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`Physician, cure yourself: all that we hear that you have
done at Capernaum, do here also in your native place.'"

004:024 "I tell you in solemn truth," He added, "that no Prophet
is welcomed among his own people.

004:025 But I tell you in truth that there was many a widow in Israel
in the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three years
and six months and there came a severe famine over all the land;

004:026 and yet to not one of them was Elijah sent: he was only sent
to a widow at Zarephath in the Sidonian country.

004:027 And there was also many a leper in Israel in the time of
the Prophet Elisha, and yet not one of them was cleansed,
but Naaman the Syrian was."

004:028 Then all in the synagogue, while listening to these words,
were filled with fury.

004:029 They rose, hurried Him outside the town, and brought Him
to the brow of the hill on which their town was built,
to throw Him down the cliff;

004:030 but He passed through the midst of them and went His way.

004:031 So He came down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, where He
frequently taught the people on the Sabbath days.

004:032 And they were greatly impressed by His teaching, because He
spoke with the language of authority.

004:033 But in the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit
of a foul demon. In a loud voice he cried out,

004:034 "Ha! Jesus the Nazarene, what have you to do with us?
I know who you are - God's Holy One!"

004:035 But Jesus rebuked the demon. "Silence!" He exclaimed;
"come out of him." Upon this, the demon hurled the man
into the midst of them, and came out of him without doing
him any harm.

004:036 All were astonished and awe-struck; and they asked one another,
"What sort of language is this? For with authority and real
power He gives orders to the foul spirits and they come out."

004:037 And the talk about Him spread into every part of
the neighbouring country.

004:038 Now when He rose and left the synagogue He went to Simon's house.
Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from an acute attack of fever;
and they consulted Him about her.

004:039 Then standing over her He rebuked the fever, and it left her;
and she at once rose and waited on them.

004:040 At sunset all who had friends suffering from any illness brought
them to Him, and He laid His hands on them all, one by one,
and cured them.

004:041 Demons also came out of many, loudly calling out, "You are
the Son of God." But He rebuked them and forbad them to speak,
because they knew Him to be the Christ.

004:042 Next morning, at daybreak, He left the town and went away
to a solitary place; but the people flocked out to find Him,
and, coming to the place where He was, they endeavoured
to detain Him that He might not leave them.

004:043 But He said to them, "I have to tell the Good News of the Kingdom
of God to the other towns also, because for this purpose
I was sent."

004:044 And for some time He preached in the synagogues in Galilee.

005:001 On one occasion the crowd was pressing on Him and listening to
God's Message, while He was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.

005:002 He, however, saw two fishing-boats drawn up on the beach
(for the men had gone away from them and were washing the nets),

005:003 and going on board one of them, which was Simon's He asked him
to push out a little from land. Then He sat down and taught
the crowd of people from the boat.

005:004 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Push out
into deep water, and let down your nets for a haul."

005:005 "Rabbi," replied Peter, "all night long we have worked
hard and caught nothing; but at your command I will let
down the nets."

005:006 This they did, and enclosed a vast number of fish; and their
nets began to break.

005:007 So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come
and help them; they came, and they filled both the boats
so that they almost sank.

005:008 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at the knees of Jesus,
and exclaimed, "Master, leave my boat, for I am a sinful man."

005:009 (For he was astonished and terrified - he and all his companions -
at the haul of fish which they had taken;

005:010 and so were Simon's partners James and John, the sons of Zabdi.)
But Jesus replied to Simon, "Fear not: from this time you
shall be a catcher of men."

005:011 Then, after bringing their boats to land, they left everything
and followed Him.

005:012 On another occasion, when He was in one of the towns,
there was a man there covered with leprosy, who, seeing Jesus,
threw himself at His feet and implored Him, saying, "Sir,
if only you are willing, you are able to make me clean."

005:013 Reaching out His hand and touching him, Jesus said, "I am willing;
be cleansed!" And instantly the leprosy left him.

005:014 He ordered him to tell no one. "But go," He said, "show yourself
to the Priest, and make the offering for your purification
which Moses appointed, as evidence for them."

005:015 But all the more the report about Him spread abroad,
and great multitudes crowded to hear Him and to be cured
of their diseases;

005:016 but Jesus Himself constantly withdrew into the Desert
and there prayed.

005:017 One day He was teaching, and there were Pharisees
and teachers of the Law sitting there who had come from
every village in Galilee and Judaea and from Jerusalem.
And the power of the Lord was present for Him to cure people.

005:018 And a party of men came carrying a palsied man on a bed,
and they endeavoured to bring him in and lay him before Jesus.

005:019 But when they could find no way of doing so because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiling -
bed and all - into the midst, in front of Jesus.

005:020 He saw their faith and said to him, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

005:021 Then the Scribes and Pharisees began to cavil, asking, "Who is this,
uttering blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"

005:022 Well aware of their reasonings, Jesus answered their questions
by asking in turn, "What is this that you are debating
in your hearts?

005:023 Which is easier? - to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say,
`Rise and walk'?

005:024 But to prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on
earth to forgive sins" - Turning to the paralytic He said,
"I bid you, Rise, take up your bed, and go home."

005:025 Instantly he stood up in their presence, took up the mattress
on which he had been lying, and went away to his home,
giving glory to God.

005:026 Amazement seized them all. "Glory to God!" was the abiding feeling.
Yet fear flashed through their minds and they said, "We have
seen strange things to-day."

005:027 After this He went out and noticed a tax-gatherer, Levi by name,
sitting at the Toll office; and He said to him, "Follow me."

005:028 He rose, left everything, and followed Him.

005:029 Levi also gave a great entertainment at his house in honour
of Jesus, and there was a large party of tax-gatherers
and others at table with them.

005:030 This led the Pharisees and Scribes of their party to expostulate
with His disciples and ask, "Why are you eating and drinking
with these tax-gatherers and notorious sinners?"

005:031 But Jesus replied to them, "It is not men in good health
who require a physician, but the sick.

005:032 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners."

005:033 Again they said to Him, "John's disciples fast often and pray,
as do also those of the pharisees; but yours eat and drink."

005:034 "Can you compel the bridal party to fast," replied Jesus,
"so long as they have the bridegroom among them?

005:035 But a time for this will come, when the Bridegroom has been
taken away from them: then, at that time, they will fast."

005:036 He also spoke in figurative language to them. "No one,"
He said, "tears a piece from a new garment to mend an old one.
Otherwise he would not only spoil the new, but the patch
from the new would not match the old.

005:037 Nor does any one pour new wine into old wine-skins. Otherwise
the new wine would burst the skins, the wine itself would
be spilt, and the skins be destroyed.

005:038 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.

005:039 Nor does any one after drinking old wine wish for new;
for he says, `The old is better.'"

006:001 Now on the second-first Sabbath while He was passing through
the wheatfields, His disciples were plucking the ears and
rubbing them with their hands to eat the grain.

006:002 And some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what the Law
forbids on the Sabbath?"

006:003 "Have you never read so much as this," answered Jesus - "what David
did when he and his followers were hungry;

006:004 how he entered the house of God and took and ate the Presented Loaves
and gave some to his followers - loaves which none but the Priests
are allowed to eat?"

006:005 "The Son of Man," He added, "is Lord of the Sabbath also."

006:006 On another Sabbath He had gone to the synagogue and was
teaching there; and in the congregation was a man whose
right arm was withered.

006:007 The Scribes and the Pharisees were on the watch to see whether
He would cure him on the Sabbath that they might be able
to bring an accusation against Him.

006:008 He knew their thoughts, and said to the man with the
withered arm, "Rise, and stand there in the middle."
And he rose and stood there.

006:009 Then Jesus said to them, "I put it to you all whether we
are allowed to do good on the Sabbath, or to do evil;
to save a life, or to destroy it."

006:010 And looking round upon them all He said to the man, "Stretch out
your arm." He did so, and the arm was restored.

006:011 But they were filled with madness, and began to discuss
with one another what they should do to Jesus.

006:012 About that time He went out on one occasion into the hill
country to pray; and He remained all night in prayer to God.

006:013 When it was day, He called His disciples; and He selected
from among them twelve, whom He also named Apostles.

006:014 These were Simon, to whom also He had given the name of Peter,
and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;

006:015 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon
called the Zealot;

006:016 James's relative Judas, and Judas Iscariot who proved to
be a traitor.

006:017 With these He came down till He reached a level place,
where there was a great crowd of His disciples, and a multitude
of people from every part of Judaea, from Jerusalem,
and from the sea-side district of Tyre and Sidon, who came
to hear Him and to be cured of their diseases;

006:018 and those who were tormented by foul spirits were cured.

006:019 The whole crowd were eager to touch Him, because power went
forth from him and cured every one.

006:020 Then fixing His eyes upon His disciples, Jesus said to them,
"Blessed are you poor, because the Kingdom of God is yours.

006:021 "Blessed are you who hunger now, because your hunger shall
be satisfied. "Blessed are you who now weep aloud,
because you shall laugh.

006:022 "Blessed are you when men shall hate you and exclude you
from their society and insult you, and spurn your very names
as evil things, for the Son of Man's sake.

006:023 "Be glad at such a time, and dance for joy; for your reward
is great in Heaven; for that is just the way their forefathers
behaved to the Prophets!

006:024 "But alas for you rich men, because you already
have your consolation!

006:025 "Alas for you who now have plenty to eat, because you will be hungry!
"Alas for you who laugh now, because you will mourn
and weep aloud!

006:026 "Alas for you when men shall all have spoken well of you;
for that is just the way their forefathers behaved to
the false Prophets!

006:027 "But to you who are listening to me I say, Love your enemies;
seek the welfare of those who hate you;

006:028 bless those who curse you; pray for those who revile you.

006:029 To him who gives you a blow on one side of the face offer
the other side also; and to him who is robbing you of your
outer garment refuse not the under one also.

006:030 To every one who asks, give; and from him who takes away
your property, do not demand it back.

006:031 And behave to your fellow men just as you would have them
behave to you.

006:032 "If you love those who love you, what credit is it to you?
Why, even bad men love those who love them.

006:033 And if you are kind to those who are kind to you, what credit
is it to you? Even bad men act thus.

006:034 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive,
what credit is it to you? Even bad men lend to their fellows
so as to receive back an equal amount.

006:035 Nevertheless love your enemies, be beneficent; and lend
without hoping for any repayment. Then your recompense
shall be great, and you will be sons of the Most High;
for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

006:036 Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.

006:037 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged; condemn not, and you
shall not be condemned; pardon, and you shall be pardoned;

006:038 give, and gifts shall be bestowed on you. Full measure, pressed,
shaken down, and running over, shall they pour into your laps;
for with the same measure that you use they shall measure
to you in return."

006:039 He also spoke to them in figurative language. "Can a blind
man lead a blind man?" He asked; "would not both fall
into the ditch?

006:040 There is no disciple who is superior to his teacher; but every
one whose instruction is complete will be like his teacher.

006:041 "And why look at the splinter in your brother's eye instead
of giving careful attention to the beam in your own?

006:042 How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take that
splinter out of your eye,' when all the while you yourself
do not see the beam in your own eye? Vain pretender! take
the beam out of your own eye first, and then you will see
clearly to take the splinter out of your brother's eye.

006:043 "There is no good tree that yields unsound fruit, nor again
any unsound tree that yields good fruit.

006:044 Every tree is known by its own fruit. It is not from thorns
that men gather figs, nor from the bramble that they can get
a bunch of grapes.

006:045 A good man from the good stored up in his heart brings
out what is good; and an evil man from the evil stored up
brings out what is evil; for from the overflow of his heart
his mouth speaks.

006:046 "And why do you all call me `Master, Master' and yet not do
what I tell you?

006:047 Every one who comes to me and listens to my words and puts
them in practice, I will show you whom he is like.

006:048 He is like a man building a house, who digs and goes deep,
and lays the foundation on the rock; and when a flood comes,
the torrent bursts upon that house, but is unable to shake it,
because it is securely built.

006:049 But he who has heard and not practised is like a man who has
built a house upon the soft soil without a foundation,
against which the torrent bursts, and immediately it collapses,
and terrible is the wreck and ruin of that house."

007:001 After He had finished teaching all these things in the hearing
of the people, He went into Capernaum.

007:002 Here the servant of a certain Captain, a man dear to his master,
was ill and at the point of death;

007:003 and the Captain, hearing about Jesus, sent to Him some
of the Jewish Elders, begging Him to come and restore his
servant to health.

007:004 And they, when they came to Jesus, earnestly entreated Him,
pleading, "He deserves to have this favour granted him,

007:005 for he loves our nation, and at his own expense he built our
synagogue for us."

007:006 Then Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from
the house, the Captain sent friends to Him with the message:
"Sir, do not trouble to come. I am not worthy of having you
come under my roof;

007:007 and therefore I did not deem myself worthy to come to you.
Only speak the word, and let my young man be cured.

007:008 For I too am a man obedient to authority, and have soldiers
under me; and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes; to another,
`Come,' and he comes; and to my slave, `Do this or that,'
and he does it."

007:009 Jesus listened to the Captain's message and was astonished at him,
and He turned and said to the crowd that followed Him, "I tell
you that not even in Israel have I found faith like that."

007:010 And the friends who had been sent, on returning to the house,
found the servant in perfect health.

007:011 Shortly afterwards He went to a town called Nain, attended by His
disciples and a great crowd of people.

007:012 And just as He reached the gate of the town, they happened to be
bringing out for burial a dead man who was his mother's only son;
and she was a widow; and a great number of the townspeople
were with her.

007:013 The Lord saw her, was moved with pity for her, and said to her,
"Do not weep."

007:014 Then He went close and touched the bier, and the bearers halted.
"Young man," He said, "I command you, wake!"

007:015 The dead man sat up and began to speak; and He restored him
to his mother.

007:016 All were awe-struck, and they gave glory to God - some saying,
"A Prophet, a great Prophet, has risen up among us."
Others said, "God has not forgotten His People."

007:017 And the report of what Jesus had done spread through the whole
of Judaea and in all the surrounding districts.

007:018 John's disciples brought him an account of all these things;

007:019 so John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord.
"Are you the Coming One?" he asked, "or is there another
that we are to expect?"

007:020 The men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptist has sent
us to you with this question: `Are you the Coming One,
or is there another that we are to expect?'"

007:021 He immediately cured many of diseases, severe pain, and evil spirits,
and to many who were blind He gave the gift of sight.

007:022 Then He answered the messengers, "Go and report to John what you
have seen and heard. Blind men receive sight, the lame walk,
lepers are purified, deaf persons hear, the dead are raised
to life, the poor have the Good News proclaimed to them.

007:023 And blessed is every one who does not stumble and fall because
of my claims."

007:024 When John's messengers were gone, He proceeded to say to the multitude
concerning John, "What did you go out into the Desert to gaze at?
A reed waving in the wind?

007:025 But what did you go out to see? A man wearing luxurious clothes?
People who are gorgeously dressed and live in luxury are
found in palaces.

007:026 But what did you go out to see? A Prophet? Aye, I tell you,
and far more than a Prophet.

007:027 John is the man about whom it is written, `See, I am sending
My messenger before thy face, and he shall make ready thy
way before thee.'

007:028 "I tell you that among all of women born there is not one greater
than John. Yet one who is of lower rank in the Kingdom of God
is greater than he.

007:029 And all the people, including the tax-gatherers, when they
listened to him upheld the righteousness of God, by being
baptized with John's baptism.

007:030 But the Pharisees and expounders of the Law have frustrated God's
purpose as to their own lives, by refusing to be baptized.

007:031 "To what then shall I compare the men of the present generation,
and what do they resemble?

007:032 They are like children sitting in the public square and calling
out to one another, `We have played the flute to you,
and you have not danced: we have sung dirges, and you have
not shown sorrow.'

007:033 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking
no wine, and you say, `He has a demon!'

007:034 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say,
`Look, there is a man who is overfond of eating and drinking -
he is a friend of tax-gatherers and notorious sinners!'

007:035 But wisdom is justified by all who are truly wise."

007:036 Now one of the Pharisees repeatedly invited Him to a meal at
his house; so He entered the house and reclined at the table.

007:037 And there was a woman in the town who was a notorious sinner.
Having learnt that Jesus was at table in the Pharisee's house
she brought a flask of perfume,

007:038 and, standing behind close to His feet, weeping, began to wet
His feet with her tears; and with her hair she wiped the tears
away again, while she lovingly kissed His feet and poured
the perfume over them.

007:039 Noticing this, the Pharisee, His host, said to himself,
"This man, if he were really a Prophet, would know who and
what sort of person this woman is who is touching him -
and would know that she is an immoral woman."

007:040 In answer to his thoughts Jesus said to him, "Simon, I have
a word to say to you." "Rabbi, say on," he replied.

007:041 "There were once two men in debt to one money-lender," said Jesus;
"one owed him five hundred shillings and the other fifty.

007:042 But neither of them could pay anything; so he freely forgave
them both. Tell me, then, which of them will love him most?"

007:043 "I suppose," replied Simon, "the one to whom he forgave most."
"You have judged rightly," Jesus rejoined.

007:044 Then turning towards the woman He said to Simon, "Do you see
this woman? I came into your house: you gave me no water
for my feet; but she has made my feet wet with her tears,
and then wiped the tears away with her hair.

007:045 No kiss did you give me; but she from the moment I came in has
not left off tenderly kissing my feet.

007:046 No oil did you pour even on my head; but she has poured perfume
upon my feet.

007:047 This is the reason why I tell you that her sins, her many sins,
are forgiven - because she has loved much; but he who is
forgiven little, loves little."

007:048 And He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

007:049 Then the other guests began to say to themselves, "Who can
this man be who even forgives sins?"

007:050 But He said to the woman, "Your faith has cured you:
go, and be at peace."

008:001 Shortly after this He visited town after town, and village
after village, proclaiming His Message and telling the Good News
of the Kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him,

008:002 and certain women whom He had delivered from evil spirits
and various diseases - Mary of Magdala, out of whom seven
demons had come,

008:003 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna,
and many other women, all of whom contributed to the support

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