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When they caught sight of the star, they were intensely glad;

Then Herod saw the magicians had trifled with him, and he was furiously angry; he sent and slew all the male children in Bethlehem and in all the neighbourhood who were two years old or under, calculating by the time he had ascertained from the magicians.

As he was walking along the sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew, casting a net in the sea ??for they were fishermen;

Therefore whoever relaxes a single one of these commands, were it even one of the least, and teaches men so, he will be ranked least in the Realm of heaven; but whoever obeys them and teaches them, he will be ranked great in the Realm of heaven.)

You have heard how the men of old were told, 'Murder not: whoever murders must come up for sentence,

Once again, you have heard how the men of old were told, 'You must not forswear yourself but discharge your vows to the Lord'.

When he reached the opposite side, the country of the Gadarenes, he was met by two demoniacs who ran out of the tombs; they were so violent that nobody could pass along the road there.

and their eyes were opened. Jesus sternly charged them, "See, nobody is to know of this."

At that time Jesus walked one sabbath through the cornfields, and as his disciples were hungry they started to pull some ears of corn and 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 allowed to eat, but only the priests?

As Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Any realm divided against itself comes to ruin, any city or house divided against itself will never stand;

'No,' he said, 'for you might root up the wheat when you were gathering the weeds.

and went to his native place, where he taught the people in the synagogue till they were astounded. They said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?

So they were repelled by him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet never goes without honour except in his native place and in his home."

but when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified; "It is a ghost," they said and shrieked for fear.

The men of that place recognized him and sent all over the surrounding country, bringing him all who were ill

So the people all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over and filled seven large baskets with them.

they will kill him, but on the third day he will be raised." They were greatly distressed at this.

Now when his fellow-servants saw what had happened they were greatly distressed, and they went and explained to their master all that had happened.

They said to him, "Then why did Moses lay it down that we were to divorce by giving a separation-notice?"

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray over them. The disciples checked the people,

When the disciples heard this they were utterly astounded; they said, "Who then can possibly be saved?"

And when he went out at five o'clock he came upon some others who were standing; he said to them, 'Why have you stood doing nothing all the day?'

Now as Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem he took the twelve aside by themselves and said to them as they were on the road,

As they were leaving Jericho a crowd followed him,

and when two blind men who were sitting beside the road heard Jesus was passing, they shouted, "O Lord, Son of David, have pity on us!"

But when the high priests and scribes saw his wonderful deeds and saw the children who shouted in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant;

they tried to get hold of him, but they were afraid of the crowds, as the crowds held him to be a prophet.

Five of them were stupid and five were sensible.

Now while they were away buying oil, the bridegroom arrived; those maidens who were ready accompanied him to the marriage-banquet, and the door was shut.

Then the servant who had got the two hundred and fifty pounds came forward. He said, 'I knew you were a hard man, sir, reaping where you never sowed and gathering where you never winnowed.

When the disciples saw this they were angry. "What is the use of this waste?" they said;

They were greatly distressed at this, and each of them said to him, "Lord, surely it is not me."

And when he returned he found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A maidservant came up and said to him, "You were with Jesus the Galilean too."

When he went out to the gateway another maidservant noticed him and said to those who were there, "This fellow was with Jesus the Nazarene."

and calling, "You were to destroy the temple and build it in three days! Save yourself, if you are God's Son! Come down from the cross!"

the tombs were opened, and a number of bodies of the saints who slept the sleep of death rose up ??53 they left the tombs after his resurrection and entered the holy city and appeared to a number of people.

Now when the army-captain and his men who were watching Jesus saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were dreadfully afraid; they said, "This man was certainly a son of God!"

There were also a number of women there looking on from a distance, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and waited on him,

Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

While they were on their way, some of the sentries went into the city and reported all that had taken place to the high priests,

and told them to say that "his disciples came at night and stole him when we were asleep."

Now as he passed along the sea of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon's brother Andrew netting fish in the sea ??for they were fishermen;

Then going on a little further he saw James the son of Zebedaeus and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets;

and people were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them like an authority, not like the scribes.

Then they were all so amazed that they discussed it together, saying, "Whatever is this?" "It's new teaching with authority behind it!" "He orders even unclean spirits!" "Yes, and they obey him!"

Now when evening came, when the sun set, they brought him all who were ill or possessed by daemons ??33 indeed the whole town was gathered at the door ??34 and he cured many who were ill with various diseases and cast out many daemons; but as the daemons knew him he would not let them say anything.

Now there were some scribes sitting there who argued in their hearts,

And he rose, lifted his pallet at once, and went off before them all; at this they were all amazed and glorified God saying, "We never saw the like of it!"

Now Levi was at table in his own house, and he had many taxgatherers and sinners as guests along with Jesus and his disciples ??for there were many of them among his followers.

As the disciples of John and of the Pharisees were observing a fast, people came and asked him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, and your disciples do not fast?"

And glancing at those who were sitting round him in a circle he said, "There are my mother and my brothers!

As for those who were sown 'on good soil,' these are the people who listen to the word and take it in and bear fruit at the rate of thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."

But they were overawed and said to each other, "Whatever can he be, when the very wind and sea obey him?"

And Jesus gave them leave. Then out came the unclean spirits and entered the swine, and the drove rushed down the steep slope into the sea (there were about two thousand of them) and in the sea they were drowned.

The girl got up at once and began to walk (she was twelve years old); and at once they were lost in utter amazement.

The daughter of Herodias went in and danced to them, and Herod and his guests were so delighted that the king said to the girl, "Ask anything you like and I will give you it."

He swore to her, "I will give you whatever you want, were it the half of my realm."

And he said to them, "Come away to some lonely spot and get a little rest" (for there were many people coming and going, and they could get no time even to eat).

Then he gave orders that they were to make all the people lie down in parties on the green grass;

besides, the fragments of bread and of fish which were picked up filled twelve baskets.

but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost and shrieked aloud ??50 for they all saw him and were terrified. Then he spoke to them at once; "Courage," he said, "it is I, have no fear."

And he got into the boat beside them, and the wind dropped. They were utterly astounded,

Then his ears were [at once] opened and his tongue freed from its fetter ??he began to speak correctly.

they were astounded in the extreme, saying, "How splendidly he has done everything! He actually makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak!"

So the people ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven baskets of fragments which were left over.

(There were about four thousand of them.) Then he sent them away,

(for he did not know what to say, they were so terrified).

But they did not understand what he said, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.

Then they reached Capharnahum. And when he was indoors he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"