So he embarked in the boat and crossed over to his own town. There a paralytic was brought to him, lying on a pallet; and when Jesus saw the faith of the bearers he said to the paralytic, "Courage, my son! your sins are forgiven." Some scribes said to themselves, "The man is talking blasphemy!" read more.
Jesus saw what they were thinking and said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? Which is the easier thing, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But to let you see the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins" ??he then said to the paralytic, "Get up, lift your pallet, and go home." And he got up and went home. The crowds who saw it were awed and glorified God for giving such power to men. As Jesus passed along from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax-office; he said to him, "Follow me"; and he rose and followed him. Jesus was at table indoors, and many taxgatherers and sinners had come to be guests with him and his disciples. So when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with taxgatherers and sinners?" When Jesus heard it he said, "Those who are strong have no need of a doctor, but those who are ill. Go and learn the meaning of this word, I care for mercy not for sacrifice. For I have not come to call just men but sinners." Then the disciples of John came up to him and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast a great deal, and your disciples do not fast?" Jesus said to them, "Can friends at a wedding mourn so long as the bride groom is beside them? A time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, for the patch breaks away from it, and the tear is made worse: nor do men pour fresh wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine is spilt, the wineskins are ruined. They put fresh wine into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." As he said this, an official came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter is just dead; do come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." So Jesus rose and went after him, accompanied by his disciples. Now a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel of his robe; what she said to herself was this, "If I can only touch his robe, I will recover." Then Jesus turned round, and when he saw her he said, "Courage, my daughter, your faith has made you well." And the woman was well from that hour. Now when Jesus reached the official's house and saw the flute-players and the din the crowd were making, he said, "Be off with you; the girl is not dead but asleep." They laughed at him. But after the crowd had been put out, he went in and took her hand, and the girl rose up. The report of this went all over that country.
When they reached Capharnahum, the collectors of the temple-tax came and asked Peter, "Does your teacher not pay the temple-tax?"
They then entered Capharnahum. As soon as the sabbath came, he at once began to teach in the synagogue; and people were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them like an authority, not like the scribes. Now there was a man with an unclean spirit in their synagogue, who at once shrieked out, read more.
"Jesus of Nazaret, what business have you with us? Have you come to destroy us? We know who you are, you are God's holy One." But Jesus checked it; "Be quiet," he said, "come out of him." And after convulsing him the unclean spirit did come out of him with a loud cry. 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!" So his fame at once spread in all directions through the whole of the surrounding country of Galilee. On leaving the synagogue they went straight to the house of Simon and Andrew, accompanied by James and John. Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with fever, so they told him at once about her, and he went up to her and taking her hand made her rise; the fever left her at once and she ministered to them. 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. Then in the early morning, long before daylight, he got up and went away out to a lonely spot. He was praying there when Simon and his companions hunted him out and discovered him; they told him, "Everybody is looking for you," but he said to them, "Let us go somewhere else, to the adjoining country-towns, so that I may preach there as well; that is why I came out here." And he went preaching in their synagogues throughout the whole of Galilee, casting out daemons. A leper came to him beseeching him on bended knee, saying, "If you only choose, you can cleanse me;" so he stretched his hand out in pity and touched him saying, "I do choose, be cleansed." And the leprosy at once left him and he was cleansed. Then he sent him off at once with the stern charge, "See, you are not to say a word to anybody; away and show yourself to the priest and offer what Moses prescribed for your cleansing, to notify men." But he went off and proceeded to proclaim it aloud and spread news of the affair both far and wide. The result was that Jesus could no longer enter any town openly; he stayed outside in lonely places, and people came to him from every quarter.
Again he entered the synagogue. Now a man was there whose hand was withered, and they watched to see if he would heal him on the sabbath, so as to get a charge against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Rise and come forward;" read more.
then he asked them, "Is it right to help or to hurt on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" They were silent. Then glancing round him in anger and vexation at their obstinacy he told the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was quite restored. On this the Pharisees withdrew and at once joined the Herodians in a plot against him, to destroy him.
When he had finished what he had to say in the hearing of the people, he went into Capharnahum. Now there was an army-captain who had a servant ill whom he valued very highly. This man was at the point of death; so, when the captain heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and make his servant well. read more.
When they reached Jesus they asked him earnestly to do this. "He deserves to have this favour from you," they said, "for he is a lover of our nation; it was he who built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. But he was not far from the house when the captain sent some friends to tell him, "Do not trouble yourself, sir, I am not fit to have you under my roof, and so I did not consider myself fit even to come to you. Just say the word, and let my servant be cured. For though I am a man under authority myself, I have soldiers under me; I tell one man to go, and he goes, I tell another to come, and he comes, I tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this he marvelled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed he said, "I tell you, I have never met faith like this anywhere even in Israel." Then the messengers went back to the house and found the sick servant was quite well.
Once more he came to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a royal official, whose son was lying ill at Capernaum; when he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went to him and begged him to come down and cure his son, who was at the point of death. Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you never will believe." read more.
The official said, "Come down, sir, before my boy is dead." Jesus told him, "Go yourself, your son is alive." The man believed what Jesus told him, and started on his journey. And on the road his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. So he asked them at what hour he had begun to improve; they told him, "Yesterday at one o'clock the fever left him." Then the father realized that it had left him at the very time when Jesus had said to him, "Your son is alive"; and he became a believer with all his household.
and embarking in a boat they started across the sea for Capharnahum. By this time it was dark, Jesus had not reached them yet, and the sea was getting up under a strong wind. After rowing about three or four miles they saw Jesus walking on the sea and nearing the boat. They were terrified, read more.
but he said to them, "It is I, have no fear"; so they agreed to take him on board, and the boat instantly reached the land they were making for. Next day the crowd which had been left standing on the other side of the sea bethought them that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not gone aboard with his disciples, who had left by themselves. So, as some boats from Tiberias had put in near the spot where they had eaten bread after the Lord's thanksgiving, and as the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they embarked in the boats themselves and made for Capharnahum in search of Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
This he said as he taught in the synagogue at Capharnahum.
Jesus was at table indoors, and many taxgatherers and sinners had come to be guests with him and his disciples. So when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with taxgatherers and sinners?" When Jesus heard it he said, "Those who are strong have no need of a doctor, but those who are ill. read more.
Go and learn the meaning of this word, I care for mercy not for sacrifice. For I have not come to call just men but sinners." Then the disciples of John came up to him and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast a great deal, and your disciples do not fast?" Jesus said to them, "Can friends at a wedding mourn so long as the bride groom is beside them? A time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, for the patch breaks away from it, and the tear is made worse: nor do men pour fresh wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine is spilt, the wineskins are ruined. They put fresh wine into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."
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. So when some scribes of the Pharisees saw he was eating with sinners and taxgatherers they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat and drink with taxgatherers and sinners?" On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "Those who are strong have no need of a doctor, but those who are ill: I have not come to call just men but sinners." read more.
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?" Jesus said to them, "Can friends at a wedding fast while the bridegroom is beside them? As long as they have the bridegroom beside them they cannot fast. A time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them; then they will fast, on that day. No one stitches a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, otherwise the patch breaks away, the new from the old, and the tear is made worse: no one pours fresh wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wine will burst the wineskins, and both wine and wineskins are ruined."
Levi held a great banquet for him in his house; there was a large company present of taxgatherers and others who were guests along with them. But the Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with taxgatherers and sinners?" Jesus replied to them, "Healthy people have no need of a doctor, but those who are ill: read more.
I have not come to call just men but sinners to repentance." They said to him, "The disciples of John fast frequently and offer prayers, as do the disciples of the Pharisees; but your adherents eat and drink." Jesus said to them, "Can you make friends at a wedding fast while the bride groom is beside them? A time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast at that time." He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new cloak and sews it on an old cloak; otherwise he will tear the new cloak, and the new piece will not match with the old. No one pours fresh wine into old wineskins; otherwise the fresh wine will burst the wineskins, the wine will be spilt and the wineskins ruined. No, fresh wine must be poured into new wineskins. Besides, no one wants new wine [immediately] after drinking old; 'The old,' he says, 'is better.'"
Now, produce fruit that answers to your repentance, instead of presuming to say to yourselves, 'We have a father in Abraham.' I tell you, God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
Do not imagine I have come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I have not come to destroy but to fulfil. (I tell you truly, till heaven and earth pass away not an iota, not a comma, will pass from the Law until it is all in force. 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, whoever maligns his brother must come before the San hedrin, whoever curses his brother must go to the fire of Gehenna.' But I tell you, whoever is angry with his brother [without cause] will be sentenced by God. So if you remember, even when offering your gift at the altar, that your brother has any grievance against you, read more.
leave your gift at the very altar and go away; first be reconciled to your brother, then come back and offer your gift. Be quick and make terms with your opponent, so long as you and he are on the way to court, in case he hands you over to the judge, and the judge to the jailer, and you are thrown into prison; truly I tell you, you will never get out till you pay the last halfpenny of your debt. You have heard how it used to be said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you, any one who even looks with lust at a woman has committed adultery with her already in his heart. If your right eye is a hindrance to you, pluck it out and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand is a hindrance to you, cut it off and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. It used to be said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a divorce-certificate. But I tell you, anyone who divorces his wife for any reason except unchastity makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Once again, you have heard how the men of old were told, 'You must not forswear yourself but discharge your vows to the Lord'. But I tell you, you must not swear any oath, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God, nor by earth, for it is the footstool of his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King; nor shall you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let what you say be simply 'yes' or 'no'; whatever exceeds that springs from evil. You have heard the saying, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, you are not to resist an injury: whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well; whoever wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well; whoever forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him; give to the man who begs from you, and turn not away from him who wants to borrow. You have heard the saying, 'You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
No one sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, for the patch breaks away from it, and the tear is made worse: nor do men pour fresh wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine is spilt, the wineskins are ruined. They put fresh wine into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."
No one sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, for the patch breaks away from it, and the tear is made worse: