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But because they were forbidden by God in a dream to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

When they were gone an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying; "Rise! Take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt, and there remain until I bring you word; for Herod intends to make a search for the child, in order to put him to death."

As soon as Herod saw that he had been mocked by the Magi, he was furious. He sent and put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and all the neighborhood who were two years old or under, in accordance with the date which he had ascertained from the Magi.

Then were fulfilled the words spoken through Jeremiah, the prophet, saying,

A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and lamentation??achel weeping for her children, Inconsolable, because they were no more!

saying, "Rise! Take the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the life of the child are dead."

But when John saw that many of the Pharisees and Sadducees were coming for baptism, he said: "O brood of vipers! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

The people who were dwelling in darkness Have seen a great light; And on those who were dwelling in the land of the shadows of death Light has dawned.

And as he was walking by the see of Galilee, he saw two brothers??imon who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother??asting their net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

And his fame spread throughout all Syria. They brought all the sick to him, those who were suffering from various diseases and troubles??emoniacs, epileptics, paralytics??nd he healed them.

Now when Jesus had finished his discourse, the crowds were astounded at his teaching,

When he arrived on the other side, in the country of the Gadarenes, he was met by two demoniacs who were coming out of the tombs. They were so violently fierce that no one dared pass along that road.

Then he touched their eyes, saying "According to your faith be it unto you," and their eyes were opened.

At that time Jesus walked through the wheat fields one Sabbath Day; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck some ears of wheat and to eat them.

"How he went into the House of God, and there they ate the loaves of the Presence, which neither he nor his men were permitted to eat, but the priests only?

And all the crowds were amazed, and he began to say, "Can this be the Son of David?"

While he was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers were standing outside, desiring to speak to him.

"but while men were asleep his enemy came and sowed tares among his wheat and went away.

and came into his own country, where he continued teaching the people in their synagogues, until they were amazed. "Where did he get such wisdom?" they said, "and such wondrous powers?

Those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

but when the disciples saw him walking upon the sea, they were terrified. "It is a phantom," they said, and cried out for fear.

and kept begging him to let them touch the tassel of his cloak??nd all who touched were completely cured.

Then his disciples came to him and said, "Do you know that the Pharisees were scandalized when they heard that saying?" He replied.

And all ate and were satisfied, and of the fragments that remained they gathered seven large basketfuls.

While they were going down from the mountain, Jesus laid a command on them. "Speak to no man about the vision," he said, "until after the Son of man has been raised from the dead."

"and they will kill him, but on the third day he will rise again." And they were greatly grieved.

"When therefore his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very angry; and they went and explained to their master all that had happened.

Then young children were brought to him, that he might lay his hands on them and pray. His disciples interfered, but Jesus said to them.

When they heard this the disciples were utterly astounded. "Who then can be saved?" they exclaimed. Jesus looked at them.

Now as they were leaving Jericho a great crowd followed him.

But when the chief priests and the Scribes saw the wonderful works he did, and the boys who were shouting in the Temple Courts and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!"

When his disciples saw this, they were astonished. "How instantaneously," they said, "the fig tree withered!"

but although they longed to apprehend him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

"Then he said to his slaves, "'The wedding-feast indeed is ready, but the invited guests were not worthy.

When they heard this they were astonished, and left him and went away.

And when the crowds heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

For just as in the days before the deluge they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the very day when Noah entered the ark,

And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

"And while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding-feast. And the door was shut.

"Then the man who had received the one talent came up and said: "'Master, I knew you were a hard man, reaping where you had not sown, and gathering where you had not scattered;

when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, and exclaimed.

and as they were eating, he said to them, "In solemn truth I tell you that one of you is going to betray me!"

"The Son of man is indeed to go as it is written concerning him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were good for that man if he had never been born."

Then he came to his disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter. "So you were none of you strong enough to watch with me even one hour!

He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

And, behold, one of these who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and smote the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

And the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to get false evidence against Jesus, in order that they might have him executed;

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and one of the maidservants came up to him and said, "You also were with Jesus, the Galilean!"

Soon afterward he went out into the porch, and another maid saw him, and said to those who were there, "This fellow certainly was with Jesus, the Nazarene!"

"You who were going to destroy the Temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"

the earth quaked; the rocks split; the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

When the Roman captain and the soldiers who were with him, guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were greatly terrified and said, "Certainly this man must have been God's Son."

And there were present several women who were looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from a Galilee, ministering to him.

Now while they were on their way, some of the guard went into the city and told the high priest all that had happened.

So the soldiers took the money, and did as they were told; and this story has been noised abroad among the Jews, and continues to this day.

and all the land of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem, kept going out to him, and were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.

And as he was passing along by the sea of Galilee he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting their net into the sea, for they were fishermen;

As he went a little farther on he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in their boat mending the nets.

They were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them with authority, not like the Scribes.

He cured many who were ill with various diseases, and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.

But there were some Scribes sitting there who reasoned in their hearts.

The man rose, at once took up his cot, and went out before them all; at which they were all astounded, and gave God glory, saying, "We never saw anything like this."

Later on Levi was sitting at table in his house, and together with Jesus and his disciples a number of tax-gatherers and sinners were guests, for there were many of them who used to follow him.

Now the disciples of John and the Pharisees were keeping a fast, and people came to ask him, "How is it that the disciples of John and the Pharisees are fasting, but your disciples are not?"

One Sabbath he was walking along through the wheat-fields, and his disciples, as they began to make their way across, were pulling the heads of wheat.

They were silent. Then looking around upon them with anger, and deeply grieved by the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He stretched it out, and the hand was at once completely restored.

Then, with a glance at those who were in the circle sitting around him, he added.

But those, on the other hand, who were sown on that good soil, are those who listen to the Word, and welcome it, and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold."

With many such illustrations Jesus used to tell his message to people as far as they were able to receive it;

So, leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them just as he was in the boat; and the other boats were with him.

But a great gale of wind came up, and the waves were dashing into the boat so that it began to fill.

Then they were awestruck, and said one to another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!"

And he gave them leave. And out came the foul spirits and entered the swine; and the drove rushed down from the steep into the sea, in number about two thousand, and were choked in the sea.

And instantly the little girl stood up, and began to walk, for she was twelve years old, They were at once beside themselves with utter amazement.

When it came Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; many, as they listened, were deeply impressed. "Where did he get all this?" they asked; "What is the wisdom that is given to this man, and miracles such as these that happen at his hands?