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Matthew Chapter Twelve


1 Around that time, upon a Sabbath Day,

Jesus, along with his disciples, walked

Through fields of grain. His followers were hungry


And started picking heads of grain to eat

Them, 2 but when Pharisees saw this, they said

To him, “Your followers are lawbreakers.”


3 He answered, “Haven’t any of you read

What David did when he and his companions

Were hungry? 4 They went in the house of God,


And ate the consecrated bread−which he

And his companions weren’t allowed to eat,

Since only priests can eat it. 5 Haven’t you


Read in the Law that every Sabbath Day

The temple priests can break the Sabbath

And yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that


One greater than the temple’s here. 7 If you

Had grasped the meaning of the Scripture, ‘I’ll

Have mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would


Not have condemned the innocent, 8 because

The Son of Man is Master even of

The Sabbath.” 9 Going from that place, he went


Into their synagogue, in which there was

10 A man who had a shriveled hand. “Is it

Lawful to heal on Sabbath days?” they asked–


Hoping to bring a charge against him. 11 He

Replied, “If one of you possessed a sheep

Which fell into a pit upon the Sabbath,


Would you not work to rescue it? 12 How much

More precious is a man than just a sheep!

So it is lawful to do good upon


The Sabbath.” 13 Then he told the man, “Stretch out

Your hand.” And so he stretched it out and it

Was wholly healed, sound as the other; 14 but


The Pharisees went out and plotted how

They might kill Jesus, 15 but he knew what they

Were planning and he left the synagogue,


With many following him, and he healed

Their sick, 16 while warning them they should not talk

About his miracles, 17 fulfilling what


Isaiah prophesied: 18 “Here is my servant,

The one I’ve chosen, my beloved, in

Whom I delight; I’ll put my Spirit on


Him, and he’ll judge the nations; 19 he will not

Quarrel or cry out; none will hear his voice

In streets, and 20 a bruised reed he won’t break;


A smoking wick he won’t snuff out, until

He sends forth justice unto victory.

21 The Gentiles will put their trust in his name.”


22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man –

He was both blind and mute, and Jesus healed

Him, so that he could talk and see. 23 The crowd


Was staggered and exclaimed, “Is Jesus not

The Son of David?” 24 But the Pharisees,

When they heard this, said, “It is only by


Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that

This fellow drives out demons.” 25 Jesus knew

Their thoughts and said to them, “Each kingdom that’s


Divided ends in ruin; every town

Or household that’s divided will not stand.

26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is fighting


Himself, destroying his own kingdom. 27 If

I drive out demons by Beelzebub,

By whom do your sons drive them out?


So then, they’ll be your judges, 28 but if I

Drive out the demons by God’s Spirit, then

God’s kingdom has come on you. 29 Or again,


How do you think that anyone can go

Inside a strong man’s house and carry off

His property unless he first ties up


The strong man? He can rob his house then. 30 He

Who is not with me is against me; he

Who does not gather with me scatters; 31 so


I tell you, every sin and blasphemy

Will be forgiven men, but blasphemy

Against the Spirit will not be forgiven.


32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son

Of Man will be forgiven, but the one

Who speaks against the Holy Spirit will


Not be forgiven, either in this age

Or in the age to come. 33 Make a tree good

And its fruit will be good; make a tree bad


And its fruit will be bad, for by its fruit

A tree is recognized. 34 You brood of snakes!

How can you who are evil say what’s good


And right? For a man’s words depend upon

What fills his heart. 35 The good man brings good things

From treasures stored in him; the evil man


Brings evil things out of the evil stored

In him, 36 but I tell you that men will have

To give account for every idle word


That they have spoken on the Judgment Day,

37 For by your words you’ll be acquitted; by

Your words you’ll be condemned.” 38 Some Pharisees


And teachers of the law said, “Teacher, we

Would like to see a sign from you.” 39 But he

Replied, “A wicked and adulterous


Generation requests a sign! But none

Except the prophet Jonah’s sign will be

Given it, 40 for as Jonah was three days


And three nights in the belly of an immense

Fish, so the Son of Man will be three days

And three nights in the earth’s heart. 41 Nineveh’s


Men will stand with this generation at

The judgment and condemn it; for they did

Repent at Jonah’s preaching, and you have


A greater one than Jonah here. 42 The Queen

Of Sheba will rise at the judgment with

This generation and condemn it; for


She traveled from a distant land to hear

Solomon’s wisdom, and you have more than

Solomon’s wisdom with you here. 43 Now when


An evil spirit leaves a man, it goes

Through arid places seeking rest and does

Not find it; 44 then it says, ‘I will return


Inside the house I left.’ When it arrives,

It finds the house unoccupied, swept clean

And put in order, 45 then it goes and takes


Seven more spirits, each more wicked than

Itself, and they go in and live there. And

The final situation of that man


Is worse than ever. That is how it will

Be with this wicked generation.” 46 While

Jesus was talking to the crowd, his mother


And brothers happened to be standing outside,

Wanting to speak to him. Somebody said

To him, 47 “Your mother and your brothers are


Standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He answered him, “Who is my mother, and

Who are my brothers?” 49 Stretching forth his hand


Toward his disciples, he remarked, “Here are

My mother and my brothers, 50 for whoever

Obeys my heav’ly Father’s will, to me


Is brother, sister, mother–he’s all three.”



Matthew Chapter Ten


1 He called his twelve disciples to him and

Gave them authority to drive out evil

Spirits and heal all kinds of sickness and


Disease. 2 These are the twelve apostles’ names:

First, Simon (who’s called Peter) and his brother

Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and John,


His brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew;

Thomas; the tax collector, Matthew; James

Alphaeus’ son, and Thaddaeus; 4 and Simon


The Zealot and Judas Iscariot,

The traitor. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with

The following instructions: “Do not go


Among the Gentiles or Samaritans.

6 Go rather to the lost sheep in the house

Of Israel. 7 Go and announce to them


That Heaven’s Kingdom is near. 8 Heal the sick,

Raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.

Freely you have received, so freely give.


9 Do not take any gold or silver or

Copper along with you, 10 and take no bag

For the excursion, and no extra clothes


Or sandals or a staff; the worker’s worth

His keep. 11 Whatever town or village that

You enter, search for some respected man


There; stay with him until you leave. 12 As you

Enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If

The home deserves it, let your peace come rest


On it; if it is not, then let your peace

Return to you. 14 If none will welcome you

Or listen to your words, shake off the dust


From your feet as you leave that home or town.

15 Believe me, Sodom and Gomorrah will

Fare better on the day of judgment than


That town. 16 I send you out like sheep among

Wolves, so be shrewd as snakes, as innocent

As doves, 17 but be on guard against men; they


Will hand you over to the courts and flog

You in their synagogues. 18 On my account

You will be brought in front of governors


And kings as witnesses to them and to

The Gentiles, 19 but when they arrest you, don’t

Worry about how you should speak or what


To say, 20 for you’ll be told then what to say,

For it will not be you who speaks– instead,

The Spirit of your Father will be speaking


Through you: 21 A brother will betray a brother

To death; a father will betray his child,

And children will rebel against their parents


And have them killed. 22 All men will hate you due

To me, but he who stands firm to the end

Will be saved. 23 When you’re persecuted in


One place, flee to another. I tell you

The truth, you will not finish going through

The towns of Israel before the Son


Of Man arrives. 24 A student’s not above

His teacher and a servant’s not above

His master. 25 It suffices for the student


That he be like his teacher, that the servant

Be like his master. If the household head

Is called ‘The Evil Prince,’ what sort of names


Will they give to his servants? 26 But don’t be

Afraid of them. There’s nothing now concealed

That will not be exposed, or hidden that


Will not be known. 27 The things I tell you in

The darkness, you should speak in daylight; what

Is whispered in your ear, proclaim from roofs.


28 Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body

But cannot kill the soul. Instead, be scared

Of him who can destroy both soul and body


In fires of hell. 29 Two sparrows sell for one

Penny, don’t they? Yet not a single one

Of them can fall to earth without your Father


Knowing. 30 The very hairs upon your head

Are numbered, 31 so don’t be afraid; you’re worth

More than a flock of sparrows. 32 Every man


Who publicly acknowledges me, I’ll

Acknowledge in front of my Father in

Heaven, 33 but every man who shall disown


Me publicly, I will disown to my

Father in heaven. 34 Don’t suppose that I

Have come to bring peace to the earth. I did


Not come to bring peace, but a sword, 35 for I

Have come to turn ‘a man against his father,

A girl against her mother, and a daughter-


In-law against her mother-in-law’− 36 right

In his own home a man will have his worst

Enemies. 37 Anyone who loves his father


Or mother more than me does not deserve

To be mine; anyone who loves his son

Or daughter more than me does not deserve


To be mine; 38 and the one who does not take

His cross and follow me does not deserve

Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it; he


Who gives it up for me will find it. 40 Those

Who welcome you are welcoming me. When

They welcome me, they welcome God who sent


Me. 41 Anyone who greets a prophet just

Because he is a prophet will receive

The same reward a prophet gains; he who


Receives a righteous man because he is

A righteous man will gain a righteous man’s

Reward, 42 and if you, as my follower,


Give even a cold cup of water to

A little child, believe me, serves the Lord,

And he will surely not lose his reward.”



Matthew Chapter Nine



So Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over

And came to his own town. 2 Immediately

Some people brought a paralytic, who


Was lying on a mat, to him. 3 When Jesus

Witnessed their faith, he told the paralytic,

“Cheer up, my son; for I’ve forgiven all


Your sins.” At this, some teachers of the law

Said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!”

4 Jesus, knowing what they were thinking, said,


“Why do you entertain such evil thoughts?

5 Do you think it is easier to say,

‘I have forgiven all your sins,’ or say,


‘Get up and walk’? 6 But so that you will know

The Son of Man has full authority

Upon earth to forgive sins . . ..” Then he told


The paralytic, “Get up, take your mat,

And go home.” 7 The man got up and went home,

8 And when the crowd saw what had happened they


Were filled with awe and they praised God for giving

Men such authority. 9 As Jesus went

From there, he saw a man named Matthew who


Sat at his desk within the booth for tax

Collectors. “Follow me,” he said, and Matthew

Got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was


Dining in Matthew’s house, a lot of tax

Collectors and disreputable people

Arrived and ate with him and his disciples.


11 Now when the Pharisees saw this, they asked

His followers, “Why does your teacher eat

With tax collectors and such sinners?” 12 On


Hearing this, Jesus said, “The healthy do

Not need a doctor, but the sick, 13 But go

And learn the meaning of this: ‘I desire


Mercy, not sacrifice,’ for I have not

Come to invite the righteous, but the sinners.”

14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How


Is it we and the Pharisees observe

The fasts, but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus replied, “How can the bridegroom’s guests


Mourn while he is with them? The time will come

When he’ll be taken from them; then they’ll fast.

16 “No one will sew a patch of unshrunk cloth


On an old garment, for the patch will pull

Away, making the tear worse; 17 neither do

Men pour new wine into old wineskins. If


They do, the skins will burst, the wine will run

Out and the wineskins will be ruined. No,

They pour new wine into new wineskins, and


Both are preserved.” 18 While he was saying this,

A ruler came and knelt before him, saying,

“My daughter has just died, but come and put


Your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 So Jesus

Arose and went with him, and so did his

Disciples. 20 On the way a woman who


Had had a hemorrhage for twelve years approached

Him from behind and touched his garment’s hem.

21 She told herself, “If I can only touch


His cloak, I will be healed,” 22 and Jesus turned

Around and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he

Told her, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman


Was healed right then. 23 When Jesus went inside

The ruler’s house and saw flute players and

The noisy crowd, he said, “You must all go


Outside. 24 The girl’s not dead but fast asleep.”

At this they laughed at him, 25 but once the crowd

Had been put outside, he went in, took


The girl’s hand, and she rose; 26 and news about

This spread throughout that region. 27 Jesus went

Along from there, two blind men followed him


And called, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came

To him, and he inquired, “Do you believe


That I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied,

29 And then he touched their eyes and said, “By your

Own faith it will be done to you;” 30 and then


They had their sight restored, but Jesus warned

Them, “See that no one knows of this.” 31 But they

Went out and spread the news about him ‘round


That area. 32 While they were going out,

He met a man who couldn’t speak because a demon

Possessed him. 33 Jesus cast the demon out


And instantly the man could talk. The crowd,

Amazed, said, “Israel has never seen

A thing like this.” “It’s by the demons’ prince,”


34 The Pharisees declared, “he drives the demons out.”

35 Jesus traveled around through all the towns

And villages; he taught in synagogues


And preached the kingdom’s good news, and he healed

Every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw

The crowds, he had compassion on them, for


They were confused and miserable like sheep

Without a shepherd, 37 and he said to his

Disciples, “Yes, the harvest’s plentiful


And yet the workers are so few, 38 so pray

The harvest’s Lord to escalate the yield,

Will send more workers to his harvest field.”



Matthew Chapter Eight


1 When he descended from the mountainside,

Multitudes followed him. 2 A leper came,

Knelt down in front of him and said, “Lord, if


You’re willing, you can make me clean.” 3 He reached

His hand out and he touched him, saying, “I’m

Willing. “Be clean!” Immediately the man


Was cured of leprosy, 4 then Jesus said

To him, “See that you don’t tell anyone.

But go before the priest and offer him


The gift that Moses ordered, so your cure

Will have a public testimony.” 5 When

Jesus went into Capernaum, he


Was met by a centurion who asked

For help. 6 “Lord,” he told him, “my servant lies

At home. He’s paralyzed and suffering


Terribly.” 7 Jesus said, “I’ll go and heal him,”

8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I

Do not deserve to have you come beneath


My roof. If you will only say, ‘Be healed!’,

My servant will be healed, 9 for I’m a man

Under authority, with soldiers who


Are under me. I say to this one, ‘Go,’

And he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he will come.

I tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does.”


10 When Jesus heard this, he was dumbfounded

And told his followers, “I have not found

Such faith with anyone in Israel.


11 I tell you, many will arrive from east

And west, and they will take their places at

The feast with Abraham and Isaac and


Jacob in heaven’s kingdom, 12 but the sons

Within the kingdom will be thrown outside

Into the darkness, where there will be weeping


And gnashing teeth.” 13 To the centurion

Jesus said, “Go! It will be done as you

Believed it would.” That very hour his servant


Was healed. 14 When Jesus entered Peter’s house,

He saw that Peter’s mother-in-law was

Lying in bed with a high fever. 15 When


He touched her hand, the fever left her, and

She got up and began to wait on him.

16 That evening several people who were demon-


Possessed were brought to him, and he drove out

The spirits with a word and healed the sick.

17 This thus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy:


“He took up our infirmities and bore

All our diseases.” 18 When he saw the crowd

Around him, Jesus told his followers


To get prepared to go across the lake

Onto the other side. 19 A teacher of

The law then came to him and stated, “Teacher,


I’ll follow you wherever you may go.”

20 Jesus said, “Foxes have their holes and birds

Have nests, and yet the Son of Man has no


Spot he can lay his head.” 21 One follower

Said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my

Father,” 22 but Jesus told him, “Follow me;


Let the dead bury their own dead.” 23 Then he

Got in the boat and his followers

Went with him. 24 Suddenly an awful storm


Arose upon the lake, so that the waves

Were higher than the boat, but Jesus was

Asleep. 25 The followers approached and woke


Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re drowning!” 26 He

Replied, “You men of little faith, why are

You so afraid?” Then he got up and scolded


The winds and waves, and it was wholly calm.

27 The men were stunned and asked, “Who is this man,

That even winds and waves obey him?” 28 When


He reached the country of the Gadarenes

Upon the other side, two men who were

Demon-possessed men came and met him. They


Lived in the cemetery and were so

Violent that no one could pass that way.

29 “What do you want with us, O Son of God?”


They shouted. “Have you come to torture us

Before the time?” 30 Some distance off, a herd

Of pigs was feeding, 31 and the demons begged


Him, “If you drive us out, send us inside

The herd of pigs.” 32 He said to them, “Be gone!”

So they came out and went inside the pigs,


“Swine Driven into the Sea”

by James Tissot


And the whole herd rushed off a cliff and drowned

In water underneath. 33 The swineherds ran

Away, went in the town and told the story,


Including what had happened to the demon-

Possessed men, 34 then the whole town rushed out to

Meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they pleaded


With him to go away and leave their region.





Matthew Chapter Seven




1 “Don’t judge, or you too will be judged, 2 for in

The same way you judge others, you’ll be judged,

And with the measure that you use, it will


Be measured back to you. 3 Why do you see

The sawdust speck within your brother’s eye

And fail to see the plank in your own eye?


4 How can you tell your brother, ‘Let me take

The speck out of your eye,’ when all the time

A plank is in your own? 5 You hypocrite,


First take the plank out of your own eye, then

You will see clearly to remove the speck

Out of your brother’s eye, 6 and don’t give dogs


The holy things; don’t throw your pearls to pigs.

If you do, they may trample them beneath

Your feet, then turn and tear you apart.


7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek

And you’ll find; knock and the door will be opened

To you, 8 for everyone who asks receives;


He who seeks finds; to him who knocks, the door

Is opened. 9 Which of you, if his son asks

For bread, will give a stone to him? 10 Or if


He asks for fish, would you give him a snake?

11 If you, then, though you’re evil, know to give

Your children good gifts, how much more will your


Father in heaven give good gifts to those

Who ask him! 12 So in everything, treat others

As you would have them treat you, for this is


The Law and Prophets in a nutshell. 13 Go

In by the narrow gate. The gate is wide,

The road, immense, that leads to hell, and many


Enter through it, 14 but narrow is the gate

And thin the road that leads to life, and only

A few find it. 15 Beware false prophets who


Come to you dressed as sheep, but inwardly

Are vicious wolves. 16 You’ll tell them by their fruit.

Do people gather grapes from thorn bushes,



Or figs from thistles? 17 Every good tree bears

Good fruit; a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good

Tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree


Cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does

Not bear good fruit is cut and burnt, 20 so by

Their fruit you’ll recognize them. 21 Not all will


Enter heaven’s kingdom who say to me,

‘Lord, Lord,’ but only he who actually

Does my heavenly Father’s will. 22 In ‘that


Day,’ many will declare to me, ‘Lord, Lord,

Did we not prophesy in your name, and

In your name drive out demons and perform


Many wonderful works?’ 23 Then I will tell

Them plainly, ‘You have never been mine. Go

Away from me, you evildoers!’ 24 So


Each one who hears these words of mine and puts

Them into practice is like a wise man

Who built his house upon the rock. 25 The rain


Came down, the streams arose, and the winds blew

And beat against that house; yet it did not

Fall, for it’s built upon the rock, 26 but he


Who hears my teaching then ignores it is

Foolish as one who built his house on sand.

27 The rain came down, the streams arose, the winds


Blustered and beat against that house, and it

Fell with a mighty crash.” 28 The crowds were stunned

By Jesus’ sermons; 29 therefore they ascribed


Authority to him, unlike the Scribes.