asked him, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If someone dies, not having children, his brother must marry his wife and have children for his brother.’ 25 Now there were among us seven brothers. The first married and then died. Not having children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 Then the second brother did the same thing, then the third, all the way to the seventh brother. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 Now in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven brothers? For they all had married her.” 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage. Instead, they are like angels in heaven. 31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him— 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second commandment is like it—’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.”
41 Now while the Pharisees were still gathered together, Jesus asked them a question. 42 He said, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 Jesus said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your footstool”’?
45 If David then calls the Christ ‘Lord,’ how is he David’s son?” 46 No one was able to answer him a word, and from that day on, no one dared to question him any longer.

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Chapter 23

1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples. 2 He said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they command you to do, do and observe these things. But do not do according to their works, for they say things, but do not do them. 4 They tie up loads that are heavy and difficult to carry, and they put them on people’s shoulders. But they themselves are not willing to lift their finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by people. For they make their phylacteries wide, and they enlarge the edges of their garments. 6 They love the chief places at feasts and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and special greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people. 8 But you must not be called ‘Rabbi,’ for only one is your teacher, and all you are brothers. 9 And do not call any of you on the earth ‘father,’ for you have only one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called ‘teacher,’ for your one teacher is the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven against people. For you do not enter it yourselves, and neither do you allow those about to enter to enter. Some ancient manuscripts include the first part of verse 14 (some copies add this phrase after verse 12). 14 [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, while you make a show of long prayers.] You will therefore receive greater condemnation. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you go over the sea and the dry land to make one convert, and when he has become one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you.
16 Woe to you, you blind guides, you who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing. But whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound to his oath.’ 17 You fools and blind men! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold holy? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing. But whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is bound to his oath.’ 19 You fools and blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy? 20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything that is on it. 21 The one who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who lives in it. 22 And the one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits on it.
23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, but you have left undone the weightier matters of the law—justice and mercy and faith. But these you ought to have done and not to have left the other undone. 24 You blind guides, you who strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! Clean first the inside of the cup and of the plate, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the righteous. 30 You say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been participants with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Therefore you testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who killed the prophets. 32 You also fill up the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape from the judgment of hell? 34 Therefore, see, I am sending to you prophets and wise men and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will whip in your synagogues and drive them out from city to city. 35 The result is that upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often did I desire to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I say to you, You will certainly not see me from now on until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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Chapter 24

1 Jesus went out from the temple and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2 But he answered and said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, certainly one stone will not be left on another here, that will not be torn down.”
3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen? What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name. They will say, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray. 6 You will hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not troubled, for these things must happen; but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are only the beginning of birth pains. 9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you. You will be hated by all the nations for my name’s sake. 10 Then many will stumble, and betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise up and lead many astray. 12 Because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This good news of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations. Then the end will come.
15 Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, 17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house, 18 and let him who is in the field not return to take his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are with child and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then will be a great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor will ever happen again. 22 Unless those days are shortened, no flesh would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will come and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 26 Therefore, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there. Or, ‘See, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning shines out from the east and flashes all the way to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever a dead animal is, there the vultures will gather.
29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other end of it.
32 Learn this parable from the fig tree. As soon as its branch becomes tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you should know that he is near, at the gates. 34 Truly I say to you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things will have happened. 35 Heaven and the earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, except the Father alone. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away—so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in a field—one will be taken, and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a mill—one will be taken, and one will be left. 42 Therefore be on your guard, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been on guard and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you must also be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour that you do not expect.
45 So who is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has set over his household to give them their food at the right time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find doing that when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that the master will set him over everything that he owns. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master has been delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 then the master of that servant will come on a day that the servant does not expect and at an hour that he does not know. 51 He will cut him in pieces and assign his place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

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Chapter 25

1 Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish virgins took their lamps, they did not take any oil with them. 4 But the wise virgins took oil in containers along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delayed, they all got sleepy and slept. 6 But in the middle of the night there was a cry, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Go out and meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered and said, ‘There will not be enough for us and you. Go instead to those who sell and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open for us.’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
14 For it is like a man going on a journey. He called his own servants and gave them his wealth. 15 To one of them he gave five talents, to another he gave two, and to yet another he gave one talent. He gave to each one according to his own ability, and right away that man went on his journey. 16 The one who received the five talents went and invested them and made another five talents. 17 Likewise the one who had received two talents also gained another two. 18 But the servant who had received one talent went away, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. 20 The servant who had received the five talents came and brought another five talents. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. But see, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things. I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 The servant who had received two talents also came and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. But see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things. I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the servant who had received one talent also came and said, ‘Master, I know that you are a strict man. You reap where you did not sow, and you harvest where you did not scatter. 25 I was afraid, so I went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have here what belongs to you.’ 26 But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sowed and harvest where I have not scattered. 27 Therefore you should have given my money to the bankers, and when I came I would have received back my money with interest. 28 Therefore take away the talent from him and give it to the servant who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who possesses, more will be given—even more abundantly. But from anyone who does not possess anything, even what he does have will be taken away from him. 30 Throw the worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’
31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at his left. 34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you cared for me; I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and take you in? Or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 40 Then the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’ 41 Then he also will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels, 42 because I was hungry, but you did not give me something to eat; I was thirsty, but you did not give me something to drink; 43 I was a stranger, but you did not take me in; naked, but you did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but you did not care for me.’ 44 Then they will also answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not serve you?’ 45 Then he will answer them and say, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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Chapter 26

1 It came about that when Jesus had finished all these words, he said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 4 They plotted together to arrest Jesus stealthily and kill him. 5 For they were saying, “Not during the feast, so that a riot does not arise among the people.”
6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 as he was reclining at table, a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it upon his head. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they became angry, saying, “What is the reason for this waste? 9 This could have been sold for a large amount and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, knowing this, said to them, “Why are you causing trouble for this woman? For she has done a good work for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 For when she poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13 Truly I say to you, wherever this good news is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
14 Then one of the twelve, who was named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me, if I betray him to you?” They weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him. 16 From that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
17 Now on the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover meal?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’” 19 The disciples did as Jesus directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
20 Now when evening came, he reclined to eat with the twelve disciples. 21 As they were eating, he said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray me.” 22 They were very sorrowful, and each one began to ask him, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 He answered and said, “The one who dips his hand with me in the dish, he will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go, just as it is written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if that man had not been born.” 25 Now Judas, who would betray him. answered and said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said it yourself.”
26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and broke it. He gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat. This is my body.” 27 He took a cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is my blood of the covenant that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will certainly not drink again of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will fall away tonight because of me, for it is written,
‘I will strike the shepherd
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33 But Peter answered and said to him, “Even if all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will certainly not deny you.” All the other disciples said the same thing.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane and said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him and began to become sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch with me.” 39 He went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed. He said, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me for one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed again. He said, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed a third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then Jesus came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Arise, let us go. Look, the one who is betraying me is near.”
47 While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came. With him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now the man who was going to betray Jesus had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him.” 49 Immediately he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came, laid hands on Jesus, and seized him. 51 Behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I could not call upon my Father, and he would send me more than twelve legions of angels at once? 54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, that this must happen?” 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to seize me, as against a robber? Every day I sat teaching in the temple, and you did not arrest me. 56 But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
57 Those who had seized Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered together. 58 But Peter followed him from a distance to the courtyard of the high priest. He went inside and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death. 60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later two came forward 61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62 The high priest stood up and said to him, “Do you have no answer? What is it that they are testifying against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. The high priest said to him, “I command you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus replied to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we still need witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is worthy of death.” 67 Then they spit in his face and beat him, and some of them slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ. Who is the one who struck you?”
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him and said, “You were also with Jesus of Galilee.” 70 But he denied it in front of them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” 71 When he went out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him and said to those there, “This man was also with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He again denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 73 After a little while those who were standing by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech gives you away.” 74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man,” and immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the words that Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.” So he went outside and wept bitterly.

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Chapter 27

1 Now when morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put him to death. 2 They bound him, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate the governor.
3 Then when Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he repented and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself.” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went out and hanged himself. 6 The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.” 7 They discussed the matter together and with the money bought the potter’s field for a burial place for strangers. 8 For this reason that field has been called, “The Field of Blood” to this day. 9 Then that which had been spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave it for the potter’s field, as the Lord had directed me.”
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “It is as you say.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear all the charges they are bringing against you?” 14 But he did not answer him not even to one charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 15 Now at the feast it was the custom of the governor to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they chose. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. 17 So when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because of envy. 19 But while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him and said, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man. For I have suffered much today because of a dream about him.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas, but have Jesus killed. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all answered, “Crucify him.” 23 Then he said, “Why, what crime has he done?” But they cried out even louder, saying, “Crucify him.” 24 So when Pilate saw that he could not do anything, but instead a riot was starting, taking water, he washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this man. See to it yourselves.” 25 All the people answered and said, “May his blood be on us and on our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them, but he scourged Jesus and handed him over to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the government headquarters and gathered before him the whole company of soldiers. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and placed a staff in his right hand. They knelt down before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on him, and they took the staff and kept striking him on his head. 31 When they had mocked him, they took the robe off him and put his own garments on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 As they came out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced to carry his cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha, which means “The Place of a Skull.” 34 They gave him wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his garments by casting lots, 36 and they sat and kept guard over him there. 37 Above his head they put the charge against him, which read “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one at his right and one at his left. 39 Those who passed by insulted him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” 41 In the same way also the chief priests were mocking him, along with the scribes and elders, and said, 42 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and then we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God, let God rescue him now, if God wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also spoke insults to him.
45 Now from the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 46 About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 When some of those who were standing there heard it, they said, “He is calling for Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a reed staff, and gave it to him to drink. 49 The rest of them said, “Leave him alone. Let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.” 50 Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 51 Behold, the curtain of the temple was split in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth shook, and the rocks split apart. 52 The tombs were opened, and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 They came out of the tombs after his resurrection, entered into the holy city, and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those who were watching Jesus with him saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they became very afraid, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.” 55 Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for him were there looking on from a distance. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also himself a disciple of Jesus. 58 He approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb that he had cut into the rock. Then he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
62 The next day, which was the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together with Pilate. 63 They said, “Sir, we remember that when that deceiver was alive, he said, ‘After three days will I rise again.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, otherwise his disciples may come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “Take a guard. Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and placing the guard.

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Chapter 28

1 Now late on the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came and rolled away the stone, and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 But the angel spoke and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, but is risen, just as he said. Come see the place where he lay. 7 Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead. See, he is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him.’ See, I have told you.” 8 They quickly left the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” The women came, took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee. There they will see me.”
11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards went into the city and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had met with the elders and discussed the matter with them, they gave a large amount of money to the soldiers 13 and told them, “Say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole his body while we were sleeping.’ 14 If this report reaches to the governor, we will persuade him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they had been instructed. This report spread widely among the Jews even until today.
16 But the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on the earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey all the things that I have commanded you. See, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Gospel of Mark

Mark

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Chapter 1

1 This is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face,
the one who will prepare your way.
3 The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
4 John came, baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole country of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was wearing a coat of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and he was eating locusts and wild honey.
7 He proclaimed, saying, “One will come after me who is more powerful than I, of whom the strap of his sandals I am not worthy to stoop down to untie. 8 I baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 Now it happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 10 And immediately, as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens split open and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came out of the heavens, “You are my beloved Son. I am very pleased with you.”
12 Then immediately, the Spirit compelled him to go out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels served him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God. 15 He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
16 When he was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 So Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” 18 Then immediately they left the nets and followed him. 19 As Jesus was walking on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother; they were in the boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately, he called them and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and they followed him.
21 Then they came into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath, Jesus went into the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as someone who has authority and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24 saying, “What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked the demon, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” 26 Then the unclean spirit threw him down and went out from him while crying out with a loud voice. 27 All the people were amazed, so they asked each other, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him!” 28 So the news about him immediately went out everywhere into the whole region of Galilee.
29 And immedately after coming out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever, and immedately they told Jesus about her. 31 So he came, took her by the hand, and raised her up. Then the fever left her, and she started serving them.
32 Now when it became evening, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and those possessed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 So he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, but he did not allow the demons to speak because they knew him.
35 Then he got up very early, while it was still dark, and left and went out to a solitary place, and there he prayed. 36 Then Simon and those who were with him searched for him. 37 When they found him, they also said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 But he said to them, “Let us go elsewhere, out into the surrounding towns, so that I may preach there also. For that is why I have come.” 39 So he went throughout all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out the demons.
40 Then a leper came to him, begging him and kneeling down and saying to him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I am willing. Be clean.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 But Jesus strictly warned him and immediately sent him away. 44 And he said to him, “Be sure to say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45 But he went out and began to proclaim often and to spread the news widely, so much that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But he stayed out in remote places, and people were still coming to him from everywhere.

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Chapter 2

1 When Jesus came again to Capernaum after a few days, it was heard that he was at home. 2 So many gathered there that there was no more space, not even at the door, and Jesus spoke the word to them. 3 Then some men came to him bringing a paralyzed man; he was carried by four men. 4 When they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof where Jesus was, and after they made an opening, they lowered the bed on which the paralyzed man was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, and they reasoned in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak this way? He blasphemes! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves. He said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 9 What is easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say ‘Get up, take up your bed, and walk’? 10 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, take up your mat, and go to your house.” 12 So he got up and immediately took up the mat, and went out in front of everyone. Therefore, they were all amazed and they glorified God, and they said, “We never saw anything like this.”
13 Then he went out again by the sea, and all the crowd came to him, and he taught them. 14 As he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s tent and he said to him, “Follow me.” He got up and followed him.
15 And it happened that Jesus was having a meal in Levi’s house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many and they followed him. 16 When the scribes, who were Pharisees, saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “People who are healthy do not need a physician, but people who are sick need one. I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
18 Now the disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting, so they came and said to Jesus, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 So Jesus said to them, “The wedding attendants cannot fast while the bridegroom is still with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and in those days, then they will fast. 21 No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment. Otherwise the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and there is a worse tear. 22 No one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the wine will burst the skins and both the wine and the wineskins will be destroyed. Instead, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”
23 Now it happened that on the Sabbath day, Jesus went through the grainfields, and his disciples began to make their way along, picking the heads of grain. 24 So the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing that which is not lawful on the Sabbath days?” 25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry—he and the men who were with him— 26 how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the presence, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and he even gave some to those who were with him?” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for mankind, and not mankind for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord, even of the Sabbath.”

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Chapter 3

1 Then Jesus entered into the synagogue again, and there was a man who had a withered hand. 2 Some people watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. 3 So Jesus said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up in our midst.” 4 Then he said to the people, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days or to do harm; to save a life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 Then he looked around at them with anger, grieved by the hardness of their heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately began to plot with the Herodians against him, as to how they might kill him.
7 Then Jesus, with his disciples, withdrew to the sea, and a great crowd of people followed from Galilee and from Judea 8 and from Jerusalem and from Idumea and beyond the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. When they heard about the things he was doing, a great crowd came to him. 9 So he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not press against him. 10 For he healed many, so that everyone who had afflictions eagerly approached him in order to touch him. 11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out and said, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he sternly rebuked them so that they would not make him known.
13 Then he went up on the mountain and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed the twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and so that he might send them to preach, 15 and to have authority to cast out the demons. 16 Then he appointed the twelve: To Simon, he added the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, to whom he added the name Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; 18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
20 Then he entered into a house, and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat bread. 21 When his family heard about it, they went out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 Then the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul” and “By the ruler of the demons he drives out demons.” 23 But Jesus called them to himself and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand, but has come to an end. 27 But no one can enter into the house of a strong man and steal his belongings without tying up the strong man first, and then he will plunder his house. 28 Truly I say to you, all sins of the sons of men will be forgiven, even whatever blasphemies they may speak, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not ever have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
31 Then his mother and his brothers came and stood outside. They sent for him, summoning him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look! Your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 Then he looked around at those who were sitting in a circle around him and said, “See, here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, that person is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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Chapter 4

1 Again he began to teach beside the sea, and a large crowd gathered around him. Therefore he stepped into a boat on the sea and sat down in it. The whole crowd was on the shore beside the sea. 2 He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching, he said to them, 3 “Listen! Behold, the farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 It happened that as he sowed, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on the rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. Immediately it sprang up, because it did not have deep soil. 6 But when the sun rose, the plants were scorched, and because they had no root, they dried up. 7 Other seed fell among the thorn plants. The thorn plants grew up and choked it, and it did not produce a crop. 8 Other seed fell into the good soil and it produced a crop growing up and increasing and yielding thirty, and sixty, and a hundred times.” 9 Then he said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear!”
10 When Jesus was alone, those who were close to him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 So he said to them, “To you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to those who are outside, everything is in parables,
12 so that when they look, they look, but do not see,
and when they hear, they hear, but do not understand,
so that they would not turn and be forgiven.”
13 Then he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 These are the ones beside the road, where the word was sown, but when they hear it, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 In the same manner, these are the ones that are sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 But they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Then tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, and immediately they stumble. 18 Others are the ones that were sown among the thorns. These are the ones who hear the word, 19 but the cares of this age, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones that were sown in the good soil, who hear the word and receive it, and produce fruit—one yields thirty, one yields sixty, and another yields a hundred times.”
21 Jesus also said to them, “The lamp is not brought in order to put it under a basket, or under the bed, is it? Is it not so that it might be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden except so that it will be revealed, and nothing has happened in secret except so that it will come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 24 Then he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear, for that measure you use it will be measured to you, and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, to him will be given more, and whoever does not have, even that which he has will be taken away from him”
26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who sows his seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 The soil produces fruit by itself: First the blade, then the ear, then the mature grain in the ear. 29 And when the crop is ripe, he immediately sends in the sickle because the harvest has come.”
30 Again he said, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or in what parable can we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown in the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds that are on the earth. 32 Yet, when it is sown, it grows and becomes greater than all the garden plants, and it forms large branches, so that the birds of the sky can make their nests in its shade.”
33 So with many parables like this he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear, 34 and he did not speak to them without a parable. But when he was alone, he explained everything to his own disciples.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 So they left the crowd, taking Jesus with them, just as he was, in the boat. There also were other boats with him. 37 Then a violent windstorm arose and the waves were breaking into the boat so that the boat was already full of water. 38 But Jesus himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. So they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then he got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still not have faith?” 41 Then they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, for even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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Chapter 5

1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus was getting out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit came to meet him out of the tombs. 3 The man lived in the tombs. No one could restrain him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles had been shattered. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Throughout every night and day in the tombs and in the mountains, he cried out and cut himself with sharp stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran to him and bowed down before him. 7 Then he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “What do I have to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you by God himself, do not torment me.” 8 For he had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.” 9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He answered him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 Then he begged Jesus repeatedly that he would not send them out of the region. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was there feeding on the hill, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us into the pigs, so that we may enter into them.” 13 So he allowed them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs. Then the herd—about two thousand pigs—rushed down the steep hill into the sea, and drowned in the sea. 14 Then those who were feeding the pigs ran away and reported this in the city and in the countryside, and so people went out to see what it was that had happened. 15 Then they came to Jesus and they saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had been possessed by the Legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen what happened to the demon-possessed man told them about it, and about the pigs. 17 Then they started to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 When he was getting into the boat, the demon-possessed man begged him that he might be with him. 19 But Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go to your house and to your people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has shown you mercy.” 20 So he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone was amazed.
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again to the other side, in the boat, a great crowd gathered around him, as he was beside the sea. 22 Then, see, one of the leaders of the synagogue, named Jairus, came, and when he saw him, he fell at his feet. 23 He begged him repeatedly, saying, “My little daughter is near the end. Come in order to lay your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great crowd followed him and pressed close around him.
25 Now a woman was there with a flow of blood for twelve years. 26 She had suffered much from many doctors, and had spent everything that she had, and was not helped, but instead she became worse. 27 When she had heard the reports about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. 28 For she said, “If I touch just his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed from the disease. 30 Jesus immediately realized in himself that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 Then his disciples said to him, “You see this crowd pressed in on you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But Jesus looked around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, afraid and trembling, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 But he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be healed from your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” 36 But when Jesus overheard the message they spoke, he said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear. Only believe.” 37 He did not permit anyone to accompany him, except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the leader of the synagogue and he saw a commotion, and people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he entered, he said to them, “Why are you upset and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeps.” 40 Then they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took along the father of the child, the mother, and those who were with him, and he went in where the child was. 41 Then he took the hand of the child and said to her, “Talitha, koum!” which is translated: “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 42 Immediately the little girl got up and walked (for she was twelve years of age). They were immediately astonished with great amazement. 43 Then he strictly ordered them that no one should know about this. He also told them to give her something to eat.

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Chapter 6

1 Now Jesus went out from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people heard him and they were amazed, saying, “Where did he get these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? And what are these miracles that are being done by his hands?” 3 “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are his sisters not here with us?” They took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own house.” 5 So he was unable to do any mighty work there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went around the villages teaching.
7 Then he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits, 8 and instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except only a staff—no bread, no bag, and no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals, and not to wear two tunics. 10 He also said to them, “Whenever you enter into a house, remain there until you go away from there. 11 Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
14 Now King Herod heard this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the former prophets.” 16 But when Herod heard this he said, “John, whom I beheaded—he has been raised.” 17 For Herod himself sent to have John arrested and he had him bound in prison on account of Herodias (the wife of his brother Philip), because he had married her. 18 For John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have the wife of your brother.” 19 But Herodias held this against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not, 20 for Herod feared John; he knew that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. Listening to him made him greatly upset, yet he heard him gladly. 21 Then the opportunity came when Herod prepared his birthday dinner for his officials, and for his commanders, and for the leaders of Galilee. 22 Then the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced for them, and she pleased Herod and those reclining at table with him. The king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 23 He swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask?” She said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 She immediately came back with haste to the king, and demanded, saying, “I desire that you give me at once, the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 Although the king became deeply grieved, he did not want to refuse her because of his oath and because of those reclining at table with him. 27 So the king immediately sent an executioner, commanding him to bring John’s head. So he went and beheaded him in the prison. 28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
30 Then the apostles gathered together with Jesus and told him all that they had done and what they had taught. 31 Then he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 But people saw them leaving, and many recognized them. So they ran there together on foot from all the towns, and they arrived before them. 34 When they came ashore, he saw a great crowd and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. 35 When the hour was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. 36 Send them away so that they may go into the nearby countryside and villages to buy something to eat for themselves.” 37 But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Should we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 So he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded all the people to recline in groups on the green grass. 40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41 Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to his disciples that they might set them before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate until they were satisfied. 43 Then they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces, and of the fish. 44 There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the crowd away. 46 When they were gone, he went to the mountain to pray. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 He saw them straining against the oars, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and he wanted to pass by them. 49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought that he was a ghost and cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage! It is I! Do not fear!” 51 Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased blowing. They were completely amazed. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves. Instead, their hearts were hardened.
53 When they had crossed over to the land, they came to Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 When they got out of the boat, the people recognized him immediately, 55 and they ran throughout that whole region and began to carry on their mats those who were sick to wherever they heard that he was. 56 And wherever he entered into villages, or into cities, or into the countryside, they were putting the sick in the marketplaces and were begging him that they might only touch the edge of his garment, and as many as touched him were healed.

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Chapter 7

1 Now the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him. 2 And they saw that some of his disciples ate bread with defiled hands, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands ceremonially, because they hold to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash, and there are many other things which they received to observe: the washing of cups, and pots, and copper vessels.) 5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but they eat their bread with unwashed hands?” 6 But he answered and said to them, “Isaiah prophesied well about you hypocrites. As it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me.
7 They worship me in vain,
teaching commandments of men as doctrines.’
8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold fast to the tradition of men.” 9 He also said to them, “How well you reject the commandment of God so that you may keep your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of his father or mother will surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever you would have profited from me is Corban”’ (that is, ‘Given to God’), 12 you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother. 13 You are making the word of God void by your tradition which you have handed down. And you do many similar things.” 14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand. 15 There is nothing from outside the man that can defile him when it enters into him. But the things that come out of the man are the things that defile the man.” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 16. 16 [If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.] 17 Now when Jesus left the crowd and entered into the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 He said to them, “Are you also so without understanding? Do you not see that everything that enters into the man from outside is not able to defile him, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and then passes out into the latrine?” (Therefore, all foods are clean.) 20 But he said, “That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. 21 For from within the man, out of the heart, proceed evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evils come from within, and they defile the man.”
24 Then he got up from there and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, not wanting anyone to know it, but he could not be hidden. 25 But as soon as a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him, she came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by descent. She begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children first be fed. For it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to him, “Yes, Lord, even the dogs under the table eat from the crumbs of the children.” 29 Then he said to her, “Because of this word, go! The demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 She went back to her house and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon was gone.
31 Then he went out again from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee up into the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him someone who was deaf and had difficulty speaking, and they begged him that he would lay his hand on him. 33 After taking him aside from the crowd by himself, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 34 Then he looked up to heaven with a deep sigh, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”). 35 And his ears were opened, and the band of his tongue was released, and he began speaking plainly. 36 Jesus ordered them to tell no one. But the more he ordered them, the more abundantly they proclaimed it. 37 They were extremely astonished, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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Chapter 8

1 In those days, there was again a great crowd, and they did not have anything to eat. Jesus called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they continue to be with me already for three days and do not have anything to eat. 3 If I send them away to their home without eating, they may faint on the way, and some of them have come from far way.” 4 His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy these people here in this deserted place?” 5 So he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 Then he commanded the crowd to recline on the ground. He took the seven loaves, gave thanks, and broke them. He gave them to his disciples so that they might serve them, so they served the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish, and after he gave thanks for them, he told them to serve these as well. 8 They ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven baskets of the remaining broken pieces. 9 There were about four thousand people. Then he sent them away. 10 Immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and they went into the region of Dalmanutha.
11 Then the Pharisees came out and began to argue with him. They sought from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 He sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 Then he left them, got into a boat again, and went away to the other side.
14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and except for one loaf, they did not have any with them in the boat. 15 Then Jesus warned them, saying, “Keep watch and be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” 16 So the disciples reasoned with each other, “It is because we do not have bread.” 17 And being aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you reasoning that you do not have bread? Do you not yet perceive, nor understand? Have your hearts become hardened? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “When I broke the seven loaves among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Seven.” 21 Then he said to them, “How do you not yet understand?”
22 Then they came to Bethsaida. People brought to him a blind man and begged him that he would touch him. 23 Taking hold of the hand of the blind man, Jesus led him out of the village. When he had spit on his eyes, he laid his hands on him, asking him, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up, and said, “I see men who look like walking trees.” 25 Then he again laid his hands upon his eyes, and the man looked intently and was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Then Jesus sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not enter into the town.”
27 Then Jesus and his disciples went out into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples saying to them, “Who do the people say that I am?” 28 They answered him, saying, “John the Baptist. Others say, ‘Elijah,’ and others, ‘One of the prophets.’” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to him, “You are the Christ.” 30 Then Jesus warned them that they should tell no one about him.
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and rise up after three days. 32 He spoke this message clearly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.” 34 Then he called the crowd along with his disciples, and he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it, but whoever loses his soul for my sake and for the gospel, will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and to forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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Chapter 9

1 And he said to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of you who are standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 2 Six days later, Jesus took Peter and James and John and led them up on a high mountain, alone by themselves. Then he was transfigured before them. 3 His garments became radiantly, extremely white, as no bleacher on earth could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah with Moses appeared to them, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 So Peter spoke to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here, and so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 (For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.) 7 Then a cloud came and overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them, but only Jesus.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he commanded them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, but they discussed among themselves what “rising from the dead” could mean. 11 Then they asked him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. Why then is it written of the Son of Man that he must suffer many things and be despised? 13 But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did whatever they wanted to him, just as it is written about him.”
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them and scribes were arguing with them. 15 Immediately, when the whole crowd saw Jesus, they were amazed, and they ran up to him and greeted him. 16 He asked his disciples, “What are you arguing with them about?” 17 Someone in the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and he becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 19 Then he answered them and said, “You unbelieving generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 So they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw him into a convulsion, and the boy fell on the ground, rolled around, and foamed at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked his father, “How long has he been like this?” The father said, “Since childhood. 22 It has often both thrown him into the fire and into the waters in order to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able’? All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” 25 Now when Jesus saw that the crowd was running to them, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter into him again.” 26 It cried out and convulsed the boy greatly and then came out. The boy became like a dead person, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by his hand and lifted him up, and the boy stood up. 28 Then when Jesus went into a house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer and fasting.”Some manuscripts do not include, and fasting but the best manuscripts include it.
30 They went out from there and passed through Galilee, but he did not want anyone to know it, 31 for he was teaching his disciples and saying to them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he has been killed, he will rise again after three days.” 32 But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask him.
33 Then they came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they were silent. For they had been arguing with one another on the way about who was the greatest. 35 So sitting down, he called the twelve together and he said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and placed him in their midst. He took him in his arms and said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, does not receive me but the one who sent me.” 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we stopped him, because he does not follow us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name and can soon afterwards say anything bad about me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in the name that you are of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward. 42 And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him instead if a large millstone was put around his neck and he was thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than to have two hands and to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 44. 44 [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame than to have your two feet and be thrown into hell. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 46. 46 [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out. It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out. 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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Chapter 10

1 Then Jesus left that place and went to the region of Judea and to the area beyond the Jordan River, and the crowds came to him again. He was teaching them again, as he was accustomed to do. 2 Then Pharisees came to him to test him and asked him, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and then to send her away.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment to you because of your hardness of heart. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’
7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, Some manuscripts add, and be united with his wife, but the best manuscripts do not. 8 and the two will become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” 10 When they were in the house, the disciples asked him again about this. 11 So he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
13 Then they brought little children to him so that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus noticed it, he was very displeased and said to them, “Permit the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like them. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will definitely not enter into it.” 16 Then he took the children into his arms and blessed them as he placed his hands on them.
17 When he started on his journey, a man ran up to him and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do in order to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not testify falsely, do not defraud, honor your father and mother’.” 20 But the man said to him, “Teacher, all these things I have obeyed from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus looked at him and loved him. So he said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell all that you have, and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But he became very sad at this statement, and went away grieving, because he was one who had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered and said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 26 They were greatly astonished, saying to each other, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to speak to him, “Look, we have left everything and have followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time: houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going ahead of them. The disciples were amazed, and those who were following behind were afraid. Then Jesus took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. 33 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock him, spit on him, whip him, and kill him, but after three days he will rise.”
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him, saying to him, “Teacher, we desire that you to do for us whatever we ask you.” 36 So he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 They said to him, “Grant to us that we might sit in your glory, one at your right hand and one at your left hand.” 38 But Jesus replied to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup which I will drink or to be baptized with the baptism with which I will be baptized?” 39 They said to him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “The cup that I will drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. 40 But to sit at my right hand or at my left hand is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 When the other ten disciples heard about this, they began to be very angry with James and John. 42 Then Jesus called them to himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be the slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
46 Then they came to Jericho. As he was going out from Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout and to say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked the blind man in order to silence him. But he cried out much more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Then Jesus stopped and commanded him to be called. So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage! Get up! He is calling you.” 50 He threw aside his coat, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus answered him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabbi, I want to receive my sight.” 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go. Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight, and he followed him on the road.

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Chapter 11

1 Now when they came to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent out two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village opposite us. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has yet sat. Untie it and bring it to me. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you should say, ‘The Lord has need of it and they will immediately send it back here.’” 4 So they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside by the street, and they untied it. 5 Then some of the people who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 So they spoke to them as Jesus had told them, and the people gave them permission. 7 Then the two disciples brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and Jesus sat on it. 8 Many people spread their garments on the road, and others spread branches they had cut from the fields. 9 Both those who went before him and those who followed shouted,
“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!”
11 Then Jesus entered into Jerusalem, into the temple, and looked around at everything. The hour was already late, so he went out to Bethany with the twelve. 12 Now the next day, when they returned from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing from far away a fig tree that had leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit on it. But when he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he answered and spoke to it, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
15 Then they came to Jerusalem, and he entered into the temple and began to cast out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple. He also overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons, 16 and he did not permit that anyone carry merchandise through the temple. 17 Then he taught them and said, “Is it not written,
‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
But you have made it a den of robbers.”
18 The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and they looked for a way to kill him. For they feared him because the entire crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, they departed from the city.
20 As they walked by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from its roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered away.” 22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I say to you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Get up and cast yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he said will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I say to you: Everything you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 When you stand and pray, you must forgive whatever you have against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your trespasses.” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 26 (See: Mt. 6:15). 26 [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.]
27 Then they came to Jerusalem again. As Jesus was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him. 28 They said to him, “By what authority do you do these things, and who gave you this authority that you should do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I also will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer me.” 31 They discussed between themselves, saying, “What should we say? If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ Some manuscripts do not include, What should we say?, but the best manuscripts include it. 32 But if we say, ‘From men,’ ... .” They were afraid of the people, for everyone considered that John really was a prophet. 33 Then they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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Chapter 12

1 Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, and dug a pit for a winepress. He built a watchtower and then leased the vineyard to vine growers. Then he went away on a journey. 2 At the harvest time, he sent a servant to the vine growers to receive from the vine growers some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they took him, beat him, and sent him away with nothing. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they wounded him in the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent yet another, and this one they killed. He sent many others: they beat some, and they killed others. 6 He had still one more to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those vine growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine growers and will give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this scripture?
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
this has become the cornerstone.
11 This was from the Lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.’”
12 Then they sought to arrest Jesus, but they feared the crowd, for they knew that he had spoken this parable against them. So they left him and went away.
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to him in order to trap him with words. 14 When they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and do not defer to anyone, for you do not look at people’s appearance. Instead, you teach the way of God according to truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay, or not pay?” 15 But Jesus knew their hypocrisy and said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius so I can look at it.” 16 So they brought one. Then he said to them, “Whose is this likeness and inscription?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God.” They marveled at him.
18 Then Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him. They asked him, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife behind, but does not leave a child, then he should take his brother’s wife, and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife and then died, not leaving offspring. 21 Then the second took her and died, not leaving offspring, and the third likewise. 22 The seven did not leave offspring. Last of all, the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For all seven brothers had her as their wife.” 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, because you do not know the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven. 26 But concerning the dead that are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite mistaken.”
28 Now one of the scribes came and heard them discussing this together. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second commandment is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other greater commandment than these.” 32 The scribe said to him, “Good, Teacher! You have truly said that God is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 To love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is even more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one any longer dared to ask Jesus questions.
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked and said, “How do the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, said,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
37 David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ so how can he be David’s son?” The large crowd gladly listened to him.
38 In his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like greetings in the marketplaces, and to walk in long robes, 39 and the chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at the feasts. 40 They devour widows’ houses, and they pray long prayers for people to see. These men will receive greater condemnation.”
41 Then Jesus sat down across from the temple offering box; he was watching how the crowd dropped money into the box. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and put in two mites, which are worth a penny. 43 He called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them who contributed to the offering box. 44 For all of them gave out of their abundance. But this widow, out of her poverty, put in everything she had, all she had to live on. “

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Chapter 13

1 As Jesus was walking away from the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another stone, which will not be thrown down.”
3 Now as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? What will be the sign when all these things are about to be fulfilled?” 5 So Jesus began to say to them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he,’ and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not worry; these things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in many places, and there will be famines. These are the beginnings of birth pains.
9 You must watch out for yourselves. They will deliver you up to councils and to synagogues, you will be beaten, and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. 10 But the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations. 11 When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry about what you should say. But whatever might be given to you in that hour, speak that; for you will not be the ones who are speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But whoever endures to the end, that person will be saved.
14 But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, 15 let the one who is on the housetop not go down nor go in to take anything out of his house, 16 and let the one who is in the field not go back to get his cloak. 17 But woe to those who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it might not occur in winter. 19 For there will be in those days tribulation, such as has not been, from the beginning of creation which God created, until now, and that will never be again. 20 And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the elect whom he chose, he cut short the days. 21 So then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and will give signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, the elect. 23 You must watch out! See, I have told you everything ahead of time.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.
26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send the angels and he will gather together his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
28 Learn the parable from the fig tree. As soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things happening, you know that he is near, right at the doors. 30 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all of these things occur. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 32 But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Be alert! Watch and pray, because you do not know what time it is. 34 It is like a man going on a journey—he leaves his house and gives to each of his servants authority over his work, and he commands the watchman to stay alert. 35 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know when the master of the house will come—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 or else, if he comes suddenly, he might find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Stay alert!”

14

Chapter 14

1 It was now two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were considering how they might arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 2 For they were saying, “Not during the feast, so that there might not be a riot among the people.”
3 Now while Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at the table, a woman came, having an alabaster jar of very costly annointing-oil, which was pure nard. She broke the jar and poured it on his head. 4 But there were some who were angry, saying to themselves, “Why has this waste of the annointing-oil happened? 5 For this perfume could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” Then they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you troubling her? She has done a good work for me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you desire you can do good to them, but you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of, in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests so that he might deliver him over to them. 11 When the chief priests heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. He began looking for an opportunity to betray him.
12 Now on the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare, so you may eat the Passover meal?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man bearing a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Whereever he enters, say to the owner of that house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I will eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples left and went to the city. They found it just as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
17 Then, when evening arrived, he came with the twelve. 18 As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, one of you who is eating with me will betray me.” 19 They began to be grieved, and to say to him one by one, “Surely not I?” 20 Then he said to them, “It is one of the twelve, the one who is dipping bread with me in the bowl. 21 For the Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him if that man had not been born.”
22 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and broke it. He gave it to them and said, “Take this. This is my body.” 23 He also took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many. 25 Truly I say to you, I will never drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will fall away, for it is written,
‘I will strike the shepherd
and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 29 But Peter said to him, “Even if all fall away, yet I will not.” 30 Then Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today—this very night—before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But Peter said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And they all also spoke in the same manner.
32 Then they came to the place that is called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him and began to be distressed and deeply troubled. 34 He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay alert.” 35 Then going a little farther, Jesus fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible with you. Remove this cup from me. But not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he came back and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not stay alert for one hour? 38 Stay alert and pray, so that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 He went away and prayed again, saying the same thing. 40 When he came back again, he found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. 41 Then he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come. Look! The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up; let us go. Look, the one who is betraying me is near.” 43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived, and a crowd with him with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 Now his betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 So when Judas arrived, immediately he came up to Jesus and said, “Rabbi,” and he kissed him. 46 Then they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But a certain one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you teaching in the temple, and you did not arrest me. But this happened so that the scriptures might be fulfilled.” 50 Then they all left him and ran away.
51 Now a certain young man was following Jesus, wearing only a linen garment over his naked body. They seized him, 52 but he left behind the linen garment and ran away naked.
53 Then they led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes gathered together. 54 Now Peter followed him from a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. He was sitting among the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the entire Jewish council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death. But they did not find any. 56 For many brought false testimony against him, but even their testimony did not agree. 57 Some stood up and brought false testimony against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59 Yet even in this, their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up among them and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do you not answer at all? What is it that they testify against you?” 61 But he was silent and did not answer at all. Again the high priest questioned him and said to him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 Jesus said, “I am;
and you will see the Son of Man
when he sits at the right hand of power
and comes with the clouds of heaven.”
63 Then the high priest tore his garments and said, “What need do we still have for witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him to be deserving of death. 65 Then some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and strike him, and say to him, “Prophesy!” The officers also took him and slapped him.
66 Now while Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came to him. 67 She saw Peter warming himself, and she looked closely at him and said, “You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” Then he went out into the courtyard. Some ancient copies add, “Then the rooster crowed,” but the best ancient copies do not have this phrase. 69 But the servant girl saw him there and began to say again to those who were standing there, “This man is one of them!” 70 But he denied it again. After a little while those who were standing there again were saying to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you also are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man whom you are talking about.” 72 The rooster immediately crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the words that Jesus had said to him: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times,” and he broke down and wept.

15

Chapter 15

1 Early in the morning, the chief priests met together with the elders and scribes and the entire Jewish council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” So answering him, he said, “You say so.” 3 Then the chief priests were accusing him of many things. 4 So Pilate again questioned him, saying, “Do you not answer at all? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” 5 But Jesus no longer answered anything, so that Pilate was amazed.
6 Now at the time of the feast, Pilate usually released to them one prisoner, whom they requested. 7 A man who was named Barabbas was in prison with the rebels, who had committed murder in the rebellion. 8 Then the crowd came to Pilate and began to ask him to do what he usually did for them. 9 So Pilate answered them and said, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he knew that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him because of envy. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead. 12 Then Pilate again answered and said to them, “What therefore should I do to the one you call the King of the Jews?” 13 But they shouted again, “Crucify him!” 14 So Pilate said to them, “What wrong has he done?” But they shouted more and more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wanting to do what would satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them. He scourged Jesus and then handed him over in order to be crucified.
16 Then the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole cohort of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on Jesus, and they twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him. 18 Then they began to salute him: “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They kept striking his head with a staff and spitting on him. They knelt down as if to honor him. 20 When they had mocked him, they took off of him the purple robe and put his own garments on him, and then led him out in order to crucify him. 21 A certain passerby, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), was coming from the country, and they forced him to carry his cross.
22 They brought Jesus to Golgotha (a place which is translated, “Place of a Skull”). 23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not drink it. 24 Then they crucified him, and divided his garments by casting lots for them to determine who would take which piece. 25 Now it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him was written: “The King of the Jews.” 27 They also crucified two robbers with him, one on his right, and one on his left. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 28 (compare Luke 22:37). 28 [The scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘He was counted with the lawless ones.’] 29 Those who passed by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests were also mocking him with each other, along with the scribes, and said, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe,” and those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
33 Now when the sixth hour arrived, darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 When some of those standing by heard him, they said, “Look, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him alone! Let us see if Elijah comes to take him down!” 37 Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 38 Then the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 39 When the centurion who stood in front of Jesus saw that he had breathed his last in this way, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” 40 There were also women who looked on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joses), and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee they followed him and served him. There were also many other women, who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
42 Now when evening had already come, because it was the Day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council who also was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was amazed that Jesus was already dead, so he called the centurion and asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When Pilate learned this from the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph had bought a linen cloth, took him down from the cross, wrapped him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of a rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw the place where Jesus was buried.

16

Chapter 16

1 When the Sabbath day was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices that they might come and anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb when the sun came up. 3 They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, for it was very large. 5 So they entered into the tomb and saw a young man dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. Look at the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Then they went out and ran from the tomb, for trembling and amazement had seized them. They said nothing to anyone because they were so afraid. Some ancient manuscripts include Mark 16:9-20. 9 [Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who were with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 They heard that he was alive and that he had been seen by her, but they did not believe.
12 After these things he appeared in a different form to two of them, as they were walking out into the country. 13 They went and told the rest of the disciples, but they did not believe them.
14 Jesus later appeared to the eleven as they were reclining at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw him after he rose from the dead. 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the entire creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, and he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will go with those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons. They will speak in new languages. 18 They will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 The disciples left and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word by the signs that went with them.]

The Gospel of Luke

Luke

1

Chapter 1

1 Now many have attempted to compile an account concerning the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 So it seemed good to me also, having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, to write for you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you might know the certainty concerning the things that you have been taught.
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zechariah, from the division of Abijah. Now his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Now they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7 But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.
8 Now it came about that in his performing as priest before God, in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter into the temple of the Lord to burn incense. 10 Now the whole crowd of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 Now Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell on him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you will call his name John. 14 And there will be joy and gladness to you, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he must never drink 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 And he will go as a forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”
18 Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in her years.” 19 So the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent, and not able to speak until that day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” 21 Now the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delaying in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was not able to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained unable to speak. 23 Now it came about that, when the days of his priestly service were fulfilled, he went away to his home.
24 Now after these days, his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “This is what the Lord has done for me, in the days in which he looked upon me with favor, to take away my disgrace among people.”
26 Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee which was named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the name of the virgin was Mary. 28 And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was troubled by his words and she was considering what kind of greeting this might be. 30 So the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And see, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will call his name ‘Jesus.’ 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David. 33 And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end of his kingdom.” 34 But Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not known a man?” 35 Then answering, the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one who will be born will be called the Son of God. 36 And see, your relative Elizabeth—she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible for God.” 38 Then Mary said, “See, I am the female servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel went away from her.
39 Then Mary arose in those days and quickly went into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 Now it happened that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she exclaimed in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And how has this happened to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For see, as soon as the sound of your greeting reached to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.” 46 Then Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
48 For he has looked at the low condition of his female servant.
For see, from now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and his name is holy,
50 and his mercy is from generation to generation to those who fear him.
51 He has done mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has thrown down rulers from their thrones
and he has raised up those of low condition.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
but the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers—to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 Now Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to deliver her baby, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Then her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
59 Now it happened on the eighth day that they came to circumcise the child, and they would have named him after the name of his father, Zechariah. 60 But his mother answered and said, “No. Rather, he will be called John.” 61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 Then they made signs to his father as to what he wanted him to be named. 63 So he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” And they all were astonished. 64 Then immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was freed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 So fear came on all those who lived around them, and all these matters were being talked about throughout all the hill country of Judea. 66 And all those who heard these things stored them in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child become?” For indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
for he has come to help and he has accomplished redemption for his people.
69 And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all those who hate us.
72 He will do this to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to Abraham our father, to grant to usSome manuscripts place, to grant to us in verse 74, but the best manuscripts place it here.
74 that we, having been delivered out of the hand of our enemies,
would serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And indeed, you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his paths;
77 to give the knowledge of salvation to his people
through the forgiveness of their sins.
78 This will happen because of the tender mercy of our God,
because of which the sunrise from on high will come to help us,
79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
80 Now the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

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Chapter 2

1 Now in those days, it came about that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for all the world to be registered. 2 This first registration happened while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So everyone went to be registered, each one to his own city. 4 Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David. 5 He went to register with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. 6 Now it came about that, while they were there, the time came for the birth of her baby. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were shepherds in that region, who were staying in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were extremely afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you great joy, which will be to all the people. 11 For today has been born for you in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord! 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth, peace among people
with whom he is pleased.”
15 Now it came about that, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let us indeed go over as far as Bethlehem, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they hurried there and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 After they had seen him, they made known concerning the message that had been told to them about this child. 18 And all those who heard it were amazed concerning the things that were spoken to them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, just as it had been spoken to them.
21 Now when eight days had passed, when he was circumcized, then his name was called Jesus, which he had been called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of their purification had passed, according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb will be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now see, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 Now it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him according to what was the custom of the law, 28 then he took him into his arms and praised God, and he said,
29 “Now let your servant depart in peace, Lord, according to your word.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all the peoples:
32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.”
33 Now his father and mother Some ancient copies add to the text the name of his father, Joseph  ; and some do not have the mention of the mother. The most reliable copies have his father and mother . were amazed at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this one is appointed for the downfall and rising up of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against— 35 and a sword will also pierce your own soul—so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” 36 Anna was also there, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was very advanced in years, having lived with her husband for seven years after her virginity, 37 and she was a widow for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, serving with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 Now coming up to them at that very hour, she began giving thanks to God and speaking about the child to all those who had been waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 So when they had completed everything that was according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover. 42 Now when he was twelve years old, they again went up at the customary time for the feast. 43 But after the days were finished, as they were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Now his parents did not know it, 44 but thinking that he was with the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 But when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem searching for him. 46 Now it came about that after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, and listening to them, and asking them questions. 47 And all those who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 Now when they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Look, your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 But he said to them, “Why is it that you were searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? Some scholars translate in my Father’s house as about my Father’s business. 50 But they did not understand the statement that he spoke to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was submitting to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus continued to increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and people.

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Chapter 3

1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. 3 So he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“A voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley will be filled,
and every mountain and hill will be made low,
and the crooked roads will become straight,
and the rough roads smooth,
6 and all flesh will see the salvation of God.’”
7 So John said to the crowds who were coming out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to run away from the wrath that is coming? 8 Therefore, produce fruits that are worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 9 But indeed, the ax is already set against the root of the trees. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.” 10 Then the crowds kept asking him, saying, “What then should we do?” 11 And he answered and said to them, “The one who has two tunics must share with the one who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.” 12 Now tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to do.” 14 Now some who were soldiers also asked him, saying, “And what should we do?” So he said to them, “Take nothing by force, nor by accusing falsely, and be content with your wages.”
15 Now the people were eagerly expecting and were all wondering in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ. 16 John answered, saying to them all, “I indeed baptize you with water, but one more powerful than I is coming, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to thoroughly clear off his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his storehouse. But he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
18 Therefore, also exhorting many other things, he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, having been rebuked by John concerning Herodias, the wife of his brother, and concerning all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 he even added this to them all: he locked John up in prison.
21 Now it came about, when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized, and while he was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit in bodily form came down on him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you.”
23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son (as it was assumed) of Joseph, of Heli, 24 of Matthat, of Levi, of Melchi, of Jannai, of Joseph, 25 of Mattathias, of Amos, of Nahum, of Esli, of Naggai, 26 of Maath, of Mattathias, of Semein, of Josech, of Joda, 27 of Joanan, of Rhesa, of Zerubbabel, of Salathiel, of Neri, 28 of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam, of Elmadam, of Er, 29 of Joshua, of Eliezer, of Jorim, of Matthat, of Levi, 30 of Simeon, of Judah, of Joseph, of Jonam, of Eliakim, 31 of Melea, of Menna, of Mattatha, of Nathan, of David, 32 of Jesse, of Obed, of Boaz, of Salmon, of Nahshon, 33 of Amminadab, of Admin, of Arni, of Hezron, of Perez, of Judah, 34 of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nahor, 35 of Serug, of Reu, of Peleg, of Eber, of Shelah, 36 of Cainan, of Arphaxad, of Shem, of Noah, of Lamech, 37 of Methuselah, of Enoch, of Jared, of Mahalaleel, of Cainan, 38 of Enos, of Seth, of Adam, of God.

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Chapter 4

1 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Now he did not eat anything during those days, and he was hungry when they were completed. 3 Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, speak to this stone so that it might become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’” 5 Then the devil led him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant of time. 6 Then the devil said to him, “I will give to you all this authority and their glory, for they have been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. 7 So then, if you will bow in worship before me, it will all be yours.” 8 But answering, Jesus said to him, “It is written, ‘You will worship the Lord your God, and you will serve only him.’” 9 Then he led Jesus to Jerusalem and put him on the very highest point of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written,
‘He will give orders to his angels regarding you, to protect you,’
11 and, ‘They will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 But answering, Jesus said to him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he went away from him until an opportune time.
14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread throughout the entire surrounding region. 15 And he began to teach in their synagogues, being praised by all.
16 Now he came to Nazareth, where he had been raised, and according to his custom, he entered into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read aloud. 17 Then the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. So he opened the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. Now the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and they were amazed at the gracious words which were coming out of his mouth, and they asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?” 23 Then he said to them, “Surely you will say this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, heal yourself. Whatever we heard that happened in Capernaum, also do the same in your hometown.’” 24 But he said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is received in his hometown. 25 But in truth I tell you that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came upon all the land. 26 But Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath in Sidon, to a widow woman. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet, but none of them were healed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 Then all in the synagogue were filled with rage when they heard these things. 29 So they got up, forced him out of the town, and led him to the edge of the hill on which their town was built, so as to throw him off. 30 But passing through the midst of them, he went on his way.
31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and he began to teach them on the Sabbath. 32 And they were astonished at his teaching, because his message was with authority. 33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 Then Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” So when the demon had thrown the man down in their midst, he came out of him, not hurting him at all. 36 So astonishment came upon all, and they kept talking to one another, saying, “What is this message, that he commands the unclean spirits with authority and power, and they come out?” 37 So news about him began to spread into every part of the surrounding region.
38 Then getting up from the synagogue, he entered into the house of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering with a high fever, and they asked him concerning her. 39 So standing over her, he rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she got up and started serving them.
40 Now when the sun was setting, everyone who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and laying his hands on each one of them, he was healing them. 41 And demons also came out from many of them, crying out, and saying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not permit them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
42 Now it happened that when daybreak came, he went out to a solitary place, but the crowds of people were looking for him, and came to him, and they tried to keep him from going away from them. 43 But he said to them, “I must also preach the gospel about the kingdom of God to many other cities, because for this reason I was sent.”
44 Then he continued to preach in the synagogues in Judea.

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Chapter 5

1 Now it happened that, while the crowd of people were pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, and he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 Then he saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Then he got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put it out a short distance from the land. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 Now when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deeper water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked through the entire night and caught nothing, but at your word, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they gathered a very large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 So they motioned to their partners in the other boat that they should come to help them, and they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” 9 For amazement had seized him, and all those with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken, 10 and likewise also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 When they had brought their boats to the land, they left everything and followed him.
12 Now it came about that he was in one of the cities, and there was a man full of leprosy. And now seeing Jesus and falling on his face, he begged him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Then he reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean.” And immediately the leprosy went away from him. 14 Then he instructed him to tell no one, but, “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer a sacrifice for your cleansing, according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” 15 But the report about him spread even farther, and large crowds of people came together to hear him teach and to be healed from their sicknesses. 16 But he often withdrew into the deserted places and prayed.
17 Now it came about on one of those days that he was teaching, and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem, and power of the Lord was upon him to heal. 18 Now there were some men carrying on a mat a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him inside and to lay him down in front of him. 19 When they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up to the housetop and let him down through the tiles, on his mat, into the midst of the people, in front of Jesus. 20 Now seeing their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to debate, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, answered and said to them, “Why are you debating in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’ or to say ‘Get up and walk?’ 24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins,”—he said to the one who was paralyzed—”I tell you, get up, and pick up your mat, and go to your house.” 25 So immediately he got up in front of them, picked up that on which he was lying, and went away to his house, glorifying God. 26 Then amazement took hold of them all, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
27 Now after these things, he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax collector’s tent, and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 So leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow him.
29 Then Levi made a great banquet in his house for him, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining at the table with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “People who are well do not have need of a physician, but those who have sickness. 32 I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
33 Then they said to him, “The disciples of John often fast and make prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same. But those of yours eat and drink.” 34 Then he said to them, “You cannot make the wedding attendants fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? 35 But the days will indeed come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then, in those days, they will fast.” 36 Then he also spoke a parable to them. “No one, having torn a piece of cloth from a new garment, sews it onto an old garment. But if he did that, the new garment will tear, and the old garment will not match the piece that is from the new garment. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. But if he does that, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be spilled out, and the wineskins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 No one, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

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Chapter 6

1 Now it happened on a Sabbath that he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?” 3 And answering them, Jesus said, “Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and the men who were with him? 4 He entered into the house of God, and took the bread of the presence and ate it, and gave it to those with him, which is not lawful to eat, except only for the priests.” 5 Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
6 Now it happened that on another Sabbath he entered into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered. 7 But the scribes and the Pharisees were watching him closely to see whether he would heal someone on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. 8 But he knew what they were thinking and he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up, and stand in the midst of us.” So the man got up and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a soul or to destroy it?” 10 Then he looked around at them all and said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with anger and they talked to each other about what they might do to Jesus.
12 Now it happened that in those days he went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God. 13 Now when it became day, he called his disciples to him, and he chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon (whom he also named Peter) and his brother Andrew; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15 and Matthew and Thomas; and James son of Alphaeus; and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16 and Judas son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 Then he came down the mountain with them and stood on a level place with a large crowd of his disciples, and with a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to listen to him and to be healed of their diseases. Those who were troubled with unclean spirits were also healed. 19 Now the whole crowd kept trying to touch him because power was coming out from him and healing them all.
20 Then he lifted up his eyes upon his disciples, and said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are those who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are those who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for see, your reward in heaven is great. For their fathers treated the prophets in the same way. 24 But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25 Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to the ones who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in the same way.
27 But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies and do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer him also the other, and from the one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and from the one who takes away what is yours, do not ask for it back. 31 And as you desire that people would do to you, do the same to them. 32 For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 For if indeed you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to be repaid, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive back the same. 35 But love your enemies and do good to them, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 And do not judge, and you will not be judged. And 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, spilling over—they will pour into your lap. For with the measure you measure, it will be measured back to you.”
39 Then he also told them a parable. “A blind man is not able to guide a blind man, is he? Would both not fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the tiny piece of straw that is in the eye of your brother, but you do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the piece of straw that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take out the log from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the piece of straw that is in the eye of your brother. 43 For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor on the other hand, a rotten tree that produces good fruit. 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not gather figs from a thornbush, nor do they gather grapes from a briar bush. 45 The good man from the good treasure of his heart produces what is good, and the evil man from his evil produces what is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
46 Now why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 Everyone who is coming to me and hearing my words, and doing them, I will show you what he is like. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down and dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock. Then a flood came, the torrent of water flowed against that house, but could not shake it, because it had been built well. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them, he is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent of water flowed, and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”

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Chapter 7

1 When he had finished all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2 Now a certain servant of a centurion, who was highly regarded by him, being sick, was about to die. 3 And when the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come so that he might save his servant. 4 And when they had come to Jesus, they asked him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy for you to grant this to him, 5 because he loves our nation, and he built the synagogue for us.” 6 Now Jesus went on his way with them. But when he was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, because I am not worthy that you would come under my roof. 7 For this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you, but say a word and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another one, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 Now when Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant was well.
11 Now it happened on the next day that he went into a town called Nain. And his disciples and a great crowd were going with him. 12 Now as he approached the gate of the town, and see, a man was being carried out who had died, the only begotten son of his mother (and she was a widow), and a rather large crowd from the town was with her. 13 Now when the Lord saw her, he was deeply moved with compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not cry.” 14 Then he went up and touched the wooden frame holding the body, and those who were carrying it stood still. Then he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and he gave him to his mother. 16 Then fear overcame all of them, and they kept praising God, saying, “A great prophet has been raised among us” and “God has looked upon his people.” 17 And this news about him spread throughout the whole of Judea and all the neighboring regions.
18 Then his own disciples reported to John concerning all these things. So calling two of his disciples, John 19 sent them to the Lord to say, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?” 20 Now when they had come to Jesus, the men said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to say, ‘Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many from sicknesses and afflictions and from evil spirits, and to many blind people he granted to see. 22 Then he answered and said to them, “After you have gone on your way, report to John what you have seen and heard: blind people are receiving sight, lame people are walking, lepers are being cleansed and deaf people are hearing, dead people are being raised back to life, poor people are being told the gospel, 23 and blessed is anyone who does not take offense at me.”
24 Then after John’s messengers had gone away, he began to say to the crowds concerning John, “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those in expensive clothing and living in luxury are in kings’ palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he concerning whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
28 I say to you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John, but the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.” 29 (Now all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, having been baptized with the baptism of John, declared God to be righteous. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in Jewish law rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by John.) 31 “To what, then, will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children who are in the marketplace, sitting and calling to one another, saying, ‘We played a flute for you, and you did not dance. We sang a funeral song, and you did not cry.’ 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.”
36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. So entering into the house of the Pharisee, he reclined at the table. 37 Now there was a woman in the city who was a sinner. When she found out that he was reclining at the table in the house of the Pharisee, bringing an alabaster jar of perfumed oil, 38 and standing behind him near his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the perfumed oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, saying, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what type the woman is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40 So Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He said, “Say it, Teacher!” 41 “Two men were debtors to a certain moneylender. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they did not have enough to repay him, he forgave them both. Therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave the most.” Then he said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “You see this woman. I have entered into your house. You did not give me water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but from the time I came in she did not stop kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven—for she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 But those reclining together began to say among themselves, “Who is this that even forgives sins?” 50 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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Chapter 8

1 Now it happened that soon afterward, he also began traveling around to different cities and villages, preaching and proclaiming the gospel about the kingdom of God, and the twelve were with him, 2 and also certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna; and many others, who were providing for them out of their possessions.
4 Now while a large crowd was gathering and coming to him from different towns, he spoke in a parable: 5 “The sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. 6 And other seed fell on the rock, and when it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And other seed fell in the midst of the thorns, and when it grew up, the thorns choked it. 8 But other seed fell on the good soil, and when it grew up, it produced a crop a hundred times greater.” After saying these things, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
9 Then his disciples asked him, “What might this parable mean?” 10 And he said, “To you has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but I speak to the rest in parables, so that, ‘Seeing, they may not see; and hearing, they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard, but then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so they may not believe and be saved. 13 The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy. But they have no root; they believe for a time, and in a time of testing they fall away. 14 The ones that fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and they do not produce mature fruit. 15 But the ones on the good soil, these are the ones who, hearing the word with an honest and good heart, hold it securely and bear fruit with patient endurance.
16 No one lights a lamp and covers it with a bowl or puts it under a bed. Rather, he puts it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made known, nor secret that will not be known and come into the light. 18 So be careful how you listen, for to whoever has, more will be given to him, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”
19 Then his mother and brothers came to him, but they could not get near him because of the crowd. 20 Then he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 21 But he answered and said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
22 Now it happened that on one of those days, he indeed got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they set sail. 23 But as they sailed, he fell asleep. Then a terrible windstorm came down on the lake, and their boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. 24 Then they came over and woke him up, saying, “Master! Master! We are perishing!” But he awoke, rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” Then they were afraid and marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”
26 So they sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 Now when he stepped on the land, a certain man from the city, who had demons, met him. Now for a long time he had not worn clothes, and he did not live in a house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and he said in a loud voice, “What is that to me and to you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you that you would not torment me.” 29 For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For many times it had seized him, and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and he had broken his chains and he would be driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” and he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered into him. 31 And they kept begging him that he would not command them to go away into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was there feeding on the hillside, and they begged him to let them go into them. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and was drowned. 34 Now when those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported it in the city and in the countryside. 35 Then the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 Then those who had seen it reported to them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37 But all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to depart from them, for they were overwhelmed with great fear. Then he got into the boat to return. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged him to be with him, but he sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home and describe all that God has done for you.” So he went on his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city all that Jesus had done for him.
40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then see, there was a man whose name was Jairus, and he was a leader of the synagogue. And falling at the feet of Jesus, he begged him to come to his house, 42 because his only begotten daughter was about twelve years old, and she was dying. As he was on his way, the crowds of people were pressing around him.
43 Now there was a woman with a flow of blood for twelve years, who, having spent all her living Scholars are divided whether the phrase [she] having spent all her living should be included here. on doctors, was not able to be healed by anyone. 44 She approached him from behind and touched the edge of his coat, and immediately her flow of blood stopped. 45 Then Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched me?” But when all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds of people are surrounding you and they are pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, for I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she could not escape notice, she came trembling and fell down before him. In the presence of all the people she declared for what reason she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 50 But when Jesus heard this, he answered him, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be healed.” 51 When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father of the child, and the mother. 52 Now they were all mourning and wailing for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead, but sleeps.” 53 But they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he, taking hold of her hand, called out, saying, “Child, get up!” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately, and he ordered that something be given to her to eat. 56 Now her parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.

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Chapter 9

1 Now when he had called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 Then he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey—neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money—nor have two tunics. 4 And whatever house you enter into, stay there until you leave that place. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you go out from that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 Then they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, but by others that one of the ancient prophets had risen. 9 But Herod said, “I beheaded John, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So he was trying to see him.
10 Now when the apostles returned, they told him everything they had done. Then he took them with him, and they went away privately to a town called Bethsaida. 11 But when the crowds heard about this, they followed him. And he welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to end, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and may find lodging and may find food, because we are here in an isolated place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” But they said, “There are not more than five loaves of bread and two fish with us—unless we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For there were about five thousand men.) Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So they did this, and made them all sit down. 16 Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he blessed them and broke them into pieces, and he gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 So they all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over of them was picked up—twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18 Now it came about that while he was praying by himself, the disciples were with him, and he questioned them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist. But others say Elijah, and others say that one of the ancient prophets has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Then Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” 21 But he strongly warned them, instructing them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and he will be killed, and be raised on the third day.” 23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would desire to save his soul will lose it; but whoever would lose his soul for my sake, he will save it. 25 For what is a person profited, having gained the whole world, but destroying or losing himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his own glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I say to you truly, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
28 Now it happened that about eight days after these sayings, he went up on the mountain to pray, taking along Peter and John and James. 29 Now it happened that as he was praying, the appearance of his face was changed, and his clothes became brilliant white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory, talking about his departure, which he was about to bring to completion in Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33 Then it happened that as they were going away from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Now let us make three shelters, one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 But as he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud. 35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, the one who is chosen; listen to him.” 36 Now when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
37 Now it happened that on the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 Then see, a man from the crowd cried out, saying, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only begotten child. 39 Now see, a spirit takes control over him and he suddenly screams, and it causes him to have convulsions and foaming at the mouth. And it departs from him with difficulty, bruising him badly. 40 And I begged your disciples to force it out, but they could not.” 41 Then Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and depraved generation, how long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42 While the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and shook him with convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 Then they were all amazed at the greatness of God. But while all were marveling at everything that he was doing, he said to his disciples, 44 “Let these words go deeply into your ears: For the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this statement, for it was hidden from them, so they could not understand it, and yet they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
46 Then an argument started among them as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning in their hearts, took a little child, put him by his side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. For the one who is least among you all, he is great.”
49 John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone forcing out demons in your name and we prevented him, because he does not follow along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
51 Now it happened that the days drew near for him to be taken up, and he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 Then he sent messengers on ahead of him, and they went and entered into a Samaritan village to prepare things for him. 53 But they did not welcome him, because he had set his face to go to Jerusalem. 54 Now when the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went on to another village.
57 Now as they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 But Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man does not have anywhere he might lay his head.” 59 Then he said to another, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first permit me to go and bury my father.” 60 But he said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Then still another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first permit me to say goodbye to those in my home.” 62 But Jesus replied, “No one, having put his hand on a plow, yet looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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Chapter 10

1 Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy-two Many of the best ancient copies read “seventy-two” but some read “seventy” others, and sent them out two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he would send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Do not carry a money bag, nor a traveler’s bag, nor sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter into, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 Now if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Now remain in that house, eating and drinking what is provided by them, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 And whatever town you enter into, and they receive you, eat what is set before you, 9 and heal the sick in it, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come close to you.’ 10 Now into whatever town you might enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust from your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you! But know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I say to you that on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town. 13 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, you will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades. 16 The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17 Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” 18 He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven as lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will in any way hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time he rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you concealed these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well pleasing in your sight.” 22 “All things have been committed to me from my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and to whomever the Son chooses to reveal him.” 23 Then he turned around to the disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I say to you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see them; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear them.”
25 Now see, a certain expert in the Jewish law stood up to test him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 But he said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27 He answered and said, “You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus answered and said, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell among robbers who, both having stripped and beaten him, went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Now similarly a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came upon him, and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34 So approaching him, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the next day, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you might spend, when I return, I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the one who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and you do the same.”
38 Now as they were traveling along, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 39 Now she had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the feet of Jesus Many of the best ancient manuscripts read Jesus, but some read Lord. and listened to his word. 40 But Martha was distracted concerning all the preparations, and she came up and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister left me to serve alone? Therefore, speak to her so that she would help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but only one thing is necessary. For Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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Chapter 11

1 Now it happened that when he was praying in a certain place, when he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray say,
‘Father, may your name be honored as holy.
May your kingdom come.
3 Give us our daily bread each day.
4 And forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone
who is in debt to us.
And do not lead us into temptation.’”
5 Then he said to them, “Which of you will have a friend, and will go to him at midnight, and say to him, ‘Friend, lend to me three loaves of bread, 6 since a friend of mine just came to me from the road, and I do not have anything to set before him’? 7 Then he may answer from inside and say, ‘Do not cause me trouble. The door is already shut, and my children, along with me, are in bed. I am not able to get up to give it to you.’ 8 I say to you, even if he does not get up to give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 I also say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; and the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, it will be opened. 11 And which father among you, if his son will ask for a fish, he will give him a snake instead of a fish? The best ancient copies have the shorter reading, which we follow here. Some ancient copies have a longer reading, which also is found in Matthew 7:9: Which father among you, if your son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone? Or a fish, will give him a snake? 12 Or also if he asks for an egg, he will give a scorpion to him? 13 Therefore, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father who is in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
14 Now he was driving out a demon that was mute. And it happened that, when the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the ruler of demons, he is driving out demons.” 16 Others tested him, seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate, and a house divided against itself falls. 18 But if Satan is also divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say I force out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I force out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons force them out? Because of this, they will be your judges. 20 But if I force out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21 When the strong man who is fully armed guards his own house, his possessions are safe, 22 but when one who is stronger than him attacks him, he will overcome him, take away his armor in which he trusted, and divide his possessions. 23 The one who is not with me is against me, and the one who does not gather with me scatters. 24 When the unclean spirit has gone out from the man, it passes through waterless places looking for rest, but not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it returns, it finds it swept out and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more evil than itself and they come in to live there. Then the final condition of that man becomes worse than the first.”
27 Now it happened that, as he said these things, a certain woman raised her voice above the crowd and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed.” 28 But he said, “Rather, blessed are the ones who hear the word of God and keep it.”
29 As the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, though no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment 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 see, someone greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and see, someone greater than Jonah is here.
33 No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it in a hidden place nor under the basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is good, your whole body is also filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. 35 Therefore, be careful that the light that is in you is not darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, not having any part full of darkness, it will all be full of light, as when the lamp shines its brightness on you.”
37 Now when he had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked him that he would eat with him. He went in and reclined at the table. 38 Now the Pharisee saw and was surprised that he did not first wash before the dinner. 39 But the Lord said to him, “Now, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the bowl, but the inside of you is filled with greed and evil. 40 You foolish ones! Did not the one who made the outside also make the inside? 41 But give as charity what is inside, and see, all things will be clean for you.
42 But woe to you Pharisees, because you tithe the mint and the rue and every garden herb, but you neglect the justice and the love of God. But it is necessary to do these things, and not to neglect those things. 43 Woe to you Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you, for you are like the unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”
45 Then one of the teachers of the law answered and said to him, “Teacher, saying these things, you insult us too.” 46 But he said, “Woe to you also, teachers of the law! For you burden the people with burdens that are heavy to carry, but you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you, because you build the tombs of the prophets, but your fathers killed them. 48 So you are witnesses and you consent to the works of your fathers, for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 For this reason also, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and they will persecute and they will kill some of them.’ 50 Therefore, against this generation will be charged all the blood of the prophets which has been shed since the foundation of the world, 51 from Abel’s blood to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I say to you, it will be charged against this generation. 52 Woe to you, teachers of the law, because you have taken away the key of knowledge; you do not enter in yourselves, and you hinder those who are entering.”
53 After he went out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to fiercely oppose him and argued against him about many things, 54 watching to trap him in something from his mouth.

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Chapter 12

1 When many thousands of the people were gathered together so much that they trampled on each other, he began to say to his disciples first of all, “Guard yourselves from the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 But nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 So whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops. 4 But I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that do not have anything more to do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear. Fear the one who, after he has killed, has authority to throw into hell. Yes, I say to you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. 7 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear. You are more valuable than many sparrows. 8 But I say to you, everyone who confesses me before men, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God, 9 but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. 11 When they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you should speak in your defense, or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what you ought to say.”
13 Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or a mediator over you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Beware and keep yourselves from all greedy desires, because any person’s life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions.” 16 Then he spoke to them a parable, saying, “The field of a certain rich man yielded abundantly, 17 and he reasoned with himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I do not have a place to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all of my grain and other goods. 19 Then I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods stored up for many years. Rest easy, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Foolish man, this very night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
22 Then he said to his disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat—or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens, that they do not sow nor reap. They have no storeroom nor barn, but God feeds them. How much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 But which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his lifespan? 26 If then you are not able to do such a very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies—how they grow. They do not labor, neither do they spin. But I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 So do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not be anxious. 30 For all the nations of the world seek these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 Do not fear, little flock, because your Father is very pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make for yourselves purses which will not wear out—treasure in the heavens that does not run out, where no thief comes near, and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 Let your long clothing be tucked in at your belt, and let your lamps be kept burning, 36 and be like people waiting for their master when he returns from the marriage feast, so that when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open the door for him. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master will find watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will tuck in his clothing at his belt, and have them recline, and he will come and serve them. 38 Whether the master comes in the second, or even in the third watch, and finds them thus, blessed are those servants. 39 But understand this, that if the master of the house had known at which hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour which you do not expect.”
41 Then Peter said, “Lord, are you speaking this parable to us, or also to everyone?” 42 Then the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager whom his master will appoint to care for his servants, to give them their portion of food at the right time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing so when he comes. 44 Truly I say to you that he will appoint him over all his property. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking a long time to return,’ and begins to beat the male and the female servants, and to eat and drink, and to become drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and in an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and appoint the place for him with the unfaithful. 47 But that servant, the one having known the will of his master, and not having prepared or done according to his will, will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who did not know, and did things that deserved blows will be beaten with few blows. But everyone to whom much has been given, from them much will be required, and to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be asked of him.
49 I came to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled. 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am distressed until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I came to bring peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on there will be five in one house divided—three against two, and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against her daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
54 Now he was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it happens. 55 And when a south wind is blowing, you say, ‘There will be a scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky and of the earth, but how do you not know how to interpret the present time? 57 And why do you not even judge what is right for yourselves? 58 For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the matter with him so that he might not drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I say to you, you will never come out from there until you have paid the very last bit of money.”

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Chapter 13

1 Now there were some present at that time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered and said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all the other Galileans because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you. But if you do not repent, you will all perish in the same way. 4 Or those eighteen in Siloam on whom the tower fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 No, I say to you. But if you do not repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6 Then he spoke this parable, “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 And he said to the gardener, ‘Look, for three years I came seeking fruit on this fig tree and did not find any. Cut it down. Why let it even waste the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Master, leave it alone this year also, while I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If indeed it bears fruit, then good; but if not, you will cut it down!’”
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues during the Sabbath, 11 and there was a woman who for eighteen years had a spirit of weakness, and she was bent over and was not able to straighten up completely. 12 Now when Jesus saw her, he called her near and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your weakness.” 13 Then he placed his hands on her, and immediately she was straightened up and she glorified God. 14 But the synagogue ruler, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answered and said to the crowd, “There are six days in which it is necessary to work. So come and be healed during them, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it away to drink? 16 But this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom behold, Satan bound for eighteen years, should she not be released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 And as he was saying these things, all those who opposed him were ashamed, but the whole crowd was rejoicing at all the glorious things that were being done by him.
18 Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed that a man took and threw into his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
20 Then again he said, “To what can I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until it was all leavened.”
22 Then he traveled through towns and villages, teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem. 23 Now someone said to him, “Lord, are those who are being saved only a few?” And he said to them, 24 “Struggle to enter through the narrow door, because, I say to you, many will seek to enter, but will not be able. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and locks the door, then you will begin to stand outside and pound the door, saying, ‘Lord, open for us.’ But he will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will reply, ‘I say to you, I do not know where you are from. Get away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 In that place, there will be crying and the grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you are thrown out. 29 And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline in the kingdom of God. 30 And see, those are last who will be first, and those are first who will be last.”
31 At that hour, certain Pharisees approached, saying to him, “Leave and go away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 So he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I cast out demons and perform healings today and tomorrow, and the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to continue today, and tomorrow, and the following day, for it is not acceptable for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem. 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you. How often I desired to gather your children the way a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing. 35 See, your house is abandoned. For I say to you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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Chapter 14

1 Now it happened that he went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, and they were watching him closely. 2 Now there was in front of him a man who was suffering from edema. 3 So Jesus answered and spoke to the experts in the Jewish law and the Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they kept silent. So he took hold of him, healed him, and sent him away. 5 Then he said to them, “Which of you, if a son or an ox falls into a well, will not also immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 And they were not able to give an answer to these things.
7 Then he was speaking a parable to those who were invited, noticing how they were choosing the seats of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to wedding feasts, do not recline in the place of honor, or perhaps someone more honorable than you may have been invited by him, 9 and when the one who invited you and him arrives, he will say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in shame you will proceed to take the last place. 10 Instead, when you are invited, go and recline in the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, come up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all those reclining at the table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 Then he also said to the one who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends nor your brothers nor your relatives nor rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return, and repayment will be made to you. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they do not have the power to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.”
15 Now when one of those who reclined at the table heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A certain man prepared a large dinner and invited many. 17 Then at the hour of the dinner, he sent his servant to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, because it is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I have need to go out to see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five pairs of oxen, and I am going to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Yet another said, ‘I have married a wife, and because of this I am not able to come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then becoming angry, the master of the house said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in here the poor, and crippled, and blind, and lame.’ 22 Then the servant said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.’ 23 So the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
25 Now large crowds were going with him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and also even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost—whether he has enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, everyone who sees it will begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going to engage another king in battle, will not sit down and first determine whether he is able with ten thousand men to fight the one coming against him with twenty thousand men? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, then, every one of you who does not renounce all his own possessions cannot be my disciple. 34 So salt is good, but if the salt indeed has lost its taste, with what will it be seasoned? 35 It is useful neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. They throw it out. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Chapter 15

1 Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming to him to listen to him. 2 But both the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then he spoke this parable to them, saying, 4 “Which man among you, having a hundred sheep and having lost one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost until he finds it? 5 Then when he has found it, he lays it across his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes to the house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 I say to you that even so, there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine righteous who have no need of repentance.
8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she would lose one coin, would not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she has found it? 9 Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost.’ 10 In the same way, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
11 Then he said, “A certain man had two sons, 12 and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of the wealth that falls to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went to a country far away, and there he wasted his wealth by living recklessly. 14 Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine happened throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to eat from the carob pods that the pigs ate, but no one gave anything to him. 17 But when he had come to himself, he said, ‘How many hired servants of my father have more than enough bread, but I am here, dying from hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 So he got up and went to his own father. But while he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and he ran, fell upon his neck, and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your presence. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet. 23 Then bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate! 24 For this son of mine was dead, and now is alive; he was lost, and now is found.’ Then they began to celebrate. 25 Now his older son was in the field, and as he came in and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things might be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and was not willing go in, and his father came out and begged him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look, these many years I slaved for you, and I never broke a rule of yours, and yet you never gave me a young goat that I might celebrate with my friends, 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed for him the fattened calf.’ 31 Then he said to him, ‘Child, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But it was proper to feast and to be happy, for this brother of yours was dead, and now is alive; and he was lost, and now is found.’”

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Chapter 16

1 Now he also said to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and he was reported to him as wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give an account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking away the management job from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from the management job, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 Then the manager called each one of the debters of his master, and he said to the first one, ‘How much do you owe to my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred baths of olive oil.’ Then he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred cors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 Then the master commended the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own generation than are the sons of the light. 9 And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails, they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 He who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and he who is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 If therefore you have not been faithful in using unrighteous wealth, who will entrust true wealth to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in using that which belongs to another, who will give to you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and he will love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and he wiull despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is detestable in the sight of God. 16 The law and the prophets were in effect until John. From that time on, the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the law to become invalid.
18 Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.
19 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, celebrating every day in splendor. 20 But a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to eat from what was falling from the table of the rich man. But even the dogs were coming, licking his sores. 22 Now it came about that the poor man died, and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. Then the rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham from far away and Lazarus at his side. 24 So he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things. But now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And with all these things, between us and you a great chasm has been put in place, so that those who want to cross over from here to you are not able, nor can they cross over from there to us.’ 27 Then he said, ‘I beg you then, father, that you would send him to the house of my father— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he might warn them, so that they would not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 But he replied, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone would go to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone would rise from the dead.’”

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Chapter 17

1 Then he said to his disciples, “It is impossible for the stumbling blocks not to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Pay attention to yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him!”
5 Then the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 So the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, will say to him who has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and recline at the table’? 8 Instead, will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and put a belt around your clothes and serve me while I eat and drink, and after these things you will eat and drink’? 9 He does not thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded, does he? 10 It is the same for you also, when you have done all the things that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have only done what we ought to do.’”
11 Now it came about that he went up to Jerusalem, and he was passing through between Samaria and Galilee. 12 Now as he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him. They stood far away 13 and they lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 Now when he saw them, he said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that as they went away, they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, seeing that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God. 16 And he fell on his face at his feet, giving thanks to him. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there none who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise up, and go. Your faith has made you well.”
20 Now being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with careful observation. 21 Neither will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For look, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
22 Then he said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 Then they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or run after them, 24 for as the flashing lightning shines from one part of the sky to another part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be. Some manuscripts include, in his day, but the best manuscripts do not. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And just as it happened in the days of Noah, even so it will also be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were giving in marriage—until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot—they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. 29 But in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be according to the same manner in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 In that day, the one who is on the housetop and his goods are in the house, do not let him go down to take them away; and the one in the field, likewise do not let him turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left. 35 There will be two women grinding at the same place. One will be taken, but the other will be left.” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 36. 36 [There will be two in the field; one will be taken and the other left.] 37 Then they answered and said to him, “Where, Lord?” So he said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered together.”

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Chapter 18

1 Then he spoke a parable to them about how they should always pray and not become discouraged, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a certain judge who did not fear God and did not respect people. 3 Now there was a widow in that city, and she came often to him, saying, ‘Give justice to me against my opponent.’ 4 And for a long time he was not willing, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God or respect man, 5 yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will give justice to her, so that she will not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 Now will God not bring about justice for his elect, the ones crying out to him day and night? Will he indeed delay long over them? 8 I say to you that he will bring justice to them speedily. Even so, when the Son of Man comes, will he indeed find faith on the earth?”
9 Then he also spoke this parable to some who were persuaded in themselves that they were righteous and who despised others, 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray—the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood praying this about himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the other people—robbers, unrighteous, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, have mercy on me, the sinner.’ 14 I say to you, this one went back down to his house justified rather than the other, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
15 Now they were also bringing to him their infants so that he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they were rebuking them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Permit the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them. For the kingdom of God belongs to such ones. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will definitely not enter into it.”
18 Now a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments—do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not testify falsely, honor your father and mother.” 21 But he said, “All these things I have obeyed from my youth.” 22 But when Jesus heard that, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. You must sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me.” 23 But when the ruler heard these things, he became extremely sad, for he was very rich. 24 Then Jesus, looking at him, Scholars are divided whether the phrase: [he] became very sad should be included here. Compare verse 23. said, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 26 Then those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 So he answered, “The things which are impossible with people are possible with God.” 28 Then Peter said, “Look, we have left everything Some manuscripts read our own possessions, but the best manuscripts read everything . and have followed you.” 29 So he said to them, “Truly, I say to you that there is no one who has left a house, or a wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive much more in this world—and in the world that is coming, eternal life.”
31 Then having taken aside the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that have been written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked, and will be shamefully treated, and will be spit upon. 33 And after whipping him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” 34 But they understood none of these things, and this word was hidden from them, and they did not understand the things that were spoken.
35 Now it happened that, as Jesus approached Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he was asking what this might be. 37 And they told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 Then he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” 39 And the ones who were walking ahead were rebuking him, so that he would be quiet. But he kept crying out much more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” 40 Then Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to him. Then when he had come near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” So he said, “Lord, I want to see again.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.” 43 And immediately he could see again and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw this, gave praise to God.

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Chapter 19

1 Then he entered and was passing through Jericho. 2 Now, there was a man named Zacchaeus, and he was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he was trying to see Jesus, who he was, but he was not able over the crowd, because he was small in height. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see him, because Jesus was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he hurried and came down and welcomed him joyfully. 7 Now when they saw this, they all complained, saying, “He has gone in to visit with a sinful man.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I will restore four times the amount.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save those who are lost.”
11 Now as they were listening to these things, he proceeded to speak a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and they thought that the kingdom of God was about to appear immediately. 12 Therefore he said, “A certain man of noble birth went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Conduct business until I come back.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ 15 Now it happened that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded that those servants to whom he had given the money be called to him, so that he might know what profit they had made by doing business. 16 So the first came before him, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant. Because you were faithful in very little, you will have authority over ten cities.’ 18 Then the second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ 19 So he also said to this one, ‘And you will be over five cities.’ 20 Then the other one came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a cloth, 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man. You take up what you did not put down, and you reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, ‘By your mouth I will judge you, wicked servant! Did you know that I am a demanding man, taking up what I did not put down, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 And for what reason did you not put the money in a bank, and when I returned, I would have collected it with interest?’ 24 Then he said to those who were standing by, ‘Take away from him the mina, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’ 26 ‘I say to you, that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even that which he has will be taken away. 27 But these enemies of mine, those who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”
28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 Now it happened that when he came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the hill that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter, you will find a colt that is tied up on which no man has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you will say thus, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went and found it just as he had told them. 33 Now as they were untying the colt, the owners of it 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, and they threw their cloaks upon the colt and they put Jesus on it. 36 Now as he went along, they were spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 Then as he was already coming near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, to praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 But some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 But he answered and said, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
41 Now when he approached and had seen the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which bring peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you and your enemies will build a barricade around you, and surround you, and press in on you from every side. 44 And they will strike you down to the ground and your children with you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
45 Then entering into the temple, he began to cast out those who were selling, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
47 So he was teaching daily in the temple. Now the chief priests and the scribes and the leaders of the people were seeking to kill him, 48 but they could not find that which they might do, for all the people were listening, hanging on to his words.

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Chapter 20

1 Now it happened that on one of the days when Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came to him with the elders. 2 And they spoke, saying to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who is the one who gave you this authority.” 3 So he answered and said to them, “I also will ask you a question, and you tell me. 4 The baptism of John: was it from heaven or from men?” 5 Then they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it was from. 8 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
9 Then he began to speak this parable to the people, “A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to vine growers, and went into another country for a long time. 10 Now at the appointed time he sent a servant to the vine growers, so that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vine growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Then he proceeded to send another servant, but they also beat that one and treating him shamefully, they sent him away empty-handed. 12 Then he proceeded to send a third, but they also wounded that one and threw him out. 13 So the lord of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Maybe they will respect him.’ 14 But when the vine growers saw him, they discussed among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy these vine growers, and will give the vineyard to others.” But when they heard this, they said, “May it never be!” 17 But he looked at them, and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘The stone that the builders rejected, this has become the cornerstone’?
18 Every one who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces. But on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”
19 So the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that very hour, for they knew that he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. 20 So watching him carefully, they sent out spies who pretended to be righteous, so that they might find fault with his speech, in order to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor. 21 Then they asked him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and do not show partiality, but you teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 23 But he understood their craftiness and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” So they said, “Caesar’s.” 25 Then he said to them, “Therefore give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 So they were not able to trap him in what he said in front of the people, but marveling at his answer, they became silent.
27 Then some of the Sadducees came to him, the ones who say that there is no resurrection, and they questioned him, 28 saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if anyone’s brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Therefore there were seven brothers, and the first, having taken a wife, died childless; 30 and the second 31 and the third took her; and likewise the seven also left no children, and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection therefore, of which of them will she be a wife? For the seven had her as wife.” 34 So Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are regarded as worthy to obtain that age, and of the resurrection which is from the dead, will neither marry nor be given in marriage; 36 for neither are they able to die anymore, for they are as angels; and they are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, because all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they did not dare to ask him anything.
41 Then he said to them, “How do they say that the Christ is 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 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’
44 David therefore calls him ‘Lord’, so how is he his son?”
45 Now while all the people were listening, he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love special greetings in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at the feasts. 47 They devour the houses of widows, and for a show they pray at length. These will receive greater condemnation.”

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Chapter 21

1 Now he looked up and saw the rich who were putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 Then he saw a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So he said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. 4 for all these put in the gifts out of their abundance. But she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on.”
5 Now as some were speaking about the temple, that it was decorated with beautiful stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come in which not one stone will be left on another which will not be torn down.” 7 So they asked him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to happen?” 8 Then he said, “Be careful that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 But when you hear of wars and riots, do not be terrified, for these things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be both great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places. There will be both terrifying events and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all of these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you over to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors because of my name. 13 It will give you an opportunity for a testimony. 14 Therefore resolve in your hearts not to prepare your defense ahead of time, 15 for I will give you speech and wisdom that all your adversaries will not be able to resist or contradict. 16 But you will also be delivered up by parents, and brothers, and relatives, and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance, you will gain your souls.
20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those in the midst of it leave it, and let not those out in the country enter into it. 22 For these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all the things that have been written. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing in those days! For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people. 24 And they will fall by the mouth of the sword, and they will be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 Then there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and on the earth the nations will be distressed and anxious at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will be fainting from fear and expectation of the things which are coming upon 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 But when these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is coming near.”
29 Then he spoke a parable to them: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they already sprout buds, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 33 The heaven and the earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 But pay attention to yourselves, so that your hearts are not burdened with the effects of drinking and intoxication, and the worries of life, and that day will close on you suddenly 35 as a trap, for it will come upon everyone who is living on the face of the whole earth. 36 But be alert at all times, praying so that you may be strong enough to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Now during the days he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and stayed on the hill that is called Olivet. 38 Now all the people were coming to him early in the morning in the temple to hear him.

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Chapter 22

1 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put him to death, for they were afraid of the people.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was from among the number of the twelve. 4 So he went and spoke with the chief priests and captains about how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he agreed, and began seeking an opportunity to betray him to them away from the crowd.
7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, on which it was necessary to sacrifice the Passover lamb. 8 So he sent Peter and John, saying, “Go prepare for us the Passover meal, so that we may eat it.” 9 So they said to him, “Where do you want us to make preparations?” 10 And he answered them, “Look, when you have entered into the city, a man bearing a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house into which he enters. 11 Then say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I will eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12 He will show you a large furnished upper room. Make the preparations there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had said to them. Then they prepared the Passover meal.
14 Now when the hour came, he reclined at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 Then he said to them, “I have greatly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I say to you, I will not eat it until when it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on, until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in the remembrance of me.” 20 Then he took the cup in the same way after the supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But see, the hand of the one who betrays me is with me at the table. 22 For the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined. But woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!” 23 Then they began to question among themselves as to which of them therefore might be the one who was about to do this.
24 Then there arose also a quarrel among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the ones who have authority over them are referred to as ‘benefactors.’ 26 But it must not be like this with you. Instead, let the greatest among you 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 one who serves. 28 But you are the ones who have continued with me in my temptations. 29 I grant to you, just as my Father has granted to me, a kingdom, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 Simon, Simon, see, Satan asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 But he replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today, before you deny three times that you know me.”
35 Then he said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, or a bag of provisions, or shoes, you did not lack anything, did you?” And they said, “Nothing.” 36 Then he said to them, “But now, the one who has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a bag of provisions. And the one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I say to you, this which is written must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the lawless ones.’ For indeed the things concerning me are being fulfilled.” 38 Then they said, “Lord, look! Here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
39 Then going out, he went according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed him. 40 Now when they came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you do not enter into temptation.” 41 Then he went away from them about a stone’s throw, and falling on his knees, he was praying, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” Some ancient manuscripts include verses 43 and 44. 43 [Now an angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. See the note on the previous verse. 44 Being in agony, he was praying intently, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.] 45 And when he rose up from the prayer, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of their sorrow. 46 So he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation.”
47 While he was still speaking, see, a crowd appeared, and the one who is called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. And he came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 Now when those who were around Jesus saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50 Then a certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, “No more of this!” Then touching his ear, he healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to those who had come out against him, chief priests, and captains of the temple, and elders, “Do you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not lay your hands on me. But this is your hour, and the authority of the darkness.”
54 Then seizing him, they led him away, and brought him into the house of the high priest. But Peter was following from a distance. 55 And after they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat in the midst of them. 56 Now a certain female servant, seeing him as he sat in the light of the fire, and looking straight at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And after a little while someone else saw him, and said, “You are also one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after about one hour another certain one insisted, saying, “In truth, this one was also with him, for he is also a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 Then turning, the Lord looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him, “Before a rooster crows today you will deny me three times.” 62 So he went outside and wept bitterly.
63 Then the men who were guarding him mocked and beat him. 64 And they put a cover over him and asked him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who hit you?” 65 They also spoke many other things to him, blaspheming him.
66 Now when it was day, the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him into their council, 67 saying, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will certainly not believe; 68 and if I ask you, you will certainly not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 Then they all said, “Then are you the Son of God?” And he said to them, “You are saying that I am.” 71 And they said, “What further need do we have of a witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.”

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Chapter 23

1 Then the whole group of them rose up and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 Then Pilate questioned him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” But he answered him and said, “You say so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no fault in this man.” 5 But they were insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, and beginning from Galilee, even to here.” 6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he discovered that he was under the authority of Herod, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in those days.
8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 Then he questioned him in many words, but he answered him nothing. 10 Now the chief priests and the scribes stood, violently accusing him. 11 Then both Herod and his soldiers insulted him and mocked him. Dressing him in elegant clothes, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 Now both Herod and Pilate became friends with each other on that day, for previously there had been hostility between them.
13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought to me this man as perverting the people; and see, having questioned him before you, I find no fault in this man concerning what you are accusing him. 15 But neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us, and see, nothing that is worthy of death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish him and release him.” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 17. 17 [Now Pilate was obligated to release to the Jews one prisoner at the feast.] 18 But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, but release to us Barabbas!” 19 (He was put into prison for a certain rebellion that happened in the city, and for murder.) 20 Then Pilate again addressed them, desiring to release Jesus. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify, crucify him.” 22 Then he said to them a third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found no fault deserving death in him. Therefore after punishing him, I will release him.” 23 But they were insistent with loud voices, demanding for him to be crucified, and their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 But he released the one whom they asked for, who had been put in prison for rioting and murder. But he handed over Jesus to their will.
26 And as they led him away, they seized a certain Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, putting the cross on him, to carry behind Jesus.
27 Now a great crowd of the people, and of women who grieved and mourned for him, were following him. 28 But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For see, days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that did not bear, and the breasts that did not nurse.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things while the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Now two other criminals, were also being led away with him to be put to death.
33 And when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” there they crucified him, and the criminals—one on his right and one on his left. Some ancient manuscripts include the first part of verse 34. 34 [Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] Then, dividing up his garments, they cast lots. 35 And the people stood by, watching. Now the rulers also were mocking him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, the chosen one.” 36 Then the soldiers also ridiculed him, coming up and offering him vinegar, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 Now there was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 Then one of the criminals who was hanging there insulted him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” 40 But answering, the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we rightly, for we are receiving things worthy of what we did. But this man did nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 So he said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 Now it was already about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 45 The sun was darkened. Then the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Now having said this, he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what happened, he began glorifing God, saying, “Surely this man was righteous.” 48 And all the crowds who had come together for this spectacle, seeing the things that had happened, returned, beating their breasts. 49 But all those who knew him, and the women who followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, who was a council member, a good and righteous man. 51 (He did not agree with the council and their action.) He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 He approached Pilate, asking for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb that was cut in the rock, in which no one had yet been laid. 54 Now it was the Day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 And the women who had come out of Galilee with him had followed, and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
Then on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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Chapter 24

1 Now at early dawn on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but entering in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened that, while they were confused about this, then suddenly, two men stood by them in bright shining robes. 5 But they became terrified and bowed down their faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and when they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, reporting these things to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed like idle talk to the apostles, and they did not believe the women. 12 Peter, however, rose up, ran to the tomb, and stooping down, he saw only the linen cloths. So he went away to his home, wondering what had happened.
13 Now see, on that same day, two of them were going to a distant village which was named Emmaus, sixty stadia from Jerusalem. 14 And they discussed with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 And it happened that, while they discussed and questioned together, indeed Jesus himself approached and went with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 17 Then he said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with each other as you are walking?” So they stood there, looking sad. 18 But one named Cleopas answered and said to him, “Are you alone visiting Jerusalem and have not known the things which have happened in it in these days?” 19 Then he said to them, “What things?” So they said to him, “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we were hoping that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. But in addition to all these things, this is now the third day since these things happened. 22 But also, some women among us amazed us, having been at the tomb early 23 and not finding his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that he is alive. 24 Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had indeed said. But they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things concerning himself in all the scriptures. 28 Now they approached the village where they were going, and he acted as though he were going further. 29 But they compelled him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is already over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 And it happened that, when he had reclined at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, and breaking it, he began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from their sight. 32 And they said one to another, “Was not our heart burning, while he spoke to us on the way, while he opened to us the scriptures?” 33 So they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven gathered together, and those with them, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then they told the things that happened on the way, and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
36 Now as they were speaking these things, he himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were terrified, and became very afraid, thinking that they saw a spirit. 38 So he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your heart? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see me having.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 Now when they still could not believe it because of the joy and amazement, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything that was written about me in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the Psalms, must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, 46 “Thus it has been written: The Christ would suffer, and rise again from the dead on the third day; 47 and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And I am sending upon you the promise of my Father. But you must remain in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
50 Then he led them out as far as to Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 Now it happened that, while he was blessing them, he went away from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 So they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and they were all continually in the temple, blessing God.

The Gospel of John

John

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Chapter 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 This one was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him there was not one thing made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man who was sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness in order to testify about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 John was not the light, but came that he might testify about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to all men, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own did not receive him. 12 But to as many as received him, who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God. 13 These were not born of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 The Word became flesh and lived among us. We have seen his glory, glory as of the only begotten who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about him and cried out, saying, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, for he was before me.’” 16 For from his fullness we have all received even grace after grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten God, who is at the side of the Father, he has made him known.
19 This is the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed—and he did not deny, but confessed—”I am not the Christ.” 21 So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” They said, “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,
“I am a voice, crying in the wilderness:
‘Make the way of the Lord straight,’
just as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24 Now some who were sent were from the Pharisees, 25 and they asked him and said to him, “Why do you baptize then if you are not the Christ nor Elijah nor the prophet?” 26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water. But among you stands someone you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, of whom the strap of his sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things were done in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look, there is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than me, for he was before me.’ 31 I did not know him, but it was so that he could be revealed to Israel that I came baptizing with water.” 32 John testified, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it stayed upon him. 33 I did not recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, ‘Upon whomever you shall see the Spirit descending and remaining on him, he is the one baptizing in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have both seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
35 Again, the next day, as John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and they saw Jesus walking by, and John said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 His two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What do you want?” So they replied to him, “Rabbi (which translated means teacher), where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” Then they came and saw where he was staying. They stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and then followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated is: Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus, and Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
43 The next day, Jesus wanted to go away to Galilee, so he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, “He of whom Moses wrote in the law, and the prophets, we have found him: Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” 46 But Nathaniel said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him and said about him, “See, a true Israelite, in whom is no deceit!” 48 Nathaniel said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathaniel replied to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus replied and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you underneath the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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Chapter 2

1 Three days later, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples also were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 But Jesus said to her, “Woman, what is that to me and to you? My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were six stone water pots used for the Jewish ceremonial washing standing there, each containing two to three metretes. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 Then he told the servants, “Take some out now and take it to the head waiter.” So they did. 9 Then when the head waiter tasted the water that had become wine (now he did not know where it was from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the head waiter called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first and then the cheaper wine when they are drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This first sign Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this Jesus, and his mother, and his brothers, and his disciples went down to Capernaum and they stayed there for a few days.
13 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple sellers of oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers were sitting there. 15 So he made a whip of cords and drove all of them out from the temple, including both the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overthrew their tables. 16 To the pigeon sellers, he said, “Take these things away from here. Stop making the house of my Father a marketplace.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 Then the Jewish authorities responded and said to him, “What sign will you show us, since you are doing these things?” 19 Jesus replied and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 Then the Jewish authorities said, “This temple was built in forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21 However, he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 Therefore, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the scripture and this statement that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover at the festival, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he did. 24 But Jesus himself did not trust himself to them because he knew them all, 25 and because he did not need for anyone to testify to him about man, for he knew what was in man.

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Chapter 3

1 Now there was a man from the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. 2 This man came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who came from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus replied and said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus replied and said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak what we know, and we testify about what we have seen. Yet you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that all who believe in him may have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to condemn the world, but in order to save the world through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is already condemned because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 But this is the reason for the judgment: The light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, so that his deeds will not be exposed. 21 However, he who practices the truth comes to the light so that it may be plainly seen that his deeds have been done in God.”
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea. He spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 Now John was also baptizing in Aenon near to Salim because much water was there. People were coming to him and were being baptized, 24 for John had not yet been thrown in prison. 25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and a Jew about ceremonial washing. 26 So they went to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you have testified, look, he is baptizing, and they are all going to him.” 27 John replied and said, “A man cannot receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify to me that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but instead, ‘I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. Now the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the voice of the bridegroom. This, then, is my joy made complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and speaks about the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 He who has received his testimony has confirmed that God is true. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God. For he does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God stays on him.”

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Chapter 4

1 Now when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 3 he left Judea and went back again to Galilee. 4 But it was necessary for him to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria, called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Now the well of Jacob was there. Since Jesus was tired from his journey, he was sitting right beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” 8 For his disciples had gone away into the town to buy food. 9 Then the Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, are asking from me, being a Samaritan woman, something to drink?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you had known the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you do not have a bucket and the well is deep. Where then do you have the living water? 12 You are not greater, are you, than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus replied and said to her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. Instead, the water that I will give him will become a fountain of water in him, springing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I may not become thirsty and not have to come here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.” 17 The woman answered and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus replied to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that Jerusalem is the place where people must worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, that an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 However, the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also is seeking such people who are worshiping him. 24 God is Spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (the one called Christ). When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one speaking to you.”
27 At that moment his disciples returned. Now they were amazed that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water pot, and went back to the town, and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything that I have ever done. This could not be the Christ, could it?” 30 They left the town and came to him. 31 In the meantime, the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to each other, “No one has brought him anything to eat, have they?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is that I do the will of him who sent me and complete his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are four more months and then the harvest comes’? Look, I am saying to you, lift up your eyes and see the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 He who is harvesting receives wages and gathers fruit for everlasting life, so that he who sows and he who harvests may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true, ‘One is sowing, and another is harvesting.’ 38 I sent you to harvest what you have not worked for. Others have worked, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many of the Samaritans in that city believed in him because of the report of the woman who was testifying, “He told me everything that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard, and we know that this one is indeed the Savior of the world.”
43 After those two days, he departed from there for Galilee. 44 For Jesus himself declared that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 When therefore he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all the things that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival, for they had also gone to the festival.
46 Now he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. There was a certain royal official whose son in Capernaum was ill. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to Jesus and asked that he come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. 48 Jesus then said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go. Your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went away. 51 But while he was going down, his servants met him and reported to him, saying that his son was living. 52 So he asked from them the hour in which he began to improve. Therefore they replied to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that it was at that hour in which Jesus had said to him, “Your son lives.” So he himself and his whole household believed. 54 Jesus did this as a second sign after he came out of Judea to Galilee.

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Chapter 5

1 After this there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which in Hebrew is called Bethesda, and it has five roofed porches. 3 A large number of people who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed were lying there.The best ancient copies do not have the phrase, waiting for the moving of the water . Some ancient manuscripts include verse 4. 4 [For an angel of the Lord went down and stirred up the water at certain times and whoever stepped in while the water was stirring was healed from whatever disease he suffered from.] 5 Now a certain man was there who had been in his illness for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and after he realized that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healthy?” 7 The sick man replied to him, “Sir, I do not have anyone, that when the water is stirred up, he might put me into the pool. But as I am going into it, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was a Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to him who was healed, “It is the Sabbath and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 11 But he replied to them, “The one who made me healthy, he said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man that said to you, ‘Pick it up and walk’?” 13 However, the one who was healed did not know who it was because Jesus had gone away secretly, for there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have become healthy! Do not sin anymore, so that something worse will not happen to you.” 15 The man went away and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him healthy. 16 Now because of these things the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus replied to them, “My Father is working even now, and I, too, am working.” 18 Because of this, therefore, the Jews sought even more to kill him because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God.
19 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, except only what he sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does, these things also the Son does as well. 20 For the Father loves the Son and he shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater things than these so that you will be amazed. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 22 For not even the Father judges anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son 23 so that everyone will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come into judgment, but he has passed from death to life. 25 Truly, truly, I say to you, the time is coming, and is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son to have life in himself, 27 and he has given the Son authority to carry out judgment because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming in which everyone who is in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and will come out. Those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
30 I can do nothing from myself. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I am not seeking my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I should testify about myself, my testimony would not be true. 32 There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony that he gives about me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 Now the testimony that I receive is not from man. But I say these things that you might be saved. 35 John was a lamp that was burning and shining, and you were willing to rejoice in his light for a while. 36 Yet the testimony that I have is greater than that of John, for the works that the Father has given me that I should accomplish them, the very works that I do, testify about me that the Father has sent me. 37 The Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You have neither heard his voice nor seen his form at any time. 38 You do not have his word remaining in you, for the one whom he has sent, him you do not believe. 39 You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, and these same scriptures testify about me, 40 and you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life. 41 I do not receive praise from men, 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another should come in his own name, you would receive him. 44 How can you believe, you who accept praise from one another but are not seeking the praise that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I myself will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

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Chapter 6

1 After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Now a great crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was doing on those who were sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 (Now the Passover, the Jewish festival, was near.) 5 When Jesus lifted up his eyes and saw that a great crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where are we going to buy bread so that these may eat?” 6 (But Jesus said this to test Philip, for he himself knew what he was going to do.) 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be sufficient for them, that each one might have a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Jesus, 9 “There is a boy here who has five bread loaves of barley and two fish, but what are these among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in the place.) So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves and after giving thanks, he gave it to those who were sitting. He did the same also with the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When the people were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which remain, so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then, when the people saw this sign that he did, they said, “This truly is the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and seize him by force to make him king, he withdrew again up the mountain by himself.
16 When it became evening, his disciples went down to the sea. 17 They got into a boat, and were going over the sea to Capernaum. It was dark by this time, but Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 A strong wind was blowing, and the sea was getting rough. 19 When they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were afraid. 20 But he said to them, “It is I! Do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to receive him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land where they were going.
22 The next day, the crowd that had been standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there except the one, and that Jesus had not entered into the boat with his disciples but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 However, boats came from Tiberias close to the place where they had eaten the bread loaves after the Lord had given thanks. 24 When therefore the crowd discovered that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 After they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus replied to them and said, “Truly, truly I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate some of the bread loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give you, for God the Father has set his seal on him.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, so that we may do the works of God?” 29 Jesus replied and said to them, “This is the work of God: That you believe in the one whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign then will you do, so that we may see and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus replied to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread out of heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I told you that indeed you have seen me, and you do not believe. 37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and he who comes to me I will certainly not throw out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not in order to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 This is the will of him who sent me, that I would lose not one of all those whom he has given me, but will raise him up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him would have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.”
41 Then the Jews grumbled about him because he had said, “I am the bread that has come down from heaven.” 42 So they said, “Is not this Jesus son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus replied and said to them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And everyone will be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God—he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat some of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats some of this bread, he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourselves. 54 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and as I live because of the Father, so he who eats me, he will also live because of me. 58 This is the bread that has come down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue while he was teaching in Capernaum.
60 Then many of his disciples who heard this said, “This is a difficult teaching; who can accept it?” 61 Jesus, because he knew in himself that his disciples were grumbling at this, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you should see the Son of Man going up to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who makes alive; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were the ones that would not believe and who it was who would betray him. 65 So he said, “Because of this, I said to you that no one can come to me unless it is granted to him by the Father.”
66 Because of this, many of his disciples stayed behind and no longer walked with him. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”The phrase the Holy One of God is in the best ancient copies. Some later copies add an additional description and they read: the Christ, the Holy One of God . 70 Jesus said to them, “Did not I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 Now he spoke of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he, one of the twelve, who would betray Jesus.

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Chapter 7

1 After these things, Jesus traveled about in Galilee, for he did not want to go into Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jewish Festival of Shelters was near. 3 His brothers therefore said to him, “Leave this place and go to Judea, so that your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4 For no one does anything in secret if he himself wants to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his brothers did not believe in him. 6 Jesus therefore said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the festival; I am not going to this festival because my time has not yet been fulfilled.” 9 After he said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.
10 But when his brothers had gone up to the festival, then he also went up, not publicly but in secret. 11 Now, the Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, “Where is he?” 12 There was much grumbling among the crowds about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” But others said, “No, but he leads the crowds astray.” 13 Yet no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jews.
14 When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15 Then the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this man know the scriptures, for he is not educated?” 16 Then Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not mine, but is of him who sent me. 17 If anyone wishes to do his will, he will know about this teaching, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from myself. 18 Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but whoever seeks the glory of him who sent him, that person is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon. Who seeks to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel because of it. 22 For this reason, Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the ancestors), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteously.”
25 Then some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is not this the one they seek to kill? 26 See, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. The rulers do not indeed know that this is the Christ, do they? 27 Yet we know where this one is from. But when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know me and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you do not know. 29 I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” 30 Therefore, they were trying to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come. 31 But many in the crowd believed in him, and they said, “When the Christ comes, he will not do more signs than what this one has done, will he?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowds whispering these things about Jesus, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I am still with you for a short amount of time, and then I go to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me but you will not find me, and where I am, you will not be able to come.” 35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, “Where is this man about to go that we will not find him? He is not about to go to the dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 36 What is this word that he said, ‘You will seek me but will not find me, and where I am, you will not be able to come’?”
37 Now on the last, great day of the festival, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 He who believes in me, just as the scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his stomach.” 39 But he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive; for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Then some of the crowd, when they heard these words, said, “This is indeed the prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Indeed, the Christ does not come from Galilee, does he? 42 Have the scriptures not said that the Christ will come from the descendants of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there arose a division in the crowds because of him. 44 So some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
45 Then the officers came back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who then said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this.” 47 So the Pharisees answered them, “You have not also been deceived, have you? 48 None of the rulers have believed in him, or any of the Pharisees, have they? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law, they are cursed.” 50 Nicodemus (one of the Pharisees, who came to him earlier) said to them, 51 “Our law does not judge a man before first hearing from him and knowing what he does, does it?” 52 They answered and said to him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and see that no prophet comes from Galilee.”
Some ancient manuscripts include John 7:53-8:11.53 [Then everyone went to his own house.

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Chapter 8

See the note about John 7:53-8:11 on 7:53 above.1 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came to the temple again, and all the people came; he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery. They placed her in the middle. 4 Then they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such people; what do you say about her?” 6 They said this in order to trap him so that they might have something to accuse him about, but Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7 When they continued asking him questions, he stood up and said to them, “The one among you who has no sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger. 9 When they heard it, they left one by one, beginning with the oldest. Finally Jesus was left alone, with the woman who had been in the middle. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”]
12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees said to him, “You bear witness about yourself; your witness is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness about myself, my witness is true. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I came from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I do not judge anyone. 16 If I judge, however, my judgment is true because I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. 17 In your law it is indeed written that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am he who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 Therefore they said to him, “Where is your father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father; if you had known me, you would have known my Father also.” 20 He said these words in the treasury as he taught in the temple, and no one arrested him because his hour had not yet come.
21 So again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will seek me and will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 Then the Jews said, “He will not kill himself, will he? Is that why he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” 23 So Jesus said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” 25 They said therefore to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However, he who sent me is true; and the things that I heard from him, these things I say to the world.” 27 They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then will you know that I AM, and that I do nothing of myself. But as the Father taught me, I speak these things. 29 He who sent me is with me, and he has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30 As Jesus was saying these things, many believed in him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves of anyone; how can you say, ‘You will be set free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you will be truly free. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you. 38 I say what I have seen with my Father; therefore you also do what you heard from your father.” 39 They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 Yet, now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the works of your father.” Then they said to him, “We were not born in sexual immorality; we have one Father: God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand my words? It is because you cannot hear my words. 44 You are of your father, the devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet, because I speak the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; because of this you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” 48 The Jews answered and said to him, “Do we not truly say that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 But I do not seek my glory; there is one seeking and judging. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will certainly not ever see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham and the prophets died; but you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will certainly not ever taste death.’ 53 You are not greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? The prophets also died. Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me—about whom you say that he is your God. 55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I would say, ‘I do not know him,’ I would be like you, a liar. However, I know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at seeing my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 Therefore the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” 59 Then they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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Chapter 9

1 Now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 Then his disciples asked him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, so that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither did this man sin, nor his parents, but so that the works of God would be revealed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one will be able to work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After Jesus said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on him, on his eyes. 7 Then he said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,” (which is translated ”Sent”). So the man went away, and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Then the man’s neighbors and those who had seen him previously as a beggar were saying, “Is not this the man that used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” But he said, “It is me.” 10 Then they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made mud and smeared it on my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He replied, “I do not know.”
13 They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I now can see.” 16 Then some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God because he does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” So there was a division among them. 17 So they asked the blind man again, “What do you say about him, since he opened your eyes?” The blind man said, “He is a prophet.” 18 Now the Jews still did not believe about him that he was blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 They asked the parents, saying, “Is this your son, of whom you say that he was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 So his parents answered and said, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees, we do not know, and who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him, he is an adult. He can speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things, because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already agreed that if anyone would confess him to be the Christ, he would be thrown out of the synagogue. 23 Because of this, his parents said, “He is an adult, ask him.” 24 So for a second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 Then that man replied, “I do not know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know; that I was blind, and now I see.” 26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you did not listen! Why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become his disciples too, do you? 28 Then they insulted him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but we do not know where this one is from.” 30 The man answered and said to them, “Now this is a remarkable thing, that you do not know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if someone is devout and does his will, he listens to him. 32 Since the world began it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and you are teaching us?” Then they threw him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out of the synagogue. Then Jesus found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He replied and said, “And who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have indeed seen him, and he is the one who is speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world so that those who do not see may see and so that those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We are not also blind, are we?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin, but now you say, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.”

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Chapter 10

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter through the gate into the sheep pen, but climbs up some other way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens for him. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 But they will certainly not follow a stranger, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they did not understand what it was that he was saying to them.
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. 8 Everyone who came before me is a thief and a robber, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. If anyone enters in through me, he will be saved, and he will go in and out and will find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except in order to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they will have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 But the hired servant is not the shepherd and the sheep are not his own. He sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and escapes, and the wolf carries them off and scatters them. 13 He runs away because he is a hired servant and he does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me. 15 Likewise, the Father knows me, and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me: I lay down my life so that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”
19 A division again occurred among the Jews because of these words. 20 For many of them said, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of a demon-possessed man. A demon is not able to open the eyes of the blind, is he?”
22 Then it was time for the Festival of the Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, Some versions place, It was winter, at the beginning of verse 23. Some versions place, It was winter, at the beginning of verse 23 instead of at the end of verse 22. 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple in the porch of Solomon. 24 Then the Jews surrounded him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.” 25 Jesus replied to them, “I told you, but you do not believe. The works that I do in the name of my Father, these testify concerning me. 26 Yet you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will certainly not ever die, and no one will snatch any of them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all others, and no one is able to snatch them out of the hand of the Father. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of those works are you stoning me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for any good work, but for blasphemy, and because you, a man, are making yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? 35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say to him whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me. 38 But if I am doing them, even if you do not believe me, believe in the works so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and that I am in the Father.” 39 Therefore they tried to seize him again, but he went away out of their hand.
40 So he went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John had first been baptizing, and he stayed there. 41 Many people came to him and they said, “John indeed did no signs, but all the things that John has said about this man are true.” 42 Then many people believed in him there.

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Chapter 11

1 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with myrrh and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 The sisters then sent for Jesus, saying, “Lord, see, he whom you love is sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness is not to death, but it is for the glory of God so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, Jesus then indeed stayed two more days in the place where he was. 7 Then after this, he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, right now the Jews are trying to stone you, and you are going back there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If someone walks in the daytime, he will not stumble, because he sees by the light of this world. 10 However, if someone walks at night, he will stumble because the light is not in him.” 11 He said these things, and after these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may wake him out of sleep.” 12 The disciples therefore said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he was speaking about the sleep of resting. 14 Therefore Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 I am glad, for your sakes, that I was not there so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who was called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go so that we may die with Jesus.”
17 Therefore, when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away. 19 Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to comfort them about their brother. 20 Then Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now, I know that whatever you ask from God, he will give to you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even if he dies, will live; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will certainly not ever die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” 28 After she had said this, she went away and called her sister Mary privately. She said, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 When she heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 So when the Jews, who were with her in the house and who were comforting her, saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Then when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When therefore Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and was troubled; 34 so he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how much he loved Lazarus!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of a blind man, also could have caused this man not to die?” 38 Then Jesus again, being deeply moved in himself, went to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the one who had died, said to Jesus, “Lord, his body will already stink, for it has been four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that, if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to me. 42 I knew that you always listen to me, but because of the crowd that is standing around me, I said this, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 After he had said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out; his feet and hands were bound with cloths, and his face was bound with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
45 Then many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things that Jesus had done.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council together and said, “What will we do? This man does many signs. 48 If we leave him alone like this, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away from us both our place and our nation.” 49 However, a certain man among them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You do not know anything. 50 You do not consider that it is better for you that one man dies for the people, and that the whole nation does not perish.” 51 Now this he said not from himself. Instead, being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation; 52 and not only for the nation, but so that also the children of God who are scattered would be gathered together into one. 53 So from that day onward they planned how to put Jesus to death.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but he departed from there into the country near to the wilderness into a town called Ephraim. There he stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from the country before the Passover in order to purify themselves. 56 So they were looking for Jesus, and speaking one with another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the festival?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given an order that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might seize him.

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Chapter 12

1 Therefore, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, was. 2 So they made him a dinner there, and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those who was lying down at the table with Jesus. 3 Then Mary took a litra of perfume made of very precious pure nard, anointed the feet of Jesus with it, and wiped his feet with her hair. Then the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, the one who would betray him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 Now he said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He had the moneybag and would steal from what was put in it. 7 Therefore Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 8 For you will always have the poor with you. But you will not always have me.”
9 Now a large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, and they came, not only for Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests conspired together so that they might also put Lazarus to death; 11 for because of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
12 On the next day a great crowd came to the festival. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet him and cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” 14 But Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it was written, 15 “Do not fear, daughter of Zion; see, your King is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey.” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him. 17 Now the crowd testified that they had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him up from the dead. 18 It was also for this reason that the crowd went out to meet him, because they heard that he had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “Look, you are accompishing nothing; see, the world has gone after him.”
20 Now certain Greeks were among those who were going up to worship at the festival. 21 Therefore these men went to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip, and they told Jesus. 23 But Jesus answered them and said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself; but if it dies, it will bear much fruit. 25 He who loves his life will lose it; but he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27 Now my soul is troubled and what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven and said, “I have glorified it and I will glorify it again.” 29 Then the crowd that stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for me, but for you. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: Now will the ruler of this world be thrown out. 32 When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 But he said this to indicate what kind of death he would die. 34 Then the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ will stay forever. How can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus then said to them, “The light will still be with you for a short amount of time. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness does not overtake you. He who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may be sons of light.”
Jesus said these things and then departed and hid from them. 37 Although Jesus had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in him 38 so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled, in which he said:
“Lord, who has believed our report,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah had also said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes, and he has hardened their hearts;
otherwise they would see with their eyes and understand with their hearts,
and turn,
and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw the glory of Jesus and spoke of him. 42 But despite that, many of the rulers believed in Jesus; but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess it so that they would not be banned from the synagogue. 43 For they loved the praise from people more than the praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “The one who believes in me, believes not only in me but also in him who sent me, 45 and the one who sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone believes in me may not remain in the darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and who does not receive my words, has one who judges him. The word which I have spoken, this will judge him on the last day. 49 For I did not speak for myself, but the Father himself who sent me gave me the command about what I should say and what I should speak. 50 I know that his command is eternal life, so that is what I say—just as the Father has spoken to me, so I speak.”

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Chapter 13

1 Now before the Festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to go out of this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 While supper was taking place, the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 He knew that the Father had given everything to him, into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God. 4 He got up from dinner and took off his outer clothing. Then he took a towel and wrapped it around himself. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples and dry them with the towel that he had put around himself. 6 Then he came to Simon Peter, and Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand this later.” 8 Peter said to him, “You will certainly not ever wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, do not only wash my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed has no need, except to wash his feet, but he is completely clean; and you are clean, but not everyone.” 11 (For Jesus knew who would betray him; that is why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”)
12 So when Jesus had washed their feet and taken his garments and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? 13 You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are speaking correctly, because so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash the feet of one another. 15 For I have given you an example so that you should also do just as I did for you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is a messenger greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. 18 I am not speaking about all of you; I know those whom I have chosen—but so that the scripture will be fulfilled: ‘He who eats bread with me lifted up his heel against me.’ 19 I tell you this now before it happens so that when it happens, you may believe that I AM. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I sent, receives me, and he who receives me, receives him who sent me.”
21 When Jesus said this, he was troubled in spirit. He testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you that one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering of whom he was speaking. 23 But one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying down at the table against Jesus’ side. 24 Therefore Simon Peter motioned to this disciple, “Ask him who it is about whom he is speaking.” 25 So he thus leaned back against the side of Jesus and said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will dip the piece of bread and hand it over and give it to him.” Then he dipped the bread and gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after the bread, when Satan entered into him, Jesus therefore said to him, “What you are doing, do it quickly.” 28 Now no one who was lying down at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 For some thought that, since Judas had the moneybag, Jesus said to him, “Buy what we need to have for the festival,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 After Judas therefore received the bread, he went out immediately. It was night.
31 Therefore, when Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 God will glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately. 33 Little children, I am with you for still a short amount of time. You will look for me, and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Now I also say this to you. 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you should love one another; as I have loved you, so also you should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.”
36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will certainly not crow before you have denied me three times.”

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Chapter 14

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. But if it were not so, I would have told you, for I am going to prepare a place for you. 3 if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am you will also be. 4 You know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “I have been with you for so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from myself, but the Father living in me is doing his work. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, or else believe because of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he also will do, and he will do greater works than these because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. 15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments, 16 and I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Comforter so that he will be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive him because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come back to you. 19 Yet a short amount of time and the world will no longer see me, but you see me. Because I live, you will also live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and that you are in me, and that I am in you. 21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, this is the one who loves me, and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and I will show myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Jesus, “Lord, why is it that you are about to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and we will make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me does not keep my words. The word that you hear is not from me but from the Father who sent me.
25 I have said these things to you, while I am staying with you. 26 However, the Comforter—the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and he will remind you of everything that I said to you. 27 I leave you peace; I give you my peace. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. 28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I am. 29 Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has nothing in me, 31 but in order that the world will know that I love the Father, and just as the Father commanded me, thus I do. Let us get up and go from here.”

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Chapter 15

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes it away; and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it so that it will bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the message that I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up, and they gather the branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned up. 7 If you remain in me, and if my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified in this, that you bear much fruit and you will be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, as I have kept the commandments of my Father and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you so that my joy will be in you and so that your joy will be complete. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this—that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do the things that I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain. This is so that whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you love one another. 18 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world and because I chose you out of the world, on account of this, the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But they will do all these things to you because of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me also hates my Father. 24 If I had not done the works that no one else did among them, they would have no sin, but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is in order to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’ 26 When the Comforter whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—comes, he will testify about me. 27 But you are also testifying because you have been with me from the beginning.

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Chapter 16

1 “I have spoken these things to you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will throw you out of the synagogues. But the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think that he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do these things because they have not known the Father nor me. 4 But I have spoken these things to you so that when their hour comes, you will remember that I told you about them. But I did not tell you about these things in the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sadness has filled your heart. 7 But truly I tell you, it is better for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, the Comforter will prove the world to be wrong about sin, and about righteousness, and about judgment— 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 and about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, and you will no longer see me; 11 and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak from himself. But he will say whatever he hears, and he will tell you things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and he will tell it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is mine. Therefore, I said that the Spirit will take from what is mine and he will tell it to you. 16 In a little while you will no longer see me, and after another little while you will see me again.” 17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while and you will no longer see me, and after another little while you will see me again,’ and, ‘Because I go to the Father’?” 18 Therefore they said, “What is this that he says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, “Are you asking among yourselves concerning this, that I said, ‘A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will be glad. You will become full of sadness, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 When a woman gives birth she has pain because her hour has come, but when she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers her pain because of her joy that a person has been born into the world. 22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your heart will be glad, and no one will take away your joy from you. 23 On that day you will not ask me anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask, and you will receive so that your joy will be fulfilled.
25 I have said these things to you in figures of speech, but the hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but instead I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 On that day you will ask in my name and I do not say to you that I will pray to the Father for you, 27 for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and because you have believed that I came from the Father. 28 I came from the Father, and I have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world and I am going to the Father.” 29 His disciples said, “See, now you are speaking plainly and you are not speaking in figures of speech. 30 Now we know that you know all things, and you do not need that anyone to ask you questions. Because of this, we believe that you have come from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? 32 See, the hour is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have spoken these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have troubles, but have courage, I have conquered the world.”

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Chapter 17

1 After Jesus said these things and lifted up his eyes to the heavens, he said, “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son so that the Son will glorify you— 2 just as you gave him authority over all flesh so that to everyone whom you have given him, he would give them eternal life. 3 This is eternal life: That they know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work that you have given me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify me along with yourself with the glory that I had with you before the world was made. 6 I revealed your name to the people whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you, 8 for I have given them the words that you gave me. They received them and truly knew that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 Everything that is mine is yours, and yours is mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but these people are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me so that they will be one, just as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I protected them, and not one of them was destroyed, except for the son of destruction, so that the scriptures would be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, but I am saying these things in the world so that they will have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask for you to take them away from the world, but for you to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Set them apart by the truth. Your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I have set myself apart, so that they themselves may also be set apart in truth. 20 But I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word 21 so that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, so that they also be in us, so that the world will believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you gave me, I also have given to them, so that they will be one, just as we are one: 23 I in them, and you in me—that they may be brought to complete unity, so that the world will know that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you loved me. 24 Father, those you have given me, I desire that they also may be with me where I am, in order to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world did not know you, but I know you; and these know that you sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known so that the love with which you have loved me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

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Chapter 18

1 After Jesus spoke these words, he went out with his disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden into which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who was going to betray him, also knew the place, for Jesus often went there with his disciples. 3 Then Judas, leading a group of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and from the Pharisees, went there with lanterns, and torches, and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, who knew all the things that were happening to him, went forward and asked them, “Who are you looking for?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am.” But Judas, who betrayed him, was also standing with the soldiers. 6 So when he said to them, “I am,” they went backward and fell to the ground. 7 Then again he asked them, “Who are you looking for?” Again they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am. So if you are looking for me, let these go.” 9 This was in order to fulfill the word that he said: “Of those whom you have given me, I did not lose any of them.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. Now the name of the servant was Malchus. 11 Therefore Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword back into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, should I not drink it?”
12 So the group of soldiers and the captain, and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and tied him up. 13 Then they led him first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one who had given the advice to the Jews that it would be better that one man die for the people.
15 But Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest; 16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the female doorkeeper and he brought Peter in. 17 Then the female servant, the doorkeeper, said to Peter, “Are you not also one of the disciples of this man?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and the officers were standing there, and they had made a charcoal fire, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves. But Peter was also with them, standing there and warming himself.
19 The high priest then asked Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I was always teaching in the synagogue and in the temple where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them. Look, these people know what I said.” 22 Now when Jesus had said this, one of the officers standing there struck Jesus and said, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If I spoke wrongly, testify about the wrong, but if rightly, why do you hit me?” 24 Then Annas sent him tied up to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. The people then said to him, “Are you not also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, who was a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter then denied again, and immediately the rooster crowed.
28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the government headquarters. But it was early in the morning, and they did not enter into the government headquarters so that they would not be defiled but would eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation are you bringing against this man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If this man was not an evildoer, we would not have given him over to you.” 31 Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.” 32 They said this so that the word of Jesus would be fulfilled which he had spoken to indicate by what kind of death he would die.
33 Then Pilate entered into the government headquarters again and called Jesus and he said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you speak this from yourself, or did others speak to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and the chief priests gave you over to me. What did you do?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight so that I would not be given over to the Jews. But now my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate then said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I have been born, and for this purpose I have come into the world, so that I would bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in this man. 39 But you have the custom that I release one person to you at the Passover. So do you want me to release the King of the Jews to you?” 40 Then they cried out again and said, “Not this man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.

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Chapter 19

1 Therefore Pilate then took Jesus and whipped him. 2 The soldiers weaved a crown of thorns. They put it on the head of Jesus and dressed him with a purple garment. 3 They came to him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they struck him. 4 Then Pilate went outside again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him outside to you so that you will know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!” 6 When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw Jesus, they cried out, saying, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When therefore Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid, 9 and he entered into the government headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to him, “Are you not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have the power to release you, and I have the power to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You do not have any power over me except for what has been given to you from above. Therefore, he who gave me over to you has a greater sin.” 12 At this answer, Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place called “The Pavement,” but in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.” 14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover, at about the sixth hour. Pilate said to the Jews, “See, here is your king!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with him, away with him; crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 Therefore Pilate then gave Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led him away.
17 He went out, carrying the cross for himself, to the place called “The Place of a Skull,” which in Hebrew is called “Golgotha.” 18 They crucified Jesus there, and with him two other men, one on each side, and Jesus in the middle. 19 But Pilate also wrote a sign and put it on the cross. On it was written: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Therefore, many of the Jews read this inscription because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. The sign was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This one said, “I am King of the Jews.”’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23 Then, when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, one share for each soldier; and also the tunic. Now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24 Then they said to each other, “Let us not tear it, but instead let us cast lots for it to decide whose it will be.” This happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled which said,
“They divided my garments among themselves
and cast lots for my clothing.”
Therefore, the soldiers did this. 25 Now standing beside the cross of Jesus were his mother, and the sister of his mother, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, see, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “See, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
28 After this, knowing that everything was now completed and so that the scriptures would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A container full of sour wine was placed there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop staff and lifted it up to his mouth. 30 When therefore Jesus had taken the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross during the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was an especially important day), asked Pilate to break their legs and to remove them. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the second man who had been crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. 34 However, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you would also believe. 36 For these things happened in order to fulfill the scripture, “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 Again, another scripture says, “They will look at him whom they pierced.”
38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus (but secretly for fear of the Jews), asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission. So Joseph came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also came, he who at first had come to Jesus by night. He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about one hundred litras in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, as was the custom of the Jews to bury bodies. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden was a new tomb in which no person had yet been buried. 42 Therefore, because it was the day of preparation for the Jews and because the tomb was close by, they laid Jesus in it.

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Chapter 20

1 Now early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and she saw the stone rolled away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They took away the Lord out from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple went out, and they went to the tomb. 4 They both ran together, but the other disciple quickly ran ahead of Peter and arrived at the tomb first. 5 Then stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go inside. 6 Simon Peter then also arrived after him and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there 7 and the cloth that had been on his head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a place by itself. 8 So then the other disciple, the one who first arrived at the tomb, also went in, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he should rise from the dead. 10 So the disciples went back home again.
11 But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping. Then as she wept, she stooped down into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the foot of where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they took away my Lord, and I do not know where they have put him.” 14 When she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought that he was the gardener, so she said to him, “Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned, and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabboni” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet gone up to the Father, but go to my brothers and say to them that I will go up to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that he had said these things to her.
19 Therefore, when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of where the disciples were, were closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the middle of them and said to them, “Peace to you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Therefore the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus then said to them again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 When Jesus had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 Whoever’s sins you forgive, they are forgiven; whoever’s sins you keep back, they are kept back.”
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples later said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 After eight days his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came while the doors were closed, and stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger and see my hands. Reach here with your hand and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God.” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and believed.”
30 Now Jesus also did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, signs that have not been written in this book, 31 but these have been written so that you would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that believing, you would have life in his name.

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Chapter 21

1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is how he showed himself: 2 they were together—Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathaniel from Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two of the other disciples of Jesus. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We, too, will come with you.” They went and got into a boat, but they caught nothing during that night. 4 Now, when it was already morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, “Young men, do you not have anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” 6 Then he said to them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw their net and were not able to draw it in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When therefore Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he was undressed), and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away), and they were pulling the net full of the fish. 9 When therefore they got out upon the land, they saw a charcoal fire kindled, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter then went up and drew the net to the shore, full of large fish; 153. There were so many, but the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” But none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish also. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after he had risen from the dead.
15 Then after they ate breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Peter said to him, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter said to him, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 He said to him a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was sad because Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” He said to him, “Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to clothe yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you become old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will clothe you and carry you where you will not want to go.” 19 Now Jesus said this to indicate with what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After he had said this, he said to Peter, “Follow me.” 20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had also leaned back against the side of Jesus at the dinner and who had said, “Lord, who is the one who will betray you?” 21 Therefore Peter saw him and said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I want him to stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.” 23 So this statement spread among the brothers, that that disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to Peter that the other disciple would not die, but, “If I want him to stay until I come, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and who wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if each one were written down, I suppose that not even the world itself would have enough room for the books that would be written.

The Acts of the Apostles

Acts

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Chapter 1

1 The former book I wrote, O Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 2 until that day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he also presented himself alive to them with many convincing proofs. For 40 days he appeared to them, and he spoke things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 When he was meeting together with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 5 “John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit after not many days.”
6 When therefore they were assembled together, they asked him, saying, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” 7 But he said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has determined by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 When he had said these things, as they were looking up, he was raised up, and a cloud hid him from their eyes. 10 While they were looking intensely into heaven as he was going up, suddenly, two men stood by them in white clothing. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will likewise return in the same manner as you saw him going into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 When they arrived, they went up into the upper chamber where they were staying, both Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They were all diligently continuing in prayer with one accord, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—the number of the names of the people who were in one place was about 120—and said, 16 “Men, brothers, it was necessary that the scripture should be fulfilled, that the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to the ones who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us and received his share of this ministry.” 18 (Now indeed this man bought a field with the earnings from his wickedness, and he fell headfirst, and his belly burst open, and all his inward parts poured out. 19 It became known to all those living in Jerusalem, so they called that field in their own language “Akeldama,” that is, “Field of Blood.”) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
‘Let his field be made desolate,
and do not let a person live there,’ and
‘Let someone else take his position of leadership.’
21 It is necessary, therefore, that from the men who accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to the day that he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” 23 They put forward two men, Joseph who was called Barsabbas, who was also named Justus, and Matthias. 24 So having prayed, they said, “You, Lord, know the hearts of everyone, so reveal which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” 26 They cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias, and he was numbered with the 11 apostles.

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Chapter 2

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Then suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a strong, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 There appeared to them distributed tongues like fire, and they sat upon each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them ability to speak.
5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, godly men, from every nation under heaven. 6 When this sound happened, the multitude came together and was confused because each one of them heard them speaking in their own language. 7 They were all amazed and marveled; they said, “Really, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 So how is it that we are hearing them, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and also in Cappadocia, in Pontus and in Asia, 10 Phrygia and also Pamphylia, in Egypt and in the parts of Libya toward Cyrene, and those visiting from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our languages about the mighty works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocked and said, “They are full of new wine.”
14 But Peter stood with the eleven, raised his voice, and said to them, “Men of Judea and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk as you assume, for it is the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘It will be in the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
and your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants and on my female servants in those days
I will pour out of my Spirit, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the sky above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the great and remarkable day of the Lord.
21 It will be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited to you by God with the mighty deeds, and wonders, and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. 23 This man, by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, handed over by the hand of lawless men, you put to death by nailing him to a cross. 24 He is the one whom God raised up, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always before my face,
for he is beside my right hand so that I should not be moved.
26 Because of this, my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced.
Indeed, my flesh also will live in certain hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
28 You revealed to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with gladness in your presence.’
29 Men, brothers, I am permitted to speak to you with freedom about the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn with an oath to him, that he would set from the fruit of his body upon his throne. 31 Having seen what was to happen in the future, he spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that,
‘He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.’
32 This Jesus—God raised him up, of which we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out this which you both see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend to the heaven, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
35 until I make your enemies the stool for your feet.”’
36 Therefore, let all the house of Israel certainly know that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced in the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are far off, as many people as the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he testified and urged them, saying, “Save yourselves from this wicked generation.” 41 Therefore they received his word and were baptized, and there were added in that day about 3,000 souls. 42 Then they were continuing in the teaching of the apostles and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 Fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs took place through the apostles. 44 All who believed were in one place and had all things in common, 45 and they sold their property and possessions and distributed them to all, as anyone had need. 46 So every day they continued with one purpose in the temple, also breaking bread in houses, and sharing food with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people, and every day the Lord added those who were being saved to their number.

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Chapter 3

1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 Now a certain man being lame from the womb of his mother was being carried, whom every day they placed at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful, so he could ask for a gift of money from those who were going into the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter into the temple, he asked them to give him a gift of money. 4 But Peter, looking intently at him, with John, said, “Look at us.” 5 So he looked at them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have, this I will give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Then leaping up, he stood and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 They recognized him, that he was the one who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement because of what had happened to him.
11 As he was holding on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly marveling. 12 When Peter saw this, he answered the people, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you look intently at us, as if we had made him to walk by our own power or godliness? 13 The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and rejected in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a man who was a murderer to be released to you. 15 But you killed the Founder of life, whom God raised from the dead—and we are witnesses of this. 16 Now, by faith in his name, his name has made strong this man whom you see and know. The faith that is through him gave to him this complete health in the presence of all of you. 17 Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as also did your rulers. 18 But the things which God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Repent, therefore, and turn, so that your sins may be blotted out, 20 so that there may come periods of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send the one who has been appointed for you, Christ Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time of the restoration of all things, about which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. 22 Moses indeed said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You will listen to him in everything—whatever he will speak to you. 23 But it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed from among the people.’ 24 Indeed all the prophets from Samuel and those who came after him, as many as have spoken, have also announced these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 After God raised up his servant, he sent him to you first, blessing you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

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Chapter 4

1 As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came up to them. 2 They were deeply troubled because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection that is from the dead. 3 So they laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 Then it came about on the next day that gathered together their rulers ,and the elders, and the scribes in Jerusalem, 6 and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high priestly line. 7 When they had set them in their midst, they asked them, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people, and elders, 9 if we this day are being questioned concerning a good deed to a sick man, by what means he was made well, 10 let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead, that by him this man stands here before you healthy. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which has been made into the cornerstone. 12 There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
13 After seeing the boldness of Peter and John, and realizing that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were surprised, and they recognized them, that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against them. 15 But after they had commanded them to go outside the council meeting, they talked among themselves. 16 They said, “What will we do to these men? For it is evident to everyone who lives in Jerusalem that a remarkable miracle has happened through them, and we are not able to deny it. 17 But in order that it might not spread further among the people, let us warn them no longer to speak in this name to anyone.” 18 So calling them in, they commanded them not to speak nor to teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to obey you rather than God, you judge. 20 For we are not able to stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard.” 21 After further warning them, they let them go. They found nothing for which they might punish them because of the people, for they were all praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man to whom this sign of healing had happened was more than forty years old.
23 But after they were set free, they came to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Lord, you who made the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and all that is in them. 25 The mouth of our father David, your servant, by the Holy Spirit, spoke,
‘For what reason did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine useless things?’
26 ‘The kings of the earth took their stand,
and the rulers were gathered to one place
against the Lord, and against his Christ.’
27 For truly, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, gathered together in this city against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 28 to do all that your hand and your plan had decided in advance would happen. 29 Now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness 30 as you stretch out your hand to heal, and to do signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 When they finished praying, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
32 The great number of those who believed were one in heart and soul. Not one of them said that anything he possessed was his own, but everything was shared among them. 33 With great power, the apostles were proclaiming their testimony about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34 For there was no needy person among them, for all who owned title to lands or houses sold them and brought the money of the things that were sold 35 and laid it at the feet of the apostles, and it was distributed to each one according to whatever need anyone had.
36 Then Joseph, who was called Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated as Son of Encouragement), a Levite from Cyprus by birth, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

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Chapter 5

1 Now a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property, 2 and he kept back from the sale money (his wife also knew it), and brought a certain portion of it and laid it at the feet of the apostles. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back from the price of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own, and after it was sold, was it not in your control? How is it that you thought of this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God.” 5 After hearing these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last, and great fear came upon all who heard it. 6 Then rising up, the young men wrapped him up, and carrying him out, they buried him.
7 Now it happened that after about three hours, his wife also came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Then Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for this much.” And she said, “Yes, for this much.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Then she immediately fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in, they found her dead, and carrying her out, they buried her beside her husband. 11 So great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard these things.
12 Many signs and wonders were taking place among the people through the hands of the apostles. They were all with one mind at the Porch of Solomon. 13 But no one else had the courage to join them; however, the people held them in high esteem. 14 Still more believers were being added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, so that as Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 There also came together a great number of people from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, who were all healed.
17 But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees); and they were filled with jealousy 18 and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in the public prison. 19 Yet during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison bringing them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” 21 When they had heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and taught. But the high priest and those who were with him came, calling together the council and all the elders of the sons of Israel, and sent to the prison to bring the apostles. 22 But the officers that went did not find them in the prison, so having returned, they reported back, 23 saying, “We found the jail securely shut and the guards standing at the door, but when we had opened it, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when both the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed concerning them, as to what might have happened. 25 Then someone came and told them, “Look, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 So the captain went with the officers, and brought them back, but without violence, for they feared that the people might stone them. 27 When they had brought them, they set them before the council. Then the high priest interrogated them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and desire to bring upon us the blood of this man.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, saying, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to kill them. 34 But a certain man in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, stood up and commanded the apostles to be taken outside for a little while. 35 Then he said to them, “Men of Israel, pay close attention to yourselves and what you are about to do with these men. 36 In those days, Theudas rose up claiming himself to be somebody, and a number of men, about 400, joined him. He was killed, and all who had been obeying him were scattered and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all who had been obeying him were scattered. 38 Now this I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown. 39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or perhaps you may find you are also fighting against God.” So they were persuaded by him. 40 Then they called the apostles in and beat them and commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Therefore, they indeed went out from the presence of the council rejoicing that they had been counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. 42 Thereafter every day, in the temple and from house to house, they were continuously teaching and proclaiming the gospel that Jesus is the Christ.

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Chapter 6

1 Now in these days, when the disciples were multiplying, a complaint by the Grecian Jews began against the Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 Then the twelve called to them the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to give up the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore brothers, choose from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this task. 4 But we will continue in prayer and in the ministry of the word.” 5 The statement was pleasing to the whole multitude. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte from Antioch. 6 They brought these men before the apostles, and they prayed and placed their hands upon them.
7 So the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly, and a large number of the priests became obedient to the faith.
8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 But there arose some people who were of the synagogue that is called Freedmen, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia. They were debating with Stephen. 10 But they were not able to stand against the wisdom and the Spirit by whom he spoke. 11 Then they bribed men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 They also stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and approaching him, they seized him and brought him before the council. 13 They brought false witnesses, saying, “This man does not stop speaking words against this holy place and the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” 15 Looking intently at him, everyone who was sitting in the council saw his face as the face of an angel.

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Chapter 7

1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things thus?” 2 Then he said,
“Men, brothers, and fathers, listen to me: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, even before he lived in Haran; 3 and he said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’ 4 Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran; from there, after the death of his father, God brought him into this land, in which you live now. 5 But he did not give him an inheritance in it—not even the length of a foot. But he promised to give him the land for a possession, and to his descendants after him—although he did not have a child. 6 But God spoke to him like this, that his descendants would be strangers in a foreign land, and that the inhabitants there would make them slaves and treat them badly for 400 years. 7 ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they will come out and worship me in this place.’ 8 Then God gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the 12 patriarchs. 9 Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and he rescued him from all his afflictions. He gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he appointed him governor over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine over all Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our fathers could not find food. 12 But when Jacob heard there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first trip. 13 During their second trip, Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and the family of Joseph became known to Pharaoh. 14 Then sending his brothers back, Joseph called for Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, 75 souls in all. 15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and he and our fathers died. 16 They were carried over to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a price in silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 17 Now as the time of the promise that God had made to Abraham approached, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, 18 until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. 19 He took advantage of our people and mistreated our fathers, forcing them to expose their newborn infants so they would not be kept alive. 20 At that time Moses was born; and he was beautiful to God. He was nourished for three months in the house of his father. 21 When he was placed outside, the daughter of Pharaoh took him and raised him for herself as a son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and works. 23 But when he was about 40 years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel. 24 Seeing a certain one being mistreated, he defended him and avenged the one who was being oppressed by striking the Egyptian: 25 for he thought his brothers would understand that God by his hand was giving deliverance to them, but they did not understand. 26 On the next day he came to those who were quarreling, and he urged them to be at peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why is it that you are hurting one another?’ 27 But the one who had wronged his neighbor pushed him away, and said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 You do not want to kill me in the same way you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ 29 Then Moses ran away at this statement, and he became a foreigner in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. 30 When 40 years were past, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw the fire, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look at it, there came a voice of the Lord: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob.’ Then Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. 33 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have certainly seen the suffering of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; so now come, I will send you to Egypt.’ 35 This same Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?’—God sent him as both a ruler and deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out, doing miracles and signs in the land of Egypt and at the Sea of Reeds, and in the wilderness during 40 years. 37 It is this Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up a prophet like me for you from among your brothers.’ 38 This is the man who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers, who received living words to give to us. 39 Our fathers were not willing to be obedient to him, but instead they pushed him away, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt. 40 They had said to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. As for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ 41 So they made an image of a calf in those days and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the work of their hands. 42 But God turned and gave them up to worship the stars in the sky, as it is written in the book of the prophets,
‘You did not offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices
for 40 years in the wilderness, did you, house of Israel?
43 You took up the tabernacle of Molech
and the star of your god Rephan,
and the images that you made to worship them:
and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’
44 The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the wilderness, just as the one who was speaking to Moses had commanded, to make it like the pattern that he had seen. 45 Our fathers, under Joshua, also received and brought it with them when they took possession of the nations. God drove them out from before the face of our fathers until the time of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God, and he asked if he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. Some ancient copies have, the God of Jacob, but the best ancient copies have the house of Jacob. 47 However, Solomon built the house for God. 48 But the Most High does not live in houses made with hands, as the prophet says,
49 ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is the footstool for my feet.
What kind of house can you build for me? says the Lord,
or what is the place for my rest?
50 Did my hand not make all these things?’
51 You are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears. You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers were, you also are. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who told in advance about the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers, 53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, but did not keep it.”
54 When hearing these things, they were cut to their hearts, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But being full of the Holy Spirit and looking up intently into heaven, he saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 He said, “Look, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 Then shouting out with a loud voice, they covered their ears and rushed at him all at once. 58 Dragging him out of the city, they stoned him. The witnesses laid down their outer clothing at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they were stoning Stephen, he was calling out and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 But having fallen down on his knees, he called out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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Chapter 8

1 Saul was in agreement with his execution.
So there began on that day a great persecution against the church that was in Jerusalem; they all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul greatly harmed the church. Entering into house after house, dragging out both men and women, he put them in prison.
4 Then those who had been scattered went about proclaiming the good news of the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria, proclaiming to them the Christ. 6 Now the crowds with one accord paid attention to the things being spoken by Philip when they heard them and saw the signs that he was doing. 7 For many of them had unclean spirits, which came out of them, crying out with a loud voice. Many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 So there was much joy in that city.
9 But in the city a certain man named Simon had formerly been practicing sorcery and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming himself to be someone great. 10 They all, from the least to the greatest, were paying attention to him, saying, “He is the power of God which is called Great.” 11 They listened to him, because he had astonished them for a long time with his sorceries. 12 But when they believed Philip, proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 But Simon himself also believed and, after he was baptized, he was with Philip constantly. When he saw signs and mighty deeds taking place, he was amazed.
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John. 15 When they had come down, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them, but they had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the hands of the apostles, he offered them money. 19 He said, “Give to me also this authority, that whoever I place my hands on might receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish along with you, because you thought to obtain the gift of God with money. 21 You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right with God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord, so that he might perhaps forgive you for the intention of your heart. 23 For I see that you are in the poison of bitterness and in the bond of sin.” 24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, so that nothing of which you have spoken may happen to me.”
25 When therefore they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the gospel even to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert.) 27 So he arose and went. Now there was a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was over all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship. 28 He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and stay close to this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you really understand what you are reading?” 31 Then he said, “How indeed can I, unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up to sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this,
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and like a lamb before his shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In humiliation his justice was taken away.
Who can fully describe his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 So the eunuch asked Philip, saying, “I beg you, who is the prophet saying this about—concerning himself, or concerning some other person?” 35 So Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture, he proclaimed the gospel about Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What prevents me from being baptized?” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 37. 37 [Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may be baptized.” The Ethiopian answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 So he commanded the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him anymore, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip appeared at Azotus and went through that region, proclaiming the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

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Chapter 9

1 But Saul, still speaking threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to Damascus, to the synagogues, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he was traveling, it happened that as he came near to Damascus, suddenly there shone on him a light out of heaven; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 He replied, “Who are you, Lord?” He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting; 6 but rise up and enter into the city, and it will be told to you that which you must do.” 7 But the men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a certain disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” So he said, “See, I am here, Lord.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Arise, go to the street which is called Straight, and at the house of Judas, ask for a man named Saul, from Tarsus, for he is indeed praying. 12 For he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he might see again.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 He has authority from the chief priests to arrest everyone here who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine who will carry my name before the Gentiles, and also kings, and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 So Ananias departed, and entered into the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road on which you were going, has sent me so that you might receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Then immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight, and also arose, and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.
Then he stayed with the disciples in Damascus a few days. 20 Right away, he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who destroyed those in Jerusalem who called on this name? He has come here for this reason, so that he might arrest them and bring them to the chief priests.” 22 But Saul became more and more powerful, and he was causing distress among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 But after many days had passed, the Jews planned together to kill him. 24 But their plan became known to Saul. For indeed they were watching the gates both day and night in order to kill him. 25 But his disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.
26 When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and he told them how he had seen the Lord on the road and that he had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them as they were coming in and going out in Jerusalem. He spoke boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He also spoke and debated with the Grecian Jews; but they kept trying to kill him. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.
31 Then, the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was built up; and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers. 32 Now it came about that, as Peter went throughout the whole region, he came down also to the saints who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been lying in a bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 So Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,” and right away he got up. 35 So everyone who lived in Lydda and in Sharon saw him and they turned to the Lord.
36 Now there was in Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated as “Dorcas.” She was full of good works and merciful deeds that she did for the poor. 37 It came about in those days that fallling sick, she died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples had heard that Peter was there. They sent two men to him, begging him, “Come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he had arrived, they brought him to the upper room, and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing him coats and garments that Dorcas had made while she had been with them. 40 Then Peter put them all out, and kneeling down, he prayed. Then, turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive. 42 This matter became known throughout all Joppa, and many people believed on the Lord. 43 Then it happened that he stayed for many days in Joppa with a certain man named Simon, a tanner.

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Chapter 10

1 Now there was a certain man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of the regiment that was called ‘Italian.’ 2 He was devout and feared God with all his household; he gave much money to the people and he constantly prayed to God. 3 About the ninth hour of the day, he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God coming to him and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 But he stared at him and becoming frightened, he said, “What is it, sir?” Then he said to him, “Your prayers and your gifts to the poor have gone up as a memorial offering into the presence of God. 5 So now send men to Joppa and summon a certain Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with a certain Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.” 7 When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his house servants and a devout soldier from among those who served him. 8 So having told them all that had happened, he sent them to Joppa.
9 Now on the next day at about the sixth hour, as they were on their journey and were approaching the city, Peter went up to the housetop to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while people were cooking some food, a vision came upon him, 11 and he saw the sky open and a certain container descending, something like a large sheet, being let down by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals and things that crawled on the earth, and birds of the sky. 13 Then a voice spoke to him: “Rise, Peter, kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that was defiled and unclean.” 15 But the voice came to him again a second time: “What God has cleansed, do not call it defiled.” 16 Now this happened three times; then the container was immediately taken back up to heaven.
17 Now while Peter was very confused in his mind about what the vision that he had seen could mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius stood before the gate, after they had asked their way to the house of Simon. 18 Then they called out, asking if Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Some ancient copies have, two men are looking for you or some men are looking for you. 20 But arise and go down and go with them. Do not hesitate, because I have sent them.” 21 So Peter went down to the men and said, “Look, I am he whom you are seeking. What is the reason for which you have come?” 22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a man who is righteous and fears God, who is also well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, so he could hear a message from you.” 23 So he invited them to come in and stay with him.
Then on the next morning, he got up and went with them, and some of the brothers who were from Joppa accompanied him. 24 Then on the following day, they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them; he had called together his relatives and his close friends. 25 It came about that when Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet to worship him. 26 But Peter helped him up, saying, “Stand up! I too am a man myself.” 27 While Peter was talking with him, he went in and found many people gathered together. 28 He said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to associate with or to visit a person from another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man defiled or unclean. 29 That is why I came without arguing when I was summoned. So I ask you for what reason did you summon me?” 30 Then Cornelius said, “Four days ago at this very hour, I was praying at the ninth hour in my house; and see, a man stood before me in bright clothing. 31 He said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been remembered in the presence of God. 32 So send someone to Joppa and summon Simon who is called Peter. He is staying in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the seaside.’ Some ancient copies add: When he comes, he will speak to you. 33 So at once I sent for you. You did well to have come. Now therefore, we are all here present before God, to hear everything that you have been instructed by the Lord.” Instead of instructed by the Lord to say, some ancient copies have, instructed by God to say. 34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said,
“Truly, I perceive that God is not one who shows partiality. 35 Instead, in every nation the one who fears him and does righteous deeds is acceptable to him. 36 The message that he sent to the sons of Israel, announcing the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all— 37 you know the message which came and spread throughout all Judea, beginning in Galilee, after the baptism that John announced; 38 the things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses of all that he did, both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 41 not by all the people, but by the witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to proclaim to the people and to testify fully that he is the one who has been chosen by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him, all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him shall receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all of those who were listening to his message. 45 The believers of the circumcision—all who had come with Peter—were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out also on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone withhold water so as not to baptize these people who have received the Holy Spirit as we also did?” 48 Then he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for several days.

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Chapter 11

1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 Now when Peter had come up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision group argued with him; 3 they said, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!” 4 But Peter started to explain to them in detail; he said, 5 I was praying in the city of Joppa, and I saw in a trance a vision of a certain container coming down, like a large sheet let down from heaven by its four corners. It descended to me. 6 I gazed at it and thought about it. I saw the four-legged animals of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping animals, and the birds of the sky. 7 Then I also heard a voice say to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!” 8 But I said, “Not so, Lord; for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.” 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, “What God has declared clean, do not call unclean.” 10 Now this happened three times, and then everything was taken back up to heaven again. 11 Behold, right away three men were standing in front of the house in which we were; they had been sent from Caesarea to me. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them, not making any distinction regarding them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered into the house of the man. 13 Then he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send men to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. 14 He will speak to you a message by which you will be saved—you and all your household.” 15 But as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them, just as also on us in the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, “John baptized with water; but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.” 17 Then if God gave to them the same gift as also to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could oppose God?” 18 When they heard these things, they became quiet, and they praised God, saying, “Then God has given repentance for life to the Gentiles also.”
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose over Stephen spread as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and spoke also to the Greeks, proclaiming the gospel about the Lord Jesus. 21 The hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 Now the report about them came to the ears of the church that was in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace that is of God, he was glad; and he encouraged them all to remain with the Lord with purpose of heart. 24 For he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord. 25 Barnabas then went out to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it came about that, for an entire year they gathered together with the church and taught many people. Now the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
27 Now in these days some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and indicated by the Spirit that a great famine was about to occur over all the world. This happened in the days of Claudius. 29 So, the disciples, as anyone was able, decided that each of them would send help to the brothers who lived in Judea. 30 So they did this; they sent money to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

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Chapter 12

1 Now about that time, Herod the king laid hands on some of those from the church so that he might mistreat them. 2 He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3 After he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now that was during the days of unleavened bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him; he was intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. 5 So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church. 6 Now the night before, when Herod was going to bring him out for trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while guards in front of the door were also keeping watch over the prison. 7 Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared by him, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up in haste,” and his chains fell away from his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” So he did that. He said to him, “Put on your outer garment and follow me.” 9 So he followed him and went out. But he did not know that what was done by the angel was real. For he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 After they had passed by the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city; it opened for them by itself. Then they went out and went down a street, and the angel left him right away. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I truly know that the Lord has sent his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything that the Jewish people were expecting.” 12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was called Mark, where many people were gathered and praying. 13 When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized the voice of Peter, out of joy she did not open the door; instead, running inside, she reported that Peter was standing at the door. 15 So they said to her, “You are insane.” But she insisted that it was so. Then they said, “It is his angel.” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and opening the door, they saw him and were amazed. 17 Then he motioned to them with his hand to be silent, and he told them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, “Report these things to James and the brothers.” Then he left and went to another place. 18 Now when it became day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers over what therefore had happened to Peter. 19 After Herod had searched for him and could not find him, he questioned the guards and ordered them to be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.
20 Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they went to him together. They persuaded Blastus, the assistant of the king, to help them. Then they asked for peace, because their food for their country was from the king’s country. 21 So on a set day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing. Sitting on the throne, he made a speech to them. 22 But the people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of God increased and multiplied.
25 So when Barnabas and Saul had completed their mission, they returned to Jerusalem, Some ancient copies read, they returned from Jerusalem . bringing with them John, who was called Mark.

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Chapter 13

1 Now there were prophets and teachers present in the church in Antioch. They were both Barnabas and Simeon (who is called Niger), and Lucius of Cyrene, both Manaen (the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “You must set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 After they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them off.
4 So they were sent out by the Holy Spirit and went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to the island of Cyprus. 5 When they were in the city of Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John Mark as their assistant. 6 When they had gone through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. He summoned Barnabas and Saul, because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas “the magician” (for that is how his name is translated) opposed them; he tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, stared at him intensely 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you are full of all deceit and all wickedness. You are an enemy of all righteousness. You will never stop twisting the straight paths of the Lord, will you? 11 Now look, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will become blind. You will not see the sun for a while.” Immediately there fell on Elymas a mist and darkness, and he started going around asking people to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, being astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
13 Now those around Paul set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But they traveled from Perga and came to Antioch of Pisidia. They went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 After the reading of the law and the prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Men, brothers, if there is among you any message of encouragement for the people, speak it.” 16 So Paul stood up and motioned with his hand; he said, “Men of Israel and you who honor God, listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people numerous when they stayed in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 For about 40 years, he put up with them in the wilderness. Some ancient copies read, For about forty years he cared for them in the wilderness . 19 After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance. 20 This took about 450 years. After these things, he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for 40 years. 22 After he removed him from the kingship, he raised up David for them as their king. Concerning him, he also said, testifying, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 23 From his descendants according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus. 24 Before his coming, John first announced a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was finishing his work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not him. But listen, one is coming after me, of whom the shoes of his feet I am not worthy to untie.’ 26 Men, brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us the message about this salvation has been sent. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, did not recognize him, and they fulfilled the sayings of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning him. 28 Even though they found no reason for death, they asked Pilate to kill him. 29 When they had completed all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead. 31 He was seen for many days by those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to the people. 32 So we are proclaiming to you the gospel which was the promise to our fathers. 33 For God has fulfilled this for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm:
‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’
34 Concerning the fact that he raised him up from the dead so that he would never decay, he has spoken in this way:
‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 This is why he also says in another Psalm:
‘You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.’
36 For indeed when David had served the desires of God in his own generation, he fell asleep, and he was laid with his fathers and he saw decay. 37 But he whom God raised up did not see decay. 38 So let it be known to you, men, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you forgiveness of sins, and freedom from everything which could not be justified in the law of Moses. Some ancient copies place and freedom from everything which could not be justified in the law of Moses in verse 39.39 By him every one who believes is justified. 40 So then be careful that the thing spoken about in the prophets does not happen to you:
41 ‘Look, you who despise, and be astonished and then perish;
For I am doing a work in your days,
A work that you will never believe, even if someone announces it to you.’”
42 As they left, they begged them to speak to them these same words on the next Sabbath. 43 When the synagogue meeting ended, many of the Jews and the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
44 Then on the next Sabbath, almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and spoke against the things that were said by Paul and insulted him. 46 But Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you. Since you push it away from yourselves and consider yourselves not worthy of eternal life, see, we will turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so has the Lord commanded us:
‘I have placed you as a light for the Gentiles,
that you should be for salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.’”
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the word of the Lord. As many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 So the word of the Lord was spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews urged on the devout and important women, as well as the leading men of the city. These stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and threw them out beyond the border of their city. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them. Then they went to the city of Iconium. 52 The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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Chapter 14

1 It came about in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews and spoke in such a way that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who were disobedient stirred up the minds of the Gentiles and made them bitter against the brothers. 3 So they stayed there for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord who testified to the message of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the population of the city was divided, for some people sided with the Jews, but some with the apostles. 5 But when both the Gentiles and the Jews (with their leaders) attempted to mistreat and stone them, 6 they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and the surrounding region, 7 where they continued to proclaim the gospel.
8 At Lystra a certain man sat, powerless in his feet, a cripple from the womb of his mother, who never had walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. He looked intently at him and saw that he had faith to be made well. 10 So he said in a loud voice, “Stand up on your feet.” Then the man jumped up and walked around. 11 When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the dialect of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the form of men.” 12 They called Barnabas “Zeus,” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the main speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and wreaths to the gates; he and the multitudes wanted to offer sacrifice. 14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothing and quickly went out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are human beings with the same feelings as you. We proclaim the gospel to you, that you should turn from these useless things to a living God, who made the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and everything that is in them. 16 In the past ages, he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 But still, he did not leave himself without witness, doing good and giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness.” 18 Even saying these words, they barely kept the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
19 But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came and persuaded the crowds. So they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking that he was dead. 20 Yet as the disciples were standing around him, he got up and entered into the city. The next day, he went to Derbe with Barnabas. 21 After they had both proclaimed the gospel in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch. 22 They kept strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many sufferings.” 23 When they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed. 24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had now completed. 27 When they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported all the things that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. 28 They stayed for not a little time with the disciples.

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Chapter 15

1 Now some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas had not a little dispute and debate with them. So they appointed Paul and Barnabas, along with some others from among them, to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem about this question. 3 They therefore, being sent by the church, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria announcing the conversion of the Gentiles. They brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, and the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all the things that God had done with them. 5 But certain men who believed, who were from the group of the Pharisees, stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.” 6 So the apostles and the elders gathered together to look into this matter. 7 After there was much debate, Peter stood up and said to them,
“Men, brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, testified to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as also to us; 9 and he did not distinguish between us and them, making their hearts clean by faith. 10 Now therefore why do you test God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they were.”
12 Then all the multitude kept silent while they listened to Barnabas and Paul report the signs and wonders that God had worked among the Gentiles through them. 13 After they stopped speaking, James answered, saying,
“Men, brothers, listen to me. 14 Simon has told how God formerly visited them to take from the Gentiles a people for his name. 15 The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written,
16 ‘After these things I will return,
and I will rebuild the tent of David, which has fallen down;
and I will rebuild its ruins and will restore it,
17 so that the remnant of men may seek the Lord,
including all the Gentiles who have been called by my name,
says the Lord who has done these things 18 that have been known from ancient times.Some older versions read, This is what the Lord says, to whom are known all his deeds from ancient times .
19 Therefore, I judge that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 But we will write to them to keep away from the pollution of idols, and from sexual immorality, and from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood. 21 For Moses has in every city, from former generations, those proclaiming him and reading him in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
22 Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas chosen men from among them—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, who were leaders among the brothers. 23 They wrote this by their hand: “From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, who are brothers from among the Gentiles. Greetings! 24 We have heard that certain men have gone out from us, who were not ordered by us, to disturb you with teachings that upset your souls. 25 We decided to meet together to choose men to send to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas, who will also tell you the same thing in their own words. 28 For it seemed right to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. Keeping yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
30 So when they were dismissed, they came down to Antioch; and gathering the multitude together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of the encouragement. 32 Both Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words and strengthened them. 33 After they had spent some time there, they were sent away in peace from the brothers to those who had sent them. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 34 (See: Acts 15:40). 34 [But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) the word of the Lord.
36 But after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return now and visit the brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to also take with them John who was called Mark. 38 But Paul did not think it wise to take him, who had left them in Pamphylia and did not go further with them in the work. 39 Then there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and left, after he was entrusted by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 Then he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

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Chapter 16

1 He also came to Derbe and to Lystra; and behold, a certain disciple named Timothy was there, the son of a believing Jewish woman; but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted him to travel with him; so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went through the cities, they delivered to them the instructions to obey that had been decided by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in number each day.
6 They went through the regions of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came near Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to the city of Troas. 9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night: A certain man of Macedonia was standing there, and calling him and saying, “Come over into Macedonia to help us.” 10 So when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we set out to go to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the gospel to them.
11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day we came to Neapolis. 12 From there we went to Philippi, which is the most important city in the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony, and we stayed in this city for several days. 13 On the Sabbath day, we went outside the city gate by the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer. Then we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. 16 It came about that, as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain young woman having a spirit of divination encountered us. She brought her masters much gain by fortune-telling. 17 This woman followed after Paul and us and shouted, saying, “These men are servants of the Most High God. They proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 She did this for many days. But Paul, being greatly annoyed and turning to the spirit, said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” Then it came out that same hour.
19 But when her masters saw that their opportunity to make money was now gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20 When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are stirring up our city. They are Jews. 21 They proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to accept or practice as Romans.” 22 Then the crowd rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their garments off them and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23 When they had laid many blows upon them, they threw them into prison and commanded the jailer to keep them securely. 24 When he received this command, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 Then the jailer was awakened from sleep and saw the prison doors had been opened; he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, because he thought that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted with a loud voice, saying, “Do not cause harm to yourself, because we are all here.” 29 So he called for lights and rushed in and, being terrified, fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, together with everyone who was in his house. 33 Then he took them at that same hour of the night, and washed them from the blows, and he was baptized immediately—he and all those who were his. 34 Then he brought them up into his house. He set food before them and rejoiced greatly with his household, having believed in God.
35 Now when it was day, the magistrates sent word to the guards, saying, “Release those men.” 36 The jailer reported the words to Paul, “The magistrates have sent word that you should be released. Now therefore come out, and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have publicly beaten us without a trial, even though we are Romans citizens—and they threw us into prison. Do they now want to send us away secretly? No indeed! Instead, let them come themselves and lead us out.” 38 Then the guards reported these words to the magistrates, and they were terrified when they heard that they were Romans. 39 So they came and apologized to them and brought them out, asking them to go away from the city. 40 So they went out from the prison and came to the house of Lydia. When they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then departed.

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Chapter 17

1 Now passing through the cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Paul, as his custom was, went to them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures. 3 He was explaining and demonstrating that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, both a large number of devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the unbelieving Jews became jealous, and took certain wicked men from the marketplace, and gathered a crowd together, and set the city in an uproar. Then they assaulted the house of Jason, wanting to bring them out to the people. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and certain brothers before the officials of the city, crying, “Those who have turned the world upside down—they have come here also. 7 All these men whom Jason has welcomed act against the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” 8 So the crowd and the officials of the city were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 But after they took money as security from Jason and the rest of them, they released them.
10 So immediately by night, the brothers sent both Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these people were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all readiness of mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, including some influential Greek women and not a few men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was also being proclaimed by Paul at Berea, they went there, and stirred up and troubled the crowds. 14 But then immediately, the brothers sent Paul away to go as far as to the sea, but both Silas and Timothy stayed there. 15 Those who were leading Paul took him as far as Athens. After receiving instructions for Silas and Timothy that they should come to him as quickly as possible, they returned home.
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him, seeing the city being full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and those who worshiped God, and in the marketplace every day with those whom he met there. 18 But also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. Some of them said, “What is this babbler trying to say?” But others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he was proclaiming the gospel about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 They took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what is this new teaching which is being spoken by you? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. Therefore, we want to know what these things mean.” 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing but either telling something or listening to something new.) 22 So Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said,
“Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in every way. 23 For passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which had been inscribed, “To an Unknown God.” What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything that is in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth does not live in temples built with hands. 25 Neither is he served by hands of men, as though he needed anything, himself giving to everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 For from one man he made every nation of people to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should search for God and perhaps they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist, just as also one of your own poets has said,
‘For we also are his offspring.’ 29 Therefore, being offspring of God, we ought not to consider the divine being to be like gold, or silver, or stone—images created by the art and imagination of man. 30 Therefore God, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now commands all men everywhere to repent. 31 This is because he has set a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has appointed. He has given proof to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked him; but others said, “We will listen to you again about this matter.” 33 So, Paul went out from among them. 34 But certain men who joined him believed, among whom included Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

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Chapter 18

1 After these things, he departed from Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife, Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He went to them, 3 and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4 So he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath. He persuaded both Jews and Greeks. 5 But when both Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6 But when they opposed and insulted him, he shook out his garment and said to them, “May your blood be upon your own heads; I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 Then he left there and went to the house of a certain man named Titius Justus who worshiped God. His house was next to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all those in his house; and many of the Corinthians who heard about it believed and were baptized. 9 Then, in a vision in the night, the Lord said to Paul, “Do not be afraid, but continue speaking and do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” 11 So he remained there for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, the Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat. 13 They said, “This man persuades people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 Yet when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “You Jews, if it were a matter of some wrong or an evil crime, it would be reasonable to deal with you. 15 But since these are questions about words and names and your own law, settle it yourselves. I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.” 16 So he sent them away from the judgment seat. 17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the judgment seat. But none of these things mattered to Gallio.
18 Now Paul, after staying there for many more days, left the brothers and sailed to Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He shaved his head in Cenchrea because he had made a vow. 19 When they came to Ephesus, he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay a longer time, he did not consent. 21 But he left them and said, “I will return again to you if God is willing.” He then set sail from Ephesus.
22 When Paul had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. 23 Having spent some time there, he departed, going through the regions of Galatia and Phrygia in succession, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus. He was mighty in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but hearing him, Priscilla and Aquila took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 When he desired to pass over into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed by grace. 28 For he powerfully refuted the Jews publicly, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

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Chapter 19

1 It came about that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” But they said to him, “No, we did not even hear if there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into the baptism of John.” 4 So Paul replied, “John baptized a baptism of repentance. He told the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 Hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 Then when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they both spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 They were about 12 men in all.
8 Then Paul went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the crowd, he departed from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning with them every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all those who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. 11 God was doing not ordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons from his body were taken to the sick and their illnesses departed from them, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 But some traveling Jewish exorcists also tried to call on the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven certain sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this. 15 But answering, an evil spirit said to them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowering them all, and beat up each of them so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 So this became known to all those who lived at Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. Then fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was honored. 18 Also, many of those who believed came, confessing and declaring their deeds. 19 Many of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of everyone. Then they counted the value of them, and found it to be 50,000 pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord was spreading and prevailing with power.
21 Now after this was completed, Paul decided in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia on his way to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 Then he sent to Macedonia two of those helping him, Timothy and Erastus. He himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23 At about that time, there was no small disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For a certain silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver statues of Artemis, brought in not a little business for the craftsmen. 25 So he gathered together the workmen of that occupation and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity is from this business. 26 You see and hear that, not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people. He is saying that the things that are being made with hands are not gods. 27 So not only is there danger for us that this trade will come to disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be considered as nothing. So she whom all Asia and the world worships is indeed about to lose her greatness.” 28 Hearing this and becoming filled with anger, they cried out, saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.” 29 Then the whole city was filled with confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, seizing Paul’s Macedonian travel companions, Gaius and Aristarchus. 30 Paul wanted to enter in among the people, but the disciples did not permit him. 31 Also, some of the officials of the province of Asia who were his friends sent a message to him strongly requesting him not to enter into the theater himself. 32 Now some were shouting one thing, and some another, for the crowd was in confusion. Most of them did not even know for what reason they had come together. 33 Then some from the crowd instructed Alexander, whom the Jews pushed forward. So Alexander motioned with his hand, wanting to give a defense to the assembly. 34 But when they became aware that he was a Jew, there was a single cry from all of them. Continuing for about two hours, they cried out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.” 35 When the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what man indeed is there who does not know that the city of Ephesus is temple keeper of the great Artemis and of that which fell down from heaven? 36 So since these things are undeniable, it is necessary for you to be calm and to do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 Therefore, if Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have an accusation against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them accuse one another. 39 But if you seek anything about other matters, it will be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For indeed we are in danger of being accused of rioting concerning this day. There is no reason about which we will be able to give an account of this disorder.” Here, instead of verse 41, some ancient copies add, When he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. 41 When he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.Some ancient copies place this text at the end of verse 40.

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Chapter 20

1 After the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and after he encouraged them, he said farewell and left to go to Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through those regions and had encouraged them with many words, he came to Greece. 3 After he had spent three months there, a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to sail for Syria, so he decided to return through Macedonia. 4 Accompanying him were Sopater, son of Pyrrhus from Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, and Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus, and Trophimus from Asia. 5 But they had gone before us and were waiting for us at Troas. 6 Then we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and in five days we came to them in Troas. We stayed there for seven days.
7 Then on the first day of the week, when we had gathered together to break bread, Paul spoke to them. He was planning to leave the next day, so he continued his talk until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were meeting together. 9 By the window was sitting a certain young man named Eutychus, who fell into a deep sleep. As Paul spoke even longer, overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, stretched out on him, and embracing him, said, “Do not be upset any more, for his life is in him.” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate and talked with them much longer until dawn. Then he left. 12 So they brought back the boy alive and were not moderately comforted.
13 But we ourselves went ahead to the ship and sailed away to Assos, where we planned to take Paul on board. For he had arranged to do so. He himself was intending to go on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 Then we sailed from there and arrived the next day opposite Chios. The following day, we landed at Samos, and the day after, we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not spend any time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be, if it was possible for him, in Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost.
17 So from Miletus he sent men to Ephesus and summoned the elders of the church. 18 When they had come to him, he said to them,
“You yourselves know, from the first day from when I arrived in Asia, how I was with you the whole time. 19 I kept serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with sufferings that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews. 20 You know that I kept back nothing that was useful which I did not declare to you, and I taught you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 Now look, I am going to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city, saying that chains and sufferings await me. 24 But I do not consider my life of any account or as valuable to myself, so as to finish my race and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, and to solemnly testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 Now look, I know that you all, among whom I went about proclaiming the kingdom, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of everyone. 27 For I did not hold back from declaring to you the whole will of God. 28 Guard yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be careful to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood. Instead of with his own blood , this could be translated as, with the blood of his own Son . 29 I know that after my departure, vicious wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Even among you yourselves, men will come speaking perverse things which draw away the disciples after them. 31 So be on guard, remembering that for three years I did not stop instructing every one of you with tears night and day. 32 Now I entrust you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are being sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands served my own needs and those of the ones who were with me. 35 In all things, I showed you that in this way we should work hard to help those who are weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
36 After he had said these things, he bowed his knees and prayed with them all. 37 Then there was a lot of weeping among them all and, falling upon Paul's neck, they kissed him. 38 They were sad most of all because of the statement which he had spoken, that they were never going to see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

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Chapter 21

1 When we had been torn from them and we had set sail, we took a straight course and came to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2 When we found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and leaving it on the left, we sailed on to Syria and landed at Tyre, for the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4 Then finding the disciples, we stayed there seven days. Through the Spirit they kept urging Paul not to go to Jerusalem. 5 But when our days were over, we left and went on our way. They all, with their wives and children, accompanied us as far as the edge of the city. Then kneeling down on the shore and praying, 6 we said farewell to each other. Then we went onto the ship, and they returned home.
7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day. 8 Then on the next day, we left and went to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip, the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied. 10 As we stayed there for many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming to us and taking Paul’s belt, tying his own feet and hands, he said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews in Jerusalem tie up the man who owns this belt, and they will hand him over into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard these things, both we and the people who lived in that place begged Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready, not only to be tied up, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent, saying, “May the will of the Lord be done.”
15 After these days, we got ready, and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea also came along with us. They brought us to a certain Mnason, an early disciple from Cyprus, with whom we would stay.
17 When we had arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 18 The next day Paul went with us to James, and all the elders were present. 19 When he had greeted them, he reported one by one that which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 When they heard it, they praised God, and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are who have believed among the Jews. They are all zealous for the law. 21 They have been told about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to turn from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children, nor to follow the old customs. 22 What therefore should happen? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 So do this that we say to you. There are four men with us who made themselves a vow. 24 Taking these men, purify yourself with them, and pay the expenses for them, so that they may shave their heads. Then everyone will know that the things they have been told about you are false, and that you walk orderly and you youself obey the law. 25 But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, giving instructions to keep themselves from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality.” 26 Then Paul took the men the next day, being purified with them, and went into the temple, announcing the period of the days of purification, until the offering which was offered for each one of them.
27 But when the seven days were almost finished, some Jews from Asia, seeing Paul in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd, and laid hands on him. 28 They were shouting, “Men of Israel, help us. This is the man teaching all men everywhere things against the people, and the law, and this place. Besides, he has also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they thought that Paul had brought into the temple. 30 The whole city was excited, and the people ran together and laid hold of Paul. They dragged him out of the temple, and the doors were immediately shut. 31 As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the chief captain of the guard that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 Right away he took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. When they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the chief captain approached and laid hold of him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34 But some in the crowd were shouting one thing and others another. Since he was not able to find out anything for certain because of all the noise, he ordered that he be brought into the fortress. 35 When he came to the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd. 36 For the crowd of people followed after, shouting out, “Away with him!”
37 As Paul was about to be brought into the fortress, he said to the chief captain, “Am I allowed to say something to you?” He replied, “Do you speak Greek? 38 Are you not then the Egyptian who before this time started a rebellion and led the 4000 men of the ‘Assassins’ out into the wilderness?” 39 But Paul said, “I am a Jewish man from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of a not insignificant city. Therefore, I ask you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40 When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned with his hand to the people. When there was a deep silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,

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Chapter 22

1 “Men, brothers, and fathers, listen now to my defense to you.”
2 When the crowd heard that he was speaking to them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. Then he said,
3 “I am a Jewish man, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but educated in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict ways of the law of our fathers. I am zealous for God, just as all of you are today. 4 I persecuted this Way to the death, binding up and delivering them to prison, both men and women, 5 as also the high priest and all the elders can bear witness for me. I also received letters from them for the brothers in Damascus, and went there indeed to bring back in bonds to Jerusalem those who were there in order for them to be punished. 6 It happened to me that, traveling and nearing Damascus, about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven began to shine around me. 7 So I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 So I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Then he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 But those who were with me saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of the one who spoke to me. 10 Then I said, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything that has been appointed for you to do.’ 11 Since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, being led by the hands of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. 12 A certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me and stood by me, saying to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ That very hour I could see him. 14 Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice coming from his own mouth. 15 For you will be a witness for him to all men about what you have seen and heard. 16 Now why are you waiting? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ 17 It happened to me that I returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance. 18 I saw him saying to me, ‘Hurry and go away from Jerusalem in haste, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that I was imprisoning and beating those who believed in you in every synagogue. 20 When the blood of Stephen your witness was spilled, I myself also was standing by and agreeing, and I was guarding the cloaks of those who killed him.’ 21 But he said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
22 They listened to him until this statement. Then they lifted up their voice, saying, “Remove such a man from the earth, for it is not right that he should live.” 23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks, and throwing dust into the air, 24 the chief captain commanded him to be brought in to the fortress. He ordered that he should be questioned by flogging, so that he might know for what reason they were shouting against him like that. 25 But when they had stretched him out for the whip, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the chief captain and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.” 27 So the chief captain came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” He said, “Yes.” 28 Then the chief captain answered, “I bought my citizenship with a large amount of money.” But Paul said, “I, however, was indeed born a citizen.” 29 Then those who were going to question him drew back from him immediately. The chief captain also was afraid, learning that he was a Roman, and that he had bound him.
30 On the next day, he wanted to know the truth about the things with which he was begin accused by the Jews. So he untied him and ordered the chief priests and all the council to assemble. Then he brought Paul down and placed him among them.

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Chapter 23

1 Then Paul looked directly at the council members and said, “Men, brothers, I have lived as a citizen before God in all good conscience until this day.” 2 Then the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall. Do you sit judging me by the law, yet order me to be struck, against the law?” 4 But those who stood by said, “Are you insulting the high priest of God?” 5 So Paul said, “I was not aware, brothers, that he was a high priest. For it is written,
You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.”
6 When Paul saw that the one group was Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he spoke loudly in the council, “Men, brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am being judged concerning the certain hope and resurrection of the dead.” 7 When he said this, an argument began between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the crowd was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, nor angels, nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge all of them. 9 So a large uproar occurred, and some of the scribes of the party of the Pharisees stood up and contended, saying, “We find nothing evil in this man. But what if a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel?” 10 When there arose a great argument, the chief captain feared that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, so he commanded the soldiers to go down to take him by force from among the council members, and to bring him into the fortress.
11 But the following night the Lord stood beside him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to things about me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.”
12 When it became day, some of the Jews formed a conspiracy, putting themselves under an oath, and promising neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than 40 men who formed this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have put ourselves under a curse, to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now, therefore, you along with the council report to the chief captain as if you are going to examine more seriously the things concerning Paul, so that he will bring him down to you. As for us, we are ready to kill him before his arrival.” 16 But the son of the sister of Paul heard of the ambush, so he went and entered into the fortress, reporting this to Paul. 17 So Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the chief captain, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So taking him, he brought him to the chief captain and said, “Paul the prisoner summoned me, and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.” 19 So the chief captain took hold of his hand and withdrew to a private place and asked him, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 Then he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you that tomorrow you might bring Paul down to the council, as if they were going to ask more seriously about something concerning him. 21 Therefore you should not be persuaded by them, because more than 40 of these men lie in wait for him. They have put themselves under an oath neither to eat nor to drink until they have killed him. Even now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.” 22 So the chief captain dismissed the young man, instructing him, “Tell no one that you have said these things to me.” 23 Then he summoned a certain two of the centurions and said, “Prepare 200 soldiers so that they might go as far as Caesarea, and 70 horsemen, and 200 spearmen from the third hour of the night, 24 and provide animals to ride in order to set Paul on them and take him safely to Felix the governor." 25 Then he wrote a letter, having this form:
26 “Claudius Lysias to the most excellent Governor Felix, greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming upon them with soldiers, I rescued him, having learned that he is a Roman. 28 Then wanting to know the charge with which they accused him, I took him down to their council. 29 I learned that he was being accused about questions concerning their own law, but there was no accusation against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 Then a plot to be carried out against the man was made known to me, so immediately I sent him to you, also instructing his accusers to speak against him in your presence.”
31 So the soldiers, according to what they had been ordered, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 On the next day, they allowed the horsemen to continue on with him, but they returned to the fortress. 33 When they entered into Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him. 34 Then reading the letter and asking what province he was from, and learning that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will hear you fully when your accusers also come here.” Then he commanded him to be kept in the palace of Herod.

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Chapter 24

1 After five days, Ananias, the chief priest, with certain elders, and a certain orator named Tertullus, went there. These men brought charges against Paul before the governor. 2 When he was summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, “Through you we have obtained great peace, and good reforms have happened to our nation through your foresight;
3 both in every way and everywhere we acknowledge this, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 However, so as not to detain you any longer, I ask you to briefly listen to us in your kindness. 5 For we have found this man to be a pest and one who causes rebellion among all the Jews who are throughout the world. Also, he is a leader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6 He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we arrested him. Some ancient manuscripts include the end of verse 6, verse 7, and the first part of verse 8. [We wanted to judge him according to our law. See the note on the previous verse. 7 But Lysias, the officer, came and took him by force out of our hands, See the note on verse 6. 8 commanding his accusers to come to you.] From him you yourself can inquire about all these matters to learn of what we are accusing him.” 9 Then the Jews also agreed, affirming that these charges were so.
10 The governor motioned for him to speak, and Paul answered, “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I gladly make my defense about the things concerning me.
11 You will be able to find out that it has not been more than 12 days from when I went up to worship in Jerusalem. 12 They neither found me in the temple arguing with anyone, nor was I causing a crowd to gather, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city. 13 They are not able to prove to you about the things which they are now accusing me. 14 But I confess this to you, that according to the Way that they call a sect, in that same way I serve the God of our fathers. I am faithful to all that is according to the law and that has been written in the prophets. 15 I have the same confident hope in God which also these men themselves await, that there is about to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So in this also I myself always strive to have a clear conscience before God and people. 17 Now after many years, I came to bring gifts of money to the poor of my nation, and offerings. 18 They found me in this, purified in the temple, not with a crowd nor with an uproar. 19 But there are certain Jews from Asia who ought to be present before you and make accusations, if they have anything against me. 20 Or these here should say what wrong they found when I stood before the Jewish council, 21 other than about this one thing that I shouted out when I stood among them, ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’”
22 Then Felix, who had a more accurate knowledge about the things concerning the Way, adjourned them, saying, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide the things concerning you.” 23 Then he commanded the centurion for him to be kept in custody, but to have some freedom, and not to forbid his own friends to minister to him.
24 After some days, Felix returned with Drusilla, his own wife, who was a Jewess, and he sent for Paul and he heard from him about the faith in Christ Jesus. 25 But when Paul reasoned with him about righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment that is coming, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for now. But when I find an opportunity, I will send for you.” 26 At the same time, he also hoped that money would be given to him by Paul, and therefore he often sent for him and spoke to him. 27 But when two years passed, Porcius Festus became the governor after Felix, but he wanted to gain favor with the Jews, so Felix left Paul imprisoned.

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Chapter 25

1 Now, Festus entered the province, and after three days, he went from Caesarea up to Jerusalem. 2 Both the chief priests and the prominent men of the Jews brought accusations to him against Paul, and they summoned him 3 and asked for a favor against him—that he might summon him to Jerusalem—for an ambush was forming to kill him along the way. 4 So Festus answered that Paul was being held at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to go there in haste. 5 He said, “Therefore, those among you who are leaders should go down with us. If there is something wrong with the man, let them accuse him.”
6 He stayed with them not more than eight or ten days, and then he went down to Caesarea. On the next day, he sat in the judgment seat and commanded Paul to be brought to him. 7 When Paul came, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges which they could not prove. 8 Paul gave his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I done anything wrong.” 9 But Festus, wanting to do a favor for the Jews, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and to be judged there by me about these things?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before the judgment seat of Caesar, where I should be judged. I have done nothing wrong to the Jews, just as you also very well know. 11 Though if I have done wrong and have done anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die. But if there is nothing of which they can accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then, after talking with the council, Festus answered, “To Caesar you have appealed. To Caesar you will go!”
13 Now after some days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice came down to Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus. 14 After they had been there for many days, Festus presented to the king the things concerning Paul, saying, “There is a certain man who was left here as a prisoner by Felix. 15 When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 I replied to them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any person before the one who is accused may have an opportunity to face his accusers, and may make a defense concerning the charges. 17 Therefore, when they came together here, I did not wait, but sitting in the judgment seat the next day, I ordered the man to be brought in. 18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge concerning him of any crime which I expected. 19 Instead, they had certain disputes with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who was dead, whom Paul claims to be alive. 20 So I am uncertain about the things concerning this matter. I asked if he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there to be judged concerning these things. 21 But when Paul appealed to keep him in custody for the decision of the emperor, I ordered him to be held in custody until when I could send him to Caesar.” 22 Then Agrippa replied to Festus, “I, myself, have also been wanting to hear this man.” “Tomorrow,” Festus said, “you will hear him.”
23 So on the next day, Agrippa and Bernice came with much ceremony, and entered into the hall with both the military officers and with men who were prominent in the city. When Festus commanded, Paul was brought in. 24 Then Festus said, “King Agrippa, and all who are here with us, you see this man, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me both in Jerusalem and here also, shouting that he should not live any longer. 25 But I learned that he had done nothing worthy of death; but because he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to send him. 26 Concerning him, I do not have anything definite to write to the emperor. For this reason, I have brought him before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after this examination happens, I might have something to write. 27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner and to not state the charges against him.”

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Chapter 26

1 So Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense.
2 “Concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that I am going to make my defense before you today; 3 especially since you are familiar with all the Jewish customs and also their controversies. So I ask you to hear me patiently. 4 Indeed then, all the Jews know the manner of my life which was from my youth, that from the beginning has been among my nation and also in Jerusalem. 5 Knowing me from the beginning, if they were willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee, according to the strictest party of our religion. 6 Now I stand here being judged because of my certain hope in the promise that was made to our fathers by God, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to receive as they earnestly worship God night and day. Because of this certain hope, I am being accused by the Jews, O King. 8 Why should it be considered among you unbelievable that God raises the dead? 9 Now indeed, I thought to myself that it was necessary to do many things opposed to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 I did these things in Jerusalem, and I even locked up many of the saints in prison, having received the authority from the chief priests. I also cast my vote against them when they were being put to death. 11 Often punishing them in all the synagogues, I forced them to blaspheme. Being greatly enraged against them, I persecuted them even as far as to foreign cities. 12 While doing this, traveling to Damascus with authority and a commission that was from the chief priests, 13 in the middle of the day, along the road, O King, I saw a light from heaven, beyond the brightness of the sun, shining around me and the men who were traveling with me. 14 When we all fell to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against a goad.’ 15 Then I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 Now get up and stand on your feet; because for this purpose I appeared to you, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of both that which you have seen about me and of that which I will show to you; 17 rescuing you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith that is in me.’ 19 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision; 20 but, to those in Damascus first, and then in Jerusalem, and in all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, doing deeds worthy of repentance. 21 For the sake of this, seizing me in the temple, the Jews attempted to kill me. 22 Therefore having received help which is from God until this day, I have stood, testifying to both small and great, saying nothing other than what both the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Christ was to suffer and be the first from the resurrection of the dead, intending to proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles.”
24 After he said these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are insane; your great learning is turning you to insanity.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not insane, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and sane words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking boldly to him, for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this was not done in a corner. 27 Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe.” 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to become a Christian?” 29 But Paul replied, “I pray to God, that, either in a short time or in a long time, not you only, but also all those who hear me today would become just as I also am, but without these prison chains.”
30 Then the king stood up, and the governor, and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them; 31 when they left, they talked to one another, saying, “This man is doing nothing worthy of death or of chains.” 32 So Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

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Chapter 27

1 So when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they handed over both Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion named Julius of the regiment of Augustus. 2 Then we boarded a ship from Adramyttium, which was about to sail to places along the coast of Asia. So we set sail. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 3 The next day, we landed at Sidon, where Julius treated Paul kindly and allowed him to go to his friends to receive their care. 4 From there we went to sea and sailed under Cyprus, because of the winds that were against us. 5 When we had sailed across the sea past Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra of Lycia. 6 There, the centurion having found a ship from Alexandria that was sailing to Italy, he put us on it. 7 When we had sailed slowly for many days and had finally arrived with difficulty near Cnidus, the wind no longer allowed us to go that way, so we sailed along Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 So we sailed along the coast with difficulty, until we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, which is near the city of Lasea.
9 But much time had passed, and the voyage was already dangerous because even the Jewish fast had already passed. So Paul warned them, 10 saying to them, “Men, I see that the voyage is about to be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion paid more attention to the master and to the owner of the ship than to those things that were spoken by Paul. 12 But the harbor not being adequate to wintering, the majority made a decision to sail from there, if somehow they might be able to arrive at Phoenix, to spend the winter there—a harbor in Crete, facing toward the southwest and toward the northwest. 13 When a south wind blew gently, they thought that they had obtained what they wanted. So they weighed anchor and sailed along close to Crete. 14 But not long after, a violent wind called the northeaster blew down from it. 15 When the ship was seized and could not head into the wind, we gave way and were driven along. 16 So sailing along the lee of a certain island called Cauda, with difficulty were able to gain control of the lifeboat. 17 Hoisting it up, they used ropes to bind the ship. Fearing that they might run aground on Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor, and thus it was driven along. 18 But we were so violently battered by the storm that, the next day, they began throwing the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw overboard the equipment of the ship with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and the not small storm assaulted us, it took away all remaining hope that we would be saved. 21 When they had been a long time without food, then Paul stood up in the midst of them and said, “You men should indeed have listened to me, to not set sail from Crete, and to suffer this injury and loss. 22 But now I urge you to take courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong, whom also I worship, stood beside me 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar, and see, God in his kindness has given to you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore be cheerful, men! For I trust God that thus it will be, exactly the way it was told to me. 26 But we must run aground upon some island.”
27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven this way and that in the Adriatic Sea, about the middle of the night the sailors thought that they were approaching some land. 28 So taking soundings, they found 20 fathoms; but when they had gone a little further, and again taking soundings, they found 15 fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might crash somewhere on a rugged place, they lowered four anchors from the stern and prayed for morning to come. 30 But the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had lowered the lifeboat into the sea, pretending as if they were intending to lower anchors from the bow. 31 But Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you are not able to be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the lifeboat and let it fall away. 33 When it was about to become day, Paul urged them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued watching and fasting, eating nothing. 34 So I urge you to take food, for this is for your salvation. For none of you will lose a hair from your head.” 35 Having said this and taking bread, he thanked God before everyone. Then breaking the bread, he began to eat. 36 Then they were all encouraged and they also took food. 37 In all, we were 276 souls in the ship. 38 When they had eaten enough food, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea. 39 When it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a certain bay with a beach, onto which they discussed whether they could drive the ship. 40 So cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea. At the same time, having loosened the ropes of the rudders and having raised the foresail to the wind, they headed to the beach. 41 But having come to a place where two currents met, the ship ran into the ground. Then the bow of the ship stuck there and remained unmovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves. 42 Now the soldiers’ plan was that they would kill the prisoners so none of them, swimming away, would escape. 43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, stopped their plan. He ordered those who were able to swim to jump overboard first to get to the land. 44 Then the rest followed, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. In this way, it happened that all of us were brought safely to the land.

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Chapter 28

1 Having been brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The native people offered to us not ordinary kindness, but lighting a fire, they welcomed us all, because of the constant rain, and because of the cold. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and placed them on the fire, a viper came out away from the heat, and fastened onto his hand. 4 When the native people saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “This man certainly is a murderer, who having been saved from the sea, justice has not permitted him to live.” 5 But then shaking off the snake into the fire, he suffered no harm. 6 But they were expecting him to begin to become inflamed or to suddenly fall down dead. But watching him for a long time and seeing nothing unusual happening to him, changing their minds, they said that he was a god.
7 Now in the area near that same place were lands belonging to the chief of the island, named Publius. He welcomed us and kindly entertained us for three days. 8 It happened that the father of Publius was lying sick, afflicted with fever and dysentery. Paul went to him and having prayed, having placed his hands on him, he healed him. 9 After this happened, the rest of those on the island who had sickness also came and were healed. 10 They also honored us with many honors. When we were setting sail, they gave us the things we needed.
11 So after three months, we set sail in a ship that had wintered at the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the “Twin Gods” as a figurehead. 12 Having landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 Sailing from there, we arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind sprang up. The next day, we came to Puteoli. 14 Finding there some brothers, we were invited to stay with them for seven days. In this way we came to Rome. 15 From there, the brothers, hearing the things about us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns. Having seen them, Paul, having thanked God, took courage.
16 When we entered into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who was guarding him.
17 Then it came about that after three days, he called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, “Men, brothers, I, having done nothing against the people or the customs of our fathers, was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 After they questioned me, they desired to release me, because there was no reason in me for a death penalty. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, although it is not as if I have anything to bring against my nation. 20 Therefore, for this reason, I have called you, to see you and to speak with you. For I am bound with this chain because of the certain hope of Israel.” 21 Then they said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea about you, nor did any of the brothers come and report or say anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear from you what you think, for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”
23 So when they had set a day for him, more people came to him at his dwelling place. He explained to them, testifying about the kingdom of God and persuading them about Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until evening. 24 Some were convinced about the things which he was saying, but others did not believe. 25 When they were in disagreement with one another, they left after Paul had spoken this one statement, “The Holy Spirit spoke well through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers. 26 He said, ‘Go to this people and say,
“By hearing you will hear, but you will not understand;
and by seeing you will see, but you will not perceive.
27 For the heart of this people has become dull,
and with their ears they hardly hear,
and they have shut their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn again,
and I would heal them.”’
28 Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen.” Some ancient manuscripts include verse 29. 29 [When he had said these things, the Jews went away. They were having a great dispute among themselves.]
30 He stayed for two whole years in his own rented house, and he welcomed all those who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.

The Letter of Paul to the Romans

Romans

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand by his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 concerning his Son who was a descendant of David according to the flesh. 4 Through the Spirit of holiness he was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience of faith among all the nations, for the sake of his name. 6 Among these nations, you also have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 This letter is to all who are in Rome, the beloved of God, who are called to be holy people. May grace be to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, of how continually I make mention of you. 10 I always request in my prayers that by any means I may at last be successful now by the will of God in coming to you. 11 For I desire to see you, that I may give you some spiritual gift, in order to strengthen you. 12 That is, I long to be mutually encouraged among you, through each other’s faith, yours and mine. 13 Now I do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, that I often intended to come to you, (but I was hindered until now), in order to have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, as for me, I am ready to proclaim the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and for the Greek. 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, as it has been written, “But the righteous will live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people, who through unrighteousness hold back the truth. 19 This is because that which is known about God is visible to them. For God has enlightened them. 20 For his invisible qualities, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen ever since the creation of the world, being understood through the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 This is because, although they knew about God, they did not glorify him as God, nor did they give him thanks. Instead, they became foolish in their thoughts, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they became foolish. 23 They exchanged the glory of the imperishable God for the likenesses of an image of perishable man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them over to the lusts of their hearts for uncleanness, for their bodies to be dishonored among themselves. 25 It is they who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and who worshiped and served the creation instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to dishonorable passions, for their women exchanged natural relations for those that were unnatural. 27 Likewise, the men also left their natural relations with women and burned in their lust for one another. These were men who committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the penalty they deserved for their error.
28 Because they did not approve of having God in their awareness, God gave them up to a depraved mind, for them to do those things that are not proper. 29 They have been filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, and malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and evil intentions. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventing ways of doing evil; they are disobedient to parents. 31 They are senseless, faithless, heartless, and unmerciful. 32 They understand the righteous decree of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death. But not only do they do these things, they also approve of others who do them.

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Chapter 2

1 Therefore you are without excuse, O man, anyone who judges, for what you judge in another you condemn in yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. 2 But we know that God’s judgment is according to truth when it falls on those who practice such things. 3 But consider this, you person who judges those who practice such things although you do the same things. Will you escape from the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think so little of the riches of his kindness, and his delayed punishment, and his patience? Do you not know that the kindness of God is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But it is to the extent of your hardness and unrepentant heart that you are storing up for yourself wrath on the day of wrath, and of the revelation of God’s righteous judgment. 6 He will pay back to every person according to his actions: 7 to those who according to consistent, good actions are seeking praise, and honor, and incorruptibility, he will give eternal life. 8 But to those who are self-seeking, and who disobey the truth but obey unrighteousness, wrath and fierce anger will come. 9 God will bring tribulation and distress on every human soul that has practiced evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 10 But praise, and honor, and peace will come to everyone who practices good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no favoritism with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and as many as have sinned with respect to the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things of the law, they are a law to themselves, although they do not have the law. 15 By this they show that the actions required by the law are written in their hearts. Their conscience also bears witness to them, and their own thoughts either accuse or even defend them. 16 That will happen on the day when God will judge the secrets of all people, according to my gospel, through Christ Jesus.
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely upon the law and boast in God, 18 and know his will and approve of what is excellent because you have been instructed from the law; 19 and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of little children, and that you have in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth, 21 then you who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who hate idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it has been written. 25 For circumcision indeed benefits you if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 If, then, the uncircumcised person keeps the requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be considered as circumcision? 27 Will not the one who is naturally uncircumcised condemn you if he keeps the law? This is because you have the written law and circumcision, yet you break the law! 28 For he is not a Jew who is merely one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is merely outward in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter. The praise of such a person comes not from people but from God.

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Chapter 3

1 Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 It is great in every way. For first of all, they were entrusted with revelation from God. 3 For what if some Jews were without faith? Will their unbelief abolish God’s faithfulness? 4 May it never be. Instead, let God be found to be true, even though every man is a liar. As it has been written,
“That you might be shown to be righteous in your words,
and that you might prevail when you come into judgment.”
5 But if our unrighteousness shows the righteousness of God, what can we say? Is God unrighteous for bringing his wrath? (I am speaking according to human argument.) 6 May it never be! For then how would God judge the world? 7 But if the truth of God through my lie provides abundant praise for him, why am I still being judged as a sinner? 8 Why not say, as we are falsely reported to say, and as some affirm that we say, “Let us do evil, so that good may come”? The judgment on them is just.
9 What then? Are we excusing ourselves? Not at all. For we have already accused both Jews and Greeks, all of them, of being under sin. 10 This is as it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not one.
11 There is no one who understands.
There is no one who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned away. They together have become useless.
There is no one who does good—there is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave.
Their tongues have deceived.
The poison of snakes is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to pour out blood.
16 Destruction and suffering are in their paths.
17 They have not known a way of peace.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to the ones who are under the law. This is in order that every mouth may be shut, and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 This is because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known. It was witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 that is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe. For there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, 24 and they are freely justified by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 For God provided Christ Jesus as a propitiation through faith in his blood. He offered Christ as proof of his justice, because of his disregard of previous sins 26 in God’s patience. This all happened for the demonstration of his righteousness at this present time, so that he could be just, and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. On what grounds? Of works? No, but on the grounds of faith. 28 We conclude then that a person is justified by faith without works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not also the God of Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles also. 30 If, indeed, God is one, he will justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? May it never be! Instead, we uphold the law.

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Chapter 4

1 What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, found? 2 For if Abraham had been justified by works, he would have had a reason to boast, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “But Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now for him who works, what he is paid is not counted as a gift, but as what is owed. 5 But for him who does not work but instead believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness. 6 So David also pronounces blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness without works. 7 He said,
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count sin.”
9 Then is this blessing pronounced only on those of the circumcision, or also on those of the uncircumcision? For we say, “Faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 So how was it counted? When Abraham was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? It was not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the faith that he had when he was in uncircumcision, so that he might become the father of all those who believe, even if they are in uncircumcision, so that righteousness will be counted for them. 12 And he became the father of the circumcision for those who are not only circumcised but also for those who follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham before he was circumcised.
13 For the promise to Abraham and to his descendants that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who live by the law are to be the heirs, faith is made empty, and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there is no trespass. 16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that the promise is according to grace and is guaranteed to all of Abraham’s descendants—not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations,” in the presence of God whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls the things that do not exist into existence. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he would become the father of many nations, according to what he had been told, “So will your descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith, he considered his own body as already dead (because he was about a hundred years old)—and he considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 But because of God’s promise, Abraham did not hesitate in unbelief. Instead, he was strengthened in faith and gave praise to God. 21 He was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to accomplish. 22 Therefore this was also counted to him as righteousness. 23 Now it was not written only for his benefit, that it was counted for him, 24 but also for us, for whom it will be counted, we who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 This is the one who was delivered up for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

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Chapter 5

1 Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the certain hope of the glory of God. 3 But not only this, we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. 4 But endurance produces character, and character produces certain hope, 5 and that hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Perhaps, though, someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God proves his own love toward us, because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more, then, now that we are justified by his blood, we will be saved by it from his wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, after having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But not only this, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we now have received this reconciliation.
12 So then, as through one man sin entered into the world, in this way death entered through sin. So death spread to all people, because all sinned. 13 For until the law, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death ruled from Adam until Moses, even over those who did not sin like Adam’s disobedience, who is a pattern of him who was to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the trespass of one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound for the many! 16 For the gift is not like the outcome of that one man’s sin. For indeed, the judgment followed one trespass and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one, death ruled through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ. 18 So then, by one trespass condemnation came to all people, so also one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all people. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one will the many be made righteous. 20 But the law came in to increase the trespass. But where sin abounded, grace abounded even more. 21 This happened so that, as sin ruled in death, even so grace might rule through righteousness for everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Chapter 6

1 What then will we say? Should we continue in sin so that grace may abound? 2 May it never be. We who died to sin, how can we still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried, then, with him through baptism into death. This happened in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be united with his resurrection. 6 We know this, that our old man was crucified with him, in order that the body of sin might be destroyed. This happened so that we should no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For he who has died is declared righteous with respect to sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live together with him. 9 We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead he does not die again; death no longer has authority over him. 10 For in regard to the death that he died, he died to sin once for all. However, the life that he lives, he lives for God. 11 In the same way, you also must consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin rule in your mortal body in order that you may obey its lusts. 13 Do not present the parts of your body to sin, to be tools used for unrighteousness. But present yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and the parts of your body to God as tools to be used for righteousness. 14 So do not allow sin to rule over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be. 16 Do you not know that the one to whom you present yourselves to obey as slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey? This is true whether you are slaves to sin which leads to death, or slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness. 17 But thanks be to God! For you were slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart the pattern of teaching that you were given. 18 But you have been made free from sin, and you have been made slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak like a man because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented the parts of your body as slaves to uncleanness and to more and more lawlessness, in the same way now, present the parts of your body as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21 At that time, what fruit then did you have of the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been made free from sin and are enslaved to God, you have your fruit for sanctification. The result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Chapter 7

1 Or do you not know, brothers (for I am speaking to people who know about law), that the law controls a person for as long as he lives? 2 For the married woman is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3 So then, while her husband is living, if she lives with another man, she will be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so she is not an adulteress if she lives with another man. 4 Therefore, my brothers, you were also made dead to the law through the body of Christ. This is so that you could be joined to another, that is, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might produce fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the law. We have died to that by which we were held. This is so that we might serve in newness of the Spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
7 What will we say then? Is the law itself sin? May it never be. However, I would never have known sin, if it were not through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law said, “You must not covet.” 8 But sin took the opportunity through the commandment and brought about every lust in me. For without the law, sin is dead. 9 But at one time I was alive without the law, but when the commandment came, sin regained life, 10 and I died. The commandment that was to bring life turned out to be death for me. 11 For sin took the opportunity through the commandment and deceived me, and through the commandment it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, and righteous, and good.
13 So did what is good become death to me? May it never be. But sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin through what is good, brought about death in me. This was in order that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh. I have been sold under slavery to sin. 15 For what I do, I do not really understand. For what I want to do, this I do not do. But what I hate, this I do. 16 But if what I do not want, that I do, I agree with the law that the law is good. 17 But now it is no longer I who do it, but the sin that lives in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, lives no good thing. For the desire for good is with me, but not the ability to do that good. 19 For the good that I want I do not do, but the evil that I do not want, that I do. 20 Now if what I do not want to do, this I do, then it is no longer I who am doing it, but rather sin that lives in me. 21 I find, then, the principle in me that I want to do what is good, but that evil is actually present in me. 22 For I rejoice in the law of God with the inner man. 23 But I see a different principle in my body parts. It fights against that new principle in my mind. It takes me captive by the principle of sin that is in my body parts. 24 I am a miserable man! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind. However, with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

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Chapter 8

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was unable to do because it was weak through the flesh, God did. He sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be an offering for sin, and he condemned sin in the flesh. 4 He did this in order that the requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us, we who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh pay attention to the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit pay attention to the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 This is because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, for it is not able to do so. 8 But those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed God’s Spirit lives in you. But if someone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, the body is dead with respect to sin, but the spirit is alive with respect to righteousness. 11 If indeed the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, but not to the flesh to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you are about to die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the body’s actions, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you slaves, so that you live in fear again; but you received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. 17 And if we are children, then we are also heirs, heirs of God. And we are joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us. 19 For the eager expectation of the creation waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in the certain hope 21 that also the creation itself will be delivered from slavery to decay, and that it will be brought into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors in pain together even now. 23 Not only that, but even we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit—even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For in this certain hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he can see? 25 But if we have certain hope about what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 But in the same way, the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groans. 27 But he who searches the hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes on behalf of the saints according to the will of God. 28 For we know that for those who love God, God works all things together for good, Instead of God works all things together for good , some older versions read, all things work together for good . for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 Because those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined, these he also called. And those whom he called, these he also justified. And those whom he justified, these he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but delivered him up on behalf of us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring any accusation against God’s chosen ones? God is the one who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died—but more than that, who was raised—who also is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For your benefit we are killed all day long.
We were considered as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 But in all these things we are more than conquerors through the one who loved us. 38 For I have been convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor governments, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Chapter 9

1 I tell the truth in Christ. I do not lie, and my conscience bears witness with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that for me there is great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself would be cursed and set apart from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites. They have the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the gift of the law, and the worship of God, and the promises. 5 Theirs are the ancestors from whom also Christ has come with respect to the flesh—he who is God over all. May he be praised forever. Amen.
6 But it is not as though the promises of God have failed. For it is not everyone who is from Israel who truly belongs to Israel. 7 Neither are all Abraham’s descendants truly his children. But, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will be called.” 8 That is, the children of the flesh are not the children of God. But the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and a son will be given to Sarah.” 10 Not only this, but after Rebekah also had conceived by one man, our father Isaac— 11 for the children were not yet born and had not yet done anything good or bad, so that the purpose of God according to his choice might stand, 12 not because of actions, but because of him who calls—it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 It is just as had been written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
14 What then will we say? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be. 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 16 So then, it is not because of him who wills, nor because of him who runs, but because of God, who shows mercy. 17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, so that I might demonstrate my power in you, and so that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then, God has mercy on whom he wishes, but whom he wishes, he makes stubborn.
19 You will say then to me, “Why then does he still find fault? For who has ever withstood his will?” 20 On the contrary, man, who are you who answers against God? Will what has been molded say to the one who molds it, “Why did you make me this way?” 21 Does the potter not have the right over the clay to make from the same lump a container for special use, and another container for daily use? 22 But what if God, who is willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience containers of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this in order that he might make known the riches of his glory upon containers of mercy, which he had previously prepared for glory? 24 And what if he did this for us, whom he also called, not only from among the Jews, but also from among the Gentiles? 25 As he says also in Hosea:
“I will call my people who were not my people,
and her beloved who was not beloved.
26 Then it will be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called’sons of the living God.’”
27 But Isaiah cries out concerning Israel,
“Though the number of the sons of Israel were as the sand of the sea,
it will be a remnant that will be saved,
28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence on the earth,
completely and without delay.”
29 As Isaiah had said previously,
“If the Lord of hosts had not left us descendants,
we would be like Sodom,
and we would have become like Gomorrah.”
30 What will we say then? That the Gentiles, who were not pursuing righteousness, obtained righteousness, but righteousness that is by faith. 31 But Israel, who did pursue a law of righteousness, did not attain it through the law. 32 Why not? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but by works. They stumbled over the stone of stumbling, 33 as it has been written,
“Look, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.
He who believes in it will not be ashamed.”

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Chapter 10

1 Brothers, the desire of my heart and my request to God is for them, for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they do not know of God’s righteousness, and they seek to establish their own righteousness. They did not submit to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness for everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that comes from the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says this, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down); 7 and do not say, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”
That is the word of faith, which we proclaim. 9 For if with your mouth you confess Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation. 11 For scripture says, “Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Greek. For the same Lord is Lord of all, and he is rich to all who call upon him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 14 How then can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach, unless they are sent?—As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim the gospel!”
16 But not all of them obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. 18 But I say, “Did they not hear?” Yes, most certainly.
“Their sound has gone out into all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
19 Moreover, I say, “Did Israel not know?” First Moses says,
“I will provoke you to jealousy by what is not a nation.
By means of a nation without understanding, I will stir you up to anger.”
20 Then Isaiah was very bold when he says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me.
I appeared to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But to Israel he says, “All the day long I reached out my hands to a disobedient and stubborn people.”

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Chapter 11

1 I say then, did God reject his people? May it never be. For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Or do you not know what the scripture says about Elijah, how he pleaded with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have broken down your altars. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4 But what does God’s answer say to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bent the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant because of the choice of grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer by works. Otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Some old copies add, But if it is by works, then is it no more grace; otherwise work is no more work . 7 What then? The thing that Israel was seeking, it did not obtain, but the chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened. 8 It is just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of dullness, eyes so that they should not see, and ears so that they should not hear, to this very day.” 9 Then David says,
“Let their table become a net and a trap,
and a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened so that they may not see,
and bend their backs continually.”
11 I say then, “Did they stumble so as to fall?” May it never be. Instead, by their failure, salvation has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if their failure is the riches of the world, and if their loss is the riches of the Gentiles, how much greater will their completion be? 13 But now I am speaking to you Gentiles, and as long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry. 14 Perhaps I will provoke to jealousy those who are of my own flesh. Perhaps I will save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 But if the firstfruits are holy, so is the lump of dough. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and if you, a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them, and if you shared with them in the rich root of the olive tree, 18 do not boast over the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you who supports the root, but the root that supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. Because of their unbelief they were broken off, but you stand firm because of your faith. Do not think too highly of yourself, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Look at, then, the kind actions and the severity of God: severity came on those who fell, but God’s kindness comes on you, if you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in. For God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree, and contrary to nature were grafted into a good olive tree, how much more will these, who are the natural, be grafted back into their own olive tree?
25 For I do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, of this mystery, in order that you will not be wise in your own thinking. This mystery is that a partial hardening has occurred in Israel, until the completion of the Gentiles come in. 26 Thus all Israel will be saved, just as it is written:
“Out of Zion will come the Deliverer.
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob,
27 and this will be my covenant with them,
when I will take away their sins.”
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake. But as far as election is concerned, they are beloved because of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the call of God are unchangeable. 30 For just as you were formerly disobedient to God, but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 and in the same way, now these Jews have been disobedient. The result was that by the mercy shown to you they may also now receive mercy. 32 For God has shut up all into disobedience, in order that he might show mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways beyond discovering!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has become his advisor?
35 Or who has first given anything to God,
that God must repay him?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

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Chapter 12

1 I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. This is your reasonable service. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. By doing this you will prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, because of the grace that was given to me, that everyone who is among you should not think more highly of themselves than they ought to think. Instead, they should think in a wise way, just as God has given out to each one a certain amount of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body, but not all the members have the same function, 5 in the same way, we who are many are one body in Christ, and are individually members of each other. 6 But we have different gifts according to the grace that was given to us: if giving, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in serving; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if encouraging, in encouragement; giving, in generosity; leading, with care; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; hold on to that which is good. 10 Concerning love of the brothers, be affectionate to one another. Concerning honor, respect one another. 11 Concerning diligence, do not be hesitant. Concerning the spirit, be eager. Concerning the Lord, serve him. 12 Rejoice in certain hope, be patient in suffering, be faithful in prayer. 13 Share in the needs of the saints. Find many ways to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not think in proud ways, but accept lowly people. Do not be wise in your own thoughts. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Do good things in the sight of all people. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all people. 19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give way to his wrath, for it is written, “‘Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him a drink.
For if you do this, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Chapter 13

1 Let every soul be obedient to higher authorities, for there is no authority unless it comes from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God. 2 Therefore he who resists that authority opposes the command of God; and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good deeds, but to evil deeds. Now do you desire to be unafraid of the one in authority? Do what is good, and you will receive his approval. 4 For he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for he does not carry the sword for no reason. For he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath on the one who does evil. 5 Therefore you must obey, not only because of the wrath, but also because of conscience. 6 For because of this you pay taxes also. For they are servants of God, who attend to this very thing continually. 7 Pay to everyone what is owed to them. Tax to whom tax is due, toll to whom toll is due; fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another. For he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 Indeed, the commandments: “Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does not cause harm to one’s neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.
11 Do this because we know the time, that it is already time for us to awake out of sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night has advanced, and the day has come near. Let us therefore put aside the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk appropriately, as in the day, not in drunken celebrations or drunkenness; and let us not walk in sexual immorality or in uncontrolled lust, and not in strife or jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its lusts.

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Chapter 14

1 But receive anyone who is weak in faith, without giving judgment about arguments. 2 One person has faith to eat anything, but another who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 May the one who eats everything not despise the one who does not; and may the one who does not eat everything not judge the other who eats everything. For God has accepted him. 4 Who are you, who judges a servant belonging to someone else? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. But he will be made to stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person values one day above another day. But another person values every day equally. Let each person be convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord; and he who eats, eats for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God. He who does not eat, refrains from eating for the Lord, he also gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for himself, and none dies for himself. 8 For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Then whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this purpose Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and those who are living. 10 But you, why do you judge your brother? And you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,
“As I live,” says the Lord, “to me every knee will bend,
and every tongue will confess to God.”
12 So then, each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 Therefore, let us no longer judge one another, but instead decide this, that no one will place a stumbling block or a snare for his brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean by itself. Only for him who considers anything to be unclean, for him it is unclean. 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not allow what you consider to be good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not about food and drink, but about righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by people. 19 So then, let us pursue the things of peace and the things that build up one another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God because of food. All things are indeed clean, but it is evil for that person who eats and causes him to stumble. 21 It is good not to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is led into sin, or becomes weak. 22 The faith you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not from faith. And whatever is not from faith is sin.

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Chapter 15

1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and ought not to please ourselves. 2 Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, in order to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself. Instead, it was just as it is written, “The insults of those who insulted you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was previously written was written for our instruction, in order that through patience and through encouragement of the scriptures we would have certain hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with each other according to Christ Jesus. 6 May he do this in order that with one mind you may praise with one mouth the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore receive one another, even as Christ also received you, to the praise of God. 8 For I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision on behalf of God’s truth, in order to confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will give praise to you among the Gentiles
and sing praise to your name.”
10 Again it says,
“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
and let all the peoples praise him.”
12 Again, Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come, even the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles will have hope.”
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace for believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, hope will increase in you.
14 But I myself am also convinced about you, my brothers, that also you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able to also exhort one another. 15 But I am writing more boldly to you about some things in order to remind you, because of the grace given me by God. 16 This gift was that I should be a servant of Christ Jesus sent to the Gentiles, to offer as a priest the gospel of God. I should do this so that the offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable, consecrated by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus I therefore have reason to boast of my service for God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me for the obedience of the Gentiles. These are things done by word and action, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of the Spirit of God. This was so that from Jerusalem, and round about as far as Illyricum, I might fully carry out the gospel of Christ. 20 In this way, my desire has been to proclaim the gospel, but not where Christ is known by name, in order that I might not build upon another man’s foundation. 21 But as it is written:
“Those to whom no tidings of him came will see him,
and those who have not heard will understand.”
22 Therefore I was also hindered many times from coming to you. 23 But now, I no longer have any place in these regions, and I have been longing for many years to come to you. 24 I indeed hope that I will see you in passing when I go to Spain, and to be helped by you along my journey there, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem, bringing aid to the believers. 26 For it was the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution to the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 Indeed they were pleased to do this, because they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they owe it to them also to serve them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received what was collected, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. 29 But I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
30 Now I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me. 31 Pray that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints. 32 Pray that I may come to you in joy through the will of God, and that I may, together with you, find rest. 33 Now may the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

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Chapter 16

1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is also a servant of the church that is in Cenchrea, 2 in order that you may receive her in the Lord, in a manner worthy of the saints, and stand by her in whatever matter she may have need of you. For she herself as well has become a helper of many, and of myself as well.
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who for my life risked their own lives. I give thanks to them, and not only I, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus my beloved, who is the firstfruit of Asia to Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are prominent among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. 10 Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. 12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who work hard in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked much in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the believers who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
17 Now I urge you, brothers, to think about those who are causing divisions and obstacles, contrary to the teaching that you have learned. Turn away from them. 18 For people such as these do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own stomach. By their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the innocent. 19 For your obedience reaches everyone. I rejoice, therefore, over you, but I want you to be wise as to that which is good, but innocent to that which is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22 I, Tertius, who write this epistle, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, the host for me and for the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, with Quartus the brother. Some ancient manuscripts include verse 24. (See: Romans 16:20). 24 [May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages,
26 but now has been revealed and made known through the prophetic writings to all nations, by the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith.
27 To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever. Amen.

The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

First Corinthians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, called by Christ Jesus to be an apostle by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the church of God at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, who are called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in everything you have been made rich in him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed as true among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack in any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I urge you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and that there not be divisions among you, but that you be joined together in the same mind and in the same purpose. 11 For it has been made clear to me concerning you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people that there are factions among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each of you says, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one might say that you were baptized into my name. 16 (I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know if I baptized any others.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be emptied of its power.
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will frustrate the understanding of the intelligent.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this world? Has not God turned the wisdom of the world into foolishness? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching. 22 For indeed Jews ask for miraculous signs and Greeks seek wisdom. 23 But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Greeks. 24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than people, and the weakness of God is stronger than people.
26 For consider your calling, brothers, that not many of you were wise according to the flesh, not many were powerful, and not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world in order to shame the wise, and God chose the weak things of the world in order to shame the strong. 28 God chose what is low and what is despised in the world, and things that are not, in order to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 so that no flesh might boast before God. 30 But because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made for us wisdom from God, righteousness, and also sanctification and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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Chapter 2

1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence of speech or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the mystery of God. Many other versions read, as I proclaimed the testimony about God . 2 For I decided not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 My message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not be in human wisdom, but in God’s power.
6 Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are passing away. 7 Instead, we speak God’s wisdom in a hidden mystery, that God predestined before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written,
“What eye has not seen,
and ear has not heard,
and has not arisen in man’s heart,
these things God has prepared for those who love him.”
10 For God has revealed them to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man that is within him? So also, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 But we did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we might know the things freely given to us by God. 13 And we speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things for spiritual people. 14 But the natural person does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. He cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord—who will instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

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Chapter 3

1 Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual people, but as to fleshly people, as to infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet able. Indeed, even now, you are not able. 3 For you are still fleshly. For where jealousy and strife exist among you, are you not fleshly, and walking like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another says, “I am of Apollos,” are you not fleshly? 5 Who then is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord have given to each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So then, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but God is the one who causes the growth. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own wages according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s garden, God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God that was given to me as a skilled master builder, I laid a foundation and another is building on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than the one that has been laid, that is, Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 the work of each one will be evident, for the daylight will display it, for it will be revealed in fire. The fire itself will test what is the quality of each one’s work. 14 If anyone’s work that he built remains, he will receive a reward; 15 but if anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, as though through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For the temple of God is holy, which is what you are.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a “fool” that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
“He catches the wise in their craftiness.”
20 And again,
“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
21 For this reason, let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All things are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

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Chapter 4

1 This is how a person should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Now what is required of stewards is that one be found faithful. 3 But for me it is a very small thing that I would be judged by you, or by a human court. For I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am aware of nothing against myself, but I am not justified by this. But the Lord is the one who judges me. 5 Therefore do not judge anything before the time, before the Lord comes. He will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the purposes of the hearts. Then the praise from God will come to each one.
6 Now, brothers, I applied these things to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that through us you might learn this:
“Do not go beyond what is written,”
so that no one would be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. 7 For who makes you superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if indeed you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 8 Already you are satisfied! Already you have become rich! You began to reign apart from us, and I wish you really did reign, so that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men sentenced to death. For we have become a spectacle to the world—both to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored. 11 Up to this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and we are poorly clothed, and we are brutally beaten, and we are homeless. 12 We work hard, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless. When we are persecuted, we endure. 13 When we are slandered, we speak with kindness. We have become as the scum of the world and the refuse all things, even until now.
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but to correct you as my beloved children. 15 For if you would have ten thousand guardians in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to be imitators of me. 17 For this reason, I sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways that are in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills. Then I will find out not merely the talk of these who are arrogant, but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

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Chapter 5

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and a kind of immorality which does not even exist among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Should you not mourn instead, so that the one who did this deed might be removed from among you. 3 For even though I am absent in body, I am present in spirit. I have already passed judgment on the one who did such a thing, just as though I were there. 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole loaf? 7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be new dough, so that you may be unleavened bread. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us then celebrate the festival, not with old yeast, nor with yeast of bad behavior and wickedness, but with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10 In no way did I mean all the immoral people of this world, or the greedy, or swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother but who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 But God judges those who are outside.
“Remove that evil person from among you.”

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Chapter 6

1 When one of you has a dispute with another, does he dare to go to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you not competent to judge the least important cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge the angels? How much more, the matters of this life? 4 So then, if you have legal disputes about things of this life, why do you appoint those men as judges who are of no account in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Is there not any wise man among you who is able to settle a dispute between his brothers? 6 But brother goes to court against brother, and this before unbelievers! 7 This therefore, is indeed already a complete defeat for you, since you have lawsuits among yourselves. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be cheated? 8 But you do wrong and cheat, and this to your brothers! 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor those who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were cleansed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 “Everything is lawful for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food,” but God will do away with both of them. The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 Now God indeed raised the Lord, and will also raise up us by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who is joined to a prostitute is one flesh with her? For it says, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality! Every other sin that a person might commit is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.Some older copies read, Therefore glorify God with your body and in your spirit, which belong to God . But the best copies do not have this reading.

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Chapter 7

1 Now concerning the issues you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” 2 But because of immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. 3 The husband should give to the wife her sexual rights, and likewise the wife also to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise, the husband also does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specific time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then be together again, so that Satan might not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But I say these things as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that everyone was even as myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one indeed this way, and another that way. 8 Now to the unmarried and to the widows I say that it is good if they remain as I am. 9 But if they do not have self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with desire. 10 Now to the married I give this command—not I, but the Lord—the wife should not be separated from her husband 11 (but even if she is separated, she must remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. 12 But to the rest I say—I, not the Lord—that if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she agrees to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he agrees to live with her, she must not divorce her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through the brother. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him go. In such cases, the brother or the sister is not bound, but God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, woman, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, man, whether you will save your wife? 17 Only as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each one, thus let him walk. I direct in this way in all the churches. 18 Was anyone called when he was circumcised? Let him not be uncircumcised. Was anyone called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one, in the calling in which he was called, in that he should remain. 21 Were you called as a slave? Let it not be a concern to you. But if indeed you are able to become free, then take advantage of it. 22 For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise, the one who was called while free is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, in whatever condition each one was called, let him remain with God in that condition.
25 Now concerning the virgins, I do not have a commandment from the Lord. However, having received mercy from the Lord, I give an opinion as one who is trustworthy. 26 Therefore, I think this is good, because of the coming distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if indeed you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will have distress in the flesh, and I want to spare you from this. 29 But this I say, brothers: The time is shortened, so that from now on, and those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they were not weeping; and those who rejoice, as though they were not rejoicing; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those using the world, as though they were not using it. For the present form of this world is passing away. 32 But I would like you to be free from concern. The unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is concerned about the things of the world, how to please his wife, and he is divided. The unmarried woman or the virgin 34 is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she might be holy both in the body and in the spirit. But the one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she might please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not in order to put any constraint on you, but to promote what is appropriate and devoted to the Lord without any distraction. 36 But if anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward his virgin—if she is beyond the age of marriage and it must be so—he should do what he wants. He is not sinning; let them marry. 37 But the one who stands firm in his heart, not under compulsion, but having authority over his own will, and he has decided this in his own heart—to keep his own virgin—he will do well. 38 So then, the one who marries his own virgin does well, and the one who does not marry will do even better. 39 A wife is bound for as long as her husband lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry whomever she wishes, but only in the Lord. 40 Yet in my judgment she would be happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

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Chapter 8

1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, that person is known by him. 4 So then, about the eating of food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol in this world is nothing and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if indeed there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many “gods” and many “lords,” 6 yet for us there is only one God the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things exist, and through whom we exist.
7 However, this knowledge is not in everyone. Instead, some are so accustomed to idols in the past, that they eat this food as if it were something sacrificed to an idol; and so their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food will not present us to God. We are not worse if we do not eat, nor better if we do eat. 9 But take care that this freedom of yours does not become a reason to stumble for those who are weak. 10 For if someone sees the one who has knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, will his conscience, being weak, not be built up so as to eat the things sacrificed to idols? 11 So the one who is weak, the brother for whom Christ died, is destroyed through your knowledge. 12 Thus, when you sin against your brothers and wound their weak consciences, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will not ever eat meat, so that I may not cause my brother to stumble.

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Chapter 9

1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my workmanship in the Lord? 2 If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you. For you are the proof of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my defense to those who examine me: 4 Do we not have the right to eat and drink? 5 Do we not have the right to take along with us a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who do not have the right not to work? 7 Who serves as a soldier at any time at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink from the milk of the flock? 8 Am I not saying these things according to human authority? Or does not the law also say this? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not put a muzzle on an ox when it is treading out the grain.” God does not care about the oxen, does he? 10 Or is he speaking entirely for our sake? For it was written for us, the one who plows ought to plow in hope, and the one who threshes ought to thresh in hope of sharing the harvest. 11 If we sowed spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others exercised this right over you, should we not even more? But we did not claim this right. Instead we endured everything in order not to cause any hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who serve in the temple eat from the things of the temple; those who serve at the altar partake from the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living from the gospel. 15 But I have not claimed any of these rights. For I do not write these things so that this might be done for me, for it would be better for me to die rather than anyone would deprive me of my boasting. 16 For if I preach the gospel, there is no reason for me to boast, because this necessity was placed upon me. For woe be to me if I would not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward. But if unwillingly, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel without charge, I might offer the gospel so as not to take full use of my right in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all, I made myself a servant to all, in order that I might gain even more. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law, I became like one under the law in order to win those under the law, though I myself was not under the law. The ULT and UST read, I did this even though I was not under the law myself . Some older versions leave this passage out. 21 To those outside the law, I became like one outside the law (although I was not outside the law of God, but under the law of Christ) so that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I might by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I might become a partaker of it. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run in such a way that you might obtain it. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it in order that they might receive a perishable crown, but we, an imperishable one. 26 Therefore I run thus, not as without purpose; I fight thus, not as boxing the air. 27 But I subdue my body and make it a slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself might not be disqualified.

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Chapter 10

1 For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea. 2 They all were baptized into Moses, in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and they all ate the same spiritual food. 4 They all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. 5 But God was not well pleased with most of them, and their corpses were scattered about in the wilderness. 6 Now these things became examples for us, so that we would not desire evil things, as they also desired. 7 Do not become idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Do not commit sexual immorality, as many of them committed sexual immorality, and twenty-three thousand people fell in one day. 9 Do not put Christ to the test, as many of them put him to the test, and were destroyed by the snakes. 10 Do not grumble, as many of them grumbled, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as examples. For they were written for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore the one who thinks he stands, let him be careful that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you, except what is common to humanity. Instead, God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, so that you will be able to endure it.
14 Therefore, my beloved ones, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to sensible people. Judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf of bread, we who are many are one body. For we all partake from the one loaf of bread. 18 Look at Israel according to the flesh. Are not those who are eating the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That food sacrificed to an idol is anything? Or that an idol is anything? 20 Rather, I mean that what the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. But I do not want you to be partakers with the demons! 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than him, are we?
23 “Everything is lawful,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful,” but not everything builds people up. 24 No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person. 25 You may eat everything that is sold in the market, without asking for the sake of your conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it.” 27 If any of the unbelievers invite you to a meal, and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you without asking questions for the sake of your conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” do not eat it, for the sake of that one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— Some older manuscripts add For the earth and everything in it belong to the Lord . But the best manuscripts do not have this. 29 now I mean the conscience, not your own, but that of the other person. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I partake of the meal with gratitude, why am I being insulted for that for which I gave thanks? 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks, or to the church of God, 33 just as I also try to please all people in all things. I do not seek my own benefit, but that of the many, so that they might be saved.

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Chapter 11

1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and you hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 3 Now I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies, having something on his head, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her hair also be cut off. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or for her head to be shaved, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, being the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman. Instead, woman is from man. 9 For man was not created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 This is why the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord, woman is not independent from man, nor is man independent from woman. 12 For as the woman is from the man, so also the man is through the woman: but all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her long hair has been given to her as a covering. 16 But if anyone wants to be contentious about this, we do not have any other practice, nor do the churches of God.
17 But in the following instructions, I do not praise you, for you come together, not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For in the first place, I hear that when you come together in the church, there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must in fact be factions among you, so that also those who are approved may become evident among you. 20 For when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For when it is time to eat, each one takes his own supper first; and this one is indeed hungry, and that one is drunk. 22 For do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you for this? I will not praise you! 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembance of me.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But let a person examine himself, and in this way let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and ill, and many of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we examine ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined, so that we would not be condemned along with the world. 33 Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you might not come together for judgment. And about the other things you wrote, I will give directions as soon as I come.

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Chapter 12

1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to mute idols, in whatever ways you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are different kinds of work, but the same God who is working all things in everyone. 7 Now to each one is given the outward display of the Spirit for the benefit of all. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit a word of wisdom, and to another a word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 and to another deeds of power, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing them to each one individually just as he desires.
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bound or free, and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Since I am not the hand, I am not part of the body,” it is not for this reason, any less part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it is not for this reason, any less part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body just as he desired. 19 But if they were all the same member, where would the body be? 20 So now there are many members, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not have need of you.” Or again, the head say to the feet, “I do not have need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that appear to be weaker are much more essential, 23 and the parts of the body that we think are less honorable, we give them greater honor, and our unpresentable members have more dignity, 24 but our presentable members do not have this need. But God has combined the body together, giving more honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there may be no division within the body, but that the members should care for one another with the same affection. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer together; and if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has indeed appointed some in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administration, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? 30 Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And now, I will show you a more excellent way.

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Chapter 13

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but I do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give my body so that I might boast, but I do not have love, I gain nothing. The best ancient copies, read, I give my body so that I might boast . Some other versions read, I give my body to be burned . 4 Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, it is not arrogant. 5 It is not rude, it does not seek its own, it is not easily angered, it does not keep a count of wrongs. 6 It does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away: if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when the perfect comes, that which is partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see unclearly in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I have also been fully known. 13 But now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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Chapter 14

1 Pursue love and be zealous for spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God; for no one understands, but he speaks mysteries in spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for building up, and encouragement, and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I desire for all of you to speak in tongues, but rather even more that you would prophesy. Now the one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues (unless he would interpret, so that the church may be built up). 6 But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I benefit you, unless I speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophecy, or teaching? 7 Even lifeless instruments that make sounds—whether flute or harp—if they do not make different sounds, how will it be known what is being played on the flute or what is being played on the harp? 8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? 9 So it is also with you. Unless you give intelligible speech with your tongue, how will it be known what is being spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are doubtless so many kinds of languages in the world, and none is without meaning. 11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the one who is speaking, and the one who is speaking will be a foreigner to me. 12 So it is also with you, since you are eager for spiritual gifts, seek that you should cause them to abound for the building up of the church. 13 So the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 Therefore, what should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, and I will also sing with my mind. 16 Otherwise, if you praise God with the spirit, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say “Amen” at your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you certainly give thanks well enough, but the other person is not built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five words with my mind so that I might also instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Rather, be childlike in evil, but be mature in your thinking. 21 In the law it is written,
“By people of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers
I will speak to this people,
but not even in this way will they hear me,”
says the Lord. 22 So then, tongues are for a sign, not to the believers, but to the unbelievers; but prophesy is not to the unbelievers, but to the believers. 23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together to the same place and they all speak in tongues, but ungifted or unbelievers come in, would they not say that you are insane? 24 But if you all were prophesying, but some unbeliever or ungifted person came in, he would be convicted by all and examined by all, 25 the secrets of his heart would be revealed, and so he would fall on his face and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.”
26 What is to be then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, or has an interpretation. All things are for the building up of the church. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be two or at most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret. 28 But if there is not an interpreter, let him be silent in the church. Instead, let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others discern what is said. 30 But if a revelation is given to another who is sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For all can prophesy one by one so that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 Indeed the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints, 34 let the women be silent in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak, but to be in submission, as also the law says. 35 If however they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. 36 Or did the word of God go out from you? Or has it come only to you?
37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I write to you are a command of the Lord. 38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.The best ancient manuscripts have But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant . Some older versions have But if anyone does not recognize this, let him not be recognized .
39 So then, brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But let all things be done properly and in order.

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Chapter 15

1 Now I make know to you, brothers, the gospel that I proclaimed to you, which you also received, on which you also stand, 2 by which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once. Most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, he appeared to me, as if to a child born at the wrong time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace that was in me was not in vain. Instead, I worked harder than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Therefore whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed that he was raised from the dead, how can some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain. 15 Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he has not raised, if indeed the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those who have died in Christ have also perished. 19 If only in this life we have hope in Christ, of all people we are most to be pitied.
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came by a man, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruit, then at his coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then will be the end, when Christ will hand over the kingdom to the God and Father, when he will abolish all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death. 27 For “he has put everything under his feet.” But when it says “he has put everything,” it is clear that this does not include the one who put everything in subjection to him. 28 Now when all things have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why also, are we in danger every hour? 31 I die every day! I swear by my boasting in you, brothers, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 What is the profit to me, according to human reasoning, if I fought wild beasts at Ephesus? if the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Sober up! Live righteously! Do not keep sinning. For some of you have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame.
35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised, and with what kind of body will they come?” 36 You are so foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow the body that will be, but a bare seed—perhaps wheat or something else. 38 But God will give it a body as he desires, and to each of the seeds, its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same. Instead, there is one flesh of human beings, and another flesh of animals, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the glory of the heavenly is one kind, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars. For star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. What is sown in decay, is raised in immortality. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first man Adam became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But the spiritual did not come first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is from heaven. 48 Just as the one was earthly, so also are those of the earth; and as the one is heavenly, so also are those of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Neither does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Look! I tell you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on what is imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable body has put on what is imperishable, and when this mortal body has put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written,
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?”
56 But the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that your work is not in vain in the Lord.

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Chapter 16

1 Now concerning the collection which is for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so also you are to do. 2 On every first day of the week, let each of you put something aside, storing up from what he might have prospered, so that when I come, there will not be collections then. 3 Then when I arrive, whomever you approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4 And if it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me. 5 But I will come to you after I have passed through Macedonia. For I am going through Macedonia. 6 But perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my way, wherever I go. 7 For I do not desire to see you now only in passing, for I hope to remain with you for a period of time, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 for a wide and effective door has opened for me, and there are many adversaries.
10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he might be unafraid with you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I also am. 11 Therefore, let no one despise him. But help him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me, for I am expecting him, with the brothers. 12 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly encouraged him that he come to you with the brothers. But it was not at all his will that he come now. However, he will come when he has the opportunity.
13 Stay alert; stand firm in the faith; act like men; be strong. 14 Let all you do be done in love.
15 Now you know, brothers, the household of Stephanas, that they were the firstfruit of Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, 16 so that you also might be subject to people such as these, and to everyone who joins together and labors in the work. 17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this.
19 The churches of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla warmly greet you in the Lord, with the church that is in their home. 20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 This greeting is in my own hand—Paul. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, may he be accursed. Our Lord, come! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.Some versions leave out, Amen .

The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

Second Corinthians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, and to all the saints who are in the entire region of Achaia. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 the one who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we are able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ abound toward us, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that results in patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And our hope concerning you is firm, knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the comfort. 8 For we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the troubles that happened to us in Asia. We were so completely crushed beyond our strength that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, we had the sentence of death on us, so that we would not be trusting in ourselves, but in God, who raises the dead. 10 He rescued us from such a deadly peril, and he will rescue us. On him we have set our hope that he also will continue to deliver us, 11 as you also join together with prayer on our behalf, so that thanks will be given by many people on our behalf for the gracious favor given to us through many people.
12 For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that we have conducted ourselves in the world in holiness and godly sincerity, and not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, and all the more toward you. 13 For we write no other things to you, but that which you read or also understand. But now I hope that you will understand completely, 14 as you also have understood us in part, so that we will be your reason for boasting on the day of our Lord Jesus, just as you also will be ours.
15 And with this confidence, I intended to come to you before, so that you might have a second blessing, 16 and to pass through you into Macedonia, and to come to you again from Macedonia, and to be sent on my way to Judea by you. 17 Therefore, when I was planning this way, I did not then take it lightly, did I? Or was what I planned according to human planning, so that there would be with me both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 But God is faithful, so that our word to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one whom was proclaimed among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but it has always been “Yes” in him. 20 For all the promises of God are “Yes” in him. So also through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to God for his glory. 21 Now God is the one who establishes us with you in Christ, and he anointed us, 22 the one who also sealed us, and he gave us the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Now I call God as a witness to my soul that in order to spare you, I have not yet come to Corinth. 24 This is not because we are ruling over your faith, but, we are fellow workers with you for your joy, for you stand firm in the faith.

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Chapter 2

1 For I personally decided this, to not come to you again in sorrow. 2 For if I cause you sorrow, then who is the one who cheers me up, except the one who was hurt by me? 3 And I wrote this same thing, so that when I come, I might not have sorrow from those over whom I should rejoice, having confidence in all of you that my joy is the joy of all of you. 4 For I wrote to you from great affliction and anguish of heart, through many tears, not so that you would be grieved, but so that you might know the love that I have all the more for you.
5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved only me, but in some measure—in order not to put it too harshly—all of you. 6 This punishment which is on that person by the majority is enough, 7 so that on the contrary, you should rather forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I encourage you to publicly affirm your love for him. 9 Indeed, I also wrote for this reason, so that I might test you, whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Now to whomever you forgave anything, I also forgive—for indeed the one whom I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything), I forgave for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.
12 Now when I came to Troas, indeed a door for the gospel of Christ was opened to me in the Lord. 13 I had no relief in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I left them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and makes known through us the fragrance of the knowledge of him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God, among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing— 16 to one indeed, an odor from death to death, but to the other, a fragrance from life to life. Who is worthy of these things? 17 For we are not like so many people who sell the word of God for profit, but instead as from sincerity, even as from God, we speak before God in Christ.

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Chapter 3

1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? We do not need letters of recommendation to you or from you, like some people, do we? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all people, 3 revealing that you are a letter from Christ, cared for by us, not written with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. 4 And we have such confidence through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves. Instead, our competence is from God, 6 who indeed made us competant as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 Now if the ministry that brought death—engraved in letters on stones—came in such glory that the sons of Israel could not look directly at the face of Mose, because of the glory of his face which was fading, 8 Will the ministry of the Spirit not be with much more glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, how much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory! 10 For indeed, that which once was glorious is no longer glorious in this respect, because of the glory that exceeds it. 11 For if that which was fading away came with glory, how much more will that which remains come in glory!
12 Since we have such a hope, we act with much boldness, 13 and not like Moses, who put a veil over his face, so that the sons of Israel would not look directly at the end of that which was fading away. 14 But their minds were hardened. For until the present day, the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ is it fading away. 15 But even today, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart. 16 But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 Now we all, with unveiled face, see as a reflection the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

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Chapter 4

1 Therefore, having this ministry, just as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 Instead, we have rejected the shameful hidden things. not walking in craftiness nor distorting the word of God, but by the presentation of the truth, commending ourselves to every person’s conscience before God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that they do not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is God, the one who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the exceedingly great power might be from God and not from us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not overwhelmed. We are perplexed but do not despair. 9 We are persecuted but are not forsaken. We are struck down but are not destroyed. 10 We always carry in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be shown in our bodies. 11 For we who are alive are always being handed over to death for the sake of Jesus, so that also the life of Jesus may be shown in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. 13 But we have the same spirit of faith according to that which was written: “I believed; therefore I spoke.” We also believe; therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that the one who raised Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you. 15 For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is abounding to more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.
16 So we do not become discouraged. Rather, even if our outer man is wasting away, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary, light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight of glory that exceeds all measurement. 18 We are not watching the things that are seen, but the things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal.

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Chapter 5

1 For we know that if our earthly dwelling—the tent we live in—is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in the heavens, not made by human hands. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling that is from heaven, 3 because if indeed we have put it on, we will not be found naked. 4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, so that the mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as the down payment. 6 Therefore always being confident and knowing that being at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are now confident, and would prefer rather be absent from the body, and be at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal, whether being at home or being away, to be pleasing to him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive back the things done in the body, according to what he did, whether good or evil.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade people. But we are clearly known by God, and I hope that we are also clear known in your consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you, but are giving you an opportunity to boast on our behalf, so that you may have an answer for those who boast about appearance, and not about the heart. 13 For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are in our right minds, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, having concluded this: That one person died for all; therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised. 16 Therefore, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we regarded Christ according to the flesh, yet now we no longer regard him in that way. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. See, they have become new. 18 Now all these things are from God, the one who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ God is reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and committing to us the message of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his appeal through us. We plead with you, on behalf of Christ: “Be reconciled to God!” 21 The one who did not know sin, he made sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

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Chapter 6

1 Now working together with him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I helped you.”
Look, now is the favorable time. Look, now is the day of salvation. 3 We place nothing as a stumbling block in front of anyone, so that our ministry might not be discredited. 4 Instead, we commend ourselves in everything as God’s servants; in great endurance, in affliction, in distress, in hardship, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in hard work, in sleeplessness, in hunger, 6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; through the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left, 8 through honor and dishonor, through bad report and good report; as imposters, and yet true; 9 as being unknown, and yet well known; as dying and yet—see!—living; as being punished, and yet not being killed; 10 as being sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 Our mouth has been opened to you, Corinthians; our heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your inward parts. 13 Now in fair exchange—I speak as to children—open yourselves wide also. 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what partnership does righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what share does a believer have with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does the temple of God with idols have? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said:
“I will dwell among them, and walk among them;
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
17 Therefore,
“Come out from among them,
and be separate,” says the Lord,
“and touch no unclean thing,”
“and I will receive you.”
18 “And I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,”
says the Lord Almighty.

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Chapter 7

1 Beloved, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Make room for us! We have wronged no one. We have harmed no one, we have exploited no one. 3 I do not speak for your condemnation; for I have already said that you are in our hearts, for us to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement. I overflow with joy in all our afflictions.
5 For even when we came to Macedonia, our flesh had no rest at all. Instead, we were troubled in every way—conflicts on the outside, fears on the inside. 6 But God, the one who comforts the discouraged, comforted us by the arrival of Titus, 7 and not only by his arrival, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. 8 For even though I grieved you in the letter, I do not regret it (even though I did regret it, when I saw that that letter grieved you, if only for an hour). 9 Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but that you were grieved to the point of repentance. For you were grieved as God intended, so that you would not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 For the sorrow that God intends produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret. But the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For see what this very same thing has produced in you, when you were grieved as God intended: what earnestness, what eagerness to defend yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, and what avenging of wrong! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but so that your earnestness which is on our behalf might be revealed to you before God. 13 For this reason we are encouraged.
Now in addition to our own comfort, we rejoiced even more abundantly at the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you. 14 For if I had boasted anything to him about you, I was not ashamed. On the contrary, just as we have spoken everything to you in truth, so also our boasting to Titus became true. 15 And his affections for you are even greater, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice because in everything I have confidence in you.

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Chapter 8

1 Now we want to make known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given to the churches of Macedonia, 2 that during a great test of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the riches of their generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave according to their ability, and beyond their ability, voluntarily, 4 with much urging, they pleaded with us for the blessing and the fellowship of this ministry that is to the saints. 5 And they did this not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us, by the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus that, as he had already begun this act of grace, even so he would also complete it among you as well. 7 But even as you abound in everything—in faith, and in speech, and in knowledge, and in all diligence, and in our love for you, The best manuscripts read, and in our love for you . Some other versions read, and in your love for us . so also you should abound in this act of grace. 8 I say this not as a command, but also to test the sincerity of your love through the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he became poor for your sake, though being rich, so that through his poverty you might become rich. 10 So I give my opinion in this matter, for this is profitable for you who not only began to do this a year ago, but also desired to do it. 11 But now also finish doing it, so that Just as there was the readiness of your desire, so also there may be the completion, from that which you have. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to whatever a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the ease of others, and your affliction, but for the sake of equality. 14 At the present time, your abundance is for their need, so that also their abundance may be for your need, so that there may be equality, 15 as it is written:
“The one with much did not have too much,
and the one with little did not have too little.”
16 But thanks be to God, the one who put the same earnestness on your behalf into the heart of Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 We have sent with him the brother who is praised among all of the churches for his work in the gospel. 19 And not only this, but he also was chosen by the churches as our travelling companion, along with this act of grace which is being administered by us to the glory of the Lord, and to show our readiness. 20 We took this precaution, so that no one would blame us concerning our administration of this generous gift. 21 For we considered beforehand what is right, not only before the Lord, but also before people. 22 We also sent our brother with them, whom we have tested in many ways and often found to be eager. But now he is even more eager because of the great confidence that he has in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for you. As for our brothers, they are sent by the churches and an honor to Christ. 24 Therefore show them before the churches the proof of your love and of our boasting about you.

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Chapter 9

1 Now concerning the ministry that is for the saints, it is not necessary for me to write to you. 2 For I know your readiness, which I boasted about to the Macedonians concerning you, that Achaia has been ready since last year, and your zeal has motivated most of them. 3 But I have sent the brothers so that our boasting which is about you may not be futile in this matter, so that you would be ready, as I was saying. 4 Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we would be ashamed—not to speak of you—in this confidence. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers that they would come to you beforehand and prepare in advance this gift you have promised. In this way, it would be ready as a blessing, and not as something forced.
6 Now this I say, the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows for the purpose of blessings will also reap in blessings. 7 Let each one give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or out of compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, always, having all you need, you may abound in every good work. 9 Just as it is written:
“He scattered widely, he gave to the poor
his righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and will increase the fruits of your righteousness; 11 in every way enriching you for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 For the ministry of this service not only is fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. 14 And their prayers are for you, longing for you because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

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Chapter 10

1 Now I, Paul, myself appeal to you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face among you, but am bold toward you when I am absent! 2 Now I beg of you that, when I am present, I will not need to be bold with the confidence with which I plan to be courageous against some of those who regard us as walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds, and for pulling down arguments, 5 and every high thing that rises up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive into obedience to Christ. 6 And we are ready to avenge every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete. 7 You are looking at the appearance of things. If anyone is convinced that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. 8 For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave us to build you up and not for your destruction, I will not be ashamed, 9 so it would not appear as if I would terrify you through my letters. 10 Indeed, some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is worthless.” 11 Let such a one consider this, that what we are in word through letters when absent, that we are also in deed when present. 12 For we do not dare to group or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But these who measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, have no understanding. 13 We, however, will not boast about the things beyond measure, but according to the measure of the area that God has assigned to us, a measure that reached even as far as you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach to you, for we came even as far as to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 Neither do we boast beyond limits about the labors of others, but we have hope that as your faith continues to grow, our area of work among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in the regions beyond you—not to boast about the things already done in another person’s area.
17 “But let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
18 For that person who commends himself is not approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

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Chapter 11

1 I wish that you would bear with me in a little bit of foolishness, but you are indeed bearing with me! 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, for I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your thoughts might be led astray from the sincerity and the purity that are in Christ. 4 For if one who comes proclaims another Jesus whom we did not proclaim, or you receive a different spirit which you did not receive, or you receive a different gospel which you did not accept, you are bearing with it well! 5 For I think that I am not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.” 6 But even if I am untrained in speech, yet I am not untrained in knowledge. But in every way we have made this clear to you in all things. 7 Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I freely preached the gospel of God to you? 8 I robbed other churches by accepting wages from them for the ministry to you. 9 When I was present with you and I was in need, I did not burden anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia completely met my need. In everything, I kept myself from being a burden to you, and I will continue to do so. 10 The truth of Christ is in me, so that this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12 And what I do I will also keep doing, so that I may take away the opportunity of those who desire an opportunity so that they may be regarded as equal to us in what they are boasting about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore, it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. whose end will be according to their works.
16 I say again: Let no one think I am a fool. But if you do, receive me even as a fool so that I too may boast a little bit. 17 What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this boastful confidence. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will also boast. 19 For you, being wise, gladly put up with the foolish. 20 For you put up with it if anyone enslaves you, if anyone consumes you, if anyone takes advantage of you, if anyone exalts himself, or if anyone slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame, I say that we were too weak for that! However, in whatever anyone might dare to boast—I am speaking in foolishness—I too dare to boast. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as though I were out of my mind.) I am more so: in even more hard work, in far more imprisonments, in beatings beyond measure, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from Jews the “forty lashes minus one.” 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day on the open sea. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, in danger from robbers, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from the Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the wilderness, in danger at sea, in danger from false brothers. 27 I have been in hard work and hardship, in many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often in fasting, in cold and nakedness. 28 In addition to other things, there is the pressure on me of the daily concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who has been caused to stumble, and I do not burn? 30 If I must boast, I will boast about what shows my weaknesses. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, the one who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying!
32 in Damascus, the governor under Aretas the king was guarding the city of Damascus to arrest me. 33 But I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall, and I escaped from his hands.

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Chapter 12

1 it is necessary to boast, though not profitable. But I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body, I do not know, or out of the body, I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up into the third heaven. 3 And I know that such a man—whether in the body, or out of the body, I do not know, God knows— 4 that he was caught up into paradise and heard inexpressible words which are not permitted for a man to speak. 5 On behalf of such a man I will boast. But on behalf of myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. 6 For even if I desire to boast, I will not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from this, so that no one will think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me. 7 Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant by the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me—a messenger from Satan—so that he might torment me, so I would not become arrogant. 8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So I will rather gladly boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ might reside on me. 10 Therefore I am content for Christ’s sake in weaknesses, in insults, in troubles, in persecutions and distressing situations. For whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become a fool! You forced me to this, when I should have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. 12 indeed, the signs of an apostle were performed among you with great perseverance—signs and wonders and miracles. 13 For in what respect is it that you were treated worse than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 Look! I am ready to come to you this third time, and I will not burden you. For I do not seek what is yours, but you. For the children should not save up for their parents, but the parents for their children. 15 Now I will most gladly spend, and be completely spent, for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you, but, being a crafty person, I caught you by deceit. 17 I did not take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you, did I? 18 I urged Titus to go to you, and sent the other brother with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 Do you think all of this time that we have been defending ourselves to you? Before God in Christ we are speaking, but all these things, beloved, are for your strengthening. 20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may not find you as I wish, and I may not be found by you as you wish; perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, rivalries, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder. 21 Perhaps when I come again, my God might humble me before you, and I would be grieved by many of those who have sinned and who have not repented of the impurity and sexual immorality and lustful indulgence that they practiced.

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Chapter 13

1 This is the third time that I am coming to you. “Every matter must be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses.” 2 I have already warned when I was present the second time, and now even though being absent, I warn those who sinned before, and all the rest, that if I come to them again, I will not spare anyone, 3 since you are seeking proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak toward you, but is powerful among you. 4 For he was indeed crucified in weakness, but he lives by God’s power. For we also are weak in him, but we will live with him by God’s power toward you. 5 Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you fail the test? 6 And I hope that you will realize that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong, not so that we might appear to have passed the test, but so that you might do what is right, even if we might seem to have failed the test. 8 For we are not able to do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong. We also pray this: for your perfection. 10 Therefore, I write these things while being absent, so that when I am present, I would not treat you harshly in accordance with my authority—which the Lord gave to me for building up, and not for tearing down.
11 Finally, brothers, rejoice! Be restored, be encouraged, be of the same mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet each other with a holy kiss. All of the saints greet you.Some manuscripts move, All of the saints greet you. to verse 13, but the best manuscripts include it here.
13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.Some translations separate All of the saints greet you. from verse 12 and place it this verse. The text of this verse then becomes verse 14.

The Letter of Paul to the Galatians

Galatians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor by human agency, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins so that he might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I am amazed that you are turning away so quickly to a different gospel from him who called you by the grace of Christ, 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some men who cause you trouble and want to change the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel other than the one we proclaimed to you, let him be cursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, “If someone proclaims to you a gospel other than the one you received, let him be cursed.” 10 For am I now seeking the approval of men or of God? Or am I seeking to please men? If I am still trying to please men, I am not a servant of Christ.
11 For I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I proclaimed is not man’s gospel. 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it. Instead, it was by revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For indeed you have heard about my former life in Judaism, how I was persecuting the church of God beyond measure and that I was trying to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many of those who were my own age, from out of my own people. That is how extremely zealous I was for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who had set me apart from my mother’s womb, and who called me through his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who had become apostles before me. Instead, I went to Arabia and then returned to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas and I stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 But in what I write to you, I assure you before God, that I am not lying. 21 Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still not personally known to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 But they only heard it being said, “The man who once persecuted us is now proclaiming the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 So they glorified God because of me.

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Chapter 2

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, also taking Titus along with me. 2 But I went up because of a revelation and set before them the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles. I spoke privately to those who seemed to be important, in order to make sure that I was not running—or had not run—in vain. 3 But not even Titus, who was with me and who was a Greek, was forced to be circumcised. 4 But this happened because of the false brothers who came in secretly. They came in secretly to spy on our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus so they could make us slaves, 5 but we did not yield in submission to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. 6 But those who seemed to be important (whatever they were does not matter to me, God does not accept people based on their appearance)—indeed, those who seemed important added nothing to me. 7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to those who are uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to those who are circumcised. 8 For God, who worked in Peter for the apostleship to those who are circumcised, also worked in me to the Gentiles. 9 When James, Cephas and John, who were recognized as pillars, understood the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me. They did this so that we should go to the Gentiles, and so that they should go to those who are circumcised. 10 They requested only that we remember the poor, the very thing that I was also eager to do.
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he was declared to be in the wrong. 12 Indeed, before certain men came from James, Cephas was eating with the Gentiles. But when these men came, he withdrew and kept himself away from the Gentiles. He was afraid of those who were demanding circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews also joined with him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not behaving correctly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all of them, “If you are a Jew but are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” 15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that no person is justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. We also came to faith in Christ Jesus so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law. For by the works of the law no flesh will be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves, were also found to be sinners, does Christ then promote sin? Absolutely not! 18 For if I again rebuild those things which I once destroyed, I prove myself to be a lawbreaker. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 But it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. But the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith—faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, then Christ died for nothing!

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Chapter 3

1 Foolish Galatians! Who has put a spell on you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly displayed as crucified. 2 This is the only thing I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now going to finish by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things for nothing—if indeed it was really for nothing? 5 Therefore, does he who gives the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith? 6 Just as Abraham “believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness,” 7 in the same way, understand, then, that those of faith, these are sons of Abraham. 8 But the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” 9 So then, those of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 Indeed, all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; and so it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all the things written in the book of the law, and do them.” 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather, “The person who does the works of the law must live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
15 Brothers, let me speak in human terms. In a man-made contract, no one can set it aside or add to it, once it is established by law. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. It does not say, “to descendants,” referring to many, but instead to only one, “and to your descendant,” who is Christ. 17 Now what I mean is this: The law, which came 430 years afterward, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, then it no longer comes by promise. But God gave it to Abraham by a promise. 19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of trespasses, until the descendant of Abraham would come to whom the promise had been made. The law was put into force through angels by a mediator. 20 Now a mediator implies more than one person, but God is one. 21 So is the law against the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But the scripture imprisoned everything under sin. God did this so that the promise to save us by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until faith would be revealed. 24 So then the law became our guardian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 But if you are Christ’s, you are therefore Abraham’s descendants, and heirs according to promise.

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Chapter 4

1 But I am saying that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is owner of the entire estate. 2 But he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by his father. 3 So also, when we were children, we were enslaved to the elemental principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. 5 He did this to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 Then because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then you are also an heir through God.
8 But at that time, when you did not know God, you were made to be slaves to those who are, by nature, not gods at all. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather that you are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to the weak and worthless elemental principles? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? 10 You observe days and new moons and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid for you that somehow my work with you may have been for nothing.
12 I beg you, brothers, become like me, for I also have become like you. You did me no wrong. 13 But you know that it was because of a physical illness that I proclaimed the gospel to you the first time. 14 Though my physical condition put you to the test, you did not despise or reject me. Instead you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where, then, is your blessing now? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 So then, have I become your enemy because I am telling you the truth? 17 They are zealous to win you over, but for no good. They want to shut you out, so you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is always good to be zealous for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, again I am in the pains of childbirth for you until Christ is formed in you. 20 But I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you.
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave girl and one by the free woman. 23 But one was born by the slave girl according to the flesh, and the other was born by the free woman through promise. 24 These things may be interpreted as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. One of them is from Mount Sinai and she gives birth to children who are slaves. This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia; and she represents the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written,
“Rejoice, you barren one who does not give birth;
cry out and shout for joy, you who are not suffering the pains of childbirth;
because the children of the abandoned woman are more numerous
than those of the woman who has a husband.”
28 But you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But at that time the one who was born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does the scripture say? “Send away the slave girl and her son. For the son of the slave girl will not share in the inheritance with the son of the free woman.” 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of a slave girl, but of the free woman.

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Chapter 5

1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not again put yourselves under a yoke of slavery.
2 Look, I, Paul, say to you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will not benefit you in any way. 3 But I testify again to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You are cut off from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith working through love. 7 You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from him who calls you! 9 A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise. 10 I am confident about you in the Lord that you will take no other view. Indeed, the one who is troubling you will pay the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But brothers, if I still proclaim circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been removed. 12 As for those who are disturbing you, I wish they would even castrate themselves!
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. But do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the sinful nature; rather, through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one command, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the desires of the sinful nature are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the sinful nature. For these are in conflict with each other, so that you cannot do the things you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the sinful nature are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, rivalry, dissension, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, drunken celebrations, and things like these. I warn you about these things, as I warned you before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Indeed, those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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Chapter 6

1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Be concerned about yourself, so you also may not be tempted. 2 Carry one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one should examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast in himself alone and not in someone else. 5 For each one will carry his own load.
6 But the one who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man plants, that he will also gather in. 8 For he who plants seed to his own sinful nature, from the sinful nature will gather in destruction. But the one who plants seed to the Spirit, from the Spirit will gather in eternal life. 9 But let us not become weary in doing good, for at the right time we will gather in a harvest, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, but especially to those who belong to the household of faith.
11 See what large letters I write to you with my own hand. 12 Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. They do this only so they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ Jesus. 13 For not even those who circumcised themselves keep the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14 But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but what counts is a new creation. 16 To all who live according to this standard, peace and mercy be upon them, even upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I carry on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians

Ephesians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are [in Ephesus]Many early versions do not include, in Ephesus . and faithful in Christ Jesus. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as he chose us in him from the foundation of the world, that you would be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely given us in the Beloved One, 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he caused to abound to us in all wisdom and understanding. 9 He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he had planned in him, 10 with a view to an administration of the fullness of time, to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on earth, in him, 11 in whom we were also allotted as a possession. We were predestined according to the purpose of him who works out everything according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we, who were the first to have confident hope in Christ, would be for the praise of his glory. 13 In him, you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and you believed in him, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a down payment of our inheritance until the redemption of the full possession, to the praise of his glory.
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love Some manuscripts do not include love , but the best manuscripts include it. for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, 17 so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of the force of his strength, 20 which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the age to come. 22 He put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all in all.

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Chapter 2

1 As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authorities of the air, the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 We all also once lived among these, in the evil desires of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the body and of the mind. We were by nature children of wrath, as also the rest. 4 But God is rich in mercy because of his great love with which he loved us. 5 Even while we were dead in trespasses, he made us alive together in Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages that are coming he might show the immeasurably great riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not from works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that once you were Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcised” by those who are called “circumcised” in the flesh, performed by human hands. 12 For at that time you were apart from Christ, excluded from the community of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and destroyed in his flesh the middle wall of partition, the hostility. 15 He abolished the law of commandments in regulations so that he might make the two into one new man in himself, making peace, 16 and so that he might reconcile both to God as one body through the cross, putting to death the hostility in it. 17 He came and proclaimed peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near, 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then, you are no longer strangers and foreigners. Instead, you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. 20 You have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fit together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

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Chapter 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles, 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God that was given to me for you, 3 according to the revelation made known to me, the mystery about which I already wrote in brief. 4 Concerning that, when you read it, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men as it now has been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets— 6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 for which I became a servant by the gift of the grace of God that was given to me through the working of his power. 8 To me—the least of all the saints—this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to reveal for everyone what is the administration of the mystery that was hidden from the ages in God who created all things, 10 so that now through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have the boldness and access with confidence through faith in him. 13 Therefore, I ask you not to be discouraged by my sufferings for you, which is your glory.
14 For this reason I bend my knees to the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 so that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power through his Spirit, in the inner man, 17 that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 so that you may be fully able to comprehend, along with all the saints, what is the width and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ, which goes beyond knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that is working in us, 21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

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Chapter 4

1 Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthily of the calling by which you were called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up with one another in love, 3 doing your best to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one certain hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Therefore it says:
“When he ascended to the heights,
he led captives into captivity,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 Now this “He ascended,” what is it except that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth? 10 He who descended is also himself he who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things. 11 And he himself gave the apostles, and the prophets, and the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of serving, for the building up of the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children tossed back and forth by the waves and carried away by every wind of teaching through the trickery of people in cleverness for deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, let us grow up in all things into him who is the head, even, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being joined and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working in measure of each individual part, causes the growth of the body, for building up itself in love.
17 Therefore, I say this and strongly urge you in the Lord, to walk no longer as the Gentiles also walk, in futility of their minds. 18 They have been darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They, being dead to all feeling, have handed themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not thus learn about Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus. 22 You are to put aside what belongs to your former manner of life, the old man that is corrupt because of its deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new man that was created according to God—in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
25 Therefore, putting aside lying, let each of you speak truth with his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your indignation, 27 nor give an opportunity to the devil. 28 The thief must steal no longer. But rather, he must labor, working good with his hands, so that he may have something to share with those who have a need. 29 Do not let any corrupt talk come out of your mouth, but whatever is good for building up of the one in need, so that it might give grace to the hearers, 30 and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and rage, and anger, and quarreling, and insults be removed from yourselves, along with all malice. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

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Chapter 5

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and walk in love, as also Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a fragrant aroma.
3 But sexual immorality and every impurity or greed must not even be named among you, just as is proper for saints, 4 and filthiness and foolish talk or crude jokes—which are not fitting—but instead thanksgiving. 5 Indeed, know this for certain, that every sexually immoral or unclean or greedy person—that is, an idolater—has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore, do not become partners with them, 8 because formerly you were darkness, but now are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 carefully testing what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not take part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light is revealed, for everything that is revealed is light. 14 Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Watch carefully, therefore, how you walk—not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil. 17 Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, in which is recklessness. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to each other in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and singing psalms in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father, 21 submitting yourselves to one another in reverence for Christ—
22 wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of the wife as Christ also is the head of the church—he himself is the savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also are wives to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 so that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself as glorious, not having stain or wrinkle or any of those things, but so that she might be holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and treats it with care, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is great—but I am speaking about Christ and about the church. 33 Nevertheless, you also—each one of you—must love his own wife in this way—as himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

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Chapter 6

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is righteous. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “so that it may be well with you and you may be long-lived on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger. Instead, raise them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your masters according to the flesh with fear and trembling, in honesty of your heart, as to Christ, 6 not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul, 7 serving with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not men, 8 knowing that each person, if he does something good, this he will receive from the Lord, whether slave or free.
9 Masters, do the same to them. Stop using threats. You know that the Master, both theirs and yours, is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the force of his strength. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, to enable you to stand against the scheming of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-controllers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done everything, to stand. 14 Stand, therefore, having fastened up your robe around your waist with the truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace. 16 In everything take up the shield of the faith, by which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit. To this end, be watchful with all perseverance and requests for all the saints, 19 and for me, so that a message might be given to me when I open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel 20 (for which I am an ambassador in chains), so that in it I may speak boldly, as it is necessary for me to speak.
21 But so that you also may know the things concerning me, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you everything, 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, so that you may know the things about us and your hearts may be encouraged.
23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptibility.

The Letter of Paul to the Philippians

Philippians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all those set apart in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. 2 May grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 always, in every prayer of mine for all of you, making my prayer with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. 7 Just as it is right for me to feel this way about all of you because I have you in my heart. You all have been my partners in grace both in my imprisonment and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affections of Christ Jesus. 9 So this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all understanding 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so you may be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the things that happened to me have really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, my chains in Christ came to light throughout the whole palace guard and all the others. 14 Most of the brothers have far more confidence in the Lord because of my chains, and they have courage to fearlessly speak the word. 15 Some indeed even proclaim Christ out of envy and strife, and also others out of good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 But the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely. They think they will further afflict me while I am in my chains. 18 What then? Only that in every way—whether from false motives or from true—Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will result in my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 20 It is my eager expectation and certain hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but that I will have complete boldness, so that now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which to choose? I do not know. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, which is indeed very much better, 24 yet to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Being convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have increasing reasons to boast in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. 27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear about you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. 28 Also do not be frightened in any respect by those who are your opponents. This is a sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation—and this from God. 29 For it has been freely given to you for the sake of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now you hear in me.

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Chapter 2

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any comfort provided by love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there are any affections and compassions, 2 then make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfishness or empty conceit. Instead with humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind in yourselves which also was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he existed in the form of God,
did not consider his equality with God
as something to hold on to.
7 Instead, he emptied himself
by taking the form of a servant,
and he was born in the likeness of men.
Being found looking like a man,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and
He gave him the name that is above every name.
10 He did this so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
the knees of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and so every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, as you always obey, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without blemish, among whom you will shine as lights in the world, in the middle of a crooked and depraved generation. 16 Hold on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I may boast that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 In the same manner you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 But I have hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may also be encouraged when I know the things about you. 20 For I have no one else with his same attitude, who is truly concerned for you. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not the things of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his worth, because as a son with his father, so he served with me in the gospel. 23 So therefore I hope to send him as soon as I see how things will go with me. 24 But I am confident in the Lord that I myself will also come soon. 25 But I think it is necessary to send Epaphroditus back to you. He is my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and servant for my needs. 26 Seeing that he longed to be with you all and he was very distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was so sick that he almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but also on me, so that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 So it is all the more eagerly that I am sending him, so that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I can have less sorrow. 29 So welcome him in the Lord with all joy and honor people like him. 30 For it was for the work of Christ that he came near death. He risked his life to serve me and fill up what you could not do in service to me.

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Chapter 3

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write these same things again to you is no trouble for me, and it keeps you safe. 2 Watch out for the dogs, watch out for those evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision—the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, and take pride in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Even so, I myself could have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has confidence in the flesh, I could have even more. 5 I was circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; with regard to the law, a Pharisee. 6 As for zeal, I persecuted the church; as for righteousness under the law, I was blameless. 7 But whatever things were a profit for me, I have considered them as loss because of Christ. 8 But in fact, now I count all things to be loss because of the surpassing value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have given up all things—and I consider them rubbish—so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God that is by faith. 10 So now I want to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may experience the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained these things, or am already perfect, but I press on in order also to grasp that for which I was also grasped by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not think that I myself have yet grasped it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let all of us who are mature think this way; and if you think differently about anything, God will also reveal that to you. 16 However, whatever we have reached, let us hold on to it.
17 Be imitators of me, brothers. Closely watch those who are walking by the example that you have in us. 18 For many are walking—those about whom I have often told you, but even now I am telling you with tears—as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction. For their god is their stomach, and their pride is in their shame. They think about earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform our lowly bodies into bodies formed like his glorious body, formed by the might of his power even to subject all things to himself.

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Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my brothers whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved friends.
2 I am pleading with Euodia, and I am pleading with Syntyche, be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, my true companion, to help these women who labored with me in spreading the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God, 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything excellent, and if there is anything to be praised, think about these things. 9 The things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 But I greatly rejoice in the Lord because now at last you have renewed your concern for me. You had indeed been concerned for me before, but you did not have an opportunity to help. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need. For I have learned to be content in anything that happens to me. 12 I know what it is to be poor, and I also know what it is to have plenty. In every way and in all things I also have learned the secret of how to be well-fed or to be hungry, and how to have an abundance or to be in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 However, you did well to share with me in my difficulties. 15 But you Philippians also know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went out from Macedonia, no church supported me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent help for my needs more than once. 17 It is not that I seek the gift. Instead, I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 But I have received everything in full, and even more. I have been well-supplied now that I have received from Epaphroditus the things you sent. They are a sweet-smelling aroma, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 But my God will meet all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints here greet you, but especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.Some ancient copies do not have, Amen .

The Letter of Paul to the Colossians

Colossians

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 to the believers and faithful brothers in Christ who are at Colossae. May grace be to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Some early copies leave out, and the Lord Jesus Christ .
3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we always pray for you. 4 We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all those set apart for God. 5 You have this love because of the certain hope reserved for you in heaven. You heard about this confident expectation before in the word of truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you. Just as this gospel is also bearing fruit and is growing in all the world, it likewise has been doing this in you also from the day you heard it and learned about the grace of God in truth. 7 This is the gospel as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf. Some versions read, on your behalf . 8 Epaphras has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 Because of this love, from the day we heard this we have not stopped praying for you. We have been asking that you will be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. 10 We have been praying that you will walk worthily of the Lord in every pleasing way. We have been praying that you will bear fruit in every good deed and that you will grow in the knowledge of God. 11 We pray you may be strengthened in every ability according to the power of his glory into all perseverance and patience with joy. 12 We pray that you will give thanks to the Father, who has made you able to have a share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Some versions read, who has made us able to have a share . 13 He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Some versions read, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins . 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, those in the heavens and those on the earth, the visible and the invisible things. Whether thrones or dominions or governments or authorities, all things were created by him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so he has first place among all things. 19 For he was pleased that all his fullness should live in him, 20 and to reconcile through the Son all things to himself. God made peace through the blood of his cross. Through him, God reconciled all things, whether the things on the earth or the things in heaven. 21 At one time, you also were strangers to God and were his enemies in mind and in evil deeds. 22 But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death. He did this in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if you continue in the faith, established and firm and not moved away from the certain hope of the gospel that you heard. This is the gospel that was proclaimed to every person created under heaven. This is the gospel of which I, Paul, became a servant.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is lacking of the afflictions of Christ for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 It is of this church that I am a servant, according to the responsibility from God that was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God. 26 This is the mystery that was hidden for ages and for generations. But now it has been revealed to those who believe in him. 27 It is to them that God wanted to make known the riches of the glory of this secret truth among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 This is he whom we proclaim. We admonish every person, and we teach every person with all wisdom, so that we may present every person complete in Christ. 29 For this also I labor and strive according to his energy that is at work in me in power.

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Chapter 2

1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have had for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh. 2 I work so that their hearts may be encouraged by being brought together in love and into all the riches of full assurance of understanding, into the knowledge of the secret truth of God: Christ. 3 In him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. 4 I say this so that no one may trick you with persuasive speech. 5 For although indeed I am not with you in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit. I rejoice and see your good order and the strength of your faith in Christ.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him. 7 Be rooted and be built up in him, and be established in faith just as you were taught, and abound in thanksgiving.
8 See that no one captures you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, conforming to the elements of the world, and not conforming to Christ.