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Jesus Calls the First Disciples 1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;10and so also were 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 people.”11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.Jesus Cleanses a Leper 12Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”13Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him.14And he ordered him to tell no one. “Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.”15But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.16But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.Jesus Heals a Paralytic 17One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.18Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;19but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus.20When he saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”21Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, “Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”22When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?23Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’?24But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the one who was paralyzed—“I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home.”25Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.26Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”Jesus Calls Levi 27After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.”28And he got up, left everything, and followed him.29Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them.30The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”31Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;32I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”The Question about Fasting 33Then they said to him, “John's disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.”34Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?35The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”36He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.39And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’ ”Chapter 6The Question about the Sabbath 1One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.2But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”3Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?4He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?”5Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”The Man with a Withered Hand 6On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.7The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him.8Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there.9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?”10After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored.11But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles 12Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.13And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:14Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,15and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot,16and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.Jesus Teaches and Heals 17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.Blessings and Woes 20Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.25Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.Love for Enemies 27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.31Do to others as you would have them do to you.32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.Judging Others 37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven;38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”39He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?40A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.41Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?42Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.A Tree and Its Fruit 43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;44for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.45The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.The Two Foundations 46“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?47I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.48That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.49But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.” Chapter 7Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant 1After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him,5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;7therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain 11Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town.13When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”14Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”15The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.16Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!”17This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.Messengers from John the Baptist 18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”20When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ ”21Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.22And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.23And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”24When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?25What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.26What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.27This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’28I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”29(And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John's baptism.