|3:13-15- Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John.
But John tried to prevent him. "I need you to immerse (baptise) me", he said.
"Surely you do not come to me?" But Jesus replied, "It is right for us to meet all
the Law's demands - let it be so now."
4:4 - Jesus answered, "The scripture says 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'."
4:10 - "Away with you, Satan!" replied Jesus, "the scripture says, 'You shall
worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve'."
4:17 - From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "You must change
your hearts - for the kingdom of Heaven has arrived."
4:18-19 - While he was walking by the lake of Galilee he saw two brothers,
Simon (Peter) and Andrew, casting their large net into the water. They were
fishermen, so Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will teach you to catch men!"
5:2-12 - Then he began his teaching by saying to them, "How happy are the
humble-minded, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! "How happy are those
who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort!
"Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!
"Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully
satisfied! "Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them!
"Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God! "Happy are those who
make peace, for they will be sons of God! "Happy are those who have suffered
persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!
"And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you and
say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake! Be glad then, yes,
be tremendously glad - for your reward in Heaven is magnificent. They
persecuted the prophets before your time in exactly the same way.
5:13 - "You are the earth's salt. But if the salt should become tasteless, what
can make it salt again? It is completely useless and can only be thrown out of
doors and stamped under foot."
5:14-15 - "You are the world's light - it is impossible to hide a town built on the
top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a
lamp-stand and it gives light for everybody in the house.
5:16 - "Let your light shine like that in the sight of men. Let them see the good
things you do and praise your Father in Heaven."
5:17-20 - "You must not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I
have not come to abolish them but to complete [fulfill] them. Indeed, I assure
you that, while Heaven and earth last, the Law will not lose a single dot or
comma until its purpose is complete. Whoever then annuls one of the least of
these commandments and teaches men to do the same will himself be called
least in Heaven. But whoever teaches and keeps (practices) them will be called
great in the kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that your goodness must be a far
better thing then the goodness of the scribes and Pharisees before you can
set foot in the kingdom of Heaven at all!
5:21-22 -"You have heard that it was said to the people in the old days, 'You
shall not murder',and anyone who does must stand his trial. But I say to you
that anyone who is angry with his brother must stand his trial; anyone who
contemptuously calls his brother a fool must face the supreme court; and
anyone who looks on his brother as a lost soul is himself heading straight for
the fire of destruction.
5:23-24 - "So that if, while you are offering your gift at the altar, you should
remember that your brother has something against you, you must leave your
gift there before the altar and go away. Make your peace with your brother first,
then come and offer your gift."
5:25-26 - "Come to terms quickly with your opponent while you have the
chance, or else he may hand you over to the judge and the judge in turn hand
you over to the officer of the court and you will be thrown into prison. Believe
me, you will never get out again till you have paid your last farthing!"
5:27-28 - "You have heard that it was said to the people in the old days, 'You
shall not commit adultery'.But I say to you that every man who looks at a
woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her - in his heart.
5:29-30 -"Yes, if your right eye leads you astray pluck it out and throw it away;
it is better for you to lose one of your members than that your whole body
should be thrown on to the rubbish-heap. "Yes, if your right hand leads you
astray cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your
members than that your whole body should go to the rubbish-heap.
5:31-32- "It also used to be said that 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give
her a certificate of divorce'.But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife
except on the ground of unfaithfulness is making her an adulteress. And
whoever marries the woman who has been divorced also commits adultery.
5:33-37- "Again, you have heard that the people in the old days were told -
'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord',but I say
to you, don't use an oath at all. Don't swear by Heaven for it is God's throne,
nor by the earth for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem for it is the city of the
great king. No, and don't swear by your own head, for you cannot make a
single hair - white or black! Whatever you have to say let your 'yes' be a plain
'yes' and your 'no' a plain 'no' - anything more than this has a taint of evil.
5:38-39 - "You have heard that it used to be said 'An eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth', but I tell you, don't resist the man who wants to harm you. If a
man hits your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.
5:40-42 - "If a man wants to sue you for your coat, let him have it and your
overcoat as well. If anybody forces you to go a mile with him, do more - go two
miles with him. Give to the man who asks anything from you, and don't turn
away from the man who wants to borrow."
5:43-45 -"You have heard that it used to be said, 'You shall love your
neighbor', and 'hate your enemy', but I tell you, Love your enemies, and pray
for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Heavenly
Father. For he makes the sun rise upon evil men as well as good, and he
sends his rain upon honest and dishonest men alike.
5:46-48 - For if you love only those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even tax-collectors do that! And if you exchange greetings only with your own
circle, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do that much. No,
you are to be perfect, like your Heavenly Father.
6:1 - "Beware of doing your good deeds conspicuously to catch men's eyes or
you will miss the reward of your Heavenly Father.
6:2-4 - "So, when you do good to other people, don't hire a trumpeter to go in
front of you - like those play-actors in the synagogues and streets who make
sure that men admire them. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are
going to get! No, when you give to charity, don't even let your left hand know
what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be secret. Your Father
who knows all secrets will reward you.
6:5-13- "And then, when you pray, don't be like the play-actors. They love to
stand and pray in the synagogues and at street-corners so that people may
see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get.
But when you pray, go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your
Father privately. Your Father who sees all private things will reward you. And
when you pray don't rattle off long prayers like the pagans who think they will
be heard because they use so many words. Don't be like them. After all, God,
who is your Father, knows your needs before you ask him. Pray then like this -
'Our Heavenly Father, may your name be honoured; May your kingdom come,
and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day the bread we
need, Forgive us what we owe to you, as we have also forgiven those who owe
anything to us. Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil'."
6:14-15 - "For if you forgive other people their failures, your Heavenly Father
will also forgive you. But if you will not forgive other people, neither will your
Heavenly Father forgive you your failures."
6:16-18 - "Then, when you fast, don't look like those miserable play-actors! For
they deliberately disfigure their faces so that people may see that they are
fasting. Believe me, they have had all their reward. No, when you fast, brush
your hair and wash your face so that nobody knows that you are fasting - let it
be a secret between you and your Father. And your Father who knows all
secrets will reward you.
6:19-21 - "Don't pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them
and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where
there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For
wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!"
6:22-23 - "The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole
body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of
darkness. If all the light you have is darkness, it is dark indeed!"
6:24- "No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love
the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and
the power of money at the same time."
6:25-30- "That is why I say to you, don't worry about living - wondering what
you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more
important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear.
Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns,
and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you much more valuable to
him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an
inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers
grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his
glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of
the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much
more likely to clothe you, you 'little-faiths'?
6:31-33 - "So don't worry and don't keep saying, 'What shall we eat, what shall
we drink or what shall we wear?! That is what pagans are always looking for;
your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the
kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of
6:34 - "Don't worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of
itself! One day's trouble is enough for one day."
7:1-2 - "Don't criticise people, and you will not be criticised. For you will be
judged by the way you criticise others, and the measure you give will be the
measure you receive."
7:3-5 -"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and fail
to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me get
the speck out of your eye', when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take
the plank out of your own eye first, and then you can see clearly enough to
remove your brother's speck of dust."
7:6- "You must not give holy things to dogs, nor must you throw your pearls
before pigs - or they may trample them underfoot and turn and attack you."
7:7-8 - "Ask and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the
door will be opened for you. The one who asks will always receive; the one who
is searching will always find, and the door is opened to the man who knocks."
7:9-11- "If any of you were asked by his son for bread would you be likely to
give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish would you give him a snake? If you
then, for all your evil, quite naturally give good things to your children, how
much more likely is it that your Heavenly Father will give good things to those
who ask him?"
7:12 - "Treat other people exactly as you would like to be treated by them - this
is the essence of all true religion."
7:13-14- "Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road which
leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow gate
and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it."
7:15-20 - "Be on your guard against false religious teachers, who come to you
dressed up as sheep but are really greedy wolves. You can tell them by their
fruit. Do you pick a bunch of grapes from a thorn-bush or figs from a clump of
thistles? Every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad
fruit. A good tree is incapable of producing bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot
produce good fruit. The tree that fails to produce good fruit is cut down and
burnt. So you may know men by their fruit."
7:21 - "It is not everyone who keeps saying to me 'Lord, Lord' who will enter the
kingdom of Heaven, but the man who actually does my Heavenly Father's will.
7:22-23 - "In 'that day' many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we preach in your
name, didn't we cast out devils in your name, and do many great things in your
name?' Then I shall tell them plainly, 'I have never known you. Go away from
me, you have worked on the side of evil!'"
7:24-25- "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and puts them into
practice is like a sensible man who builds his house on the rock. Down came
the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and roared upon that
house - and it did not fall because its foundations were on the rock.
7:26-27 - "And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not follow
them can be compared with a foolish man who built his house on sand. Down
came the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and battered that
house till it collapsed, and fell with a great crash."
8:1-3 - Large crowds followed him when he came down from the hillside. There
was a leper who came and knelt in front of him. "Sir," he said, "if you want to,
you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand and placed it on the
leper saying, "Of course I want to. Be clean!" And at once he was clear of the
8:4 - "Mind you say nothing to anybody," Jesus told him. "Go straight off and
show yourself to the priest and make the offering for your recovery that Moses
prescribed, as evidence to the authorities."
8:10-12 - When Jesus heard this, he was astonished. "Believe me," he said to
those who were following him, "I have never found faith like this, even in Israel! I
tell you that many people will come from east and west and sit at my table with
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven. But those who should
have belonged to the kingdom will be banished to the darkness outside, where
there will be tears and bitter regret."
8:13 - Then he said to the centurion, "Go home now, and everything will
happen as you have believed it will." And his servant was healed at that actual
8:20 - "Foxes have earths, birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has
nowhere that he can call his own," replied Jesus.
8:22 - But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own
8:26-27 - "What are you so frightened about, you little-faiths?" he replied. Then
he got to his feet and rebuked the wind and the waters and there was a great
calm. The men were filled with astonishment and kept saying, "Whatever sort of
man is this - why, even the wind and the waves do what he tells them!"
9:1-2- So Jesus re-embarked on the boat, crossed the lake, and came to his
own town. Immediately some people arrived bringing him a paralytic lying flat on
his bed. When Jesus saw the faith of those who brought him he said to the
paralytic, "Cheer up, my son! Your sins are forgiven."
9:3-8 - At once some of the scribes thought to themselves, "This man is
blaspheming". But Jesus realised what they were thinking, and said to them,
"Why must you have such evil thoughts in your minds? Do you think it is easier
to say to this man, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Get up and walk'? But to make it
quite plain that the Son of Man has full authority on earth to forgive sins" - and
here he spoke to the paralytic - "Get up, pick up your bed and go home." And
the man sprang to his feet and went home. When the crowds saw what had
happened they were filled with awe and praised God for giving such power to
9:9- Jesus left there and as he passed on he saw a man called Matthew sitting
at his desk in the tax-collector's office. "Follow me!" he said to him - and the
man got to his feet and followed him.
9:10-13 - Later, as Jesus was in the house sitting at the dinner-table, a good
many tax-collectors and other disreputable people came on the scene and
joined him and his disciples. The Pharisees noticed this and said to the
disciples, "Why does your master have his meals with tax-collectors and
sinners?" But Jesus heard this and replied, "It is not the fit and flourishing who
need the doctor, but those who are ill! Suppose you go away and learn what
this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'. In any case I did not come to
invite the 'righteous' but the 'sinners'."
9:15 - "Can you expect wedding-guests to mourn while they have the
bridegroom with them?" replied Jesus. "The day will come when the bridegroom
will be taken away from them - they will certainly fast then!"
9:16-17 -"Nobody sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on to an old coat, for the
patch will pull away from the coat and the hole will be worse than ever. Nor do
people put new wine into old wineskins - otherwise the skins burst, the wine is
spilt and the skins are ruined. But they put new wine into new skins and both
9:22 - But Jesus turned right round and saw her. "Cheer up, my daughter," he
said, "your faith has made you well!" And the woman was completely cured
from that moment.
9:23-24 - Then when Jesus came into the official's house and noticed the
flute-players and the noisy crowd he said, "You must all go outside; the little girl
is not dead, she is fast asleep."
9:27-28 - As Jesus passed on his waytwo blind men followed him with the cry,
"have pity on us, Son of David!" And when he had gone inside the house these
two came up to him. "Do you believe I can do it?" he said to them. "Yes, Lord,"
9:29 - Then he touched their eyes, saying, "You have believed and you will not
9:30-31 - Then their sight returned, but Jesus sternly warned them, "Don't let
anyone know about this." Yet they went outside and spread the story
throughout the whole district.
9:37-38 - "The harvest is great enough," he remarked to his disciples, "but the
reapers are few. So you must pray to the Lord of the harvest to send men out
to reap it."
10:5-8 - These were the twelve whom Jesus sent out, with the instructions:
"Don't turn off into any of the heathen roads, and don't go into any Samaritan
town. Concentrate on the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go proclaim
that the kingdom of Heaven has arrived. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the
lepers, drive out devils - give, as you have received, without any charge
10:9-10 - "Don't take any gold or silver or even coppers to put in your purse;
nor a knapsack for the journey, nor even a change of clothes, or sandals or a
staff - the workman is worth his keep!
10:11-13 - "Wherever you go, whether it is into a town or a village, find out
someone who is respected, and stay with him until you leave. As you enter his
house give it your blessing. If the house deserves it, the peace of your blessing
will come to it. But if it doesn't, your peace will return to you.
10:14-15 - "And if no one will welcome you or even listen to what you have to
say, leave that house or town, and once outside it shake off the dust of that
place from your feet. Believe me, Sodom and Gomorrah will fare better in the
day of judgment than that town."
10:16-18 - "Here I am sending you out like sheep with wolves all round you; so
be as wise as serpents and yet as harmless as doves. But be on your guard
against men. For they will take you to the court and flog you in their
synagogues. You will be brought into the presence of governors and kings
because of me - to give your witness to them and to the heathen.
10:19-20 - "But when they do arrest you, never worry about how you are to
speak or what you are to say. You will be told at the time what you are to say.
For it will not be really you who are speaking but the Spirit of your Father
speaking through you.
10:21-22 - "Brothers are going to betray their brothers to death, and fathers
their children. Children are going to betray their parents and have them
executed. You yourselves will be universally hated because of my name. But
the man who endures to the very end will be safe and sound.
10:23-27 - "But when they persecute you in one town make your escape to the
next. Believe me, you will not have covered the towns of Israel before the Son
of Man arrives. The disciple is not superior to his teacher any more than the
servant is superior to his master, for what is good enough for the teacher is
good enough for the disciple as well, and the servant will not fare better than
his master. If men call the master of the household the 'Prince of Evil', what sort
of names will they give to his Servants? But never let them frighten you, for
there is nothing covered up which is not going to be exposed nor anything
private which will not be made public. The things I tell you in the dark you must
say in the daylight, and the things you hear in your private ear you must
proclaim from the house-tops.
10:28 - "Never be afraid of those who can kill the body but are powerless to kill
the soul! Far better to stand in awe of the one who has the power to destroy
body and soul in the fires of destruction!
10:29-31 - "Two sparrows sell for a farthing, don't they? Yet not a single
sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. The very hairs of
your head are all numbered. Never be afraid, then - you are far more valuable
10:32-33 - "Every man who publicly acknowledges me I shall acknowledge in
the presence of my Father in Heaven, but the man who disowns me before men
I shall disown before my Father in Heaven.
10:34-36 - "Never think I have come to bring peace upon the earth. No, I have
not come to bring peace but a sword! For I have come to set a man against his
own father, a daughter against her own mother, and a daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be those who live in his own house.
10:37-39 - "Anyone who puts his love for father or mother above his love for
me does not deserve to be mine, and he who loves son or daughter more than
me is not worthy of me, and neither is the man who refuses to take up his cross
and follow my way. The man who has found his own life will lose it, but the man
who has lost it for my sake will find it.
10:40 - "Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me is
welcoming the one who sent me.
10:41-42 - "Whoever welcomes a prophet just because he is a prophet will get
a prophet's reward. And whoever welcomes a good man just because he is a
good man will get a good man's reward. Believe me, anyone who gives even a
drink of water to one of these little ones, just because he is my disciple, will by
no means lose his reward."
11:4-6 - Jesus gave them this reply, "Go and tell John what you see and hear -
that blind men are recovering their sight, cripples are walking, lepers being
healed, the deaf hearing, the dead being brought to life and the good news is
being given to those in need. And happy is the man who never loses faith in
11:7-10 - As John's disciples were going away Jesus began talking to the crowd
about John: "What did you go out into the desert to look at? A reed waving in
the breeze? No? Then what was it you went out to see? - a man dressed in fine
clothes? But the men who wear fine clothes live in the courts of kings! But what
did you really go to see - a prophet? Yes, I tell you, a prophet and far more
than a prophet! This is the man of whom the scripture says - 'Behold, I send my
messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you'.
11:11 - "Believe me, no one greater than John the Baptist has ever been born
of all mankind, and yet a humble member of the kingdom of Heaven is greater
11:12-15 - "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven
has been taken by storm and eager men are forcing their way into it. For the
Law and all the prophets foretold it till the time of John and - if you can believe
it - John himself is the 'Elijah' who must come before the kingdom. The man
who has ears to hear must use them.
11:16-19 - "But how can I show what the people of this generation are like?
They are like children sitting in the market-place calling out to their friends, 'We
played at weddings for you but you wouldn't dance, and we played at funerals
and you wouldn't cry!' For John came in the strictest austerity and people say,
'He's crazy!' Then the Son of Man came, enjoying life, and people say, 'Look, a
drunkard and a glutton - the bosom-friend of the tax-collector and the sinner.'
Ah, well, wisdom stands or falls by her own actions."
11:21-22 - "Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if Tyre and
Sidon had seen the demonstrations of God's power which you have seen they
would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Yet I tell you this, that it
will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
11:23-24 - "And as for you, Capernaum, are you on your way up to Heaven? I
tell you will go hurtling down among the dead! If Sodom had seen the miracles
that you have seen, Sodom would be standing today. Yet I tell you now that it
will be more bearable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for
11:25-26 - At this same time Jesus said, "O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, I
thank you for hiding these things from the clever and intelligent and for
showing them to mere children. Yes, I thank you, Father, that this was your will."
11:27 - Then he said: "Everything has been put in my hands by my Father, and
nobody knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father
except the Son - and the man to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
11:28-30 - "Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will
give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble
in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light."
12:1-2- It happened thenthat Jesus passed through the cornfields on the
Sabbath day. His disciples were hungry and began picking the ears of wheat
and eating them. But the Pharisees saw them do it. "There, you see," they
remarked to Jesus, "your disciples are doing what the Law forbids them to do
on the Sabbath."
12:3-4 - "Haven't any of you read what David did when he and his companions
were hungry?" replied Jesus, "- how he went into the house of God and ate the
presentation loaves, which he and his followers were not allowed to eat since
only priests can do so?
12:5-8 - "Haven't any of you read in the Law that every Sabbath day priests in
the Temple can break the Sabbath and yet remain blameless? I tell you that
there is something more important than the Temple here. If you had grasped
the meaning of the scripture 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice', you would not
have been so quick to condemn the innocent! For the Son of Man is master
even of the Sabbath."
12:9-10- Leaving there he went into their synagogue, where there happened to
be a man with a shrivelled hand. "Is it right to heal anyone on the Sabbath
day?" they asked him - hoping to bring a charge against him.
12:11-12 - "If any of you had a sheep which fell into a ditch on the Sabbath
day, would he not take hold of it and pull it out?" replied Jesus. "How much
more valuable is a man than a sheep? You see, it is right to do good on the
12:13 - Then Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He did stretch it
out, and it was restored as sound as the other.
12:25-29 - Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Any kingdom
divided against itself is bound to collapse, and no town or household divided
against itself can last for long. If it is Satan who is expelling Satan, then he is
divided against himself - so how do you suppose that his kingdom can
continue? And if I expel devils because I am an ally of Beelzebub, what alliance
do your sons make when they do the same thing? They can settle that
question for you! But if I am expelling devils by the Spirit of God, then the
kingdom of God has swept over you unawares! How do you suppose anyone
could get into a strong man's house and steal his property unless he first tied
up the strong man? But if he did that, he could ransack his whole house.
12:30-32 - "The man who is not on my side is against me, and the man who
does not gather with me is really scattering. That is why I tell you that men may
be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit
cannot be forgiven. A man may say a word against the Son of Man and be
forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven either
in this world or in the world to come!
12:33- "You must choose between having a good tree with good fruit and a
rotten tree with rotten fruit. For you can tell a tree at once by its fruit.
12:34-37 - "You serpent's brood, how can you say anything good out of your
evil hearts? For a man's words depend on what fills his heart. A good man
gives out good - from the goodness stored in his heart; a bad man gives out
evil - from his store of evil. I tell you that men will have to answer at the day of
judgment for every careless word they utter - for it is your words that will acquit
you, and your words that will condemn you."
12:38-42- Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said, "Master, we want to
see a sign from you." But Jesus told them, "It is an evil and unfaithful
generation that craves for a sign, and no sign will be given to it - except the
sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was in the belly of that great
sea-monster for three days and nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of
the earth for three days and nights. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this
generation in the judgment and will condemn it. For they did repent when
Jonah preached to them, and you have more than Jonah's preaching with you
now! The Queen of the South will stand up in the judgment with this generation
and will condemn it. For she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the
wisdom of Solomon, and you have more than the wisdom of Solomon with you
12:43-45 - "When the evil spirit goes out of a man it wanders through waterless
places looking for rest and never finding it. Then it says, 'I will go back to my
house from which I came.' When it arrives it finds it unoccupied, but clean and
all in order. Then it goes and collects seven other spirits more evil than itself to
keep it company, and they all go in and make themselves at home. The last
state of that man is worse than the first - and that is just what will happen to this
12:46-50 - While he was still talking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers
happened to be standing outside wanting to speak to him. Somebody said to
him, "Look, your mother and your brothers are outside wanting to speak to
you." But Jesus replied to the one who told him, "Who is my mother, and who
are my brothers?"; then with a gesture of his hand towards his disciples he
went on, "There are my mother and brothers! For whoever does the will of my
Heavenly Father is brother and sister and mother to me.
Jesus tells the parable of the seed*
13:1-9- It was on the same day that Jesus went out of the house and sat down
by the lake-side. Such great crowds collected round him that he went aboard a
small boat and sat down while all the people stood on the beach. He told them
a great deal in parables, and began: "There was once a man who went out to
sow. In his sowing some of the seeds fell by the road-side and the birds
swooped down and gobbled them up. Some fell on stony patches where they
had very little soil. They sprang up quickly in the shallow soil, but when the sun
came up they were scorched by the heat and withered away because they had
no roots. Some seeds fell among thorn-bushes and the thorns grew up and
choked the life out of them. But some fell on good soil and produced a crop -
some a hundred times what had been sown, some sixty and some thirty times.
The man who has ears should use them!"
13:10 - At this the disciples approached him and asked, "Why do you talk to
them in parables?"
13:11-15 - "Because you have been given the chance to understand the
secrets of the kingdom of Heaven," replied Jesus, "but they have not. For when
a man has something, more is given to him till he has plenty. But if he has
nothing even his nothing will be taken away from him. This is why I speak to
them in these parables; because they go through life with their eyes open, but
see nothing, and with their ears open, but understand nothing of what they
hear. They are the living fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy which says: 'Hearing
you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not
perceive; for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn,
so that I should heal them'.
13:16-17 - "But how fortunate you are to have eyes that see and ears that
hear! Believe me, a great many prophets and good men have longed to see
what you are seeing and they never saw it. Yes, and they longed to hear what
you are hearing and they never heard it.
13:18-23 - "Now listen to the parable of the sower. When a man hears the
message of the kingdom and does not grasp it, the evil one comes and
snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is like the seed sown by the
road-side. The seed sown on the stony patches represents the man who hears
the message and eagerly accepts it. But it has not taken root in him and does
not last long - the moment trouble or persecution arises through the message
he gives up his faith at once. The seed sown among the thorns represents the
man who hears the message, and then the worries of this life and the illusions
of wealth choke it to death and so it produces no 'crop' in his life. But the seed
sown on good soil is the man who both hears and understands the message.
His life shows a good crop, a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
13:24-30- Then he put another parable before them. "The kingdom of
Heaven," he said, "is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his
men were asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and
went away. When the crop came up and ripened, the weeds appeared as well.
Then the owner's servants came up to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good
seed in your field? Where did all these weeds come from? 'Some blackguard
has done this to spite me.' he replied. 'Do you want us then to go out and pull
them all up?' said the servants. 'No,' he returned, 'if you pull up the weeds now,
you would pull up the wheat with them. Let them both grow together till the
harvest. And at harvest-time I shall tell the reapers, 'Collect all the weeds first
and tie them up in bundles ready to burn, but collect the wheat and store it in
13:31-32 - Then he put another parable before them:"the kingdom of Heaven
is like a tiny grain of mustard-seed which a man took and sowed in his field. As
a seed it is the smallest of them all, but it grows to be the biggest of all plants. It
becomes a tree, big enough for birds to come and nest in its branches."
13:33 - This is another of the parables he told them: "the kingdom of Heaven is
like yeast, taken by a woman and put into three measures of flour until the
whole lot had risen."
13:37-39 - "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man," replied
Jesus. "The field is the whole world. The good seed? That is the sons of the
kingdom, while the weeds are the sons of the evil one. The blackguard who
sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of this world. The reapers are
13:40-43 - "Just as weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire so will it
happen at the end of this world. The Son of Man will send out his angels and
they will uproot from the kingdom everything that is spoiling it, and all those
who live in defiance of its laws, and will throw them into the blazing furnace,
where there will be tears and bitter regret. Then the good will shine out like the
sun in their Father's kingdom. The man who has ears should use them.
13:44 - "Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like some treasure which has been
buried in a field. A man finds it and buries it again, and goes off overjoyed to
sell all his possessions to buy himself that field.
13:45-46 - "Or again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant searching for
fine pearls. When he has found a single pearl of great value, he goes and sells
all his possessions and buys it.
13:47-50 - "Or the kingdom of Heaven is like a big net thrown into the sea
collecting all kinds of fish. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore and sit
down and pick out the good ones for the barrels, but they throw away the bad.
That is how it will be at the end of this world. The angels will go out and pick out
the wicked from among the good and throw them into the blazing furnace,
where there will be tears and bitter regret.
13:51 - "Have you grasped all this?"
"Yes," they replied.
13:52 - "You can see, then," returned Jesus, "how every one who knows the
Law and becomes a disciple of the kingdom of Heaven is like a householder
who can produce from his store both the new and the old."
14:16 - "There's no need for them to go away," returned Jesus. "You give them
something to eat!"
14:17 - "But we haven't anything here," they told him, "except five loaves and
14:18 - To which Jesus replied, "Bring them here to me."
14:22-27 - Directly after this Jesus insisted on his disciples' getting aboard their
boat and going on ahead to the other side, while he himself sent the crowds
home. And when he had sent them away he went up the hill-side quite alone, to
pray. When it grew late he was there by himself while the boat was by now a
long way from the shore at the mercy of the waves, for the wind was dead
against them. In the small hours Jesus went out to them, walking on the water
of the lake. When the disciples caught sight of him walking on the water they
were terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said, and screamed with fear. But at once
Jesus spoke to them. "It's all right! It's I myself, don't be afraid!"
14:28 - "Lord, if it's really you," said Peter, "tell me to come to you on the water."
14:29a - "Come on, then," replied Jesus.
14:29b-33 - Peter stepped down from the boat and did walk on the water,
making for Jesus. But when he saw the fury of the wind he panicked and began
to sink, calling out, "Lord save me!" At once Jesus reached out his hand and
caught him, saying, "You little-faith! What made you lose your nerve like that?"
Then, when they were both aboard the boat, the wind dropped. The whole crew
came and knelt down before Jesus, crying, "You are indeed the Son of God!"
15:3-9 - "Tell me," replied Jesus, "why do you break God's commandment
through your tradition? For God said,'Honour your father and your mother',
and 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death' . But you say that
if a man tells his parents, 'Whatever use I might have been to you is now given
to God', then he owes no further duty to his parents. And so your tradition
empties the commandment of God of all its meaning. You hypocrites! Isaiah
describes you beautifully when he said: 'These people draw near to me with
their mouth, and honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in
vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men'."
15:10-11 - Then he called the crowd to him and said, "Listen, and understand
this thoroughly! It is not what goes into a man's mouth that makes him common
or unclean. It is what comes out of a man's mouth that makes him unclean."
15:12 - Later his disciples came to him and said, "Do you know that the
Pharisees are deeply offended by what you said?"
15:13-14 - "Every plant which my Heavenly Father did not plant will be pulled
up by the roots," returned Jesus. "Let them alone. They are blind guides, and
when one blind man leads another blind man they will both end up in the ditch!"
15:15 - "Explain this parable to us," broke in Peter.
15:16 - "Are you still unable to grasp things like that?" replied Jesus.
15:17-20 - "Don't you see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the
stomach and then out of the body altogether? But the things that come out of a
man's mouth come from his heart and mind, and it is they that really make a
man unclean. For it is from a man's mind that evil thoughts arise - murder,
adultery, lust, theft, perjury and blasphemy. These are the things which make a
man unclean, not eating without washing his hands properly!"
15:24 - "I was only sent," replied Jesus, "to the lost sheep of the house of
15:25 - Then the woman came and knelt at his feet. "Lord, help me," she said.
15:26 - "It is not right, you know," Jesus replied, "to take the children's food and
throw it to the dogs."
15:27 - "Yes, Lord, I know, but even the dogs live on the scraps that fall from
their master's table!"
15:28 - "You certainly don't lack faith," returned Jesus, "it shall be as you wish."
And at that moment her daughter was cured.
15:32 - But Jesus quietly called his disciples to him. "My heart goes out to this
crowd," he said. "They've stayed with me three days now and have no more
food. I don't want to send them home without anything or they will collapse on
15:33 - "Where could we find enough food to feed such a crowd in this
deserted spot?" said the disciples.
15:34 - "How many loaves have you?" asked Jesus. "Seven, and a few small
fish," they replied.
16:1-4 - Once the Pharisees and the Sadducees arrived together to test him,
and asked him to give them a sign from Heaven. But he replied, "When the
evening comes you say, 'Ah, fine weather - the sky is red.' In the morning you
say, 'There will be a storm today, the sky is red and threatening.' Yes, you
know how to interpret the look of the sky but you have no idea how to interpret
the signs of the times! A wicked and unfaithful age insists on a sign; and it will
not be given any sign at all but that of the prophet Jonah." And he turned on
his heel and left them.
16:5-12- Then his disciples came to him on the other side of the lake,
forgetting to bring any bread with them. "Keep your eyes open," said Jesus to
them, "and be on your guard against the 'yeast' of the Pharisees and
Sadducees!" But they were arguing with each other, and saying, "We forgot to
bring the bread." When Jesus saw this he said to them, "Why all this argument
among yourselves about not bringing any bread, you little-faiths? Don't you
understand yet, or have you forgotten the five loaves and the five thousand,
and how many baskets you took up afterwards; or the seven loaves and the
four thousand and how many baskets you took up then? I wonder why you
don't understand that I wasn't talking about bread at all - I told you to beware of
the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they grasped the fact that
he had not told them to be beware of yeast in the ordinary sense but of the
teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
16:13 - When Jesus reached the Caesarea-Philippi district he asked his
disciples a question. "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
16:14 - "Well, some say John the Baptist," they told him. "Some say Elijah,
others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
16:15 - "But what about you?" he said to them. "Who do you say that I am?"
16:16 - Simon Peter answered, "You? You are Christ, the Son of the living
16:17-20 - "Simon, son of Jonah, you are a fortunate man indeed!" said Jesus,
"for it was not your own nature but my Heavenly Father who has revealed this
truth to you! Now I tell you that you are Peter the rock, and it is on this rock that
I am going to found my Church, and the powers of death will never prevail
against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; whatever you
forbid on earth will be what is forbidden in Heaven and whatever you permit on
earth will be what is permitted in Heaven!"
16:22-23 - Then Peter took him on one side and started to remonstrate with
him over this. "God bless you, Master! Nothing like this must happen to you!"
Then Jesus turned round and said to Peter, "Out of my way, Satan! ... you
stand right in my path, Peter, when you look at things from man's point of view
and not from God's."
16:24-26- Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to follow in my
footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.
For the man who wants to save his life will lose it; but the man who loses his life
for my sake will find it. For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at
the price of his own soul? What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he
had lost it?
16:27-28 - "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father and in the
company of his angels and then he will repay every man for what he has done.
Believe me, there are some standing here today who will know nothing of death
till they have seen the Son of Man coming as a king."
17:8 - "Get up and don't be frightened," he said. And as they raised their eyes
there was no one to be seen but Jesus himself.
17:11-12 - "Yes, Elijah does come first," replied Jesus, "and begins the world's
reformation. But I tell you that Elijah has come already and men did not
recognise him. They did what they liked with him, and they will do the same to
the Son of Man."
17:17 - "You really are an unbelieving and difficult people," Jesus returned.
"How long must I be with you, and how long must I put up with you? Bring him
here to me!"
17:20-21 - "Because you have so little faith," replied Jesus. "I assure you that if
you have as much faith as a grain of mustard-seed you can say to this hill, 'Up
you get and move over there!' and it will move - you will find nothing is
impossible." "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting"
17:22-23 - As they went about together in Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of
Man is going to be handed over to the power of men, and they will kill him. And
on the third day he will be raised to life again." This greatly distressed the
17:25 - "Oh, yes, he does!" replied Peter. Later when he went into the house
Jesus anticipated what he was going to say. "What do you think, Simon?" he
said. "Whom do the kings of this world get their rates and taxes from - their own
people or from others?"
17:26 - "From others," replied Peter.
17:27 - "Then the family is exempt," Jesus told him. "Yet we don't want to give
offence to these people, so go down to the lake and throw in your hook. Take
the first fish that bites, open his mouth and you'll find a coin. Take that and give
it to them, for both of us."
18:2-4 - Jesus called a little child to his side and set him on his feet in the
middle of them all. "Believe me," he said, "unless you change your whole
outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of
Heaven. It is the man who can be as humble as this little child who is greatest in
the kingdom of Heaven.
18:5-7 - "Anyone who welcomes one child like this for my sake is welcoming
me. But if anyone leads astray one of these little children who believe in me he
would be better off thrown into the depths of the sea with a mill-stone hung
round his neck! Alas for the world with its pitfalls! In the nature of things there
must be pitfalls. yet alas for the man who is responsible for them!
18:8-9 - "If your hand or your foot is a hindrance to your faith, cut it off and
throw it away. It is a good thing to go into life maimed or crippled - rather than
to have both hands and feet and be thrown on to the everlasting fire. Yes, and
if your eye leads you astray, tear it out and throw it away. It is a good thing to
go one-eyed into life - rather than to have both your eyes and be thrown on the
fire of the rubbish heap.
18:10-11-"Be careful that you never despise a single one of these little ones -
for I tell you that they have angels who see my Father's face continually in
18:12-14 - "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one
wanders away from the rest, won't he leave the ninety-nine on the hill-side and
set out to look for the one who has wandered away? Yes, and if he should
chance to find it I assure you he is more delighted over that one than he is over
the ninety-nine who never wandered away. You can understand then that it is
never the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones
should be lost."
18:15-17- "But if your brother wrongs you, go and have it out with him at once -
just between the two of you. If he will listen to you, you have won him back as
your brother. But if he will not listen to you, take one or two others with you so
that everything that is said may have the support of two or three witnesses.
And if he still won't pay any attention, tell the matter to the church. And if he
won't even listen to the church then he must be to you just like a pagan - or a
18:18- "Believe me, whatever you forbid upon earth will be what is forbidden in
Heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be what is permitted in Heaven."
18:19-20 - "And I tell you once more that if two of you on earth agree in asking
for anything it will be granted to you by my Heavenly Father. For wherever two
or three people come together in my name, I am there, right among you!"
18:21 - Then Peter approached him with the question, "Master, how many
times can my brother wrong me and I must forgive him? Would seven times be
18:22-27 - "No," replied Jesus, "not seven times, but seventy times seven! For
the kingdom of Heaven is like a king who decided to settle his accounts with his
servants. When he had started calling in his accounts, a man was brought to
him who owed him millions of pounds. And when it was plain that he had no
means of repaying the debt, his master gave orders for him to be sold as a
slave, and his wife and children and all his possessions as well, and the money
to be paid over. At this the servant fell on his knees before his master, 'Oh, be
patient with me!' he cried, 'and I will pay you back every penny!' Then his
master was moved with pity for him, set him free and cancelled his debt.
18:28-30 - "But when this same servant had left his master's presence, he
found one of his fellow-servants who owed him a few shillings. He grabbed him
and seized him by the throat, crying, 'Pay up what you owe me!' At this his
fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and implored him, 'Oh, be patient with me,
and I will pay you back!' But he refused and went out and had him put in prison
until he should repay the debt.
18:31 - When the other fellow-servants saw what had happened, they were
horrified and told their master the whole incident.
18:32-35 - Then his master called him in. "You wicked servant!' he said. 'Didn't
I cancel all that debt when you begged me to do so? Oughtn't you to have
taken pity on your fellow-servant as I, your master, took pity on you? And his
master in anger handed him over to the gaolers till he should repay the whole
debt. This is how my Heavenly Father will treat you unless you each forgive
your brother from your heart."
19:4-6 - "Haven't you read," he answered, "that the one who created them from
the beginning 'made them male and female' and said: 'For this reason a man
shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall
become one flesh'? So they are no longer two separate people but one. No
man therefore must separate what God has joined together."
19:7 - "Then why," they retorted, "did Moses command us to give a written
divorce-notice and dismiss the woman?"
19:8-9 - "It was because you knew so little of the meaning of love that Moses
allowed you to divorce your wives! But that was not the original principle. I tell
you that anyone who divorces his wife on any grounds except her
unfaithfulness and marries some other woman commits adultery."
19:10 - His disciples said to him, "If that is a man's position with his wife, it is not
worth getting married!"
19:11-12 - "It is not everybody who can live up to this," replied Jesus, "- only
those who have a special gift. For some are incapable of marriage from birth,
some are made incapable by the action of men, and some have made
themselves so for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven. Let the man who can
accept what I have said accept it."
19:13-15 - Then some little children were brought to him, so that he could put
his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples frowned on the parents'
action but Jesus said, "You must let little children come to me, and you must
never stop them. The kingdom of Heaven belongs to little children like these!"
Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
19:17 - "I wonder why you ask me about what is good?" Jesus answered him.
"Only One is good. But if you want to enter that life you must keep the
19:18-19 - "Which ones?" he asked. "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not
commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,'
'Honour your father and your mother', and' You shall love your neighbour as
yourself'," replied Jesus.
19:20 - "I have carefully kept all these," returned the young man. "What is still
missing in my life?"
19:21 - Then Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go now and sell your
property and give the money away to the poor - you will have riches in Heaven.
Then come and follow me!"
19:22 - When the young man heard that he turned away crestfallen, for he was
19:23-24 - Then Jesus remarked to his disciples, "Believe me, a rich man will
find it very difficult to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Yes, I repeat, a camel could
more easily squeeze through the eye of a needle than a rich man get into the
kingdom of God!"
19:25 - The disciples were simply amazed to hear this, and said, "Then who
can possibly be saved?"
19:26 - Jesus looked steadily at them and replied, "Humanly speaking it is
impossible; but with God anything is possible!"
19:28-30 - "Believe me," said Jesus, "when I tell you that in the next world,
when the Son of Man shall sit down on his glorious throne, you who have
followed me will also sit on twelve thrones and become judges of the twelve
tribes of Israel. Every man who has left houses or brothers or sisters or fathers
or mother or children or land for my sake will receive it all back many times
over, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first now will be last then -
and the last first!
20:1-7 - "For the kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer going out early in the
morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. He agreed with them on a wage of a
silver coin a day and sent them to work. About nine o'clock he went and saw
some others standing about in the market-place with nothing to do. 'You go to
the vineyard too," he said to them, 'and I will pay you a fair wage.' And off they
went. At about mid-day and again at about three o'clock in the afternoon he
went and did the same thing. Then about five o'clock he went out and found
some others standing about. 'Why are you standing about here all day doing
nothing?' he asked them. 'Because no one has employed us,' they replied.
'You go off into the vineyard as well, then,' he said.
20:8-12 - "When evening came the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
'Call the labourers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last and
ending with the first.' So those who were engaged at five o'clock came up and
each man received a silver coin. But when the first to be employed came they
reckoned they would get more, but they also received a silver coin a man. As
they took their money they grumbled at the farmer and said, 'These last fellows
have only put in one hour's work and you've treated them exactly the same as
us who have gone through all the hard work and heat of the day!'
20:13-15 - "But he replied to one of them, 'My friend, I'm not being unjust to
you. Wasn't our agreement for a silver coin a day? Take your money and go
home. It is my wish to give the latecomers as much as I give you. May I not do
what I like with what belongs to me? Must you be jealous because I am
20:16 - "So, many who are the last now will be the first then and the first last."
Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem
20:17-19 - Then, as he was about to go up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve
disciples aside and spoke to them as they walked along. "Listen, we are now
going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief
priests and the scribes - and they will condemn him to death. They will hand
him over to the heathen to ridicule and flog and crucify. And on the third day he
will rise again!"
20:20 - At this point the mother of the sons of Zebedee arrived with her sons
and knelt in front of Jesus to ask him a favour.
20:21 - "What is it you want?" he asked her.
"Please say that these two sons of mine may sit one on each side of you when
you are king!" she said.
20:22 - "You don't know what it is you are asking," replied Jesus. "Can you two
drink what I have to drink?"
"Yes, we can," they answered.
20:23 - "Ah, you will indeed 'drink my drink'," Jesus told them, "but as for sitting
on either side of me, that is not for me to grant - that belongs to those for whom
my Father has planned it."
20:24 - When the other ten heard of this incident they were highly indignant
with the two brothers.
20:25-28 - But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of
the heathen lord it over them and that their great ones have absolute power?
But it must not be so among you. No, whoever among you wants to be great
must become the servant of you all, and if he wants to be first among you he
must be your slave - just as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to
serve, and to give his life to set many others free."
He restores sight to two blind men
20:29-31 - A great crowd followed them as they were leaving Jericho, and two
blind men who were sitting by the roadside, hearing that it was Jesus who was
passing by, cried out, "Have pity on us, Lord, you Son of David!" The crowd
tried to hush them up, but this only made them cry out more loudly still, "Have
pity on us, Lord, you Son of David!"
20:32 - Jesus stood quite still and called out to them, "What do you want me to
do for you?"
20:33 - "Lord, let us see again!"
20:34 - And Jesus, deeply moved with pity, touched their eyes. At once their
sight was restored, and they followed him.
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