یوحنا بپتسمہ دینے والا راہ تیا ر کرتا ہے۔
(1) یِسُوؔع مسِیح اِبنِ خُدا کی خُوشخبری کا شرُوع۔
(2)جَیسا یسعیاہ نبی کی کِتاب میں لِکھا ہے کہ دیکھ مَیں اپنا پَیغمبر تیرے آگے بھیجتا ہُوں جو تیری راہ تیّار کرے گا۔ —
(3) بیابان میں پُکارنے والے کی آواز آتی ہے کہ خُداوند کی راہ تیّار کرو۔ اُس کے راستے سِیدھے بناؤ
(4) یُوحنّا آیا اور بیابان میں بپتِسمہ دیتا اور گُناہوں کی مُعافی کے لِئے تَوبہ کے بپتِسمہ کی مُنادی کرتا تھا۔
(5) ۔ اور یہُودیہ کے مُلک کے سب لوگ اور یروشلِیم کے سب رہنے والے نِکل کر اُس کے پاس گئے اور اُنہوں نے اپنے گُناہوں کا اِقرار کر کے دریایِ یَردن میں اُس سے بپتِسمہ لِیا۔
(6) اور یُوحنّا اُونٹ کے بالوں کا لِباس پہنے اور چمڑے کا پٹکا اپنی کمر سے باندھے رہتا اور ٹِڈّیاں اور جنگلی شہد کھاتا تھا۔ اور یہ مُنادی کرتا تھا کہ میرے بعد وہ شخص آنے والا ہے جو مُجھ سے زورآور ہے۔ اور یہ مُنادی کرتا تھا کہ میرے بعد وہ شخص آنے والا ہے جو مُجھ سے زورآور ہے۔ مَیں اِس لائِق نہیں کہ جُھک کر اُس کی جُوتِیوں کا تسمہ کھولُوں۔(7)
مَیں نے تو تُم کو پانی سے بپتِسمہ دِیا مگر وہ تُم کو رُوحُ القُدس سے بپتِسمہ دے گا۔(8)
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یسوع کا بپتسمہ اور آزمایش
(9) اور اُن دِنوں اَیسا ہُؤا کہ یِسُوؔع نے گلِیل کے ناصرۃ سے آ کر یَردن میں یُوحنّا سے بپتِسمہ لِیا۔
اور جب وہ پانی سے نِکل کر اُوپر آیا تو فی الفَور اُس نے آسمان کو پھٹتے اور رُوح کو کبُوتر کی مانِند اپنے اُوپر اُترتے دیکھا۔(10)
اور آسمان سے آواز آئی کہ تُو میرا پیارا بیٹا ہے۔ تُجھ سے مَیں خُوش ہُوں۔(11)
(12) اور فی الفَور رُوح نے اُسے بیابان میں بھیج دِیا۔
اور وہ بیابان میں چالِیس دِن تک شَیطان سے آزمایا گیا اور جنگلی جانوروں کے ساتھ رہا کِیا اور فرِشتے اُس کی خِدمت کرتے رہے(13)
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یسوع نے خوش خبری کی منادی کی۔
14پِھر یُوحنّا کے پکڑوائے جانے کے بعد یِسُوؔع نے گلِیل میں آ کر خُدا کی خُوشخبری کی مُنادی کی۔
15اور کہا کہ وقت پُورا ہو گیا ہے اور خُدا کی بادشاہی نزدِیک آ گئی ہے۔ تَوبہ کرو اور خُوشخبری پر اِیمان لاؤ۔
یسوع اپنے پہلے شاگردوں کو چنتا ہے۔
16اور گلِیل کی جِھیل کے کنارے کنارے جاتے ہُوئے اُس نے شمعُون اور شمعُون کے بھائی اندریاس کو جِھیل میں جال ڈالتے دیکھا کیونکہ وہ ماہی گِیر تھے۔
17 اور یِسُوع نے اُن سے کہا میرے پِیچھے چلے آؤ تو مَیں تُم کو آدم گِیر بناؤں گا۔
(18) وہ فی الفَور جال چھوڑ کر اُس کے پِیچھے ہو لِئے۔
(19)اور تھوڑی دُور بڑھ کر اُس نے زبدی کے بیٹے یعقُوب اور اُس کے بھائی یُوحنّا کو کشتی پر جالوں کی مرمّت کرتے دیکھا۔
اُس نے فی الفَور اُن کو بُلایا اور وہ اپنے باپ زبدی کو کشتی پر مزدُوروں کے ساتھ چھوڑ کر اُس کے پِیچھے ہو لِئے۔(20)
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یسوع بد روح کو نکالتا ہے۔
(21) پِھر وہ کفرنحُوم میں داخِل ہُوئے اور وہ فی الفَور سبت کے دِن عِبادت خانہ میں جا کر تعلِیم دینے لگا۔
اور لوگ اُس کی تعلِیم سے حَیران ہُوئے کیونکہ وہ اُن کو فقِیہوں کی طرح نہیں بلکہ صاحبِ اِختیار کی طرح تعلِیم دیتا تھا۔ (22)
(23) اور فی الفَور اُن کے عِبادت خانہ میں ایک شخص مِلا جِس میں ناپاک رُوح تھی۔ وہ یُوں کہہ کر چِلاّیا۔
(24)کہ اَے یِسُوؔع ناصری! ہمیں تُجھ سے کیا کام؟ کیا تُو ہم کو ہلاک کرنے آیا ہے؟ مَیں تُجھے جانتا ہُوں کہ تُو کَون ہے۔ خُدا کا قدُّوس ہے۔
(25)یِسُوؔع نے اُسے جِھڑک کر کہا چُپ رہ اور اِس میں سے نِکل جا۔
(26)پس وہ ناپاک رُوح اُسے مروڑ کر اور بڑی آواز سے چِلاّ کر اُس میں سے نِکل گئی۔
27اور سب لوگ حَیران ہُوئے اور آپس میں یہ کہہ کر بحث کرنے لگے کہ یہ کیا ہے؟ یہ تو نئی تعلِیم ہے!۔
وہ ناپاک رُوحوں کو بھی اِختیار کے ساتھ حُکم دیتا ہے وہ اُس کا حُکم مانتی ہیں۔
(28)اور فی الفَور اُس کی شُہرت گلِیل کی اُس تمام نواحی میں ہر جگہ پَھیل گئی۔
یسوع بہتوں کو شفا دیتا ہے۔
(29) اور وہ فی الفَور عِبادت خانہ سے نِکل کر یعقُوؔب اور یُوحنّا کے ساتھ شمعُوؔن اور اندرؔیاس کے گھر آئے۔
(30) شمعُوؔن کی ساس تپ میں پڑی تھی اور اُنہوں نے فی الفَور اُس کی خبر اُسے دی۔
(31) اُس نے پاس جا کر اور اُس کا ہاتھ پکڑ کر اُسے اُٹھایا اور تَپ اُس پر سے اُتر گئی اور وہ اُن کی خِدمت کرنے لگی۔
32شام کو جب سُورج ڈُوب گیا تو لوگ سب بِیماروں کو اور اُن کو جِن میں بدرُوحیں تِھیں اُس کے پاس لائے۔ .
(33)اور سارا شہر دروازہ پر جمع ہو گیا۔
اور اُس نے بہتوں کو جو طرح طرح کی بیماریوں میں گرفتار تھے اچھا کیا اور بہت سی بد روحوں کو نکالا اور بد روحوں کو بولنے نہ دیا کیوں کہ وہ اُسے پہچانتی تھیں۔(34)
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یسوع تنہا جگہ پر دعا کرتا ہے۔
(35) اور صُبح ہی دِن نِکلنے سے بُہت پہلے وہ اُٹھ کر نِکلا اور ایک وِیران جگہ میں گیا اور وہاں دُعا ک
(36) اور شمعُوؔن اور اُس کے ساتھی اُس کے پِیچھے گئے۔
(37) اور جب وہ مِلا تو اُس سے کہا کہ سب لوگ تُجھے ڈُھونڈ رہے ہیں۔
(38)اُس نے اُن سے کہا آؤ ہم اَور کہِیں آس پاس کے شہروں میں چلیں تاکہ مَیں وہاں بھی مُنادی کرُوں کیونکہ مَیں اِسی لِئے نِکلا ہُوں۔
(39) اور وہ تمام گلِیل میں اُن کے عِبادت خانوں میں جا جا کر مُنادی کرتا اور بدرُوحوں کو نِکالتا رہا۔
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Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
(40)۶اور ایک کوڑھی نے اُس کے پاس آ کر اُس کی مِنّت کی اور اُس کے سامنے گُھٹنے ٹیک کر اُس سے کہا اگر تُو چاہے تو مُجھے پاک صاف کر سکتا ہے۔
41اُس نے اُس پر ترس کھا کر ہاتھ بڑھایا اور اُسے چُھو کر اُس سے کہا مَیں چاہتا ہُوں۔ تُو پاک صاف ہو جا۔
42اور فی الفَور اُس کا کوڑھ جاتا رہا اور وہ پاک صاف ہو گیا۔
43اور اُس نے اُسے تاکِید کر کے فی الفَور رُخصت کِیا۔ ا
ور اُس سے کہا خبردار کِسی سے کُچھ نہ کہنا مگر جا کر اپنے تئِیں کاہِن کو دِکھا اور اپنے پاک صاف ہو جانے کی بابت اُن چِیزوں کو جو مُوسیٰ نے مُقرّر کِیں نذر گُذران تاکہ اُن کے لِئے گواہی ہو(44)
لیکن وہ باہر جا کر بُہت چرچا کرنے لگا اور اِس بات کو اَیسا مشہُور کِیا کہ یِسُوؔع شہر میں پِھر ظاہِراً داخِل نہ ہو سکا بلکہ باہر وِیران مقاموں میں رہا اور لوگ چاروطرف سے اُس کے پاس آتے تھے۔45
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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
(1)،کئی دِن بعد جب وہ کفرنحُوم میں پِھر داخِل ہُؤا تو سُنا گیا کہ وہ گھر میں ہے۔
2پِھر اِتنے آدمی جمع ہو گئے کہ دروازہ کے پاس بھی جگہ نہ رہی اور وہ اُن کو کلام سُنا رہا تھا۔
(3)اور لوگ ایک مفلُوج کو چار آدمِیوں سے اُٹھوا کر اُس کے پاس لائے۔
مگر جب وہ بِھیڑ کے سبب سے اُس کے نزدِیک نہ آ سکے تو اُنہوں نے اُس چھت کو جہاں وہ تھا کھول دِیا اور اُسے اُدھیڑ کر اُس چارپائی کو جِس پر مفلُوج لیٹا تھا لٹکا دِیا۔
(5)یِسُوؔع نے اُن کا اِیمان دیکھ کر مفلُوج سے کہا بیٹا تیرے گُناہ مُعاف ہُوئے۔
6مگر وہاں بعض فقِیہہ جو بَیٹھے تھے۔ وہ اپنے دِلوں میں سوچنے لگے کہ
(7) یہ کیوں اَیسا کہتا ہے؟ کُفر بکتا ہے خُدا کے سوا گُناہ کَون مُعاف کر سکتا ہے؟
اور فی الفَور یِسُوؔع نے اپنی رُوح سے معلُوم کر کے کہ وہ اپنے دِلوں میں یُوں سوچتے ہیں اُن سے کہا تُم کیوں اپنے دِلوں میں یہ باتیں سوچتے ہو؟
9آسان کیا ہے؟ مفلُوج سے یہ کہنا کہ تیرے گُناہ مُعاف ہُوئے یا یہ کہنا کہ اُٹھ اور اپنی چارپائی اُٹھا کر چل پِھر؟
لیکن اِس لِئے کہ تُم جانو کہ اِبنِ آدم کو زمِین پر گُناہ مُعاف کرنے کا اِختیار ہے )اُس نے اُس مفلُوج سے کہا(10)
(11) (۔ مَیں تُجھ سے کہتا ہُوں اُٹھ اپنی چارپائی اُٹھا کر اپنے گھر چلا جا۔ ا.
(12ر وہ اُٹھا اور فی الفَور چارپائی اُٹھا کر اُن سب کے سامنے باہر چلا گیا۔ چُنانچہ وہ سب حَیران ہو گئے اور خُدا کی تمجِید کر کے کہنے لگے ہم نے اَیسا کبھی نہیں دیکھاتھا۔”
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Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
(13)،وہ پِھر باہر جِھیل کے کنارے گیا اور ساری بِھیڑ اُس کے پاس آئی اور وہ اُن کو تعلِیم دینے لگا۔.
جب وہ جا رہا تھا تو اُس نے حلفئی کے بیٹے لاوؔی کو محصُول کی چَوکی پر بَیٹھے دیکھا اور اُس سے کہا میرے پِیچھے ہو لے۔ پس وہ اُٹھ کر اُس کے پِیچھے ہو لیا۔(14)
اور یُوں ہُؤا کہ وہ اُس کے گھر میں کھانا کھانے بَیٹھا اور بُہت سے محصُول لینے والے اور گُنہگار لوگ یِسُوؔع اور اُس کے شاگِردوںکے ساتھ کھانے بَیٹھے کیونکہ وہ بُہت تھے اور اُس کے پِیچھے ہو لِئے تھے۔(15)
(16)اور فرِیسِیوں کے فقِیہوں نے اُسے گُنہگاروں اور محصُول لینے والوں کے ساتھ کھاتے دیکھ کر اُس کے شاگِردوں سے کہا یہ تو محصُول لینے والوں اور گُنہگاروں کے ساتھ کھاتا پِیتا ہے
(17)۔ یِسُوؔع نے یہ سُن کر اُن سے کہا تندرُستوں کو طبِیب کی ضرُورت نہیں بلکہ بِیماروں کو۔ مَیں راست بازوں کو نہیں بلکہ گُنہگاروں کو بُلانے آیا ہُوں۔
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
(18)اور یُوحنّا کے شاگِرد اور فرِیسی روزہ سے تھے۔ اُنہوں نے آ کر اُس سے کہا یُوحنّا کے شاگِرد اور فرِیسِیوں کے شاگِرد تو روزہ رکھتے ہیں لیکن تیرے شاگِرد کیوں روزہ نہیں رکھتے”
(19) یِسُوؔع نے اُن سے کہا کیا بَراتی جب تک دُلہا اُن کے ساتھ ہے روزہ رکھ سکتے ہیں؟ جِس وقت تک دُلہا اُن کے ساتھ ہے وہ روزہ نہیں رکھ سکتے۔.
20مگر وہ دِن آئیں گے کہ دُلہا اُن سے جُدا کِیا جائے گا۔ اُس وقت وہ روزہ رکھّیں گے۔
کورے کپڑے کا پَیوند پُرانی پوشاک پر کوئی نہیں لگاتا۔ نہیں تو وہ پَیوند اُس پوشاک میں سے کُچھ کھینچ لے گا یعنی نیا پُرانی سے اور وہ زِیادہ پھٹ جائے گی
۔ اور نئی مَے کو پُرانی مَشکوں میں کوئی نہیں بھرتا۔ نہیں تو مَشکیں مَے سے پھٹ جائیں گی اور مَے اور مَشکیں دونوں برباد ہو جائیں گی بلکہ نئی مَے کو نئی مَشکوں میں بھرتے
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Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
(23) اور یُوں ہُؤا کہ وہ سبت کے دِن کھیتوں میں ہو کر جا رہا تھا اور اُس کے شاگِرد راہ میں چلتے ہُوئے بالیں توڑنے لگے۔
اور فرِیسیوں نے اُس سے کہا دیکھ یہ سبت کے دِن وہ کام کیوں کرتے ہیں جو روا نہیں؟(24)
اُس نے اُن سے کہا کیا تُم نے کبھی نہیں پڑھا کہ داؤُد نے کیا کِیا جب اُس کو اور اُس کے ساتِھیوں کو ضرُورت ہُوئی اور وہ بُھوکےہُوئے؟(25)
وہ کیوں کر ابیاؔتر سردار کاہِن کے دِنوں میں خُدا کے گھر میں گیا اور اُس نے نذر کی روٹِیاں کھائِیں جِن کو کھانا کاہِنوں کے سِوا اَور26 کِسی کو روا نہیں اور اپنے ساتِھیوں کو بھی دیں؟اُ.”
(27)اور اُس نے اُن سے کہا سبت آدمی کے لِئے بنا ہے نہ آدمی سبت کے لِئے.
(28)۔ پس اِبنِ آدم سبت کا بھی مالِک ہے۔ .”
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
(1)اور وہ عِبادت خانہ میں پِھر داخِل ہُؤا اور وہاں ایک آدمی تھا جِس کا ہاتھ سُوکھا ہُؤا تھا۔
(2)اور وہ اُس کی تاک میں رہے کہ اگر وہ اُسے سبت کے دِن اچّھا کرے تو اُس پر اِلزام لگائیں۔
3اُس نے اُس آدمی سے جِس کا ہاتھ سُوکھا ہُؤا تھا کہا بِیچ میں کھڑا ہو۔
اور اُن سے کہا سبت کے دِن نیکی کرنا روا ہے یا بدی کرنا؟ جان بچانا یا قتل کرنا؟ وہ چُپ رہ گئے۔4
۔ اُس نے اُن کی سخت دِلی کے سبب سے غمگِین ہو کر اور چاروں طرف اُن پر غُصّہ سے نظر کر کے اُس آدمی سے کہا اپنا ہاتھ بڑھا۔5 اُس نے بڑھا دِیا اور اُس کا ہاتھ درُست ہو گیا۔
پِھر فرِیسی فی الفَور باہر جا کر ہیرودِیوں کے ساتھ اُس کے برخِلاف مشورَہ کرنے لگے کہ اُسے کِس طرح ہلاک کریں6
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Crowds Follow Jesus
(7)اور یِسُوؔع اپنے شاگِردوں کے ساتھ جِھیل کی طرف چلا گیا اور گلِیل سے ایک بڑی بِھیڑ پِیچھے ہو لی اور یہُودیہ
(8)اور یروشلِیم اور اِدومَیہ سے اور یَردؔن کے پار اور صُور اور صَیدا کے آس پاس سے ایک بڑی بِھیڑ یہ سُن کر کہ وہ کَیسے بڑے کام کرتا ہے اُس کے پاس آئی۔.
(9)پس اُس نے اپنے شاگِردوں سے کہا بِھیڑ کی وجہ سے ایک چھوٹی کشتی میرے لِئے تیّار رہے تاکہ وہ مُجھے دبا نہ ڈالیں۔
(10)اُس نے بُہت لوگوں کو اچّھا کِیا تھا۔ چُنانچہ جِتنے لوگ سخت بِیمارِیوں میں گرِفتار تھے اُس پر گِرے پڑتے تھے کہ اُسے چُھو لیں۔
(11) اور ناپاک رُوحیں جب اُسے دیکھتی تِھیں اُس کے آگے گِر پڑتی اور پُکار کر کہتی تِھیں کہ تُو خُدا کا بیٹا ہے۔ اور وہ اُن کو بڑی تاکِید کرتا تھا کہ مُجھے ظاہِر نہ کرنا۔
12اور وہ اُن کو بڑی تاکِید کرتا تھا کہ مُجھے ظاہِر نہ کرنا۔
Jesus Appoints the Twelve
(13)پِھر وہ پہاڑ پر چڑھ گیا اور جِن کو وہ آپ چاہتا تھا اُن کو پاس بُلایا اور وہ اُس کے پاس چلے آئے۔
14.اور اُس نے بارہ کو مُقرّر کِیا تاکہ اُس کے ساتھ رہیں اور وہ اُن کو بھیجے کہ مُنادی کریں)
15اور بدرُوحوں کو نِکالنے کا اِختیار رکھّیں
(16) وہ یہ ہیں:- شمعُوؔن جِس کا نام پطرؔس رکھّا۔
(17)اور زبدؔی کا بیٹا یعقُوؔب اور یعقُوؔب کا بھائی یُوحنّا جِن کا نام بُوانِرؔگِس یعنی گرج کے بیٹے رکھّا۔
18اور اندرؔیاس اور فِلِپُّس اور بُرتلمائی اور متّی اور تُوما اور حلفئی کا بیٹا یعقُوؔب اور تدّی اور شمعُوؔن قنانی۔
19اور اندرؔیاس اور فِلِپُّس اور بُرتلمائی اور متّی اور تُوما اور حلفئی کا بیٹا یعقُوؔب اور تدّی اور شمعُوؔن قنانی۔
اور یہُوداؔہ اِسکریُوتی جِس نے اُسے پکڑوا بھی دِیا۔.
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Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law
(20)اور اِتنے لوگ پِھر جمع ہو گئے کہ وہ کھانا بھی نہ کھا سکے۔
(21) جب اُس کے عزِیزوں نے یہ سُنا تو اُسے پکڑنے کو نِکلے کیونکہ کہتے تھے کہ وہ بے خُود ہے۔
22اور فقِیہہ جو یروشلِیم سے آئے تھے یہ کہتے تھے کہ اُس کے ساتھ بَعَلزؔبُول ہے اور یہ بھی کہ وہ بدرُوحوں کے سردار کی مدد سے بدرُوحوں کو نِکالتا ہے۔
23وہ اُن کو پاس بُلا کر اُن سے تمثِیلوں میں کہنے لگا کہ شَیطان کو شَیطان کِس طرح نِکال سکتا ہے؟
24اور اگر کِسی سلطنت میں پُھوٹ پڑ جائے تو وہ سلطنت قائِم نہیں رہ سکتی۔
(25)اور اگر کِسی گھر میں پُھوٹ پڑ جائے تو وہ گھر قائِم نہ رہ سکے گا)
اور اگر شَیطان اپنا ہی مُخالِف ہو کر اپنے میں پُھوٹ ڈالے تو وہ قائِم نہیں رہ سکتا بلکہ اُس کا خاتِمہ26 ہوجائےگا۔
27لیکن کوئی آدمی کِسی زورآور کے گھر میں گُھس کر اُس کے اسباب کو لُوٹ نہیں سکتا جب تک وہ پہلے اُس زورآور کو نہ باندھ لے۔ تب اُس کا گھر لُوٹ لے گا۔
28مَیں تُم سے سچ کہتا ہُوں کہ بنی آدم کے سب گُناہ اور جِتنا کُفر وہ بکتے ہیں مُعاف کِیا جائے گا۔
29لیکن جو کوئی رُوحُ القُدس کے حق میں کُفربکے وہ ابد تک مُعافی نہ پائے گا بلکہ ابدی گُناہ کا قصُوروار ہے۔
(30) کیونکہ وہ کہتے تھے کہ اُس میں ناپاک رُوح ہے
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(31)پِھر اُس کی ماں اور اُس کے بھائی آئے اور باہر کھڑے ہو کر اُسے بُلوا بھیجا۔
32اور بِھیڑ اُس کے آس پاس بَیٹھی تھی اور اُنہوں نے اُس سے کہا دیکھ تیری ماں اور تیرے بھائی باہر تُجھے پُوچھتے ہیں۔
(33)اُس نے اُن کو یہ جواب دِیا میری ماں اور میرے بھائی کَون ہیں؟
34اور اُن پر جو اُس کے گِرد بَیٹھے تھے نظر کر کے کہا دیکھو میری ماں اور میرے بھائی یہ ہیں!
35کیونکہ جو کوئی خُدا کی مرضی پر چلے وُہی میرا بھائی اور میری بہن اور ماں ہے۔
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The Parable of the Sower
۱۳،وہ پِھر جِھیل کے کنارے تعلِیم دینے لگا اور اُس کے پاس اَیسی بڑی بِھیڑ جمع ہو گئی کہ وہ جِھیل میں ایک کشتی میں جا بَیٹھا اور ساری بِھیڑ خشکی پر جِھیل کے کنارے رہی۔
اور وہ اُن کو تمثِیلوں میں بُہت سی باتیں سِکھانے لگا اور اپنی تعلِیم میں اُن سے کہا۔
(3)سُنو! دیکھو ایک بونے والا بِیج بونے نِکلا۔
اور بوتے وقت یُوں ہُؤا کہ کُچھ راہ کے کنارے گِرا اور پرِندوں نے آ کر اُسے چُگ لِیا۔
(5)اور کُچھ پتّھرِیلی زمِین پر گِرا جہاں اُسے بُہت مِٹّی نہ مِلی اور گہری مِٹّی نہ مِلنے کے سبب سے جلد اُگ آیا۔
(6)اور جب سُورج نِکلا تو جل گیا اور جڑ نہ ہونے کے سبب سے سُوکھ گیا۔ .
اور کُچھ جھاڑِیوں میں گِرا اور جھاڑِیوں نے بڑھ کر اُسے دبا لِیا اور وہ پَھل نہ لایا۔
اور کُچھ اچّھی زمِین پر گِرا اور وہ اُگا اور بڑھ کر پَھلا اور کوئی تِیس گُنا کوئی ساٹھ گُنا کوئی سَو گُنا پَھل لایا۔
(9)پِھر اُس نے کہا جِس کے سُننے کے کان ہوں وہ سُن لے۔
جب وہ اکیلا رہ گیا تو اُس کے ساتِھیوں نے اُن بارہ سمیت اُس سے اِن تمثِیلوں کی بابت پُوچھا۔
اُس نے اُن سے کہا کہ تُم کو خُدا کی بادشاہی کا بھید دِیا گیا ہے مگر اُن کے لِئے جو باہر ہیں سب باتیں تمثِیلوں میں ہوتی ہیں۔
(12)تاکہ وہ دیکھتے ہُوئے دیکھیں اور معلُوم نہ کریں اور سُنتے ہُوئے سُنیں اور نہ سمجھیں۔ اَیسا نہ ہو کہ وہ رجُوع لائیں اور مُعافی پائیں۔
پِھر اُس نے اُن سے کہا کیا تُم یہ تمثِیل نہیں سمجھے؟ پِھر سب تمثِیلوں کو کیوں کر سمجھو گے؟
بونے والا کلام بوتا ہے۔
(15)جو راہ کے کنارے ہیں جہاں کلام بویا جاتا ہے یہ وہ ہیں کہ جب اُنہوں نے سُنا تو شَیطان فی الفَور آ کر اُس کلام کو جو اُن میں بویا گیا تھا اُٹھا لے جاتا ہے۔ (16)اور اِسی طرح جو پتّھرِیلی زمِین میں بوئے گئے یہ وہ ہیں جو کلام کو سُن کر فی الفَور خُوشی سے قبُول کر لیتے ہیں۔
اور اپنے اندر جڑ نہیں رکھتے بلکہ چند روزہ ہیں۔ پِھر جب کلام کے سبب سے مُصِیبت یا ظُلم برپا ہوتا ہے تو فی الفَور ٹھوکر کھاتے ہیں۔
اور جو جھاڑِیوں میں بوئے گئے وہ اَور ہیں۔ یہ وہ ہیں جِنہوں نے کلام سُنا۔
اور دُنیا کی فِکر اور دَولت کا فریب اور اَور چِیزوں کا لالچ داخِل ہو کر کلام کو دبا دیتے ہیں اور وہ بے پَھل رہ جاتا ہے۔
(20) اور جو اچّھی زمِین میں بوئے گئے یہ وہ ہیں جو کلام کو سُنتے اور قبُول کرتے اور پَھل لاتے ہیں۔ کوئی تِیس گُنا کوئی ساٹھ گُنا۔ کوئی سَوگْنا.
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A Lamp on a Stand
(21)اور اُس نے اُن سے کہا کیا چراغ اِس لِئے لاتے ہیں کہ پَیمانہ یا پلنگ کے نِیچے رکھّا جائے؟ کیا اِس لِئے نہیں کہ چراغ دان پر رکھّا جائے؟
کیونکہ کوئی چِیز چِھپی نہیں مگر اِس لِئے کہ ظاہِر ہو جائے اور پوشِیدہ نہیں ہُوئی مگر اِس لِئے کہ ظہُور میں آئے۔
اگر کِسی کے سُننے کے کان ہوں تو سُن لے۔
پِھر اُس نے اُن سے کہا خبردار رہو کہ کیا سُنتے ہو۔ جِس پَیمانہ سے تُم ناپتے ہو اُسی سے تُمہارے لِئے ناپا جائے گا اور تُم کو زِیادہ دِیا جائے گا۔
کیونکہ جِس کے پاس ہے اُسے دِیا جائے گا اور جِس کے پاس نہیں ہے اُس سے وہ بھی جو اُس کے پاس ہے لے لِیا جائے گا۔
The Parable of the Growing Seed
اور اُس نے کہا خُدا کی بادشاہی اَیسی ہے جَیسے کوئی آدمی زمِین میں بِیج ڈالے۔
(27)اور رات کو سوئے اور دِن کو جاگے اور وہ بِیج اِس طرح اُگے اور بڑھے کہ وہ نہ جانے۔
(28) زمِین آپ سے آپ پَھل لاتی ہے پہلے پتّی۔ پِھر بالیں۔ پِھر بالوں میں تیّار دانے۔
(29) پِھر جب اناج پک چُکا تو وہ فی الفَور درانتی لگاتا ہے کیونکہ کاٹنے کا وقت آ پُہنچا۔ The Parable of the Mustard Seed
(30) پِھر اُس نے کہا کہ ہم خُدا کی بادشاہی کو کِس سے تشبِیہ دیں اور کِس تمثِیل میں اُسے بیان کریں؟ 31وہ رائی کے دانے کی مانِند ہے کہ جب زمِین میں بویا جاتا ہے تو زمِین کے سب بِیجوں سے چھوٹا ہوتا ہے۔
(32)مگر جب بو دِیا گیا تو اُگ کر سب ترکارِیوں سے بڑا ہو جاتا ہے اور اَیسی بڑی ڈالِیاں نِکالتا ہے کہ ہوا کے پرِندے اُس کے سایہ میں بسیرا کر سکتے ہیں۔.”
33اور وہ اُن کو اِس قِسم کی بُہت سی تمثِیلیں دے دے کر اُن کی سمجھ کے مُطابِق کلام سُناتا تھا۔.
اور بے تمثِیل اُن سے کُچھ نہ کہتا تھا لیکن خَلوت میں اپنے خاص شاگِردوں سے سب باتوں کے معنی بیان کرتا.تھا۔
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Jesus Calms the Storm
35اُسی دِن جب شام ہُوئی تو اُس نے اُن سے کہا آؤ پار چلیں
(36)اور وہ بِھیڑ کو چھوڑ کر اُسے جِس حال میں وہ تھا کشتی پر ساتھ لے چلے اور اُس کے ساتھ اَور کشتِیاں بھی تِھیں۔ .
37تب بڑی آندھی چلی اور لہریں کشتی پر یہاں تک آئِیں کہ کشتی پانی سے بھری جاتی تھی۔
(38)اور وہ خُود پِیچھے کی طرف گدّی پر سو رہا تھا۔ پس اُنہوں نے اُسے جگا کر کہا اَے اُستاد کیا تُجھے فِکر نہیں کہ ہم ہلاک ہُوئے جاتے ہیں؟
39اُس نے اُٹھ کر ہوا کو ڈانٹا اور پانی سے کہا ساکت ہو! تھم جا! پس ہوا بند ہو گئی اور بڑا امن ہو گیا۔
40پِھر اُن سے کہا تُم کیوں ڈرتے ہو؟ اب تک اِیمان نہیں رکھتے؟
41اور وہ نِہایت ڈر گئے اور آپس میں کہنے لگے یہ کَون ہے کہ ہوا اور پانی بھی اُس کا حُکم مانتے.
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Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
(1) اور وہ جِھیل کے پار گراسِینِیوؔں کے عِلاقہ میں پُہنچے۔
اور جب وہ کشتی سے اُترا تو فی الفَور ایک آدمی جِس میں ناپاک رُوح تھی قبروں سے نِکل کر اُس سے مِلا۔2
(3)وہ قبروں میں رہا کرتا تھا اور اب کوئی اُسے زنجِیروں سے بھی نہ باندھ سکتا تھا۔
کیونکہ وہ بار بار بیڑِیوں اور زنجِیروں سے باندھا گیا تھا لیکن اُس نے زنجِیروں کو توڑا اور بیڑِیوں کو ٹُکڑے ٹُکڑے کِیا تھا اور کوئی اُسے قابُو میں نہ لا سکتا تھا۔4
5اور وہ ہمیشہ رات دِن قبروں اور پہاڑوں میں چِلاّتا اور اپنے تئِیں پتّھروں سے زخمی کرتا تھا۔
6وہ یِسُوؔع کو دُور سے دیکھ کر دَوڑا اور اُسے سِجدہ کِیا۔
اور بڑی آواز سے چِلاّ کر کہا اَے یِسُوؔع خُدا تعالےٰ کے فرزند مُجھے تُجھ سے کیا کام؟ تُجھے خُدا کی قَسم دیتا ہُوں مُجھے عذاب میں نہ ڈال۔7
(8)کیونکہ اُس نے اُس سے کہا تھا اَے ناپاک رُوح اِس آدمی میں سے نِکل آ۔
9پِھر اُس نے اُس سے پُوچھا تیرا نام کیا ہے؟ اُس نے اُس سے کہا میرا نام لشکر ہے کیونکہ ہم بُہت ہیں۔
10پِھر اُس نے اُس کی بُہت مِنّت کی کہ ہمیں اِس عِلاقہ سے باہر نہ بھیج۔
(11) اور وہاں پہاڑ پر سُؤروں کا ایک بڑا غول چر رہا تھا۔
12پس اُنہوں نے اُس کی مِنّت کر کے کہا کہ ہم کو اُن سُؤروں میں بھیج دے تاکہ ہم اُن میں داخِل ہوں۔
(13)پس اُس نے اُن کو اِجازت دی اور ناپاک رُوحیں نِکل کر سُؤروں میں داخِل ہو گئِیں اور وہ غول جو کوئی دو ہزار کا تھا کڑاڑے پر سے جھپٹ کر جِھیل میں جا پڑا اور جِھیل میں ڈُوب مَرا۔
14اور اُن کے چرانے والوں نے بھاگ کر شہر اور دیہات میں خبر پُہنچائی۔
پس لوگ یہ ماجرا دیکھنے کو نِکل کر یِسُوؔع کے پاس آئے اور جِس میں بدرُوحیں یعنی بدرُوحوں کا لشکر تھا اُس کو بَیٹھے اور کپڑے پہنے اور ہوش میں دیکھ کر ڈر گئے۔15
(16)اور دیکھنے والوں نے اُس کا حال جِس میں بدرُوحیں تِھیں اور سُؤروں کا ماجرا اُن سے بیان کِیا۔
17وہ اُس کی مِنّت کرنے لگے کہ ہماری سرحد سے چلا جا۔
اور جب وہ کشتی میں داخِل ہونے لگا تو جِس میں بدرُوحیں تِھیں اُس نے اُس کی مِنّت کی کہ مَیں تیرے ساتھ رہُوں۔18
لیکن اُس نے اُسے اِجازت نہ دی بلکہ اُس سے کہا کہ اپنے لوگوں کے پاس اپنے گھر جا اور اُن کو خبر دے کہ خُداوند نے تیرے لِئے کَیسے بڑے کام کِئے اور تُجھ پر رحم کِیا۔19.”
(20) وہ گیا اور دِکَپُلِس میں اِس بات کا چرچا کرنے لگا کہ یِسُوؔع نے اُس کے لِئے کَیسے بڑے کام کِئے اور سب لوگ تعجُّب کرتے تھے۔
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Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
(21) جب یِسُوؔع پِھر کشتی میں پار گیا تو بڑی بِھیڑ اُس کے پاس جمع ہُوئی اور وہ جِھیل کے کنارے تھا۔
(22)اور عِبادت خانہ کے سرداروں میں سے ایک شخص یائِیر نام آیا اور اُسے دیکھ کر اُس کے قدموں پر گِرا۔
23اور یہ کہہ کر اُس کی بُہت مِنّت کی کہ میری چھوٹی بیٹی مَرنے کو ہے۔ تُو آ کر اپنے ہاتھ اُس پر رکھ تاکہ وہ اچّھی ہو جائے اور زِندہ رہے۔
24پس وہ اُس کے ساتھ چلا اور بُہت سے لوگ اُس کے پِیچھے ہو لِئے اور اُس پر گِرے پڑتے تھے
.35وہ یہ کہہ ہی رہا تھا کہ عِبادت خانہ کے سردار کے ہاں سے لوگوں نے آ کر کہا کہ تیری بیٹی مَر گئی۔ اب اُستاد کو کیوں تکلِیف دیتا ہے؟
36جو بات وہ کہہ رہے تھے اُس پر یِسُوؔع نے توجُّہ نہ کر کے عِبادت خانہ کے سردار سے کہا خَوف نہ کر۔ فقط اِعتقاد رکھ۔
(37)پِھر اُس نے پطرؔس اور یعقُوؔب اور یعقُوؔب کے بھائی یُوحنّا کے سِوا اور کِسی کو اپنے ساتھ چلنے کی اِجازت نہ دی۔
(38)اور وہ عِبادت خانہ کے سردار کے گھر میں آئے اور اُس نے دیکھا کہ ہُلّڑ ہو رہا ہے اور لوگ بُہت رو پِیٹ رہے ہیں۔.
(39)اور اندر جا کر اُن سے کہا تُم کیوں غُل مچاتے اور روتے ہو؟ لڑکی مَر نہیں گئی بلکہ سوتی ہے۔
40وہ اُس پر ہنسنے لگے لیکن وہ سب کو نِکال کر لڑکی کے ماں باپ کو اور اپنے ساتِھیوں کو لے کر جہاں لڑکی پڑی تھی اندر گیا۔
41اور لڑکی کا ہاتھ پکڑ کر اُس سے کہا تلیتا قُومی۔ جِس کا ترجمہ ہے اَے لڑکی مَیں تُجھ سے کہتا ہُوں اُٹھ۔
(42)وہ لڑکی فی الفَور اُٹھ کر چلنے پِھرنے لگی کیونکہ وہ بارہ برس کی تھی۔ اِس پر لوگ بُہت ہی حَیران ہُوئے۔ .
(43)پِھر اُس نے اُن کو تاکِید سے حُکم دِیا کہ یہ کوئی نہ جانے اور فرمایا کہ لڑکی کو کُچھ کھانے کو دِیا .جائے
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(25) پِھر ایک عَورت جِس کے بارہ برس سے خُون جاری تھا۔
26اور کئی طبِیبوں سے بڑی تکلِیف اُٹھا چُکی تھی اور اپنا سب مال خرچ کر کے بھی اُسے کُچھ فائِدہ نہ ہُؤا تھا بلکہ زِیادہ بِیمار ہو گئی تھی۔
(27) یِسُوؔع کا حال سُن کر بِھیڑ میں اُس کے پِیچھے سے آئی اور اُس کی پوشاک کو چُھؤا۔
28کیونکہ وہ کہتی تھی کہ اگر مَیں صِرف اُس کی پوشاک ہی چُھو لُوں گی تو اچّھی ہو جاؤں گی۔
29اور فی الفَور اُس کا خُون بہنا بند ہو گیا اور اُس نے اپنے بدن میں معلُوم کِیا کہ مَیں نے اِس بِیماری سے شِفا پائی۔
30یِسُوؔع نے فی الفَور اپنے میں معلُوم کر کے کہ مُجھ میں سے قُوّت نِکلی اُس بِھیڑ میں پِیچھے مُڑ کر کہا کِس نے میری پوشاک چُھوئی؟
(31)اُس کے شاگِردوں نے اُس سے کہا تُو دیکھتا ہے کہ بِھیڑ تُجھ پر گِری پڑتی ہے پِھر تُو کہتا ہے مُجھے کِس نے چُھؤا؟
(32)اُس نے چاروں طرف نِگاہ کی تاکہ جِس نے یہ کام کِیا تھا اُسے دیکھے۔
33وہ عَورت جو کُچھ اُس سے ہُؤا تھا محسُوس کر کے ڈرتی اور کانپتی ہُوئی آئی اور اُس کے آگے گِر پڑی اور سارا حال سچ سچ اُس سے کہہ دِیا۔
(34)اُس نے اُس سے کہا بیٹی تیرے اِیمان سے تُجھے شِفا مِلی۔ سلامت جا اور اپنی اِس بِیماری سے بچی رہ۔.”
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A Prophet Without Honor
(1) Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.
(2) When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?
(3) Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
(4) Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
(5) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
(6) He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
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Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
(7) Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
(8) These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
(9) Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.
(10) Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
(11) And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
(12) They went out and preached that people should repent.
(13) They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
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John the Baptist Beheaded
(14) King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,[b] “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
(15) Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
(16) But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”
(17) For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.
(18) For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
(19) So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
(20) because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
(21) Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
(22) When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”
(23) And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
(24) She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
(25) At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
(26) The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
(27) So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,
(28) and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.
(29) On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
(30) The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
(31) Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
(32) So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
(33) But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
(34) When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
(35) By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.
(36) Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
(37) But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
(38) “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
(39) Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
(40) So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
(41) Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
(42) They all ate and were satisfied,
(43) and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
(44) The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
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Jesus Walks on the Water
(45) Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
(46) After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
(47) Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.
(48) He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,
(49) but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out,
(50) because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
(51) Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,
(52) for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
(53) When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.
(54) As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.
(55) They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
(56) And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
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That Which Defiles
(1) The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus
(2) and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.
(3) (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.
(4) When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)
(5) So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”
(6) He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
(7) They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’
(8) You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
(9) And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
(10) For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’
(11) But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)—
(12) then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.
(13) Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
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(14) Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.
(15) Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
(17) After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.
(18) “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?
(19) For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
(20) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.
(21) For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,
(22) adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
(23) All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
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Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
(24) Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
(25) In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.
(26) The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
(27) “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
(28) “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
(29) Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
(30) She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
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Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man
(31) Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.
(32) There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.
(33) After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.
(34) He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).
(35) At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
(36) Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.
(37) People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
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Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
(1) During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
(2) “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.
(3) If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
(4) His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”
(5) “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied.
(6) He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.
(7) They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.
(8) The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
(9) About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away,
(10) he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
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(11) The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.
(12) He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.”
(13) Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
(14) The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.
(15) “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
(16) They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
(17) Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
(18) Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?
(19) When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied.
(20) “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.”
(21) He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
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Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
(22) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
(23) He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
(24) He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
(25) Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
(26) Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
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Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
(27) Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
(28) They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
(29) “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
(30) Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus Predicts His Death
(31) He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
(32) He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
(33) But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
The Way of the Cross
(34) Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
(35) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
(36) What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
(37) Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
(38) If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
(1) And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
(2) After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.
(3) His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.
(4) And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
(5) Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
(6) (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
(7) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
(8) Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
(9) As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
(10) They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
(11) And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
(12) Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?
(13) But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
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(14) When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
(15) As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
(16) “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
(17) A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
(18) Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
(19) “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
(20) So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
(21) Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
(22) “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
(23) “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
(24) Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
(25) When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
(26) The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”
(27) But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
(28) After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
(29) He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
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Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
(30) They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
(31) because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”
(32) But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
(33) They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”
(34) But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
(35) Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
(36) He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,
(37) “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
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Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
(38) “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
(39) “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,
(40) for whoever is not against us is for us.
(41) Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Causing to Stumble
(42) “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.
(43) If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.
(45) And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
(47) And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
(48) where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’
(49) Everyone will be salted with fire.
(50) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
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(1) Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
(2) Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
(3) “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
(4) They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
(5) “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.
(6) “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’
(7) ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
(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 no one separate.”
(10) When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
(11) He answered, “Anyone who 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.”
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The Little Children and Jesus
(13) People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
(14) When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
(15) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
(16) And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
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The Rich and the Kingdom of God
(17) As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(18) “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
(19) You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
(20) “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
(21) Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
(22) At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
(23) Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
(24) The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
(25) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
(26) The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
(27) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
(28) Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
(29) “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel
(30) will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
(31) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
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Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time
(32) They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.
(33) “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,
(34) who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
The Request of James and John
(35) Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
(36) “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
(37) They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
(38) “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
(39) “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,
(40) but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
(41) When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
(42) Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
(43) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
(44) and whoever wants to be first must be 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.”
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Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
(46) Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.
(47) When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
(48) Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
(49) Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
(50) Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
(51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
(52) “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
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Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
(1) As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
(2) saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
(3) If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
(4) They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,
(5) some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
(6) They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
(7) When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.
(8) Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
(9) Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
(10) “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
(11) Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
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Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts
(12) The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
(13) Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
(14) Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
(20) In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.
(21) Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
(22) “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
(23) “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
(24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
(25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
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(15) On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,
(16) and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
(17) And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
(18) The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
(19) When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
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The Authority of Jesus Questioned
(27) They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.
(28) “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
(29) Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
(30) John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
(31) They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’
(32) But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
(33) So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
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The Parable of the Tenants
(1) Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
(2) At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
(3) But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
(4) Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
(5) He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
(6) “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
(7) “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
(8) So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
(9) “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
(10) Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
(11) the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
(12) Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
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Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar
(13) Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
(14) They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?
(15) Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
(16) They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied.
(17) Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.
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Marriage at the Resurrection
(18) Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
(19) “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.
(20) Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
(21) The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
(22) In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
(23) At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
(24) Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
(25) When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
(26) Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
(27) He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
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The Greatest Commandment
(28) One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
(29) “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
(30) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
(31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
(32) “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
(33) To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important 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.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
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Whose Son Is the Messiah?
(35) While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?
(36) David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
(37) David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.
Warning Against the Teachers of the Law
(38) As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,
(39) and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
(40) They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
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The Widow’s Offering
(41) Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
(42) But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
(43) Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
(44) They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
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The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
(1) As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
(2) “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
(3) As Jesus 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? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
(5) Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
(6) Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.
(7) When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
(8) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
(9) “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.
(10) And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
(11) Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
(12) “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
(13) Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
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(14) “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
(15) Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out.
(16) Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.
(17) How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
(18) Pray that this will not take place in winter,
(19) because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
(20) “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
(21) At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
(22) For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
(23) So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
(24) “But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
(25) the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
(26) “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
(27) And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
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(28) “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
(29) Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
(30) Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
(31) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
(32) “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
(33) Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
(34) It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
(35) “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
(36) If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.
(37) What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
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Jesus Anointed at Bethany
(1) Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.
(2) “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
(3) While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
(4) Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?
(5) It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
(6) “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
(7) The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.
(8) She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
(9) Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
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(10) Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
(11) They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper
(12) On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
(13) So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.
(14) Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’
(15) He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
(16) The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
(17) When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.
(18) While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
(19) They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”
(20) “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.
(21) The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
(22) While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
(23) Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
(24) “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.
(25) “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
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(26) When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
(27) “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’
(28) But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
(29) Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
(30) “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
(31) But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
(32) They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
(33) He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.
(34) “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
(35) Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.
(36) “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
(37) Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?
(38) Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
(39) Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.
(40) When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
(41) Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.
(42) Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
(43) Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
(44) Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”
(45) Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.
(46) The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
(47) Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
(48) “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?
(49) Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”
(50) Then everyone deserted him and fled.
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(51) A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,
(52) he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
(53) They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.
(54) Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
(55) The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.
(56) Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
(57) Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:
(58) “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’”
(59) Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
(60) Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”
(61) But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
(62) “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
(63) The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked.
(64) “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.
(65) Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
Peter Disowns Jesus
(66) While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by.
(67) When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
(68) But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.
(69) When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.”
(70) Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
(71) He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
(72) Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
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Jesus Before Pilate
(1) Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
(2) “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied.
(3) The chief priests accused him of many things.
(4) So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
(5) But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
(6) Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
(7) A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
(8) The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
(9) “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate,
(10) knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.
(11) But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
(12) “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
(13) “Crucify him!” they shouted.
(14) “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
(15) Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
(16) The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.
(17) They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
(18) And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
(19) Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.
(20) And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
(21) A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
(22) They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).
(23) Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
(24) And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
(25) It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
(26) The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
(27) They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.
(29) Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,
(30) come down from the cross and save yourself!”
(31) In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!
(32) Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
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The Death of Jesus
(33) At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
(34) And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
(35) When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
(36) Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
(37) With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
(38) The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
(39) And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
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(40) Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.
(41) In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
The Burial of Jesus
(42) It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
(43) Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.
(44) Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.
(45) When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
(46) So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
(47) Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
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Jesus Has Risen
(1) When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.
(2) Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb
(3) and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
(4) But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
(5) As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
(6) “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
(7) But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
(8) Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
(9) When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
(10) She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping.
(11) When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
(12) Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.
(13) These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.
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(14) Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
(15) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
(16) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
(17) And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; (18) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
(19) After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
(20) Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.