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					Compilation of the Gospels
      Enclosed is the New Testament in
  chronological order. As much as possible,
each event has been listed separately. Where
 there are two or more gospels telling of the
same event, the gospels have been compiled
 together in order to obtain a more complete
         understanding of the event.

Compilation of the Gospels
 are NOT SCRIPTURE

                  By
                DJ Bahl
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                    Appendix
    I have tried to make this easy to follow. The words in
the gospels which are in italics are the ones used in the
compilations. If you see a bold character or word in a
complication, it means that I have added it. Underlined
titles indicate that there is a compilation of that event. If
the title is underlined and bold, it means that the story
appears in all four gospels.
    The only things that are not noted, is when I started a
new sentence, capitalized a word at the beginning of a new
sentence, or add a period at the end of a sentence. It
happened too often and I wanted to make this as readable
as possible.
    All scriptures are NIV. The Chronological order is
based upon ―The Harmony of the Gospels‖ found in the
New Spirit Filled Life Bible. Copies of this Compilation
can be found at www.hpimv.com/Resources.html
The copyright on this is the right to copy. You can feel free
to change, add, or revise these compilations. If you do see
a better way to put the compilations together, please email
the changes to me at

            compilation.of.the.gospels@gmail.com

so I can have a better copy for myself. God Bless
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                        Table of Context
Luke‘s Introduction ………………………………………………….                           19
    Luke 1:1-4
Pre-fleshly state of Christ ………………………………………….......                19
    John 1:1-18
Genealogy of Jesus Christ ………………………………………….......                  19
    Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38
Announcement of Birth of John ………………………………………                      21
    Luke 1:5-25
Announcement of Birth of Jesus to Mary ……………………………...              21
    Luke 1:26-38
Song of Elizabeth to Mary ……………………………………………....                    22
    Luke 1:39-45
Mary‘s Song of Praise …………………………………………………..                        22
    Luke 1:46-56
Birth, of John the Baptist ………………………………………………                      23
    Luke 1:57-66
Zechariah's Song ……………………………………………………….                            23
    Luke 1:67-80
Announcement of Jesus‘ Birth to Joseph ………………………………                23
    Matthew 1:18-25
Birth of Christ …………………………………………………………...                          24
    Luke 2:1-7
Proclamation by the Angels …………………………………………..                      24
    Luke 2:8-14
Homage by Shepherds …………………………………………………...                         24
    Luke 2:15-20
Jesus‘ Circumcision …………………………………………………...                         25
    Luke 2:21
First Temple Visit with acknowledgments by Simeon and Anne ……...   25
    Luke 2:22-38
Visit of the Wise Men …………………………………………………...                       26
    Matthew 2:1-12

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Flight into Egypt and Massacre of Innocents …………………………..       26
    Matthew 2:13-18
From Egypt to Nazareth with Jesus …………………………………..              26
    Matthew 2:19-23, Luke 2:39-40
Jesus, 12 years old, Visits the Temple …………………………………..         27
    Luke 2:41-51
John the Baptist ……………………………………………………….                        28
    Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3:1-18, John 1:19-28
Baptism of Jesus …………………………………….………………….                       31
    Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34
Jesus Tempted ……………………………………………………………                          32
    Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Calls First Disciples ……………………………………………….                34
    John 1:35-51
The First Miracle ……………………………………………………….                       35
    John 2:1-11
First Stay in Capernaum ……………………………………………….                    35
    John 2:12
First Cleansing of the Temple …………………………………………...              35
    John 2:13-22
Received at Jerusalem ……………………………………………………                     36
    John 2:23-25
Teaches Nicodemus 2nd Birth …………………………………………...                36
    John 3:1-21
Baptising in Judea & Testimony of John the Baptist …………………..   37
    John 3:22-26
Leaves for Galilee      …………………………………………………..                  37
    Matthew 4:12, Mark 1:14, Luke 4:14, John 4:1-4
Samaritan Woman at Jacob‘s Well        …..………………………………         38
    John 4:5-42
Returns to Galilee ………………………………………………………                       39
    Mark 1:15, Luke 4:15, John 4:43-45
Healing of the Nobleman‘s Son ………………………………………                  40

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    John 4:46-54
Rejected at Nazareth …………………………………………………..                  40
    Luke 4:16-30
Moved to Capernaum …………………………………………………..                    41
    Matthew 4:13-17
Four Become Fishers of Men …………………………………………..               41
    Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11
Demoniac Healed on the Sabbath Day …………………………………..          43
    Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37
Peter‘s Mother-in-Law & Others Healed ………………………………          44
    Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-34, Luke 4:38-41
First Preaching Tour of Galilee ………………………………………             45
    Matthew 4:23-25, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44
Leper Healed …………………………………………………………...                      46
    Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16
Paralytic Healed ……………………………………………………….                     47
    Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
Matthew‘s Call     ……………………………………………………….                   49
    Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17
Parable of Cloth and Wineskins ……………………………………….             50
    Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-39
Goes to Jerusalem for 2nd Passover; Heals Lame Man ………………   51
    John 5:1-47
Plucked Grain on Sabbath ……………………………………………….                53
    Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28, Luke 6:1-5
Withered Hand Healed on Sabbath …………………………………...            54
    Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11
Multitudes Healed ………………………………………………………..                   56
    Matthew 12:15-21, Mark 3:7-12, Luke 6:17-19
12 Apostles Selected ……………………………………………………                   57
    Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16
Sermon on the Mt. ………………………………………………………..                   57
    Matthew 5:1 – 7:29, Luke 6:20-49

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    The Fulfilment of the Law …………...………………………………          64
    Murder ………………………………………………………………..                      64
    Adultery ……………………………………………………………                       65
    Divorce ……………………………………………………………                        65
    Oaths ………………………………………………………………..                       65
    An Eye for an Eye ……………………………………………………                 65
    Love Your Enemies ………………………………………………                   65
    Giving to the Needy ……………………………………………….                66
    Prayer ………………………………………………………………..                      66
    Fasting ………………………………………………………………..                     67
    Treasures in Heaven ……………………………………………….                67
    Do Not Worry ………………………………………………………..                   67
    Judging Others ………………………………………………………..                 67
    A Tree and Its Fruit ……………………………………………….               68
    The Wise and Foolish Builders …………………………………...         68
Centurion‘s Servant Healed …………………………………………...             69
    Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
Raises Widow‘s Son from Dead ……………………………………….              70
    Luke 7:11-17
Jesus Answers John‘s Disciples ……………………………………...           70
    Matthew 11:2-19, Luke 7:18-35
Woes Upon the Privileged ……………………………………………….               73
    Matthew 11:20-30
A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus ……………………………………….              73
    John 7:36-50
Another Tour of Galilee ……………………………………………….                74
    Luke 8:1-3
Jesus Accused of Blasphemy …………………………………………...             74
    Matthew 12:22-37, 43-45, Mark 3:20-30, Luke 11:14-28
Jesus‘ Answer to a Demand for a Sign …………………………………...      77
    Matthew 12:38-45, Luke 11:29-36
Mother, Brothers Seek Audience ……………………………………….            79
    Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21

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Teaching in Parables …………………………………………………… 79
Matthew 13:1-52
    The Sower …………………………………………………………… 84
    Weeds ……………………………………………………………….. 85
    Mustard Seed ……………………………………………………….. 85
    Yeast ……………………………………………………………….. 86
    Weeds Explained …………………………………………………… 86
    Hidden Treasure …………………………………………………… 86
    Pearl ……………………………………………………………….. 86
    Net …………………………………………………………………… 86
    Growing Seed ……………………………………………………….. 86
    Lamp on a Stand …………………………………………………… 87
Sea Made Serene ……………………………………………………….. 87
    Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25
Gadarene Demoniac Healed …………………………………………... 88
    Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39
Jairus‘s Daughter Raised and Woman with Hemorrhage Healed ……… 91
    Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56
Two Blind Men Healed ………………………………………………. 94
    Matthew 9:27-31
Mute Demoniac Healed ………………………………………………. 94
    Matthew 9:32-34
Nazareth‘s Second Rejection of Christ ………………………………….. 95
    Matthew 13:53-58, Mark 6:1-6a
Twelve Sent Out ………………………………………………………. 95
    Matthew 9:35-11:1, Mark 6:6b-13, Luke 9:1-6
Herod Beheads John …………………………………………………… 100
    Matthew 14:1-12, Mark 6:14-29, Luke 9:7-9
Return of 12, Jesus Withdraws, 5000 Fed …………………………. 102
    Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14
Walks on the Water …………………………………………………… 105
    Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:15-21



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Sick of Gennesaret Healed …………………………………………….… 107
    Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56
Search for Jesus ……………………………………………………….. 107
    John 6:22-24
Jesus the Bread of Life …………………………………………………… 108
    John 6:25-59
Many Disciples Desert Jesus …………………………………………... 109
    John 6:60-66
Peter‘s Affirmation …………………………………………………… 109
    John 6:60-7:1
Traditions Attacked …………………………………………………… 109
    Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:1-23
Greek Woman‘s Daughter Healed in Phoenicia ……………………… 112
    Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30
Sea of Galilee and Decapolis Mute and Dumb Healings ……………… 113
    Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 7:31-37
4000 Fed ……………………………………………………………….. 114
    Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9a
Pharisees Increase Attack ………………………………………………. 115
    Matthew 16:1-4, Mark 8:9b-13
Yeast of the Pharisee and Sadducees …………………………………... 116
    Matthew 16:5-12, Mark 8:14-21
Blind Man Healed at Bethasaida ………………………………………. 117
    Mark 8:22-26
Peter‘s Confession of Christ …………………………………………... 117
    Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30, Luke 9:18-21
Jesus Foretells His Death ………………………………………………. 119
    Matthew 16:21-28, Mark 8:31-9:1, Luke 9:22-27
The Transfiguration …………………………………………………… 120
    Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36
Epileptic Healed ……………………………………………………….. 123
    Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-43a
Jesus Again Tells of His Death and Resurrection ……………………… 125

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    Matthew 17:22-23, Mark 9:30-32, Luke 9:43b-45
Jesus and Peters Taxes Paid from Coin in Fishes Mouth ……………… 126
    Matthew 17:24-27
Who is the Greatest Kingdom of Heaven ………………………………. 126
    Matthew 18:1-9, Mark 9:33-37, 42-50, Luke 9:46-48
Sectarianism Rebuked …………………………………………………… 128
    Mark 9:38-41, Luke 9:49-50
Parable of the Lost Sheep ………………………………………………. 128
    Matthew 18:10-14
A Brother Sins Against You …………………………………………... 129
    Matthew 18:15-20
Parable of the Unmerciful Servant ………………………………………. 129
    Matthew 18:21-35
Jesus Rejects Brothers‘ Advice ………………………………………. 130
    John 7:2-9
Galilee Departure ……………………………………………………….. 130
    Matthew 19:1, John 7:10
Samaritan Opposition …………………………………………………… 130
    Luke 9:51-56
Cost of Discipleship …………………………………………………… 130
    Luke 9:57-62
Jesus Teaches at Feast of Tabernacles …………………………………... 131
    John 7:11-24
Is Jesus the Christ?……………………………………………………….. 131
    John 7:24-44
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders ………………………………………. 132
    John 7:45-53
Forgiveness of Adulteress ………………………………………………. 132
    John 8:1-11
Validity of Jesus‘ Testimony …………………………………………... 133
    John 8:12-30
The Children of Abraham ………………………………………………. 134
    John 8:31-41

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The Children of the Devil ………………………………………………. 134
    John 8:42-47
The Claims of Jesus About Himself …………………………………... 134
    John 8:48-59
Man Born Blind Healed ………………………………………………. 135
    John 9:1-41
Parable of the Good Shepherd …………………………………………... 136
    John 9:1-21
Seventy Two Sent Out …………………………………………………… 137
    Luke 10:1-24
Parable of the Good Samaritan…………………………………………... 138
    Luke 10:25-37
At the Home of Martha and Mary ………………………………………. 139
    Luke 10:38-42
The Lord‘s Prayer ……………………………………………………….. 139
    Luke 11:1-4
Jesus Continues Teaching on Prayer …………………………………... 139
    Luke 11:5-13
The Six Woes …………………………………………………………… 140
    Luke 11:37-54
Warning and Encouragements …………………………………………... 141
    Luke 12:1-12
Parable of the Rich Fool ………………………………………………. 141
    Luke 12:13-21
Do Not Worry …………………………………………………………… 142
    Luke 12:22-34
Parable of Watching Servants: The Faithful and Unfaithful ………….. 142
    Luke 12:35-48
Christ a Divider of Men ………………………………………………. 143
    Luke 12:49-53
Discern the Time ……………………………………………………….. 143
    Luke 12:54-56
Make Peace with Your Adversary ………………………………………. 143

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    Luke 12:56-59
Galileans Blood Mingled With Their Sacrifices ……………………… 143
    Luke 13:1-5
Parable of the Barren Fig Tree …………………………………………... 144
    Luke 13:6-9
Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath ………………………………. 144
    Luke 13:10-17
Parable of the Mustard Seed …………………………………………... 144
    Luke 13:18-19
Parable of Leaven ……………………………………………………….. 144
    Luke 13:20-21
Feast of Dedication …………………………………………………… 145
    John 10:22-39
Withdrawn Beyond Jordan………………………………………………. 145
    John 10:40-42
The Narrow Door ……………………………………………………….. 145
    Luke 13:22-35
Warning About Herod …………………………………………………… 146
    Luke 13:31-33
Jesus‘ Lament over Jerusalem …………………………………………... 146
    Luke 13:34-35
Man Healed with Dropsy on Sabbath …………………………………... 146
    Luke 14:1-6
Take the Lowly Place …………………………………………………… 146
    Luke 14:7-14
Parable of the Great Supper …………………………………………... 147
    Luke 14:15-24
Cost of Being a Disciple ………………………………………………. 147
    Luke 14:25-27
Parable of Building a Tower …………………………………………... 147
    Luke 14:28-30
Parable of King Going to War …………………………………………... 148
    Luke 14:31-33

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Parable of Salt …………………………………………………………… 148
    Luke 14:34-35
Parable of Lost Sheep …………………………………………………… 148
    Luke 15:1-7
Parable of Lost Coin …………………………………………………… 148
    Luke 15:8-10
Parable of Prodigal Song ………………………………………………. 148
    Luke 15:11-31
Parable of Dishonest Steward …………………………………………... 149
    Luke 16:1-17
Jesus Teaches about Divorce …………………………………………... 150
    Luke 16:1-14
Rich Man and Lazarus …………………………………………………… 150
    Luke 16:19-31
Jesus Warns of Offenses ………………………………………………. 151
    Luke 17:1-4
Apostles Ask for Increased Faith ………………………………………. 151
    Luke 16:5-10
Death of Lazarus ……………………………………………………….. 151
    John 11:1-37
Lazarus Raised from The Dead ………………………………………. 153
    John 11:38-44
Plot to Kill Jesus ……………………………………………………….. 153
    John 11:45-52
Jesus Withdraws to Ephraim …………………………………………... 153
    John 11:54
Arrest Warrant for Jesus ………………………………………………. 154
    John 11:55-57
Ten Lepers Healed ……………………………………………………….. 154
    Luke 17:11-17
The Coming of the Kingdom …………………………………………... 154
    Luke 17:20-37
Parable of Persistent Widow …………………………………………... 155

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    Luke 18:1-8
Parable of Pharisee and the Tax Collector ………………………………. 155
    Luke 18:9-14
Doctrine on Divorce.................................................................................... 155
    Matthew 19:2-12, Mark 10:1-12
Jesus Blesses Little Children....................................................................... 157
    Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16,
Rich Young Ruler....................................................................................... 158
    Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30
Parable of the Laborers............................................................................... 161
    Matthew 20:1-16
Foretells Death and Resurrection................................................................ 161
    Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34
Request of James‘ and John‘s Mother........................................................ 162
    Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:32-34
Blind Bartimaeus Healed ………………………………………………. 163
    Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43
Conversion of Zacchaeus ………………………………………………. 165
    Luke 19:1-10
Parable of the Ten Minas ………………………………………………. 165
    Luke 19:11-27
Looking for Jesus at Passover …………………………………………... 166
    John 11:55-57
Mary Anoints Jesus ………………………………………………….... 166
    John 12:1-11
Triumphal Entry ……………………………………………………….. 167
    Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree and Temple Cleansed 2nd Time ………….. 170
    Matthew 21:10-19, Mark 11:12-18, Luke 19:45-48
Greeks Seek Audience with Jesus ………………………………………. 171
    John 12:20-22
Jesus Foretells His Death ………………………………………………. 171
    John 12:20-36

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The Jews Continue in Their Unbelief …………………………………... 172
    John 12:37-50
Withered Fig Tree ……………………………………………………….. 173
    Matthew 21:20-22, Mark 11:19-26
Jesus‘ Authority Questioned …………………………………………... 174
    Matthew 21:23-27, Mark 11:27-33, Luke 20:1-8
Parable of the Tenants …………………………………………………… 175
    Matthew 21:33-45, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19
Parable of the Two Sons ………………………………….…………… 177
    Matthew 21:28-32
Parable of the Wedding Banquet ………………………….…………… 178
    Matthew 22:1-14
Tribute to Caesar ……………………………………………………….. 178
    Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26
Sadducces Question the Resurrection ……………………..……………. 180
    Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40
What is Greatest Law …………………………………...………………. 181
    Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34
How is Christ David‘s Son ……………………………...……………….. 182
    Matthew 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44
Seven Woes ………………………………………..………………….. 183
    Matthew 23:1-39, Mark 12:38-40, Luke 20:45-47
Widow‘s Mite ………………………………………..………………….. 187
    Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4
Temple to be Destroyed ……………………......……………………... 187
    Matthew 24:1-2, Mark 13:1-2, Luke 21:7-8
2 Questions …………………………………..……………………….. 185
    Matthew 24:3, Mark 13:3-4
End Time Signs ……………………………………………………….. 188
    Matthew 24:4-8, Mark 13:5-8, Luke 21:8-11
End Time Persecution …………………..……………………………….. 189
    Matthew 24:9-14, Mark 13:9-13, Luke 21:12-19
Abomination of Desolation ……………………..……………………. 190

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    Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-23, Luke 21: 20-24
Signs in the Sky ………………….……………………………………. 192
    Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28
Lesson from the Fig Tree ......................................................................... 193
    Matthew 24:32-35, Mark 13:28-31, Luke 21:29-33
The Day and Hour Unkown ..…………………………………….…… 194
    Matthew 24:36-51, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 21:34-38
The Parable of the Ten Virgins…………………….…….………………. 196
    Matthew 25:1-13
The Parable of the Talents ……………………………....………………. 196
    Matthew 25:14-30
The Sheep and the Goats ………………………………………….…… 197
    Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus Tells the Date of His Arrest ………………………………………. 198
    Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2
Annointed by Mary at Simon‘s Feast …………………………...……… 198
    Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:2-8
Judas Contracts the Betrayal ……………………………………...…… 200
    Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6
Preparation for the Passover ……………………….………………….. 200
    Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13
Pre-Passover Meal …………………………………………………..…… 201
    John 13:1
Passover Meal Started ……………………………………………...……. 202
    Matthew 26:20, Mark 14:17, Luke22:14
Jesus Washes Disciples Feet ……………………………..……………. 202
    John 13:2-17
Judas Revealed and Defects …………………………………….…….. 202
    Matthew 26:21:25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23, John 13:18-30
The Lord‘s Supper ……………………………………………………….. 204
    Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:15:23
Who is the Greatest …………………………………………………… 205
    Luke 22:24-30

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Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial ……………………………………...…… 206
    Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:31-38, John 13:31-38
Jesus Comforts His Disciples ……………...…………………………… 208
    John 14:1-4
Jesus the Way to the Father …………………………..………………. 208
    John 14:1-4
Jesus Reveals the Father ………………………………………………. 208
    John 14:5-31
The Vine and the Branches …………………………………………... 209
    John 15:1-17
Leaving for Mt. of Olives …………………………….………………… 210
    Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26
The World Hates the Disciples…………………………………………... 210
    John 15:18 to 16:4
The Work of the Holy Spirit ……………………………………...…… 210
    John 16:5-16
The Disciples‘ Grief Will Be Turned To Joy ……………...…………… 211
    John 16:17-33
Jesus Prays for Himself ………………………………………………. 221
    John 17:1-5
Jesus Prays for His Disciples ……………………………..……………. 212
    John 17:6-19
Jesus Prays for All Believers ………………………….……………….. 212
    John 17:20-26
Crosses Kidron Valley …………………………………………………… 213
    John 18:1
Prayer at Gethsemane …………………………………………..……….. 213
    Matthew 26:36:46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39:46
Arrest at Gethsemane ………………………………………..…….. 215
    Matthew 26:47:56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12
First Brought to Annas Then to Caiaphas ………………………… 217
    Matthew 26:57, Mark 14:53, Luke 22:54a, John 18:12-14, 19-24
Peter’s First Denial ………………………………………………….... 218

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    Mt 26:58, 69-70, Mark 14:54, 66-68, Lk 22:54b-57, John 18:15-17
Trail Before Sanhedrin ……………………………………………….….. 219
    Matthew 26:59-68, Mark 14:53:65
Peter’s 2nd and 3rd Denials …………………………………………... 221
    Matthew 22:71-75, Mark 14:69-72, Luke 22:58-62, John 14:25-27
Jewish Guards Mock Jesus     …………………………………….…….. 222
    Luke 22:63-65
Condemnation by the Council ………………………………...………… 222
    Matthew 27:1, Mark 15:1A, Luke 22:66-71
Jesus Brought to Pilate ……………………………………….....…… 223
    Matthew 27:2, Mark 15:1B, Luke 23:1, John 18:28A
Suicide of Judas …………………………………………………..…… 223
    Matthew 27:3-10
1st Appearance Before Pilate ……......……………………….…...... 223
    Matthew 27:12-14, Mark 15:2-5, Luke 23:2-6, John 18:28b-38
Appearance Before Herod ………………………………………….…… 225
    Luke 23:7-10
Mocked by Herod‘s Guards …………………………………………... 226
    Luke 23:11A
2nd Appearance Before Pilate ………..………………………...…… 226
    Mt. 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:11B-25, John 18:39 -19:16a
Mockery by Roman Soldiers …………………………………………... 230
    Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:16-20
Led to Golgotha ……………………………………………………….. 230
    Matthew 27:32-33, Mark 15:21-22, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16b-17
Crucifixion of Jesus ……………………………………………...……. 231
    Mt. 27:34-38, Mark 15:23-28, Luke 23:33-34, 38, John 19:18-24
Events of the Crucifixion …………………………….………………… 233
    Matthew 27:39-44, Mark 15:29-32, Luke 23:35-37, 39-43
Death of Jesus…………………………………………………………… 234
    Matthew 27:45-56, Mark 15:33-41, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:25-37
Burial of Jesus ………..……………………………………..……….. 237
    Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-46, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42

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Tomb Sealed and Guarded …………………………………….………… 239
    Matthew 27:62-66
Women Visit the Tomb ………………………………………………. 239
    Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-11, John 20:1
Peter and John See the Empty Tomb …………………………………... 241
    Luke 24:12, John 20:2-10
Jesus‘ Appearance to Mary Magdalene ………………………………. 242
    Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18
Jesus‘ Appearance to the Other Women. …………………………….… 243
    Matthew 28:9-10
Guards‘ Report of the Resurrection …………………………..………. 243
    Matthew 28:1-15
Jesus‘ Appearance to Two Disciples on Road to Emmaus …………….... 244
    Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-35
Jesus‘ Appearance to Disciples with out Thomas ………….......………. 245
    Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-25
Jesus‘ Appearance to Disciples with Thomas …………………….…….. 247
    John 20:26-31
Jesus‘ Appearance to 7 Disciples by Sea of Galilee …………….……. 247
    John 21:1-14
Jesus‘ Reconfirms Peter ………………………………………………. 248
    John 21:15-25
Great Commission ………………………………………………..……… 249
    Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-18
The Ascension ……………………………………………...……………. 250
    Mark 16:19-20, Acts 1:6-11




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        Luke‘s Introduction                         did not recognize him. 11He came to that
                                                    which was his own, but his own did not
               Luke 1:1-4                           receive him. 12Yet to all who received him,
1
 Many have undertaken to draw up an                 to those who believed in his name, he gave
account of the things that have been                the right to become children of God—
fulfilled among us, 2just as they were              13
                                                       children born not of natural descent, nor
handed down to us by those who from the             of human decision or a husband's will, but
first were eyewitnesses and servants of the         born of God.
word. 3Therefore, since I myself have                     14
                                                             The Word became flesh and made
carefully investigated everything from the          his dwelling among us. We have seen his
beginning, it seemed good also to me to             glory, the glory of the One and Only, who
write an orderly account for you, most              came from the Father, full of grace and
excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may              truth.
                                                          15
know the certainty of the things you have                   John testifies concerning him. He
been taught.                                        cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I
                                                    said, 'He who comes after me has
    Pre-fleshly state of Christ                     surpassed me because he was before me.' "
                                                    16
                                                       From the fullness of his grace we have
               John 1:1-18
1                                                   all received one blessing after another.
 In the beginning was the Word, and the             17
                                                       For the law was given through Moses;
Word was with God, and the Word was
                                                    grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
God. 2He was with God in the beginning.             18
     3                                                 No one has ever seen God, but God the
       Through him all things were made;
                                                    One and Only, who is at the Father's side,
without him nothing was made that has
                                                    has made him known.
been made. 4In him was life, and that life
was the light of men. 5The light shines in              Genealogy of Jesus Christ
the darkness, but the darkness has not
understood it.                                                  Matthew 1:1-17
     6                                              1
       There came a man who was sent                  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ
from God; his name was John. 7He came               the son of David, the son of Abraham:
                                                    2
as a witness to testify concerning that               Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac
light, so that through him all men might            the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of
believe. 8He himself was not the light; he          Judah and his brothers, 3Judah the father
came only as a witness to the light. 9The           of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was
true light that gives light to every man was        Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron
coming into the world.                              the father of Ram, 4Ram the father of
     10
        He was in the world, and though the         Amminadab, Amminadab the father of
world was made through him, the world               Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,


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5                                                   23
  Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother              Now Jesus himself was about thirty
was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed,                 years old when he began his ministry. He
whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father              was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,
of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of King             the son of Heli, 24the son of Matthat, the
David. David was the father of Solomon,             son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of
whose mother had been Uriah's wife,                 Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25the son of
7
  Solomon the father of Rehoboam,                   Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of
Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the           Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
father of Asa, 8Asa the father of                   26
                                                      the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias,
Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of              the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the
Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,              son of Joda, 27the son of Joanan, the son of
9
  Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the           Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of
father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of                  Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28the son of
Hezekiah, 10Hezekiah the father of                  Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam,
Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon,              the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29the
Amon the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the         son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son
father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the          of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of
time of the exile to Babylon. 12After the           Levi, 30the son of Simeon, the son of
exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father           Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of
of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of               Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31the son of
Zerubbabel, 13Zerubbabel the father of              Melea, the son of Menna, the son of
Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim,                 Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of
Eliakim the father of Azor, 14Azor the              David, 32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed,
father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim,          the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the
Akim the father of Eliud, 15Eliud the father        son of Nahshon, 33the son of Amminadab,
of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan,          the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son
Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob            of Perez, the son of Judah, 34the son of
the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,          Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of
of whom was born Jesus, who is called               Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of
Christ.                                             Nahor, 35the son of Serug, the son of Reu,
     17
        Thus there were fourteen                    the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son
generations in all from Abraham to David,           of Shelah, 36the son of Cainan, the son of
fourteen from David to the exile to                 Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of
Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to             Noah, the son of Lamech, 37the son of
the Christ.                                         Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of
                                                    Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of
             Luke 3:23-38                           Kenan, 38the son of Enosh, the son of Seth,
                                                    the son of Adam, the son of God.

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                                                    the Lord their God. 17And he will go on
         NO COMPILATION                             before the Lord, in the spirit and power of
                                                    Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to
Announcement of Birth of John                       their children and the disobedient to the
              Luke 1:5-25                           wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a
5                                                   people prepared for the Lord."
 In the time of Herod king of Judea there                18
was a priest named Zechariah, who                           Zechariah asked the angel, "How
belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;        can I be sure of this? I am an old man and
his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant            my wife is well along in years."
                                                         19
of Aaron. 6Both of them were upright in                     The angel answered, "I am Gabriel.
the sight of God, observing all the Lord's          I stand in the presence of God, and I have
commandments and regulations                        been sent to speak to you and to tell you
blamelessly. 7But they had no children,             this good news. 20And now you will be
because Elizabeth was barren; and they              silent and not able to speak until the day
were both well along in years.                      this happens, because you did not believe
      8                                             my words, which will come true at their
        Once when Zechariah's division was
on duty and he was serving as priest                proper time."
                                                         21
before God, 9he was chosen by lot,                          Meanwhile, the people were waiting
according to the custom of the priesthood,          for Zechariah and wondering why he
to go into the temple of the Lord and burn          stayed so long in the temple. 22When he
incense. 10And when the time for the                came out, he could not speak to them.
burning of incense came, all the assembled          They realized he had seen a vision in the
worshipers were praying outside.                    temple, for he kept making signs to them
      11                                            but remained unable to speak.
         Then an angel of the Lord appeared              23
to him, standing at the right side of the                  When his time of service was
altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw              completed, he returned home. 24After this
him, he was startled and was gripped with           his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and
fear. 13But the angel said to him: "Do not          for five months remained in seclusion.
                                                    25
be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been             "The Lord has done this for me," she
heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a          said. "In these days he has shown his favor
son, and you are to give him the name               and taken away my disgrace among the
John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you,        people."
and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15
   for he will be great in the sight of the             Announcement of Birth of
Lord. He is never to take wine or other                      Jesus to Mary
fermented drink, and he will be filled with
the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16Many of                        Luke 1:26-38
the people of Israel will he bring back to

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26                                                  39
  In the sixth month, God sent the angel               At that time Mary got ready and hurried
Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to        to a town in the hill country of Judea,
                                                    40
a virgin pledged to be married to a man                where she entered Zechariah's home and
named Joseph, a descendant of David. The            greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard
virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel went            Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her
to her and said, "Greetings, you who are            womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the
highly favored! The Lord is with you."              Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she
     29
        Mary was greatly troubled at his            exclaimed: "Blessed are you among
words and wondered what kind of greeting            women, and blessed is the child you will
this might be. 30But the angel said to her,         bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found             mother of my Lord should come to me?
favor with God. 31You will be with child            44
                                                       As soon as the sound of your greeting
and give birth to a son, and you are to give        reached my ears, the baby in my womb
him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and          leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has
will be called the Son of the Most High.            believed that what the Lord has said to her
The Lord God will give him the throne of            will be accomplished!"
his father David, 33and he will reign over
the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom                   Mary‘s Song of Praise
will never end."
     34                                                           Luke 1:46-56
        "How will this be," Mary asked the          46
                                                      And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the
angel, "since I am a virgin?"
     35                                             Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my
        The angel answered, "The Holy
                                                    Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the
Spirit will come upon you, and the power
                                                    humble state of his servant. From now on
of the Most High will overshadow you. So
                                                    all generations will call me blessed, 49for
the holy one to be born will be called the
                                                    the Mighty One has done great things for
Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative
                                                    me— holy is his name. 50His mercy
is going to have a child in her old age, and
                                                    extends to those who fear him, from
she who was said to be barren is in her
                                                    generation to generation. 51He has
sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible
                                                    performed mighty deeds with his arm; he
with God."
     38                                             has scattered those who are proud in their
        "I am the Lord's servant," Mary
                                                    inmost thoughts. 52He has brought down
answered. "May it be to me as you have
                                                    rulers from their thrones but has lifted up
said." Then the angel left her.
                                                    the humble. 53He has filled the hungry
     Song of Elizabeth to Mary                      with good things but has sent the rich
                                                    away empty. 54He has helped his servant
             Luke 1:39-45                           Israel, remembering to be merciful 55to



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                                                   67
Abraham and his descendants forever,                  His father Zechariah was filled with the
even as he said to our fathers."                   Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68"Praise be to
    56
       Mary stayed with Elizabeth for              the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has
about three months and then returned               come and has redeemed his people. 69He
home.                                              has raised up a horn of salvation for us in
                                                   the house of his servant David 70(as he
     Birth, of John the Baptist                    said through his holy prophets of long
                                                   ago), 71salvation from our enemies and
             Luke 1:57-66
57                                                 from the hand of all who hate us— 72to
  When it was time for Elizabeth to have
                                                   show mercy to our fathers and to
her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58Her
                                                   remember his holy covenant, 73the oath he
neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord
                                                   swore to our father Abraham: 74to rescue
had shown her great mercy, and they
                                                   us from the hand of our enemies, and to
shared her joy.
     59                                            enable us to serve him without fear 75in
        On the eighth day they came to
                                                   holiness and righteousness before him all
circumcise the child, and they were going
                                                   our days. 76And you, my child, will be
to name him after his father Zechariah,
60                                                 called a prophet of the Most High; for you
   but his mother spoke up and said, "No!
                                                   will go on before the Lord to prepare the
He is to be called John."
     61                                            way for him, 77to give his people the
        They said to her, "There is no one
                                                   knowledge of salvation through the
among your relatives who has that name."
62                                                 forgiveness of their sins, 78because of the
   Then they made signs to his father, to
                                                   tender mercy of our God, by which the
find out what he would like to name the
                                                   rising sun will come to us from heaven
child. 63He asked for a writing tablet, and        79
                                                     to shine on those living in darkness and
to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His
                                                   in the shadow of death, to guide our feet
name is John." 64Immediately his mouth
                                                   into the path of peace."
was opened and his tongue was loosed,                   80
                                                           And the child grew and became
and he began to speak, praising God. 65The
                                                   strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert
neighbors were all filled with awe, and
                                                   until he appeared publicly to Israel.
throughout the hill country of Judea
people were talking about all these things.
66
                                                    Announcement of Jesus‘ Birth
   Everyone who heard this wondered
about it, asking, "What then is this child                  to Joseph
going to be?" For the Lord's hand was                         Matthew 1:18-25
with him.                                          18
                                                     This is how the birth of Jesus Christ
                                                   came about: His mother Mary was pledged
          Zechariah's Song                         to be married to Joseph, but before they
             Luke 1:67-80                          came together, she was found to be with


                                              23
child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because               5
                                                         He went there to register with Mary, who
Joseph her husband was a righteous man                 was pledged to be married to him and was
and did not want to expose her to public               expecting a child. 6While they were there,
disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her                the time came for the baby to be born,
                                                       7
quietly.                                                 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
     20
        But after he had considered this, an           She wrapped him in cloths and placed him
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a                 in a manger, because there was no room
dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do               for them in the inn.
not be afraid to take Mary home as your
wife, because what is conceived in her is                   Proclamation by the Angels
from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth
                                                                      Luke 2:8-14
to a son, and you are to give him the name             8
                                                        And there were shepherds living out in
Jesus, because he will save his people
                                                       the fields nearby, keeping watch over their
from their sins."
     22                                                flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord
        All this took place to fulfill what the
                                                       appeared to them, and the glory of the
Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The
                                                       Lord shone around them, and they were
virgin will be with child and will give
                                                       terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do
birth to a son, and they will call him
                                                       not be afraid. I bring you good news of
Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."
     24                                                great joy that will be for all the people.
       When Joseph woke up, he did what                11
                                                          Today in the town of David a Savior has
the angel of the Lord had commanded him
                                                       been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he               12
                                                          This will be a sign to you: You will find
had no union with her until she gave birth
                                                       a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
                                                       manger."
                                                            13
            Birth of Christ                                   Suddenly a great company of the
                                                       heavenly host appeared with the angel,
                Luke 2:1-7                             praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God
1
 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a                in the highest, and on earth peace to men
decree that a census should be taken of the            on whom his favor rests."
entire Roman world. 2(This was the first
census that took place while Quirinius was                    Homage by Shepherds
governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to
                                                                     Luke 2:15-20
his own town to register.                              15
     4                                                   When the angels had left them and gone
       So Joseph also went up from the
                                                       into heaven, the shepherds said to one
town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
                                                       another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see
Bethlehem the town of David, because he
                                                       this thing that has happened, which the
belonged to the house and line of David.
                                                       Lord has told us about."

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      16
       So they hurried off and found Mary           devout. He was waiting for the consolation
and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying             of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon
in the manger. 17When they had seen him,            him. 26It had been revealed to him by the
they spread the word concerning what had            Holy Spirit that he would not die before he
been told them about this child, 18and all          had seen the Lord's Christ. 27Moved by the
who heard it were amazed at what the                Spirit, he went into the temple courts.
shepherds said to them. 19But Mary                  When the parents brought in the child
treasured up all these things and pondered          Jesus to do for him what the custom of the
them in her heart. 20The shepherds                  Law required, 28Simeon took him in his
returned, glorifying and praising God for           arms and praised God, saying:
                                                    29
all the things they had heard and seen,                "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
which were just as they had been told.              you now dismiss your servant in peace.
                                                    30
                                                       For my eyes have seen your salvation,
           Jesus‘ Circumcision                      31
                                                       which you have prepared in the sight of
                                                    all people, 32a light for revelation to the
                Luke 2:21
21                                                  Gentiles and for glory to your people
  On the eighth day, when it was time to
                                                    Israel."
circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the                  33
                                                            The child's father and mother
name the angel had given him before he
                                                    marveled at what was said about him.
had been conceived.                                 34
                                                       Then Simeon blessed them and said to
        First Temple Visit with                     Mary, his mother: "This child is destined
                                                    to cause the falling and rising of many in
     acknowledgments by Simeon                      Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken
               and Anne                             against, 35so that the thoughts of many
                                                    hearts will be revealed. And a sword will
              Luke 2:22-38                          pierce your own soul too."
22
  When the time of their purification                    36
                                                            There was also a prophetess, Anna,
according to the Law of Moses had been              the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of
completed, Joseph and Mary took him to              Asher. She was very old; she had lived
Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as          with her husband seven years after her
it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every        marriage, 37and then was a widow until
firstborn male is to be consecrated to the          she was eighty-four. She never left the
Lord"), 24and to offer a sacrifice in               temple but worshiped night and day,
keeping with what is said in the Law of the         fasting and praying. 38Coming up to them
Lord: "a pair of doves or two young                 at that very moment, she gave thanks to
pigeons."                                           God and spoke about the child to all who
      25
         Now there was a man in Jerusalem           were looking forward to the redemption of
called Simeon, who was righteous and                Jerusalem.

                                               25
                                                    presented him with gifts of gold and of
      Visit of the Wise Men                         incense and of myrrh. 12And having been
                                                    warned in a dream not to go back to
            Matthew 2:1-12
1                                                   Herod, they returned to their country by
  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in
                                                    another route.
Judea, during the time of King Herod,
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and                     Flight into Egypt
asked, "Where is the one who has been
born king of the Jews? We saw his star in                 and Massacre of Innocents
the east and have come to worship him."                        Matthew 2:13-18
     3
       When King Herod heard this he was            13
                                                      When they had gone, an angel of the
disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.              Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get
4
  When he had called together all the               up," he said, "take the child and his mother
people's chief priests and teachers of the          and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell
law, he asked them where the Christ was             you, for Herod is going to search for the
to be born. 5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they          child to kill him." 14So he got up, took the
replied, "for this is what the prophet has          child and his mother during the night and
written: 6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the             left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the
land of Judah, are by no means least                death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what
among the rulers of Judah; for out of you           the Lord had said through the prophet:
will come a ruler who will be the shepherd          "Out of Egypt I called my son."
of my people Israel.'"                                    16
                                                            When Herod realized that he had
     7
       Then Herod called the Magi secretly          been outwitted by the Magi, he was
and found out from them the exact time              furious, and he gave orders to kill all the
the star had appeared. 8He sent them to             boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who
Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a                  were two years old and under, in
careful search for the child. As soon as            accordance with the time he had learned
you find him, report to me, so that I too           from the Magi. 17Then what was said
may go and worship him."                            through the prophet Jeremiah was
     9
       After they had heard the king, they          fulfilled: 18"A voice is heard in Ramah,
went on their way, and the star they had            weeping and great mourning, Rachel
seen in the east went ahead of them until it        weeping for her children and refusing to
stopped over the place where the child              be comforted, because they are no more."
was. 10When they saw the star, they were
overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they                From Egypt to Nazareth with
saw the child with his mother Mary, and
they bowed down and worshiped him.
                                                                   Jesus
Then they opened their treasures and                           Matthew 2:19-23

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19
   After Herod died, an angel of the Lord            reigning in Judea in place of his father
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt               Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having
20
   and said, "Get up, take the child and his         been warned in a dream, he withdrew to
mother and go to the land of Israel, for             the district of Galilee, and he went and
those who were trying to take the child's            lived in their own town of Nazareth. So
life are dead."                                      was fulfilled what was said through the
      21
         So he got up, took the child and his        prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."
mother and went to the land of Israel.               And the child grew and became strong; he
22
   But when he heard that Archelaus was              was filled with wisdom, and the grace of
reigning in Judea in place of his father             God was upon him.
Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having
been warned in a dream, he withdrew to
the district of Galilee, 23and he went and                Jesus, 12 years old, Visits the
lived in a town called Nazareth. So was
fulfilled what was said through the                                  Temple
prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."                          Luke 2:41-51
                                                     41
                                                       Every year his parents went to Jerusalem
              Luke 2:39-40                           for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he
39
  When Joseph and Mary had done                      was twelve years old, they went up to the
everything required by the Law of the                Feast, according to the custom. 43After the
Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own          Feast was over, while his parents were
town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew               returning home, the boy Jesus stayed
and became strong; he was filled with                behind in Jerusalem, but they were
wisdom, and the grace of God was upon                unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their
him.                                                 company, they traveled on for a day. Then
                                                     they began looking for him among their
            COMPILATION
                                                     relatives and friends. 45When they did not
Joseph and Mary had done everything
                                                     find him, they went back to Jerusalem to
required by the Law of the Lord.
                                                     look for him. 46After three days they found
      After Herod died, an angel of the Lord
                                                     him in the temple courts, sitting among the
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
                                                     teachers, listening to them and asking
and said, "Get up, take the child and his
                                                     them questions. 47Everyone who heard
mother and go to the land of Israel, for
                                                     him was amazed at his understanding and
those who were trying to take the child's
                                                     his answers. 48When his parents saw him,
life are dead."
                                                     they were astonished. His mother said to
      So he got up, took the child and his
                                                     him, "Son, why have you treated us like
mother and went to the land of Israel. But
                                                     this? Your father and I have been
when he heard that Archelaus was
                                                     anxiously searching for you."

                                                27
    49
        "Why were you searching for me?"            root of the trees, and every tree that does
he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in           not produce good fruit will be cut down
my Father's house?" 50But they did not              and thrown into the fire.
                                                          11
understand what he was saying to them.                       "I baptize you with water for
     51
        Then he went down to Nazareth               repentance. But after me will come one
with them and was obedient to them. But             who is more powerful than I, whose
his mother treasured all these things in her        sandals I am not fit to carry. He will
heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and               baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with
stature, and in favor with God and men.             fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand,
                                                    and he will clear his threshing floor,
          John the Baptist                          gathering his wheat into the barn and
                                                    burning up the chaff with unquenchable
            Matthew 3:1-12
1                                                   fire."
 In those days John the Baptist came,
preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and                              Mark 1:1-8
saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of                 1
                                                      The beginning of the gospel about Jesus
heaven is near." 3This is he who was                Christ, the Son of God.
spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A                 2
                                                           It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I
voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare        will send my messenger ahead of you,
the way for the Lord, make straight paths           who will prepare your way"— 3"a voice of
for him.' " 4John's clothes were made of            one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way
camel's hair, and he had a leather belt             for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'
around his waist. His food was locusts and          " 4And so John came, baptizing in the
wild honey. 5People went out to him from            desert region and preaching a baptism of
Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole               repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
region of the Jordan. 6Confessing their             5
                                                      The whole Judean countryside and all the
sins, they were baptized by him in the              people of Jerusalem went out to him.
Jordan River.                                       Confessing their sins, they were baptized
     7
       But when he saw many of the                  by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore
Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where             clothing made of camel's hair, with a
he was baptizing, he said to them: "You             leather belt around his waist, and he ate
brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee             locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his
from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in            message: "After me will come one more
keeping with repentance. 9And do not think          powerful than I, the thongs of whose
you can say to yourselves, 'We have                 sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and
Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out         untie. 8I baptize you with water, but he
of these stones God can raise up children           will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the
                                                                   Luke 3:1-18

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1                                                       12
 In the fifteenth year of the reign of                    Tax collectors also came to be
Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was            baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what
governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of               should we do?"
                                                        13
Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of                   "Don't collect any more than you
Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias                are required to," he told them.
tetrarch of Abilene— 2during the high              14
                                                     Then some soldiers asked him, "And
priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the              what should we do?"
word of God came to John son of                         He replied, "Don't extort money and
Zechariah in the desert. 3He went into all         don't accuse people falsely—be content
the country around the Jordan, preaching           with your pay."
                                                        15
a baptism of repentance for the                           The people were waiting expectantly
forgiveness of sins. 4As is written in the         and were all wondering in their hearts if
book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:           John might possibly be the Christ. 16John
"A voice of one calling in the desert,             answered them all, "I baptize you with
'Prepare the way for the Lord, make                water. But one more powerful than I will
straight paths for him. 5Every valley shall        come, the thongs of whose sandals I am
be filled in, every mountain and hill made         not worthy to untie. He will baptize you
low. The crooked roads shall become                with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His
straight, the rough ways smooth. 6And all          winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his
mankind will see God's salvation.'"                threshing floor and to gather the wheat
     7
      John said to the crowds coming out           into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff
to be baptized by him, "You brood of               with unquenchable fire." 18And with many
vipers! Who warned you to flee from the            other words John exhorted the people and
coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping            preached the good news to them.
with repentance. And do not begin to say
to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our                           John 1:19-28
                                                   19
father.' For I tell you that out of these            Now this was John's testimony when the
stones God can raise up children for               Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites
Abraham. 9The axe is already at the root of        to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to
the trees, and every tree that does not            confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the
produce good fruit will be cut down and            Christ."
                                                        21
thrown into the fire."                                    They asked him, "Then who are
     10
       "What should we do then?" the               you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not."
crowd asked.                                       "Are you the Prophet?" He answered,
     11
        John answered, "The man with two           "No."
                                                        22
tunics should share with him who has                       Finally they said, "Who are you?
none, and the one who has food should do           Give us an answer to take back to those
the same."

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who sent us. What do you say about                   ways smooth. And all mankind will see
yourself?"                                           God's salvation.'"
      23
         John replied in the words of Isaiah         And so John came, baptizing in the desert
the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling          region and preaching a baptism of
in the desert, 'Make straight the way for            repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The
the Lord.' "                                         whole Judean countryside and all the
24
  Now some Pharisees who had been sent               people of Jerusalem and the whole region
25
   questioned him, "Why then do you                  of the Jordan went out to him. Confessing
baptize if you are not the Christ, nor               their sins, they were baptized by him in the
Elijah, nor the Prophet?"                            Jordan River.
26
   "I baptize with water," John replied, "but             John's clothes were made of camel's
among you stands one you do not know.                hair, and he had a leather belt around his
27
   He is the one who comes after me, the             waist. His food was locusts and wild
thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy              honey
to untie."                                                But when he saw many of the
28
  This all happened at Bethany on the                Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where
other side of the Jordan, where John was             he was baptizing, he said to them: "You
baptizing.                                           brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee
                                                     from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in
            COMPILATION                              keeping with repentance. And do not think
In the fifteenth year of the reign of                you can say to yourselves, 'We have
Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was              Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out
governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of                 of these stones God can raise up children
Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of              for Abraham. The ax is already at the root
Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias                  of the trees, and every tree that does not
tetrarch of Abilene— during the high                 produce good fruit will be cut down and
priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the                thrown into the fire.
word of God came to John son of                           "What should we do then?" the crowd
Zechariah in the desert. He went into all            asked.
the country around the Jordan, preaching a                John answered, "The man with two
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness            tunics should share with him who has
of sins. As is written in the book of the            none, and the one who has food should do
words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of             the same."
one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way               Tax collectors also came to be
for the Lord, make straight paths for him.           baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what
Every valley shall be filled in, every               should we do?"
mountain and hill made low. The crooked                   "Don't collect any more than you are
roads shall become straight, the rough               required to," he told them.

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Then some soldiers asked him, "And what             wheat into the barn and burning up the
should we do?"                                      chaff with unquenchable fire."
     He replied, "Don't extort money and                And with many other words John
don't accuse people falsely—be content              exhorted the people and preached the good
with your pay."                                     news to them. This all happened at
     The people were waiting expectantly            Bethany on the other side of the Jordan,
and were all wondering in their hearts if           where John was baptizing.
John might possibly be the Christ.
     When the Jews of Jerusalem sent                          Baptism of Jesus
priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
                                                                Matthew 3:13-17
He did not fail to confess, but confessed           13
                                                      Then Jesus came from Galilee to the
freely, "I am not the Christ."
                                                    Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John
     They asked him, "Then who are you?
                                                    tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be
Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are
                                                    baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."                     15
                                                            Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is
Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us
                                                    proper for us to do this to fulfill all
an answer to take back to those who sent
                                                    righteousness.” Then John consented.
us. What do you say about yourself?"                     16
                                                            As soon as Jesus was baptized, he
John replied in the words of Isaiah the
                                                    went up out of the water. At that moment
prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in
                                                    heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit
the desert, 'Make straight the way for the
                                                    of God descending like a dove and lighting
Lord.' "
                                                    on him. 17And a voice from heaven said,
     Now some Pharisees who had been
                                                    “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I
sent questioned him, "Why then do you
                                                    am well pleased.”
baptize if you are not the Christ, nor
Elijah, nor the Prophet?"                                          Mark 1:9-11
     John answered them all, "I baptize             9
                                                     At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in
you with water for repentance.                      Galilee and was baptized by John in the
     But after me will come one who is              Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of
more powerful than I. Among you stands              the water, he saw heaven being torn open
one you do not know. He is the one who              and the Spirit descending on him like a
comes after me, the thongs of whose                 dove. 11And a voice came from heaven:
sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and           ―You are my Son, whom I love; with you I
untie whose sandals I am not fit to carry. I        am well pleased.‖
baptize you with water, He will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His                       Luke 3:21-22
                                                    21
winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will            When all the people were being baptized,
clear his threshing floor, gathering his            Jesus was baptized too. And as he was


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praying, heaven was opened 22and the                     But John tried to deter him, saying, ―I
Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily              need to be baptized by you, and do you
form like a dove. And a voice came from             come to me?‖
heaven: ―You are my Son, whom I love;                    Jesus replied, ―Let it be so now; it is
with you I am well pleased.‖                        proper for us to do this to fulfill all
                                                    righteousness.‖ Then John consented.
              John 1:29-34                               As soon as Jesus was baptized, he
29
  The next day John saw Jesus coming                went up out of the water. As Jesus was
toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of             coming up out of the water and as he was
God, who takes away the sin of the world!           praying, at that moment he saw heaven
30
  This is the one I meant when I said, „A           being torn open and the Holy Spirit of God
man who comes after me has surpassed me             descending and lighting on him in bodily
because he was before me.‟ 31I myself did           form like a dove. And a voice came from
not know him, but the reason I came                 heaven said, ―This is my Son, whom I
baptizing with water was that he might be           love; with him I am well pleased.‖
revealed to Israel.”                                     Then John gave this testimony: ―I saw
     32
        Then John gave this testimony: ―I           the Spirit come down from heaven as a
saw the Spirit come down from heaven as             dove and remain on him. I would not have
a dove and remain on him. 33I would not             known him, except that the one who sent
have known him, except that the one who             me to baptize with water told me, ‗The
sent me to baptize with water told me,              man on whom you see the Spirit come
‗The man on whom you see the Spirit                 down and remain is he who will baptize
come down and remain is he who will                 with the Holy Spirit.‘ I have seen and I
baptize with the Holy Spirit.‘ 34I have seen        testify that this is the Son of God.‖
and I testify that this is the Son of God.‖
           COMPILATION
                                                                Jesus Tempted
When all the people were being baptized,                        Matthew 4:1-11
then Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee            1
                                                     Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the
to be baptized by John. John saw Jesus              desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After
coming toward him and said, ―Look, the              fasting forty days and forty nights, he was
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of              hungry. 3The tempter came to him and
the world! This is the one I meant when I           said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these
said, ‗A man who comes after me has                 stones to become bread."
surpassed me because he was before me.‘ I                4
                                                           Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man
myself did not know him, but the reason I           does not live on bread alone, but on every
came baptizing with water was that he               word that comes from the mouth of God.'
might be revealed to Israel.‖


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     5                                                    4
        Then the devil took him to the holy                 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man
city and had him stand on the highest point           does not live on bread alone.'"
of the temple. 6"If you are the Son of                     5
                                                             The devil led him up to a high place
God," he said, "throw yourself down. For              and showed him in an instant all the
it is written: " 'He will command his                 kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to
angels concerning you, and they will lift             him, "I will give you all their authority and
you up in their hands, so that you will not           splendor, for it has been given to me, and I
strike your foot against a stone.'"                   can give it to anyone I want to. 7So if you
      7
        Jesus answered him, "It is also               worship me, it will all be yours."
                                                           8
written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to                   Jesus answered, "It is written:
the test.'"                                           'Worship the Lord your God and serve him
      8
        Again, the devil took him to a very           only.'"
                                                           9
high mountain and showed him all the                         The devil led him to Jerusalem and
kingdoms of the world and their splendor.             had him stand on the highest point of the
9
  "All this I will give you," he said, "if you        temple. "If you are the Son of God," he
will bow down and worship me."                        said, "throw yourself down from here.
      10                                              10
         Jesus said to him, "Away from me,               For it is written: " 'He will command his
Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord           angels concerning you to guard you
your God, and serve him only.'"                       carefully; 11they will lift you up in their
      11
         Then the devil left him, and angels          hands, so that you will not strike your foot
came and attended him.                                against a stone.'"
                                                           12
                                                              Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put
              Mark 1:12-13                            the Lord your God to the test.'"
12
  At once the Spirit sent him out into the                 13
                                                              When the devil had finished all this
desert, 13and he was in the desert forty              tempting, he left him until an opportune
days, being tempted by Satan. He was with             time.
the wild animals, and angels attended him.
                                                                  COMPILATION
               Luke 4:1-13                            Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned
1
 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned             from the Jordan. At once the Spirit sent
from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit             and led him out into the desert where for
in the desert, 2where for forty days he was           forty days he was tempted by the devil.
tempted by the devil. He ate nothing                  He ate nothing during those days. After
during those days, and at the end of them             fasting forty days and forty nights, he was
he was hungry.                                        hungry. He was with the wild animals.
     3
       The devil said to him, "If you are the              The devil, the tempter, came to him
Son of God, tell this stone to become                 and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell
bread."                                               these stones to become bread."


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                                                        7
     Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man                  When the two disciples heard him
does not live on bread alone, but on every          say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning
word that comes from the mouth of God.'             around, Jesus saw them following and
     Then the devil took & led him to the           asked, "What do you want?" They said,
holy city Jerusalem and had him stand on            "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where
the highest point of the temple. "If you are        are you staying?"
                                                          39
the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself                    "Come," he replied, "and you will
down from here. For it is written: " 'He            see." So they went and saw where he was
will command his angels concerning you              staying, and spent that day with him. It
to guard you carefully; they will lift you          was about the tenth hour.
                                                          40
up in their hands, so that you will not                      Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was
strike your foot against a stone.'"Jesus            one of the two who heard what John had
answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not          said and who had followed Jesus. 41The
put the Lord your God to the test.'"                first thing Andrew did was to find his
     Again , the devil led him & took him           brother Simon and tell him, "We have
to a very high mountain and in an instant           found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).
                                                    42
showed him all the kingdoms of the world               And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus
and their splendor. And he said to him, "I          looked at him and said, "You are Simon
will give you all their authority and               son of John. You will be called Cephas"
splendor, for it has been given to me, and I        (which, when translated, is Peter)
                                                          43
can give it to anyone I want to. All this I                  The next day Jesus decided to leave
will give you," he said, "if you will bow           for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him,
down and worship me. So if you worship              "Follow me."
                                                          44
me, it will all be yours."                                  Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was
     Jesus said to him, "Away from me,              from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found
Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord         Nathanael and told him, "We have found
your God, and serve him only.'" When the            the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and
devil had finished all this tempting, then          about whom the prophets also wrote—
the devil left him until an opportune time          Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
                                                          46
and angels came and attended him.                            "Nazareth! Can anything good come
                                                    from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and
     Jesus Calls First Disciples                    see," said Philip.
                                                          47
                                                            When Jesus saw Nathanael
              John 1:35-51
35                                                  approaching, he said of him, "Here is a
  The next day John was there again with
                                                    true Israelite, in whom there is nothing
two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus
                                                    false."
passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of                   48
                                                             "How do you know me?" Nathanael
God!"
                                                    asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while

                                               34
you were still under the fig tree before                  They did so, 9and the master of the
Philip called you."                                  banquet tasted the water that had been
     49
        Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi,             turned into wine. He did not realize where
you are the Son of God; you are the King             it had come from, though the servants who
of Israel."                                          had drawn the water knew. Then he called
     50
       Jesus said, "You believe because I            the bridegroom aside 10and said,
told you I saw you under the fig tree. You           "Everyone brings out the choice wine first
shall see greater things than that." 51He            and then the cheaper wine after the guests
then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall         have had too much to drink; but you have
see heaven open, and the angels of God               saved the best till now."
                                                          11
ascending and descending on the Son of                       This, the first of his miraculous
Man."                                                signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee.
                                                     He thus revealed his glory, and his
          The First Miracle                          disciples put their faith in him.
               John 2:1-11                                First Stay in Capernaum
1
  On the third day a wedding took place at
Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,                           John 2:12
2                                                    12
  and Jesus and his disciples had also been            After this he went down to Capernaum
invited to the wedding. 3When the wine               with his mother and brothers and his
was gone, Jesus' mother said to him,                 disciples. There they stayed for a few
"They have no more wine."                            days.
     4
       "Dear woman, why do you involve
me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet              First Cleansing of the Temple
come."
     5                                                            John 2:13-22
       His mother said to the servants, "Do          13
                                                       When it was almost time for the Jewish
whatever he tells you."
     6                                               Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In
       Nearby stood six stone water jars, the
                                                     the temple courts he found men selling
kind used by the Jews for ceremonial
                                                     cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting
washing, each holding from twenty to
                                                     at tables exchanging money. 15So he made
thirty gallons.
     7                                               a whip out of cords, and drove all from the
      Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the
                                                     temple area, both sheep and cattle; he
jars with water"; so they filled them to the
                                                     scattered the coins of the money changers
brim.
     8                                               and overturned their tables. 16To those
       Then he told them, "Now draw some
                                                     who sold doves he said, "Get these out of
out and take it to the master of the
                                                     here! How dare you turn my Father's
banquet."
                                                     house into a market!"


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      17
        His disciples remembered that it is        one could perform the miraculous signs
written: "Zeal for your house will consume         you are doing if God were not with him."
                                                         3
me."                                                       In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you
     18
        Then the Jews demanded of him,             the truth, no one can see the kingdom of
"What miraculous sign can you show us to           God unless he is born again."
                                                         4
prove your authority to do all this?"                      "How can a man be born when he is
     19
       Jesus answered them, "Destroy this          old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot
temple, and I will raise it again in three         enter a second time into his mother's
days."                                             womb to be born!"
     20                                                  5
        The Jews replied, "It has taken                   Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth,
forty-six years to build this temple, and          no one can enter the kingdom of God
you are going to raise it in three days?"          unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
21
   But the temple he had spoken of was his         6
                                                     Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b]
body. 22After he was raised from the dead,         gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be
his disciples recalled what he had said.           surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be
Then they believed the Scripture and the           born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it
words that Jesus had spoken.                       pleases. You hear its sound, but you
                                                   cannot tell where it comes from or where
           Received at Jerusalem                   it is going. So it is with everyone born of
                                                   the Spirit."
                John 2:23-25                             9
23                                                         "How can this be?" Nicodemus
  Now while he was in Jerusalem at the
                                                   asked.
Passover Feast, many people saw the                      10
                                                            "You are Israel's teacher," said
miraculous signs he was doing and
                                                   Jesus, "and do you not understand these
believed in his name. 24But Jesus would
                                                   things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of
not entrust himself to them, for he knew
                                                   what we know, and we testify to what we
all men. 25He did not need man's testimony
                                                   have seen, but still you people do not
about man, for he knew what was in a
                                                   accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to
man.
                                                   you of earthly things and you do not
    Teaches Nicodemus 2nd Birth                    believe; how then will you believe if I
                                                   speak of heavenly things? 13No one has
                John 3:1-21                        ever gone into heaven except the one who
1
 Now there was a man of the Pharisees              came from heaven—the Son of Man.
                                                   14
named Nicodemus, a member of the                      Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the
Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus           desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted
at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are         up, 15that everyone who believes in him
a teacher who has come from God. For no            may have eternal life.


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     16
       "For God so loved the world that he          Jordan—the one you testified about—well,
gave his one and only Son, that whoever             he is baptizing, and everyone is going to
believes in him shall not perish but have           him."
eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son              27
                                                             To this John replied, "A man can
into the world to condemn the world, but            receive only what is given him from
to save the world through him. 18Whoever            heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I
believes in him is not condemned, but               said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead
whoever does not believe stands                     of him.' 29The bride belongs to the
condemned already because he has not                bridegroom. The friend who attends the
believed in the name of God's one and               bridegroom waits and listens for him, and
only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has          is full of joy when he hears the
come into the world, but men loved                  bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and
darkness instead of light because their             it is now complete. 30He must become
deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil           greater; I must become less.
                                                          31
hates the light, and will not come into the                  "The one who comes from above is
light for fear that his deeds will be               above all; the one who is from the earth
exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth           belongs to the earth, and speaks as one
comes into the light, so that it may be seen        from the earth. The one who comes from
plainly that what he has done has been              heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what
done through God."                                  he has seen and heard, but no one accepts
                                                    his testimony. 33The man who has
     Baptising in Judea &                           accepted it has certified that God is
 Testimony of John the Baptist                      truthful. 34For the one whom God has sent
                                                    speaks the words of God, for God gives
              John 3:22-26                          the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves
22
   After this, Jesus and his disciples went         the Son and has placed everything in his
out into the Judean countryside, where he           hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has
spent some time with them, and baptized.            eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son
23
   Now John also was baptizing at Aenon             will not see life, for God's wrath remains
near Salim, because there was plenty of             on him."
water, and people were constantly coming
to be baptized. 24(This was before John                      Leaves for Galilee
was put in prison.) 25An argument
developed between some of John's                                 Matthew 4:12
                                                    12
disciples and a certain Jew over the matter          When Jesus heard that John had been
of ceremonial washing. 26They came to               put in prison, he returned to Galilee.
John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man                             Mark 1:14
who was with you on the other side of the


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14
  After John was put in prison, Jesus went         journey, sat down by the well. It was about
into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of         the sixth hour.
                                                        7
God.                                                      When a Samaritan woman came to
                                                   draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you
               Luke 4:14                           give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone
14
  Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of        into the town to buy food.)
the Spirit, and news about him spread                   9
                                                          The Samaritan woman said to him,
through the whole countryside.                     "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan
               John 4:1-4                          woman. How can you ask me for a drink?"
1
 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was                (For Jews do not associate with
gaining and baptizing more disciples than          Samaritans.)
                                                        10
John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus                   Jesus answered her, "If you knew
who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the         the gift of God and who it is that asks you
Lord learned of this, he left Judea and            for a drink, you would have asked him and
went back once more to Galilee.                    he would have given you living water."
                                                        11
    4
      Now he had to go through Samaria.                    "Sir," the woman said, "you have
                                                   nothing to draw with and the well is deep.
           COMPILATION                             Where can you get this living water? 12Are
The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining         you greater than our father Jacob, who
and baptizing more disciples than John,            gave us the well and drank from it himself,
although in fact it was not Jesus who              as did also his sons and his flocks and
baptized, but his disciples. When the Lord         herds?"
                                                        13
learned of this & when Jesus heard that                    Jesus answered, "Everyone who
John had been put in prison, he left Judea         drinks this water will be thirsty again,
                                                   14
and went back once more to Galilee                    but whoever drinks the water I give him
proclaiming the good news of God.                  will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give
     Jesus returned to Galilee in the power        him will become in him a spring of water
of the Spirit, and news about him spread           welling up to eternal life."
                                                        15
through the whole countryside. Now he                      The woman said to him, "Sir, give
had to go through Samaria.                         me this water so that I won't get thirsty
                                                   and have to keep coming here to draw
     Samaritan Woman at Well                       water."
                                                        16
                                                           He told her, "Go, call your husband
              John 4:5-42
5                                                  and come back."
 So he came to a town in Samaria called                 17
                                                           "I have no husband," she replied.
Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had
                                                        Jesus said to her, "You are right when
given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was
                                                   you say you have no husband. 18The fact
there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the
                                                   is, you have had five husbands, and the

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                                                         32
man you now have is not your husband.                       But he said to them, "I have food to
What you have just said is quite true."             eat that you know nothing about."
     19                                                  33
        "Sir," the woman said, "I can see                   Then his disciples said to each other,
that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers               "Could someone have brought him food?"
                                                         34
worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews                    "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the
claim that the place where we must                  will of him who sent me and to finish his
worship is in Jerusalem."                           work. 35Do you not say, 'Four months
     21
        Jesus declared, "Believe me,                more and then the harvest'? I tell you,
woman, a time is coming when you will               open your eyes and look at the fields!
worship the Father neither on this                  They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the
mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You                    reaper draws his wages, even now he
Samaritans worship what you do not                  harvests the crop for eternal life, so that
know; we worship what we do know, for               the sower and the reaper may be glad
salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is         together. 37Thus the saying 'One sows and
coming and has now come when the true               another reaps' is true. 38I sent you to reap
worshipers will worship the Father in               what you have not worked for. Others
spirit and truth, for they are the kind of          have done the hard work, and you have
worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is               reaped the benefits of their labor."
                                                         39
spirit, and his worshipers must worship in                  Many of the Samaritans from that
spirit and in truth."                               town believed in him because of the
     25
        The woman said, "I know that                woman's testimony, "He told me
Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When           everything I ever did." 40So when the
he comes, he will explain everything to             Samaritans came to him, they urged him to
us."                                                stay with them, and he stayed two days.
     26                                             41
        Then Jesus declared, "I who speak              And because of his words many more
to you am he."                                      became believers.
     27                                                  42
        Just then his disciples returned and                They said to the woman, "We no
were surprised to find him talking with a           longer believe just because of what you
woman. But no one asked, "What do you               said; now we have heard for ourselves,
want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"           and we know that this man really is the
     28
        Then, leaving her water jar, the            Savior of the world."
woman went back to the town and said to
the people, 29"Come, see a man who told                       Returns to Galilee
me everything I ever did. Could this be the
                                                                    Mark 1:15
Christ?" 30They came out of the town and            15
                                                      "The time has come," he said. "The
made their way toward him.
     31                                             kingdom of God is near. Repent and
        Meanwhile his disciples urged him,
                                                    believe the good news!"
"Rabbi, eat something."

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                                                        48
               Luke 4:15                                   "Unless you people see miraculous
15                                                 signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you
  He taught in their synagogues, and
everyone praised him.                              will never believe."
                                                        49
                                                           The royal official said, "Sir, come
             John 4:43-45                          down before my child dies."
43                                                      50
  After the two days he left for Galilee.                 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your
44
  (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that          son will live." The man took Jesus at his
a prophet has no honor in his own                  word and departed. 51While he was still on
country.) 45When he arrived in Galilee, the        the way, his servants met him with the
Galileans welcomed him. They had seen              news that his boy was living. 52When he
all that he had done in Jerusalem at the           inquired as to the time when his son got
Passover Feast, for they also had been             better, they said to him, "The fever left
there.                                             him yesterday at the seventh hour."
                                                        53
                                                           Then the father realized that this was
           COMPILATION
                                                   the exact time at which Jesus had said to
After the two days he left for Galilee.
                                                   him, "Your son will live." So he and all his
(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a
                                                   household believed.
prophet has no honor in his own country.)               54
                                                           This was the second miraculous sign
When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans
                                                   that Jesus performed, having come from
welcomed him. They had seen all that he
                                                   Judea to Galilee.
had done in Jerusalem at the Passover
Feast, for they also had been there.                         Rejected at Nazareth
    He taught in their synagogues, and
everyone praised him. The time has                               Luke 4:16-30
                                                   16
come," he said. "The kingdom of God is               He went to Nazareth, where he had been
near. Repent and believe the good news!"           brought up, and on the Sabbath day he
                                                   went into the synagogue, as was his
Healing of the Nobleman‘s Son                      custom. And he stood up to read. 17The
                                                   scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to
             John 4:46-54
46                                                 him. Unrolling it, he found the place
  Once more he visited Cana in Galilee,
                                                   where it is written: 18"The Spirit of the
where he had turned the water into wine.
                                                   Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
And there was a certain royal official
                                                   to preach good news to the poor. He has
whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47When
                                                   sent me to proclaim freedom for the
this man heard that Jesus had arrived in
                                                   prisoners and recovery of sight for the
Galilee from Judea, he went to him and
                                                   blind, to release the oppressed, 19to
begged him to come and heal his son, who
                                                   proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
was close to death.


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    20                                                13
         Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it           Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in
back to the attendant and sat down. The               Capernaum, which was by the lake in the
eyes of everyone in the synagogue were                area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14to fulfill
fastened on him, 21and he began by saying             what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
                                                      15
to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled              "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
in your hearing."                                     the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
      22
         All spoke well of him and were               Galilee of the Gentiles— 16the people
amazed at the gracious words that came                living in darkness have seen a great light;
from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?"             on those living in the land of the shadow
they asked.                                           of death a light has dawned."
      23                                                   17
        Jesus said to them, "Surely you will                  From that time on Jesus began to
quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal            preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of
yourself! Do here in your hometown what               heaven is near."
we have heard that you did in
Capernaum.'"                                               Four Become Fishers of Men
      24
         "I tell you the truth," he continued,
                                                                 Matthew 4:18-22
"no prophet is accepted in his hometown.              18
25                                                       As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of
   I assure you that there were many
                                                      Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called
widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the
                                                      Peter and his brother Andrew. They were
sky was shut for three and a half years and
                                                      casting a net into the lake, for they were
there was a severe famine throughout the
                                                      fishermen. 19"Come, follow me," Jesus
land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of
                                                      said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the              20
                                                         At once they left their nets and followed
region of Sidon. 27And there were many in
                                                      him.
Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha             21
                                                         Going on from there, he saw two other
the prophet, yet not one of them was
                                                      brothers, James son of Zebedee and his
cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian."
      28                                              brother John. They were in a boat with
         All the people in the synagogue
                                                      their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.
were furious when they heard this. 29They
                                                      Jesus called them, 22and immediately they
got up, drove him out of the town, and
                                                      left the boat and their father and followed
took him to the brow of the hill on which
                                                      him.
the town was built, in order to throw him
down the cliff. 30But he walked right                              Mark 1:16-20
through the crowd and went on his way.                16
                                                        As Jesus walked beside the Sea of
                                                      Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother
         Moved to Capernaum                           Andrew casting a net into the lake, for
            Matthew 4:13-17                           they were fishermen. 17"Come, follow
                                                      me," Jesus said, "and I will make you

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fishers of men." 18At once they left their           James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
nets and followed him.                               Simon's partners.
      19
        When he had gone a little farther, he              Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be
saw James son of Zebedee and his brother             afraid; from now on you will catch men."
                                                     11
John in a boat, preparing their nets.                   So they pulled their boats up on shore,
20
  Without delay he called them, and they             left everything and followed him.
left their father Zebedee in the boat with
the hired men and followed him.                                 COMPILATION
                                                     As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of
               Luke 5:1-11                           Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called
1
 One day as Jesus was standing by the                Peter and his brother Andrew. They were
Lake of Gennesaret, with the people                  casting a net into the lake, for they were
crowding around him and listening to the             fishermen. . "Come, follow me," Jesus
word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge             said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
two boats, left there by the fishermen, who          At once they left their nets and followed
were washing their nets. 3He got into one            him.
of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,                  Going on from there, he saw two
and asked him to put out a little from               other brothers, James son of Zebedee and
shore. Then he sat down and taught the               his brother John. They were in a boat with
people from the boat.                                their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.
     4
       When he had finished speaking, he             Jesus called them, and immediately they
said to Simon, "Put out into deep water,             left the boat and their father and followed
and let down the nets for a catch."                  him.
     5
       Simon answered, "Master, we've                      Jesus was standing by the Lake of
worked hard all night and haven't caught             Gennesaret, with the people crowding
anything. But because you say so, I will let         around him and listening to the word of
down the nets."                                      God, he saw at the water's edge two boats,
     6
       When they had done so, they caught            left there by the fishermen, who were
such a large number of fish that their nets          washing their nets.
began to break. 7So they signaled their                    He got into one of the boats, the one
partners in the other boat to come and               belonging to Simon, and asked him to put
help them, and they came and filled both             out a little from shore. Then he sat down
boats so full that they began to sink.               and taught the people from the boat.
     8
       When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at               When he had finished speaking, he
Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me,             said to Simon, "Put out into deep water,
Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9For he and all            and let down the nets for a catch."
his companions were astonished at the                      Simon answered, "Master, we've
catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were          worked hard all night and haven't caught


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anything. But because you say so, I will let        the man violently and came out of him
down the nets."                                     with a shriek.
                                                         27
     When they had done so, they caught                    The people were all so amazed that
such a large number of fish that their nets         they asked each other, "What is this? A
began to break. So they signaled their              new teaching—and with authority! He
partners in the other boat to come and help         even gives orders to evil spirits and they
them, and they came and filled both boats           obey him." 28News about him spread
so full that they began to sink.                    quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
     When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at
Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me,                         Luke 4:31-37
                                                    31
Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all              Then he went down to Capernaum, a
his companions were astonished at the               town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began
catch of fish they had taken, and so were           to teach the people. 32They were amazed at
James and John, the sons of Zebedee,                his teaching, because his message had
Simon's partners.                                   authority.
                                                         33
     Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be                    In the synagogue there was a man
afraid; from now on you will catch men."            possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left        cried out at the top of his voice, 34"Ha!
everything and followed him.                        What do you want with us, Jesus of
                                                    Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I
     Demoniac Healed on the                         know who you are—the Holy One of
                                                    God!"
         Sabbath Day                                     35
                                                           "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly.
             Mark 1:21-28                           "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw
21                                                  the man down before them all and came
   They went to Capernaum, and when the
Sabbath came, Jesus went into the                   out without injuring him.
                                                         36
synagogue and began to teach. 22The                         All the people were amazed and said
people were amazed at his teaching,                 to each other, "What is this teaching? With
because he taught them as one who had               authority and power he gives orders to evil
authority, not as the teachers of the law.          spirits and they come out!" 37And the news
23                                                  about him spread throughout the
   Just then a man in their synagogue who
was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,          surrounding area.
24
   "What do you want with us, Jesus of
                                                               COMPILATION
Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I
                                                    Then he went down to Capernaum, a town
know who you are—the Holy One of
                                                    in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to
God!"
     25                                             teach the people. They were amazed at his
        "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly.
                                                    teaching, because his message had
"Come out of him!" 26The evil spirit shook
                                                    authority. he taught them as one who had

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authority, not as the teachers of the law.                       Mark 1:29-34
Just then a man in their synagogue who             29
                                                     As soon as they left the synagogue, they
was possessed by a demon, an evil spirit.          went with James and John to the home of
He cried out at the top of his voice, Ha!          Simon and Andrew. 30Simon's mother-in-
What do you want with us, Jesus of                 law was in bed with a fever, and they told
Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I           Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took
know who you are—the Holy One of                   her hand and helped her up. The fever left
God!"                                              her and she began to wait on them.
     "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come              32
                                                           That evening after sunset the people
out of him!"                                       brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-
     Then the demon, threw the man down            possessed. 33The whole town gathered at
before them all and shook the man                  the door, 34and Jesus healed many who
violently. The evil spirit came out of him         had various diseases. He also drove out
with a shriek and came out without                 many demons, but he would not let the
injuring him.                                      demons speak because they knew who he
     The people were all so amazed that            was.
they asked each other, "What is this new
teaching? With authority and power he                            Luke 4:38-41
                                                   38
even gives orders to evil spirits and they           Jesus left the synagogue and went to the
obey him and they come out!"                       home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-
                                                   law was suffering from a high fever, and
     Peter‘s Mother-in-Law &                       they asked Jesus to help her. 39So he bent
           Others Healed                           over her and rebuked the fever, and it left
                                                   her. She got up at once and began to wait
           Matthew 8:14-17                         on them.
14                                                      40
  When Jesus came into Peter's house, he                   When the sun was setting, the people
saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed             brought to Jesus all who had various kinds
with a fever. 15He touched her hand and            of sickness, and laying his hands on each
the fever left her, and she got up and             one, he healed them. 41Moreover, demons
began to wait on him.                              came out of many people, shouting, "You
      16
        When evening came, many who                are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them
were demon-possessed were brought to               and would not allow them to speak,
him, and he drove out the spirits with a           because they knew he was the Christ.
word and healed all the sick. 17This was to
fulfill what was spoken through the                           COMPILATION
prophet Isaiah: "He took up our                    As soon as they left the synagogue, they
infirmities and carried our diseases."             went with James and John to the home of
                                                   Simon and Andrew. When Jesus came into


                                              44
                                                   35
Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-             Very early in the morning, while it was
law lying in bed suffering from a high             still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and
fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he        went off to a solitary place, where he
went to her. He bent over her and touched          prayed. 36Simon and his companions went
her hand, rebuked the fever and helped her         to look for him, 37and when they found
up. She got up at once and began to wait           him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking
on them.                                           for you!"
                                                         38
     When the sun was setting, the people                   Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere
brought to Jesus all who had various kinds         else—to the nearby villages—so I can
of sickness and many who were demon-               preach there also. That is why I have
possessed, and laying his hands on each            come." 39So he traveled throughout
one, he healed all the sick. The whole             Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and
town gathered at the door. Moreover, He            driving out demons.
drove out the spirits with a word. Demons
came out of many people, shouting, "You                          Luke 4:42-44
                                                   42
are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them              At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary
and would not allow them to speak,                 place. The people were looking for him
because they knew he was the Christ.               and when they came to where he was, they
     This was to fulfill what was spoken           tried to keep him from leaving them. 43But
through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up            he said, "I must preach the good news of
our infirmities and carried our diseases."         the kingdom of God to the other towns
                                                   also, because that is why I was sent."
                                                   44
First Preaching Tour of Galilee                       And he kept on preaching in the
                                                   synagogues of Judea.
           Matthew 4:23-25
23
   Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching                    COMPILATION
in their synagogues, preaching the good            Very early in the morning, while it was
news of the kingdom, and healing every             still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and
disease and sickness among the people.             went off to a solitary place, where he
24                                                 prayed. Simon and his companions went to
  News about him spread all over Syria,
and people brought to him all who were ill         look for him, and when they found him,
with various diseases, those suffering             they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for
severe pain, the demon-possessed, those            you!" The people were looking for him
having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he         and when they came to where he was, they
healed them. 25Large crowds from Galilee,          tried to keep him from leaving them.
the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the                  Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere
region across the Jordan followed him.             else—to the nearby villages— I must
                                                   preach the good news of the kingdom of
             Mark 1:35-39

                                              45
God to the other towns also, because that         man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"
                                                  42
is why I was sent."                                  Immediately the leprosy left him and he
     Jesus went throughout Galilee,               was cured.
                                                       43
teaching in their synagogues, preaching                   Jesus sent him away at once with a
the good news of the kingdom, and                 strong warning: 44"See that you don't tell
healing every disease and sickness among          this to anyone. But go, show yourself to
the people. News about him spread all             the priest and offer the sacrifices that
over Syria, and people brought to him all         Moses commanded for your cleansing, as
who were ill with various diseases, those         a testimony to them." 45Instead he went out
suffering severe pain, the demon-                 and began to talk freely, spreading the
possessed, those having seizures, and the         news. As a result, Jesus could no longer
paralyzed, and he healed them. Large              enter a town openly but stayed outside in
crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,               lonely places. Yet the people still came to
Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the        him from everywhere.
Jordan followed him.
                                                               Luke 5:12-16
                                                  12
            Leper Healed                            While Jesus was in one of the towns, a
                                                  man came along who was covered with
            Matthew 8:1-4                         leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with
1
  When he came down from the                      his face to the ground and begged him,
mountainside, large crowds followed him.          "Lord, if you are willing, you can make
2
  A man with leprosy came and knelt               me clean."
before him and said, "Lord, if you are                 13
                                                         Jesus reached out his hand and
willing, you can make me clean."                  touched the man. "I am willing," he said.
     3
      Jesus reached out his hand and              "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy
touched the man. "I am willing," he said.         left him.
"Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of                14
                                                          Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell
his leprosy. 4Then Jesus said to him, "See        anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest
that you don't tell anyone. But go, show          and offer the sacrifices that Moses
yourself to the priest and offer the gift         commanded for your cleansing, as a
Moses commanded, as a testimony to                testimony to them."
them."                                                 15
                                                         Yet the news about him spread all
                                                  the more, so that crowds of people came to
             Mark 1:40-45
40                                                hear him and to be healed of their
  A man with leprosy came to him and
                                                  sicknesses. 16But Jesus often withdrew to
begged him on his knees, "If you are
                                                  lonely places and prayed.
willing, you can make me clean."
     41
        Filled with compassion, Jesus                        COMPILATION
reached out his hand and touched the

                                             46
                                                       3
When he came down from the                                At this, some of the teachers of the
mountainside, large crowds followed him.           law said to themselves, "This fellow is
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a             blaspheming!"
                                                        4
man came along who was covered with                       Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said,
leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he begged              "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in
him on his knees with his face to the              your hearts? 5Which is easier: to say,
ground and said, "Lord, if you are willing,        'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up
you can make me clean."                            and walk'? 6But so that you may know that
     Filled with compassion, Jesus reached         the Son of Man has authority on earth to
out his hand and touched the man. "I am            forgive sins...." Then he said to the
willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately         paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go
the leprosy left him and he was cured.             home." 7And the man got up and went
     Jesus sent him away at once with a            home. 8When the crowd saw this, they
strong warning & ordered him, "See that            were filled with awe; and they praised
you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show        God, who had given such authority to men.
yourself to the priest and offer the
sacrifices (gift) that Moses commanded for                       Mark 2:1-12
                                                   1
your cleansing, as a testimony to them."             A few days later, when Jesus again
     Instead he went out and began to talk         entered Capernaum, the people heard that
freely, spreading the news. Yet the news           he had come home. 2So many gathered
about him spread all the more, so that             that there was no room left, not even
crowds of people came to hear him and to           outside the door, and he preached the
be healed of their sicknesses. As a result,        word to them. 3Some men came, bringing
Jesus could no longer enter a town openly          to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
                                                   4
but stayed outside in lonely places. 16But           Since they could not get him to Jesus
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and          because of the crowd, they made an
prayed.                                            opening in the roof above Jesus and, after
                                                   digging through it, lowered the mat the
          Paralytic Healed                         paralyzed man was lying on. 5When Jesus
                                                   saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
             Matthew 9:1-8                         "Son, your sins are forgiven."
1                                                        6
 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over                   Now some teachers of the law were
and came to his own town. 2Some men                sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7"Why
brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat.        does this fellow talk like that? He's
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the         blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but
paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are         God alone?"
forgiven."                                               8
                                                           Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit
                                                   that this was what they were thinking in


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their hearts, and he said to them, "Why              say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get
are you thinking these things? 9Which is             up and walk'? 24But that you may know
easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins          that the Son of Man has authority on earth
are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your         to forgive sins...." He said to the paralyzed
mat and walk'? 10But that you may know               man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and
that the Son of Man has authority on earth           go home." 25Immediately he stood up in
to forgive sins . . . ." He said to the              front of them, took what he had been lying
paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat        on and went home praising God.
and go home." 12He got up, took his mat              26
                                                        Everyone was amazed and gave praise to
and walked out in full view of them all.             God. They were filled with awe and said,
This amazed everyone and they praised                "We have seen remarkable things today."
God, saying, "We have never seen
anything like this!"                                             COMPILATION
                                                     A few days later, Jesus stepped into a boat,
              Luke 5:17-26                           crossed over and came to his own town
17
  One day as he was teaching, Pharisees              Capernaum, The people heard that he had
and teachers of the law, who had come                come home. One day as he was teaching,
from every village of Galilee and from               Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had
Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there.             come from every village of Galilee and
And the power of the Lord was present for            from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting
him to heal the sick. 18Some men came                there. So many gathered that there was no
carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to           room left, not even outside the door, and
take him into the house to lay him before            he preached the word to them. The power
Jesus. 19When they could not find a way to           of the Lord was present for him to heal the
do this because of the crowd, they went up           sick.
on the roof and lowered him on his mat                    Some men came, bringing to him a
through the tiles into the middle of the             paralytic lying on a mat, carried by four of
crowd, right in front of Jesus.                      them and tried to take him into the house
     20
       When Jesus saw their faith, he said,          to lay him before Jesus. Since they could
"Friend, your sins are forgiven."                    not get him to Jesus because of the crowd,
     21
        The Pharisees and the teachers of            they went up on the roof. They made an
the law began thinking to themselves,                opening through the tiles in the roof above
"Who is this fellow who speaks                       Jesus and, after digging through it,
blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God              lowered the mat the paralyzed man was
alone?"                                              lying on into the middle of the crowd,
     22
       Jesus knew what they were thinking            right in front of Jesus.
and asked, "Why are you thinking these
things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to


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     When Jesus saw their faith, he said to          him, and Matthew got up and followed
the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins           him.
                                                          10
are forgiven."                                              While Jesus was having dinner at
     Now some Pharisees and teachers of              Matthew's house, many tax collectors and
the law were sitting there, began thinking           "sinners" came and ate with him and his
to themselves, 7"Why does this fellow talk           disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this,
like that? Who is this fellow who speaks             they asked his disciples, "Why does your
blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God              teacher eat with tax collectors and
alone?"                                              'sinners'?"
                                                          12
     Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit                    On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not
that this was what they were thinking in             the healthy who need a doctor, but the
their hearts, and he said to them, "Why do           sick. 13But go and learn what this means:
you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?          'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have
Which is easier: to say to the paralytic,            not come to call the righteous, but
'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up,        sinners."
take your mat and walk'? But so that you
may know that the Son of Man has                                   Mark 2:13-17
                                                     13
authority on earth to forgive sins, ...." He           Once again Jesus went out beside the
said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get          lake. A large crowd came to him, and he
up, take your mat and go home."                      began to teach them. 14As he walked
     Immediately he stood up in front of             along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting
them, took his mat what he had been lying            at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me,"
on and walked out in full view of them all           Jesus told him, and Levi got up and
and went home praising God.                          followed him.
                                                           15
     When the crowd saw this, they were                      While Jesus was having dinner at
amazed & filled with awe. They praised               Levi's house, many tax collectors and
God, who had given such authority to men             "sinners" were eating with him and his
saying, "We have never seen anything like            disciples, for there were many who
this!" and said, "We have seen remarkable            followed him. 16When the teachers of the
things today."                                       law who were Pharisees saw him eating
                                                     with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they
           Matthew‘s Call                            asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with
                                                     tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
            Matthew 9:9-13                                 17
                                                              On hearing this, Jesus said to them,
9
 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a               "It is not the healthy who need a doctor,
man named Matthew sitting at the tax                 but the sick. I have not come to call the
collector's booth. "Follow me," he told              righteous, but sinners."
                                                                    Luke 5:27-32

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27
   After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax         do you eat and drink with tax collectors
collector by the name of Levi sitting at his        and 'sinners'?"
tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him,               On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It
28
   and Levi got up, left everything and             is not the healthy who need a doctor, but
followed him.                                       the sick. But go and learn what this means:
     29
       Then Levi held a great banquet for           'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have
Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of            not come to call the righteous, but sinners
tax collectors and others were eating with          to repentance."
them. 30But the Pharisees and the teachers
of the law who belonged to their sect               Parable of Cloth and Wineskins
complained to his disciples, "Why do you
                                                               Matthew 9:14-17
eat and drink with tax collectors and               14
                                                      Then John's disciples came and asked
'sinners'?"
     31                                             him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees
       Jesus answered them, "It is not the
                                                    fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32I             15
                                                           Jesus answered, "How can the
have not come to call the righteous, but
                                                    guests of the bridegroom mourn while he
sinners to repentance."
                                                    is with them? The time will come when
           COMPILATION                              the bridegroom will be taken from them;
Once again Jesus went out beside the lake.          then they will fast.
                                                         16
A large crowd came to him, and he began                     "No one sews a patch of unshrunk
to teach them. As he walked along, he saw           cloth on an old garment, for the patch will
a tax collector by the name of Levi                 pull away from the garment, making the
(Matthew) son of Alphaeus sitting at his            tear worse. 17Neither do men pour new
tax collector's booth. Follow me," Jesus            wine into old wineskins. If they do, the
said to him, and Levi (Matthew) got up,             skins will burst, the wine will run out and
left everything and followed him.                   the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour
      Then Levi (Matthew) held a great              new wine into new wineskins, and both are
banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large         preserved."
crowd of tax collectors and "sinners" came
                                                                  Mark 2:18-22
and ate with him and his disciples, for             18
                                                      Now John's disciples and the Pharisees
there were many who followed him.
                                                    were fasting. Some people came and asked
      But the Pharisees and the teachers of
                                                    Jesus, "How is it that John's disciples and
the law who belonged to their sect saw
                                                    the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting,
him eating with the "sinners" and tax
                                                    but yours are not?"
collectors, they complained to his                       19
                                                           Jesus answered, "How can the
disciples: "Why does your teacher & why
                                                    guests of the bridegroom fast while he is
                                                    with them? They cannot, so long as they

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have him with them. 20But the time will            Pharisees and the disciples of the
come when the bridegroom will be taken             Pharisees often fast and pray, but your
from them, and on that day they will fast.         disciples do not fast but go on eating and
     21
        "No one sews a patch of unshrunk           drinking. ?"
cloth on an old garment. If he does, the                Jesus answered, "How can you make
new piece will pull away from the old,             the guests of the bridegroom mourn & fast
making the tear worse. 22And no one pours          while he is with them? They cannot, so
new wine into old wineskins. If he does,           long as they have him with them. But the
the wine will burst the skins, and both the        time will come when the bridegroom will
wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No,         be taken from them, then in those days
he pours new wine into new wineskins."             they will fast."
                                                        He told them this parable: "No one
             Luke 5:33-39                          tears a patch of unshrunk cloth from a new
33
  They said to him, "John's disciples often        garment and sews it on an old garment. If
fast and pray, and so do the disciples of          he does he will have torn the new garment,
the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and          and the patch from the new will not match.
drinking."                                         The old and the new piece will pull away
     34
        Jesus answered, "Can you make the          from the old, making the tear worse.
guests of the bridegroom fast while he is               And neither do men pour new wine
with them? 35But the time will come when           into old wineskins. If they do, the new
the bridegroom will be taken from them;            wine will burst the skins, the wine will run
in those days they will fast."                     out and the wineskins will be ruined. No,
     36
        He told them this parable: "No one         they pour new wine into new wineskins,
tears a patch from a new garment and               and both are preserved. And no one after
sews it on an old one. If he does, he will         drinking old wine wants the new, for he
have torn the new garment, and the patch           says, 'The old is better.' "
from the new will not match the old. 37And
no one pours new wine into old wineskins.              Goes to Jerusalem for 2nd
If he does, the new wine will burst the
skins, the wine will run out and the
                                                       Passover; Heals Lame Man
wineskins will be ruined. 38No, new wine                         John 5:1-47
must be poured into new wineskins. 39And           1
                                                    Some time later, Jesus went up to
no one after drinking old wine wants the           Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now
new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "           there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a
                                                   pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda
           COMPILATION
                                                   and which is surrounded by five covered
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees
                                                   colonnades. 3Here a great number of
were fasting. Then John's disciples came
                                                   disabled people used to lie—the blind, the
and asked Jesus, How is it that we and the

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lame, the paralyzed. 5One who was there              Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not
had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.          only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he
6
  When Jesus saw him lying there and                 was even calling God his own Father,
learned that he had been in this condition           making himself equal with God.
                                                           19
for a long time, he asked him, "Do you                       Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell
want to get well?"                                   you the truth, the Son can do nothing by
     7
       "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no        himself; he can do only what he sees his
one to help me into the pool when the                Father doing, because whatever the Father
water is stirred. While I am trying to get           does the Son also does. 20For the Father
in, someone else goes down ahead of me."             loves the Son and shows him all he does.
     8
       Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick         Yes, to your amazement he will show him
up your mat and walk." 9At once the man              even greater things than these. 21For just as
was cured; he picked up his mat and                  the Father raises the dead and gives them
walked. The day on which this took place             life, even so the Son gives life to whom he
was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jews said to             is pleased to give it. 22Moreover, the
the man who had been healed, "It is the              Father judges no one, but has entrusted all
Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your           judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor
mat."                                                the Son just as they honor the Father. He
     11
        But he replied, "The man who made            who does not honor the Son does not
me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and            honor the Father, who sent him.
                                                           24
walk.' "                                                      "I tell you the truth, whoever hears
     12
        So they asked him, "Who is this              my word and believes him who sent me
fellow who told you to pick it up and                has eternal life and will not be condemned;
walk?"                                               he has crossed over from death to life. 25I
     13
        The man who was healed had no                tell you the truth, a time is coming and has
idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped               now come when the dead will hear the
away into the crowd that was there.                  voice of the Son of God and those who
     14
        Later Jesus found him at the temple          hear will live. 26For as the Father has life
and said to him, "See, you are well again.           in himself, so he has granted the Son to
Stop sinning or something worse may                  have life in himself. 27And he has given
happen to you." 15The man went away and              him authority to judge because he is the
told the Jews that it was Jesus who had              Son of Man.
                                                           28
made him well.                                                "Do not be amazed at this, for a time
     16
        So, because Jesus was doing these            is coming when all who are in their graves
things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted           will hear his voice 29and come out—those
him. 17Jesus said to them, "My Father is             who have done good will rise to live, and
always at his work to this very day, and I,          those who have done evil will rise to be
too, am working." 18For this reason the              condemned. 30By myself I can do nothing;

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                                                         45
I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is                 "But do not think I will accuse you
just, for I seek not to please myself but           before the Father. Your accuser is Moses,
him who sent me.                                    on whom your hopes are set. 46If you
      31
         "If I testify about myself, my             believed Moses, you would believe me,
testimony is not valid. 32There is another          for he wrote about me. 47But since you do
who testifies in my favor, and I know that          not believe what he wrote, how are you
his testimony about me is valid.                    going to believe what I say?"
      33
         "You have sent to John and he has
testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept              Plucked Grain on Sabbath
human testimony; but I mention it that you
                                                                Matthew 12:1-8
may be saved. 35John was a lamp that                1
                                                     At that time Jesus went through the
burned and gave light, and you chose for a
                                                    grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples
time to enjoy his light.
      36                                            were hungry and began to pick some heads
         "I have testimony weightier than
                                                    of grain and eat them. 2When the
that of John. For the very work that the
                                                    Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
Father has given me to finish, and which I
                                                    "Look! Your disciples are doing what is
am doing, testifies that the Father has sent
                                                    unlawful on the Sabbath."
me. 37And the Father who sent me has                     3
                                                           He answered, "Haven't you read what
himself testified concerning me. You have
                                                    David did when he and his companions
never heard his voice nor seen his form,
38                                                  were hungry? 4He entered the house of
   nor does his word dwell in you, for you
                                                    God, and he and his companions ate the
do not believe the one he sent. 39You
                                                    consecrated bread—which was not lawful
diligently study the Scriptures because you
                                                    for them to do, but only for the priests. 5Or
think that by them you possess eternal life.
                                                    haven't you read in the Law that on the
These are the Scriptures that testify about
                                                    Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate
me, 40yet you refuse to come to me to have
                                                    the day and yet are innocent? 6I tell you
life.
      41                                            that one greater than the temple is here. 7If
         "I do not accept praise from men,
42                                                  you had known what these words mean, 'I
   but I know you. I know that you do not
                                                    desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not
have the love of God in your hearts. 43I
                                                    have condemned the innocent. 8For the
have come in my Father's name, and you
                                                    Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
do not accept me; but if someone else
comes in his own name, you will accept                            Mark 2:23-28
him. 44How can you believe if you accept            23
                                                      One Sabbath Jesus was going through
praise from one another, yet make no                the grainfields, and as his disciples walked
effort to obtain the praise that comes from         along, they began to pick some heads of
the only God?                                       grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, "Look,


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why are they doing what is unlawful on                   When the Pharisees saw this, they
the Sabbath?"                                       said to him, "Look! why are your disciples
      25
         He answered, "Have you never read          doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."
what David did when he and his                           Jesus answered them, "Have you
companions were hungry and in need?                 never read what David did when he and
26
   In the days of Abiathar the high priest,         his companions were hungry and in need?
he entered the house of God and ate the             In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he
consecrated bread, which is lawful only             entered the house of God, and taking the
for priests to eat. And he also gave some           consecrated bread, he ate the consecrated
to his companions."                                 bread, and he also gave some to his
      27
         Then he said to them, "The Sabbath         companions which was not lawful for
was made for man, not man for the                   them to do, but only for the priests. Or
Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord even           haven't you read in the Law that on the
of the Sabbath."                                    Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate
                                                    the day and yet are innocent? I tell you
               Luke 6:1-5                           that one greater than the temple is here. If
1
 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the            you had known what these words mean, 'I
grainfields, and his disciples began to pick        desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not
some heads of grain, rub them in their              have condemned the innocent.
hands and eat the kernels. 2Some of the                  Then Jesus said to them, "For the
Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what            Sabbath was made for man, not man for
is unlawful on the Sabbath?"                        the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord
     3
       Jesus answered them, "Have you               even of the Sabbath."
never read what David did when he and
his companions were hungry? 4He entered                 Withered Hand Healed on
the house of God, and taking the
consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful
                                                                Sabbath
only for priests to eat. And he also gave                       Matthew 12:9-14
some to his companions." 5Then Jesus said           9
                                                     Going on from that place, he went into
to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the             their synagogue, 10and a man with a
Sabbath."                                           shriveled hand was there. Looking for a
                                                    reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is
           COMPILATION
                                                    it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
At that time Jesus went through the                      11
                                                            He said to them, "If any of you has a
grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples
                                                    sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath,
were hungry. and as his disciples walked
                                                    will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
along, they began to pick some heads of             12
                                                       How much more valuable is a man than
grain , rub them in their hands and eat the
kernels.

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a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good         and stand in front of everyone." So he got
on the Sabbath."                                   up and stood there.
     13                                                 9
       Then he said to the man, "Stretch                  Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you,
out your hand." So he stretched it out and         which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good
it was completely restored, just as sound          or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"
as the other. 14But the Pharisees went out              10
                                                           He looked around at them all, and
and plotted how they might kill Jesus.             then said to the man, "Stretch out your
                                                   hand." He did so, and his hand was
               Mark 3:1-6                          completely restored. 11But they were
1
  Another time he went into the synagogue,         furious and began to discuss with one
and a man with a shriveled hand was there.         another what they might do to Jesus.
2
  Some of them were looking for a reason
to accuse Jesus, so they watched him                           COMPILATION
closely to see if he would heal him on the         Going on from that place, on another
Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the           Sabbath, he went into the synagogue. He
shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of              was teaching and a man was there whose
everyone."                                         right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees
     4
       Then Jesus asked them, "Which is            and the teachers of the law were looking
lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do         for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they
evil, to save life or to kill?" But they           watched him closely to see if he would
remained silent.                                   heal him on the Sabbath.
     5
       He looked around at them in anger                They asked him, "Is it lawful to heal
and, deeply distressed at their stubborn           on the Sabbath?"
hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your              But Jesus knew what they were
hand." He stretched it out, and his hand           thinking and said to the man with the
was completely restored. 6Then the                 shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front
Pharisees went out and began to plot with          of everyone." So he got up and stood
the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.           there.
                                                        He said to them, "If any of you has a
              Luke 6:6-11                          sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath,
6
  On another Sabbath he went into the              will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
synagogue and was teaching, and a man              How much more valuable is a man than a
was there whose right hand was shriveled.          sheep!
7
  The Pharisees and the teachers of the law             Then Jesus said to them, " Therefore I
were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus,         ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to
so they watched him closely to see if he           do good or to do evil, to save life or to
would heal on the Sabbath. 8But Jesus              destroy it?" But they remained silent.
knew what they were thinking and said to
the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up

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     He looked around at them in anger               disciples to have a small boat ready for
and, deeply distressed at their stubborn             him, to keep the people from crowding
hearts, then said to the man, "Stretch out           him. 10For he had healed many, so that
your hand." So he stretched it out and it            those with diseases were pushing forward
was completely restored, just as sound as            to touch him. 11Whenever the evil spirits
the other.                                           saw him, they fell down before him and
     But they were furious and began to              cried out, "You are the Son of God." 12But
discuss with one another what they might             he gave them strict orders not to tell who
do to Jesus. Then the Pharisees went out             he was.
and began to plot with the Herodians how                           Luke 6:17-19
they might kill Jesus.                               17
                                                       He went down with them and stood on a
                                                     level place. A large crowd of his disciples
         Multitudes Healed                           was there and a great number of people
           Matthew 12:15-21                          from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and
15
   Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that           from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18who
place. Many followed him, and he healed              had come to hear him and to be healed of
all their sick, 16warning them not to tell           their diseases. Those troubled by evil
who he was. 17This was to fulfill what was           spirits were cured, 19and the people all
spoken through the prophet Isaiah:                   tried to touch him, because power was
18
  "Here is my servant whom I have chosen,            coming from him and healing them all.
the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put                   COMPILATION
my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim               Aware of this, Jesus withdrew with his
justice to the nations. 19He will not quarrel        disciples from that place to the lake and a
or cry out; no one will hear his voice in            large crowd from Galilee followed. He
the streets. 20A bruised reed he will not            went down with them and stood on a level
break, and a smoldering wick he will not             place. When they heard all he was doing, a
snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.         great number of people from all over
21
   In his name the nations will put their            Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions
hope."                                               across the Jordan and from the coast of
              Mark 3:7-12                            Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear
7
 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the            him and to be healed of their diseases.
lake, and a large crowd from Galilee                 Those troubled by evil spirits were cured,
followed. 8When they heard all he was                and the people all tried to touch him,
doing, many people came to him from                  because power was coming from him and
Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions            healing them all.
across the Jordan and around Tyre and                     Because of the crowd he told his
Sidon. 9Because of the crowd he told his             disciples to have a small boat ready for


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him, to keep the people from crowding                Zealot 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed
him. For he had healed many, so that those           him.
with diseases were pushing forward to
touch him. Whenever the evil spirits saw                          Luke 6:12-16
                                                     12
him, they fell down before him and cried               One of those days Jesus went out to a
out, "You are the Son of God." But he                mountainside to pray, and spent the night
gave them strict orders not to tell who he           praying to God. 13When morning came, he
was.                                                 called his disciples to him and chose
     This was to fulfill what was spoken             twelve of them, whom he also designated
through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my              apostles: 14Simon (whom he named Peter),
servant whom I have chosen, the one I                his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip,
love, in whom I delight; I will put my               Bartholomew, 15Matthew, Thomas, James
Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice          son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called
to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry           the Zealot, 16Judas son of James, and
out; no one will hear his voice in the               Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
streets. A bruised reed he will not break,                      COMPILATION
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff              One of those days Jesus went up on a
out, till he leads justice to victory. In his        mountainside to pray, and spent the night
name the nations will put their hope."               praying to God. When morning came, he
                                                     called to him those he wanted, and they
       12 Apostles Selected                          came to him. He chose twelve of them,
              Mark 3:13-19                           whom he also designated apostles. That
13                                                   they might be with him and that he might
  Jesus went up on a mountainside and
called to him those he wanted, and they              send them out to preach and to have
came to him. 14He appointed twelve—                  authority to drive out demons. These are
designating them apostles—that they                  the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom
might be with him and that he might send             he gave the name Peter, his brother
them out to preach 15and to have authority           Andrew, James son of Zebedee and his
to drive out demons. 16These are the                 brother John (to them he gave the name
twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he               Boanerges, which means Sons of
gave the name Peter 17 James son of                  Thunder); Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,
Zebedee and his brother John (to them he             Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon
gave the name Boanerges, which means                 who was called the Zealot, Judas
Sons of Thunder); 18Andrew, Philip,                  (Thaddaeus) son of James, and Judas
Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James                  Iscariot, who became a traitor and who
son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the                betrayed him.

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                                                     men, that they may see your good deeds
          Matthew 5:1 – 7:29                         and praise your Father in heaven.
1
  Now when he saw the crowds, he went up
on a mountainside and sat down. His                        The Fulfillment of the Law
disciples came to him, 2and he began to                   17
                                                            "Do not think that I have come to
teach them saying: 3"Blessed are the poor            abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have
in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of              not come to abolish them but to fulfill
heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for            them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven
they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the             and earth disappear, not the smallest
meek, for they will inherit the earth.               letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by
6
  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst            any means disappear from the Law until
for righteousness, for they will be filled.          everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who
7
  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be         breaks one of the least of these
shown mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in                commandments and teaches others to do
heart, for they will see God. 9Blessed are           the same will be called least in the
the peacemakers, for they will be called             kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices
sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are             and teaches these commands will be called
persecuted because of righteousness, for             great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.                     you that unless your righteousness
     11
       "Blessed are you when people insult           surpasses that of the Pharisees and the
you, persecute you and falsely say all               teachers of the law, you will certainly not
kinds of evil against you because of me.             enter the kingdom of heaven.
12
   Rejoice and be glad, because great is
your reward in heaven, for in the same                                 Murder
                                                     21
way they persecuted the prophets who                   "You have heard that it was said to the
were before you.                                     people long ago, 'Do not murder, and
                                                     anyone who murders will be subject to
              Salt and Light                         judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who
13
  "You are the salt of the earth. But if the         is angry with his brother will be subject to
salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made         judgment. Again, anyone who says to his
salty again? It is no longer good for                brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the
anything, except to be thrown out and                Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You
trampled by men.                                     fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
     14                                                   23
       "You are the light of the world. A                   "Therefore, if you are offering your
city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither           gift at the altar and there remember that
do people light a lamp and put it under a            your brother has something against you,
                                                     24
bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and            leave your gift there in front of the altar.
it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In        First go and be reconciled to your
the same way, let your light shine before            brother; then come and offer your gift.

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     25
      "Settle matters quickly with your               footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city
adversary who is taking you to court. Do it           of the Great King. 36And do not swear by
while you are still with him on the way, or           your head, for you cannot make even one
he may hand you over to the judge, and                hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes'
the judge may hand you over to the officer,           be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything
and you may be thrown into prison. 26I tell           beyond this comes from the evil one.
you the truth, you will not get out until you
have paid the last penny.                                        An Eye for an Eye
                                                      38
                                                        "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye
                 Adultery                             for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39But I tell
27
  "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not           you, Do not resist an evil person. If
commit adultery.' 28But I tell you that               someone strikes you on the right cheek,
anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has             turn to him the other also. 40And if
already committed adultery with her in his            someone wants to sue you and take your
heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin,         tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If
gouge it out and throw it away. It is better          someone forces you to go one mile, go
for you to lose one part of your body than            with him two miles. 42Give to the one who
for your whole body to be thrown into hell.           asks you, and do not turn away from the
30
   And if your right hand causes you to sin,          one who wants to borrow from you.
cut it off and throw it away. It is better for
you to lose one part of your body than for                       Love for Enemies
                                                      43
your whole body to go into hell.                         "You have heard that it was said, 'Love
                                                      your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But
                  Divorce                             I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for
31
  "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces             those who persecute you, 45that you may
his wife must give her a certificate of               be sons of your Father in heaven. He
divorce.' 32But I tell you that anyone who            causes his sun to rise on the evil and the
divorces his wife, except for marital                 good, and sends rain on the righteous and
unfaithfulness, causes her to become an               the unrighteous. 46If you love those who
adulteress, and anyone who marries the                love you, what reward will you get? Are
divorced woman commits adultery.                      not even the tax collectors doing that?
                                                      47
                                                         And if you greet only your brothers, what
                   Oaths                              are you doing more than others? Do not
     33
       "Again, you have heard that it was             even pagans do that? 48Be perfect,
said to the people long ago, 'Do not break            therefore, as your heavenly Father is
your oath, but keep the oaths you have                perfect.
made to the Lord.' 34But I tell you, Do not
swear at all: either by heaven, for it is                       Giving to the Needy
God's throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his

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    1
      "Be careful not to do your 'acts of          debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation,
righteousness' before men, to be seen by           but deliver us from the evil one.' 14For if
them. If you do, you will have no reward           you forgive men when they sin against
from your Father in heaven.                        you, your heavenly Father will also
     2
      "So when you give to the needy, do           forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive
not announce it with trumpets, as the              men their sins, your Father will not
hypocrites do in the synagogues and on             forgive your sins.
the streets, to be honored by men. I tell
you the truth, they have received their                              Fasting
                                                   16
reward in full. 3But when you give to the            "When you fast, do not look somber as
needy, do not let your left hand know what         the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their
your right hand is doing, 4so that your            faces to show men they are fasting. I tell
giving may be in secret. Then your Father,         you the truth, they have received their
who sees what is done in secret, will              reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil
reward you.                                        on your head and wash your face, 18so that
                                                   it will not be obvious to men that you are
                 Prayer                            fasting, but only to your Father, who is
5
 "And when you pray, do not be like the            unseen; and your Father, who sees what is
hypocrites, for they love to pray standing         done in secret, will reward you.
in the synagogues and on the street
corners to be seen by men. I tell you the                    Treasures in Heaven
                                                   19
truth, they have received their reward in            "Do not store up for yourselves treasures
full. 6But when you pray, go into your             on earth, where moth and rust destroy,
room, close the door and pray to your              and where thieves break in and steal. 20But
Father, who is unseen. Then your Father,           store up for yourselves treasures in
who sees what is done in secret, will              heaven, where moth and rust do not
reward you. 7And when you pray, do not             destroy, and where thieves do not break in
keep on babbling like pagans, for they             and steal. 21For where your treasure is,
think they will be heard because of their          there your heart will be also.
                                                        22
many words. 8Do not be like them, for                     "The eye is the lamp of the body. If
your Father knows what you need before             your eyes are good, your whole body will
you ask him.                                       be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad,
      9
       "This, then, is how you should pray:        your whole body will be full of darkness. If
" 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your          then the light within you is darkness, how
name, 10your kingdom come, your will be            great is that darkness!
                                                        24
done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us               "No one can serve two masters.
today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our            Either he will hate the one and love the
debts, as we also have forgiven our                other, or he will be devoted to the one and


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despise the other. You cannot serve both            you will be judged, and with the measure
God and Money.                                      you use, it will be measured to you.
                                                         3
                                                           "Why do you look at the speck of
             Do Not Worry                           sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no
25
  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about         attention to the plank in your own eye?
your life, what you will eat or drink; or           4
                                                      How can you say to your brother, 'Let me
about your body, what you will wear. Is             take the speck out of your eye,' when all
not life more important than food, and the          the time there is a plank in your own eye?
body more important than clothes? 26Look            5
                                                     You hypocrite, first take the plank out of
at the birds of the air; they do not sow or         your own eye, and then you will see
reap or store away in barns, and yet your           clearly to remove the speck from your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not             brother's eye.
much more valuable than they? 27Who of                   6
                                                           "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do
you by worrying can add a single hour to            not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do,
his life?                                           they may trample them under their feet,
      28
        "And why do you worry about                 and then turn and tear you to pieces.
clothes? See how the lilies of the field
grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I                       Ask, Seek, Knock
                                                    7
tell you that not even Solomon in all his            "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and
splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If        you will find; knock and the door will be
that is how God clothes the grass of the            opened to you. 8For everyone who asks
field, which is here today and tomorrow is          receives; he who seeks finds; and to him
thrown into the fire, will he not much more         who knocks, the door will be opened.
clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do               9
                                                           "Which of you, if his son asks for
not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or          bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he
'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we            asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If
wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these         you, then, though you are evil, know how
things, and your heavenly Father knows              to give good gifts to your children, how
that you need them. 33But seek first his            much more will your Father in heaven
kingdom and his righteousness, and all              give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So
these things will be given to you as well.          in everything, do to others what you would
34
  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,            have them do to you, for this sums up the
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each          Law and the Prophets.
day has enough trouble of its own.
                                                         The Narrow and Wide Gates
                                                    13
            Judging Others                            "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide
1
 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.          is the gate and broad is the road that leads
2
  For in the same way you judge others,             to destruction, and many enter through it.


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14
  But small is the gate and narrow the road           on sand. 27The rain came down, the
that leads to life, and only a few find it.           streams rose, and the winds blew and beat
                                                      against that house, and it fell with a great
          A Tree and Its Fruit                        crash."
15
  "Watch out for false prophets. They                      28
                                                              When Jesus had finished saying
come to you in sheep's clothing, but                  these things, the crowds were amazed at
inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By              his teaching, 29because he taught as one
their fruit you will recognize them. Do               who had authority, and not as their
people pick grapes from thornbushes, or               teachers of the law.
figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good
tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears                         Luke 6:20-49
bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad              20
                                                        Looking at his disciples, he said:
fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good                "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours
fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good           is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you
fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.           who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
20
  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize             Blessed are you who weep now, for you
them.                                                 will laugh. 22Blessed are you when men
     21
        "Not everyone who says to me,                 hate you, when they exclude you and insult
'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of               you and reject your name as evil, because
heaven, but only he who does the will of              of the Son of Man.
my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will                    23
                                                              "Rejoice in that day and leap for
say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we            joy, because great is your reward in
not prophesy in your name, and in your                heaven. For that is how their fathers
name drive out demons and perform many                treated the prophets. 24"But woe to you
miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I        who are rich, for you have already
never knew you. Away from me, you                     received your comfort. 25Woe to you who
evildoers!'                                           are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
                                                      Woe to you who laugh now, for you will
     The Wise and Foolish Builders                    mourn and weep. 26Woe to you when all
24
   "Therefore everyone who hears these                men speak well of you, for that is how
words of mine and puts them into practice             their fathers treated the false prophets.
is like a wise man who built his house on
the rock. 25The rain came down, the                              Love for Enemies
                                                      27
streams rose, and the winds blew and beat               "But I tell you who hear me: Love your
against that house; yet it did not fall,              enemies, do good to those who hate you,
                                                      28
because it had its foundation on the rock.               bless those who curse you, pray for those
26
   But everyone who hears these words of              who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you
mine and does not put them into practice              on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If
is like a foolish man who built his house             someone takes your cloak, do not stop him

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from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone                41
                                                             "Why do you look at the speck of
who asks you, and if anyone takes what               sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no
belongs to you, do not demand it back.               attention to the plank in your own eye?
31                                                   42
   Do to others as you would have them do               How can you say to your brother,
to you.                                              'Brother, let me take the speck out of your
     32
        "If you love those who love you,             eye,' when you yourself fail to see the
what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners'           plank in your own eye? You hypocrite,
love those who love them. 33And if you do            first take the plank out of your eye, and
good to those who are good to you, what              then you will see clearly to remove the
credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do             speck from your brother's eye.
that. 34And if you lend to those from whom
you expect repayment, what credit is that                      A Tree and Its Fruit
                                                     43
to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,'              "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a
expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love           bad tree bear good fruit. 44Each tree is
your enemies, do good to them, and lend              recognized by its own fruit. People do not
to them without expecting to get anything            pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from
back. Then your reward will be great, and            briers. 45The good man brings good things
you will be sons of the Most High,                   out of the good stored up in his heart, and
because he is kind to the ungrateful and             the evil man brings evil things out of the
wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father           evil stored up in his heart. For out of the
is merciful.                                         overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

             Judging Others                               The Wise and Foolish Builders
                                                     46
37
  "Do not judge, and you will not be                   "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and
judged. Do not condemn, and you will not             do not do what I say? 47I will show you
be condemned. Forgive, and you will be               what he is like who comes to me and hears
forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to            my words and puts them into practice.
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you. A good measure, pressed down,                      He is like a man building a house, who
shaken together and running over, will be            dug down deep and laid the foundation on
poured into your lap. For with the                   rock. When a flood came, the torrent
measure you use, it will be measured to              struck that house but could not shake it,
you."                                                because it was well built. 49But the one
     39
        He also told them this parable:              who hears my words and does not put
"Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will              them into practice is like a man who built
they not both fall into a pit? 40A student is        a house on the ground without a
not above his teacher, but everyone who is           foundation. The moment the torrent struck
fully trained will be like his teacher.              that house, it collapsed and its destruction
                                                     was complete."


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           COMPILATION                                  "You are the salt of the earth. But if
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up             the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be
on a mountainside and sat down. His                made salty again? It is no longer good for
disciples came to him, and looking at his          anything, except to be thrown out and
disciples he began to teach them saying:           trampled by men.
"Blessed are you who are poor in spirit,                "You are the light of the world. A city
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven & the          on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do
kingdom of God. Blessed are those who              people light a lamp and put it under a
mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed         bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it
are the meek, for they will inherit the            gives light to everyone in the house. In the
earth. Blessed are those who hunger and            same way, let your light shine before men,
thirst for righteousness now, for they will        that they may see your good deeds and
be filled & be satisfied. Blessed are you          praise your Father in heaven.
who weep now, for you will laugh.
                                                         The Fulfillment of the Law
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be
                                                   "Do not think that I have come to abolish
shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in
                                                   the Law or the Prophets; I have not come
heart, for they will see God. Blessed are
                                                   to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell
the peacemakers, for they will be called
                                                   you the truth, until heaven and earth
sons of God. Blessed are those who are
                                                   disappear, not the smallest letter, not the
persecuted because of righteousness, for
                                                   least stroke of a pen, will by any means
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed
                                                   disappear from the Law until everything is
are you when people hate you, when they
                                                   accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of
exclude you, insult you, persecute you and
                                                   the least of these commandments and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you,
                                                   teaches others to do the same will be
and reject your name as evil, because of
                                                   called least in the kingdom of heaven, but
the Son of Man.
                                                   whoever practices and teaches these
     Rejoice in that day and leap for joy
                                                   commands will be called great in the
and be glad because great is your reward
                                                   kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that
in heaven. For in the same way that is how
                                                   unless your righteousness surpasses that of
their fathers persecuted the prophets who
                                                   the Pharisees and the teachers of the law,
were before you. "But woe to you who are
                                                   you will certainly not enter the kingdom of
rich, for you have already received your
                                                   heaven.
comfort. Woe to you who are well fed
now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you                              Murder
who laugh now, for you will mourn and              "You have heard that it was said to the
weep. Woe to you when all men speak                people long ago, 'Do not murder, and
well of you, for that is how their fathers         anyone who murders will be subject to
treated the false prophets.                        judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who

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is angry with his brother will be subject to          divorces his wife, except for marital
judgment. Again, anyone who says to his               unfaithfulness, causes her to become an
brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the                 adulteress, and anyone who marries the
Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You                  divorced woman commits adultery.
fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
     "Therefore, if you are offering your                                Oaths
gift at the altar and there remember that             "Again, you have heard that it was said to
your brother has something against you,               the people long ago, 'Do not break your
leave your gift there in front of the altar.          oath, but keep the oaths you have made to
First go and be reconciled to your brother;           the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear at
then come and offer your gift.                        all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
     "Settle matters quickly with your                or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by
adversary who is taking you to court. Do it           Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great
while you are still with him on the way, or           King. And do not swear by your head, for
he may hand you over to the judge, and                you cannot make even one hair white or
the judge may hand you over to the                    black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and
officer, and you may be thrown into                   your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this
prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get        comes from the evil one.
out until you have paid the last penny.                          An Eye for an Eye
                 Adultery                             "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for
"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not             eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do
commit adultery.' But I tell you that                 not resist an evil person. If someone
anyone who looks at a woman lustfully                 strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him
has already committed adultery with her in            the other also. And if someone wants to
his heart. If your right eye causes you to            sue you and take your tunic, let him have
sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is            your cloak as well. If someone forces you
better for you to lose one part of your body          to go one mile, go with him two miles.
than for your whole body to be thrown                 Give to the one who asks you, and do not
into hell. And if your right hand causes              turn away from the one who wants to
you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It          borrow from you.
is better for you to lose one part of your                      Love Your Enemies
body than for your whole body to go into              You have heard that it was said, 'Love
hell.                                                 your neighbor and hate your enemy.' "But
                  Divorce                             I tell you who hear me: Love your
"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces               enemies, do good to those who hate you,
his wife must give her a certificate of               bless those who curse you, pray for those
divorce.' But I tell you that anyone who              who mistreat you. If someone strikes you

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on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If             "So when you give to the needy, do
someone takes your cloak, do not stop him           not announce it with trumpets, as the
from taking your tunic. Give to everyone            hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the
who asks you, and if anyone takes what              streets, to be honored by men. I tell you
belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do           the truth, they have received their reward
to others as you would have them do to              in full. But when you give to the needy, do
you.                                                not let your left hand know what your
     If you love those who love you, what           right hand is doing, so that your giving
reward will you get what credit is that to          may be in secret. Then your Father, who
you? Even 'sinners' love those who love             sees what is done in secret, will reward
them. Are not even the tax collectors               you.
doing that? And if you do good to those
who are good to you, what credit is that to                           Prayer
you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you             "And when you pray, do not be like the
lend to those from whom you expect                  hypocrites, for they love to pray standing
repayment, what credit is that to you?              in the synagogues and on the street corners
Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting         to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they
to be repaid in full. And if you greet only         have received their reward in full. But
your brothers, what are you doing more              when you pray, go into your room, close
than others? Do not even pagans do that?            the door and pray to your Father, who is
     But love your enemies, do good to              unseen. Then your Father, who sees what
them, and lend to them without expecting            is done in secret, will reward you. And
to get anything back. Then your reward              when you pray, do not keep on babbling
will be great, and that you may be sons of          like pagans, for they think they will be
the Most High your Father in heaven ,               heard because of their many words. Do not
because he is kind to the ungrateful and            be like them, for your Father knows what
wicked. He causes his sun to rise on the            you need before you ask him.
evil and the good, and sends rain on the                 "This, then, is how you should pray: "
righteous and the unrighteous. Be                   'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.          name, your kingdom come, your will be
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly             done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us
Father is perfect.                                  today our daily bread. Forgive us our
                                                    debts, as we also have forgiven our
         Giving to the Needy                        debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
"Be careful not to do your 'acts of                 but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you
righteousness' before men, to be seen by            forgive men when they sin against you,
them. If you do, you will have no reward            your heavenly Father will also forgive
from your Father in heaven.                         you. But if you do not forgive men their


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sins, your Father will not forgive your              about your body, what you will wear. Is
sins.                                                not life more important than food, and the
                                                     body more important than clothes? Look
                  Fasting                            at the birds of the air; they do not sow or
"When you fast, do not look somber as the            reap or store away in barns, and yet your
hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces        heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
to show men they are fasting. I tell you the         much more valuable than they? Who of
truth, they have received their reward in            you by worrying can add a single hour to
full. But when you fast, put oil on your             his life?
head and wash your face, so that it will not              "And why do you worry about
be obvious to men that you are fasting, but          clothes? See how the lilies of the field
only to your Father, who is unseen; and              grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell
your Father, who sees what is done in                you that not even Solomon in all his
secret, will reward you.                             splendor was dressed like one of these. If
          Treasures in Heaven                        that is how God clothes the grass of the
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures            field, which is here today and tomorrow is
on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and           thrown into the fire, will he not much
where thieves break in and steal. But store          more clothe you, O you of little faith? So
up for yourselves treasures in heaven,               do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?'
where moth and rust do not destroy, and              or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we
where thieves do not break in and steal.             wear?' For the pagans run after all these
For where your treasure is, there your               things, and your heavenly Father knows
heart will be also.                                  that you need them. But seek first his
     "The eye is the lamp of the body. If            kingdom and his righteousness, and all
your eyes are good, your whole body will             these things will be given to you as well.
be full of light. But if your eyes are bad,          Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
your whole body will be full of darkness.            for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each
If then the light within you is darkness,            day has enough trouble of its own.
how great is that darkness!                                      Judging Others
     "No one can serve two masters. Either           "Do not judge, or you too will not be
he will hate the one and love the other, or          judged. For in the same way you judge
he will be devoted to the one and despise            others, you will be judged. Do not
the other. You cannot serve both God and             condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Money.                                               Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give,
             Do Not Worry                            and it will be given to you. A good
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about            measure, pressed down, shaken together
your life, what you will eat or drink; or            and running over, will be poured into your


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lap. For with the measure you use, it will           brings evil things out of the evil stored up
be measured to you."                                 in his heart. For out of the overflow of his
     He also told them this parable: "Can a          heart his mouth speaks.
blind man lead a blind man? Will they not                 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
both fall into a pit? A student is not above         Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,
his teacher, but everyone who is fully               but only he who does the will of my Father
trained will be like his teacher. "Why do            who is in heaven. Many will say to me on
you look at the speck of sawdust in your             that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
brother's eye and pay no attention to the            in your name, and in your name drive out
plank in your own eye? How can you say               demons and perform many miracles?'
to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the           Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew
speck out of your eye,' when all the time            you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
you yourself fail to see the plank in your
own eye? You hypocrite, first take the                  The Wise and Foolish Builders
plank out of your own eye, and then you              "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do
will see clearly to remove the speck from            not do what I say? I will show you what he
your brother's eye.                                  is like who comes to me and hears these
     Do not give dogs what is sacred; do             words of mine. Therefore everyone who
not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do,            hears these words of mine and puts them
they may trample them under their feet,              into practice is like a wise man who is
and then turn and tear you to pieces.                building a house, who dug down deep and
                                                     laid the foundation on rock. The rain came
          A Tree and Its Fruit                       down, the streams rose, and the winds
"Watch out for false prophets. They come             blew and beat against that house; yet it did
to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly             not fall, because it had its foundation on
they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit            the rock. When a flood came, the torrent
you will recognize them. Do people pick              struck that house but could not shake it,
grapes from thornbushes, or figs from                because it was well built. But everyone
thistles? Likewise every good tree bears             who hears these words of mine and does
good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A        not put them into practice is like a foolish
good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad           man who built his house on sand without a
tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that         foundation. The rain came down, the
does not bear good fruit is cut down and             streams rose, and the winds blew and beat
thrown into the fire. Each tree is                   against that house, and it fell with a great
recognized by its own fruit. Thus, by their          crash. The moment the torrent struck that
fruit you will recognize them. The good              house, it collapsed and its destruction was
man brings good things out of the good               complete."
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     When Jesus had finished saying these                           Luke 7:1-10
things, the crowds were amazed at his                1
                                                       When Jesus had finished saying all this in
teaching, because he taught as one who               the hearing of the people, he entered
had authority, and not as their teachers of          Capernaum. 2There a centurion's servant,
the law.                                             whom his master valued highly, was sick
                                                     and about to die. 3The centurion heard of
    Centurion‘s Servant Healed                       Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to
            Matthew 8:5-13                           him, asking him to come and heal his
5
  When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a                servant. 4When they came to Jesus, they
centurion came to him, asking for help.              pleaded earnestly with him, "This man
6
  "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home          deserves to have you do this, 5because he
paralyzed and in terrible suffering."                loves our nation and has built our
     7
       Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal        synagogue." 6So Jesus went with them. He
him."                                                was not far from the house when the
     8
       The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not        centurion sent friends to say to him:
deserve to have you come under my roof.              "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not
But just say the word, and my servant will           deserve to have you come under my roof.
                                                     7
be healed. 9For I myself am a man under                That is why I did not even consider myself
authority, with soldiers under me. I tell            worthy to come to you. But say the word,
this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one,           and my servant will be healed. 8For I
'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant,           myself am a man under authority, with
'Do this,' and he does it."                          soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and
     10
        When Jesus heard this, he was                he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he
astonished and said to those following               comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and
him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found         he does it."
                                                          9
anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I                 When Jesus heard this, he was
say to you that many will come from the              amazed at him, and turning to the crowd
east and the west, and will take their               following him, he said, "I tell you, I have
places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac              not found such great faith even in Israel."
                                                     10
and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But               Then the men who had been sent
the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown           returned to the house and found the
outside, into the darkness, where there will         servant well.
be weeping and gnashing of teeth."                               COMPILATION
     13
        Then Jesus said to the centurion,            When Jesus had finished saying all this in
"Go! It will be done just as you believed it         the hearing of the people, he entered
would." And his servant was healed at that           Capernaum. There a centurion's servant,
very hour.                                           whom his master valued highly, was sick


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and about to die. The centurion heard of              servant was healed at that very hour. Then
Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to             the men who had been sent returned to the
him, asking him to come and heal his                  house and found the servant well.
servant. When they came to Jesus, they
pleaded earnestly with him. This man                  Raises Widow‘s Son from Dead
deserves to have you do this, because he
                                                                    Luke 7:11-17
loves our nation and has built our                    11
                                                        Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town
synagogue. Lord," he said, "my servant
                                                      called Nain, and his disciples and a large
lies at home paralyzed and in terrible
                                                      crowd went along with him. 12As he
suffering "
                                                      approached the town gate, a dead person
      Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal
                                                      was being carried out—the only son of his
him."
                                                      mother, and she was a widow. And a large
      So Jesus went with them. He was not
                                                      crowd from the town was with her.
far from the house when the centurion sent            13
                                                        When the Lord saw her, his heart went
friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble
                                                      out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
yourself, for I do not deserve to have you                 14
                                                              Then he went up and touched the
come under my roof. That is why I did not
                                                      coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He
even consider myself worthy to come to
                                                      said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
you. But just say the word, and my servant            15
                                                         The dead man sat up and began to talk,
will be healed. For I myself am a man
                                                      and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
under authority, with soldiers under me. I                 16
                                                              They were all filled with awe and
tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that
                                                      praised God. "A great prophet has
one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my
                                                      appeared among us," they said. "God has
servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
                                                      come to help his people." 17This news
      When Jesus heard this, he was
                                                      about Jesus spread throughout Judea and
astonished at him and turning to the crowd
                                                      the surrounding country.
following him, he said, "I tell you the
truth, I have not found anyone with such              Jesus Answers John‘s Disciples
great faith even in Israel." I say to you that
many will come from the east and the                              Matthew 11:2-19
                                                      2
west, and will take their places at the feast          When John heard in prison what Christ
with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the                  was doing, he sent his disciples 3to ask
kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the            him, "Are you the one who was to come,
kingdom will be thrown outside, into the              or should we expect someone else?"
                                                           4
darkness, where there will be weeping and                   Jesus replied, "Go back and report to
gnashing of teeth."                                   John what you hear and see: 5The blind
      Then Jesus said "Go! It will be done            receive sight, the lame walk, those who
just as you believed it would." And his               have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the

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dead are raised, and the good news is               collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is
preached to the poor. 6Blessed is the man           proved right by her actions."
who does not fall away on account of me."
      7
        As John's disciples were leaving,                        Luke 7:18-35
                                                    18
Jesus began to speak to the crowd about               John's disciples told him about all these
John: "What did you go out into the desert          things. Calling two of them, 19he sent them
to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8If not,         to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who
what did you go out to see? A man dressed           was to come, or should we expect someone
in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine            else?"
                                                         20
clothes are in kings' palaces. 9Then what                   When the men came to Jesus, they
did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I            said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to
tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is        ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or
the one about whom it is written: " 'I will         should we expect someone else?' "
                                                         21
send my messenger ahead of you, who will                    At that very time Jesus cured many
prepare your way before you.' 11I tell you          who had diseases, sicknesses and evil
the truth: Among those born of women                spirits, and gave sight to many who were
there has not risen anyone greater than             blind. 22So he replied to the messengers,
John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the        "Go back and report to John what you
kingdom of heaven is greater than he.               have seen and heard: The blind receive
12
   From the days of John the Baptist until          sight, the lame walk, those who have
now, the kingdom of heaven has been                 leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead
forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay          are raised, and the good news is preached
hold of it. 13For all the Prophets and the          to the poor. 23Blessed is the man who does
Law prophesied until John. 14And if you             not fall away on account of me."
                                                         24
are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah                  After John's messengers left, Jesus
who was to come. 15He who has ears, let             began to speak to the crowd about John:
him hear.                                           "What did you go out into the desert to
      16
         "To what can I compare this                see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25If not,
generation? They are like children sitting          what did you go out to see? A man dressed
in the marketplaces and calling out to              in fine clothes? No, those who wear
others: 17" 'We played the flute for you,           expensive clothes and indulge in luxury
and you did not dance; we sang a dirge              are in palaces. 26But what did you go out
and you did not mourn.' 18For John came             to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and
neither eating nor drinking, and they say,          more than a prophet. 27This is the one
'He has a demon.' 19The Son of Man came             about whom it is written: " 'I will send my
eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is         messenger ahead of you, who will prepare
a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax           your way before you.' 28I tell you, among
                                                    those born of women there is no one


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greater than John; yet the one who is least          spirits, and gave sight to many who were
in the kingdom of God is greater than he."           blind. So he replied to the messengers, "
     29
        (All the people, even the tax                Go back and report to John what you hear
collectors, when they heard Jesus' words,            and see: The blind receive sight, the lame
acknowledged that God's way was right,               walk, those who have leprosy are cured,
because they had been baptized by John.              the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the
30
   But the Pharisees and experts in the law          good news is preached to the poor.
rejected God's purpose for themselves,               Blessed is the man who does not fall away
because they had not been baptized by                on account of me."
John.)                                                    As John's disciples were leaving,
     31
        "To what, then, can I compare the            Jesus began to speak to the crowd about
people of this generation? What are they             John: "What did you go out into the desert
like? 32They are like children sitting in the        to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not,
marketplace and calling out to each other:           what did you go out to see? A man dressed
" 'We played the flute for you, and you did          in fine clothes? No, those who wear
not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did              expensive clothes and indulge in luxury
not cry.' 33For John the Baptist came                are in kings' palaces. But then what did
neither eating bread nor drinking wine,              you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell
and you say, 'He has a demon.' 34The Son             you, and more than a prophet. This is the
of Man came eating and drinking, and you             one about whom it is written: " 'I will send
say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a            my messenger ahead of you, who will
friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '            prepare your way before you.' I tell you
35
   But wisdom is proved right by all her             the truth: Among those born of women
children."                                           there has not risen anyone greater than
                                                     John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the
            COMPILATION                              kingdom of heaven & in the kingdom of
John's disciples told him about all these            God is greater than he."
things. When John heard in prison what                    From the days of John the Baptist
Christ was doing, he sent his disciples.             until now, the kingdom of heaven has been
Calling two of them, he sent them to the             forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay
Lord to ask, "Are you the one who was to             hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law
come, or should we expect someone else?"             prophesied until John. And if you are
     When the men came to Jesus, they                willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who
said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to            was to come. He who has ears, let him
ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or            hear.
should we expect someone else?' "                         (All the people, even the tax
     At that very time Jesus cured many              collectors, when they heard Jesus' words,
who had diseases, sicknesses and evil                acknowledged that God's way was right,

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because they had been baptized by John.            remained to this day. 24But I tell you that it
But the Pharisees and experts in the law           will be more bearable for Sodom on the
rejected God's purpose for themselves,             day of judgment than for you."
                                                         25
because they had not been baptized by                       At that time Jesus said, "I praise
John.)                                             you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
     "To what, then, can I compare the             because you have hidden these things from
people of this generation? What are they           the wise and learned, and revealed them to
like? They are like children sitting in the        little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was
marketplace and calling out to each other:         your good pleasure.
                                                         27
" 'We played the flute for you, and you did                 "All things have been committed to
not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did            me by my Father. No one knows the Son
not mourn & cry.' For John the Baptist             except the Father, and no one knows the
came neither eating bread nor drinking             Father except the Son and those to whom
wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' The           the Son chooses to reveal him.
                                                         28
Son of Man came eating and drinking, and                    "Come to me, all you who are weary
you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard,        and burdened, and I will give you rest.
                                                   29
a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '           Take my yoke upon you and learn from
But wisdom is proved right by all her              me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
actions."                                          and you will find rest for your souls. 30For
                                                   my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
     Woes Upon the Privileged
                                                   A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus
          Matthew 11:20-30
20
   Then Jesus began to denounce the cities                       John 7:36-50
                                                   36
in which most of his miracles had been                Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus
performed, because they did not repent.            to have dinner with him, so he went to the
21
   "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you,               Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
                                                   37
Bethsaida! If the miracles that were                 When a woman who had lived a sinful
performed in you had been performed in             life in that town learned that Jesus was
Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented           eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought
long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I           an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she
tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre        stood behind him at his feet weeping, she
and Sidon on the day of judgment than for          began to wet his feet with her tears. Then
you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be             she wiped them with her hair, kissed them
lifted up to the skies? No, you will go            and poured perfume on them.
                                                         39
down to the depths. If the miracles that                   When the Pharisee who had invited
were performed in you had been                     him saw this, he said to himself, "If this
performed in Sodom, it would have                  man were a prophet, he would know who


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                                                    1
is touching him and what kind of woman                After this, Jesus traveled about from one
she is—that she is a sinner."                       town and village to another, proclaiming
     40
       Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have           the good news of the kingdom of God. The
something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher,"         Twelve were with him, 2and also some
he said.                                            women who had been cured of evil spirits
     41
        "Two men owed money to a certain            and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene)
moneylender. One owed him five hundred              from whom seven demons had come out;
denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of          3
                                                     Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of
them had the money to pay him back, so              Herod's household; Susanna; and many
he canceled the debts of both. Now which            others. These women were helping to
of them will love him more?"                        support them out of their own means.
     43
       Simon replied, "I suppose the one
who had the bigger debt canceled." "You                  Jesus Accused of Blasphemy
have judged correctly," Jesus said.
     44                                                    Matthew 12:22-37, 43-45
        Then he turned toward the woman             22
                                                      Then they brought him a demon-
and said to Simon, "Do you see this
                                                    possessed man who was blind and mute,
woman? I came into your house. You did
                                                    and Jesus healed him, so that he could
not give me any water for my feet, but she
                                                    both talk and see. 23All the people were
wet my feet with her tears and wiped them
                                                    astonished and said, "Could this be the
with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss,
                                                    Son of David?"
but this woman, from the time I entered,                 24
                                                            But when the Pharisees heard this,
has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did
                                                    they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the
not put oil on my head, but she has poured
                                                    prince of demons, that this fellow drives
perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell
                                                    out demons."
you, her many sins have been forgiven—                   25
                                                            Jesus knew their thoughts and said
for she loved much. But he who has been
                                                    to them, "Every kingdom divided against
forgiven little loves little."
     48                                             itself will be ruined, and every city or
        Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins
                                                    household divided against itself will not
are forgiven."
     49                                             stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is
        The other guests began to say
                                                    divided against himself. How then can his
among themselves, "Who is this who even
                                                    kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out
forgives sins?"
     50                                             demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your
       Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith
                                                    people drive them out? So then, they will
has saved you; go in peace."
                                                    be your judges. 28But if I drive out demons
     Another Tour of Galilee                        by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of
                                                    God has come upon you.
               Luke 8:1-3

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    29
        "Or again, how can anyone enter a            that man is worse than the first. That is
strong man's house and carry off his                 how it will be with this wicked
possessions unless he first ties up the              generation."
strong man? Then he can rob his house.
     30
        "He who is not with me is against
me, and he who does not gather with me                             Mark 3:20-30
                                                     20
scatters. 31And so I tell you, every sin and           Then Jesus entered a house, and again a
blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the              crowd gathered, so that he and his
blasphemy against the Spirit will not be             disciples were not even able to eat. 21When
forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word                 his family heard about this, they went to
against the Son of Man will be forgiven,             take charge of him, for they said, "He is
but anyone who speaks against the Holy               out of his mind."
                                                            22
Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this                    And the teachers of the law who
age or in the age to come.                           came down from Jerusalem said, "He is
     33
        "Make a tree good and its fruit will         possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of
be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit            demons he is driving out demons."
                                                            23
will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its                   So Jesus called them and spoke to
fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you            them in parables: "How can Satan drive
who are evil say anything good? For out              out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided
of the overflow of the heart the mouth               against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
                                                     25
speaks. 35The good man brings good                      If a house is divided against itself, that
things out of the good stored up in him,             house cannot stand. 26And if Satan
and the evil man brings evil things out of           opposes himself and is divided, he cannot
the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you          stand; his end has come. 27In fact, no one
that men will have to give account on the            can enter a strong man's house and carry
day of judgment for every careless word              off his possessions unless he first ties up
they have spoken. 37For by your words you            the strong man. Then he can rob his house.
                                                     28
will be acquitted, and by your words you                I tell you the truth, all the sins and
will be condemned."                                  blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
                                                     29
     43
        "When an evil spirit comes out of a             But whoever blasphemes against the
man, it goes through arid places seeking             Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is
rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, 'I        guilty of an eternal sin."
                                                            30
will return to the house I left.' When it                      He said this because they were
arrives, it finds the house unoccupied,              saying, "He has an evil spirit."
swept clean and put in order. 45Then it                           Luke 11:14-28
goes and takes with it seven other spirits           14
                                                      Jesus was driving out a demon that was
more wicked than itself, and they go in              mute. When the demon left, the man who
and live there. And the final condition of           had been mute spoke, and the crowd was

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amazed. 15But some of them said, "By                   is the mother who gave you birth and
Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is                 nursed you."
driving out demons." 16Others tested him                    28
                                                               He replied, "Blessed rather are
by asking for a sign from heaven.                      those who hear the word of God and obey
      17
        Jesus knew their thoughts and said             it."
to them: "Any kingdom divided against
itself will be ruined, and a house divided                        COMPILATION
against itself will fall. 18If Satan is divided        Then Jesus entered a house, and again a
against himself, how can his kingdom                   crowd gathered, so that he and his
stand? I say this because you claim that I             disciples were not even able to eat. When
drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19Now if I              his family heard about this, they went to
drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom                 take charge of him, for they said, "He is
do your followers drive them out? So then,             out of his mind."
they will be your judges. 20But if I drive                  Then they brought him a demon-
out demons by the finger of God, then the              possessed man who was blind and mute,
kingdom of God has come to you.                        Jesus was driving out a demon that was
      21
        "When a strong man, fully armed,               mute. When the demon left, the man who
guards his own house, his possessions are              had been mute spoke and Jesus healed
safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks              him, so that he could both talk and see. All
and overpowers him, he takes away the                  the people were astonished and said,
armor in which the man trusted and                     "Could this be the Son of David?".
divides up the spoils.                                      But when the Pharisees and the
      23
         "He who is not with me is against             teachers of the law who came down from
me, and he who does not gather with me,                Jerusalem heard this, they said, " He is
scatters.                                              possessed by Beelzebub! It is only by
      24
        "When an evil spirit comes out of a            Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this
man, it goes through arid places seeking               fellow drives out demons." Others tested
rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I            him by asking for a sign from heaven.
will return to the house I left.' 25When it                 Jesus knew their thoughts . So Jesus
arrives, it finds the house swept clean and            spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan
put in order. 26Then it goes and takes                 drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided
seven other spirits more wicked than itself,           against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
and they go in and live there. And the final           If a house is divided against itself, that
condition of that man is worse than the                house cannot stand or household divided
first."                                                against itself will not stand. And if Satan
      27
         As Jesus was saying these things, a           opposes himself and is divided, how can
woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed                his kingdom stand? I say this because you
                                                       claim that I drive out demons by


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Beelzebub. Now if I drive out demons by               You brood of vipers, how can you who are
Beelzebub, by whom do your followers                  evil say anything good? For out of the
drive them out? So then, they will be your            overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
judges.                                               The good man brings good things out of
      But if I drive out demons by the finger         the good stored up in him, and the evil
of God, then the kingdom of God has                   man brings evil things out of the evil
come to you. "When a strong man, fully                stored up in him. But I tell you that men
armed, guards his own house, his                      will have to give account on the day of
possessions are safe.                                 judgment for every careless word they
      But when someone stronger attacks               have spoken. For by your words you will
and overpowers him, he takes away the                 be acquitted, and by your words you will
armor in which the man trusted and                    be condemned."
divides up the spoils.                                     As Jesus was saying these things, a
      "He who is not with me is against me,           woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed
and he who does not gather with me                    is the mother who gave you birth and
scatters. And so I tell you the truth, all the        nursed you."
sins and blasphemies of men will be                        He replied, "Blessed rather are those
forgiven them. Anyone who speaks a word               who hear the word of God and obey it."
against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but anyone who speaks against the Holy                        Jesus‘ Answer to a
Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this                   Demand for a Sign
age or in the age to come.
      "When an evil spirit comes out of a                       Matthew 12:38-45
                                                      38
man, it goes through arid places seeking                Then some of the Pharisees and teachers
rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I           of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want
will return to the house I left.' When it             to see a miraculous sign from you."
                                                           39
arrives, it finds the house swept clean and                   He answered, "A wicked and
put in order. Then it goes and takes seven            adulterous generation asks for a
other spirits more wicked than itself, and            miraculous sign! But none will be given it
they go in and live there. And the final              except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For
condition of that man is worse than the               as Jonah was three days and three nights
first." That is how it will be with this              in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of
wicked generation."                                   Man will be three days and three nights in
      He said this because they were saying,          the heart of the earth. 41The men of
"He has an evil spirit."                              Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with
      "Make a tree good and its fruit will be         this generation and condemn it; for they
good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will           repented at the preaching of Jonah, and
be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.        now one greater than Jonah is here. 42The


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Queen of the South will rise at the                  Then some of the Pharisees and teachers
judgment with this generation and                    of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want
condemn it; for she came from the ends of            to see a miraculous sign from you."
the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom,                  As the crowds increased, Jesus
and now one greater than Solomon is here.            answered, " This is a wicked adulterous
                                                     generation. It asks for a miraculous sign,
             Luke 11:29-36                           but none will be given it except the sign of
29
  As the crowds increased, Jesus said,               the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign
"This is a wicked generation. It asks for a          to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of
miraculous sign, but none will be given it           Man be to this generation. For as Jonah
except the sign of Jonah. 30For as Jonah             was three days and three nights in the
was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the        belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man
Son of Man be to this generation. 31The              will be three days and three nights in the
Queen of the South will rise at the                  heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh
judgment with the men of this generation             will stand up at the judgment with this
and condemn them; for she came from the              generation and condemn it; for they
ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's             repented at the preaching of Jonah, and
wisdom, and now one greater than                     now one greater than Jonah is here.
Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineveh                     The Queen of the South will rise at
will stand up at the judgment with this              the judgment with the men of this
generation and condemn it; for they                  generation and condemn them; for she
repented at the preaching of Jonah, and              came from the ends of the earth to listen to
now one greater than Jonah is here.                  Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater
     33                                              than Solomon is here.
        "No one lights a lamp and puts it in
a place where it will be hidden, or under a               No one lights a lamp and puts it in a
bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so            place where it will be hidden, or under a
that those who come in may see the light.            bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that
34                                                   those who come in may see the light. Your
  Your eye is the lamp of your body. When
your eyes are good, your whole body also             eye is the lamp of your body. When your
is full of light. But when they are bad, your        eyes are good, your whole body also is full
body also is full of darkness. 35See to it,          of light. But when they are bad, your body
then, that the light within you is not               also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that
darkness. 36Therefore, if your whole body            the light within you is not darkness.
is full of light, and no part of it dark, it         Therefore, if your whole body is full of
will be completely lighted, as when the              light, and no part of it dark, it will be
light of a lamp shines on you."                      completely lighted, as when the light of a
                                                     lamp shines on you."
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      Mother, Brothers Seek                         him, "Your mother and brothers are
                                                    standing outside, wanting to see you."
           Audience                                     21
                                                           He replied, "My mother and
           Matthew 12:46-50                         brothers are those who hear God's word
46
   While Jesus was still talking to the             and put it into practice."
crowd, his mother and brothers stood                           COMPILATION
outside, wanting to speak to him.                   While Jesus was still talking to the crowd,
47
   Someone told him, "Your mother and               Jesus' mother and brothers arrived to see
brothers are standing outside, wanting to           him. His mother and brothers stood
speak to you."                                      outside, wanting to speak to him, but they
     48
        He replied to him, "Who is my               were not able to get near him because of
mother, and who are my brothers?"                   the crowd. Standing outside, they sent
49
   Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here        someone in to call him. Someone told him,
are my mother and my brothers. 50For                "Your mother and brothers are standing
whoever does the will of my Father in               outside looking for you, wanting to speak
heaven is my brother and sister and                 to you."
mother."                                                 He replied to him, "Who is my
              Mark 3:31-35                          mother, and who are my brothers?" Then
31
  Then Jesus' mother and brothers                   he looked at those seated in a circle around
arrived. Standing outside, they sent                him and pointing to his disciples, he said,
someone in to call him. 32A crowd was               "Here are my mother and my brothers. For
sitting around him, and they told him,              whoever does the will of my Father in
"Your mother and brothers are outside               heaven are my mother and my brothers!
looking for you."                                   Whoever hear God's word and put it into
      33
         "Who are my mother and my                  practice is my brother and sister and
brothers?" he asked.                                mother."
      34
        Then he looked at those seated in a
circle around him and said, "Here are my
                                                           Teaching in Parables
mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does                         Matthew 13:1-52
God's will is my brother and sister and
mother."                                                           The Sower
                                                    1
                                                     That same day Jesus went out of the
              Luke 8:19-21                          house and sat by the lake. 2Such large
19
  Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to            crowds gathered around him that he got
see him, but they were not able to get near         into a boat and sat in it, while all the
him because of the crowd. 20Someone told            people stood on the shore. 3Then he told
                                                    them many things in parables, saying: "A


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farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he            truth, many prophets and righteous men
was scattering the seed, some fell along           longed to see what you see but did not see
the path, and the birds came and ate it up.        it, and to hear what you hear but did not
5
  Some fell on rocky places, where it did          hear it.
                                                         18
not have much soil. It sprang up quickly,                   "Listen then to what the parable of
because the soil was shallow. 6But when            the sower means: 19When anyone hears
the sun came up, the plants were scorched,         the message about the kingdom and does
and they withered because they had no              not understand it, the evil one comes and
root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which         snatches away what was sown in his heart.
grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other        This is the seed sown along the path. 20The
seed fell on good soil, where it produced a        one who received the seed that fell on
crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times              rocky places is the man who hears the
what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him           word and at once receives it with joy.
                                                   21
hear."                                                But since he has no root, he lasts only a
10
   The disciples came to him and asked,            short time. When trouble or persecution
"Why do you speak to the people in                 comes because of the word, he quickly
parables?"                                         falls away. 22The one who received the
      11
         He replied, "The knowledge of the         seed that fell among the thorns is the man
secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been          who hears the word, but the worries of this
given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever           life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke
has will be given more, and he will have           it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who
an abundance. Whoever does not have,               received the seed that fell on good soil is
even what he has will be taken from him.           the man who hears the word and
13
   This is why I speak to them in parables:        understands it. He produces a crop,
"Though seeing, they do not see; though            yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times
hearing, they do not hear or understand.           what was sown."
14
   In them is fulfilled the prophecy of
Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but                             Weeds
                                                   24
never understanding; you will be ever                Jesus told them another parable: "The
seeing but never perceiving. 15For this            kingdom of heaven is like a man who
people's heart has become calloused; they          sowed good seed in his field. 25But while
hardly hear with their ears, and they have         everyone was sleeping, his enemy came
closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see        and sowed weeds among the wheat, and
with their eyes, hear with their ears,             went away. 26When the wheat sprouted
understand with their hearts and turn, and         and formed heads, then the weeds also
I would heal them.' 16But blessed are your         appeared.
                                                        27
eyes because they see, and your ears                      "The owner's servants came to him
because they hear. 17For I tell you the            and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in


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                                                      36
your field? Where then did the weeds come               Then he left the crowd and went into the
from?'                                                house. His disciples came to him and said,
     28
       " 'An enemy did this,' he replied.             "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in
"The servants asked him, 'Do you want us              the field."
                                                           37
to go and pull them up?'                                      He answered, "The one who sowed
     29
       " 'No,' he answered, 'because while            the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The
you are pulling the weeds, you may root               field is the world, and the good seed
up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow               stands for the sons of the kingdom. The
together until the harvest. At that time I            weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and
will tell the harvesters: First collect the           the enemy who sows them is the devil. The
weeds and tie them in bundles to be                   harvest is the end of the age, and the
burned; then gather the wheat and bring it            harvesters are angels.
                                                           40
into my barn.' "                                             "As the weeds are pulled up and
                                                      burned in the fire, so it will be at the end
              Mustard Seed                            of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out
31
   He told them another parable: "The                 his angels, and they will weed out of his
kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,             kingdom everything that causes sin and all
which a man took and planted in his field.            who do evil. 42They will throw them into
32
  Though it is the smallest of all your               the fiery furnace, where there will be
seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of        weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the
garden plants and becomes a tree, so that             righteous will shine like the sun in the
the birds of the air come and perch in its            kingdom of their Father. He who has ears,
branches."                                            let him hear.
                   Yeast                                          Hidden Treasure
33
  He told them still another parable: "The            44
                                                        "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure
kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a                hidden in a field. When a man found it, he
woman took and mixed into a large                     hid it again, and then in his joy went and
amount of flour until it worked all through           sold all he had and bought that field.
the dough."
      34
         Jesus spoke all these things to the                             Pearl
                                                      45
crowd in parables; he did not say anything             "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a
to them without using a parable. 35So was             merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When
fulfilled what was spoken through the                 he found one of great value, he went away
prophet: "I will open my mouth in                     and sold everything he had and bought it.
parables, I will utter things hidden since
the creation of the world."                                               Net
                                                      47
                                                        "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is
            Weeds Explained                           like a net that was let down into the lake

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and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was         fell on good soil. It came up, grew and
full, the fishermen pulled it up on the             produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty,
shore. Then they sat down and collected             or even a hundred times."
                                                          9
the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad                 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to
away. 49This is how it will be at the end of        hear, let him hear."
                                                          10
the age. The angels will come and                            When he was alone, the Twelve and
separate the wicked from the righteous              the others around him asked him about the
50
   and throw them into the fiery furnace,           parables. 11He told them, "The secret of
where there will be weeping and gnashing            the kingdom of God has been given to
of teeth.                                           you. But to those on the outside everything
      51
        "Have you understood all these              is said in parables 12so that, " 'they may be
things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.          ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever
      52
         He said to them, "Therefore every          hearing but never understanding;
teacher of the law who has been instructed          otherwise they might turn and be
about the kingdom of heaven is like the             forgiven!'"
                                                          13
owner of a house who brings out of his                       Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you
storeroom new treasures as well as old."            understand this parable? How then will
                                                    you understand any parable? 14The farmer
              Mark 4:1-34                           sows the word. 15Some people are like
              The Sower                             seed along the path, where the word is
1
  Again Jesus began to teach by the lake.           sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes
The crowd that gathered around him was              and takes away the word that was sown in
so large that he got into a boat and sat in         them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky
it out on the lake, while all the people            places, hear the word and at once receive it
were along the shore at the water's edge.           with joy. 17But since they have no root,
2
  He taught them many things by parables,           they last only a short time. When trouble
and in his teaching said: 3"Listen! A               or persecution comes because of the word,
farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he             they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like
was scattering the seed, some fell along            seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
the path, and the birds came and ate it up.         19
                                                       but the worries of this life, the
5
  Some fell on rocky places, where it did           deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for
not have much soil. It sprang up quickly,           other things come in and choke the word,
because the soil was shallow. 6But when             making it unfruitful. 20Others, like seed
the sun came up, the plants were scorched,          sown on good soil, hear the word, accept
and they withered because they had no               it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or
root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which          even a hundred times what was sown."
grew up and choked the plants, so that
they did not bear grain. 8Still other seed                    A Lamp on a Stand

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21
  He said to them, "Do you bring in a                anything to them without using a parable.
lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed?                But when he was alone with his own
Instead, don't you put it on its stand? 22For        disciples, he explained everything.
whatever is hidden is meant to be
disclosed, and whatever is concealed is                             Luke 8:4-18
meant to be brought out into the open. 23If                         The Sower
anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."              4
                                                      While a large crowd was gathering and
     24
        "Consider carefully what you hear,"          people were coming to Jesus from town
he continued. "With the measure you use,             after town, he told this parable: 5"A farmer
it will be measured to you—and even                  went out to sow his seed. As he was
more. 25Whoever has will be given more;              scattering the seed, some fell along the
whoever does not have, even what he has              path; it was trampled on, and the birds of
will be taken from him."                             the air ate it up. 6Some fell on rock, and
             Growing Seed                            when it came up, the plants withered
26
  He also said, "This is what the kingdom            because they had no moisture. 7Other seed
of God is like. A man scatters seed on the           fell among thorns, which grew up with it
ground. 27Night and day, whether he                  and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell
sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and              on good soil. It came up and yielded a
grows, though he does not know how. 28All            crop, a hundred times more than was
by itself the soil produces grain—first the          sown." When he said this, he called out,
stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in        "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
                                                           9
the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he                 His disciples asked him what this
puts the sickle to it, because the harvest           parable meant. 10He said, "The knowledge
has come."                                           of the secrets of the kingdom of God has
                                                     been given to you, but to others I speak in
              Mustard Seed                           parables, so that," 'though seeing, they
30
  Again he said, "What shall we say the              may not see; though hearing, they may not
kingdom of God is like, or what parable              understand.'
shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a                11
                                                              "This is the meaning of the parable:
mustard seed, which is the smallest seed             The seed is the word of God. 12Those
you plant in the ground. 32Yet when                  along the path are the ones who hear, and
planted, it grows and becomes the largest            then the devil comes and takes away the
of all garden plants, with such big                  word from their hearts, so that they may
branches that the birds of the air can               not believe and be saved. 13Those on the
perch in its shade."                                 rock are the ones who receive the word
     33
        With many similar parables Jesus             with joy when they hear it, but they have
spoke the word to them, as much as they              no root. They believe for a while, but in
could understand. 34He did not say                   the time of testing they fall away. 14The

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seed that fell among thorns stands for              Some fell on rocky places, where it did not
those who hear, but as they go on their             have much soil. It sprang up quickly,
way they are choked by life's worries,              because the soil was shallow. But when
riches and pleasures, and they do not               the sun came up, the plants were scorched,
mature. 15But the seed on good soil stands          and they withered because they had no
for those with a noble and good heart,              root. Other seed fell among thorns, which
who hear the word, retain it, and by                grew up with it and choked the plants, so
persevering produce a crop.                         that they did not bear grain. Still other
                                                    seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew
          A Lamp on a Stand                         and produced a crop, multiplying thirty,
16
  "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a           sixty, or even a hundred times more than
jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts        was sown.
it on a stand, so that those who come in                 When he said this, he called out, "He
can see the light. 17For there is nothing           who has ears to hear, let him hear."
hidden that will not be disclosed, and                   When he was alone, the Twelve and
nothing concealed that will not be known            the others around him asked, "Why do you
or brought out into the open. 18Therefore           speak to the people in parables? & asked
consider carefully how you listen.                  him about the parables."
Whoever has will be given more; whoever                  He replied, "The knowledge of the
does not have, even what he thinks he has           secrets of the kingdom of heaven & the
will be taken from him."                            knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom
           COMPILATION                              of God has been given to you. But to those
     While a large crowd was gathering              on the outside everything is said in
and people were coming to Jesus from                parables. Whoever has will be given more,
town after town, that same day Jesus went           and he will have an abundance. Whoever
out of the house and sat by the lake. The           does not have, even what he has will be
crowd that gathered around him was so               taken from him. This is why I speak to
large that he got into a boat and sat in it         them in parables: "Though ever seeing, but
out on the lake, while all the people stood         never perceiving, though ever hearing,
along the shore at the water's edge. Then           they do not hear or understand otherwise
He taught them many things by parables,             they might turn and be forgiven!'
and in his teaching said:                                In them is fulfilled the prophecy of
                                                    Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but
               The Sower
                                                    never understanding; you will be ever
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his
                                                    seeing but never perceiving. For this
seed. As he was scattering the seed, some
                                                    people's heart has become calloused; they
fell along the path, it was trampled on, and
                                                    hardly hear with their ears, and they have
the birds of the air came and ate it up.
                                                    closed their eyes. Otherwise they might

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see with their eyes, hear with their ears,          accept it, understands it, retain it, and by
understand with their hearts and turn, and I        persevering produce a crop. He produces a
would heal them.' But blessed are your              crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty
eyes because they see, and your ears                times what was sown."
because they hear. For I tell you the truth,
many prophets and righteous men longed                                Weeds
to see what you see but did not see it, and         Jesus told them another parable: "The
to hear what you hear but did not hear it.          kingdom of heaven is like a man who
      Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you           sowed good seed in his field. But while
understand this parable? How then will              everyone was sleeping, his enemy came
you understand any parable? Listen then to          and sowed weeds among the wheat, and
what the parable of the sower means: the            went away. When the wheat sprouted and
seed is the word of God. The farmer sows            formed heads, then the weeds also
the word. Some people are like seed along           appeared.
the path, where the word is sown. Those                  "The owner's servants came to him
along the path are the ones who hear.               and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in
When anyone hears the message about the             your field? Where then did the weeds
kingdom and does not understand it, the             come from?'
evil one comes as soon as they hear it and               " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The
snatches away what was sown in his heart,           servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go
so that they may not believe and be saved.          and pull them up?'
      The one who received the seed that                 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while
fell on rocky places is the man who hears           you are pulling the weeds, you may root
the word and at once receives it with joy.          up the wheat with them. Let both grow
But since he has no root, he lasts &                together until the harvest. At that time I
believe only a short time. But in the time          will tell the harvesters: First collect the
of testing when trouble or persecution              weeds and tie them in bundles to be
comes because of the word, he quickly               burned; then gather the wheat and bring it
falls away.                                         into my barn.' "
      The one who received the seed that                         Mustard Seed
fell among the thorns is the man who hears          Again he told them another parable: "
the word, but the worries of this life and          What shall we say the kingdom of God &
the deceitfulness of wealth, pleasures, and         kingdom of heaven is like, or what parable
the desires for other things come in and            shall we use to describe it? It is like a
choke the word, and they do not mature.             mustard seed which a man took and
      But the one who received the seed             planted in his field. Though it is the
that fell on good soil is the man with a            smallest of all your seeds you plant in the
noble and good heart, who hears the word,           ground. Yet when planted, it grows and

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becomes the largest of all garden plants            and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous
and becomes a tree with such big branches           will shine like the sun in the kingdom of
that the birds of the air come and perch in         their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
its branches & in its shade."
                                                                Hidden Treasure
                  Yeast                             "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure
He told them still another parable: "The            hidden in a field. When a man found it, he
kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a              hid it again, and then in his joy went and
woman took and mixed into a large                   sold all he had and bought that field.
amount of flour until it worked all through
the dough."                                                           Pearl
     Jesus spoke all these things to the            "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a
crowd in parables; he did not say anything          merchant looking for fine pearls. When he
to them without using a parable. So was             found one of great value, he went away
fulfilled what was spoken through the               and sold everything he had and bought it.
prophet: "I will open my mouth in                                      Net
parables, I will utter things hidden since          "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is
the creation of the world."                         like a net that was let down into the lake
           Weeds Explained                          and caught all kinds of fish. When it was
Then he left the crowd and went into the            full, the fishermen pulled it up on the
house. His disciples came to him and said,          shore. Then they sat down and collected
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds in          the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad
the field."                                         away. This is how it will be at the end of
     He answered, "The one who sowed                the age. The angels will come and separate
the good seed is the Son of Man. The field          the wicked from the righteous and throw
is the world, and the good seed stands for          them into the fiery furnace, where there
the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are              will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
the sons of the evil one, and the enemy                   "Have you understood all these
who sows them is the devil. The harvest is          things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
the end of the age, and the harvesters are                He said to them, "Therefore every
angels.                                             teacher of the law who has been instructed
     "As the weeds are pulled up and                about the kingdom of heaven is like the
burned in the fire, so it will be at the end        owner of a house who brings out of his
of the age. The Son of Man will send out            storeroom new treasures as well as old."
his angels, and they will weed out of his                        Growing Seed
kingdom everything that causes sin and all          He also said, "This is what the kingdom of
who do evil. They will throw them into the          God is like. A man scatters seed on the
fiery furnace, where there will be weeping

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                                                      23
ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps                Then he got into the boat and his
or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows,               disciples followed him. 24Without warning,
though he does not know how. All by                   a furious storm came up on the lake, so
itself the soil produces grain—first the              that the waves swept over the boat. But
stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in         Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went
the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he            and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us!
puts the sickle to it, because the harvest            We're going to drown!"
                                                           26
has come."                                                    He replied, "You of little faith, why
                                                      are you so afraid?" Then he got up and
          A Lamp on a Stand                           rebuked the winds and the waves, and it
He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp              was completely calm.
to put it under a bowl or hides it in a jar or             27
                                                             The men were amazed and asked,
puts it under a bed? Instead, don't you put           "What kind of man is this? Even the winds
it on its stand so that those who come in             and the waves obey him!"
can see the light.
     For whatever is hidden is meant to be                          Mark 4:35-41
                                                      35
disclosed, and whatever is concealed is                 That day when evening came, he said to
meant to be known or be brought out into              his disciples, "Let us go over to the other
the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let             side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they
him hear."                                            took him along, just as he was, in the boat.
     "Therefore consider carefully how                There were also other boats with him. 37A
you listen & what you hear," he continued.            furious squall came up, and the waves
"With the measure you use, it will be                 broke over the boat, so that it was nearly
measured to you—and even more.                        swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern,
Whoever has will be given more; whoever               sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke
does not have, even what he thinks he has             him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you
has will be taken from him."                          care if we drown?"
                                                           39
                                                              He got up, rebuked the wind and
     With many similar parables Jesus
                                                      said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then
spoke the word to them, as much as they
                                                      the wind died down and it was completely
could understand. He did not say anything
                                                      calm.
to them without using a parable. But when                  40
                                                              He said to his disciples, "Why are
he was alone with his own disciples, he
                                                      you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
explained everything.                                      41
                                                              They were terrified and asked each
          Sea Made Serene                             other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the
                                                      waves obey him!"
            Matthew 8:23-27
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22
   One day Jesus said to his disciples,             he got up and rebuked the winds and said
"Let's go over to the other side of the             to the raging waters, "Quiet! Be still!"
lake." So they got into a boat and set out.              Then the wind died down, the storm
23
   As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall         subsided, and it was completely calm.
came down on the lake, so that the boat                  The men were in fear and amazement
was being swamped, and they were in                 and asked each other, "What kind of man
great danger.                                       is this? He commands even the winds and
      24
         The disciples went and woke him,           the water, and they obey him."
saying, "Master, Master, we're going to
drown!"                                                  Gadarene Demoniac Healed
      He got up and rebuked the wind and
                                                               Matthew 8:28-34
the raging waters; the storm subsided, and          28
                                                       When he arrived at the other side in the
all was calm. 25"Where is your faith?" he
                                                    region of the Gadarenes, two demon-
asked his disciples. In fear and amazement
                                                    possessed men coming from the tombs met
they asked one another, "Who is this? He
                                                    him. They were so violent that no one
commands even the winds and the water,
                                                    could pass that way. 29"What do you want
and they obey him."
                                                    with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have
           COMPILATION                              you come here to torture us before the
That day when evening came, he said to              appointed time?"
                                                         30
his disciples, "Let us go over to the other                 Some distance from them a large
side of the lake." Then he got into the boat        herd of pigs was feeding. 31The demons
and his disciples followed him. Leaving             begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us
the crowd behind, they took him along,              into the herd of pigs."
                                                         32
just as he was, in the boat. There were also                He said to them, "Go!" So they
other boats with him.                               came out and went into the pigs, and the
     As they sailed, he fell asleep in the          whole herd rushed down the steep bank
stern, sleeping on a cushion.                       into the lake and died in the water.
                                                    33
     Without warning, a furious storm                  Those tending the pigs ran off, went into
came up on the lake, and the waves broke            the town and reported all this, including
over the boat, and they were in great               what had happened to the demon-
danger. The disciples went and woke him,            possessed men. 34Then the whole town
saying, "Master, Master, Teacher, Lord,             went out to meet Jesus. And when they
save us! Don't you care if we're going to           saw him, they pleaded with him to leave
drown!"                                             their region.
     "You of little faith, why are you so
                                                                  Mark 5:1-20
afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Then           1
                                                     They went across the lake to the region of
                                                    the Gerasenes. 2When Jesus got out of the

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boat, a man with an evil spirit came from            the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed
the tombs to meet him. 3This man lived in            and in his right mind; and they were
the tombs, and no one could bind him any             afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the
more, not even with a chain. 4For he had             people what had happened to the demon-
often been chained hand and foot, but he             possessed man—and told about the pigs as
tore the chains apart and broke the irons            well. 17Then the people began to plead
on his feet. No one was strong enough to             with Jesus to leave their region.
subdue him. 5Night and day among the                      18
                                                             As Jesus was getting into the boat,
tombs and in the hills he would cry out              the man who had been demon-possessed
and cut himself with stones.                         begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let
     6
       When he saw Jesus from a distance,            him, but said, "Go home to your family
he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.        and tell them how much the Lord has done
7
  He shouted at the top of his voice, "What          for you, and how he has had mercy on
do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the               you." 20So the man went away and began
Most High God? Swear to God that you                 to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus
won't torture me!" 8For Jesus had said to            had done for him. And all the people were
him, "Come out of this man, you evil                 amazed.
spirit!"
     9
       Then Jesus asked him, "What is your                         Luke 8:26-39
                                                     26
name?"                                                 They sailed to the region of the
     "My name is Legion," he replied, "for           Gerasenes, which is across the lake from
we are many." 10And he begged Jesus                  Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped ashore, he
again and again not to send them out of              was met by a demon-possessed man from
the area.                                            the town. For a long time this man had not
     11
        A large herd of pigs was feeding on          worn clothes or lived in a house, but had
the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged             lived in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus,
Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us             he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at
to go into them." 13He gave them                     the top of his voice, "What do you want
permission, and the evil spirits came out            with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High
and went into the pigs. The herd, about              God? I beg you, don't torture me!" 29For
two thousand in number, rushed down the              Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to
steep bank into the lake and were                    come out of the man. Many times it had
drowned.                                             seized him, and though he was chained
     14
        Those tending the pigs ran off and           hand and foot and kept under guard, he
reported this in the town and countryside,           had broken his chains and had been driven
and the people went out to see what had              by the demon into solitary places.
                                                          30
happened. 15When they came to Jesus, they                   Jesus asked him, "What is your
saw the man who had been possessed by                name?"


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     "Legion," he replied, because many              possessed men from the town coming
demons had gone into him. 31And they                 from the tombs met him. For a long time
begged him repeatedly not to order them              this man had not worn clothes or lived in a
to go into the Abyss.                                house , but had lived in the tombs. They
     32
        A large herd of pigs was feeding             were so violent that no one could pass that
there on the hillside. The demons begged             way.
Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave               No one could bind him any more, not
them permission. 33When the demons came              even with a chain. For he had often been
out of the man, they went into the pigs,             chained hand and foot, but he tore the
and the herd rushed down the steep bank              chains apart and broke the irons on his
into the lake and was drowned.                       feet. No one was strong enough to subdue
     34
        When those tending the pigs saw              him. Night and day among the tombs and
what had happened, they ran off and                  in the hills he would cry out and cut
reported this in the town and countryside,           himself with stones.
35
   and the people went out to see what had                When he saw Jesus from a distance,
happened. When they came to Jesus, they              he ran and fell on his knees in front of
found the man from whom the demons had               him. They shouted at the top of his voice,
gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and        "What do you want with us, Jesus, Son of
in his right mind; and they were afraid.             the Most High God? Have you come here
36
   Those who had seen it told the people             to torture us before the appointed time? I
how the demon-possessed man had been                 beg you, Swear to God that you won't
cured. 37Then all the people of the region           torture me! For Jesus had said to him,
of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave                "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
them, because they were overcome with                Many times it had seized him, and though
fear. So he got into the boat and left.              he was chained hand and foot and kept
     38
        The man from whom the demons                 under guard, he had broken his chains and
had gone out begged to go with him, but              had been driven by the demon into solitary
Jesus sent him away, saying, 39"Return               places.
home and tell how much God has done for                   Then Jesus asked him, "What is your
you." So the man went away and told all              name?"
over town how much Jesus had done for                     "My name is Legion," he replied, "for
him.                                                 we are many" because many demons had
                                                     gone into him. And they begged Jesus
            COMPILATION                              again and again not to send them out of the
When he arrived at the other side in the             area & not to order them to go into the
region of the Gadarenes, which is across             Abyss.
the lake from Galilee. When Jesus got out                 Some distance from them a large herd
of the boat, he was met by two demon-                of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.

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The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us                 Jairus‘s Daughter Raised and
out, send us into the herd of pigs; allow us
to go into them." He said to them, "Go!"                    Woman with Hemorrhage
      When the demons came out of the                                Healed
man, they went into the pigs. The herd,
about two thousand in number, and the                           Matthew 9:18-26
                                                     18
whole herd rushed down the steep bank                  While he was saying this, a ruler came
into the lake and were drowned in the                and knelt before him and said, "My
water.                                               daughter has just died. But come and put
      When those tending the pigs saw what           your hand on her, and she will live."
                                                     19
had happened, they ran off and reported all             Jesus got up and went with him, and so
this in the town and countryside, including          did his disciples.
                                                           20
what had happened to the demon-                              Just then a woman who had been
possessed men.                                       subject to bleeding for twelve years came
      Then the whole town went out to meet           up behind him and touched the edge of his
Jesus and to see what had happened. When             cloak. 21She said to herself, "If I only
they came to Jesus, they saw the man who             touch his cloak, I will be healed."
                                                           22
had been possessed by the legion of                           Jesus turned and saw her. "Take
demons, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and          heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has
in his right mind; and they were afraid.             healed you." And the woman was healed
Those who had seen it told the people                from that moment.
                                                           23
what had happened to the demon-                              When Jesus entered the ruler's house
possessed man—and told about the pigs as             and saw the flute players and the noisy
well. Then all the people of the region of           crowd, 24he said, "Go away. The girl is not
the Gerasenes began to plead with Jesus to           dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
                                                     25
leave their region, because they were                   After the crowd had been put outside, he
overcome with fear.                                  went in and took the girl by the hand, and
      As Jesus was getting into the boat, the        she got up. 26News of this spread through
man who had been demon-possessed                     all that region.
begged to go with him. Jesus did not let                          Mark 5:21-43
him, but said, "Go home to your family               21
                                                       When Jesus had again crossed over by
and tell them how much the Lord has done             boat to the other side of the lake, a large
for you, and how he has had mercy on                 crowd gathered around him while he was
you." So the man went away and began to              by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue
tell all over town & in the Decapolis how            rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing
much Jesus had done for him. And all the             Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded
people were amazed.                                  earnestly with him, "My little daughter is
                                                     dying. Please come and put your hands on

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                                                         37
her so that she will be healed and live."                  He did not let anyone follow him
24
   So Jesus went with him.                          except Peter, James and John the brother
     A large crowd followed and pressed             of James. 38When they came to the home of
around him. 25And a woman was there                 the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a
who had been subject to bleeding for                commotion, with people crying and
twelve years. 26She had suffered a great            wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to
deal under the care of many doctors and             them, "Why all this commotion and
had spent all she had, yet instead of               wailing? The child is not dead but asleep."
getting better she grew worse. 27When she           40
                                                       But they laughed at him. After he put
heard about Jesus, she came up behind               them all out, he took the child's father and
him in the crowd and touched his cloak,             mother and the disciples who were with
28
   because she thought, "If I just touch his        him, and went in where the child was. 41He
clothes, I will be healed." 29Immediately           took her by the hand and said to her,
her bleeding stopped and she felt in her            "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl,
body that she was freed from her suffering.         I say to you, get up!" ). 42Immediately the
     30
        At once Jesus realized that power           girl stood up and walked around (she was
had gone out from him. He turned around             twelve years old). At this they were
in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my             completely astonished. 43He gave strict
clothes?"                                           orders not to let anyone know about this,
     31
        "You see the people crowding                and told them to give her something to eat.
against you," his disciples answered, "and
yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "                             Luke 8:40-56
                                                    40
     32
        But Jesus kept looking around to see           Now when Jesus returned, a crowd
who had done it. 33Then the woman,                  welcomed him, for they were all expecting
knowing what had happened to her, came              him. 41Then a man named Jairus, a ruler
and fell at his feet and, trembling with            of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus'
fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to        feet, pleading with him to come to his
her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you.          house 42because his only daughter, a girl
Go in peace and be freed from your                  of about twelve, was dying.
suffering."                                              As Jesus was on his way, the crowds
     35
        While Jesus was still speaking, some        almost crushed him. 43And a woman was
men came from the house of Jairus, the              there who had been subject to bleeding for
synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead,"           twelve years, but no one could heal her.
                                                    44
they said. "Why bother the teacher any                She came up behind him and touched the
more?"                                              edge of his cloak, and immediately her
     36
        Ignoring what they said, Jesus told         bleeding stopped.
                                                         45
the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just                 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked.
believe."                                           When they all denied it, Peter said,


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"Master, the people are crowding and                When Jesus had again crossed over by
pressing against you."                              boat to the other side of the lake, a large
     46
        But Jesus said, "Someone touched            crowd gathered around him while he was
me; I know that power has gone out from             by the lake & welcomed him, for they
me."                                                were all expecting him. Then one of the
     47
        Then the woman, seeing that she             synagogue rulers, a man named Jairus,
could not go unnoticed, came trembling              came and knelt before him and pleaded
and fell at his feet. In the presence of all        earnestly with him to come to his house
the people, she told why she had touched            because his only daughter, a girl of about
him and how she had been instantly                  twelve, was dying. "My little daughter is
healed. 48Then he said to her, "Daughter,           dying. Please come and put your hands on
your faith has healed you. Go in peace."            her so that she will be healed and live."
     49
       While Jesus was still speaking,              Jesus got up and went with him, and so did
someone came from the house of Jairus,              his disciples.
the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is                   A large crowd followed and pressed
dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher           around him. As Jesus was on his way, the
any more."                                          crowds almost crushed him.
     50
        Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus,              And a woman was there who had
"Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will        been subject to bleeding for twelve years,
be healed."                                         but no one could heal her. She had
     51
        When he arrived at the house of             suffered a great deal under the care of
Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with            many doctors and had spent all she had,
him except Peter, John and James, and the           yet instead of getting better she grew
child's father and mother. 52Meanwhile, all         worse.
the people were wailing and mourning for                 When she heard about Jesus, she
her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not        came up behind him in the crowd and
dead but asleep."                                   touched the edge of his cloak, because she
     53
       They laughed at him, knowing that            thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will
she was dead. 54But he took her by the              be healed." Immediately her bleeding
hand and said, "My child, get up!" 55Her            stopped and she felt in her body that she
spirit returned, and at once she stood up.          was freed from her suffering.
Then Jesus told them to give her                         At once Jesus realized that power had
something to eat. 56Her parents were                gone out from him. He turned around in
astonished, but he ordered them not to tell         the crowd and asked, "Who touched my
anyone what had happened.                           clothes?"
                                                         When they all denied it, Peter said,
           COMPILATION                              "Master, You see the people are crowding


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and pressing against you." and yet you can           him, and went in where the child was. He
ask, 'Who touched me?' "                             took her by the hand and said to her,
     But Jesus said, "Someone touched                "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little
me; I know that power has gone out from              girl, I say to you, get up!" ). Her spirit
me." Jesus kept looking around to see who            returned, immediately the girl stood up
had done it.                                         and walked around (she was twelve years
     Then the woman, knowing what had                old). At this they were completely
happened to her, seeing that she could not           astonished. He gave strict orders not to let
go unnoticed, came and fell at his feet and,         anyone know about this, and told them to
trembling with fear, told him the whole              give her something to eat. News of this
truth. In the presence of all the people, she        spread through all that region.
told why she had touched him and how
she had been instantly healed.                            Two Blind Men Healed
     Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart,
                                                                Matthew 9:27-31
daughter," he said, "your faith has healed
                                                     As Jesus went on from there, two blind
you. Go in peace and be freed from your
                                                     men followed him, calling out, "Have
suffering"
                                                     mercy on us, Son of David!"
     While Jesus was still speaking, some
                                                          When he had gone indoors, the blind
men came from the house of Jairus, the
                                                     men came to him, and he asked them, "Do
synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead,"
                                                     you believe that I am able to do this?"
they said. "Why bother the teacher any
                                                     "Yes, Lord," they replied.
more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told
                                                          Then he touched their eyes and said,
Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and
                                                     "According to your faith will it be done to
she will be healed."
                                                     you"; and their sight was restored. Jesus
     When he arrived at the house of
                                                     warned them sternly, "See that no one
Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with
                                                     knows about this." But they went out and
him except Peter, John and James, and the
                                                     spread the news about him all over that
child's father and mother. When they came
                                                     region.
to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus
saw a commotion, with the flute players                   Mute Demoniac Healed
and people crying and wailing loudly. He
went in and said to them, "Why all this                         Matthew 9:32-34
commotion and wailing? Stop wailing, go              While they were going out, a man who
away. The child is not dead but asleep."             was demon-possessed and could not talk
     But they laughed at him, knowing that           was brought to Jesus. And when the
she was dead. After the crowd had been               demon was driven out, the man who had
put outside, he took the child's father and          been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed
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and said, "Nothing like this has ever been           Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his
seen in Israel."                                     sisters here with us?" And they took
    But the Pharisees said, "It is by the            offense at him.
                                                          4
prince of demons that he drives out                        Jesus said to them, "Only in his
demons."                                             hometown, among his relatives and in his
                                                     own house is a prophet without honor."
Nazareth‘s Second Rejection of                       5
                                                       He could not do any miracles there,
            Christ                                   except lay his hands on a few sick people
                                                     and heal them. 6And he was amazed at
           Matthew 13:53-58                          their lack of faith.
53
   When Jesus had finished these parables,
he moved on from there. 54Coming to his                         COMPILATION
hometown, he began teaching the people               When Jesus had finished these parables, he
in their synagogue, and they were amazed.            moved on from there and went to his
"Where did this man get this wisdom and              hometown, accompanied by his disciples.
these miraculous powers?" they asked.                When the Sabbath came, he began to teach
55                                                   the people in their synagogue, and many
  "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his
mother's name Mary, and aren't his                   who heard him were amazed.
brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?                   "Where did this man get these
56                                                   things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom
   Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then
did this man get all these things?" 57And            that has been given him, that he even does
they took offense at him. But Jesus said to          miracles! "Isn't this the carpenter's son?
them, "Only in his hometown and in his               Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't his mother's
own house is a prophet without honor."               name Mary, and aren't his brothers James,
     58                                              Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his
        And he did not do many miracles
there because of their lack of faith.                sisters here with us? Where then did this
                                                     man get all these things?" And they took
              Mark 6:1-6a                            offense at him.
1
 Jesus left there and went to his hometown,                But Jesus said to them, "Only in his
accompanied by his disciples. 2When the              hometown, among his relatives and in his
Sabbath came, he began to teach in the               own house is a prophet without honor."
synagogue, and many who heard him were               And He did not do many miracles there,
amazed.                                              except lay his hands on a few sick people
     "Where did this man get these                   and heal them because of their lack of
things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom             faith. And he was amazed at their lack of
that has been given him, that he even does           faith.
miracles! 3Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't
this Mary's son and the brother of James,                      Twelve Sent Out

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                                                         11
          Matthew 9:35-11:1                                   "Whatever town or village you
35                                                   enter, search for some worthy person there
   Jesus went through all the towns and
villages, teaching in their synagogues,              and stay at his house until you leave. 12As
preaching the good news of the kingdom               you enter the home, give it your greeting.
                                                     13
and healing every disease and sickness.                 If the home is deserving, let your peace
36                                                   rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return
   When he saw the crowds, he had
compassion on them, because they were                to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or
harassed and helpless, like sheep without            listen to your words, shake the dust off
a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples,         your feet when you leave that home or
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers            town. 15I tell you the truth, it will be more
are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest,              bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the
therefore, to send out workers into his              day of judgment than for that town. 16I am
harvest field."                                      sending you out like sheep among wolves.
      1                                              Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as
        He called his twelve disciples to him
and gave them authority to drive out evil            innocent as doves.
                                                            17
spirits and to heal every disease and                         "Be on your guard against men;
sickness.                                            they will hand you over to the local
      2                                              councils and flog you in their synagogues.
        These are the names of the twelve            18
apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter)            On my account you will be brought
and his brother Andrew; James son of                 before governors and kings as witnesses to
Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip               them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they
and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew                  arrest you, do not worry about what to say
the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus,            or how to say it. At that time you will be
and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and                 given what to say, 20for it will not be you
Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.                    speaking, but the Spirit of your Father
      5                                              speaking through you.
        These twelve Jesus sent out with the                21
following instructions: "Do not go among                      "Brother will betray brother to
the Gentiles or enter any town of the                death, and a father his child; children will
Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of          rebel against their parents and have them
Israel. 7As you go, preach this message:             put to death. 22All men will hate you
'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 8Heal the           because of me, but he who stands firm to
sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who              the end will be saved. 23When you are
have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you           persecuted in one place, flee to another. I
have received, freely give. 9Do not take             tell you the truth, you will not finish going
along any gold or silver or copper in your           through the cities of Israel before the Son
belts; 10take no bag for the journey, or             of Man comes.
                                                            24
extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the                   "A student is not above his teacher,
worker is worth his keep.                            nor a servant above his master. 25It is

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enough for the student to be like his               anyone who does not take his cross and
teacher, and the servant like his master. If        follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever
the head of the house has been called               finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses
Beelzebub, how much more the members                his life for my sake will find it.
                                                         40
of his household!                                           "He who receives you receives me,
     26
       "So do not be afraid of them. There          and he who receives me receives the one
is nothing concealed that will not be               who sent me. 41Anyone who receives a
disclosed, or hidden that will not be made          prophet because he is a prophet will
known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak         receive a prophet's reward, and anyone
in the daylight; what is whispered in your          who receives a righteous man because he
ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be           is a righteous man will receive a righteous
afraid of those who kill the body but               man's reward. 42And if anyone gives even
cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of          a cup of cold water to one of these little
the One who can destroy both soul and               ones because he is my disciple, I tell you
body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold           the truth, he will certainly not lose his
for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall          reward."
                                                         1
to the ground apart from the will of your                  After Jesus had finished instructing
Father. 30And even the very hairs of your           his twelve disciples, he went on from there
head are all numbered. 31So don't be                to teach and preach in the towns of
afraid; you are worth more than many                Galilee.
sparrows.
     32
       "Whoever acknowledges me before                            Mark 6:6b-13
men, I will also acknowledge him before             Then Jesus went around teaching from
my Father in heaven. 33But whoever                  village to village. 7Calling the Twelve to
disowns me before men, I will disown him            him, he sent them out two by two and gave
before my Father in heaven.                         them authority over evil spirits.
                                                         8
     34
       "Do not suppose that I have come to                 These were his instructions: "Take
bring peace to the earth. I did not come to         nothing for the journey except a staff—no
bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have              bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
                                                    9
come to turn " 'a man against his father, a           Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.
                                                    10
daughter against her mother, a daughter-               Whenever you enter a house, stay there
in-law against her mother-in-law— 36a               until you leave that town. 11And if any
man's enemies will be the members of his            place will not welcome you or listen to
own household.'                                     you, shake the dust off your feet when you
     37
       "Anyone who loves his father or              leave, as a testimony against them."
                                                         12
mother more than me is not worthy of me;                    They went out and preached that
anyone who loves his son or daughter                people should repent. 13They drove out
more than me is not worthy of me; 38and

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many demons and anointed many sick                      These are the names of the twelve
people with oil and healed them.                   apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter)
                                                   and his brother Andrew; James son of
               Luke 9:1-6                          Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and
1
 When Jesus had called the Twelve                  Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the
together, he gave them power and                   tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and
authority to drive out all demons and to           Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas
cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to            Iscariot, who betrayed him.
preach the kingdom of God and to heal the               He sent them out to preach the
sick. 3He told them: "Take nothing for the         kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no             These twelve Jesus sent out with the
money, no extra tunic. 4Whatever house             following instructions: "Do not go among
you enter, stay there until you leave that         the Gentiles or enter any town of the
town. 5If people do not welcome you,               Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of
shake the dust off your feet when you              Israel. As you go, preach this message:
leave their town, as a testimony against           'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the
them." 6So they set out and went from              sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who
village to village, preaching the gospel           have leprosy, drive out demons.
and healing people everywhere.                          Freely you have received, freely give.
           COMPILATION                             Take nothing for the journey except a
Jesus went through all the towns and               staff. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.
villages, teaching in their synagogues,            Do not take along any gold or silver or
preaching the good news of the kingdom             copper in your belts; take no bag for the
and healing every disease and sickness.            journey, or sandals or a extra staff; no
When he saw the crowds, he had                     bread; for the worker is worth his keep.
compassion on them, because they were                   "Whatever town or village you enter,
harassed and helpless, like sheep without a        search for some worthy person there and
shepherd. Then he said to his disciples,           stay at his house until you leave.
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers          Whenever you enter a house, stay there
are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,              until you leave that town. As you enter the
therefore, to send out workers into his            home, give it your greeting. If the home is
harvest field."                                    deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is
     He called his twelve disciples to him         not, let your peace return to you. If anyone
and he gave them power and authority to            will not welcome you or listen to your
drive out evil spirits and to heal every           words, shake the dust off your feet when
disease and sickness. He sent them out two         you leave that home or town, as a
by two.                                            testimony against them. I tell you the truth,
                                                   it will be more bearable for Sodom and

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Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for             cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of
that town. I am sending you out like sheep           the One who can destroy both soul and
among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as              body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for
snakes and as innocent as doves.                     a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to
     "Be on your guard against men; they             the ground apart from the will of your
will hand you over to the local councils             Father. And even the very hairs of your
and flog you in their synagogues. On my              head are all numbered. So don't be afraid;
account you will be brought before                   you are worth more than many sparrows.
governors and kings as witnesses to them                   "Whoever acknowledges me before
and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest            men, I will also acknowledge him before
you, do not worry about what to say or               my Father in heaven. But whoever
how to say it. At that time you will be              disowns me before men, I will disown him
given what to say, for it will not be you            before my Father in heaven.
speaking, but the Spirit of your Father                    "Do not suppose that I have come to
speaking through you.                                bring peace to the earth. I did not come to
     "Brother will betray brother to death,          bring peace, but a sword. For I have come
and a father his child; children will rebel          to turn " 'a man against his father, a
against their parents and have them put to           daughter against her mother, a daughter-
death. All men will hate you because of              in-law against her mother-in-law— a
me, but he who stands firm to the end will           man's enemies will be the members of his
be saved. When you are persecuted in one             own household.'
place, flee to another. I tell you the truth,              "Anyone who loves his father or
you will not finish going through the cities         mother more than me is not worthy of me;
of Israel before the Son of Man comes.               anyone who loves his son or daughter
     "A student is not above his teacher,            more than me is not worthy of me; and
nor a servant above his master. It is                anyone who does not take his cross and
enough for the student to be like his                follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever
teacher, and the servant like his master. If         finds his life will lose it, and whoever
the head of the house has been called                loses his life for my sake will find it.
Beelzebub, how much more the members                       "He who receives you receives me,
of his household!                                    and he who receives me receives the one
     "So do not be afraid of them. There is          who sent me. Anyone who receives a
nothing concealed that will not be                   prophet because he is a prophet will
disclosed, or hidden that will not be made           receive a prophet's reward, and anyone
known. What I tell you in the dark, speak            who receives a righteous man because he
in the daylight; what is whispered in your           is a righteous man will receive a righteous
ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be              man's reward. And if anyone gives even a
afraid of those who kill the body but                cup of cold water to one of these little ones

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because he is my disciple, I tell you the         he ordered that her request be granted
                                                  10
truth, he will certainly not lose his                and had John beheaded in the prison.
                                                  11
reward."                                             His head was brought in on a platter and
     So they set out and went from village        given to the girl, who carried it to her
to village, preaching the gospel and that         mother. 12John's disciples came and took
people should repent. They drove out              his body and buried it. Then they went and
many demons and anointed many sick                told Jesus.
people with oil and healed people
everywhere.                                                     Mark 6:14-29
                                                  14
     After Jesus had finished instructing           King Herod heard about this, for Jesus'
his twelve disciples, he went on from there       name had become well known. Some were
to teach and preach in the towns of               saying, "John the Baptist has been raised
Galilee.                                          from the dead, and that is why miraculous
                                                  powers are at work in him."
                                                       15
        Herod Beheads John                                Others said, "He is Elijah." And still
                                                  others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one
           Matthew 14:1-12                        of the prophets of long ago."
1                                                      16
  At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the               But when Herod heard this, he said,
reports about Jesus, 2and he said to his          "John, the man I beheaded, has been
attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he         raised from the dead!"
has risen from the dead! That is why                   17
                                                          For Herod himself had given orders
miraculous powers are at work in him."            to have John arrested, and he had him
      3
        Now Herod had arrested John and           bound and put in prison. He did this
bound him and put him in prison because           because of Herodias, his brother Philip's
of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, 4for      wife, whom he had married. 18For John
John had been saying to him: "It is not           had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful
lawful for you to have her." 5Herod               for you to have your brother's wife." 19So
wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of         Herodias nursed a grudge against John
the people, because they considered him a         and wanted to kill him. But she was not
prophet.                                          able to, 20because Herod feared John and
      6
        On Herod's birthday the daughter of       protected him, knowing him to be a
Herodias danced for them and pleased              righteous and holy man. When Herod
Herod so much 7that he promised with an           heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he
oath to give her whatever she asked.              liked to listen to him.
8                                                      21
  Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give                 Finally the opportune time came. On
me here on a platter the head of John the         his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his
Baptist." 9The king was distressed, but           high officials and military commanders
because of his oaths and his dinner guests,       and the leading men of Galilee. 22When


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the daughter of Herodias came in and                     At that time Herod the tetrarch heard
danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner           the reports about Jesus, for Jesus' name
guests.                                            had become well known. And he was
      The king said to the girl, "Ask me for       perplexed, because some were saying that
anything you want, and I'll give it to you."       John the Baptist has been raised from the
23
   And he promised her with an oath,               dead. Others said, "He is Elijah." And still
"Whatever you ask I will give you, up to           others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one
half my kingdom."                                  of the prophets of long ago."
      24
         She went out and said to her mother,            But when Herod heard this, he said to
"What shall I ask for?" "The head of John          his attendants, "This is John the Baptist,
the Baptist," she answered.                        the man I beheaded, he has risen from the
      25
         At once the girl hurried in to the        dead! That is why miraculous powers are
king with the request: "I want you to give         at work in him."
me right now the head of John the Baptist                Herod said, "Who, then, is this I hear
on a platter."                                     such things about?" And he tried to see
      26
        The king was greatly distressed, but       him.
because of his oaths and his dinner guests,              For Herod himself had given orders to
he did not want to refuse her. 27So he             have John arrested, and he had him bound
immediately sent an executioner with               and put in prison. He did this because of
orders to bring John's head. The man               Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom
went, beheaded John in the prison, 28and           he had married. Herod wanted to kill John,
brought back his head on a platter. He             but he was afraid of the people, because
presented it to the girl, and she gave it to       they considered him a prophet.
her mother. 29On hearing of this, John's                 For John had been saying to Herod,
disciples came and took his body and laid          "It is not lawful for you to have your
it in a tomb.                                      brother's wife." So Herodias nursed a
                                                   grudge against John and wanted to kill
               Luke 9:7-9                          him. But she was not able to, because
7
 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all            Herod feared John and protected him,
that was going on. And he was perplexed,           knowing him to be a righteous and holy
because some were saying that John had             man. When Herod heard John, he was
been raised from the dead, 8others that            greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to
Elijah had appeared, and still others that         him.
one of the prophets of long ago had come                 Finally the opportune time came. On
back to life. 9But Herod said, "I beheaded         his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his
John. Who, then, is this I hear such things        high officials and military commanders
about?" And he tried to see him.                   and the leading men of Galilee. When the
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                                                        15
daughter of Herodias came in and danced,                    As evening approached, the
she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.            disciples came to him and said, "This is a
     The king said to the girl, "Ask me for         remote place, and it's already getting late.
anything you want, and I'll give it to you."        Send the crowds away, so they can go to
And he promised her with an oath,                   the villages and buy themselves some
"Whatever you ask I will give you, up to            food."
                                                         16
half my kingdom."                                           Jesus replied, "They do not need to
     She went out and said to her mother,           go away. You give them something to eat."
                                                         17
"What shall I ask for?" "The head of John                   "We have here only five loaves of
the Baptist," she answered.                         bread and two fish," they answered.
                                                         18
     At once the girl hurried in to the king                "Bring them here to me," he said.
                                                    19
with the request: "I want you to give me               And he directed the people to sit down
right now the head of John the Baptist on a         on the grass. Taking the five loaves and
platter."                                           the two fish and looking up to heaven, he
     The king was greatly distressed, but           gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he
because of his oaths and his dinner guests,         gave them to the disciples, and the
he did not want to refuse her. So he                disciples gave them to the people. 20They
immediately sent an executioner with                all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples
orders to bring John's head. The man went,          picked up twelve basketfuls of broken
beheaded John in the prison, and brought            pieces that were left over. 21The number of
back his head on a platter. He presented it         those who ate was about five thousand
to the girl, and she carried it to her mother.      men, besides women and children.
On hearing of this, John's disciples came
and took his body and laid it in a tomb.                          Mark 6:30-44
                                                        30
Then they went and told Jesus.                              The apostles gathered around Jesus
                                                    and reported to him all they had done and
      Return of 12, Jesus                           taught. 31Then, because so many people
                                                    were coming and going that they did not
      Withdraws, 5000 Fed                           even have a chance to eat, he said to them,
           Matthew 14:13-21                         "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet
13                                                  place and get some rest."
  When Jesus heard what had happened,                    32
he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary                 So they went away by themselves in
place. Hearing of this, the crowds                  a boat to a solitary place. 33But many who
followed him on foot from the towns.                saw them leaving recognized them and ran
14                                                  on foot from all the towns and got there
  When Jesus landed and saw a large
crowd, he had compassion on them and                ahead of them. 34When Jesus landed and
healed their sick.                                  saw a large crowd, he had compassion on
                                                    them, because they were like sheep without


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a shepherd. So he began teaching them                and spoke to them about the kingdom of
many things.                                         God, and healed those who needed
     35
        By this time it was late in the day, so      healing.
                                                          12
his disciples came to him. "This is a                        Late in the afternoon the Twelve
remote place," they said, "and it's already          came to him and said, "Send the crowd
very late. 36Send the people away so they            away so they can go to the surrounding
can go to the surrounding countryside and            villages and countryside and find food and
villages and buy themselves something to             lodging, because we are in a remote place
eat."                                                here."
     37                                                   13
        But he answered, "You give them                      He replied, "You give them
something to eat." They said to him, "That           something to eat."
would take eight months of a man's                        They answered, "We have only five
wages! Are we to go and spend that much              loaves of bread and two fish—unless we
on bread and give it to them to eat?"                go and buy food for all this crowd."
     38                                              14
       "How many loaves do you have?" he                (About five thousand men were there.)
asked. "Go and see." When they found                      But he said to his disciples, "Have
out, they said, "Five—and two fish."                 them sit down in groups of about fifty
     39
        Then Jesus directed them to have all         each." 15The disciples did so, and
the people sit down in groups on the green           everybody sat down. 16Taking the five
grass. 40So they sat down in groups of               loaves and the two fish and looking up to
hundreds and fifties. 41Taking the five              heaven, he gave thanks and broke them.
loaves and the two fish and looking up to            Then he gave them to the disciples to set
heaven, he gave thanks and broke the                 before the people. 17They all ate and were
loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples           satisfied, and the disciples picked up
to set before the people. He also divided            twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that
the two fish among them all. 42They all ate          were left over.
and were satisfied, 43and the disciples
picked up twelve basketfuls of broken                               John 6:1-14
                                                     1
pieces of bread and fish. 44The number of             Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the
the men who had eaten was five thousand.             far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the
                                                     Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of
              Luke 9:10-17                           people followed him because they saw the
10
  When the apostles returned, they                   miraculous signs he had performed on the
reported to Jesus what they had done.                sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a
Then he took them with him and they                  mountainside and sat down with his
withdrew by themselves to a town called              disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Feast was
Bethsaida, 11but the crowds learned about            near.
it and followed him. He welcomed them


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    5
       When Jesus looked up and saw a             to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds
great crowd coming toward him, he said            learned about it and followed him. He
to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for          welcomed them and spoke to them about
these people to eat?" 6He asked this only         the kingdom of God, and healed those who
to test him, for he already had in mind           needed healing.
what he was going to do.                               Then, because so many people were
     7
       Philip answered him, "Eight months'        coming and going that they did not even
wages would not buy enough bread for              have a chance to eat, he said to them,
each one to have a bite!"                         "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet
     8
       Another of his disciples, Andrew,          place and get some rest."
Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is             So they crossed by themselves in a
a boy with five small barley loaves and           boat to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee
two small fish, but how far will they go          (that is, the Sea of Tiberias) to a solitary
among so many?"                                   place. But many who saw them leaving
     10
        Jesus said, "Have the people sit          recognized them and ran on foot from all
down." There was plenty of grass in that          the towns because they saw the miraculous
place, and the men sat down, about five           signs he had performed on the sick and got
thousand of them. 11Jesus then took the           there ahead of them.
loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to                When Jesus landed and saw a large
those who were seated as much as they             crowd, he had compassion on them,
wanted. He did the same with the fish.            because they were like sheep without a
     12
        When they had all had enough to           shepherd. So he began teaching them
eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the        many things.
pieces that are left over. Let nothing be              By this time it was late in the
wasted." 13So they gathered them and              afternoon the Twelve came to him and
filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the      said, "This is a remote place, and it's
five barley loaves left over by those who         already getting very late. Send the crowds
had eaten.                                        away, so they can go to the surrounding
     14
        After the people saw the miraculous       countryside and villages and buy
sign that Jesus did, they began to say,           themselves something to eat and find
"Surely this is the Prophet who is to come        lodging, because we are in a remote place
into the world."                                  here."
                                                       Jesus replied, "They do not need to go
           COMPILATION                            away. You give them something to eat."
When the apostles returned, they gathered              Then Jesus went up on a mountainside
around Jesus and reported to him all they         and sat down with his disciples. The
had done and taught. Then he took them            Jewish Passover Feast was near.
with him and they withdrew by themselves


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     When Jesus looked up and saw a great              The number of those who ate was
crowd coming toward him, he said to               about five thousand men, besides women
Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for             and children.
these people to eat?" He asked this only to            After the people saw the miraculous
test him, for he already had in mind what         sign that Jesus did, they began to say,
he was going to do.                               "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come
     Philip answered him, "Eight months'          into the world."
wages would not buy enough bread for
each one to have a bite! Are we to go and                 Walks on the Water
spend that much on bread and give it to
                                                             Matthew 14:22-33
them to eat?"                                     22
                                                     Immediately Jesus made the disciples get
     "How many loaves do you have?" he
                                                  into the boat and go on ahead of him to the
asked. "Go and see."
                                                  other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
     Another of his disciples, Andrew,            23
                                                     After he had dismissed them, he went up
Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a
                                                  on a mountainside by himself to pray.
boy with five small barley loaves and two
                                                  When evening came, he was there alone,
small fish, but how far will they go among        24
                                                     but the boat was already a considerable
so many?"
                                                  distance from land, buffeted by the waves
     Jesus said to his disciples, "Have the
                                                  because the wind was against it.
people sit down in groups of about fifty                25
                                                           During the fourth watch of the night
each on the green grass." There was plenty
                                                  Jesus went out to them, walking on the
of grass in that place. So they sat down in
                                                  lake. 26When the disciples saw him
groups of hundreds and fifties.
                                                  walking on the lake, they were terrified.
     Taking the five loaves and the two
                                                  "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in
fish and looking up to heaven, he gave
                                                  fear.
thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave               27
                                                           But Jesus immediately said to them:
them to his disciples to set before the
                                                  "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
people who were seated as much as they                  28
                                                          "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied,
wanted. He also divided the two fish
                                                  "tell me to come to you on the water."
among them all. They all ate and were                   29
                                                          "Come," he said.
satisfied.
                                                        Then Peter got down out of the boat,
     When they had all had enough to eat,
                                                  walked on the water and came toward
he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces
                                                  Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was
that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."
                                                  afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out,
So they gathered them and filled twelve
                                                  "Lord, save me!"
baskets with the pieces of the five barley
loaves and fish left over by those who had
eaten of broken pieces of bread.

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     31
       Immediately Jesus reached out his         into a boat and set off across the lake for
hand and caught him. "You of little faith,"      Capernaum. By now it was dark, and
he said, "why did you doubt?"                    Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong
    32
       And when they climbed into the            wind was blowing and the waters grew
boat, the wind died down. 33Then those           rough. 19When they had rowed three or
who were in the boat worshiped him,              three and a half miles, they saw Jesus
saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."          approaching the boat, walking on the
                                                 water; and they were terrified. 20But he
             Mark 6:45-52                        said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."
45
   Immediately Jesus made his disciples get      21
                                                   Then they were willing to take him into
into the boat and go on ahead of him to          the boat, and immediately the boat reached
Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.         the shore where they were heading.
46
   After leaving them, he went up on a
mountainside to pray.                                       COMPILATION
      47
        When evening came, the boat was in       Jesus, knowing that they intended to come
the middle of the lake, and he was alone on      and make him king by force, Immediately
land. 48He saw the disciples straining at        Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
the oars, because the wind was against           and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida,
them. About the fourth watch of the night        while he dismissed the crowd. After
he went out to them, walking on the lake.        leaving them, he went up on a
He was about to pass by them, 49but when         mountainside by himself to pray.
they saw him walking on the lake, they                When evening came, his disciples
thought he was a ghost. They cried out,          went down to the lake, where they got into
50
   because they all saw him and were             a boat and set off across the lake for
terrified.                                       Capernaum.
      Immediately he spoke to them and                When evening came, he was there
said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be           alone, but the boat was already a
afraid." 51Then he climbed into the boat         considerable distance from land in the
with them, and the wind died down. They          middle of the lake, buffeted by the waves
were completely amazed, 52for they had           because the wind was against it. A strong
not understood about the loaves; their           wind was blowing and the waters grew
hearts were hardened.                            rough.
                                                      He saw the disciples straining at the
              John 6:15-21                       oars, because the wind was against them.
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come        During the fourth watch of the night when
and make him king by force, withdrew             they had rowed three or three and a half
again to a mountain by himself.                  miles, Jesus went out to them, walking on
    16
       When evening came, his disciples          the lake.
went down to the lake, 17where they got

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      He was about to pass by them, when             his cloak, and all who touched him were
the disciples saw him approaching the boat           healed.
walking on the lake. They were terrified.
"It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in                        Mark 6:53-56
                                                     53
fear.                                                  When they had crossed over, they landed
      But Jesus immediately said to them:            at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54As
"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."            soon as they got out of the boat, people
      "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell      recognized Jesus. 55They ran throughout
me to come to you on the water."                     that whole region and carried the sick on
      "Come," he said.                               mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And
      Then Peter got down out of the boat,           wherever he went—into villages, towns or
walked on the water and came toward                  countryside—they placed the sick in the
Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was              marketplaces. They begged him to let them
afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out,            touch even the edge of his cloak, and all
"Lord, save me!"                                     who touched him were healed.
      Immediately Jesus reached out his                         COMPILATION
hand and caught him. "You of little faith,"          When they had crossed over, they landed
he said, "why did you doubt?"                        at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon
      And when they climbed into the boat            as they got out of the boat, the men of that
with them, the wind died down. Then                  place recognized Jesus. They sent word to
those who were in the boat worshiped him,            all the surrounding country. They ran
saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."              throughout that whole region and carried
      They were completely amazed, for               the sick on mats to wherever they heard he
they had not understood about the loaves;            was.
their hearts were hardened. Then the boat                  And wherever he went—into villages,
immediately reached the shore where they             towns or countryside—they placed the
were heading.                                        sick in the marketplaces. They begged him
                                                     to let the sick just touch even the edge of
    Sick of Gennesaret Healed                        his cloak, and all who touched him were
           Matthew 14:34-36                          healed.
When they had crossed over, they landed
at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that                       Search for Jesus
place recognized Jesus, they sent word to                          John 6:22-24
all the surrounding country. People                  22
                                                       The next day the crowd that had stayed
brought all their sick to him 36and begged           on the opposite shore of the lake realized
him to let the sick just touch the edge of           that only one boat had been there, and that
                                                     Jesus had not entered it with his disciples,


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but that they had gone away alone. 23Then           down from heaven and gives life to the
some boats from Tiberias landed near the            world."
                                                         34
place where the people had eaten the bread                  "Sir," they said, "from now on give
after the Lord had given thanks. 24Once             us this bread."
                                                         35
the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor                   Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread
his disciples were there, they got into the         of life. He who comes to me will never go
boats and went to Capernaum in search of            hungry, and he who believes in me will
Jesus.                                              never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you
                                                    have seen me and still you do not believe.
      Jesus the Bread of Life                       37
                                                       All that the Father gives me will come to
                                                    me, and whoever comes to me I will never
              John 6:25-59
25                                                  drive away. 38For I have come down from
  When they found him on the other side
                                                    heaven not to do my will but to do the will
of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when
                                                    of him who sent me. 39And this is the will
did you get here?"
     26                                             of him who sent me, that I shall lose none
        Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth,
                                                    of all that he has given me, but raise them
you are looking for me, not because you
                                                    up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is
saw miraculous signs but because you ate
                                                    that everyone who looks to the Son and
the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work
                                                    believes in him shall have eternal life, and
for food that spoils, but for food that
                                                    I will raise him up at the last day."
endures to eternal life, which the Son of                41
                                                            At this the Jews began to grumble
Man will give you. On him God the Father
                                                    about him because he said, "I am the bread
has placed his seal of approval."
     28                                             that came down from heaven." 42They
        Then they asked him, "What must
                                                    said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,
we do to do the works God requires?"
     29                                             whose father and mother we know? How
        Jesus answered, "The work of God
                                                    can he now say, 'I came down from
is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
     30                                             heaven'?"
        So they asked him, "What                         43
                                                            "Stop grumbling among
miraculous sign then will you give that we
                                                    yourselves," Jesus answered. 44"No one
may see it and believe you? What will you
                                                    can come to me unless the Father who sent
do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the
                                                    me draws him, and I will raise him up at
desert; as it is written: 'He gave them
                                                    the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets:
bread from heaven to eat.'"
     32                                             'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone
        Jesus said to them, "I tell you the
                                                    who listens to the Father and learns from
truth, it is not Moses who has given you
                                                    him comes to me. 46No one has seen the
the bread from heaven, but it is my Father
                                                    Father except the one who is from God;
who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33                                                  only he has seen the Father. 47I tell you the
   For the bread of God is he who comes
                                                    truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

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48
   I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers      "Does this offend you? 62What if you see
ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.        the Son of Man ascend to where he was
50
   But here is the bread that comes down           before! 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh
from heaven, which a man may eat and not           counts for nothing. The words I have
die. 51I am the living bread that came             spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
                                                   64
down from heaven. If anyone eats of this              Yet there are some of you who do not
bread, he will live forever. This bread is         believe." For Jesus had known from the
my flesh, which I will give for the life of        beginning which of them did not believe
the world."                                        and who would betray him. 65He went on
      52
         Then the Jews began to argue              to say, "This is why I told you that no one
sharply among themselves, "How can this            can come to me unless the Father has
man give us his flesh to eat?"                     enabled him."
      53                                                66
        Jesus said to them, "I tell you the                From this time many of his disciples
truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of      turned back and no longer followed him.
Man and drink his blood, you have no life
in you. 54Whoever eats my flesh and                        Peter‘s Affirmation
drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will
                                                                John 6:60-7:1
raise him up at the last day. 55For my flesh       67
                                                     "You do not want to leave too, do you?"
is real food and my blood is real drink.
56                                                 Jesus asked the Twelve.
  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my                   68
                                                          Simon Peter answered him, "Lord,
blood remains in me, and I in him. 57Just
                                                   to whom shall we go? You have the words
as the living Father sent me and I live
                                                   of eternal life. 69We believe and know that
because of the Father, so the one who
                                                   you are the Holy One of God."
feeds on me will live because of me.                    70
58                                                         Then Jesus replied, "Have I not
   This is the bread that came down from
                                                   chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is
heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and
                                                   a devil!" 71(He meant Judas, the son of
died, but he who feeds on this bread will
                                                   Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the
live forever." 59He said this while teaching
                                                   Twelve, was later to betray him.)
in the synagogue in Capernaum.                          1
                                                          After this, Jesus went around in
     Many Disciples Desert Jesus                   Galilee, purposely staying away from
                                                   Judea because the Jews there were waiting
              John 6:60-66                         to take his life.
60
  On hearing it, many of his disciples said,
"This is a hard teaching. Who can accept                   Traditions Attacked
it?"
     61                                                       Matthew 15:1-20
        Aware that his disciples were              1
                                                    Then some Pharisees and teachers of the
grumbling about this, Jesus said to them,
                                                   law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and

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asked, 2"Why do your disciples break the          and then out of the body? 18But the things
tradition of the elders? They don't wash          that come out of the mouth come from the
their hands before they eat!"                     heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
     3                                            19
      Jesus replied, "And why do you                 For out of the heart come evil thoughts,
break the command of God for the sake of          murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft,
your tradition? 4For God said, 'Honor your        false testimony, slander. 20These are what
father and mother' and 'Anyone who                make a man 'unclean'; but eating with
curses his father or mother must be put to        unwashed hands does not make him
death.' 5But you say that if a man says to        'unclean.' "
his father or mother, 'Whatever help you
might otherwise have received from me is                        Mark 7:1-23
                                                  1
a gift devoted to God,' 6he is not to 'honor        The Pharisees and some of the teachers of
his father' with it. Thus you nullify the         the law who had come from Jerusalem
word of God for the sake of your tradition.       gathered around Jesus and 2saw some of
7
  You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he        his disciples eating food with hands that
prophesied about you: 8" 'These people            were "unclean," that is, unwashed. 3(The
honor me with their lips, but their hearts        Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat
are far from me. 9They worship me in              unless they give their hands a ceremonial
vain; their teachings are but rules taught        washing, holding to the tradition of the
by men.'"                                         elders. 4When they come from the
     10
       Jesus called the crowd to him and          marketplace they do not eat unless they
said, "Listen and understand. 11What goes         wash. And they observe many other
into a man's mouth does not make him              traditions, such as the washing of cups,
'unclean,' but what comes out of his              pitchers and kettles.)
                                                       5
mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' "               So the Pharisees and teachers of the
     12
       Then the disciples came to him and         law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples
asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees            live according to the tradition of the elders
were offended when they heard this?"              instead of eating their food with 'unclean'
     13
        He replied, "Every plant that my          hands?"
                                                       6
heavenly Father has not planted will be                  He replied, "Isaiah was right when
pulled up by the roots. 14Leave them; they        he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it
are blind guides. If a blind man leads a          is written: " 'These people honor me with
blind man, both will fall into a pit."            their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
                                                  7
     15
        Peter said, "Explain the parable to         They worship me in vain; their teachings
us."                                              are but rules taught by men.' 8You have let
     16
       "Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked       go of the commands of God and are
them. 17"Don't you see that whatever              holding on to the traditions of men."
enters the mouth goes into the stomach

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    9
      And he said to them: "You have a
fine way of setting aside the commands of                     COMPILATION
God in order to observe your own                  Then some Pharisees and teachers of the
traditions! 10For Moses said, 'Honor your         law who had come from Jerusalem
father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who         gathered around Jesus and saw some of his
curses his father or mother must be put to        disciples eating food with hands that were
death.' 11But you say that if a man says to       "unclean," that is, unwashed. (The
his father or mother: 'Whatever help you          Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat
might otherwise have received from me is          unless they give their hands a ceremonial
Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God),         washing, holding to the tradition of the
12
  then you no longer let him do anything          elders. When they come from the
for his father or mother. 13Thus you nullify      marketplace they do not eat unless they
the word of God by your tradition that you        wash. And they observe many other
have handed down. And you do many                 traditions, such as the washing of cups,
things like that."                                pitchers and kettles.)
     14
        Again Jesus called the crowd to him            So the Pharisees and teachers of the
and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and            law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples
understand this. 15Nothing outside a man          live according to the tradition of the elders
can make him 'unclean' by going into him.         instead of eating their food with 'unclean'
Rather, it is what comes out of a man that        hands? They don't wash their hands before
makes him 'unclean.' "                            they eat!"
     17
        After he had left the crowd and                He replied, "Isaiah was right when he
entered the house, his disciples asked him        prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is
about this parable. 18"Are you so dull?" he       written: " 'These people honor me with
asked. "Don't you see that nothing that           their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
enters a man from the outside can make            They worship me in vain; their teachings
him 'unclean'? 19For it doesn't go into his       are but rules taught by men.' You have let
heart but into his stomach, and then out of       go of the commands of God and are
his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared        holding on to the traditions of men."
all foods "clean.")                                    And he said to them: "You have a fine
     20
        He went on: "What comes out of a          way of setting aside the commands of God
man is what makes him 'unclean.' 21For            in order to observe your own traditions!
from within, out of men's hearts, come evil            For God (Moses) said, 'Honor your
thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,       father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who
adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness,      curses his father or mother must be put to
envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All         death.' But you say that if a man says to
these evils come from inside and make a           his father or mother: 'Whatever help you
man 'unclean.' "                                  might otherwise have received from me is


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Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God),          adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness,
then you no longer let him do anything for         envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All
his father or mother. he is not to 'honor his      these evils come from inside and are what
father' with it. Thus you nullify the word         make a man 'unclean'. Nothing outside a
of God for the sake of your tradition that         man can make him 'unclean' by going into
you have handed down. And you do many              him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man
things like that."                                 that makes him 'unclean. Eating with
     Again Jesus called the crowd to him           unwashed hands does not make him
and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and             'unclean.' "
understand this. What goes into a man's
mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but                 Greek Woman‘s Daughter
what comes out of his mouth, that is what                Healed in Phoenicia
makes him 'unclean.' "
     Then the disciples came to him and                       Matthew 15:21-28
asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees             Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the
were offended when they heard this?"               region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite
     He replied, "Every plant that my              woman from that vicinity came to him,
heavenly Father has not planted will be            crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have
pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they           mercy on me! My daughter is suffering
are blind guides. If a blind man leads a           terribly from demon-possession."
                                                        23
blind man, both will fall into a pit."                     Jesus did not answer a word. So his
     After he had left the crowd and               disciples came to him and urged him,
entered the house, Peter said, "Explain the        "Send her away, for she keeps crying out
parable to us."                                    after us."
                                                        24
     "Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked                  He answered, "I was sent only to the
them. "Don't you see that whatever enters          lost sheep of Israel."
                                                        25
the mouth goes into the stomach and then                  The woman came and knelt before
out of the body? Nothing that enters a man         him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
                                                        26
from the outside can make him 'unclean'.                   He replied, "It is not right to take
For it doesn't go into his heart but into his      the children's bread and toss it to their
stomach, and then out of his body. " (In           dogs."
                                                        27
saying this, Jesus declared all foods                     "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the
"clean.")                                          dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their
     He went on: "But the things that              masters' table."
                                                        28
comes out of a man’s mouth is what                        Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you
makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out          have great faith! Your request is granted."
of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual        And her daughter was healed from that
immorality, theft, murder, false testimony,        very hour.


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              Mark 7:24-30                          answer a word. So his disciples came to
24                                                  him and urged him, "Send her away, for
  Jesus left that place and went to the
vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and            she keeps crying out after us."
did not want anyone to know it; yet he                    He answered, "I was sent only to the
could not keep his presence secret. 25In            lost sheep of Israel."
fact, as soon as she heard about him, a                   The woman came and knelt before
woman whose little daughter was                     him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at              He replied, "First let the children eat
his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born             all they want, for it is not right to take the
in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to            children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
drive the demon out of her daughter.                      "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even
     27                                             the dogs under the table eat the children's
        "First let the children eat all they
want," he told her, "for it is not right to         crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
take the children's bread and toss it to their            Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you
dogs."                                              have great faith! For such a reply, your
     28                                             request is granted. You may go; the demon
        "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even
the dogs under the table eat the children's         has left your daughter."
crumbs."                                                  And her daughter was healed from
     29                                             that very hour. She went home and found
        Then he told her, "For such a reply,
you may go; the demon has left your                 her child lying on the bed, and the demon
daughter."                                          gone.
     30
        She went home and found her child
lying on the bed, and the demon gone.                    Sea of Galilee and Decapolis
                                                          Mute and Dumb Healings
            COMPILATION
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the                      Matthew 15:29-31
                                                    29
region of Tyre and Sidon. He entered a                Jesus left there and went along the Sea
house and did not want anyone to know it;           of Galilee. Then he went up on a
yet he could not keep his presence secret.          mountainside and sat down. 30Great
     In fact, as soon as she heard about            crowds came to him, bringing the lame,
him, a woman whose little daughter was              the blind, the crippled, the mute and many
possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at        others, and laid them at his feet; and he
his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in            healed them. 31The people were amazed
Syrian Phoenicia. Crying out, "Lord, Son            when they saw the mute speaking, the
of David, have mercy on me! My daughter             crippled made well, the lame walking and
is suffering terribly from demon-                   the blind seeing. And they praised the God
possession." She begged Jesus to drive the          of Israel.
demon out of her daughter. Jesus did not


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             Mark 7:31-37                        people brought to him a man who was
31                                               deaf and could hardly talk, and they
  Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and
went through Sidon, down to the Sea of           begged him to place his hand on the man.
Galilee and into the region of the                    After he took him aside, away from
Decapolis. 32There some people brought to        the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the
him a man who was deaf and could hardly          man's ears. Then he spit and touched the
talk, and they begged him to place his           man's tongue. He looked up to heaven and
hand on the man.                                 with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphatha!"
     33                                          (which means, "Be opened!" ). At this, the
        After he took him aside, away from
the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the        man's ears were opened, his tongue was
man's ears. Then he spit and touched the         loosened and he began to speak plainly.
man's tongue. 34He looked up to heaven                Jesus commanded them not to tell
and with a deep sigh said to him,                anyone. But the more he did so, the more
"Ephphatha!" (which means, "Be opened!"          they kept talking about it. People were
). 35At this, the man's ears were opened,        overwhelmed with amazement. "He has
his tongue was loosened and he began to          done everything well," they said. "He even
speak plainly.                                   makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
     36
        Jesus commanded them not to tell
anyone. But the more he did so, the more                         4000 Fed
they kept talking about it. 37People were                   Matthew 15:32-39
overwhelmed with amazement. "He has              32
                                                   Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
done everything well," they said. "He even       "I have compassion for these people; they
makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."         have already been with me three days and
           COMPILATION                           have nothing to eat. I do not want to send
Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and         them away hungry, or they may collapse
went through Sidon, down along the Sea           on the way."
                                                      33
of Galilee. Then he went up on a                         His disciples answered, "Where
mountainside and sat down. Great crowds          could we get enough bread in this remote
came to him, bringing the lame, the blind,       place to feed such a crowd?"
                                                      34
the crippled, the mute and many others,                 "How many loaves do you have?"
and laid them at his feet; and he healed         Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied, "and a
them. The people were amazed when they           few small fish."
                                                      35
saw the mute speaking, the crippled made                 He told the crowd to sit down on the
well, the lame walking and the blind             ground. 36Then he took the seven loaves
seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.      and the fish, and when he had given
Jesus left there and went and into the           thanks, he broke them and gave them to
region of the Decapolis. There some              the disciples, and they in turn to the


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people. 37They all ate and were satisfied.        During those days another large crowd
Afterward the disciples picked up seven           gathered. Since they had nothing to eat,
basketfuls of broken pieces that were left        Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
over. 38The number of those who ate was           "I have compassion for these people; they
four thousand, besides women and                  have already been with me three days and
children. 39After Jesus had sent the crowd        have nothing to eat. If I send them home
away, he got into the boat and went to the        hungry, they will collapse on the way,
vicinity of Magadan.                              because some of them have come a long
                                                  distance."
              Mark 8:1-9a                              His disciples answered, "But where in
1
  During those days another large crowd           this remote place can anyone get enough
gathered. Since they had nothing to eat,          bread to feed such a crowd?"
Jesus called his disciples to him and said,            "How many loaves do you have?"
2
 "I have compassion for these people; they        Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied, "and a
have already been with me three days and          few small fish."
have nothing to eat. 3If I send them home              He told the crowd to sit down on the
hungry, they will collapse on the way,            ground. Then he took the seven loaves,
because some of them have come a long             and when he had given thanks, he broke
distance."                                        them and gave them to the disciples to set
4
  His disciples answered, "But where in           before the people, and they did so.
this remote place can anyone get enough                They had a few small fish as well; he
bread to feed them?"                              gave thanks for them also and told the
     5
       "How many loaves do you have?"             disciples to distribute them. The people ate
Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied.               and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples
     6
       He told the crowd to sit down on the       picked up seven basketfuls of broken
ground. When he had taken the seven               pieces that were left over.
loaves and given thanks, he broke them
and gave them to his disciples to set before          Pharisees Increase Attack
the people, and they did so. 7They had a
few small fish as well; he gave thanks for                     Matthew 16:1-4
                                                  1
them also and told the disciples to                The Pharisees and Sadducees came to
distribute them. 8The people ate and were         Jesus and tested him by asking him to
satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up      show them a sign from heaven.
                                                       2
seven basketfuls of broken pieces that                   He replied, "When evening comes,
were left over. 9About four thousand men          you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky
were present.                                     is red,' 3and in the morning, 'Today it will
                                                  be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.'
           COMPILATION                            You know how to interpret the appearance


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of the sky, but you cannot interpret the          he left them, got back into the boat and
signs of the times. 4A wicked and                 crossed to the other side.
adulterous generation looks for a
miraculous sign, but none will be given it               Yeast of the Pharisee
except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left                  and Sadducees
them and went away.
                                                             Matthew 16:5-12
             Mark 8:9b-13                         5
                                                   When they went across the lake, the
And having sent them away, 10he got into          disciples forgot to take bread. 6"Be
the boat with his disciples and went to the       careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your
region of Dalmanutha.                             guard against the yeast of the Pharisees
     11
       The Pharisees came and began to            and Sadducees."
question Jesus. To test him, they asked him            7
                                                         They discussed this among
for a sign from heaven. 12He sighed deeply        themselves and said, "It is because we
and said, "Why does this generation ask           didn't bring any bread."
for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth,           8
                                                         Aware of their discussion, Jesus
no sign will be given to it." 13Then he left      asked, "You of little faith, why are you
them, got back into the boat and crossed to       talking among yourselves about having no
the other side.                                   bread? 9Do you still not understand? Don't
                                                  you remember the five loaves for the five
           COMPILATION
                                                  thousand, and how many basketfuls you
And having sent them away, he got into
                                                  gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the
the boat with his disciples and went to the
                                                  four thousand, and how many basketfuls
region of Dalmanutha. The Pharisees and
                                                  you gathered? 11How is it you don't
Sadducees came to Jesus and began to
                                                  understand that I was not talking to you
question Jesus. To test him, they asked
                                                  about bread? But be on your guard
him to show them a sign from heaven.
                                                  against the yeast of the Pharisees and
     He sighed deeply and replied, "When
                                                  Sadducees." 12Then they understood that
evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair
                                                  he was not telling them to guard against
weather, for the sky is red,' and in the
                                                  the yeast used in bread, but against the
morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the
                                                  teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
sky is red and overcast.' You know how to
interpret the appearance of the sky, but                       Mark 8:14-21
you cannot interpret the signs of the times.      14
                                                    The disciples had forgotten to bring
Why does this wicked and adulterous               bread, except for one loaf they had with
generation ask & looks for a miraculous           them in the boat. 15"Be careful," Jesus
sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be       warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of
given to it except the sign of Jonah." Then       the Pharisees and that of Herod."


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16
  They discussed this with one another and        how many basketfuls of pieces did you
said, "It is because we have no bread."           pick up?" "Twelve," they replied.
     17
        Aware of their discussion, Jesus               "And when I broke the seven loaves
asked them: "Why are you talking about            for the four thousand, how many
having no bread? Do you still not see or          basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"
understand? Are your hearts hardened?             They answered, "Seven."
18
   Do you have eyes but fail to see, and               He said to them, "Do you still not
ears but fail to hear? And don't you              understand?"
remember? 19When I broke the five loaves               How is it you don't understand that I
for the five thousand, how many basketfuls        was not talking to you about bread? But be
of pieces did you pick up?" "Twelve," they        on your guard against the yeast of the
replied.                                          Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they
     20
       "And when I broke the seven loaves         understood that he was not telling them to
for the four thousand, how many                   guard against the yeast used in bread, but
basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"            against the teaching of the Pharisees and
They answered, "Seven."                           Sadducees.
     21
        He said to them, "Do you still not
understand?"                                               Blind Man Healed
           COMPILATION
                                                              at Bethasaida
When they went across the lake, the                            Mark 8:22-26
disciples had forgotten to bring bread,           22
                                                    They came to Bethsaida, and some
except for one loaf they had with them in         people brought a blind man and begged
the boat. "Be careful," Jesus warned them.        Jesus to touch him. 23He took the blind
"Watch out & be on your guard against the         man by the hand and led him outside the
yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees and          village. When he had spit on the man's
that of Herod."                                   eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus
     They discussed this with one another         asked, "Do you see anything?"
and said, "It is because we have no bread."            24
                                                          He looked up and said, "I see
     Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked       people; they look like trees walking
them: "You of little faith, why are you           around."
talking among yourselves about having no               25
                                                          Once more Jesus put his hands on
bread? Do you still not see or understand?        the man's eyes. Then his eyes were
Are your hearts hardened? Do you have             opened, his sight was restored, and he saw
eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to        everything clearly. 26Jesus sent him home,
hear? And don't you remember? When I              saying, "Don't go into the village."
broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
                                                       Peter‘s Confession of Christ

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           Matthew 16:13-20                                      Luke 9:18-21
13                                                 18
  When Jesus came to the region of                   Once when Jesus was praying in private
Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,         and his disciples were with him, he asked
"Who do people say the Son of Man is?"             them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"
     14                                                 19
       They replied, "Some say John the                    They replied, "Some say John the
Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others,      Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others,
Jeremiah or one of the prophets."                  that one of the prophets of long ago has
     15
        "But what about you?" he asked.            come back to life."
                                                        20
"Who do you say I am?"                                    "But what about you?" he asked.
     16
        Simon Peter answered, "You are the         "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered,
Christ, the Son of the living God."                "The Christ of God."
     17                                                 21
        Jesus replied, "Blessed are you,                  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell
Simon son of Jonah, for this was not               this to anyone.
revealed to you by man, but by my Father
in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are                       COMPILATION
Peter, and on this rock I will build my            Jesus and his disciples went on to the
church, and the gates of Hades will not            villages around Caesarea Philippi. Once
overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of         when Jesus was praying in private and his
the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind           disciples were with him, he asked them, "
on earth will be bound in heaven, and              Who do the crowds say the Son of Man
whatever you loose on earth will be loosed         is?"
in heaven." 20Then he warned his disciples              They replied, "Some say John the
not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.         Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others,
                                                   Jeremiah or one of the prophets of long
              Mark 8:27-30                         ago has come back to life."
27
   Jesus and his disciples went on to the               "But what about you?" he asked.
villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the          "Who do you say I am?"
way he asked them, "Who do people say I                 Simon Peter answered, "You are the
am?"                                               Christ, the Son of the living God."
      28
         They replied, "Some say John the               Jesus replied, "Blessed are you,
Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others,      Simon son of Jonah, for this was not
one of the prophets."                              revealed to you by man, but by my Father
29
   "But what about you?" he asked. "Who            in heaven. And I tell you that you are
do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You             Peter, and on this rock I will build my
are the Christ."                                   church, and the gates of Hades will not
      30
        Jesus warned them not to tell anyone       overcome it. I will give you the keys of the
about him.                                         kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on
                                                   earth will be bound in heaven, and


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whatever you loose on earth will be loosed                       Mark 8:31-9:1
in heaven." Then he strictly warned his             31
                                                      He then began to teach them that the Son
disciples not to tell anyone that he was the        of Man must suffer many things and be
Christ.                                             rejected by the elders, chief priests and
                                                    teachers of the law, and that he must be
     Jesus Foretells His Death                      killed and after three days rise again. 32He
           Matthew 16:21-28                         spoke plainly about this, and Peter took
21
  From that time on Jesus began to explain          him aside and began to rebuke him.
                                                         33
to his disciples that he must go to                         But when Jesus turned and looked at
Jerusalem and suffer many things at the             his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get
hands of the elders, chief priests and              behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not
teachers of the law, and that he must be            have in mind the things of God, but the
killed and on the third day be raised to            things of men."
                                                         34
life.                                                      Then he called the crowd to him
      22
         Peter took him aside and began to          along with his disciples and said: "If
rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This           anyone would come after me, he must deny
shall never happen to you!"                         himself and take up his cross and follow
      23
        Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get        me. 35For whoever wants to save his life
behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling               will lose it, but whoever loses his life for
block to me; you do not have in mind the            me and for the gospel will save it. 36What
things of God, but the things of men."              good is it for a man to gain the whole
      24
         Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If      world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a
anyone would come after me, he must                 man give in exchange for his soul? 38If
deny himself and take up his cross and              anyone is ashamed of me and my words in
follow me. 25For whoever wants to save              this adulterous and sinful generation, the
his life[ will lose it, but whoever loses his       Son of Man will be ashamed of him when
life for me will find it. 26What good will it       he comes in his Father's glory with the
be for a man if he gains the whole world,           holy angels." 1And he said to them, "I tell
yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man            you the truth, some who are standing here
give in exchange for his soul? 27For the            will not taste death before they see the
Son of Man is going to come in his                  kingdom of God come with power."
Father's glory with his angels, and then he                      Luke 9:22-27
will reward each person according to                22
                                                      And he said, "The Son of Man must
what he has done. 28I tell you the truth,           suffer many things and be rejected by the
some who are standing here will not taste           elders, chief priests and teachers of the
death before they see the Son of Man                law, and he must be killed and on the third
coming in his kingdom."                             day be raised to life."


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    23
       Then he said to them all: "If anyone               Then he called the crowd to him along
would come after me, he must deny                   with his disciples and said: "If anyone
himself and take up his cross daily and             would come after me, he must deny
follow me. 24For whoever wants to save              himself and take up his cross and follow
his life will lose it, but whoever loses his        me. For whoever wants to save his life will
life for me will save it. 25What good is it         lose it, but whoever loses his life for me
for a man to gain the whole world, and yet          and for the gospel will save it. What good
lose or forfeit his very self? 26If anyone is       is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet
ashamed of me and my words, the Son of              forfeit or forfeit his very soul? Or what
Man will be ashamed of him when he                  can a man give in exchange for his soul? If
comes in his glory and in the glory of the          anyone is ashamed of me and my words in
Father and of the holy angels. 27I tell you         this adulterous and sinful generation, the
the truth, some who are standing here will          Son of Man will be ashamed of him when
not taste death before they see the                 he comes in his glory and in his Father's
kingdom of God."                                    glory with the holy angels, and then he
                                                    will reward each person according to what
            COMPILATION                             he has done."
From that time on Jesus began to explain                  And he said to them, "I tell you the
to his disciples that he must go to                 truth, some who are standing here will not
Jerusalem and suffer many things at the             taste death before they see the Son of Man
hands of the elders, chief priests and              coming in his kingdom, the kingdom of
teachers of the law, and that he must be            God, come with power."
killed and on the third day be raised to life.
     And he said, "The Son of Man must                      The Transfiguration
suffer many things and be rejected by the
elders, chief priests and teachers of the                       Matthew 17:1-13
                                                    1
law, and he must be killed and on the third          After six days Jesus took with him Peter,
day be raised to life."                             James and John the brother of James, and
     He spoke plainly about this, and Peter         led them up a high mountain by
took him aside and began to rebuke him.             themselves. 2There he was transfigured
"Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never           before them. His face shone like the sun,
happen to you!"                                     and his clothes became as white as the
     But when Jesus turned and looked at            light. 3Just then there appeared before
his disciples, he rebuked and said to Peter,        them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
                                                         4
"Get behind me, Satan! You are a                           Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good
stumbling block to me; you do not have in           for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up
mind the things of God, but the things of           three shelters—one for you, one for Moses
men."                                               and one for Elijah."


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    5                                                   5
        While he was still speaking, a bright              Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good
cloud enveloped them, and a voice from             for us to be here. Let us put up three
the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I            shelters—one for you, one for Moses and
love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to        one for Elijah." 6(He did not know what to
him!"                                              say, they were so frightened.)
      6                                                  7
        When the disciples heard this, they                Then a cloud appeared and
fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7But       enveloped them, and a voice came from
Jesus came and touched them. "Get up,"             the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love.
he said. "Don't be afraid." 8When they             Listen to him!"
                                                         8
looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.                   Suddenly, when they looked around,
      9
        As they were coming down the               they no longer saw anyone with them
mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't            except Jesus.
                                                         9
tell anyone what you have seen, until the                  As they were coming down the
Son of Man has been raised from the                mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to
dead."                                             tell anyone what they had seen until the
      10
         The disciples asked him, "Why then        Son of Man had risen from the dead.
                                                   10
do the teachers of the law say that Elijah           They kept the matter to themselves,
must come first?"                                  discussing what "rising from the dead"
      11
         Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah        meant.
comes and will restore all things. 12But I               11
                                                            And they asked him, "Why do the
tell you, Elijah has already come, and they        teachers of the law say that Elijah must
did not recognize him, but have done to            come first?"
                                                         12
him everything they wished. In the same                     Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah
way the Son of Man is going to suffer at           does come first, and restores all things.
their hands." 13Then the disciples                 Why then is it written that the Son of Man
understood that he was talking to them             must suffer much and be rejected? 13But I
about John the Baptist.                            tell you, Elijah has come, and they have
                                                   done to him everything they wished, just
              Mark 9:2-13                          as it is written about him."
2
  After six days Jesus took Peter, James
and John with him and led them up a high                          Luke 9:28-36
                                                   28
mountain, where they were all alone.                 About eight days after Jesus said this, he
There he was transfigured before them.             took Peter, John and James with him and
3
  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter        went up onto a mountain to pray. 29As he
than anyone in the world could bleach              was praying, the appearance of his face
them. 4And there appeared before them              changed, and his clothes became as bright
Elijah and Moses, who were talking with            as a flash of lightning. 30Two men, Moses
Jesus.                                             and Elijah, 31appeared in glorious


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splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke          who were talking with Jesus. They spoke
about his departure, which he was about           about his departure, which he was about to
to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.             bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
32
   Peter and his companions were very                   Peter and his companions were very
sleepy, but when they became fully awake,         sleepy, but when they became fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men                they saw his glory and the two men
standing with him. 33As the men were              standing with him. As the men were
leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master,        leaving Jesus, Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it
it is good for us to be here. Let us put up       is good for us to be here. If you wish, Let
three shelters—one for you, one for Moses         us put up three shelters—one for you, one
and one for Elijah." (He did not know             for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not
what he was saying.)                              know what to say, they were so
      34
        While he was speaking, a cloud            frightened.)
appeared and enveloped them, and they                   While he was still speaking, then a
were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35A        bright cloud appeared and enveloped
voice came from the cloud, saying, "This          them. They were afraid as they entered the
is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to          cloud. A voice came from the cloud,
him." 36When the voice had spoken, they           saying, "This is my Son, whom I have
found that Jesus was alone. The disciples         chosen; whom I love; with him I am well
kept this to themselves, and told no one at       pleased. Listen to him!"
that time what they had seen.                           When the disciples heard this, they
                                                  fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But
            COMPILATION                           Jesus came and touched them. "Get up,"
About eight days after Jesus said this, he        he said. "Don't be afraid."
took with him Peter, James and John the                 When they looked up & around, they
brother of James, and led them up a high          no longer saw anyone with them except
mountain, where they were all alone and           Jesus.
went to pray.                                           As they were coming down the
     As he was praying, he was                    mountain, Jesus gave them orders, "Don't
transfigured before them. The appearance          tell anyone what you have seen, until the
of his face changed, His face shone like          Son of Man has been raised from the
the sun and His clothes became dazzling           dead."
white. Whiter than anyone in the world                  The disciples kept the matter to
could bleach them. His clothes became as          themselves, and told no one at that time
white as the light & as bright as a flash of      what they had seen. They discussing what
lightning.                                        "rising from the dead" meant.
     Just then there appeared before them
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                                                       20
     And the disciples asked him, "Why                     He replied, "Because you have so
then do the teachers of the law say that          little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have
Elijah must come first?"                          faith as small as a mustard seed, you can
     Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah does      say to this mountain, 'Move from here to
come first, and will restore all things. Why      there' and it will move. Nothing will be
then is it written that the Son of Man must       impossible for you."
                                                        21
suffer much and be rejected? But I tell                    But this kind does not go out except
you, Elijah has already come, and they did        by prayer and fasting.
not recognize him, but they have done to
him everything they wished, just as it is                       Mark 9:14-29
                                                  14
written about him. In the same way the              When they came to the other disciples,
Son of Man is going to suffer at their            they saw a large crowd around them and
hands."                                           the teachers of the law arguing with them.
                                                  15
     Then the disciples understood that he           As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they
was talking to them about John the                were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to
Baptist.                                          greet him.
                                                       16
                                                         "What are you arguing with them
          Epileptic Healed                        about?" he asked.
                                                       17
                                                          A man in the crowd answered,
           Matthew 17:14-21                       "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is
14
  When they came to the crowd, a man              possessed by a spirit that has robbed him
approached Jesus and knelt before him.            of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it
15
   "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said.         throws him to the ground. He foams at the
"He has seizures and is suffering greatly.        mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes
He often falls into the fire or into the          rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out
water. 16I brought him to your disciples,         the spirit, but they could not."
but they could not heal him."                          19
                                                          "O unbelieving generation," Jesus
     17
       "O unbelieving and perverse                replied, "how long shall I stay with you?
generation," Jesus replied, "how long             How long shall I put up with you? Bring
shall I stay with you? How long shall I put       the boy to me."
up with you? Bring the boy here to me."                20
                                                          So they brought him. When the spirit
18
  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came            saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy
out of the boy, and he was healed from            into a convulsion. He fell to the ground
that moment.                                      and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
     19                                                21
        Then the disciples came to Jesus in               Jesus asked the boy's father, "How
private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive         long has he been like this?" "From
it out?"                                          childhood," he answered. 22"It has often
                                                  thrown him into fire or water to kill him.


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But if you can do anything, take pity on us       I stay with you and put up with you? Bring
and help us."                                     your son here."
     23                                                42
       " 'If you can'?" said Jesus.                       Even while the boy was coming, the
"Everything is possible for him who               demon threw him to the ground in a
believes."                                        convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil
     24
        Immediately the boy's father              spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to
exclaimed, "I do believe; help me                 his father. 43And they were all amazed at
overcome my unbelief!"                            the greatness of God.
     25
        When Jesus saw that a crowd was
running to the scene, he rebuked the evil                     COMPILATION
spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said,      The next day, when they came down from
"I command you, come out of him and               the mountain, they came to the other
never enter him again."                           disciples, they saw a large crowd around
     26
       The spirit shrieked, convulsed him         them and the teachers of the law arguing
violently and came out. The boy looked so         with them. As soon as all the people saw
much like a corpse that many said, "He's          Jesus, they were overwhelmed with
dead." 27But Jesus took him by the hand           wonder and ran to greet him.
and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.            "What are you arguing with them
     28
        After Jesus had gone indoors, his         about?" he asked.
disciples asked him privately, "Why                     A man approached Jesus and knelt
couldn't we drive it out?"                        before him & called out, "Lord, have
     29
        He replied, "This kind can come out       mercy on my son," he said. "Teacher, I
only by prayer."                                  beg you to look at my son, for he is my
                                                  only child. Who is possessed by a spirit
             Luke 9:37-43a                        that has robbed him of speech. Whenever
37
  The next day, when they came down from          it seizes him and he suddenly screams, it
the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38A          throws him to the ground & into
man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I          convulsions so that he foams at the mouth,
beg you to look at my son, for he is my           gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. He
only child. 39A spirit seizes him and he          often falls into the fire or into the water. It
suddenly screams; it throws him into              scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying
convulsions so that he foams at the mouth.        him. He is suffering greatly. I begged your
It scarcely ever leaves him and is                disciples to drive it out, but they could
destroying him. 40I begged your disciples         not."
to drive it out, but they could not."                   "O unbelieving and perverse
     41
        "O unbelieving and perverse               generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall
generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall       I stay with you ? How long shall I put up
                                                  with you? Bring your son here to me."


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      So they brought him. When the spirit               But this kind does not go out except
saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy              by prayer and fasting.
into a convulsion. He fell to the ground                 And they were all amazed at the
and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.             greatness of God.
      Jesus asked the boy's father, "How
long has he been like this?" "From                        Jesus Again Tells of His
childhood," he answered. "It has often                    Death and Resurrection
thrown him into fire or water to kill him.
But if you can do anything, take pity on us                     Matthew 17:22-23
                                                     22
and help us."                                          When they came together in Galilee, he
      " 'If you can'?" said Jesus.                   said to them, "The Son of Man is going to
"Everything is possible for him who                  be betrayed into the hands of men. 23They
believes."                                           will kill him, and on the third day he will
      Immediately the boy's father                   be raised to life." And the disciples were
exclaimed, "I do believe; help me                    filled with grief.
overcome my unbelief!"
                                                                   Mark 9:30-32
      When Jesus saw that a crowd was                30
                                                       They left that place and passed through
running to the scene, he rebuked the evil
                                                     Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to
spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said,
                                                     know where they were, 31because he was
"I command you, come out of him and
                                                     teaching his disciples. He said to them,
never enter him again."
                                                     "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed
      The spirit shrieked, convulsed him
                                                     into the hands of men. They will kill him,
violently and came out. The boy looked so
                                                     and after three days he will rise." 32But
much like a corpse that many said, "He's
                                                     they did not understand what he meant and
dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and
                                                     were afraid to ask him about it.
lifted him to his feet, and he stood up and
gave him back to his father. He was healed                        Luke 9:43b-45
from that moment.                                    While everyone was marveling at all that
      After Jesus had gone indoors, his              Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44"Listen
disciples asked him privately, "Why                  carefully to what I am about to tell you:
couldn't we drive it out?"                           The Son of Man is going to be betrayed
      He replied, "Because you have so               into the hands of men." 45But they did not
little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have      understand what this meant. It was hidden
faith as small as a mustard seed, you can            from them, so that they did not grasp it,
say to this mountain, 'Move from here to             and they were afraid to ask him about it.
there' and it will move. Nothing will be
impossible for you."                                             COMPILATION


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     They left that place and passed                       Who is the Greatest
through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone
to know where they were, because he was                    Kingdom of Heaven
teaching his disciples. While everyone was                     Matthew 18:1-9
marveling at all that Jesus did He said to         1
                                                    At that time the disciples came to Jesus
them, "Listen carefully to what I am about         and asked, "Who is the greatest in the
to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be         kingdom of heaven?"
betrayed into the hands of men. They will               2
                                                          He called a little child and had him
kill him, and on the third day he will be          stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell
raised to life."                                   you the truth, unless you change and
     But they did not understand what he           become like little children, you will never
meant. It was hidden from them, so that            enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore,
they did not grasp it, and they were afraid        whoever humbles himself like this child is
to ask him about it. And the disciples were        the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
filled with grief.                                      5
                                                          "And whoever welcomes a little child
                                                   like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if
     Jesus and Peters Taxes Paid                   anyone causes one of these little ones who
     from Coin in Fishes Mouth                     believe in me to sin, it would be better for
                                                   him to have a large millstone hung around
           Matthew 17:24-27
24                                                 his neck and to be drowned in the depths
  After Jesus and his disciples arrived in
                                                   of the sea.
Capernaum, the collectors of the two-                   7
                                                         "Woe to the world because of the
drachma tax came to Peter and asked,
                                                   things that cause people to sin! Such
"Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?"
      25                                           things must come, but woe to the man
         "Yes, he does," he replied. When
                                                   through whom they come! 8If your hand or
Peter came into the house, Jesus was the
                                                   your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and
first to speak. "What do you think,
                                                   throw it away. It is better for you to enter
Simon?" he asked. "From whom do the
                                                   life maimed or crippled than to have two
kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—
                                                   hands or two feet and be thrown into
from their own sons or from others?"
      26                                           eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to
         "From others," Peter answered.
                                                   sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is
"Then the sons are exempt," Jesus said to
                                                   better for you to enter life with one eye
him. 27"But so that we may not offend
                                                   than to have two eyes and be thrown into
them, go to the lake and throw out your
                                                   the fire of hell.
line. Take the first fish you catch; open its
mouth and you will find a four-drachma                      Mark 9:33-37, 42-50
coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax       33
                                                     They came to Capernaum. When he was
and yours."                                        in the house, he asked them, "What were

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you arguing about on the road?" 34But                   46
                                                           An argument started among the
they kept quiet because on the way they             disciples as to which of them would be the
had argued about who was the greatest.              greatest. 47Jesus, knowing their thoughts,
      35
         Sitting down, Jesus called the             took a little child and had him stand
Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be             beside him. 48Then he said to them,
first, he must be the very last, and the            "Whoever welcomes this little child in my
servant of all."                                    name welcomes me; and whoever
      36
         He took a little child and had him         welcomes me welcomes the one who sent
stand among them. Taking him in his                 me. For he who is least among you all—he
arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever                   is the greatest."
welcomes one of these little children in my
name welcomes me; and whoever                                  COMPILATION
welcomes me does not welcome me but the             They came to Capernaum. When he was in
one who sent me."                                   the house, he asked them, "What were you
      42
        "And if anyone causes one of these          arguing about on the road?" But they kept
little ones who believe in me to sin, it            quiet because on the way they had argued
would be better for him to be thrown into           about who was the greatest.
the sea with a large millstone tied around                Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve
his neck. 43If your hand causes you to sin,         and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he
cut it off. It is better for you to enter life      must be the very last, and the servant of
maimed than with two hands to go into               all."
hell, where the fire never goes out. 45And if             At that time the disciples came to
your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is      Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in
better for you to enter life crippled than to       the kingdom of heaven?"
have two feet and be thrown into hell.                    Jesus, knowing their thoughts, called
47
   And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck         a little child and took the little child and
it out. It is better for you to enter the           had him stand beside him. And he said: "I
kingdom of God with one eye than to have            tell you the truth, unless you change and
two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48where           become like little children, you will never
" 'their worm does not die, and the fire is         enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore,
not quenched.' 49Everyone will be salted            whoever humbles himself like this child is
with fire.                                          the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
      50
        "Salt is good, but if it loses its                Taking him in his arms, he said to
saltiness, how can you make it salty                them, "And whoever welcomes a little
again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at           child like this in my name welcomes me;
peace with each other."                             and whoever welcomes me does not
                                                    welcome me but the one who sent me."
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                                                  39
      "And if anyone causes one of these            "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one
little ones who believe in me to sin, it          who does a miracle in my name can in the
would be better for him to have a large           next moment say anything bad about me,
                                                  40
millstone hung around his neck, to be               for whoever is not against us is for us. 41I
thrown into the sea and to be drowned in          tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a
the depths of the sea.                            cup of water in my name because you
      "Woe to the world because of the            belong to Christ will certainly not lose his
things that cause people to sin! Such             reward.
things must come, but woe to the man
through whom they come!                                         Luke 9:49-50
                                                  49
      If your hand causes you to sin, cut it        "Master," said John, "we saw a man
off and throw it away. It is better for you       driving out demons in your name and we
to enter life maimed than with two hands          tried to stop him, because he is not one of
to go into hell, where the fire never goes        us."
                                                       50
out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut              "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for
it off. It is better for you to enter life        whoever is not against you is for you."
crippled than to have two feet and be                         COMPILATION
thrown into hell. And if your eye causes          "Teacher," said John, "we saw a man
you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.       driving out demons in your name and we
It is better for you to enter the kingdom of      told him to stop & and we tried to stop
God with one eye than to have two eyes            him, because he was not one of us."
and be thrown into hell, where "'their                  "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No
worm does not die, and the fire is not            one who does a miracle in my name can in
quenched.' Everyone will be salted with           the next moment say anything bad about
fire.                                             me, for whoever is not against us is for us.
      "Salt is good, but if it loses its          I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you
saltiness, how can you make it salty again?       a cup of water in my name because you
Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace          belong to Christ will certainly not lose his
with each other."                                 reward.
      Sectarianism Rebuked                             Parable of the Lost Sheep
             Mark 9:38-41                                    Matthew 18:10-14
38
  "Teacher," said John, "we saw a man             10
                                                    "See that you do not look down on one
driving out demons in your name and we            of these little ones. For I tell you that their
told him to stop, because he was not one of       angels in heaven always see the face of my
us."                                              Father in heaven.



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12
  "What do you think? If a man owns a                         Matthew 18:21-35
hundred sheep, and one of them wanders             21
                                                      Then Peter came to Jesus and asked,
away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on         "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my
the hills and go to look for the one that          brother when he sins against me? Up to
wandered off? 13And if he finds it, I tell         seven times?"
you the truth, he is happier about that one              22
                                                           Jesus answered, "I tell you, not
sheep than about the ninety-nine that did          seven times, but seventy-seven times.
not wander off. 14In the same way your                   23
                                                            "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven
Father in heaven is not willing that any of        is like a king who wanted to settle
these little ones should be lost.                  accounts with his servants. 24As he began
                                                   the settlement, a man who owed him ten
     A Brother Sins Against You                    thousand talents was brought to him.
                                                   25
           Matthew 18:15-20                          Since he was not able to pay, the master
15
  "If your brother sins against you, go and        ordered that he and his wife and his
show him his fault, just between the two of        children and all that he had be sold to
you. If he listens to you, you have won            repay the debt.
                                                         26
your brother over. 16But if he will not                     "The servant fell on his knees before
listen, take one or two others along, so that      him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and
'every matter may be established by the            I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's
testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17If         master took pity on him, canceled the debt
he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the       and let him go.
                                                         28
church; and if he refuses to listen even to                 "But when that servant went out, he
the church, treat him as you would a pagan         found one of his fellow servants who owed
or a tax collector.                                him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him
     18
        "I tell you the truth, whatever you        and began to choke him. 'Pay back what
bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and         you owe me!' he demanded.
                                                         29
whatever you loose on earth will be loosed                  "His fellow servant fell to his knees
in heaven.                                         and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I
     19
        "Again, I tell you that if two of you      will pay you back.'
                                                         30
on earth agree about anything you ask for,                  "But he refused. Instead, he went off
it will be done for you by my Father in            and had the man thrown into prison until
heaven. 20For where two or three come              he could pay the debt. 31When the other
together in my name, there am I with               servants saw what had happened, they
them."                                             were greatly distressed and went and told
                                                   their master everything that had happened.
                                                         32
          Parable of the                                    "Then the master called the servant
                                                   in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I
        Unmerciful Servant                         canceled all that debt of yours because you

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begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had            10
                                                    However, after his brothers had left for
mercy on your fellow servant just as I had        the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in
on you?' 34In anger his master turned him         secret.
over to the jailers to be tortured, until he
should pay back all he owed.                               NO COMPILATION
     35
        "This is how my heavenly Father
will treat each of you unless you forgive
                                                         Samaritan Opposition
your brother from your heart."                                  Luke 9:51-56
                                                  51
                                                     As the time approached for him to be
Jesus Rejects Brothers‘ Advice                    taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out
                John 7:2-9                        for Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers
2
 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles         on ahead, who went into a Samaritan
was near, 3Jesus' brothers said to him,           village to get things ready for him; 53but
"You ought to leave here and go to Judea,         the people there did not welcome him,
so that your disciples may see the miracles       because he was heading for Jerusalem.
                                                  54
you do. 4No one who wants to become a               When the disciples James and John saw
public figure acts in secret. Since you are       this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to
doing these things, show yourself to the          call fire down from heaven to destroy
world." 5For even his own brothers did not        them?" 55But Jesus turned and rebuked
believe in him.                                   them, 56and they went to another village.
     6
       Therefore Jesus told them, "The right              Cost of Discipleship
time for me has not yet come; for you any
time is right. 7The world cannot hate you,                      Luke 9:57-62
                                                  57
but it hates me because I testify that what         As they were walking along the road, a
it does is evil. 8You go to the Feast. I am       man said to him, "I will follow you
not yet going up to this Feast, because for       wherever you go."
                                                       58
me the right time has not yet come."                     Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and
                                                  birds of the air have nests, but the Son of
          Galilee Departure                       Man has no place to lay his head."
                                                       59
                                                          He said to another man, "Follow
              Matthew 19:1                        me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let
1
 When Jesus had finished saying these             me go and bury my father."
things, he left Galilee and went into the              60
                                                         Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury
region of Judea to the other side of the          their own dead, but you go and proclaim
Jordan.                                           the kingdom of God."
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                                                          Still another said, "I will follow
                John 7:10
                                                  you, Lord; but first let me go back and say
                                                  good-by to my family."

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     62
      Jesus replied, "No one who puts his          because Moses gave you circumcision
hand to the plow and looks back is fit for         (though actually it did not come from
service in the kingdom of God."                    Moses, but from the patriarchs), you
                                                   circumcise a child on the Sabbath. 23Now
            Jesus Teaches at                       if a child can be circumcised on the
          Feast of Tabernacles                     Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not
                                                   be broken, why are you angry with me for
              John 7:11-24                         healing the whole man on the Sabbath?
11                                                 24
   Now at the Feast the Jews were watching           Stop judging by mere appearances, and
for him and asking, "Where is that man?"           make a right judgment."
       12
          Among the crowds there was
widespread whispering about him. Some                      Is Jesus the Christ?
said, "He is a good man."
       Others replied, "No, he deceives the                      John 7:24-44
                                                   25
people." 13But no one would say anything             At that point some of the people of
publicly about him for fear of the Jews.           Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man
       14
          Not until halfway through the Feast      they are trying to kill? 26Here he is,
did Jesus go up to the temple courts and           speaking publicly, and they are not saying
begin to teach. 15The Jews were amazed             a word to him. Have the authorities really
and asked, "How did this man get such              concluded that he is the Christ? 27But we
learning without having studied?"                  know where this man is from; when the
       16
         Jesus answered, "My teaching is not       Christ comes, no one will know where he
my own. It comes from him who sent me.             is from."
                                                        28
17
   If anyone chooses to do God's will, he                  Then Jesus, still teaching in the
will find out whether my teaching comes            temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know
from God or whether I speak on my own.             me, and you know where I am from. I am
18
   He who speaks on his own does so to             not here on my own, but he who sent me is
gain honor for himself, but he who works           true. You do not know him, 29but I know
for the honor of the one who sent him is a         him because I am from him and he sent
man of truth; there is nothing false about         me."
                                                        30
him. 19Has not Moses given you the law?                    At this they tried to seize him, but
Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are          no one laid a hand on him, because his
you trying to kill me?"                            time had not yet come. 31Still, many in the
       20
          "You are demon-possessed," the           crowd put their faith in him. They said,
crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill             "When the Christ comes, will he do more
you?"                                              miraculous signs than this man?"
                                                        32
       21
         Jesus said to them, "I did one                    The Pharisees heard the crowd
miracle, and you are all astonished. 22Yet,        whispering such things about him. Then


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the chief priests and the Pharisees sent             Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
temple guards to arrest him.
33
  Jesus said, "I am with you for only a                         John 7:45-53
                                                  45
short time, and then I go to the one who            Finally the temple guards went back to
sent me. 34You will look for me, but you          the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked
will not find me; and where I am, you             them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
                                                       46
cannot come."                                             "No one ever spoke the way this
     35
        The Jews said to one another,             man does," the guards declared.
                                                       47
"Where does this man intend to go that we                 "You mean he has deceived you
cannot find him? Will he go where our             also?" the Pharisees retorted. 48"Has any of
people live scattered among the Greeks,           the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in
and teach the Greeks? 36What did he mean          him? 49No! But this mob that knows
when he said, 'You will look for me, but          nothing of the law—there is a curse on
you will not find me,' and 'Where I am,           them."
                                                       50
you cannot come'?"                                        Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus
     37
        On the last and greatest day of the       earlier and who was one of their own
Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,      number, asked, 51"Does our law condemn
"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me         anyone without first hearing him to find
and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as           out what he is doing?"
                                                       52
the Scripture has said, streams of living                 They replied, "Are you from
water will flow from within him." 39By            Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will
this he meant the Spirit, whom those who          find that a prophet does not come out of
believed in him were later to receive. Up         Galilee."
                                                       53
to that time the Spirit had not been given,               Then each went to his own home.
since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
     40
        On hearing his words, some of the              Forgiveness of Adulteress
people said, "Surely this man is the
                                                                John 8:1-11
Prophet."                                         1
     41                                             But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
        Others said, "He is the Christ."          2
                                                    At dawn he appeared again in the temple
     Still others asked, "How can the
                                                  courts, where all the people gathered
Christ come from Galilee? 42Does not the
                                                  around him, and he sat down to teach
Scripture say that the Christ will come
                                                  them. 3The teachers of the law and the
from David's family and from Bethlehem,
                                                  Pharisees brought in a woman caught in
the town where David lived?" 43Thus the
                                                  adultery. They made her stand before the
people were divided because of Jesus.
44                                                group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this
  Some wanted to seize him, but no one
                                                  woman was caught in the act of adultery.
laid a hand on him.                               5
                                                    In the Law Moses commanded us to stone


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such women. Now what do you say?"                  the Father, who sent me. 17In your own
6
  They were using this question as a trap, in      Law it is written that the testimony of two
order to have a basis for accusing him.            men is valid. 18I am one who testifies for
      But Jesus bent down and started to           myself; my other witness is the Father,
write on the ground with his finger. 7When         who sent me."
                                                         19
they kept on questioning him, he                            Then they asked him, "Where is
straightened up and said to them, "If any          your father?"
one of you is without sin, let him be the                "You do not know me or my Father,"
first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he          Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would
stooped down and wrote on the ground.              know my Father also." 20He spoke these
      9
        At this, those who heard began to go       words while teaching in the temple area
away one at a time, the older ones first,          near the place where the offerings were
until only Jesus was left, with the woman          put. Yet no one seized him, because his
still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up      time had not yet come.
                                                         21
and asked her, "Woman, where are they?                      Once more Jesus said to them, "I am
Has no one condemned you?"                         going away, and you will look for me, and
      11
         "No one, sir," she said. "Then            you will die in your sin. Where I go, you
neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared.         cannot come."
                                                         22
"Go now and leave your life of sin."                        This made the Jews ask, "Will he
                                                   kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I
     Validity of Jesus‘ Testimony                  go, you cannot come'?"
                                                         23
                                                            But he continued, "You are from
              John 8:12-30
12                                                 below; I am from above. You are of this
  When Jesus spoke again to the people,
                                                   world; I am not of this world. 24I told you
he said, "I am the light of the world.
                                                   that you would die in your sins; if you do
Whoever follows me will never walk in
                                                   not believe that I am the one I claim to be,
darkness, but will have the light of life."
     13                                            you will indeed die in your sins."
        The Pharisees challenged him,                    25
                                                            "Who are you?" they asked.
"Here you are, appearing as your own
                                                   "Just what I have been claiming all along,"
witness; your testimony is not valid."
     14                                            Jesus replied. 26"I have much to say in
       Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on
                                                   judgment of you. But he who sent me is
my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for
                                                   reliable, and what I have heard from him I
I know where I came from and where I am
                                                   tell the world."
going. But you have no idea where I come                 27
                                                            They did not understand that he was
from or where I am going. 15You judge by
                                                   telling them about his Father. 28So Jesus
human standards; I pass judgment on no
                                                   said, "When you have lifted up the Son of
one. 16But if I do judge, my decisions are
                                                   Man, then you will know that I am the one
right, because I am not alone. I stand with
                                                   I claim to be and that I do nothing on my

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own but speak just what the Father has             protested. "The only Father we have is
taught me. 29The one who sent me is with           God himself."
me; he has not left me alone, for I always
do what pleases him." 30Even as he spoke,               The Children of the Devil
many put their faith in him.
                                                                  John 8:42-47
                                                   42
     The Children of Abraham                         Jesus said to them, "If God were your
                                                   Father, you would love me, for I came
              John 8:31-41                         from God and now am here. I have not
31
   To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus         come on my own; but he sent me. 43Why
said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are         is my language not clear to you? Because
really my disciples. 32Then you will know          you are unable to hear what I say. 44You
the truth, and the truth will set you free."       belong to your father, the devil, and you
      33
         They answered him, "We are                want to carry out your father's desire. He
Abraham's descendants and have never               was a murderer from the beginning, not
been slaves of anyone. How can you say             holding to the truth, for there is no truth in
that we shall be set free?"                        him. When he lies, he speaks his native
      34
        Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth,      language, for he is a liar and the father of
everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now         lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do
a slave has no permanent place in the              not believe me! 46Can any of you prove
family, but a son belongs to it forever.           me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth,
36
  So if the Son sets you free, you will be         why don't you believe me? 47He who
free indeed. 37I know you are Abraham's            belongs to God hears what God says. The
descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me,         reason you do not hear is that you do not
because you have no room for my word.              belong to God."
38
   I am telling you what I have seen in the
Father's presence, and you do what you                     The Claims of Jesus
have heard from your father."
      39
                                                             About Himself
         "Abraham is our father," they
answered.                                                         John 8:48-59
                                                   48
      "If you were Abraham's children,"              The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right
said Jesus, "then you would do the things          in saying that you are a Samaritan and
Abraham did. 40As it is, you are                   demon-possessed?"
                                                        49
determined to kill me, a man who has told                  "I am not possessed by a demon,"
you the truth that I heard from God.               said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you
Abraham did not do such things. 41You are          dishonor me. 50I am not seeking glory for
doing the things your own father does."            myself; but there is one who seeks it, and
"We are not illegitimate children," they           he is the judge. 51I tell you the truth, if


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anyone keeps my word, he will never see             his life. 4As long as it is day, we must do
death."                                             the work of him who sent me. Night is
     52
        At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now            coming, when no one can work. 5While I
we know that you are demon-possessed!               am in the world, I am the light of the
Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet           world."
                                                         6
you say that if anyone keeps your word, he                 Having said this, he spit on the
will never taste death. 53Are you greater           ground, made some mud with the saliva,
than our father Abraham? He died, and so            and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told
did the prophets. Who do you think you              him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this
are?"                                               word means Sent). So the man went and
     54
       Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself,         washed, and came home seeing.
                                                         8
my glory means nothing. My Father,                         His neighbors and those who had
whom you claim as your God, is the one              formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't
who glorifies me. 55Though you do not               this the same man who used to sit and
know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I        beg?" 9Some claimed that he was. Others
would be a liar like you, but I do know             said, "No, he only looks like him." But he
him and keep his word. 56Your father                himself insisted, "I am the man."
                                                         10
Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing                   "How then were your eyes opened?"
my day; he saw it and was glad."                    they demanded.
     57                                                  11
        "You are not yet fifty years old," the              He replied, "The man they call Jesus
Jews said to him, "and you have seen                made some mud and put it on my eyes. He
Abraham!"                                           told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I
     58
        "I tell you the truth," Jesus               went and washed, and then I could see."
                                                         12
answered, "before Abraham was born, I                       "Where is this man?" they asked
am!" 59At this, they picked up stones to            him. "I don't know," he said.
                                                         13
stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping                  They brought to the Pharisees the
away from the temple grounds.                       man who had been blind. 14Now the day
                                                    on which Jesus had made the mud and
     Man Born Blind Healed                          opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.
                                                    15
                                                       Therefore the Pharisees also asked him
               John 9:1-41
1                                                   how he had received his sight. "He put
 As he went along, he saw a man blind
                                                    mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I
from birth. 2His disciples asked him,
                                                    washed, and now I see."
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his                      16
                                                           Some of the Pharisees said, "This
parents, that he was born blind?"
     3                                              man is not from God, for he does not keep
       "Neither this man nor his parents
                                                    the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can
sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so
                                                    a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So
that the work of God might be displayed in
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    17
        Finally they turned again to the            God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow,
blind man, "What have you to say about              we don't even know where he comes
him? It was your eyes he opened." The               from."
                                                         30
man replied, "He is a prophet."                             The man answered, "Now that is
     18
        The Jews still did not believe that he      remarkable! You don't know where he
had been blind and had received his sight           comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We
until they sent for the man's parents. 19"Is        know that God does not listen to sinners.
this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one        He listens to the godly man who does his
you say was born blind? How is it that              will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening
now he can see?"                                    the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man
     20
        "We know he is our son," the                were not from God, he could do nothing."
                                                         34
parents answered, "and we know he was                       To this they replied, "You were
born blind. 21But how he can see now, or            steeped in sin at birth; how dare you
who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask             lecture us!" And they threw him out.
                                                         35
him. He is of age; he will speak for                       Jesus heard that they had thrown
himself." 22His parents said this because           him out, and when he found him, he said,
they were afraid of the Jews, for already           "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
                                                         36
the Jews had decided that anyone who                        "Who is he, sir?" the man asked.
acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ              "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
would be put out of the synagogue. 23That                37
                                                           Jesus said, "You have now seen
was why his parents said, "He is of age;            him; in fact, he is the one speaking with
ask him."                                           you."
     24                                                  38
        A second time they summoned the                     Then the man said, "Lord, I
man who had been blind. "Give glory to              believe," and he worshiped him.
                                                         39
God, " they said. "We know this man is a                   Jesus said, "For judgment I have
sinner."                                            come into this world, so that the blind will
     25
        He replied, "Whether he is a sinner         see and those who see will become blind."
                                                         40
or not, I don't know. One thing I do know.                 Some Pharisees who were with him
I was blind but now I see!"                         heard him say this and asked, "What? Are
     26
        Then they asked him, "What did he           we blind too?"
                                                         41
do to you? How did he open your eyes?"                     Jesus said, "If you were blind, you
     27
        He answered, "I have told you               would not be guilty of sin; but now that
already and you did not listen. Why do              you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
you want to hear it again? Do you want to
become his disciples, too?"                            Parable of the Good Shepherd
     28
        Then they hurled insults at him and
                                                                  John 9:1-21
said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We
are disciples of Moses! 29We know that

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1
  "I tell you the truth, the man who does not      Father—and I lay down my life for the
enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs        sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of
in by some other way, is a thief and a             this sheep pen. I must bring them also.
robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is         They too will listen to my voice, and there
the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman           shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The
opens the gate for him, and the sheep              reason my Father loves me is that I lay
listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep        down my life—only to take it up again.
by name and leads them out. 4When he has           18
                                                      No one takes it from me, but I lay it
brought out all his own, he goes on ahead          down of my own accord. I have authority
of them, and his sheep follow him because          to lay it down and authority to take it up
they know his voice. 5But they will never          again. This command I received from my
follow a stranger; in fact, they will run          Father."
                                                        19
away from him because they do not                          At these words the Jews were again
recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used         divided. 20Many of them said, "He is
this figure of speech, but they did not            demon-possessed and raving mad. Why
understand what he was telling them.               listen to him?"
7                                                       21
  Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the              But others said, "These are not the
truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who       sayings of a man possessed by a demon.
ever came before me were thieves and               Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
robbers, but the sheep did not listen to
them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters                     Seventy Two Sent Out
through me will be saved. He will come in
                                                                 Luke 10:1-24
and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief          1
                                                     After this the Lord appointed seventy-two
comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I
                                                   others and sent them two by two ahead of
have come that they may have life, and
                                                   him to every town and place where he was
have it to the full.
      11                                           about to go. 2He told them, "The harvest is
         "I am the good shepherd. The good
                                                   plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the
shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12                                                 Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
   The hired hand is not the shepherd who
                                                   workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am
owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf
                                                   sending you out like lambs among wolves.
coming, he abandons the sheep and runs             4
                                                     Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and
away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and
                                                   do not greet anyone on the road.
scatters it. 13The man runs away because                5
                                                          "When you enter a house, first say,
he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the
                                                   'Peace to this house.' 6If a man of peace is
sheep.
      14                                           there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it
         "I am the good shepherd; I know my
                                                   will return to you. 7Stay in that house,
sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as
                                                   eating and drinking whatever they give
the Father knows me and I know the

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you, for the worker deserves his wages.                       At that time Jesus, full of joy
Do not move around from house to house.              through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise
       8
         "When you enter a town and are              you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
welcomed, eat what is set before you.                because you have hidden these things from
9
  Heal the sick who are there and tell them,         the wise and learned, and revealed them to
'The kingdom of God is near you.' 10But              little children. Yes, Father, for this was
when you enter a town and are not                    your good pleasure.
                                                           22
welcomed, go into its streets and say,                        "All things have been committed to
11
   'Even the dust of your town that sticks to        me by my Father. No one knows who the
our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be             Son is except the Father, and no one
sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'           knows who the Father is except the Son
12
   I tell you, it will be more bearable on           and those to whom the Son chooses to
that day for Sodom than for that town.               reveal him."
       13                                                  23
          "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you,                   Then he turned to his disciples and
Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were             said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that
performed in you had been performed in               see what you see. 24For I tell you that
Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented             many prophets and kings wanted to see
long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.            what you see but did not see it, and to hear
14
   But it will be more bearable for Tyre and         what you hear but did not hear it."
Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15And
you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to                Parable of the Good Samaritan
the skies? No, you will go down to the
                                                                  Luke 10:25-37
depths.                                              25
       16                                              On one occasion an expert in the law
          "He who listens to you listens to me;
                                                     stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked,
he who rejects you rejects me; but he who
                                                     "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
rejects me rejects him who sent me."                      26
       17                                                    "What is written in the Law?" he
          The seventy-two returned with joy
                                                     replied. "How do you read it?"
and said, "Lord, even the demons submit                   27
                                                             He answered: " 'Love the Lord your
to us in your name."
       18                                            God with all your heart and with all your
          He replied, "I saw Satan fall like
                                                     soul and with all your strength and with all
lightning from heaven. 19I have given you
                                                     your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as
authority to trample on snakes and
                                                     yourself.'"
scorpions and to overcome all the power                   28
                                                             "You have answered correctly,"
of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
20                                                   Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
   However, do not rejoice that the spirits               29
                                                             But he wanted to justify himself, so
submit to you, but rejoice that your names
                                                     he asked Jesus, "And who is my
are written in heaven."
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     30
        In reply Jesus said: "A man was          preparations that had to be made. She
going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,            came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you
when he fell into the hands of robbers.          care that my sister has left me to do the
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him       work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A             41
                                                         "Martha, Martha," the Lord
priest happened to be going down the             answered, "you are worried and upset
same road, and when he saw the man, he           about many things, 42but only one thing is
passed by on the other side. 32So too, a         needed. Mary has chosen what is better,
Levite, when he came to the place and saw        and it will not be taken away from her."
him, passed by on the other side. 33But a
Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the                 The Lord‘s Prayer
man was; and when he saw him, he took
                                                               Luke 11:1-4
pity on him. 34He went to him and                1
                                                  One day Jesus was praying in a certain
bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and
                                                 place. When he finished, one of his
wine. Then he put the man on his own
                                                 disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to
donkey, took him to an inn and took care
                                                 pray, just as John taught his disciples."
of him. 35The next day he took out two                2
                                                        He said to them, "When you pray,
silver coins and gave them to the
                                                 say: " 'Father, hallowed be your name,
innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and
                                                 your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our
when I return, I will reimburse you for any
                                                 daily bread. 4Forgive us our sins, for we
extra expense you may have.'
     36                                          also forgive everyone who sins against us.
        "Which of these three do you think
                                                 And lead us not into temptation.' "
was a neighbor to the man who fell into
the hands of robbers?"                                    Jesus Continues
     37
        The expert in the law replied, "The
one who had mercy on him." Jesus told                    Teaching on Prayer
him, "Go and do likewise."                                    Luke 11:5-13
                                                 5
                                                  Then he said to them, "Suppose one of
          At the Home of                         you has a friend, and he goes to him at
          Martha and Mary                        midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three
                                                 loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine
             Luke 10:38-42
38                                               on a journey has come to me, and I have
   As Jesus and his disciples were on their
                                                 nothing to set before him.'
way, he came to a village where a woman              7
                                                       "Then the one inside answers, 'Don't
named Martha opened her home to him.
39                                               bother me. The door is already locked, and
  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at
                                                 my children are with me in bed. I can't get
the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
40                                               up and give you anything.' 8I tell you,
   But Martha was distracted by all the
                                                 though he will not get up and give him the

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bread because he is his friend, yet because       should have practiced the latter without
of the man's boldness he will get up and          leaving the former undone.
                                                       43
give him as much as he needs.                             "Woe to you Pharisees, because you
     9
       "So I say to you: Ask and it will be       love the most important seats in the
given to you; seek and you will find;             synagogues and greetings in the
knock and the door will be opened to you.         marketplaces.
10                                                     44
   For everyone who asks receives; he who                 "Woe to you, because you are like
seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the           unmarked graves, which men walk over
door will be opened.                              without knowing it."
     11                                                45
        "Which of you fathers, if your son                One of the experts in the law
asks for a fish, will give him a snake            answered him, "Teacher, when you say
instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will         these things, you insult us also."
give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though             46
                                                         Jesus replied, "And you experts in
you are evil, know how to give good gifts         the law, woe to you, because you load
to your children, how much more will              people down with burdens they can hardly
your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit        carry, and you yourselves will not lift one
to those who ask him!"                            finger to help them.
                                                       47
                                                          "Woe to you, because you build
            The Six Woes                          tombs for the prophets, and it was your
                                                  forefathers who killed them. 48So you
             Luke 11:37-54
37                                                testify that you approve of what your
  When Jesus had finished speaking, a
                                                  forefathers did; they killed the prophets,
Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he
                                                  and you build their tombs. 49Because of
went in and reclined at the table. 38But the
                                                  this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send
Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first
                                                  them prophets and apostles, some of
wash before the meal, was surprised.
     39                                           whom they will kill and others they will
        Then the Lord said to him, "Now
                                                  persecute.' 50Therefore this generation will
then, you Pharisees clean the outside of
                                                  be held responsible for the blood of all the
the cup and dish, but inside you are full of
                                                  prophets that has been shed since the
greed and wickedness. 40You foolish
                                                  beginning of the world, 51from the blood
people! Did not the one who made the
                                                  of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who
outside make the inside also? 41But give
                                                  was killed between the altar and the
what is inside the dish to the poor, and
                                                  sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation
everything will be clean for you.
     42                                           will be held responsible for it all.
        "Woe to you Pharisees, because you             52
                                                          "Woe to you experts in the law,
give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all
                                                  because you have taken away the key to
other kinds of garden herbs, but you
                                                  knowledge. You yourselves have not
neglect justice and the love of God. You


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entered, and you have hindered those who          will be disowned before the angels of God.
                                                  10
were entering."                                      And everyone who speaks a word
    53
      When Jesus left there, the Pharisees        against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
and the teachers of the law began to              but anyone who blasphemes against the
oppose him fiercely and to besiege him            Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
with questions, 54waiting to catch him in              11
                                                          "When you are brought before
something he might say.                           synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not
                                                  worry about how you will defend
    Warning and Encouragements                    yourselves or what you will say, 12for the
                                                  Holy Spirit will teach you at that time
              Luke 12:1-12
1                                                 what you should say."
 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many
thousands had gathered, so that they were              Parable of the Rich Fool
trampling on one another, Jesus began to
speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on                    Luke 12:13-21
                                                  13
your guard against the yeast of the                 Someone in the crowd said to him,
Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is          "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the
nothing concealed that will not be                inheritance with me."
                                                       14
disclosed, or hidden that will not be made               Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed
known. 3What you have said in the dark            me a judge or an arbiter between you?"
                                                  15
will be heard in the daylight, and what you          Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on
have whispered in the ear in the inner            your guard against all kinds of greed; a
rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.          man's life does not consist in the
     4
       "I tell you, my friends, do not be         abundance of his possessions."
                                                       16
afraid of those who kill the body and after               And he told them this parable: "The
that can do no more. 5But I will show you         ground of a certain rich man produced a
whom you should fear: Fear him who,               good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What
after the killing of the body, has power to       shall I do? I have no place to store my
throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear        crops.'
him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two               18
                                                          "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I
pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten         will tear down my barns and build bigger
by God. 7Indeed, the very hairs of your           ones, and there I will store all my grain
head are all numbered. Don't be afraid;           and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself,
you are worth more than many sparrows.            "You have plenty of good things laid up
     8
       "I tell you, whoever acknowledges          for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink
me before men, the Son of Man will also           and be merry." '
                                                       20
acknowledge him before the angels of                      "But God said to him, 'You fool!
God. 9But he who disowns me before men            This very night your life will be demanded


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from you. Then who will get what you              give to the poor. Provide purses for
have prepared for yourself?'                      yourselves that will not wear out, a
     21
        "This is how it will be with anyone       treasure in heaven that will not be
who stores up things for himself but is not       exhausted, where no thief comes near and
rich toward God."                                 no moth destroys. 34For where your
                                                  treasure is, there your heart will be also.
            Do Not Worry
                                                     Parable of Watching Servants:
             Luke 12:22-34
22
   Then Jesus said to his disciples:                  The Faithful and Unfaithful
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about                      Luke 12:35-48
your life, what you will eat; or about your       35
                                                    "Be dressed ready for service and keep
body, what you will wear. 23Life is more          your lamps burning, 36like men waiting for
than food, and the body more than clothes.        their master to return from a wedding
24
  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or         banquet, so that when he comes and
reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet         knocks they can immediately open the
God feeds them. And how much more                 door for him. 37It will be good for those
valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you         servants whose master finds them
by worrying can add a single hour to his          watching when he comes. I tell you the
life? 26Since you cannot do this very little      truth, he will dress himself to serve, will
thing, why do you worry about the rest?           have them recline at the table and will
     27
        "Consider how the lilies grow. They       come and wait on them. 38It will be good
do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not         for those servants whose master finds
even Solomon in all his splendor was              them ready, even if he comes in the second
dressed like one of these. 28If that is how       or third watch of the night. 39But
God clothes the grass of the field, which is      understand this: If the owner of the house
here today, and tomorrow is thrown into           had known at what hour the thief was
the fire, how much more will he clothe            coming, he would not have let his house
you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set      be broken into. 40You also must be ready,
your heart on what you will eat or drink;         because the Son of Man will come at an
do not worry about it. 30For the pagan            hour when you do not expect him."
world runs after all such things, and your             41
                                                         Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling
Father knows that you need them. 31But            this parable to us, or to everyone?"
seek his kingdom, and these things will be             42
                                                          The Lord answered, "Who then is
given to you as well.                             the faithful and wise manager, whom the
     32
        "Do not be afraid, little flock, for      master puts in charge of his servants to
your Father has been pleased to give you          give them their food allowance at the
the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and          proper time? 43It will be good for that


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servant whom the master finds doing so           daughter against mother, mother-in-law
when he returns. 44I tell you the truth, he      against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-
will put him in charge of all his                law against mother-in-law."
possessions. 45But suppose the servant
says to himself, 'My master is taking a                    Discern the Time
long time in coming,' and he then begins
                                                              Luke 12:54-56
to beat the menservants and maidservants         54
                                                   He said to the crowd: "When you see a
and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46The
                                                 cloud rising in the west, immediately you
master of that servant will come on a day
                                                 say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does. 55And
when he does not expect him and at an
                                                 when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's
hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to
                                                 going to be hot,' and it is. 56Hypocrites!
pieces and assign him a place with the
                                                 You know how to interpret the appearance
unbelievers.
     47                                          of the earth and the sky. How is it that you
        "That servant who knows his
                                                 don't know how to interpret this present
master's will and does not get ready or
                                                 time?
does not do what his master wants will be
beaten with many blows. 48But the one                      Make Peace with
who does not know and does things
deserving punishment will be beaten with                   Your Adversary
few blows. From everyone who has been                         Luke 12:56-59
given much, much will be demanded; and
from the one who has been entrusted with              57
                                                        "Why don't you judge for yourselves
much, much more will be asked.                   what is right? 58As you are going with
                                                 your adversary to the magistrate, try hard
     Christ a Divider of Men                     to be reconciled to him on the way, or he
             Luke 12:49-53                       may drag you off to the judge, and the
49                                               judge turn you over to the officer, and the
   "I have come to bring fire on the earth,
and how I wish it were already kindled!          officer throw you into prison. 59I tell you,
50                                               you will not get out until you have paid the
   But I have a baptism to undergo, and
how distressed I am until it is completed!       last penny."
51
   Do you think I came to bring peace on
earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From           Galileans Blood Mingled
now on there will be five in one family                With Their Sacrifices
divided against each other, three against
two and two against three. 53They will be                       Luke 13:1-5
                                                 1
divided, father against son and son against       Now there were some present at that time
father, mother against daughter and              who told Jesus about the Galileans whose
                                                 blood Pilate had mixed with their

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sacrifices. 2Jesus answered, "Do you think             your infirmity." 13Then he put his hands on
that these Galileans were worse sinners                her, and immediately she straightened up
than all the other Galileans because they              and praised God.
suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But                      14
                                                                Indignant because Jesus had healed
unless you repent, you too will all perish.            on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to
4
  Or those eighteen who died when the                  the people, "There are six days for work.
tower in Siloam fell on them—do you                    So come and be healed on those days, not
think they were more guilty than all the               on the Sabbath."
others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no!                 15
                                                                The Lord answered him, "You
But unless you repent, you too will all                hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the
perish."                                               Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the
                                                       stall and lead it out to give it water?
    Parable of the Barren Fig Tree                     16
                                                          Then should not this woman, a daughter
                                                       of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound
                Luke 13:6-9
6                                                      for eighteen long years, be set free on the
 Then he told this parable: "A man had a
                                                       Sabbath day from what bound her?"
fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he                    17
                                                               When he said this, all his opponents
went to look for fruit on it, but did not find
                                                       were humiliated, but the people were
any. 7So he said to the man who took care
                                                       delighted with all the wonderful things he
of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've
                                                       was doing.
been coming to look for fruit on this fig
tree and haven't found any. Cut it down!                    Parable of the Mustard Seed
Why should it use up the soil?'
      8
        " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone                   Luke 13:18-19
                                                       18
for one more year, and I'll dig around it                 Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom
and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year,        of God like? What shall I compare it to?
                                                       19
fine! If not, then cut it down.' "                        It is like a mustard seed, which a man
                                                       took and planted in his garden. It grew and
         Crippled Woman                                became a tree, and the birds of the air
       Healed on the Sabbath                           perched in its branches."

              Luke 13:10-17                                     Parable of Leaven
10
  On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one
of the synagogues, 11and a woman was                                Luke 13:20-21
                                                       20
there who had been crippled by a spirit for              Again he asked, "What shall I compare
eighteen years. She was bent over and                  the kingdom of God to? 21It is like yeast
could not straighten up at all. 12When                 that a woman took and mixed into a large
Jesus saw her, he called her forward and               amount of flour until it worked all through
said to her, "Woman, you are set free from             the dough."

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                                                  and sent into the world? Why then do you
        Feast of Dedication                       accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I
                                                  am God's Son'? 37Do not believe me unless
             John 10:22-39
22                                                I do what my Father does. 38But if I do it,
  Then came the Feast of Dedication at
                                                  even though you do not believe me,
Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was
                                                  believe the miracles, that you may know
in the temple area walking in Solomon's
                                                  and understand that the Father is in me,
Colonnade. 24The Jews gathered around
                                                  and I in the Father." 39Again they tried to
him, saying, "How long will you keep us
                                                  seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us
plainly."                                              Withdrawn Beyond Jordan
     25
       Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but
you do not believe. The miracles I do in                       John 10:40-42
my Father's name speak for me, 26but you          40
                                                    Then Jesus went back across the Jordan
do not believe because you are not my             to the place where John had been baptizing
sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I           in the early days. Here he stayed 41and
know them, and they follow me. 28I give           many people came to him. They said,
them eternal life, and they shall never           "Though John never performed a
perish; no one can snatch them out of my          miraculous sign, all that John said about
hand. 29My Father, who has given them to          this man was true." 42And in that place
me, is greater than all; no one can snatch        many believed in Jesus.
them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the
Father are one."                                           The Narrow Door
     31
        Again the Jews picked up stones to
                                                               Luke 13:22-35
stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, "I have      22
                                                     Then Jesus went through the towns and
shown you many great miracles from the
                                                  villages, teaching as he made his way to
Father. For which of these do you stone
                                                  Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, "Lord,
me?"
     33                                           are only a few people going to be saved?"
        "We are not stoning you for any of
                                                       He said to them, 24"Make every effort
these," replied the Jews, "but for
                                                  to enter through the narrow door, because
blasphemy, because you, a mere man,
                                                  many, I tell you, will try to enter and will
claim to be God."
     34                                           not be able to. 25Once the owner of the
       Jesus answered them, "Is it not
                                                  house gets up and closes the door, you will
written in your Law, 'I have said you are
                                                  stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir,
gods'? 35If he called them 'gods,' to whom
                                                  open the door for us.' "But he will answer,
the word of God came—and the Scripture
                                                  'I don't know you or where you come
cannot be broken— 36what about the one
                                                  from.'
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     26
        "Then you will say, 'We ate and             chicks under her wings, but you were not
drank with you, and you taught in our               willing! 35Look, your house is left to you
streets.'                                           desolate. I tell you, you will not see me
     27
        "But he will reply, 'I don't know you       again until you say, 'Blessed is he who
or where you come from. Away from me,               comes in the name of the Lord.'"
all you evildoers!'
     28
        "There will be weeping there, and                     Man Healed with
gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham,                     Dropsy on Sabbath
Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the
kingdom of God, but you yourselves                                 Luke 14:1-6
                                                    1
thrown out. 29People will come from east              One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in
and west and north and south, and will              the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was
take their places at the feast in the               being carefully watched. 2There in front of
kingdom of God. 30Indeed there are those            him was a man suffering from dropsy.
                                                    3
who are last who will be first, and first            Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in
who will be last."                                  the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the
                                                    Sabbath or not?" 4But they remained
          Warning About Herod                       silent. So taking hold of the man, he
                                                    healed him and sent him away.
              Luke 13:31-33                              5
                                                           Then he asked them, "If one of you
31
  At that time some Pharisees came to               has a son or an ox that falls into a well on
Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place            the Sabbath day, will you not immediately
and go somewhere else. Herod wants to               pull him out?" 6And they had nothing to
kill you."                                          say.
     32
        He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will
drive out demons and heal people today                     Take the Lowly Place
and tomorrow, and on the third day I will
reach my goal.' 33In any case, I must keep                        Luke 14:7-14
                                                    7
going today and tomorrow and the next                When he noticed how the guests picked
day—for surely no prophet can die outside           the places of honor at the table, he told
Jerusalem!                                          them this parable: 8"When someone
                                                    invites you to a wedding feast, do not take
 Jesus‘ Lament over Jerusalem                       the place of honor, for a person more
                                                    distinguished than you may have been
              Luke 13:34-35                         invited. 9If so, the host who invited both of
34
  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill             you will come and say to you, 'Give this
the prophets and stone those sent to you,           man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will
how often I have longed to gather your              have to take the least important place.
children together, as a hen gathers her             10
                                                       But when you are invited, take the

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                                                         20
lowest place, so that when your host                       "Still another said, 'I just got
comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move           married, so I can't come.'
                                                        21
up to a better place.' Then you will be                    "The servant came back and
honored in the presence of all your fellow         reported this to his master. Then the owner
guests. 11For everyone who exalts himself          of the house became angry and ordered his
will be humbled, and he who humbles                servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets
himself will be exalted."                          and alleys of the town and bring in the
     12
        Then Jesus said to his host, "When         poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
                                                        22
you give a luncheon or dinner, do not                      " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you
invite your friends, your brothers or              ordered has been done, but there is still
relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do,      room.'
                                                        23
they may invite you back and so you will                   "Then the master told his servant,
be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet,          'Go out to the roads and country lanes and
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the       make them come in, so that my house will
blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although         be full. 24I tell you, not one of those men
they cannot repay you, you will be repaid          who were invited will get a taste of my
at the resurrection of the righteous."             banquet.' "

     Parable of the Great Supper                         Cost of Being a Disciple
             Luke 14:15-24                                      Luke 14:25-27
15                                                 25
  When one of those at the table with him            Large crowds were traveling with Jesus,
heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the      and turning to them he said: 26"If anyone
man who will eat at the feast in the               comes to me and does not hate his father
kingdom of God."                                   and mother, his wife and children, his
     16
       Jesus replied: "A certain man was           brothers and sisters—yes, even his own
preparing a great banquet and invited              life—he cannot be my disciple. 27And
many guests. 17At the time of the banquet          anyone who does not carry his cross and
he sent his servant to tell those who had          follow me cannot be my disciple.
been invited, 'Come, for everything is now
ready.'                                                 Parable of Building a Tower
     18
        "But they all alike began to make
                                                                Luke 14:28-30
excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought       28
                                                     "Suppose one of you wants to build a
a field, and I must go and see it. Please
                                                   tower. Will he not first sit down and
excuse me.'
     19                                            estimate the cost to see if he has enough
        "Another said, 'I have just bought
                                                   money to complete it? 29For if he lays the
five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to
                                                   foundation and is not able to finish it,
try them out. Please excuse me.'
                                                   everyone who sees it will ridicule him,

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30
 saying, 'This fellow began to build and             after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And
was not able to finish.'                             when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his
                                                     shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls
    Parable of King Going to War                     his friends and neighbors together and
                                                     says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my
              Luke 14:31-33
31                                                   lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way
   "Or suppose a king is about to go to war
                                                     there will be more rejoicing in heaven over
against another king. Will he not first sit
                                                     one sinner who repents than over ninety-
down and consider whether he is able with
                                                     nine righteous persons who do not need to
ten thousand men to oppose the one
                                                     repent.
coming against him with twenty thousand?
32
   If he is not able, he will send a                         Parable of Lost Coin
delegation while the other is still a long
way off and will ask for terms of peace.                           Luke 15:8-10
33                                                   8
   In the same way, any of you who does               "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins
not give up everything he has cannot be              and loses one. Does she not light a lamp,
my disciple.                                         sweep the house and search carefully until
                                                     she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she
            Parable of Salt                          calls her friends and neighbors together
                                                     and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found
              Luke 14:34-35
34                                                   my lost coin.' 10In the same way, I tell you,
  "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness,
                                                     there is rejoicing in the presence of the
how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit
                                                     angels of God over one sinner who
neither for the soil nor for the manure pile;
                                                     repents."
it is thrown out. "He who has ears to hear,
let him hear."                                            Parable of Prodigal Song
       Parable of Lost Sheep                                      Luke 15:11-31
                                                     11
                                                       Jesus continued: "There was a man who
               Luke 15:1-7
1                                                    had two sons. 12The younger one said to
  Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were
                                                     his father, 'Father, give me my share of the
all gathering around to hear him. 2But the
                                                     estate.' So he divided his property between
Pharisees and the teachers of the law
                                                     them.
muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and                  13
                                                             "Not long after that, the younger son
eats with them."
     3                                               got together all he had, set off for a distant
       Then Jesus told them this parable:
4                                                    country and there squandered his wealth in
  "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep
                                                     wild living. 14After he had spent
and loses one of them. Does he not leave
                                                     everything, there was a severe famine in
the ninety-nine in the open country and go
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need. 15So he went and hired himself out            fattened calf because he has him back safe
to a citizen of that country, who sent him          and sound.'
to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to               28
                                                            "The older brother became angry
fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs        and refused to go in. So his father went out
were eating, but no one gave him                    and pleaded with him. 29But he answered
anything.                                           his father, 'Look! All these years I've been
      17
         "When he came to his senses, he            slaving for you and never disobeyed your
said, 'How many of my father's hired men            orders. Yet you never gave me even a
have food to spare, and here I am starving          young goat so I could celebrate with my
to death! 18I will set out and go back to my        friends. 30But when this son of yours who
father and say to him: Father, I have               has squandered your property with
sinned against heaven and against you. 19I          prostitutes comes home, you kill the
am no longer worthy to be called your son;          fattened calf for him!'
make me like one of your hired men.' 20So                31
                                                            " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are
he got up and went to his father. "But              always with me, and everything I have is
while he was still a long way off, his              yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be
father saw him and was filled with                  glad, because this brother of yours was
compassion for him; he ran to his son,              dead and is alive again; he was lost and is
threw his arms around him and kissed him.           found.' "
21
   "The son said to him, 'Father, I have
sinned against heaven and against you. I                Parable of Dishonest Steward
am no longer worthy to be called your
                                                                  Luke 16:1-17
son.'                                               1
      22                                             Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich
         "But the father said to his servants,
                                                    man whose manager was accused of
'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on
                                                    wasting his possessions. 2So he called him
him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals
                                                    in and asked him, 'What is this I hear
on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and
                                                    about you? Give an account of your
kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24                                                  management, because you cannot be
   For this son of mine was dead and is
                                                    manager any longer.'
alive again; he was lost and is found.' So               3
                                                           "The manager said to himself, 'What
they began to celebrate.
      25                                            shall I do now? My master is taking away
         "Meanwhile, the older son was in
                                                    my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and
the field. When he came near the house, he
                                                    I'm ashamed to beg— 4I know what I'll do
heard music and dancing. 26So he called
                                                    so that, when I lose my job here, people
one of the servants and asked him what
                                                    will welcome me into their houses.'
was going on. 27'Your brother has come,'
he replied, 'and your father has killed the


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    5
        "So he called in each one of his             valued among men is detestable in God's
master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How           sight.
                                                          16
much do you owe my master?'                                  "The Law and the Prophets were
      6
        " 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,'      proclaimed until John. Since that time, the
he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take             good news of the kingdom of God is being
your bill, sit down quickly, and make it             preached, and everyone is forcing his way
four hundred.'                                       into it. 17It is easier for heaven and earth to
      7
        "Then he asked the second, 'And how          disappear than for the least stroke of a pen
much do you owe?' " 'A thousand bushels              to drop out of the Law.
of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take
your bill and make it eight hundred.'                     Jesus Teaches about Divorce
      8
        "The master commended the
                                                                    Luke 16:1-14
dishonest manager because he had acted               18
                                                      "Anyone who divorces his wife and
shrewdly. For the people of this world are
                                                     marries another woman commits adultery,
more shrewd in dealing with their own
                                                     and the man who marries a divorced
kind than are the people of the light. 9I tell
                                                     woman commits adultery.
you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for
yourselves, so that when it is gone, you                    Rich Man and Lazarus
will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
      10
         "Whoever can be trusted with very                         Luke 16:19-31
                                                     19
little can also be trusted with much, and              "There was a rich man who was dressed
whoever is dishonest with very little will           in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury
also be dishonest with much. 11So if you             every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar
have not been trustworthy in handling                named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and
worldly wealth, who will trust you with              longing to eat what fell from the rich
true riches? 12And if you have not been              man's table. Even the dogs came and
trustworthy with someone else's property,            licked his sores.
                                                          22
who will give you property of your own?                      "The time came when the beggar
      13
         "No servant can serve two masters.          died and the angels carried him to
Either he will hate the one and love the             Abraham's side. The rich man also died
other, or he will be devoted to the one and          and was buried. 23In hell, where he was in
despise the other. You cannot serve both             torment, he looked up and saw Abraham
God and Money."                                      far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24So he
      14
         The Pharisees, who loved money,             called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity
heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.           on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of
15
   He said to them, "You are the ones who            his finger in water and cool my tongue,
justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but           because I am in agony in this fire.'
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     25
         "But Abraham replied, 'Son,                  sins against you seven times in a day, and
remember that in your lifetime you                    seven times comes back to you and says, 'I
received your good things, while Lazarus              repent,' forgive him."
received bad things, but now he is
comforted here and you are in agony.                            Apostles Ask for
26
   And besides all this, between us and you                      Increased Faith
a great chasm has been fixed, so that those
who want to go from here to you cannot,                             Luke 16:5-10
                                                      5
nor can anyone cross over from there to                The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase
us.'                                                  our faith!"
      27                                                   6
         "He answered, 'Then I beg you,                      He replied, "If you have faith as
father, send Lazarus to my father's house,            small as a mustard seed, you can say to
28                                                    this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and
   for I have five brothers. Let him warn
them, so that they will not also come to              planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
                                                           7
this place of torment.'                                      "Suppose one of you had a servant
      29                                              plowing or looking after the sheep. Would
         "Abraham replied, 'They have
Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to            he say to the servant when he comes in
them.'                                                from the field, 'Come along now and sit
      30
         " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but        down to eat'? 8Would he not rather say,
if someone from the dead goes to them,                'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and
they will repent.'                                    wait on me while I eat and drink; after that
      31
         "He said to him, 'If they do not listen      you may eat and drink'? 9Would he thank
to Moses and the Prophets, they will not              the servant because he did what he was
be convinced even if someone rises from               told to do? 10So you also, when you have
the dead.' "                                          done everything you were told to do,
                                                      should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we
     Jesus Warns of Offenses                          have only done our duty.' "
                Luke 17:1-4                                     Death of Lazarus
1
 Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that
cause people to sin are bound to come, but                          John 11:1-37
                                                      1
woe to that person through whom they                   Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He
come. 2It would be better for him to be               was from Bethany, the village of Mary and
thrown into the sea with a millstone tied             her sister Martha. 2This Mary, whose
around his neck than for him to cause one             brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the
of these little ones to sin. 3So watch                same one who poured perfume on the Lord
yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke             and wiped his feet with her hair. 3So the
him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4If he           sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one
                                                      you love is sick."

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    4
        When he heard this, Jesus said, "This       had come to Martha and Mary to comfort
sickness will not end in death. No, it is for       them in the loss of their brother. 20When
God's glory so that God's Son may be                Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she
glorified through it." 5Jesus loved Martha          went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at
and her sister and Lazarus. 6Yet when he            home.
                                                         21
heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed                      "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you
where he was two more days.                         had been here, my brother would not have
      7
        Then he said to his disciples, "Let us      died. 22But I know that even now God will
go back to Judea."                                  give you whatever you ask."
      8                                                  23
        "But Rabbi," they said, "a short while             Jesus said to her, "Your brother will
ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet            rise again."
                                                         24
you are going back there?"                                  Martha answered, "I know he will
      9
       Jesus answered, "Are there not               rise again in the resurrection at the last
twelve hours of daylight? A man who                 day."
                                                         25
walks by day will not stumble, for he sees                 Jesus said to her, "I am the
by this world's light. 10It is when he walks        resurrection and the life. He who believes
by night that he stumbles, for he has no            in me will live, even though he dies; 26and
light."                                             whoever lives and believes in me will
      11
         After he had said this, he went on to      never die. Do you believe this?"
                                                         27
tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen                   "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe
asleep; but I am going there to wake him            that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
up."                                                who was to come into the world."
      12                                                 28
         His disciples replied, "Lord, if he                And after she had said this, she went
sleeps, he will get better." 13Jesus had been       back and called her sister Mary aside.
speaking of his death, but his disciples            "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is
thought he meant natural sleep.                     asking for you." 29When Mary heard this,
      14
         So then he told them plainly,              she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now
"Lazarus is dead, 15and for your sake I am          Jesus had not yet entered the village, but
glad I was not there, so that you may               was still at the place where Martha had
believe. But let us go to him."                     met him. 31When the Jews who had been
      16
         Then Thomas (called Didymus) said          with Mary in the house, comforting her,
to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go,      noticed how quickly she got up and went
that we may die with him."                          out, they followed her, supposing she was
Jesus Comforts the Sisters                          going to the tomb to mourn there.
      17                                                 32
         On his arrival, Jesus found that                  When Mary reached the place where
Lazarus had already been in the tomb for            Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet
four days. 18Bethany was less than two              and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my
miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews               brother would not have died."

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33
  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the             "Take off the grave clothes and let him
Jews who had come along with her also             go."
weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit
and troubled. 34"Where have you laid                        Plot to Kill Jesus
him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord,"
                                                                John 11:45-52
they replied.                                     45
    35                                               Therefore many of the Jews who had
      Jesus wept.
    36                                            come to visit Mary, and had seen what
       Then the Jews said, "See how he
                                                  Jesus did, put their faith in him. 46But
loved him!"
    37                                            some of them went to the Pharisees and
       But some of them said, "Could not
                                                  told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the
he who opened the eyes of the blind man
                                                  chief priests and the Pharisees called a
have kept this man from dying?"
                                                  meeting of the Sanhedrin.
 Lazarus Raised from the Dead                           "What are we accomplishing?" they
                                                  asked. "Here is this man performing many
             John 11:38-44                        miraculous signs. 48If we let him go on
38
  Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to          like this, everyone will believe in him, and
the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid         then the Romans will come and take away
across the entrance. 39"Take away the             both our place and our nation."
                                                        49
stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha,                 Then one of them, named Caiaphas,
the sister of the dead man, "by this time         who was high priest that year, spoke up,
there is a bad odor, for he has been there        "You know nothing at all! 50You do not
four days."                                       realize that it is better for you that one man
     40
        Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you      die for the people than that the whole
that if you believed, you would see the           nation perish."
                                                        51
glory of God?"                                             He did not say this on his own, but
     41
       So they took away the stone. Then          as high priest that year he prophesied that
Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank        Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
you that you have heard me. 42I knew that         52
                                                     and not only for that nation but also for
you always hear me, but I said this for the       the scattered children of God, to bring
benefit of the people standing here, that         them together and make them one. 53So
they may believe that you sent me."               from that day on they plotted to take his
     43
       When he had said this, Jesus called        life.
in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
44
   The dead man came out, his hands and                Jesus Withdraws to Ephraim
feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a
                                                                  John 11:54
cloth around his face. Jesus said to them,



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     54                                                 17
      Therefore Jesus no longer moved                   Jesus asked, "Were not all ten
about publicly among the Jews. Instead he         cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was
withdrew to a region near the desert, to a        no one found to return and give praise to
village called Ephraim, where he stayed           God except this foreigner?" 19Then he said
with his disciples.                               to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made
                                                  you well."
     Arrest Warrant for Jesus
                                                       The Coming of the Kingdom
             John 11:55-57
55
  When it was almost time for the Jewish                       Luke 17:20-37
                                                  20
Passover, many went up from the country             Once, having been asked by the
to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing       Pharisees when the kingdom of God
before the Passover. 56They kept looking          would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom
for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple        of God does not come with your careful
area they asked one another, "What do you         observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it
think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"      is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of
57
   But the chief priests and Pharisees had        God is within you."
                                                        22
given orders that if anyone found out                      Then he said to his disciples, "The
where Jesus was, he should report it so           time is coming when you will long to see
that they might arrest him.                       one of the days of the Son of Man, but you
                                                  will not see it. 23Men will tell you, 'There
          Ten Lepers Healed                       he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running
                                                  off after them. 24For the Son of Man in his
             Luke 17:11-17
11                                                day will be like the lightning, which
  Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus
                                                  flashes and lights up the sky from one end
traveled along the border between Samaria
                                                  to the other. 25But first he must suffer
and Galilee. 12As he was going into a
                                                  many things and be rejected by this
village, ten men who had leprosy met him.
                                                  generation.
They stood at a distance 13and called out in            26
                                                           "Just as it was in the days of Noah,
a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on
                                                  so also will it be in the days of the Son of
us!"
     14                                           Man. 27People were eating, drinking,
       When he saw them, he said, "Go,
                                                  marrying and being given in marriage up
show yourselves to the priests." And as
                                                  to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the
they went, they were cleansed.
     15                                           flood came and destroyed them all.
        One of them, when he saw he was                 28
                                                           "It was the same in the days of Lot.
healed, came back, praising God in a loud
                                                  People were eating and drinking, buying
voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and
                                                  and selling, planting and building. 29But
thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
                                                  the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur


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                                                       6
rained down from heaven and destroyed                    And the Lord said, "Listen to what
them all.                                          the unjust judge says. 7And will not God
     30
        "It will be just like this on the day      bring about justice for his chosen ones,
the Son of Man is revealed. 31On that day          who cry out to him day and night? Will he
no one who is on the roof of his house,            keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will
with his goods inside, should go down to           see that they get justice, and quickly.
get them. Likewise, no one in the field            However, when the Son of Man comes,
should go back for anything. 32Remember            will he find faith on the earth?"
Lot's wife! 33Whoever tries to keep his life
will lose it, and whoever loses his life will              Parable of Pharisee and
preserve it. 34I tell you, on that night two                  the Tax Collector
people will be in one bed; one will be
taken and the other left. 35Two women will                       Luke 18:9-14
                                                   9
be grinding grain together; one will be             To some who were confident of their own
taken and the other left."                         righteousness and looked down on
     37                                            everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
        "Where, Lord?" they asked. He              10
replied, "Where there is a dead body, there           "Two men went up to the temple to pray,
the vultures will gather."                         one a Pharisee and the other a tax
                                                   collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and
    Parable of Persistent Widow                    prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you
                                                   that I am not like other men—robbers,
               Luke 18:1-8                         evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax
1
 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to        collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a
show them that they should always pray             tenth of all I get.'
and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain                13
                                                           "But the tax collector stood at a
town there was a judge who neither feared          distance. He would not even look up to
God nor cared about men. 3And there was            heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God,
a widow in that town who kept coming to            have mercy on me, a sinner.'
him with the plea, 'Grant me justice                    14
                                                           "I tell you that this man, rather than
against my adversary.'                             the other, went home justified before God.
     4
       "For some time he refused. But              For everyone who exalts himself will be
finally he said to himself, 'Even though I         humbled, and he who humbles himself
don't fear God or care about men, 5yet             will be exalted."
because this widow keeps bothering me, I
will see that she gets justice, so that she                 Doctrine on Divorce
won't eventually wear me out with her
coming!' "                                                     Matthew 19:2-12
                                                   2
                                                    Large crowds followed him, and he
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    3
        Some Pharisees came to him to test           Again crowds of people came to him, and
him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to          as was his custom, he taught them.
                                                          2
divorce his wife for any and every                          Some Pharisees came and tested him
reason?"                                             by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to
      4
       "Haven't you read," he replied, "that         divorce his wife?"
                                                          3
at the beginning the Creator 'made them                    "What did Moses command you?" he
male and female,' 5and said, 'For this               replied.
                                                          4
reason a man will leave his father and                      They said, "Moses permitted a man
mother and be united to his wife, and the            to write a certificate of divorce and send
two will become one flesh'? 6So they are             her away."
                                                          5
no longer two, but one. Therefore what                      "It was because your hearts were
God has joined together, let man not                 hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus
separate."                                           replied. 6"But at the beginning of creation
      7
       "Why then," they asked, "did Moses            God 'made them male and female.' 7'For
command that a man give his wife a                   this reason a man will leave his father and
certificate of divorce and send her away?"           mother and be united to his wife, 8and the
      8
        Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you          two will become one flesh.' So they are no
to divorce your wives because your hearts            longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God
were hard. But it was not this way from              has joined together, let man not separate."
the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who                10
                                                             When they were in the house again,
divorces his wife, except for marital                the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11He
unfaithfulness, and marries another                  answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife
woman commits adultery."                             and marries another woman commits
      10
         The disciples said to him, "If this is      adultery against her. 12And if she divorces
the situation between a husband and wife,            her husband and marries another man, she
it is better not to marry."                          commits adultery."
      11
         Jesus replied, "Not everyone can
accept this word, but only those to whom it                     COMPILATION
has been given. 12For some are eunuchs               Jesus then left that place and went into the
because they were born that way; others              region of Judea and across the Jordan.
were made that way by men; and others                Again large crowds of people came to him
have renounced marriage because of the               & followed him, and as was his custom,
kingdom of heaven. The one who can                   he taught them, and he healed them there.
accept this should accept it."                            Some Pharisees came to him to test
                                                     him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to
              Mark 10:1-12                           divorce his wife for any and every
1
 Jesus then left that place and went into            reason?"
the region of Judea and across the Jordan.


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      "What did Moses command you?" he            were made that way by men; and others
replied.                                          have renounced marriage because of the
      They said, "Moses permitted a man to        kingdom of heaven. The one who can
write a certificate of divorce and send her       accept this should accept it."
away."
      "Haven't you read," he replied, "that            Jesus Blesses Little Children
at the beginning of creation the Creator
                                                             Matthew 19:13-15
'made them male and female,' and said,            13
                                                    Then little children were brought to
'For this reason a man will leave his father
                                                  Jesus for him to place his hands on them
and mother and be united to his wife, and
                                                  and pray for them. But the disciples
the two will become one flesh'? So they
                                                  rebuked those who brought them.
are no longer two, but one. Therefore what             14
                                                         Jesus said, "Let the little children
God has joined together, let man not
                                                  come to me, and do not hinder them, for
separate."
                                                  the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as
      "Why then," they asked, "did Moses
                                                  these." 15When he had placed his hands on
command that a man give his wife a
                                                  them, he went on from there.
certificate of divorce and send her away?"
      Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you                      Mark 10:13-16
to divorce your wives because your hearts         13
                                                    People were bringing little children to
were hard. But it was not this way from           Jesus to have him touch them, but the
the beginning. I tell you that anyone who         disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw
divorces his wife, except for marital             this, he was indignant. He said to them,
unfaithfulness, and marries another               "Let the little children come to me, and do
woman commits adultery."                          not hinder them, for the kingdom of God
      When they were in the house again,          belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the
the disciples asked Jesus about this.             truth, anyone who will not receive the
      He answered, "Anyone who divorces           kingdom of God like a little child will
his wife and marries another woman                never enter it." 16And he took the children
commits adultery against her. And if she          in his arms, put his hands on them and
divorces her husband and marries another          blessed them.
man, she commits adultery."
      The disciples said to him, "If this is                   Luke 18:15-17
                                                  15
the situation between a husband and wife,            People were also bringing babies to
it is better not to marry."                       Jesus to have him touch them. When the
      Jesus replied, "Not everyone can            disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
                                                  16
accept this word, but only those to whom             But Jesus called the children to him and
it has been given. For some are eunuchs           said, "Let the little children come to me,
because they were born that way; others           and do not hinder them, for the kingdom


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of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell             20
                                                          "All these I have kept," the young
you the truth, anyone who will not receive        man said. "What do I still lack?"
                                                        21
the kingdom of God like a little child will               Jesus answered, "If you want to be
never enter it."                                  perfect, go, sell your possessions and give
                                                  to the poor, and you will have treasure in
           COMPILATION                            heaven. Then come, follow me."
Then People were also bringing little                   22
                                                          When the young man heard this, he
children & babies to Jesus for him to place       went away sad, because he had great
his hands on them and pray for them.              wealth.
      When the disciples saw this, they                 23
                                                           Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I
rebuked those who brought them.                   tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man
      When Jesus saw this, he was                 to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I
indignant. But Jesus called the children to       tell you, it is easier for a camel to go
him and said, "Let the little children come       through the eye of a needle than for a rich
to me, and do not hinder them, for the            man to enter the kingdom of God."
kingdom of heaven belongs to such as                    25
                                                           When the disciples heard this, they
these. " I tell you the truth, anyone who         were greatly astonished and asked, "Who
will not receive the kingdom of God like a        then can be saved?"
little child will never enter it." And when             26
                                                          Jesus looked at them and said, "With
he took the children in his arms, put his         man this is impossible, but with God all
hands on them and blessed them, he went           things are possible."
on from there.                                          27
                                                           Peter answered him, "We have left
                                                  everything to follow you! What then will
         Rich Young Ruler                         there be for us?"
                                                        28
           Matthew 19:16-30                                Jesus said to them, "I tell you the
16                                                truth, at the renewal of all things, when
  Now a man came up to Jesus and asked,
"Teacher, what good thing must I do to get        the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne,
eternal life?"                                    you who have followed me will also sit on
     17                                           twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
        "Why do you ask me about what is
good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One          Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses
who is good. If you want to enter life, obey      or brothers or sisters or father or mother
the commandments."                                or children or fields for my sake will
     18                                           receive a hundred times as much and will
       "Which ones?" the man inquired.
     Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do          inherit eternal life. 30But many who are
not commit adultery, do not steal, do not         first will be last, and many who are last
give false testimony, 19honor your father         will be first.
and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as
                                                               Mark 10:17-31
yourself.'"

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17                                                     29
  As Jesus started on his way, a man ran                 "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied,
up to him and fell on his knees before him.       "no one who has left home or brothers or
"Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do         sisters or mother or father or children or
to inherit eternal life?"                         fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to
     18
       "Why do you call me good?" Jesus           receive a hundred times as much in this
answered. "No one is good—except God              present age (homes, brothers, sisters,
alone. 19You know the commandments: 'Do           mothers, children and fields—and with
not murder, do not commit adultery, do            them, persecutions) and in the age to
not steal, do not give false testimony, do        come, eternal life. 31But many who are
not defraud, honor your father and                first will be last, and the last first."
mother.'"
     20
        "Teacher," he declared, "all these I                    Luke 18:18-30
                                                  18
have kept since I was a boy."                       A certain ruler asked him, "Good
     21
        Jesus looked at him and loved him.        teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal
"One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell          life?"
                                                       19
everything you have and give to the poor,                 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then        answered. "No one is good—except God
come, follow me."                                 alone. 20You know the commandments:
     22
        At this the man's face fell. He went      'Do not commit adultery, do not murder,
away sad, because he had great wealth.            do not steal, do not give false testimony,
     23
        Jesus looked around and said to his       honor your father and mother.'"
                                                       21
disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to                "All these I have kept since I was a
enter the kingdom of God!"                        boy," he said.
                                                       22
     24
        The disciples were amazed at his                 When Jesus heard this, he said to
words. But Jesus said again, "Children,           him, "You still lack one thing. Sell
how hard it is to enter the kingdom of            everything you have and give to the poor,
God! 25It is easier for a camel to go             and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
through the eye of a needle than for a rich       come, follow me."
                                                       23
man to enter the kingdom of God."                        When he heard this, he became very
     26
        The disciples were even more              sad, because he was a man of great
amazed, and said to each other, "Who then         wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said,
can be saved?"                                    "How hard it is for the rich to enter the
     27
        Jesus looked at them and said, "With      kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a
man this is impossible, but not with God;         camel to go through the eye of a needle
all things are possible with God."                than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
     28
       Peter said to him, "We have left           God."
                                                       26
everything to follow you!"                                Those who heard this asked, "Who
                                                  then can be saved?"


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    27
       Jesus replied, "What is impossible          have treasure in heaven. Then come,
with men is possible with God."                    follow me."
     28
       Peter said to him, "We have left all              At this the man's face fell. He became
we had to follow you!"                             very sad, because he was a man of great
     29
        "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to      wealth. He went away.
them, "no one who has left home or wife                  Jesus looked around to his disciples &
or brothers or parents or children for the         at him and said, "I tell you the truth, how
sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to          hard it is hard for a rich man to enter the
receive many times as much in this age             kingdom of heaven & the kingdom of
and, in the age to come, eternal life."            God!" Again I tell you, it is easier for a
                                                   camel to go through the eye of a needle
            COMPILATION                            than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
As Jesus started on his way, a certain ruler       God."
ran up to him and fell on his knees before               When the disciples heard this, they
him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what               were greatly astonished and asked, "Who
good thing must I do to inherit eternal            then can be saved?"
life?"                                                   Jesus looked at them and said, "With
      "Why do you call me good & why do            man this is impossible, but not with God;
you ask me about what is good?" Jesus              all things are possible with God."
answered. "There is only One who is                      Peter answered him, "We have left
good. No one is good—except God alone.             everything to follow you! What then will
If you want to enter life, obey the                there be for us?"
commandments."                                           Jesus said to them, "I tell you the
      "Which ones?" the man inquired.              truth, at the renewal of all things, when the
      Jesus replied, " You know the                Son of Man sits on his glorious throne,
commandments: 'Do not murder, do not               you who have followed me will also sit on
commit adultery, do not steal, do not give         twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes
false testimony, do not defraud, honor             of Israel. And everyone who has left
your father and mother,' and 'love your            houses or wife or brothers or sisters or
neighbor as yourself.'"                            father or mother or children or fields for
      "Teacher, all these I have kept since I      me and the gospel & for the sake of the
was a boy," the young man said. "What do           kingdom of God will receive a hundred
I still lack?"                                     times as much in this present age (homes,
      Jesus looked at him and loved him.           brothers, sisters, mothers, children and
"One thing you lack," he said. "If you             fields—and with them, persecutions) and
want to be perfect, go, sell everything you        in the age to come, and will inherit eternal
have and give to the poor, and you will            life. But many who are first will be last,
                                                   and many who are last will be first.

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                                                   made them equal to us who have borne the
      Parable of the Laborers                      burden of the work and the heat of the
                                                   day.'
            Matthew 20:1-16                             13
1                                                          "But he answered one of them,
 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a
                                                   'Friend, I am not being unfair to you.
landowner who went out early in the
                                                   Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?
morning to hire men to work in his                 14
                                                      Take your pay and go. I want to give the
vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a
                                                   man who was hired last the same as I gave
denarius for the day and sent them into his
                                                   you. 15Don't I have the right to do what I
vineyard.
      3                                            want with my own money? Or are you
        "About the third hour he went out
                                                   envious because I am generous?'
and saw others standing in the marketplace              16
                                                           "So the last will be first, and the first
doing nothing. 4He told them, 'You also go
                                                   will be last."
and work in my vineyard, and I will pay
you whatever is right.' 5So they went.                         Foretells Death
      "He went out again about the sixth
hour and the ninth hour and did the same                      and Resurrection
thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went                        Matthew 20:17-19
out and found still others standing around.        17
                                                     Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
He asked them, 'Why have you been                  he took the twelve disciples aside and said
standing here all day long doing nothing?'         to them, 18"We are going up to Jerusalem,
      7
        " 'Because no one has hired us,' they      and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the
answered. "He said to them, 'You also go           chief priests and the teachers of the law.
and work in my vineyard.'                          They will condemn him to death 19and will
      8
        "When evening came, the owner of           turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked
the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the        and flogged and crucified. On the third
workers and pay them their wages,                  day he will be raised to life!"
beginning with the last ones hired and
going on to the first.'                                          Mark 10:32-34
      9                                            32
        "The workers who were hired about            They were on their way up to Jerusalem,
the eleventh hour came and each received           with Jesus leading the way, and the
a denarius. 10So when those came who               disciples were astonished, while those who
were hired first, they expected to receive         followed were afraid. Again he took the
more. But each one of them also received           Twelve aside and told them what was
a denarius. 11When they received it, they          going to happen to him. 33"We are going
began to grumble against the landowner.            up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of
12
   'These men who were hired last worked           Man will be betrayed to the chief priests
only one hour,' they said, 'and you have           and teachers of the law. They will


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condemn him to death and will hand him          and they did not know what he was talking
over to the Gentiles, 34who will mock him       about.
and spit on him, flog him and kill him.
Three days later he will rise."                          Request of James‘
             Luke 18:31-34
                                                         and John‘s Mother
31
  Jesus took the Twelve aside and told                     Matthew 20:20-28
them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and        20
                                                  Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came
everything that is written by the prophets      to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,
about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32He    asked a favor of him.
will be handed over to the Gentiles. They             21
                                                         "What is it you want?" he asked.
will mock him, insult him, spit on him,         She said, "Grant that one of these two sons
flog him and kill him. 33On the third day       of mine may sit at your right and the other
he will rise again."                            at your left in your kingdom."
     34                                               22
       The disciples did not understand any             "You don't know what you are
of this. Its meaning was hidden from them,      asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you
and they did not know what he was talking       drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We
about.                                          can," they answered.
                                                      23
                                                         Jesus said to them, "You will indeed
           COMPILATION
                                                drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or
They were on their way up to Jerusalem,
                                                left is not for me to grant. These places
with Jesus leading the way, and the
                                                belong to those for whom they have been
disciples were astonished, while those who
                                                prepared by my Father."
followed were afraid. Again he took the               24
                                                         When the ten heard about this, they
Twelve aside and told them what was
                                                were indignant with the two brothers.
going to happen to him. "We are going up        25
                                                   Jesus called them together and said,
to Jerusalem," he said, "and everything
                                                "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles
that is written by the prophets about the
                                                lord it over them, and their high officials
Son of Man will be fulfilled. The Son of
                                                exercise authority over them. 26Not so with
Man will be betrayed to the chief priests
                                                you. Instead, whoever wants to become
and teachers of the law. They will
                                                great among you must be your servant,
condemn him to death and will hand him          27
                                                   and whoever wants to be first must be
over to the Gentiles, who will mock him,
                                                your slave— 28just as the Son of Man did
insult him, and spit on him, flog him and
                                                not come to be served, but to serve, and to
kill him (crucified). On the third day he
                                                give his life as a ransom for many."
will be raised to life!"
     The disciples did not understand any                    Mark 10:32-34
of this. Its meaning was hidden from them,


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35
   Then James and John, the sons of                "we want you to do for us whatever we
Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they              ask."
said, "we want you to do for us whatever                "What do you want me to do for
we ask."                                           you?" he asked.
      36
        "What do you want me to do for             She said, "Grant that one of these two sons
you?" he asked.                                    of mine may sit at your right and the other
      37
         They replied, "Let one of us sit at       at your left in your kingdom."
your right and the other at your left in your           "You don't know what you are
glory."                                            asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you
      38
         "You don't know what you are              drink the cup I am going to drink or be
asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the            baptized with the baptism I am baptized
cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism        with?" "We can," they answered.
I am baptized with?"                                    Jesus said to them, "You will indeed
      39
         "We can," they answered. Jesus said       drink from my cup and be baptized with
to them, "You will drink the cup I drink           the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit
and be baptized with the baptism I am              at my right or left is not for me to grant.
baptized with, 40but to sit at my right or         These places belong to those for whom
left is not for me to grant. These places          they have been prepared by my Father."
belong to those for whom they have been                 When the ten heard about this, they
prepared."                                         were indignant with the two brothers.
      41
        When the ten heard about this, they        Jesus called them together and said, "You
became indignant with James and John.              know that those who are regarded as the
42
  Jesus called them together and said,             rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
"You know that those who are regarded              and their high officials exercise authority
as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,       over them. Not so with you. Instead,
and their high officials exercise authority        whoever wants to become great among
over them. 43Not so with you. Instead,             you must be your servant, 27and whoever
whoever wants to become great among                wants to be first must be slave of all. For
you must be your servant, 44and whoever            even as the Son of Man did not come to be
wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For      served, but to serve, and to give his life as
even the Son of Man did not come to be             a ransom for many."
served, but to serve, and to give his life as
a ransom for many."                                     Blind Bartimaeus Healed
            COMPILATION                                       Matthew 20:29-34
                                                   29
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came                As Jesus and his disciples were leaving
to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,         Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
                                                   30
asked a favor of him. "Teacher," they said,          Two blind men were sitting by the


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                                                      52
roadside, and when they heard that Jesus                "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has
was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of        healed you." Immediately he received his
David, have mercy on us!"                        sight and followed Jesus along the road.
     31
        The crowd rebuked them and told
them to be quiet, but they shouted all the                    Luke 18:35-43
                                                 35
louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy             As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind
on us!"                                          man was sitting by the roadside begging.
                                                 36
     32
       Jesus stopped and called them.               When he heard the crowd going by, he
"What do you want me to do for you?" he          asked what was happening. 37They told
asked.                                           him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
                                                      38
     33
        "Lord," they answered, "we want                  He called out, "Jesus, Son of David,
our sight."                                      have mercy on me!"
                                                      39
     34
        Jesus had compassion on them and                 Those who led the way rebuked him
touched their eyes. Immediately they             and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all
received their sight and followed him.           the more, "Son of David, have mercy on
                                                 me!"
                                                      40
            Mark 10:46-52                               Jesus stopped and ordered the man
46
  Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and        to be brought to him. When he came near,
his disciples, together with a large crowd,      Jesus asked him, 41"What do you want me
were leaving the city, a blind man,              to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he
Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus),        replied.
                                                      42
was sitting by the roadside begging.                    Jesus said to him, "Receive your
47
  When he heard that it was Jesus of             sight; your faith has healed you."
                                                 43
Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son            Immediately he received his sight and
of David, have mercy on me!"                     followed Jesus, praising God. When all
     8
       Many rebuked him and told him to be       the people saw it, they also praised God.
quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of
David, have mercy on me!"                                   COMPILATION
     49
        Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."      As Jesus approached Jericho, two blind
So they called to the blind man, "Cheer          men was sitting by the roadside begging.
up! On your feet! He's calling you."             Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and
50
  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to         his disciples, together with a large crowd,
his feet and came to Jesus.                      were leaving the city, a blind man,
     51
        "What do you want me to do for           Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus),
you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man             was sitting by the roadside begging.
said, "Rabbi, I want to see."                         When he heard the crowd going by,
                                                 he asked what was happening. They told
                                                 him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."


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                                                       7
     They began to shout, "Lord Jesus, Son               All the people saw this and began to
of David, have mercy on me!"                      mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a
     Many who led the way rebuked him             'sinner.' "
                                                       8
and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all             But Zacchaeus stood up and said to
the more, "Son of David, have mercy on            the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I
me!"                                              give half of my possessions to the poor,
     Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."          and if I have cheated anybody out of
     So they called to the blind man,             anything, I will pay back four times the
"Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling             amount."
                                                       9
you." Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped                Jesus said to him, "Today salvation
to his feet and came to Jesus.                    has come to this house, because this man,
     When he came near, Jesus asked him,          too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of
"What do you want me to do for you?"              Man came to seek and to save what was
"Lord, we want to see," he replied.               lost."
     Jesus had compassion on them and
touched their eyes. "Go," said Jesus,                  Parable of the Ten Minas
"receive your sight; your faith has healed
                                                               Luke 19:11-27
you." Immediately they received their             11
                                                    While they were listening to this, he
sight and followed Jesus along the road,
                                                  went on to tell them a parable, because he
praising God. When all the people saw it,
                                                  was near Jerusalem and the people thought
they also praised God.
                                                  that the kingdom of God was going to
    Conversion of Zacchaeus                       appear at once. 12He said: "A man of noble
                                                  birth went to a distant country to have
             Luke 19:1-10                         himself appointed king and then to return.
1                                                 13
 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing              So he called ten of his servants and gave
through. 2A man was there by the name of          them ten minas.'Put this money to work,'
Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector           he said, 'until I come back.'
and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who                 14
                                                          "But his subjects hated him and sent
Jesus was, but being a short man he could         a delegation after him to say, 'We don't
not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran             want this man to be our king.'
                                                       15
ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to                  "He was made king, however, and
see him, since Jesus was coming that way.         returned home. Then he sent for the
     5
       When Jesus reached the spot, he            servants to whom he had given the money,
looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus,            in order to find out what they had gained
come down immediately. I must stay at             with it.
your house today." 6So he came down at                 16
                                                          "The first one came and said, 'Sir,
once and welcomed him gladly.                     your mina has earned ten more.'


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     17                                                 55
         " 'Well done, my good servant!' his              When it was almost time for the Jewish
master replied. 'Because you have been                  Passover, many went up from the country
trustworthy in a very small matter, take                to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing
charge of ten cities.'                                  before the Passover. 56They kept looking
      18
         "The second came and said, 'Sir,               for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple
your mina has earned five more.'                        area they asked one another, "What do you
      19
         "His master answered, 'You take                think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"
                                                        57
charge of five cities.'                                    But the chief priests and Pharisees had
      20
         "Then another servant came and                 given orders that if anyone found out
said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it           where Jesus was, he should report it so
laid away in a piece of cloth. 21I was afraid           that they might arrest him.
of you, because you are a hard man. You
take out what you did not put in and reap                       Mary Anoints Jesus
what you did not sow.'
      22                                                              John 12:1-11
         "His master replied, 'I will judge you         1
                                                          Six days before the Passover, Jesus
by your own words, you wicked servant!
                                                        arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived,
You knew, did you, that I am a hard man,
                                                        whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
taking out what I did not put in, and                   2
                                                          Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor.
reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then
                                                        Martha served, while Lazarus was among
didn't you put my money on deposit, so
                                                        those reclining at the table with him.
that when I came back, I could have                     3
                                                          Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard,
collected it with interest?'
      24                                                an expensive perfume; she poured it on
         "Then he said to those standing by,
                                                        Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair.
'Take his mina away from him and give it
                                                        And the house was filled with the
to the one who has ten minas.'
      25                                                fragrance of the perfume.
         " 'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'            4
      26                                                        But one of his disciples, Judas
         "He replied, 'I tell you that to
                                                        Iscariot, who was later to betray him,
everyone who has, more will be given, but
                                                        objected, 5"Why wasn't this perfume sold
as for the one who has nothing, even what
                                                        and the money given to the poor? It was
he has will be taken away. 27But those
                                                        worth a year's wages." 6He did not say this
enemies of mine who did not want me to
                                                        because he cared about the poor but
be king over them—bring them here and
                                                        because he was a thief; as keeper of the
kill them in front of me."
                                                        money bag, he used to help himself to
 Looking for Jesus at Passover                          what was put into it.
                                                              7
                                                                "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It
               John 11:55-57                            was intended that she should save this
                                                        perfume for the day of my burial. 8You


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will always have the poor among you, but          name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the
you will not always have me."                     highest!"
     9
       Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews
found out that Jesus was there and came,                        Mark 11:1-11
                                                  1
not only because of him but also to see             As they approached Jerusalem and came
Lazarus, whom he had raised from the              to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of
dead. 10So the chief priests made plans to        Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
                                                  2
kill Lazarus as well, 11for on account of           saying to them, "Go to the village ahead
him many of the Jews were going over to           of you, and just as you enter it, you will
Jesus and putting their faith in him.             find a colt tied there, which no one has
                                                  ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If
         Triumphal Entry                          anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing
                                                  this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will
            Matthew 21:1-9                        send it back here shortly.' "
1                                                       4
 As they approached Jerusalem and came                    They went and found a colt outside in
to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,              the street, tied at a doorway. As they
Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them,        untied it, 5some people standing there
"Go to the village ahead of you, and at           asked, "What are you doing, untying that
once you will find a donkey tied there, with      colt?" 6They answered as Jesus had told
her colt by her. Untie them and bring them        them to, and the people let them go. 7When
to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell      they brought the colt to Jesus and threw
him that the Lord needs them, and he will         their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8Many
send them right away."                            people spread their cloaks on the road,
     4
       This took place to fulfill what was        while others spread branches they had cut
spoken through the prophet: 5"Say to the          in the fields. 9Those who went ahead and
Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to        those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!"
you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a          "Blessed is he who comes in the name of
colt, the foal of a donkey.' "                    the Lord!" 10"Blessed is the coming
     6
       The disciples went and did as Jesus        kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna
had instructed them. 7They brought the            in the highest!"
donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on             11
                                                           Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to
them, and Jesus sat on them. 8A very large        the temple. He looked around at
crowd spread their cloaks on the road,            everything, but since it was already late,
while others cut branches from the trees          he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
and spread them on the road. 9The crowds
that went ahead of him and those that                          Luke 19:28-44
                                                  28
followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of           After Jesus had said this, he went on
David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the           ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he
                                                  approached Bethphage and Bethany at the

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                                                     44
hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two          They will dash you to the ground, you
of his disciples, saying to them, 30"Go to           and the children within your walls. They
the village ahead of you, and as you enter           will not leave one stone on another,
it, you will find a colt tied there, which no        because you did not recognize the time of
one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it           God's coming to you."
here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you
untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "                     John 12:12-19
                                                     12
      32
         Those who were sent ahead went                The next day the great crowd that had
and found it just as he had told them. 33As          come for the Feast heard that Jesus was
they were untying the colt, its owners               on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm
asked them, "Why are you untying the                 branches and went out to meet him,
colt?"                                               shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who
      34
        They replied, "The Lord needs it."           comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed
      35
         They brought it to Jesus, threw their       is the King of Israel!" 14Jesus found a
cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As         young donkey and sat upon it, as it is
he went along, people spread their cloaks            written, 15"Do not be afraid, O Daughter of
on the road.                                         Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a
      37
         When he came near the place where           donkey's colt."
                                                           16
the road goes down the Mount of Olives,                       At first his disciples did not
the whole crowd of disciples began                   understand all this. Only after Jesus was
joyfully to praise God in loud voices for            glorified did they realize that these things
all the miracles they had seen: 38"Blessed           had been written about him and that they
is the king who comes in the name of the             had done these things to him.
                                                           17
Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the                     Now the crowd that was with him
highest!"                                            when he called Lazarus from the tomb and
      39
         Some of the Pharisees in the crowd          raised him from the dead continued to
said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your                 spread the word. 18Many people, because
disciples!"                                          they had heard that he had given this
      40
        "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep      miraculous sign, went out to meet him.
                                                     19
quiet, the stones will cry out."                        So the Pharisees said to one another,
      41
         As he approached Jerusalem and              "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how
saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, "If        the whole world has gone after him!"
you, even you, had only known on this day                       COMPILATION
what would bring you peace—but now it is             After Jesus had said this, he went on
hidden from your eyes. 43The days will               ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
come upon you when your enemies will                      The next day the great crowd that had
build an embankment against you and                  come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on
encircle you and hem you in on every side.           his way to Jerusalem.

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      As he approached Bethphage and                   The crowds that went ahead of him
Bethany at the hill called the Mount of           and those that followed shouted,
Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,          "Hosanna!" "Hosanna to the Son of
saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of       David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the
you, and just as you enter it, you will find      name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of
a donkey tied there, with her colt by her,        Israel!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the
which no one has ever ridden. Untie them          highest!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
and bring them to me. If anyone asks you,              Some of the Pharisees in the crowd
'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The          said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your
Lord needs it and will send it back here          disciples!"
shortly.' "                                            "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep
      This took place to fulfill what was         quiet, the stones will cry out."
spoken through the prophet: 5"Say to the               As he approached Jerusalem and saw
Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes           the city, he wept over it and said, "If you,
to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a       even you, had only known on this day
colt, the foal of a donkey.' "                    what would bring you peace—but now it
      The disciples went and did as Jesus         is hidden from your eyes. The days will
had instructed them. They went and found          come upon you when your enemies will
a colt outside in the street, tied at a           build an embankment against you and
doorway. As they were untying the colt            encircle you and hem you in on every side.
some people standing there, its owners            They will dash you to the ground, you and
asked them, "What are you doing, untying          the children within your walls. They will
that colt?"                                       not leave one stone on another, because
      They answered as Jesus had told them        you did not recognize the time of God's
to, and they replied, "The Lord needs it."        coming to you."
The people let them go.                                At first his disciples did not
      When they brought the donkey and            understand all this. Only after Jesus was
the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and        glorified did they realize that these things
put Jesus on it and Jesus sat on them.            had been written about him and that they
      A very large crowd spread their             had done these things to him.
cloaks on the road, while others cut                   Now the crowd that was with him
branches from the trees in the fields and         when he called Lazarus from the tomb and
spread them on the road.                          raised him from the dead continued to
      When he came near the place where           spread the word. Many people, because
the road goes down the Mount of Olives,           they had heard that he had given this
the whole crowd of disciples began                miraculous sign, went out to meet him. So
joyfully to praise God in loud voices for         the Pharisees said to one another, "See,
all the miracles they had seen.

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                                                       17
this is getting us nowhere. Look how the                   And he left them and went out of the
whole world has gone after him!"                  city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
                                                        18
     Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to                   Early in the morning, as he was on
the temple. He looked around at                   his way back to the city, he was hungry.
                                                  19
everything, but since it was already late,          Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up
he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.           to it but found nothing on it except leaves.
                                                  Then he said to it, "May you never bear
     Jesus Curses the Fig Tree and                fruit again!" Immediately the tree
      Temple Cleansed 2nd Time                    withered.

           Matthew 21:10-19                                    Mark 11:12-18
10                                                12
   When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the                The next day as they were leaving
whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is         Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13Seeing in the
this?"                                            distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find
     11                                           out if it had any fruit. When he reached it,
       The crowds answered, "This is
Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in               he found nothing but leaves, because it
Galilee."                                         was not the season for figs. 14Then he said
12                                                to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from
  Jesus entered the temple area and drove
out all who were buying and selling there.        you again." And his disciples heard him
He overturned the tables of the money             say it.
                                                       15
changers and the benches of those selling                 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus
doves. 13"It is written," he said to them, "      entered the temple area and began driving
'My house will be called a house of               out those who were buying and selling
prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of          there. He overturned the tables of the
robbers.'"                                        money changers and the benches of those
     14
       The blind and the lame came to him         selling doves, 16and would not allow
at the temple, and he healed them. 15But          anyone to carry merchandise through the
when the chief priests and the teachers of        temple courts. 17And as he taught them, he
the law saw the wonderful things he did           said, "Is it not written: " 'My house will be
and the children shouting in the temple           called a house of prayer for all nations'?
area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they         But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"
                                                       18
were indignant.                                           The chief priests and the teachers of
     16                                           the law heard this and began looking for a
       "Do you hear what these children
are saying?" they asked him. "Yes,"               way to kill him, for they feared him,
replied Jesus, "have you never read, "            because the whole crowd was amazed at
'From the lips of children and infants you        his teaching.
have ordained praise'?"
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45
   Then he entered the temple area and                   The blind and the lame came to him at
began driving out those who were selling.           the temple, and he healed them. But when
46
   "It is written," he said to them," 'My           the chief priests and the teachers of the
house will be a house of prayer'; but you           law saw the wonderful things he did and
have made it 'a den of robbers.'"                   the children shouting in the temple area,
      47
         Every day he was teaching at the           "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were
temple                                              indignant.
                                                         "Do you hear what these children are
            COMPILATION                             saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied
     And he left them and went out of the           Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the
city to Bethany, where he spent the night.          lips of children and infants you have
Early in the morning, as he was on his way          ordained praise'?"
back to the city, Jesus was hungry. Seeing               The chief priests and the teachers of
in the distance a fig tree in leaf by the           the law heard this and began looking for a
road, he went to find out if it had any fruit.      way to kill him, for they feared him,
When he reached it, he found nothing but            because the whole crowd was amazed at
leaves, because it was not the season for           his teaching.
figs. Then he said to the tree, "May you
never bear fruit again! "May no one ever                  Greeks Seek Audience
eat fruit from you again." Immediately the
tree withered. And his disciples heard him
                                                               with Jesus
say it.                                                          John 12:20-22
     When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the              20
                                                       Now there were some Greeks among
whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is           those who went up to worship at the Feast.
this?"                                              21
                                                       They came to Philip, who was from
     The crowds answered, "This is Jesus,           Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir,"
the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."              they said, "we would like to see Jesus."
     On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered           22
                                                      Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and
the temple area and began driving out all           Philip in turn told Jesus.
those who were buying and selling there.
He overturned the tables of the money                    Jesus Foretells His Death
changers and the benches of those selling
doves, and would not allow anyone to                             John 12:20-36
                                                    23
carry merchandise through the temple                  Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the
courts. And as he taught them, he said, "Is         Son of Man to be glorified. 24I tell you the
it not written: " 'My house will be called a        truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the
house of prayer for all nations'? But you           ground and dies, it remains only a single
have made it a den of robbers.'"                    seed. But if it dies, it produces many
                                                    seeds. 25The man who loves his life will

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lose it, while the man who hates his life in                 The Jews Continue
this world will keep it for eternal life.
26
  Whoever serves me must follow me; and                       in Their Unbelief
where I am, my servant also will be. My                          John 12:37-50
Father will honor the one who serves me.            The Jews Continue in Their Unbelief
     27
        "Now my heart is troubled, and what         37
                                                       Even after Jesus had done all these
shall I say? 'Father, save me from this             miraculous signs in their presence, they
hour'? No, it was for this very reason I            still would not believe in him. 38This was
came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your           to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
name!"                                              "Lord, who has believed our message and
     Then a voice came from heaven, "I              to whom has the arm of the Lord been
have glorified it, and will glorify it again."      revealed?"
29
   The crowd that was there and heard it                  39
                                                             For this reason they could not
said it had thundered; others said an angel         believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
had spoken to him.                                  40
                                                       "He has blinded their eyes and deadened
     30
       Jesus said, "This voice was for your         their hearts, so they can neither see with
benefit, not mine. 31Now is the time for            their eyes, nor understand with their
judgment on this world; now the prince of           hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them."
this world will be driven out. 32But I, when        41
                                                       Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus'
I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all        glory and spoke about him.
men to myself." 33He said this to show the                42
                                                             Yet at the same time many even
kind of death he was going to die.                  among the leaders believed in him. But
     34
        The crowd spoke up, "We have                because of the Pharisees they would not
heard from the Law that the Christ will             confess their faith for fear they would be
remain forever, so how can you say, 'The            put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved
Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this          praise from men more than praise from
'Son of Man'?"                                      God.
     35
        Then Jesus told them, "You are                    44
                                                             Then Jesus cried out, "When a man
going to have the light just a little while         believes in me, he does not believe in me
longer. Walk while you have the light,              only, but in the one who sent me. 45When
before darkness overtakes you. The man              he looks at me, he sees the one who sent
who walks in the dark does not know                 me. 46I have come into the world as a light,
where he is going. 36Put your trust in the          so that no one who believes in me should
light while you have it, so that you may            stay in darkness.
become sons of light." When he had                        47
                                                             "As for the person who hears my
finished speaking, Jesus left and hid               words but does not keep them, I do not
himself from them.                                  judge him. For I did not come to judge the
                                                    world, but to save it. 48There is a judge for

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the one who rejects me and does not                  for in prayer, believe that you have
accept my words; that very word which I              received it, and it will be yours. 25And
spoke will condemn him at the last day.              when you stand praying, if you hold
49
   For I did not speak of my own accord,             anything against anyone, forgive him, so
but the Father who sent me commanded                 that your Father in heaven may forgive
me what to say and how to say it. 50I know           you your sins."
that his command leads to eternal life. So
whatever I say is just what the Father has                      COMPILATION
told me to say."                                     When evening came, they went out of the
                                                     city.
          Withered Fig Tree                                In the morning, as they went along,
                                                     they saw the fig tree withered from the
           Matthew 21:20-22                          roots. When the disciples saw this, they
20
  When the disciples saw this, they were             were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither
amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so              so quickly?" they asked.
quickly?" they asked.                                      Peter remembered and said to Jesus,
     21
       Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if      "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has
you have faith and do not doubt, not only            withered!"
can you do what was done to the fig tree,                  "Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go,          "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and
throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be         do not doubt, not only can you do what
done. 22If you believe, you will receive             was done to the fig tree, but also you can
whatever you ask for in prayer."                     say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself
                                                     into the sea,' and does not doubt in his
              Mark 11:19-26
     19                                              heart but believes that what he says will
        When evening came, they went out
                                                     happen, it will be done for him.
of the city.
     20                                                    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask
        In the morning, as they went along,
                                                     for in prayer, believe that you have
they saw the fig tree withered from the
                                                     received it, and it will be yours. And when
roots. 21Peter remembered and said to
                                                     you stand praying, if you hold anything
Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you
                                                     against anyone, forgive him, so that your
cursed has withered!"
     22                                              Father in heaven may forgive you your
       "Have faith in God," Jesus
                                                     sins."
answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone
says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself                Jesus‘ Authority Questioned
into the sea,' and does not doubt in his
heart but believes that what he says will                       Matthew 21:23-27
                                                     23
happen, it will be done for him.                      Jesus entered the temple courts, and,
24
  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask             while he was teaching, the chief priests

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and the elders of the people came to him.           feared the people, for everyone held that
"By what authority are you doing these              John really was a prophet.)
                                                        33
things?" they asked. "And who gave you                    So they answered Jesus, "We don't
this authority?"                                    know." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you
     24
        Jesus replied, "I will also ask you         by what authority I am doing these
one question. If you answer me, I will tell         things."
you by what authority I am doing these
things. 25John's baptism—where did it                              Luke 20:1-8
                                                    1
come from? Was it from heaven, or from               One day as he was teaching the people in
men?"                                               the temple courts and preaching the
     They discussed it among themselves             gospel, the chief priests and the teachers
and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he             of the law, together with the elders, came
will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe              up to him. 2"Tell us by what authority you
him?' 26But if we say, 'From men'—we are            are doing these things," they said. "Who
afraid of the people, for they all hold that        gave you this authority?"
                                                         3
John was a prophet."                                       He replied, "I will also ask you a
     27
       So they answered Jesus, "We don't            question. Tell me, 4John's baptism—was it
know." Then he said, "Neither will I tell           from heaven, or from men?"
                                                         5
you by what authority I am doing these                     They discussed it among themselves
things.                                             and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will
                                                    ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?' 6But if
             Mark 11:27-33
27                                                  we say, 'From men,' all the people will
  They arrived again in Jerusalem, and
                                                    stone us, because they are persuaded that
while Jesus was walking in the temple
                                                    John was a prophet."
courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the           7
                                                           So they answered, "We don't know
law and the elders came to him. 28"By
                                                    where it was from."
what authority are you doing these                       8
                                                           Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by
things?" they asked. "And who gave you
                                                    what authority I am doing these things."
authority to do this?"
     29
       Jesus replied, "I will ask you one                       COMPILATION
question. Answer me, and I will tell you            They arrived again in Jerusalem, and Jesus
by what authority I am doing these things.          entered the temple courts. While Jesus was
30
   John's baptism—was it from heaven, or            walking in the temple courts and he was
from men? Tell me!"                                 teaching the people and preaching the
     31
        They discussed it among themselves          gospel, the chief priests and the elders of
and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will        the people and the teachers of the law
ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'             came to him.
32
   But if we say, 'From men'...." (They


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                                                      38
     "Tell us by what authority are you                  "But when the tenants saw the son,
doing these things?" they asked. "And who         they said to each other, 'This is the heir.
gave you authority to do this?"                   Come, let's kill him and take his
     Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one      inheritance.' 39So they took him and threw
question. If you answer me, I will tell you       him out of the vineyard and killed him.
                                                       40
by what authority I am doing these things.               "Therefore, when the owner of the
John's baptism—was it from heaven, or             vineyard comes, what will he do to those
from men? Tell me!"                               tenants?"
                                                       41
     They discussed it among themselves                  "He will bring those wretches to a
and said, " If we say, 'From heaven,' he          wretched end," they replied, "and he will
will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe            rent the vineyard to other tenants, who
him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the          will give him his share of the crop at
people will stone us, (They feared the            harvest time."
                                                       42
people) because they are persuaded that                   Jesus said to them, "Have you never
John was a prophet."                              read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the
     So they answered, "We don't know             builders rejected has become the
where it was from."                               capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is
     Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by      marvelous in our eyes'?
                                                       43
what authority I am doing these things."                  "Therefore I tell you that the
                                                  kingdom of God will be taken away from
      Parable of the Tenants                      you and given to a people who will
                                                  produce its fruit. 44He who falls on this
          Matthew 21:33-45
33                                                stone will be broken to pieces, but he on
  "Listen to another parable: There was a
                                                  whom it falls will be crushed."
landowner who planted a vineyard. He put               45
                                                          When the chief priests and the
a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and
                                                  Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they
built a watchtower. Then he rented the
                                                  knew he was talking about them. 46They
vineyard to some farmers and went away
                                                  looked for a way to arrest him, but they
on a journey. 34When the harvest time
                                                  were afraid of the crowd because the
approached, he sent his servants to the
                                                  people held that he was a prophet.
tenants to collect his fruit.
     35
        "The tenants seized his servants;                      Mark 12:1-12
they beat one, killed another, and stoned a       1
                                                   He then began to speak to them in
third. 36Then he sent other servants to           parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He
them, more than the first time, and the           put a wall around it, dug a pit for the
tenants treated them the same way. 37Last         winepress and built a watchtower. Then he
of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will       rented the vineyard to some farmers and
respect my son,' he said.                         went away on a journey. 2At harvest time


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he sent a servant to the tenants to collect        handed. 11He sent another servant, but that
from them some of the fruit of the                 one also they beat and treated shamefully
vineyard. 3But they seized him, beat him           and sent away empty-handed. 12He sent
and sent him away empty-handed. 4Then              still a third, and they wounded him and
he sent another servant to them; they              threw him out.
                                                         13
struck this man on the head and treated                    "Then the owner of the vineyard
him shamefully. 5He sent still another, and        said, 'What shall I do? I will send my son,
that one they killed. He sent many others;         whom I love; perhaps they will respect
some of them they beat, others they killed.        him.'
     6                                                   14
       "He had one left to send, a son,                     "But when the tenants saw him, they
whom he loved. He sent him last of all,            talked the matter over. 'This is the heir,'
saying, 'They will respect my son.'                they said. 'Let's kill him, and the
     7
       "But the tenants said to one another,       inheritance will be ours.' 15So they threw
'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and       him out of the vineyard and killed him.
the inheritance will be ours.' 8So they took             "What then will the owner of the
him and killed him, and threw him out of           vineyard do to them? 16He will come and
the vineyard.                                      kill those tenants and give the vineyard to
     9
       "What then will the owner of the            others." When the people heard this, they
vineyard do? He will come and kill those           said, "May this never be!"
                                                         17
tenants and give the vineyard to others.                    Jesus looked directly at them and
10
   Haven't you read this scripture: " 'The         asked, "Then what is the meaning of that
stone the builders rejected has become the         which is written: " 'The stone the builders
capstone; 11the Lord has done this, and it is      rejected has become the capstone‘?
                                                   18
marvelous in our eyes'?"                              Everyone who falls on that stone will be
     12
        Then they looked for a way to arrest       broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls
him because they knew he had spoken the            will be crushed."
                                                         19
parable against them. But they were afraid                 The teachers of the law and the
of the crowd; so they left him and went            chief priests looked for a way to arrest him
away.                                              immediately, because they knew he had
                                                   spoken this parable against them. But they
              Luke 20:9-19                         were afraid of the people.
9
 He went on to tell the people this parable:
"A man planted a vineyard, rented it to                       COMPILATION
some farmers and went away for a long              He then began to speak to them in
time. 10At harvest time he sent a servant to       parables: Listen to another parable: There
the tenants so they would give him some            was a landowner who planted a vineyard.
of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants      He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the
beat him and sent him away empty-                  winepress and built a watchtower. Then he


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rented the vineyard to some farmers and                Jesus looked directly at them and
went away on a journey. When the harvest          asked, "Then what is the meaning of that
time approached, he sent a servant to the         which is written: Everyone who falls on
tenants to collect from them some of the          that stone will be broken to pieces, but he
fruit of the vineyard.                            on whom it falls will be crushed."
     But they seized him, beat him and                 When the teachers of the law and the
sent him away empty-handed. Then he               chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus'
sent another servant to them; they struck         parables, they looked for a way to arrest
this man on the head and treated him              him immediately because they knew he
shamefully and sent away empty-handed.            had spoken this parable against them.
     He sent still a third and they wounded            But they were afraid of the crowd
him and threw him out. He sent still              because the people held that he was a
another, and that one they killed. He sent        prophet; so they left him and went away.
many others; some of them they beat,
others they killed.                                    Parable of the Two Sons
     "Then the owner of the vineyard said,
                                                             Matthew 21:28-32
'What shall I do? He had one left to send. I      28
                                                     "What do you think? There was a man
will send my son, whom I love; perhaps
                                                  who had two sons. He went to the first and
they will respect him.'
                                                  said, 'Son, go and work today in the
     "But when the tenants saw the son,
                                                  vineyard.'
they talked the matter over. they said to              29
                                                          " 'I will not,' he answered, but later
each other, 'This is the heir. Come, let's
                                                  he changed his mind and went.
kill him and take his inheritance.'                    30
                                                          "Then the father went to the other
     So they took him and threw him out
                                                  son and said the same thing. He answered,
of the vineyard and killed him.
                                                  'I will, sir,' but he did not go.
     "Therefore, when the owner of the                 31
                                                          "Which of the two did what his
vineyard comes, what will he do to those
                                                  father wanted?" "The first," they
tenants?"
                                                  answered.
     "He will bring those wretches to a
                                                       Jesus said to them, "I tell you the
wretched end," they replied, "and he will
                                                  truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes
rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will
                                                  are entering the kingdom of God ahead of
give him his share of the crop at harvest
                                                  you. 32For John came to you to show you
time."
                                                  the way of righteousness, and you did not
     Jesus said to them, "Have you never
                                                  believe him, but the tax collectors and the
read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the
                                                  prostitutes did. And even after you saw
builders rejected has become the capstone;
                                                  this, you did not repent and believe him.
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous
in our eyes'?

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                                                       13
          Parable of the                                  "Then the king told the attendants,
                                                  'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him
         Wedding Banquet                          outside, into the darkness, where there will
           Matthew 22:1-14                        be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
                                                       14
1
 Jesus spoke to them again in parables,                   "For many are invited, but few are
saying: 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a         chosen."
king who prepared a wedding banquet for
his son. 3He sent his servants to those who
                                                            Tribute to Caesar
had been invited to the banquet to tell                      Matthew 22:15-22
them to come, but they refused to come.           15
                                                    Then the Pharisees went out and laid
      4
        "Then he sent some more servants          plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent
and said, 'Tell those who have been invited       their disciples to him along with the
that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen           Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know
and fattened cattle have been butchered,          you are a man of integrity and that you
and everything is ready. Come to the              teach the way of God in accordance with
wedding banquet.'                                 the truth. You aren't swayed by men,
      5
        "But they paid no attention and went      because you pay no attention to who they
off—one to his field, another to his              are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion?
business. 6The rest seized his servants,          Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
mistreated them and killed them. 7The                   18
                                                           But Jesus, knowing their evil intent,
king was enraged. He sent his army and            said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying
destroyed those murderers and burned              to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for
their city.                                       paying the tax." They brought him a
      8
        "Then he said to his servants, 'The       denarius, 20and he asked them, "Whose
wedding banquet is ready, but those I             portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the             21
                                                          "Caesar's," they replied. Then he
street corners and invite to the banquet          said to them, "Give to Caesar what is
anyone you find.' 10So the servants went          Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
out into the streets and gathered all the               22
                                                           When they heard this, they were
people they could find, both good and bad,        amazed. So they left him and went away.
and the wedding hall was filled with
guests.                                                        Mark 12:13-17
      11                                          13
         "But when the king came in to see          Later they sent some of the Pharisees
the guests, he noticed a man there who            and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his
was not wearing wedding clothes.                  words. 14They came to him and said,
12                                                "Teacher, we know you are a man of
   'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in
here without wedding clothes?' The man            integrity. You aren't swayed by men,
was speechless.                                   because you pay no attention to who they

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are; but you teach the way of God in               Later the Pharisees went out and laid plans
accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay      to trap him in his words. Keeping a close
taxes to Caesar or not? 15Should we pay or         watch on him, they sent spies, some of the
shouldn't we?"                                     Pharisees’s disciples and Herodians, who
      But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why         pretended to be honest. They hoped to
are you trying to trap me?" he asked.              catch Jesus in something he said so that
"Bring me a denarius and let me look at            they might hand him over to the power
it." 16They brought the coin, and he asked         and authority of the governor.
them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose                So the spies questioned him:
inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied.            "Teacher," they said, "we know you are a
      17
         Then Jesus said to them, "Give to         man of integrity and that you speak and
Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is         teach the way of God in accordance with
God's." And they were amazed at him.               the truth. You aren't swayed by men,
                                                   because you pay no attention to who they
             Luke 20:20-26                         are; but you teach the way of God in
20
  Keeping a close watch on him, they sent          accordance with the truth. Tell us then,
spies, who pretended to be honest. They            what is your opinion? Is it right for us to
hoped to catch Jesus in something he said          pay taxes to Caesar or not?" Should we
so that they might hand him over to the            pay or shouldn't we?"
power and authority of the governor. 21So               But Jesus, knowing their evil intent,
the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we             said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying
know that you speak and teach what is              to trap me? "Bring me a denarius and let
right, and that you do not show partiality         me look at it."
but teach the way of God in accordance                  They brought him a denarius, and he
with the truth. 22Is it right for us to pay        asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And
taxes to Caesar or not?"                           whose inscription are on it?"
     23
        He saw through their duplicity and              "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said
said to them, 24"Show me a denarius.               to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's,
Whose portrait and inscription are on it?"         and to God what is God's."
     25
        "Caesar's," they replied. He said to            When they heard this, they were
them, "Then give to Caesar what is                 amazed. They were unable to trap him in
Caesar's, and to God what is God's."               what he had said there in public. And
     26
        They were unable to trap him in            astonished by his answer, they became
what he had said there in public. And              silent. So they left him and went away.
astonished by his answer, they became
silent.                                                    Sadducces Question
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           Matthew 22:23-33                       leaving any children. 21The second one
23                                                married the widow, but he also died,
  That same day the Sadducees, who say
there is no resurrection, came to him with        leaving no child. It was the same with the
a question. 24"Teacher," they said, "Moses        third. 22In fact, none of the seven left any
told us that if a man dies without having         children. Last of all, the woman died too.
                                                  23
children, his brother must marry the                 At the resurrection whose wife will she
widow and have children for him. 25Now            be, since the seven were married to her?"
                                                        24
there were seven brothers among us. The                   Jesus replied, "Are you not in error
first one married and died, and since he          because you do not know the Scriptures or
had no children, he left his wife to his          the power of God? 25When the dead rise,
brother. 26The same thing happened to the         they will neither marry nor be given in
second and third brother, right on down to        marriage; they will be like the angels in
the seventh. 27Finally, the woman died.           heaven. 26Now about the dead rising—
28                                                have you not read in the book of Moses, in
  Now then, at the resurrection, whose
wife will she be of the seven, since all of       the account of the bush, how God said to
them were married to her?"                        him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God
      29
         Jesus replied, "You are in error         of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27He is
because you do not know the Scriptures or         not the God of the dead, but of the living.
the power of God. 30At the resurrection           You are badly mistaken!"
people will neither marry nor be given in
                                                               Luke 20:27-40
marriage; they will be like the angels in         27
                                                     Some of the Sadducees, who say there is
heaven. 31But about the resurrection of the
                                                  no resurrection, came to Jesus with a
dead—have you not read what God said to
                                                  question. 28"Teacher," they said, "Moses
you, 32'I am the God of Abraham, the God
                                                  wrote for us that if a man's brother dies
of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not
                                                  and leaves a wife but no children, the man
the God of the dead but of the living."
      33                                          must marry the widow and have children
         When the crowds heard this, they
                                                  for his brother. 29Now there were seven
were astonished at his teaching.
                                                  brothers. The first one married a woman
             Mark 12:18-27                        and died childless. 30The second 31and then
18                                                the third married her, and in the same way
   Then the Sadducees, who say there is no
resurrection, came to him with a question.        the seven died, leaving no children.
                                                  32
19
   "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for            Finally, the woman died too. 33Now then,
us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a      at the resurrection whose wife will she be,
wife but no children, the man must marry          since the seven were married to her?"
                                                        34
the widow and have children for his                       Jesus replied, "The people of this
brother. 20Now there were seven brothers.         age marry and are given in marriage.
                                                  35
The first one married and died without               But those who are considered worthy of


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taking part in that age and in the                marry and are given in marriage. But those
resurrection from the dead will neither           who are considered worthy of taking part
marry nor be given in marriage, 36and             in that age and in the resurrection from the
they can no longer die; for they are like         dead will neither marry nor be given in
the angels. They are God's children, since        marriage, and they can no longer die; for
they are children of the resurrection. 37But      they are like the angels in heaven. They
in the account of the bush, even Moses            are God's children, since they are children
showed that the dead rise, for he calls the       of the resurrection.
Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of               But about the resurrection of the
Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' 38He is not         dead— in the account of the bush, even
the God of the dead, but of the living, for       Moses showed that the dead rise, for he
to him all are alive."                            calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and
     39
        Some of the teachers of the law           the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
responded, "Well said, teacher!" 40And no         He is not the God of the dead, but of the
one dared to ask him any more questions.          living, for to him all are alive. He is not
                                                  the God of the dead, but of the living. You
           COMPILATION                            are badly mistaken!"
That same day some of the Sadducees the                When the crowds heard this, they
Sadducees, who say there is no                    were astonished at his teaching. Some of
resurrection, came to Jesus with a                the teachers of the law responded, "Well
question.                                         said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask
     "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote &         him any more questions.
told us that if a man's brother dies and
leaves a wife but no children the man must               What is Greatest Law
marry the widow and have children for his
brother. Now there were seven brothers                       Matthew 22:34-40
                                                  34
among us. The first one married and died,            Hearing that Jesus had silenced the
and since he had no children, he left his         Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
                                                  35
wife to his brother. In fact, the same thing         One of them, an expert in the law, tested
happened to the second and third brother,         him with this question:
                                                        36
right on down to the seventh. Last of all,                "Teacher, which is the greatest
the woman died too. Now then, at the              commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus
resurrection, whose wife will she be of the       replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all
seven, since all of them were married to          your heart and with all your soul and with
her?"                                             all your mind.' 38This is the first and
     Jesus replied, "Are you not in error         greatest commandment. 39And the second
because you do not know the Scriptures or         is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
the power of God. The people of this age


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40
  All the Law and the Prophets hang on           is the most important commandment in the
these two commandments."                         Law?"
                                                      "The most important one," answered
            Mark 12:28-34                        Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our
28
  One of the teachers of the law came and        God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your
heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus         God with all your heart and with all your
had given them a good answer, he asked           soul and with all your mind and with all
him, "Of all the commandments, which is          your strength.' The second is like it: 'Love
the most important?"                             your neighbor as yourself.' 'There is no
     29
       "The most important one," answered        commandment greater than these. All the
Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord       Law and the Prophets hang on these two
our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord        commandments."
your God with all your heart and with all             "Well said, teacher," the man replied.
your soul and with all your mind and with        "You are right in saying that God is one
all your strength.' 31The second is this:        and there is no other but him. To love him
'Love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is       with all your heart, with all your
no commandment greater than these."              understanding and with all your strength,
     32
       "Well said, teacher," the man             and to love your neighbor as yourself is
replied. "You are right in saying that God       more important than all burnt offerings
is one and there is no other but him. 33To       and sacrifices."
love him with all your heart, with all your           When Jesus saw that he had answered
understanding and with all your strength,        wisely, he said to him, "You are not far
and to love your neighbor as yourself is         from the kingdom of God." And from then
more important than all burnt offerings          on no one dared ask him any more
and sacrifices."                                 questions.
     34
        When Jesus saw that he had
answered wisely, he said to him, "You are             How is Christ David‘s Son
not far from the kingdom of God." And
from then on no one dared ask him any                       Matthew 22:41-46
                                                 41
more questions.                                    While the Pharisees were gathered
                                                 together, Jesus asked them, 42"What do
           COMPILATION                           you think about the Christ? Whose son is
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the              he?" "The son of David," they replied.
Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One           43
                                                        He said to them, "How is it then that
of them, an expert in the law & teachers of      David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him
the law came and heard them debating.            'Lord'? For he says, 44" 'The Lord said to
Noticing that Jesus had given them a good        my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put
answer, tested him with this question:           your enemies under your feet." ' 45If then
"Teacher, of all the commandments, which

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David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his         for your feet." 'If then David calls him
son?" 46No one could say a word in reply,         'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
and from that day on no one dared to ask               The large crowd listened to him with
him any more questions.                           delight. No one could say a word in reply,
                                                  and from that day on no one dared to ask
             Mark 12:35-37                        him any more questions.
    35
       While Jesus was teaching in the
temple courts, he asked, "How is it that the                   Seven Woes
teachers of the law say that the Christ is
the son of David? 36David himself,                           Matthew 23:1-39
                                                  1
speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: "            Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his
'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right       disciples: 2"The teachers of the law and
hand until I put your enemies under your          the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3So you
feet." ' 37David himself calls him 'Lord.'        must obey them and do everything they tell
How then can he be his son?" The large            you. But do not do what they do, for they
crowd listened to him with delight.               do not practice what they preach. 4They tie
                                                  up heavy loads and put them on men's
             Luke 20:41-44                        shoulders, but they themselves are not
    41
       Then Jesus said to them, "How is it        willing to lift a finger to move them.
that they say the Christ is the Son of                  5
                                                         "Everything they do is done for men
David? 42David himself declares in the            to see: They make their phylacteries wide
Book of Psalms: " 'The Lord said to my            and the tassels on their garments long;
Lord: "Sit at my right hand 43until I make        6
                                                    they love the place of honor at banquets
your enemies a footstool for your feet." '        and the most important seats in the
44
   David calls him 'Lord.' How then can he        synagogues; 7they love to be greeted in the
be his son?"                                      marketplaces and to have men call them
                                                  'Rabbi.'
           COMPILATION                                  8
                                                         "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,'
While the Pharisees were gathered
                                                  for you have only one Master and you are
together & Jesus was teaching in the
                                                  all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on
temple courts, he asked, "What do you
                                                  earth 'father,' for you have one Father,
think about the Christ? Whose son is he?"
                                                  and he is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be
     "The son of David," they replied.
                                                  called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher,
     "How is it that the teachers of the law
                                                  the Christ. 11The greatest among you will
say that the Christ is the son of David?
                                                  be your servant. 12For whoever exalts
David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit
                                                  himself will be humbled, and whoever
declares in the Book of Psalms: " 'The
                                                  humbles himself will be exalted.
Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right
hand until I make your enemies a footstool

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    13
       "Woe to you, teachers of the law and        mercy and faithfulness. You should have
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the            practiced the latter, without neglecting the
kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You              former. 24You blind guides! You strain out
yourselves do not enter, nor will you let          a gnat but swallow a camel.
                                                         25
those enter who are trying to.                             "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
     14
        Woe to you, teachers of the law and        Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour              outside of the cup and dish, but inside they
widows' houses and for a show make                 are full of greed and self-indulgence.
                                                   26
lengthy prayers. Therefore you will be                Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of
punished more severely.                            the cup and dish, and then the outside also
     15
       "Woe to you, teachers of the law and        will be clean.
                                                         27
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over                 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
land and sea to win a single convert, and          Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like
when he becomes one, you make him twice            whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful
as much a son of hell as you are.                  on the outside but on the inside are full of
     16
       "Woe to you, blind guides! You say,         dead men's bones and everything unclean.
                                                   28
'If anyone swears by the temple, it means             In the same way, on the outside you
nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold          appear to people as righteous but on the
of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'           inside you are full of hypocrisy and
17
  You blind fools! Which is greater: the           wickedness.
                                                         29
gold, or the temple that makes the gold                    "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
sacred? 18You also say, 'If anyone swears          Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build
by the altar, it means nothing; but if             tombs for the prophets and decorate the
anyone swears by the gift on it, he is             graves of the righteous. 30And you say, 'If
bound by his oath.' 19You blind men!               we had lived in the days of our forefathers,
Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that      we would not have taken part with them in
makes the gift sacred? 20Therefore, he who         shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31So
swears by the altar swears by it and by            you testify against yourselves that you are
everything on it. 21And he who swears by           the descendants of those who murdered
the temple swears by it and by the one who         the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure
dwells in it. 22And he who swears by               of the sin of your forefathers!
                                                   33
heaven swears by God's throne and by the             "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How
one who sits on it.                                will you escape being condemned to hell?
     23                                            34
       "Woe to you, teachers of the law and          Therefore I am sending you prophets and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a              wise men and teachers. Some of them you
tenth of your spices—mint, dill and                will kill and crucify; others you will flog in
cummin. But you have neglected the more            your synagogues and pursue from town to
important matters of the law—justice,              town. 35And so upon you will come all the

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righteous blood that has been shed on                            COMPILATION
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to           Then while all the people were listening,
the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah,              Jesus said to his disciples, "The teachers of
whom you murdered between the temple                 the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses'
and the altar. 36I tell you the truth, all this      seat. So you must obey them and do
will come upon this generation.                      everything they tell you. But do not do
      37
        "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who             what they do, for they do not practice what
kill the prophets and stone those sent to            they preach. They tie up heavy loads and
you, how often I have longed to gather               put them on men's shoulders, but they
your children together, as a hen gathers             themselves are not willing to lift a finger
her chicks under her wings, but you were             to move them.
not willing. 38Look, your house is left to                "Everything they do is done for men
you desolate. 39For I tell you, you will not         to see: They make their phylacteries wide
see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he           and the tassels on their garments long;
who comes in the name of the Lord.' "                they love the place of honor at banquets
                                                     and the most important seats in the
              Mark 12:38-40
38                                                   synagogues; they love to be greeted in the
  As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for
                                                     marketplaces and to have men call them
the teachers of the law. They like to walk
                                                     'Rabbi.'
around in flowing robes and be greeted in
                                                          "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,'
the marketplaces, 39and have the most
                                                     for you have only one Master and you are
important seats in the synagogues and the
                                                     all brothers. And do not call anyone on
places of honor at banquets. 40They
                                                     earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and
devour widows' houses and for a show
                                                     he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called
make lengthy prayers. Such men will be
                                                     'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the
punished most severely."
                                                     Christ. The greatest among you will be
              Luke 20:45-47                          your servant. For whoever exalts himself
45                                                   will be humbled, and whoever humbles
  While all the people were listening, Jesus
said to his disciples, 46"Beware of the              himself will be exalted.
teachers of the law. They like to walk                    "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
around in flowing robes and love to be               Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the
greeted in the marketplaces and have the             kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You
most important seats in the synagogues               yourselves do not enter, nor will you let
and the places of honor at banquets. 47They          those enter who are trying to.
devour widows' houses and for a show                      "Watch out for the teachers of the
make lengthy prayers. Such men will be               law. They like to walk around in flowing
punished most severely."                             robes and love to be greeted in the
                                                     marketplaces, and have the most important

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seats in the synagogues and the places of              "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
honor at banquets.                                Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the
      Woe to you, teachers of the law and         outside of the cup and dish, but inside they
Pharisees, you hypocrites! They devour            are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind
widows' houses and for a show make                Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup
lengthy prayers. Therefore such men will          and dish, and then the outside also will be
be punished more severely.                        clean.
      "Woe to you, teachers of the law and             "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over        Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like
land and sea to win a single convert, and         whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful
when he becomes one, you make him                 on the outside but on the inside are full of
twice as much a son of hell as you are.           dead men's bones and everything unclean.
      "Woe to you, blind guides! You say,         In the same way, on the outside you
'If anyone swears by the temple, it means         appear to people as righteous but on the
nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold         inside you are full of hypocrisy and
of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'          wickedness.
You blind fools! Which is greater: the                 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
gold, or the temple that makes the gold           Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build
sacred? You also say, 'If anyone swears by        tombs for the prophets and decorate the
the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone        graves of the righteous. And you say, 'If
swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his      we had lived in the days of our forefathers,
oath.' You blind men! Which is greater:           we would not have taken part with them in
the gift, or the altar that makes the gift        shedding the blood of the prophets.' So
sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the           you testify against yourselves that you are
altar swears by it and by everything on it.       the descendants of those who murdered
And he who swears by the temple swears            the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of
by it and by the one who dwells in it. And        the sin of your forefathers!
he who swears by heaven swears by God's           "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How
throne and by the one who sits on it.             will you escape being condemned to hell?
      "Woe to you, teachers of the law and        Therefore I am sending you prophets and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a             wise men and teachers. Some of them you
tenth of your spices—mint, dill and               will kill and crucify; others you will flog
cummin. But you have neglected the more           in your synagogues and pursue from town
important matters of the law—justice,             to town. And so upon you will come all
mercy and faithfulness. You should have           the righteous blood that has been shed on
practiced the latter, without neglecting the      earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to
former. You blind guides! You strain out a        the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah,
gnat but swallow a camel.                         whom you murdered between the temple

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and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this
will come upon this generation.                                COMPILATION
     "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill         Jesus sat down opposite the place where
the prophets and stone those sent to you,          the offerings were put. As he looked up,
how often I have longed to gather your             Jesus watched the crowd putting their
children together, as a hen gathers her            money into the temple treasury. Many rich
chicks under her wings, but you were not           people threw in large amounts. He also
willing. Look, your house is left to you           saw a poor widow put in two very small
desolate. For I tell you, you will not see         copper coins, worth only a fraction of a
me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who         penny.
comes in the name of the Lord.' "                       Calling his disciples to him, Jesus
                                                   said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow
            Widow‘s Mite                           has put more into the treasury than all the
                                                   others. All these people gave their gifts out
             Mark 12:41-44                         of their wealth; but she out of her poverty
41
  Jesus sat down opposite the place where          put in all she had to live on."
the offerings were put and watched the
crowd putting their money into the temple               Temple to be Destroyed
treasury. Many rich people threw in large
amounts. 42But a poor widow came and                           Matthew 24:1-2
                                                   1
put in two very small copper coins, worth           Jesus left the temple and was walking
only a fraction of a penny.                        away when his disciples came up to him to
     43
       Calling his disciples to him, Jesus         call his attention to its buildings. 2"Do you
said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow       see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you
has put more into the treasury than all the        the truth, not one stone here will be left on
others. 44They all gave out of their wealth;       another; every one will be thrown down."
but she, out of her poverty, put in                              Mark 13:1-2
everything—all she had to live on."                1
                                                    As he was leaving the temple, one of his
               Luke 21:1-4                         disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher!
1
  As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich              What massive stones! What magnificent
putting their gifts into the temple treasury.      buildings!"
                                                        2
2
  He also saw a poor widow put in two very                "Do you see all these great
small copper coins. 3"I tell you the truth,"       buildings?" replied Jesus. "Not one stone
he said, "this poor widow has put in more          here will be left on another; every one will
than all the others. 4All these people gave        be thrown down."
their gifts out of their wealth; but she out                      Luke 21:7-8
of her poverty put in all she had to live
on."

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5
 Some of his disciples were remarking                              Luke 21:7
about how the temple was adorned with                  7
                                                         "Teacher," they asked, "when will
beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to       these things happen? And what will be the
God. But Jesus said, 6"As for what you see         sign that they are about to take place?"
here, the time will come when not one
stone will be left on another; every one of                    COMPILATION
them will be thrown down."                         As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of
                                                   Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James,
            COMPILATION                            John and Andrew came to him privately.
Jesus left the temple and was walking              "Teacher," they asked, "Tell us, when will
away when some of his disciples were               these things happen? And what will be the
remarking about how the temple was                 sign of your coming that they are about to
adorned with beautiful stones and with             take place? And of the end of the age,
gifts dedicated to God. One of his                 what will be the sign that they are all about
disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher!             to be fulfilled?"
What massive stones! What magnificent
buildings!"                                                   End Time Signs
     "Do you see all these things?" he
asked. "I tell you the truth, as for what you                  Matthew 24:4-8
                                                   4
see here, the time will come when not one           Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one
stone here will be left on another; every          deceives you. 5For many will come in my
one will be thrown down."                          name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will
                                                   deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and
              2 Questions                          rumors of wars, but see to it that you are
                                                   not alarmed. Such things must happen, but
              Matthew 24:3                         the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise
3
 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of              against nation, and kingdom against
Olives, the disciples came to him                  kingdom. There will be famines and
privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will        earthquakes in various places. 8All these
this happen, and what will be the sign of          are the beginning of birth pains.
your coming and of the end of the age?"
                                                                 Mark 13:5-8
              Mark 13:3-4                          5
                                                    Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no
3
  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of             one deceives you. 6Many will come in my
Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James,          name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive
John and Andrew asked him privately,
4
                                                   many. 7When you hear of wars and rumors
  "Tell us, when will these things happen?         of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things
And what will be the sign that they are all        must happen, but the end is still to come.
about to be fulfilled?"                            8
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                                                  9
kingdom against kingdom. There will be             "Then you will be handed over to be
earthquakes in various places, and                persecuted and put to death, and you will
famines. These are the beginning of birth         be hated by all nations because of me. 10At
pains.                                            that time many will turn away from the
                                                  faith and will betray and hate each other,
              Luke 21:8-11                        11
                                                     and many false prophets will appear and
8
 He replied: "Watch out that you are not          deceive many people. 12Because of the
deceived. For many will come in my                increase of wickedness, the love of most
name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is      will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to
near.' Do not follow them. 9When you hear         the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of
of wars and revolutions, do not be                the kingdom will be preached in the whole
frightened. These things must happen first,       world as a testimony to all nations, and
but the end will not come right away."            then the end will come.
     10
       Then he said to them: "Nation will
rise against nation, and kingdom against                       Mark 13:9-13
kingdom. 11There will be great                    9
                                                   "You must be on your guard. You will be
earthquakes, famines and pestilences in           handed over to the local councils and
various places, and fearful events and            flogged in the synagogues. On account of
great signs from heaven.                          me you will stand before governors and
                                                  kings as witnesses to them. 10And the
           COMPILATION                            gospel must first be preached to all
Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one            nations. 11Whenever you are arrested and
deceives you. For many will come in my            brought to trial, do not worry beforehand
name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and, 'The      about what to say. Just say whatever is
time is near and will deceive many. Do not        given you at the time, for it is not you
follow them. You will hear of wars and            speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
rumors of wars and revolutions, but see to             12
                                                          "Brother will betray brother to
it that you are not alarmed & do not be           death, and a father his child. Children will
frightened. These things must happen first,       rebel against their parents and have them
but the end will not come right away."            put to death. 13All men will hate you
     Then he said to them: "Nation will           because of me, but he who stands firm to
rise against nation, and kingdom against          the end will be saved.
kingdom. There will be famines,
pestilences and great earthquakes in                           Luke 21:12-19
                                                  12
various places.                                    "But before all this, they will lay hands
                                                  on you and persecute you. They will
      End Time Persecution                        deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and
                                                  you will be brought before kings and
           Matthew 24:9-14
                                                  governors, and all on account of my name.

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13
  This will result in your being witnesses        some of you to death. All men will hate
to them. 14But make up your mind not to           you because of me. But not a hair of your
worry beforehand how you will defend              head will perish. By standing firm you will
yourselves. 15For I will give you words           gain life
and wisdom that none of your adversaries               At that time many will turn away
will be able to resist or contradict. 16You       from the faith and will betray and hate
will be betrayed even by parents, brothers,       each other, and many false prophets will
relatives and friends, and they will put          appear and deceive many people. Because
some of you to death. 17All men will hate         of the increase of wickedness, the love of
you because of me. 18But not a hair of your       most will grow cold, but he who stands
head will perish. 19By standing firm you          firm to the end will be saved. And this
will gain life.                                   gospel of the kingdom will be preached in
                                                  the whole world as a testimony to all
           COMPILATION                            nations, and then the end will come.
"But before all this, you must be on your
guard. You will be handed over to the                  Abomination of Desolation
local councils. You will be flogged in the
synagogues. They will deliver you to                         Matthew 24:15-28
                                                  15
prisons and put you to death, and you will           "So when you see standing in the holy
be hated by all nations because of me. you        place 'the abomination that causes
will be brought before kings and                  desolation,' spoken of through the prophet
governors, and all on account of my name.         Daniel—let the reader understand—
                                                  16
This will result in your being witnesses to         then let those who are in Judea flee to the
them.                                             mountains. 17Let no one on the roof of his
     Whenever you are arrested and                house go down to take anything out of the
brought to trial, do not worry beforehand         house. 18Let no one in the field go back to
about what to say. But make up your mind          get his cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in
not to worry beforehand how you will              those days for pregnant women and
defend yourselves. Just say whatever is           nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight
given you at the time, for it is not you          will not take place in winter or on the
speaking, but the Holy Spirit. For I will         Sabbath. 21For then there will be great
give you words and wisdom that none of            distress, unequaled from the beginning of
your adversaries will be able to resist or        the world until now—and never to be
contradict. Brother will betray brother to        equaled again. 22If those days had not been
death, and a father his child. Children will      cut short, no one would survive, but for
rebel against their parents and have them         the sake of the elect those days will be
put to death. You will be betrayed by             shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to
relatives and friends, and they will put          you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There


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he is!' do not believe it. 24For false Christs      the elect—if that were possible. 23So be on
and false prophets will appear and                  your guard; I have told you everything
perform great signs and miracles to                 ahead of time.
deceive even the elect—if that were
possible. 25See, I have told you ahead of                        Luke 21: 20-24
                                                    20
time.                                                 "When you see Jerusalem being
     26
        "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is,      surrounded by armies, you will know that
out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here        its desolation is near. 21Then let those who
he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.      are in Judea flee to the mountains, let
27
   For as lightning that comes from the east        those in the city get out, and let those in
is visible even in the west, so will be the         the country not enter the city. 22For this is
coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever                the time of punishment in fulfillment of all
there is a carcass, there the vultures will         that has been written. 23How dreadful it
gather.                                             will be in those days for pregnant women
                                                    and nursing mothers! There will be great
             Mark 13:14-23                          distress in the land and wrath against this
14
   "When you see 'the abomination that              people. 24They will fall by the sword and
causes desolation' standing where it does           will be taken as prisoners to all the
not belong—let the reader understand—               nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by
then let those who are in Judea flee to the         the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles
mountains. 15Let no one on the roof of his          are fulfilled.
house go down or enter the house to take
anything out. 16Let no one in the field go                      COMPILATION
back to get his cloak. 17How dreadful it            "When you see Jerusalem being
will be in those days for pregnant women            surrounded by armies, you will know that
and nursing mothers! 18Pray that this will          its desolation is near. So when you see
not take place in winter, 19because those           standing in the holy place 'the abomination
will be days of distress unequaled from the         that causes desolation standing where it
beginning, when God created the world,              does not belong spoken of through the
until now—and never to be equaled again.            prophet Daniel—let the reader
20
   If the Lord had not cut short those days,        understand—. Then let those who are in
no one would survive. But for the sake of           Judea flee to the mountains, let those in
the elect, whom he has chosen, he has               the city get out, and let those in the
shortened them. 21At that time if anyone            country not enter the city. Let no one on
says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or,        the roof of his house go down or enter the
'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. 22For       house to take anything out. Let no one in
false Christs and false prophets will appear        the field go back to get his cloak. For this
and perform signs and miracles to deceive           is the time of punishment in fulfillment of
                                                    all that has been written.

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                                                     29
     How dreadful it will be in those days             "Immediately after the distress of those
for pregnant women and nursing mothers!              days " 'the sun will be darkened, and the
Pray that your flight will not take place in         moon will not give its light; the stars will
winter or on the Sabbath.                            fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies
     For then there will be great distress in        will be shaken.'
                                                           30
the land and wrath against this people.                       "At that time the sign of the Son of
Because those will be days of distress               Man will appear in the sky, and all the
unequaled from the beginning, when God               nations of the earth will mourn. They will
created the world, until now—and never to            see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
be equaled again. They will fall by the              of the sky, with power and great glory.
                                                     31
sword and will be taken as prisoners to all             And he will send his angels with a loud
the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on           trumpet call, and they will gather his elect
by the Gentiles until the times of the               from the four winds, from one end of the
Gentiles are fulfilled. If the Lord had not          heavens to the other.
cut short those days, no one would
survive. But for the sake of the elect,                           Mark 13:24-27
                                                     24
whom he has chosen, he has shortened                   "But in those days, following that
them.                                                distress, " 'the sun will be darkened, and
     At that time if anyone says to you,             the moon will not give its light; 25the stars
'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there         will fall from the sky, and the heavenly
he is!' do not believe it.                           bodies will be shaken.'
                                                          26
     For false Christs and false prophets                   "At that time men will see the Son of
will appear and perform great signs and              Man coming in clouds with great power
miracles to deceive even the elect—if that           and glory. 27And he will send his angels
were possible. So be on your guard; I have           and gather his elect from the four winds,
told you everything ahead of time. So if             from the ends of the earth to the ends of
anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the           the heavens.
desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the                   Luke 21:25-28
inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as              25
                                                       "There will be signs in the sun, moon
lightning that comes from the east is                and stars. On the earth, nations will be in
visible even in the west, so will be the             anguish and perplexity at the roaring and
coming of the Son of Man. Wherever                   tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from
there is a carcass, there the eagles will            terror, apprehensive of what is coming on
gather.                                              the world, for the heavenly bodies will be
                                                     shaken. 27At that time they will see the
           Signs in the Sky                          Son of Man coming in a cloud with power
           Matthew 24:29-31                          and great glory. 28When these things begin
                                                     to take place, stand up and lift up your

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heads, because your redemption is                  will pass away, but my words will never
drawing near."                                     pass away.
            COMPILATION                                          Mark 13:28-31
                                                   28
"Immediately after the distress of those              "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree:
days, there will be signs in the sun, moon         As soon as its twigs get tender and its
and stars. The sun will be darkened, and           leaves come out, you know that summer is
the moon will not give its light. On the           near. 29Even so, when you see these things
earth, nations will be in anguish and              happening, you know that it is near, right
perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the       at the door. 30I tell you the truth, this
sea. Men will faint from terror,                   generation will certainly not pass away
apprehensive of what is coming on the              until all these things have happened.
                                                   31
world, for the stars will fall from the sky,          Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'           words will never pass away.
     "At that time men will see the sign of
the Son of Man appear in the sky, and all                        Luke 21:29-33
                                                   29
the nations of the earth will mourn. They            He told them this parable: "Look at the
will see the Son of Man coming on the              fig tree and all the trees. 30When they
clouds of the sky, with great power and            sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves
great glory. And he will send his angels           and know that summer is near. 31Even so,
with a loud trumpet call, and gather his           when you see these things happening, you
elect from the four winds, from the ends of        know that the kingdom of God is near.
                                                         32
the earth to the ends of the heavens. When                  "I tell you the truth, this generation
these things begin to take place, stand up         will certainly not pass away until all these
and lift up your heads, because your               things have happened. 33Heaven and earth
redemption is drawing near."                       will pass away, but my words will never
                                                   pass away.
     Lesson from the Fig Tree                                  COMPILATION
           Matthew 24:32-35                        He told them this parable. "Now learn this
32                                                 lesson from the fig tree. Look at the fig
  "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree:
As soon as its twigs get tender and its            tree and all the trees. As soon as its twigs
leaves come out, you know that summer is           get tender and its leaves come out, you
near. 33Even so, when you see all these            know that summer is near. Even so, when
things, you know that itis near, right at the      you see these things happening, you know
door. 34I tell you the truth, this generation      that the kingdom of God is near. You
will certainly not pass away until all these       know that it is near, right at the door. I tell
things have happened. 35Heaven and earth           you the truth, this generation will certainly
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happened. Heaven and earth will pass              him in charge of all his possessions. 48But
away, but my words will never pass away.          suppose that servant is wicked and says to
                                                  himself, 'My master is staying away a long
     The Day and Hour Unkown                      time,' 49and he then begins to beat his
                                                  fellow servants and to eat and drink with
          Matthew 24:36-51
36                                                drunkards. 50The master of that servant
  "No one knows about that day or hour,
                                                  will come on a day when he does not
not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
                                                  expect him and at an hour he is not aware
but only the Father. 37As it was in the days
                                                  of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign
of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the
                                                  him a place with the hypocrites, where
Son of Man. 38For in the days before the
                                                  there will be weeping and gnashing of
flood, people were eating and drinking,
                                                  teeth.
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the
day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew                     Mark 13:32-37
nothing about what would happen until the         32
                                                    "No one knows about that day or hour,
flood came and took them all away. That is        not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
how it will be at the coming of the Son of        but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be
Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one          alert! You do not know when that time will
will be taken and the other left. 41Two           come. 34It's like a man going away: He
women will be grinding with a hand mill;          leaves his house and puts his servants in
one will be taken and the other left.             charge, each with his assigned task, and
      42
         "Therefore keep watch, because you       tells the one at the door to keep watch.
do not know on what day your Lord will                  35
                                                          "Therefore keep watch because you
come. 43But understand this: If the owner         do not know when the owner of the house
of the house had known at what time of            will come back—whether in the evening,
night the thief was coming, he would have         or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,
kept watch and would not have let his             or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not
house be broken into. 44So you also must          let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to
be ready, because the Son of Man will             you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "
come at an hour when you do not expect
him.                                                           Luke 21:34-38
45                                                34
  "Who then is the faithful and wise                "Be careful, or your hearts will be
servant, whom the master has put in               weighed down with dissipation,
charge of the servants in his household to        drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and
give them their food at the proper time?          that day will close on you unexpectedly
46
   It will be good for that servant whose         like a trap. 35For it will come upon all
master finds him doing so when he                 those who live on the face of the whole
returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put      earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray
                                                  that you may be able to escape all that is

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about to happen, and that you may be able         because the Son of Man will come at an
to stand before the Son of Man."                  hour when you do not expect him.
     37
        Each day Jesus was teaching at the             Be on guard! Be alert! You do not
temple, and each evening he went out to           know when that time will come. It's like a
spend the night on the hill called the            man going away: He leaves his house and
Mount of Olives, 38and all the people came        puts his servants in charge, each with his
early in the morning to hear him at the           assigned task, and tells the one at the door
temple.                                           to keep watch.
                                                       "Therefore keep watch because you
           COMPILATION                            do not know when the owner of the house
"No one knows about that day or hour, not         will come back—whether in the evening,
even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but       or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,
only the Father. As it was in the days of         or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not
Noah, so it will be at the coming of the          let him find you sleeping. What I say to
Son of Man. For in the days before the            you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "
flood, people were eating and drinking,                "Who then is the faithful and wise
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the        servant, whom the master has put in
day Noah entered the ark; and they knew           charge of the servants in his household to
nothing about what would happen until the         give them their food at the proper time? It
flood came and took them all away. That           will be good for that servant whose master
is how it will be at the coming of the Son        finds him doing so when he returns. I tell
of Man. Two men will be in the field; one         you the truth, he will put him in charge of
will be taken and the other left. Two             all his possessions. But suppose that
women will be grinding with a hand mill;          servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My
one will be taken and the other left.             master is staying away a long time,' and he
     Be careful, or your hearts will be           then begins to beat his fellow servants and
weighed down with dissipation,                    to eat and drink with drunkards. The
drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and        master of that servant will come on a day
that day will close on you unexpectedly           when he does not expect him and at an
like a trap. For it will come upon all those      hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to
who live on the face of the whole earth.          pieces and assign him a place with the
     Therefore keep watch, because you do         hypocrites, where there will be weeping
not know on what day your Lord will               and gnashing of teeth.
come. But understand this: If the owner of             Be always on the watch, and pray that
the house had known at what time of night         you may be able to escape all that is about
the thief was coming, he would have kept          to happen, and that you may be able to
watch and would not have let his house be         stand before the Son of Man."
broken into. So you also must be ready,


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                                                          12
     Each day Jesus was teaching at the                     "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth,
temple, and each evening he went out to              I don't know you.'
                                                         13
spend the night on the hill called the                      "Therefore keep watch, because you
Mount of Olives, and all the people came             do not know the day or the hour.
early in the morning to hear him at the
temple.                                                   The Parable of the Talents
    The Parable of the Ten Virgins                              Matthew 25:14-30
                                                     14
                                                       "Again, it will be like a man going on a
            Matthew 25:1-13                          journey, who called his servants and
1
  "At that time the kingdom of heaven will           entrusted his property to them. 15To one he
be like ten virgins who took their lamps             gave five talents of money, to another two
and went out to meet the bridegroom.                 talents, and to another one talent, each
2
  Five of them were foolish and five were            according to his ability. Then he went on
wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps             his journey. 16The man who had received
but did not take any oil with them. 4The             the five talents went at once and put his
wise, however, took oil in jars along with           money to work and gained five more. 17So
their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long              also, the one with the two talents gained
time in coming, and they all became                  two more. 18But the man who had received
drowsy and fell asleep. 6"At midnight the            the one talent went off, dug a hole in the
cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom!                ground and hid his master's money.
                                                          19
Come out to meet him!'                                       "After a long time the master of
7
  "Then all the virgins woke up and                  those servants returned and settled
trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones               accounts with them. 20The man who had
said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil;         received the five talents brought the other
our lamps are going out.'                            five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me
      9
        " 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be      with five talents. See, I have gained five
enough for both us and you. Instead, go to           more.'
                                                          21
those who sell oil and buy some for                          "His master replied, 'Well done,
yourselves.'                                         good and faithful servant! You have been
      10
         "But while they were on their way to        faithful with a few things; I will put you in
buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The             charge of many things. Come and share
virgins who were ready went in with him              your master's happiness!'
                                                          22
to the wedding banquet. And the door was                     "The man with the two talents also
shut.                                                came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me
      11
         "Later the others also came. 'Sir!          with two talents; see, I have gained two
Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'             more.'



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     23
         "His master replied, 'Well done,          another as a shepherd separates the sheep
good and faithful servant! You have been           from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on
faithful with a few things; I will put you in      his right and the goats on his left.
                                                         34
charge of many things. Come and share                       "Then the King will say to those on
your master's happiness!'                          his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by
      24
         "Then the man who had received the        my Father; take your inheritance, the
one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew        kingdom prepared for you since the
that you are a hard man, harvesting where          creation of the world. 35For I was hungry
you have not sown and gathering where              and you gave me something to eat, I was
you have not scattered seed. 25So I was            thirsty and you gave me something to
afraid and went out and hid your talent in         drink, I was a stranger and you invited me
the ground. See, here is what belongs to           in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me,
you.'                                              I was sick and you looked after me, I was
      26
         "His master replied, 'You wicked,         in prison and you came to visit me.'
                                                         37
lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest                    "Then the righteous will answer
where I have not sown and gather where I           him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry
have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you          and feed you, or thirsty and give you
should have put my money on deposit with           something to drink? 38When did we see
the bankers, so that when I returned I             you a stranger and invite you in, or
would have received it back with interest.         needing clothes and clothe you? 39When
      28
         " 'Take the talent from him and give      did we see you sick or in prison and go to
it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For       visit you?'
                                                         40
everyone who has will be given more, and                    "The King will reply, 'I tell you the
he will have an abundance. Whoever does            truth, whatever you did for one of the least
not have, even what he has will be taken           of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
from him. 30And throw that worthless                     41
                                                            "Then he will say to those on his
servant outside, into the darkness, where          left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed,
there will be weeping and gnashing of              into the eternal fire prepared for the devil
teeth.'                                            and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you
                                                   gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and
     The Sheep and the Goats                       you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a
                                                   stranger and you did not invite me in, I
           Matthew 25:31-46
31                                                 needed clothes and you did not clothe me,
  "When the Son of Man comes in his
                                                   I was sick and in prison and you did not
glory, and all the angels with him, he will
                                                   look after me.'
sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All               44
                                                            "They also will answer, 'Lord, when
the nations will be gathered before him,
                                                   did we see you hungry or thirsty or a
and he will separate the people one from


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stranger or needing clothes or sick or in            the chief priests and the teachers of the
prison, and did not help you?'                       law were looking for some way to get rid
      45
         "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth,      of Jesus, for they were afraid of the
whatever you did not do for one of the               people.
least of these, you did not do for me.'
      46
         "Then they will go away to eternal                     COMPILATION
punishment, but the righteous to eternal             When Jesus had finished saying all these
life."                                               things, he said to his disciples, "As you
                                                     know, the Passover is two days away—
           Jesus Tells the                           and the Son of Man will be handed over to
                                                     be crucified."
          Date of His Arrest                              Now the Passover and the Feast of
              Matthew 26:1-5                         Unleavened Bread were only two days
1                                                    away. Then the chief priests and the elders
 When Jesus had finished saying all these
things, he said to his disciples, 2"As you           of the people and the teachers of the law
know, the Passover is two days away—and              assembled in the palace of the high priest,
the Son of Man will be handed over to be             whose name was Caiaphas, and they
crucified."                                          plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and
     3                                               kill him. "But not during the Feast," they
       Then the chief priests and the elders
of the people assembled in the palace of             said, "or there may be a riot among the
the high priest, whose name was                      people for they were afraid of the people."
Caiaphas, 4and they plotted to arrest Jesus
in some sly way and kill him. 5"But not                      Annointed by Mary
during the Feast," they said, "or there may                   at Simon‘s Feast
be a riot among the people."
                                                                Matthew 26:6-13
                                                     6
                                                      While Jesus was in Bethany in the home
                Mark 14:1-2
1                                                    of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7a
 Now the Passover and the Feast of
                                                     woman came to him with an alabaster jar
Unleavened Bread were only two days
                                                     of very expensive perfume, which she
away, and the chief priests and the
                                                     poured on his head as he was reclining at
teachers of the law were looking for some
                                                     the table.
sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. 2"But               8
                                                            When the disciples saw this, they
not during the Feast," they said, "or the
                                                     were indignant. "Why this waste?" they
people may riot."
                                                     asked. 9"This perfume could have been
                Luke 22:1-2                          sold at a high price and the money given to
1                                                    the poor."
 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
called the Passover, was approaching, 2and


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    10                                            2
       Aware of this, Jesus said to them,           Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor.
"Why are you bothering this woman? She            Martha served, while Lazarus was among
has done a beautiful thing to me. 11The           those reclining at the table with him.
                                                  3
poor you will always have with you, but             Then Mary took about a pint of pure
you will not always have me. 12When she           nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it
poured this perfume on my body, she did it        on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her
to prepare me for burial. 13I tell you the        hair. And the house was filled with the
truth, wherever this gospel is preached           fragrance of the perfume.
                                                       4
throughout the world, what she has done                  But one of his disciples, Judas
will also be told, in memory of her."             Iscariot, who was later to betray him,
                                                  objected, 5"Why wasn't this perfume sold
              Mark 14:3-9                         and the money given to the poor? It was
3
 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the        worth a year's wages." 6He did not say this
table in the home of a man known as               because he cared about the poor but
Simon the Leper, a woman came with an             because he was a thief; as keeper of the
alabaster jar of very expensive perfume,          money bag, he used to help himself to what
made of pure nard. She broke the jar and          was put into it.
poured the perfume on his head.                        7
                                                         "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It
     4
       Some of those present were saying          was intended that she should save this
indignantly to one another, "Why this             perfume for the day of my burial. 8You
waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold        will always have the poor among you, but
for more than a year's wages and the              you will not always have me."
money given to the poor." And they
rebuked her harshly.                                         COMPILATION
     6
      "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why         Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man
are you bothering her? She has done a             known as Simon the Leper. Here a dinner
beautiful thing to me. 7The poor you will         was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served,
always have with you, and you can help            while Lazarus was among those reclining
them any time you want. But you will not          at the table with him. Mary took an
always have me. 8She did what she could.          alabaster jar of very expensive perfume,
She poured perfume on my body                     about a pint of pure nard. She broke the jar
beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9I tell      &poured on his head as he was reclining
you the truth, wherever the gospel is             at the table. Then she poured it on Jesus'
preached throughout the world, what she           feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And
has done will also be told, in memory of          the house was filled with the fragrance of
her."                                             the perfume.
                                                       When the disciples saw this, they
              John 12:2-8                         were indignant. "Why this waste?" they


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asked. But one of his disciples, Judas            them. 11They were delighted to hear this
Iscariot, who was later to betray him,            and promised to give him money. So he
objected, "Why wasn't this perfume sold           watched for an opportunity to hand him
and the money given to the poor? It was           over.
worth a year's wages." He did not say this
because he cared about the poor but                              Luke 22:3-6
                                                  3
because he was a thief; as keeper of the           Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot,
money bag, he used to help himself to             one of the Twelve. 4And Judas went to the
what was put into it. And they rebuked her        chief priests and the officers of the temple
harshly.                                          guard and discussed with them how he
     Aware of this, Jesus said to them,           might betray Jesus. 5They were delighted
"Leave her alone. Why are you bothering           and agreed to give him money. 6He
her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.        consented, and watched for an opportunity
It was intended that she should save this         to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd
perfume for the day of my burial. The poor        was present.
you will always have with you, and you                        COMPILATION
can help them any time you want. But you          Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot,
will not always have me. She did what she         one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the
could. When she poured this perfume on            chief priests and the officers of the temple
my body, she did it to prepare me for             guard to betray Jesus to them. Judas
burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this       Iscariot asked, "What are you willing to
gospel is preached throughout the world,          give me if I hand him over to you?"
what she has done will also be told, in                They were delighted to hear this and
memory of her."                                   agreed to give him money. So they
                                                  counted out for him thirty silver coins.
     Judas Contracts the Betrayal                      From then on Judas watched for an
           Matthew 26:14-16                       opportunity to hand him over to them
14                                                when no crowd was present.
   Then one of the Twelve—the one called
Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests
15
   and asked, "What are you willing to give            Preparation for the Passover
me if I hand him over to you?" So they                       Matthew 26:17-19
counted out for him thirty silver coins.          17
                                                    On the first day of the Feast of
16
   From then on Judas watched for an              Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to
opportunity to hand him over.                     Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us
             Mark 14:10-11                        to make preparations for you to eat the
10
 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve,          Passover?"
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18
  He replied, "Go into the city to a certain       Follow him to the house that he enters,
                                                   11
man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My               and say to the owner of the house, 'The
appointed time is near. I am going to              Teacher asks: Where is the guest room,
celebrate the Passover with my disciples           where I may eat the Passover with my
at your house.' " 19So the disciples did as        disciples?' 12He will show you a large
Jesus had directed them and prepared the           upper room, all furnished. Make
Passover.                                          preparations there."
                                                   13
                                                      They left and found things just as Jesus
             Mark 14:12-16                         had told them. So they prepared the
12
   On the first day of the Feast of                Passover.
Unleavened Bread, when it was customary
to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus'                         COMPILATION
disciples asked him, "Where do you want            On the first day of the Feast of
us to go and make preparations for you to          Unleavened Bread, when it was customary
eat the Passover?"                                 to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus sent
13
  So he sent two of his disciples, telling         Peter and John, saying, "Go and make
them, "Go into the city, and a man                 preparations for us to eat the Passover."
carrying a jar of water will meet you.                  "Where do you want us to go and
Follow him. 14Say to the owner of the              make preparations for you to eat the
house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where          Passover?" they asked.
is my guest room, where I may eat the                   He replied, "As you enter the city, a
Passover with my disciples?' 15He will             man carrying a jar of water will meet you.
show you a large upper room, furnished             Follow him to the house that he enters, and
and ready. Make preparations for us                say to the owner of the house, 'The
there."                                            Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I
16
   The disciples left, went into the city and      am going to celebrate the Passover with
found things just as Jesus had told them.          my disciples at your house. Where is my
So they prepared the Passover.                     guest room, where I may eat the Passover
                                                   with my disciples?' He will show you a
              Luke 22:7-13                         large upper room, all furnished and ready.
7
  Then came the day of Unleavened Bread            Make preparations for us there."
on which the Passover lamb had to be                    The disciples left, went into the city
sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John,            and found things just as Jesus had told
saying, "Go and make preparations for us           them. So they prepared the Passover.
to eat the Passover."
9
  "Where do you want us to prepare for it?"                 Pre-Passover Meal
they asked.
10
   He replied, "As you enter the city, a man                       John 13:1
carrying a jar of water will meet you.

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1
 It was just before the Passover Feast.         disciples' feet, drying them with the towel
Jesus knew that the time had come for him       that was wrapped around him.
                                                     6
to leave this world and go to the Father.              He came to Simon Peter, who said to
Having loved his own who were in the            him, "Lord, are you going to wash my
world, he now showed them the full extent       feet?"
                                                     7
of his love.                                          Jesus replied, "You do not realize
                                                now what I am doing, but later you will
       Passover Meal Started                    understand."
                                                     8
                                                       "No," said Peter, "you shall never
            Matthew 26:20
20                                              wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I
  When evening came, Jesus was reclining
                                                wash you, you have no part with me."
at the table with the Twelve.                        9
                                                       "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied,
              Mark 14:17                        "not just my feet but my hands and my
17                                              head as well!"
  When evening came, Jesus arrived with              10
the Twelve.                                             Jesus answered, "A person who has
                                                had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his
               Luke22:14                        whole body is clean. And you are clean,
14
 When the hour came, Jesus and his              though not every one of you." 11For he
apostles reclined at the table.                 knew who was going to betray him, and
                                                that was why he said not every one was
           COMPILATION
                                                clean.
When evening came, Jesus arrived with                12
                                                        When he had finished washing their
the Twelve. When the hour came, Jesus
                                                feet, he put on his clothes and returned to
and his apostles reclined at the table.
                                                his place. "Do you understand what I have
     Jesus Washes Disciples Feet                done for you?" he asked them. 13"You call
                                                me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for
             John 13:2-17                       that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord
2
  The evening meal was being served, and        and Teacher, have washed your feet, you
the devil had already prompted Judas            also should wash one another's feet. 15I
Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.        have set you an example that you should
3
 Jesus knew that the Father had put all         do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the
things under his power, and that he had         truth, no servant is greater than his master,
come from God and was returning to God;         nor is a messenger greater than the one
4
  so he got up from the meal, took off his      who sent him. 17Now that you know these
outer clothing, and wrapped a towel             things, you will be blessed if you do them.
around his waist. 5After that, he poured
water into a basin and began to wash his           Judas Revealed and Defects


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           Matthew 26:21:25                         themselves which of them it might be who
21                                                  would do this.
  And while they were eating, he said, "I
tell you the truth, one of you will betray
                                                                 John 13:18-30
me."                                                18
      22                                              "I am not referring to all of you; I know
        They were very sad and began to
                                                    those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill
say to him one after the other, "Surely not
                                                    the scripture: 'He who shares my bread
I, Lord?"
      23                                            has lifted up his heel against me.'
        Jesus replied, "The one who has                  19
                                                           "I am telling you now before it
dipped his hand into the bowl with me will
                                                    happens, so that when it does happen you
betray me. 24The Son of Man will go just
                                                    will believe that I am He. 20I tell you the
as it is written about him. But woe to that
                                                    truth, whoever accepts anyone I send
man who betrays the Son of Man! It would
                                                    accepts me; and whoever accepts me
be better for him if he had not been born."
      25                                            accepts the one who sent me."
        Then Judas, the one who would                    21
                                                            After he had said this, Jesus was
betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"
                                                    troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you
Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."
                                                    the truth, one of you is going to betray
             Mark 14:18-21                          me."
                                                         22
18                                                          His disciples stared at one another,
  While they were reclining at the table            at a loss to know which of them he meant.
eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of      23
                                                       One of them, the disciple whom Jesus
you will betray me—one who is eating                loved, was reclining next to him. 24Simon
with me."                                           Peter motioned to this disciple and said,
     19
        They were saddened, and one by              "Ask him which one he means."
one they said to him, "Surely not I?"                    25
                                                           Leaning back against Jesus, he
     20
       "It is one of the Twelve," he replied,       asked him, "Lord, who is it?"
"one who dips bread into the bowl with                   26
                                                            Jesus answered, "It is the one to
me. 21The Son of Man will go just as it is          whom I will give this piece of bread when I
written about him. But woe to that man              have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping
who betrays the Son of Man! It would be             the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas
better for him if he had not been born."            Iscariot, son of Simon. 27As soon as Judas
             Luke 22:21-23                          took the bread, Satan entered into him.
                                                         "What you are about to do, do
21
   But the hand of him who is going to              quickly," Jesus told him, 28but no one at
betray me is with mine on the table. 22The          the meal understood why Jesus said this to
Son of Man will go as it has been decreed,          him. 29Since Judas had charge of the
but woe to that man who betrays him."               money, some thought Jesus was telling him
23
   They began to question among                     to buy what was needed for the Feast, or


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to give something to the poor. 30As soon as              Leaning back against Jesus, he asked
Judas had taken the bread, he went out.             him, "Lord, who is it?"
And it was night.                                        Jesus answered, "It is the one to
                                                    whom I will give this piece of bread when
            COMPILATION                             I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping
While they were reclining at the table              the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas
eating, he said, "I am not referring to all of      Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas
you; I know those I have chosen. But this           took the bread, Satan entered into him.
is to fulfill the scripture: 'He who shares              Then Judas, the one who would betray
my bread has lifted up his heel against             him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus
me.'                                                answered, "Yes, it is you."
     "I am telling you now before it                     "What you are about to do, do
happens, so that when it does happen you            quickly," Jesus told him, but no one at the
will believe that I am He. I tell you the           meal understood why Jesus said this to
truth, whoever accepts anyone I send                him. Since Judas had charge of the money,
accepts me; and whoever accepts me                  some thought Jesus was telling him to buy
accepts the one who sent me."                       what was needed for the Feast, or to give
     After he had said this, Jesus was              something to the poor. As soon as Judas
troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you       had taken the bread, he went out. And it
the truth, one of you is going to betray me.        was night.
But the hand of him who is going to betray
me is with mine on the table. "                              The Lord‘s Supper
     His disciples stared at one another, at
a loss to know which of them he meant.                         Matthew 26:26-29
                                                    26
They were very sad and began to say to                While they were eating, Jesus took bread,
him one after the other, "Surely not I,             gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his
Lord?"                                              disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my
     "It is one of the Twelve," he replied,         body."
                                                          27
"The one who has dipped his hand into the                    Then he took the cup, gave thanks
bowl with me will betray me. The Son of             and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from
Man will go just as it is written about him.        it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the
But woe to that man who betrays the Son             covenant, which is poured out for many
of Man! It would be better for him if he            for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I
had not been born."                                 will not drink of this fruit of the vine from
     One of them, the disciple whom Jesus           now on until that day when I drink it anew
loved, was reclining next to him. Simon             with you in my Father's kingdom."
Peter motioned to this disciple and said,
                                                                 Mark 14:22-25
"Ask him which one he means."


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22
  While they were eating, Jesus took                tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds
bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave           fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is            After taking the cup, he gave thanks
my body."                                           and said, "Take this and divide it among
      23
         Then he took the cup, gave thanks          you. For I tell you I will not drink again of
and offered it to them, and they all drank          the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of
from it.                                            God comes."
      24
         "This is my blood of the covenant,               While they were eating, Jesus took
which is poured out for many," he said to           bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave
them. 25"I tell you the truth, I will not           it to his disciples, saying, "Take it and eat;
drink again of the fruit of the vine until          this is my body given for you; do this in
that day when I drink it anew in the                remembrance of me."
kingdom of God."                                          In the same way, after the supper he
                                                    took the cup gave thanks and offered it to
              Luke 22:15:23                         them , saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
15
  And he said to them, "I have eagerly              This cup is my blood of the new covenant
desired to eat this Passover with you               in my blood, which is poured out for many
before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not       for the forgiveness of sins and they all
eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the      drank from it.
kingdom of God."                                          "I tell you the truth, I will not drink
     17
        After taking the cup, he gave thanks        again of the fruit of the vine until that day
and said, "Take this and divide it among            when I drink it anew in the kingdom of
you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again        God."
of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of
God comes."
     19
                                                             Who is the Greatest
        And he took bread, gave thanks and
broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This                      Luke 22:24-30
                                                    24
is my body given for you; do this in                   Also a dispute arose among them as to
remembrance of me."                                 which of them was considered to be
     20
        In the same way, after the supper he        greatest. 25Jesus said to them, "The kings
took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new          of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those
covenant in my blood, which is poured out           who exercise authority over them call
for you.                                            themselves Benefactors. 26But you are not
                                                    to be like that. Instead, the greatest among
            COMPILATION                             you should be like the youngest, and the
    While they were eating he said to               one who rules like the one who serves.
them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this           27
                                                       For who is greater, the one who is at the
Passover with you before I suffer. For I            table or the one who serves? Is it not the


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one who is at the table? But I am among             the rooster crows twice you yourself will
you as one who serves. 28You are those              disown me three times."
who have stood by me in my trials. 29And                 31
                                                            But Peter insisted emphatically,
I confer on you a kingdom, just as my               "Even if I have to die with you, I will never
Father conferred one on me, 30so that you           disown you." And all the others said the
may eat and drink at my table in my                 same.
kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.                                         Luke 22:31-38
                                                    31
                                                      "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift
 Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial                      you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you,
                                                    Simon, that your faith may not fail. And
           Matthew 26:31-35                         when you have turned back, strengthen
31
  Then Jesus told them, "This very night            your brothers."
you will all fall away on account of me, for              33
                                                             But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to
it is written: 'I will strike the shepherd,         go with you to prison and to death."
and the sheep of the flock will be                        34
                                                            Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter,
scattered.' 32But after I have risen, I will        before the rooster crows today, you will
go ahead of you into Galilee."                      deny three times that you know me."
      33                                                  35
         Peter replied, "Even if all fall away              Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent
on account of you, I never will."                   you without purse, bag or sandals, did you
      34
         "I tell you the truth," Jesus              lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered.
answered, "this very night, before the                    36
                                                             He said to them, "But now if you
rooster crows, you will disown me three             have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and
times."                                             if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak
      35
         But Peter declared, "Even if I have        and buy one. 37It is written: 'And he was
to die with you, I will never disown you."          numbered with the transgressors'; and I
And all the other disciples said the same.          tell you that this must be fulfilled in me.
                                                    Yes, what is written about me is reaching
             Mark 14:27-31
27                                                  its fulfillment."
   "You will all fall away," Jesus told them,             38
                                                            The disciples said, "See, Lord, here
"for it is written: 'I will strike the
                                                    are two swords." "That is enough," he
shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
28                                                  replied.
   But after I have risen, I will go ahead of
you into Galilee."                                               John 13:31-38
     29                                             31
       Peter declared, "Even if all fall              When he was gone, Jesus said, "Now is
away, I will not."                                  the Son of Man glorified and God is
     30
       "I tell you the truth," Jesus                glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in
answered, "today—yes, tonight—before                him, God will glorify the Son in himself,
                                                    and will glorify him at once.

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    33
        "My children, I will be with you only      am going, you cannot follow now, but you
a little longer. You will look for me, and         will follow later."
just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now:              Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow
Where I am going, you cannot come.                 you now? I will lay down my life for you."
      34
        "A new command I give you: Love            "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift
one another. As I have loved you, so you           you as wheat. But I have prayed for you,
must love one another. 35By this all men           Simon, that your faith may not fail. And
will know that you are my disciples, if you        when you have turned back, strengthen
love one another."                                 your brothers."
      36
         Simon Peter asked him, "Lord,                   But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to
where are you going?" Jesus replied,               go with you to prison and to death."
"Where I am going, you cannot follow                     Then Jesus told them, "This very
now, but you will follow later."                   night you will all fall away on account of
      37
         Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I           me, for it is written: 'I will strike the
follow you now? I will lay down my life for        shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will
you."                                              be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will
      38
        Then Jesus answered, "Will you             go ahead of you into Galilee."
really lay down your life for me? I tell you             Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on
the truth, before the rooster crows, you           account of you, I never will."
will disown me three times!                              Then Jesus answered, "Will you really
                                                   lay down your life for me? "I tell you the
            COMPILATION                            truth, Peter, today—yes, tonight—before
When he was gone, Jesus said, "Now is              the rooster crows twice you yourself will
the Son of Man glorified and God is                deny three times that you know me."
glorified in him. If God is glorified in him,            But Peter insisted emphatically, "Even
God will glorify the Son in himself, and           if I have to die with you, I will never
will glorify him at once.                          disown you." And all the others disciples
      "My children, I will be with you only        said the same.
a little longer. You will look for me, and               Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent
just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now:        you without purse, bag or sandals, did you
Where I am going, you cannot come.                 lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered.
      "A new command I give you: Love                    He said to them, "But now if you have
one another. As I have loved you, so you           a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you
must love one another. By this all men will        don't have a sword, sell your cloak and
know that you are my disciples, if you             buy one. It is written: 'And he was
love one another."                                 numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell
      Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where          you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes,
are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I


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what is written about me is reaching its           Father is in me? The words I say to you
fulfillment."                                      are not just my own. Rather, it is the
     The disciples said, "See, Lord, here          Father, living in me, who is doing his
are two swords." "That is enough," he              work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in
replied.                                           the Father and the Father is in me; or at
                                                   least believe on the evidence of the
    Jesus Comforts His Disciples                   miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth,
                                                   anyone who has faith in me will do what I
               John 14:1-4
1                                                  have been doing. He will do even greater
 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust
                                                   things than these, because I am going to
in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's
                                                   the Father. 13And I will do whatever you
house are many rooms; if it were not so, I
                                                   ask in my name, so that the Son may bring
would have told you. I am going there to
                                                   glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for
prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and
                                                   anything in my name, and I will do it.
prepare a place for you, I will come back
and take you to be with me that you also                Jesus Reveals the Father
may be where I am. 4You know the way to
the place where I am going."                                     John 14:5-31
                                                   15
                                                     "If you love me, you will obey what I
    Jesus the Way to the Father                    command. 16And I will ask the Father, and
                                                   he will give you another Counselor to be
               John 14:1-4
5                                                  with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth.
 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't
                                                   The world cannot accept him, because it
know where you are going, so how can we
                                                   neither sees him nor knows him. But you
know the way?"
     6                                             know him, for he lives with you and will
      Jesus answered, "I am the way and
                                                   be in you. 18I will not leave you as
the truth and the life. No one comes to the
                                                   orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long,
Father except through me. 7If you really
                                                   the world will not see me anymore, but
knew me, you would know my Father as
                                                   you will see me. Because I live, you also
well. From now on, you do know him and
                                                   will live. 20On that day you will realize
have seen him."
     8                                             that I am in my Father, and you are in me,
       Philip said, "Lord, show us the
                                                   and I am in you. 21Whoever has my
Father and that will be enough for us."
     9                                             commands and obeys them, he is the one
      Jesus answered: "Don't you know
                                                   who loves me. He who loves me will be
me, Philip, even after I have been among
                                                   loved by my Father, and I too will love
you such a long time? Anyone who has
                                                   him and show myself to him."
seen me has seen the Father. How can you
say, 'Show us the Father'? 10Don't you
believe that I am in the Father, and that the

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    22
        Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said,      that bears no fruit, while every branch that
"But, Lord, why do you intend to show              does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be
yourself to us and not to the world?"              even more fruitful. 3You are already clean
     23
       Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me,         because of the word I have spoken to you.
                                                   4
he will obey my teaching. My Father will             Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
love him, and we will come to him and              No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must
make our home with him. 24He who does              remain in the vine. Neither can you bear
not love me will not obey my teaching.             fruit unless you remain in me.
                                                         5
These words you hear are not my own;                       "I am the vine; you are the branches.
they belong to the Father who sent me.             If a man remains in me and I in him, he
     25
        "All this I have spoken while still        will bear much fruit; apart from me you
with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy            can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain
Spirit, whom the Father will send in my            in me, he is like a branch that is thrown
name, will teach you all things and will           away and withers; such branches are
remind you of everything I have said to            picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I          7
                                                     If you remain in me and my words remain
give you. I do not give to you as the world        in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled          be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory,
and do not be afraid.                              that you bear much fruit, showing
     28
        "You heard me say, 'I am going             yourselves to be my disciples.
                                                         9
away and I am coming back to you.' If you                  "As the Father has loved me, so have
loved me, you would be glad that I am              I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If
going to the Father, for the Father is             you obey my commands, you will remain
greater than I. 29I have told you now              in my love, just as I have obeyed my
before it happens, so that when it does            Father's commands and remain in his love.
happen you will believe. 30I will not speak        11
                                                      I have told you this so that my joy may
with you much longer, for the prince of            be in you and that your joy may be
this world is coming. He has no hold on            complete. 12My command is this: Love
me, 31but the world must learn that I love         each other as I have loved you. 13Greater
the Father and that I do exactly what my           love has no one than this, that he lay down
Father has commanded me. "Come now;                his life for his friends. 14You are my
let us leave.                                      friends if you do what I command. 15I no
                                                   longer call you servants, because a servant
    The Vine and the Branches                      does not know his master's business.
                                                   Instead, I have called you friends, for
              John 15:1-17
1                                                  everything that I learned from my Father I
 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the
                                                   have made known to you. 16You did not
gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me
                                                   choose me, but I chose you and appointed

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you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will          they would not be guilty of sin. But now
last. Then the Father will give you               they have seen these miracles, and yet they
whatever you ask in my name. 17This is            have hated both me and my Father. 25But
my command: Love each other.                      this is to fulfill what is written in their
      Father has commanded me. "Come              Law: 'They hated me without reason.'
                                                       26
now; let us leave.                                        "When the Counselor comes, whom
                                                  I will send to you from the Father, the
     Leaving for Mt. of Olives                    Spirit of truth who goes out from the
                                                  Father, he will testify about me. 27And you
            Matthew 26:30
30                                                also must testify, for you have been with
 When they had sung a hymn, they went
                                                  me from the beginning.
out to the Mount of Olives                             1
                                                         "All this I have told you so that you
               Mark 14:26                         will not go astray. 2They will put you out
26                                                of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming
 When they had sung a hymn, they went
out to the Mount of Olives.                       when anyone who kills you will think he is
                                                  offering a service to God. 3They will do
     NO COMPLICATION                              such things because they have not known
                                                  the Father or me. 4I have told you this, so
 The World Hates the Disciples                    that when the time comes you will
          John 15:18 to 16:4                      remember that I warned you. I did not tell
18                                                you this at first because I was with you.
  "If the world hates you, keep in mind
that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to
the world, it would love you as its own. As           The Work of the Holy Spirit
it is, you do not belong to the world, but I                    John 16:5-16
have chosen you out of the world. That is         5
                                                   "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet
why the world hates you. 20Remember the           none of you asks me, 'Where are you
words I spoke to you: 'No servant is              going?' 6Because I have said these things,
greater than his master.' If they persecuted      you are filled with grief. 7But I tell you the
me, they will persecute you also. If they         truth: It is for your good that I am going
obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours          away. Unless I go away, the Counselor
also. 21They will treat you this way              will not come to you; but if I go, I will
because of my name, for they do not know          send him to you. 8When he comes, he will
the One who sent me. 22If I had not come          convict the world of guilt in regard to sin
and spoken to them, they would not be             and righteousness and judgment: 9in
guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no         regard to sin, because men do not believe
excuse for their sin. 23He who hates me           in me; 10in regard to righteousness,
hates my Father as well. 24If I had not           because I am going to the Father, where
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you can see me no longer; 11and in regard          joy. 21A woman giving birth to a child has
to judgment, because the prince of this            pain because her time has come; but when
world now stands condemned.                        her baby is born she forgets the anguish
     12
        "I have much more to say to you,           because of her joy that a child is born into
more than you can now bear. 13But when             the world. 22So with you: Now is your
he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide      time of grief, but I will see you again and
you into all truth. He will not speak on his       you will rejoice, and no one will take away
own; he will speak only what he hears, and         your joy. 23In that day you will no longer
he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He         ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my
will bring glory to me by taking from what         Father will give you whatever you ask in
is mine and making it known to you. 15All          my name. 24Until now you have not asked
that belongs to the Father is mine. That is        for anything in my name. Ask and you will
why I said the Spirit will take from what is       receive, and your joy will be complete.
                                                        25
mine and make it known to you.                             "Though I have been speaking
     16
        "In a little while you will see me no      figuratively, a time is coming when I will
more, and then after a little while you will       no longer use this kind of language but
see me."                                           will tell you plainly about my Father. 26In
                                                   that day you will ask in my name. I am not
     The Disciples‘ Grief Will                     saying that I will ask the Father on your
        Be Turned To Joy                           behalf. 27No, the Father himself loves you
                                                   because you have loved me and have
             John 16:17-33                         believed that I came from God. 28I came
17
  Some of his disciples said to one                from the Father and entered the world;
another, "What does he mean by saying,             now I am leaving the world and going
'In a little while you will see me no more,        back to the Father."
and then after a little while you will see              29
                                                           Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now
me,' and 'Because I am going to the                you are speaking clearly and without
Father'?" 18They kept asking, "What does           figures of speech. 30Now we can see that
he mean by 'a little while'? We don't              you know all things and that you do not
understand what he is saying."                     even need to have anyone ask you
     19
        Jesus saw that they wanted to ask          questions. This makes us believe that you
him about this, so he said to them, "Are           came from God."
you asking one another what I meant when                31
                                                           "You believe at last!" Jesus
I said, 'In a little while you will see me no      answered. 32"But a time is coming, and has
more, and then after a little while you will       come, when you will be scattered, each to
see me'? 20I tell you the truth, you will          his own home. You will leave me all
weep and mourn while the world rejoices.           alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is
You will grieve, but your grief will turn to       with me.

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     33
      "I have told you these things, so that      through them. 11I will remain in the world
in me you may have peace. In this world           no longer, but they are still in the world,
you will have trouble. But take heart! I          and I am coming to you. Holy Father,
have overcome the world."                         protect them by the power of your name—
                                                  the name you gave me—so that they may
      Jesus Prays for Himself                     be one as we are one. 12While I was with
                                                  them, I protected them and kept them safe
               John 17:1-5
1                                                 by that name you gave me. None has been
  After Jesus said this, he looked toward
                                                  lost except the one doomed to destruction
heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has
                                                  so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13"I
come. Glorify your Son, that your Son
                                                  am coming to you now, but I say these
may glorify you. 2For you granted him
                                                  things while I am still in the world, so that
authority over all people that he might
                                                  they may have the full measure of my joy
give eternal life to all those you have
                                                  within them. 14I have given them your
given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that
                                                  word and the world has hated them, for
they may know you, the only true God,
                                                  they are not of the world any more than I
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I
                                                  am of the world. 15My prayer is not that
have brought you glory on earth by
                                                  you take them out of the world but that
completing the work you gave me to do.
5                                                 you protect them from the evil one. 16They
  And now, Father, glorify me in your
                                                  are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
presence with the glory I had with you            17
                                                    Sanctify them by the truth; your word is
before the world began.
                                                  truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I
    Jesus Prays for His Disciples                 have sent them into the world. 19For them I
                                                  sanctify myself, that they too may be truly
              John 17:6-19                        sanctified.
6
 "I have revealed you to those whom you
gave me out of the world. They were                    Jesus Prays for All Believers
yours; you gave them to me and they have
                                                               John 17:20-26
obeyed your word. 7Now they know that             20
                                                    "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray
everything you have given me comes from
                                                  also for those who will believe in me
you. 8For I gave them the words you gave
                                                  through their message, 21that all of them
me and they accepted them. They knew
                                                  may be one, Father, just as you are in me
with certainty that I came from you, and
                                                  and I am in you. May they also be in us so
they believed that you sent me. 9I pray for
                                                  that the world may believe that you have
them. I am not praying for the world, but
                                                  sent me. 22I have given them the glory that
for those you have given me, for they are
                                                  you gave me, that they may be one as we
yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you
                                                  are one: 23I in them and you in me. May
have is mine. And glory has come to me

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they be brought to complete unity to let              taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you
the world know that you sent me and have              will."
                                                           40
loved them even as you have loved me.                         Then he returned to his disciples and
24
   "Father, I want those you have given me            found them sleeping. "Could you men not
to be with me where I am, and to see my               keep watch with me for one hour?" he
glory, the glory you have given me                    asked Peter. 41"Watch and pray so that you
because you loved me before the creation              will not fall into temptation. The spirit is
of the world. 25"Righteous Father, though             willing, but the body is weak."
                                                           42
the world does not know you, I know you,                      He went away a second time and
and they know that you have sent me. 26I              prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for
have made you known to them, and will                 this cup to be taken away unless I drink it,
continue to make you known in order that              may your will be done."
                                                           43
the love you have for me may be in them                      When he came back, he again found
and that I myself may be in them."                    them sleeping, because their eyes were
                                                      heavy. 44So he left them and went away
       Crosses Kidron Valley                          once more and prayed the third time,
                                                      saying the same thing.
                 John 18:1                                 45
1                                                             Then he returned to the disciples and
 When he had finished praying, Jesus left
                                                      said to them, "Are you still sleeping and
with his disciples and crossed the Kidron
                                                      resting? Look, the hour is near, and the
Valley. On the other side there was an
                                                      Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of
olive grove, and he and his disciples went
                                                      sinners. 46Rise, let us go! Here comes my
into it.
                                                      betrayer!"
       Prayer at Gethsemane                                        Mark 14:32-42
                                                      32
            Matthew 26:36:46                            They went to a place called Gethsemane,
36
  Then Jesus went with his disciples to a             and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here
place called Gethsemane, and he said to               while I pray." 33He took Peter, James and
them, "Sit here while I go over there and             John along with him, and he began to be
pray." 37He took Peter and the two sons of            deeply distressed and troubled. 34"My soul
Zebedee along with him, and he began to               is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point
be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said             of death," he said to them. "Stay here and
to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with                 keep watch."
                                                           35
sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and                   Going a little farther, he fell to the
keep watch with me."                                  ground and prayed that if possible the hour
     39
        Going a little farther, he fell with his      might pass from him. 36"Abba, Father," he
face to the ground and prayed, "My                    said, "everything is possible for you. Take
Father, if it is possible, may this cup be

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this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but         are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up
what you will."                                    and pray so that you will not fall into
     37
        Then he returned to his disciples and      temptation."
found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to
Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not                          COMPILATION
keep watch for one hour? 38Watch and               Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of
pray so that you will not fall into                Olives, and his disciples followed him.
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the         They went to a place called Gethsemane.
body is weak."                                     He said to them, "Sit here while I go over
     39
        Once more he went away and                 there and pray."
prayed the same thing. 40When he came                    He took Peter, James and John along
back, he again found them sleeping,                with him and he began to be deeply
because their eyes were heavy. They did            distressed, sorrowful and troubled.
not know what to say to him.                             On reaching the place, he said to
     41
        Returning the third time, he said to       them, "My soul is overwhelmed with
them, "Are you still sleeping and resting?         sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and
Enough! The hour has come. Look, the               keep watch with me. Pray that you will not
Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of           fall into temptation."
sinners. 42Rise! Let us go! Here comes my                Going a little farther, about a stone's
betrayer!"                                         throw beyond them, he fell with his face to
                                                   the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is
             Luke 22:39:46                         possible, may this cup be taken from me.
39
   Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of         Yet not as I will, but as you will."
Olives, and his disciples followed him.                  An angel from heaven appeared to
40
   On reaching the place, he said to them,         him and strengthened him. And being in
"Pray that you will not fall into                  anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his
temptation." 41He withdrew about a                 sweat was like drops of blood falling to
stone's throw beyond them, knelt down              the ground.
and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing,               When he rose from prayer and went
take this cup from me; yet not my will, but        back to his disciples and found them
yours be done." 43An angel from heaven             asleep, exhausted from sorrow. "Simon,"
appeared to him and strengthened him.              he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Could
44
   And being in anguish, he prayed more            you not keep watch for one hour? Get up
earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of         and watch and pray so that you will not
blood falling to the ground.                       fall into temptation. The spirit is willing,
      45
         When he rose from prayer and went         but the body is weak."
back to the disciples, he found them                     He went away a second time and
asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46"Why              prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for


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this cup to be taken away unless I drink it,      think I cannot call on my Father, and he
may your will be done."                           will at once put at my disposal more than
     When he came back, he again found            twelve legions of angels? 54But how then
them sleeping, because their eyes were            would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it
heavy. They did not know what to say to           must happen in this way?"
                                                       55
him.                                                      At that time Jesus said to the crowd,
     So he left them and went away once           "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have
more and prayed the third time, saying the        come out with swords and clubs to capture
same thing.                                       me? Every day I sat in the temple courts
     Returning the third time, he said to         teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But
them, "Are you still sleeping and resting?        this has all taken place that the writings of
Enough! Look, the hour is near and has            the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all
come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the         the disciples deserted him and fled.
hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here
comes my betrayer!"                                            Mark 14:43-52
                                                  43
                                                    Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of
      Arrest at Gethsemane                        the Twelve, appeared. With him was a
                                                  crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent
           Matthew 26:47:56                       from the chief priests, the teachers of the
47
  While he was still speaking, Judas, one         law, and the elders.
of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a                 44
                                                         Now the betrayer had arranged a
large crowd armed with swords and clubs,          signal with them: "The one I kiss is the
sent from the chief priests and the elders        man; arrest him and lead him away under
of the people. 48Now the betrayer had             guard." 45Going at once to Jesus, Judas
arranged a signal with them: "The one I           said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him. 46The men
kiss is the man; arrest him." 49Going at          seized Jesus and arrested him. 47Then one
once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings,            of those standing near drew his sword and
Rabbi!" and kissed him.                           struck the servant of the high priest,
     50
        Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you       cutting off his ear.
came for."                                             48
                                                          "Am I leading a rebellion," said
     Then the men stepped forward, seized         Jesus, "that you have come out with
Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of       swords and clubs to capture me? 49Every
Jesus' companions reached for his sword,          day I was with you, teaching in the temple
drew it out and struck the servant of the         courts, and you did not arrest me. But the
high priest, cutting off his ear.
     52
                                                  Scriptures must be fulfilled." 50Then
       "Put your sword back in its place,"        everyone deserted him and fled.
Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the               51
                                                          A young man, wearing nothing but a
sword will die by the sword. 53Do you             linen garment, was following Jesus. When


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they seized him, 52he fled naked, leaving                "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the
his garment behind.                                traitor was standing there with them.)
                                                   6
                                                     When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew
             Luke 22:47-53                         back and fell to the ground.
47
  While he was still speaking a crowd                    7
                                                           Again he asked them, "Who is it you
came up, and the man who was called                want?" And they said, "Jesus of
Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading              Nazareth."
them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,                   8
                                                          "I told you that I am he," Jesus
48
   but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you            answered. "If you are looking for me, then
betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"             let these men go." 9This happened so that
     49
        When Jesus' followers saw what was         the words he had spoken would be
going to happen, they said, "Lord, should          fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you
we strike with our swords?" 50And one of           gave me."
them struck the servant of the high priest,              10
                                                            Then Simon Peter, who had a sword,
cutting off his right ear.                         drew it and struck the high priest's
     51
        But Jesus answered, "No more of            servant, cutting off his right ear. (The
this!" And he touched the man's ear and            servant's name was Malchus.)
healed him.                                              11
                                                            Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your
     52
        Then Jesus said to the chief priests,      sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the
the officers of the temple guard, and the          Father has given me?"
elders, who had come for him, "Am I
leading a rebellion, that you have come                       COMPILATION
with swords and clubs? 53Every day I was           Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the
with you in the temple courts, and you did         place, because Jesus had often met there
not lay a hand on me. But this is your             with his disciples. While Jesus was still
hour—when darkness reigns."                        speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came
                                                   to the grove. Judas appeared guiding a
              John 18:2-12                         detachment of soldiers and some officials
2
 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the             from the chief priests and Pharisees, and
place, because Jesus had often met there           the teachers of the law, and the elders of
with his disciples. 3So Judas came to the          the people. They were carrying torches,
grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers            lanterns and armed with swords and clubs.
and some officials from the chief priests               Jesus, knowing all that was going to
and Pharisees. They were carrying                  happen to him, went out and asked them,
torches, lanterns and weapons.                     "Who is it you want?"
    4
      Jesus, knowing all that was going to              "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied.
happen to him, went out and asked them,                 "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the
"Who is it you want?"                              traitor was standing there with them.)
    5
     "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied.

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When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew             has given me?" And he touched the man's
back and fell to the ground.                      ear and healed him.
      Again he asked them, "Who is it you              At that time Jesus said to the crowd,
want?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."        "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have
      "I told you that I am he," Jesus            come out with swords and clubs to capture
answered. "If you are looking for me, then        me? Every day I sat in the temple courts
let these men go." This happened so that          with you teaching, and you did not lay a
the words he had spoken would be                  hand on me and you did not arrest me. But
fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you      this is your hour—when darkness reigns."
gave me."                                              But this has all taken place that the
      Now the betrayer had arranged a             writings of the prophets might be
signal with them: "The one I kiss is the          fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted
man; arrest him and lead him away under           him and fled.
guard." Going at once to Jesus, Judas                  A young man, wearing nothing but a
approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus           linen garment, was following Jesus. When
asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the          they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his
Son of Man with a kiss?"                          garment behind.
      Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and
kissed him. Jesus replied, "Friend, do what            First Brought to Annas
you came for."                                            Then to Caiaphas
      Then the men stepped forward, seized
Jesus and arrested him. When Jesus'                            Matthew 26:57
                                                  57
followers saw what was going to happen,             Those who had arrested Jesus took him
they said, "Lord, should we strike with our       to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the
swords?" Then Simon Peter, who had a              teachers of the law and the elders had
sword, drew it and struck the high priest's       assembled.
servant, cutting off his right ear. (The
                                                                 Mark 14:53
servant's name was Malchus.)                      53
                                                    They took Jesus to the high priest, and
      Jesus commanded Peter, " No more of
                                                  all the chief priests, elders and teachers of
this! Put your sword back in its place, for
                                                  the law came together.
all who draw the sword will die by the
sword. Do you think I cannot call on my                          Luke 22:54a
Father, and he will at once put at my             54
                                                    Then seizing him, they led him away and
disposal more than twelve legions of              took him into the house of the high priest.
angels? But how then would the Scriptures
be fulfilled that say it must happen in this               John 18:12-14, 19-24
                                                  12
way? Shall I not drink the cup the Father          Then the detachment of soldiers with its
                                                  commander and the Jewish officials


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arrested Jesus. They bound him 13and                    "I have spoken openly to the world,"
brought him first to Annas, who was the            Jesus replied. "I always taught in
father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest         synagogues or at the temple, where all the
that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had          Jews come together. I said nothing in
advised the Jews that it would be good if          secret. Why question me? Ask those who
one man died for the people.                       heard me. Surely they know what I said."
     19
        Meanwhile, the high priest                      When Jesus said this, one of the
questioned Jesus about his disciples and           officials nearby struck him in the face. "Is
his teaching.                                      this the way you answer the high priest?"
     20
       "I have spoken openly to the world,"        he demanded.
Jesus replied. "I always taught in                      "If I said something wrong," Jesus
synagogues or at the temple, where all the         replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if
Jews come together. I said nothing in              I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"
secret. 21Why question me? Ask those who           Then Annas sent him, still bound, to
heard me. Surely they know what I said."           Caiaphas the high priest. They took him
     22
        When Jesus said this, one of the           into the house of the high priest where all
officials nearby struck him in the face. "Is       the chief priests, the teachers of the law
this the way you answer the high priest?"          and the elders had assembled.
he demanded.
     23
       "If I said something wrong," Jesus                  Peter’s First Denial
replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if
                                                            Matthew 26:58, 69-70
I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"         58
24                                                   But Peter followed him at a distance,
  Then Annas sent him, still bound, to
                                                   right up to the courtyard of the high priest.
Caiaphas the high priest.
                                                   He entered and sat down with the guards
                                                   to see the outcome 69Now Peter was sitting
            COMPILATION                            out in the courtyard, and a servant girl
Then the detachment of soldiers with its           came to him. "You also were with Jesus of
commander and the Jewish officials                 Galilee," she said.
                                                        70
arrested Jesus. They seizing him & bound                   But he denied it before them all. "I
him and brought him first to Annas, who            don't know what you're talking about," he
was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high        said.
priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who
                                                              Mark 14:54, 66-68
had advised the Jews that it would be good         54
                                                     Peter followed him at a distance, right
if one man died for the people.
                                                   into the courtyard of the high priest. There
Meanwhile, the high priest questioned
                                                   he sat with the guards and warmed himself
Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
                                                   at the fire.


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66
  While Peter was below in the courtyard,          Simon Peter and another disciple were
one of the servant girls of the high priest        following Jesus at a distance. Because this
came by. 67When she saw Peter warming              disciple was known to the high priest, he
himself, she looked closely at him. "You           went with Jesus into the high priest's
also were with that Nazarene, Jesus," she          courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at
said.                                              the door. The other disciple, who was
     68
        But he denied it. "I don't know or         known to the high priest, came back,
understand what you're talking about," he          spoke to the girl on duty there and brought
said, and went out into the entryway.              Peter in.
                                                        It was cold, and the servants and
            Luke 22:54b-57                         officials stood around a fire they had made
Peter followed at a distance. 55But when           in the middle of the courtyard to keep
they had kindled a fire in the middle of the       warm and had sat down together. Peter sat
courtyard and had sat down together,               down with the guards and warmed himself
Peter sat down with them. 56A servant girl         at the fire.
saw him seated there in the firelight. She              Now while Peter was below in the
looked closely at him and said, "This man          courtyard warming himself, a servant girl
was with him."                                     from the door came to him & saw him
    57
       But he denied it. "Woman, I don't           seated there in the firelight. She looked
know him," he said.                                closely at him and said, "You are not one
             John 18:15-17                         of his disciples, are you? You also were
15
  Simon Peter and another disciple were            with that Nazarene, Jesus of Galilee," she
following Jesus. Because this disciple was         said. "This man was with him." she said.
known to the high priest, he went with                  But he denied it before them all.
Jesus into the high priest's courtyard, 16but      "Woman, I don't know him or understand
Peter had to wait outside at the door. The         what you're talking about," he said, and
other disciple, who was known to the high          went out into the entryway.
priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty
there and brought Peter in.
                                                         Trail Before Sanhedrin
     17
       "You are not one of his disciples,                    Matthew 26:59-68
are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter.        59
                                                    The chief priests and the whole
He replied, "I am not."                            Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence
     18
        It was cold, and the servants and          against Jesus so that they could put him to
officials stood around a fire they had made        death. 60But they did not find any, though
to keep warm. Peter also was standing              many false witnesses came forward.
with them, warming himself.                            Finally two came forward 61and
                                                   declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to
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destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in         another, not made by man.' " 59Yet even
three days.' "                                      then their testimony did not agree.
     62                                                   60
        Then the high priest stood up and                   Then the high priest stood up before
said to Jesus, "Are you not going to                them and asked Jesus, "Are you not going
answer? What is this testimony that these           to answer? What is this testimony that
men are bringing against you?" 63But Jesus          these men are bringing against you?"
                                                    61
remained silent. The high priest said to               But Jesus remained silent and gave no
him, "I charge you under oath by the                answer. Again the high priest asked him,
living God: Tell us if you are the Christ,          "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed
the Son of God."                                    One?"
     64                                                   62
       "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.              "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see
"But I say to all of you: In the future you         the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of
will see the Son of Man sitting at the right        the Mighty One and coming on the clouds
hand of the Mighty One and coming on                of heaven."
                                                          63
the clouds of heaven."                                       The high priest tore his clothes.
     65
       Then the high priest tore his clothes        "Why do we need any more witnesses?"
and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why             he asked. 64"You have heard the
do we need any more witnesses? Look,                blasphemy. What do you think?"
now you have heard the blasphemy.                         They all condemned him as worthy of
66
   What do you think?" "He is worthy of             death. 65Then some began to spit at him;
death," they answered.                              they blindfolded him, struck him with their
     67
        Then they spit in his face and struck       fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards
him with their fists. Others slapped him            took him and beat him.
68
   and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who
hit you?"                                               COMPILATION
                                                    The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin
             Mark 14:53:65                          were looking for false evidence against
55
  The chief priests and the whole                   Jesus so that they could put him to death.
Sanhedrin were looking for evidence                 But they did not find any, though many
against Jesus so that they could put him to         false witnesses came forward & testified
death, but they did not find any. 56Many            falsely against him, but their statements
testified falsely against him, but their            did not agree.
statements did not agree.                                Finally two stood up and gave this
     57
        Then some stood up and gave this            false testimony against him: "We heard
false testimony against him: 58"We heard            this fellow say, ' I am able to & I will
him say, 'I will destroy this man-made              destroy this man-made temple of God and
temple and in three days will build                 in three days will rebuild another, not



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made by man.' "Yet even then their                  you are one of them, for your accent gives
testimony did not agree.                            you away."
                                                         74
     Then the high priest stood up before                   Then he began to call down curses
them and asked Jesus, "Are you not going            on himself and he swore to them, "I don't
to answer? What is this testimony that              know the man!"
these men are bringing against you?" But                 Immediately a rooster crowed. 75Then
Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.           Peter remembered the word Jesus had
Again the high priest said to him, "I               spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you
charge you under oath by the living God:            will disown me three times." And he went
Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of           outside and wept bitterly.
God, the Son of the Blessed One?"
     "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied "I                   Mark 14:69-72
                                                    69
am. But I say to all of you: In the future            When the servant girl saw him there, she
you will see the Son of Man sitting at the          said again to those standing around, "This
right hand of the Mighty One and coming             fellow is one of them." 70Again he denied
on the clouds of heaven."                           it. After a little while, those standing near
     Then the high priest tore his clothes          said to Peter, "Surely you are one of them,
and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why             for you are a Galilean."
                                                         71
do we need any more witnesses? Look,                        He began to call down curses on
now you have heard the blasphemy. What              himself, and he swore to them, "I don't
do you think?"                                      know this man you're talking about."
                                                         72
     "He is worthy of death," they all                      Immediately the rooster crowed the
answered.                                           second time. Then Peter remembered the
     Then some began to spit in his face            word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the
and they blindfolded him, struck him with           rooster crows twice you will disown me
their fists, and Others slapped him and             three times." And he broke down and
said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit              wept.
you?" And the guards took him and beat                           Luke 22:58-62
him.                                                58
                                                      A little later someone else saw him and
                nd
     Peter‘s 2 and 3rd Denials                      said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I
                                                    am not!" Peter replied.
                                                         59
           Matthew 22:71-75                                 About an hour later another
72                                                  asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with
  He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't
know the man!"                                      him, for he is a Galilean."
     73                                                  60
        After a little while, those standing               Peter replied, "Man, I don't know
there went up to Peter and said, "Surely            what you're talking about!" Just as he was
                                                    speaking, the rooster crowed. 61The Lord
                                                    turned and looked straight at Peter. Then

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Peter remembered the word the Lord had            you will disown me three times." And he
spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows          went outside and wept bitterly.
today, you will disown me three times."
62
   And he went outside and wept bitterly.              Jewish Guards Mock Jesus
              John 14:25-27                                    Luke 22:63-65
25                                                63
  As Simon Peter stood warming himself,             The men who were guarding Jesus began
he was asked, "You are not one of his             mocking and beating him. 64They
disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying,        blindfolded him and demanded,
"I am not."                                       "Prophesy! Who hit you?" 65And they said
     26                                           many other insulting things to him.
        One of the high priest's servants, a
relative of the man whose ear Peter had
cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you            Condemnation by the Council
with him in the olive grove?" 27Again                           Matthew 27:1
Peter denied it, and at that moment a             1
                                                   Early in the morning, all the chief priests
rooster began to crow.                            and the elders of the people came to the
            COMPILATION                           decision to put Jesus to death.
A little later when the servant girl saw him                     Mark 15:1A
there warming himself, she said again to          1
                                                   Very early in the morning, the chief
those standing around, "This fellow is one        priests, with the elders, the teachers of the
of them." Someone else said, "You also            law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a
are one of them." " I don't know the man, I       decision.
am not!" Peter replied with an oath.
     About an hour later another asserted,                     Luke 22:66-71
                                                  66
"Certainly this fellow was with him, for he         At daybreak the council of the elders of
is a Galilean." Those standing near said to       the people, both the chief priests and
Peter, "Surely you are one of them, for you       teachers of the law, met together, and
are a Galilean for your accent gives you          Jesus was led before them. 67"If you are
away."                                            the Christ," they said, "tell us."
     He began to call down curses on                   Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will
himself, and he swore to them, "I don't           not believe me, 68and if I asked you, you
know the man. I don't know what you're            would not answer. 69But from now on, the
talking about!" Just as he was speaking,          Son of Man will be seated at the right
the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and           hand of the mighty God." 70They all asked,
looked straight at Peter. Then Peter              "Are you then the Son of God?" He
remembered the word the Lord had spoken           replied, "You are right in saying I am."
to him: "Before the rooster crows today,


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     71
      Then they said, "Why do we need
any more testimony? We have heard it                           COMPILATION
from his own lips."                                They bound Jesus. Then the whole
                                                   assembly rose from Caiaphas and led him
            COMPILATION                            off to the palace of the Roman governor
Very early in the morning at daybreak all          Pilate. They handed him over to Pilate, the
the chief priests, the council of the elders       governor
of the people, the teachers of the law and
the whole Sanhedrin met together, and                         Suicide of Judas
came to the decision to put Jesus to death.
                                                               Matthew 27:3-10
     Jesus was led before them. "If you are        3
                                                     When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw
the Christ," they said, "tell us."
                                                   that Jesus was condemned, he was seized
     Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will
                                                   with remorse and returned the thirty silver
not believe me, and if I asked you, you
                                                   coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4"I
would not answer. But from now on, the
                                                   have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed
Son of Man will be seated at the right hand
                                                   innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they
of the mighty God." They all asked, "Are
                                                   replied. "That's your responsibility."
you then the Son of God?" He replied,                    5
                                                           So Judas threw the money into the
"You are right in saying I am."
                                                   temple and left. Then he went away and
     Then they said, "Why do we need any
                                                   hanged himself.
more testimony? We have heard it from                    6
                                                           The chief priests picked up the coins
his own lips."
                                                   and said, "It is against the law to put this
     Jesus Brought to Pilate                       into the treasury, since it is blood money."
                                                   7
                                                     So they decided to use the money to buy
              Matthew 27:2                         the potter's field as a burial place for
2
 They bound him, led him away and                  foreigners. 8That is why it has been called
handed him over to Pilate, the governor.           the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then what
                                                   was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was
               Mark 15:1B                          fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins,
They bound Jesus, led him away and                 the price set on him by the people of
handed him over to Pilate.                         Israel, 10and they used them to buy the
                Luke 23:1                          potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."
1
 Then the whole assembly rose and led
him off to Pilate.
                                                       1st Appearance Before Pilate
              John 18:28A                                     Matthew 27:12-14
                                                   12
28                                                   When he was accused by the chief
  Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas
                                                   priests and the elders, he gave no answer.
to the palace of the Roman governor.

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13
  Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear         eat the Passover. 29So Pilate came out to
the testimony they are bringing against          them and asked, "What charges are you
you?" 14But Jesus made no reply, not even        bringing against this man?"
                                                      30
to a single charge—to the great                         "If he were not a criminal," they
amazement of the governor.                       replied, "we would not have handed him
                                                 over to you."
              Mark 15:2-5                             31
                                                         Pilate said, "Take him yourselves
2
 "Are you the king of the Jews?" asked           and judge him by your own law."
Pilate. "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus                "But we have no right to execute
replied.                                         anyone," the Jews objected. 32This
     3
       The chief priests accused him of          happened so that the words Jesus had
many things. 4So again Pilate asked him,         spoken indicating the kind of death he was
"Aren't you going to answer? See how             going to die would be fulfilled.
many things they are accusing you of."                33
                                                         Pilate then went back inside the
     5
       But Jesus still made no reply, and        palace, summoned Jesus and asked him,
Pilate was amazed.                               "Are you the king of the Jews?"
                                                      34
              Luke 23:2-6                               "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked,
2
 And they began to accuse him, saying,           "or did others talk to you about me?"
                                                      35
"We have found this man subverting our                  "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It
nation. He opposes payment of taxes to           was your people and your chief priests
Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."         who handed you over to me. What is it you
     3
       So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the       have done?"
                                                      36
king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say,"              Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of
Jesus replied.                                   this world. If it were, my servants would
     4
       Then Pilate announced to the chief        fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But
priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for      now my kingdom is from another place."
                                                      37
a charge against this man."                             "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
     5
       But they insisted, "He stirs up the       Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I
people all over Judea by his teaching. He        am a king. In fact, for this reason I was
started in Galilee and has come all the          born, and for this I came into the world, to
way here."                                       testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of
     6
       On hearing this, Pilate asked if the      truth listens to me."
                                                      38
man was a Galilean.                                     "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With
                                                 this he went out again to the Jews and
            John 18:28b-38                       said, "I find no basis for a charge against
By now it was early morning, and to avoid        him.
ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not
enter the palace; they wanted to be able to                  COMPILATION

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By now it was early morning, and to avoid         testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of
ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not           truth listens to me."
enter the palace; they wanted to be able to            "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With
eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to           this he went out again to the Jews and
them and asked, "What charges are you             said, "I find no basis for a charge against
bringing against this man?"                       him.
     "If he were not a criminal," they                 The chief priests and the elders
replied, "we would not have handed him            accused him of many things.
over to you."                                          Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you
     Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and        hear the testimony they are bringing
judge him by your own law."                       against you? Aren't you going to answer?
     "But we have no right to execute             See how many things they are accusing
anyone," the Jews objected. This happened         you of."
so that the words Jesus had spoken                     But Jesus made no reply, not even to a
indicating the kind of death he was going         single charge—to the great amazement of
to die would be fulfilled.                        the governor.
     And they began to accuse him, saying,             Then Pilate announced to the chief
"We have found this man subverting our            priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a
nation. He opposes payment of taxes to            charge against this man."
Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."               But they insisted, "He stirs up the
     Pilate then went back inside the             people all over Judea by his teaching. He
palace, summoned Jesus and asked him,             started in Galilee and has come all the way
"Are you the king of the Jews?"                   here."
     "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.           On hearing this, Pilate asked if the
     "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked,        man was a Galilean.
"or did others talk to you about me?"
     "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was            Appearance Before Herod
your people and your chief priests who
                                                                Luke 23:7-10
handed you over to me. What is it you             7
                                                   When he learned that Jesus was under
have done?"
                                                  Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod,
     Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this
                                                  who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
world. If it were, my servants would fight            8
                                                        When Herod saw Jesus, he was
to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now
                                                  greatly pleased, because for a long time he
my kingdom is from another place."
                                                  had been wanting to see him. From what
     "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
                                                  he had heard about him, he hoped to see
Jesus answered, " You are right in saying I
                                                  him perform some miracle. 9He plied him
am a king. In fact, for this reason I was
                                                  with many questions, but Jesus gave him
born, and for this I came into the world, to

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no answer. 10The chief priests and the                23
                                                          "Why? What crime has he
teachers of the law were standing there,          committed?" asked Pilate. But they
vehemently accusing him.                          shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
                                                       23
                                                          "Why? What crime has he
     Mocked by Herod‘s Guards                     committed?" asked Pilate. But they
                                                  shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
              Luke 23:11A                              24
11                                                        When Pilate saw that he was getting
  Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed
                                                  nowhere, but that instead an uproar was
and mocked him. Dressing him in an
                                                  starting, he took water and washed his
elegant robe,
                                                  hands in front of the crowd. "I am
2nd Appearance Before Pilate                      innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It
                                                  is your responsibility!"
                                                       25
           Matthew 27:15-26                               All the people answered, "Let his
15
  Now it was the governor's custom at the         blood be on us and on our children!"
                                                       26
Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the                 Then he released Barabbas to them.
crowd. 16At that time they had a notorious        But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him
prisoner, called Barabbas. 17So when the          over to be crucified.
crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them,
"Which one do you want me to release to                         Mark 15:6-15
                                                      6
you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called                    Now it was the custom at the Feast to
Christ?" 18For he knew it was out of envy         release a prisoner whom the people
that they had handed Jesus over to him.           requested. 7A man called Barabbas was in
     19
        While Pilate was sitting on the           prison with the insurrectionists who had
judge's seat, his wife sent him this              committed murder in the uprising. 8The
message: "Don't have anything to do with          crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for
that innocent man, for I have suffered a          them what he usually did.
                                                       9
great deal today in a dream because of                   "Do you want me to release to you
him."                                             the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate,
                                                  10
     20
        But the chief priests and the elders         knowing it was out of envy that the chief
persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas           priests had handed Jesus over to him.
                                                  11
and to have Jesus executed.                          But the chief priests stirred up the crowd
     21
        "Which of the two do you want me          to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
                                                       12
to release to you?" asked the governor.                   "What shall I do, then, with the one
"Barabbas," they answered.                        you call the king of the Jews?" Pilate
     22
        "What shall I do, then, with Jesus        asked them.
                                                       13
who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They                 "Crucify him!" they shouted.
all answered, "Crucify him!"


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    14
       "Why? What crime has he                    will have him punished and then release
committed?" asked Pilate. But they                him."
                                                        23
shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"                     But with loud shouts they insistently
     15
        Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate      demanded that he be crucified, and their
released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus           shouts prevailed. 24So Pilate decided to
flogged, and handed him over to be                grant their demand. 25He released the man
crucified.                                        who had been thrown into prison for
                                                  insurrection and murder, the one they
            Luke 23:11B-25                        asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their
they sent him back to Pilate. 12That day          will.
Herod and Pilate became friends—before
this they had been enemies.                                  John 18:39 -19:16a
     13                                           39
        Pilate called together the chief            But it is your custom for me to release to
priests, the rulers and the people, 14and         you one prisoner at the time of the
said to them, "You brought me this man as         Passover. Do you want me to release 'the
one who was inciting the people to                king of the Jews'?"
                                                       40
rebellion. I have examined him in your                    They shouted back, "No, not him!
presence and have found no basis for your         Give us Barabbas!" Now Barabbas had
charges against him. 15Neither has Herod,         taken part in a rebellion.
                                                       1
for he sent him back to us; as you can see,              Then Pilate took Jesus and had him
he has done nothing to deserve death.             flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a
16
  Therefore, I will punish him and then           crown of thorns and put it on his head.
release him."                                     They clothed him in a purple robe 3and
     17 Now he was obliged to release one         went up to him again and again, saying,
man to them at the Feast.                         "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck
     18
        With one voice they cried out,            him in the face.
                                                       4
"Away with this man! Release Barabbas to                 Once more Pilate came out and said
us!" 19(Barabbas had been thrown into             to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out
prison for an insurrection in the city, and       to you to let you know that I find no basis
for murder.)                                      for a charge against him." 5When Jesus
     20
        Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate          came out wearing the crown of thorns and
appealed to them again. 21But they kept           the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here
shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"             is the man!"
     22                                                6
        For the third time he spoke to them:             As soon as the chief priests and their
"Why? What crime has this man                     officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify!
committed? I have found in him no                 Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take
grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I        him and crucify him. As for me, I find no
                                                  basis for a charge against him."


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    7
       The Jews insisted, "We have a law,        They sent him back to Pilate. That day
and according to that law he must die,           Herod and Pilate became friends—before
because he claimed to be the Son of God."        this they had been enemies.
     8
       When Pilate heard this, he was even            Pilate called together the chief priests,
more afraid, 9and he went back inside the        the rulers and the people, and said to them,
palace. "Where do you come from?" he             "You brought me this man as one who was
asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no               inciting the people to rebellion. I have
answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?"        examined him in your presence and have
Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have           found no basis for your charges against
power either to free you or to crucify           him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him
you?"                                            back to us; as you can see, he has done
     11
        Jesus answered, "You would have          nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will
no power over me if it were not given to         punish him and then release him."
you from above. Therefore the one who                 Now it was the governor's custom at
handed me over to you is guilty of a             the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by
greater sin."                                    the crowd whom the people requested.
     12
        From then on, Pilate tried to set             At that time they had a notorious
Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If      prisoner, a man called Barabbas. Barabbas
you let this man go, you are no friend of        was in prison with the insurrectionists who
Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king           had committed murder in the uprising.
opposes Caesar."                                      The crowd came up and asked Pilate
     13
        When Pilate heard this, he brought       to do for them what he usually did. Now
Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat       he was obliged to release one man to them
at a place known as the Stone Pavement           at the Feast.
(which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was              So when the crowd had gathered,
the day of Preparation of Passover Week,         Pilate said it is your custom for me to
about the sixth hour. "Here is your king,"       release to you one prisoner at the time of
Pilate said to the Jews.                         the Passover. Pilate asked them, "Which
     15
        But they shouted, "Take him away!        one of the two do you want me to release
Take him away! Crucify him!" "Shall I            to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called
crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We            Christ the king of the Jews?"
have no king but Caesar," the chief priests           For he knew it was out of envy that
answered.                                        the chief priests had handed Jesus over to
     16
        Finally Pilate handed him over to        him. But the chief priests stirred up the
them to be crucified.                            crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas
                                                 instead.
           COMPILATION                                With one voice they cried out, "Away
                                                 with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"

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(Barabbas had been thrown into prison for               The Jews insisted, "We have a law,
an insurrection in the city, and for               and according to that law he must die,
murder.)                                           because he claimed to be the Son of God."
     "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who             When Pilate heard this, he was even
is called Christ the one you call the king of      more afraid, and he went back inside the
the Jews?" Pilate asked them.                      palace. "Where do you come from?" he
     "Crucify him!" they all shouted.              asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no
     Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate              answer. "Do you refuse to speak to me?"
appealed to them again. "Why? What                 Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have
crime has he committed?" asked Pilate              power either to free you or to crucify
     They shouted back all the louder,             you?"
"No, not him! Crucify him! Crucify him!"                Jesus answered, "You would have no
     For the third time he spoke to them:          power over me if it were not given to you
"Why? What crime has this man                      from above. Therefore the one who
committed? I have found in him no                  handed me over to you is guilty of a
grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I         greater sin."
will have him punished and then release                 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus
him."                                              free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let
     Then Pilate took Jesus and had him            this man go, you are no friend of Caesar.
flogged. The soldiers twisted together a           Anyone who claims to be a king opposes
crown of thorns and put it on his head.            Caesar."
They clothed him in a purple robe and                   When Pilate heard this, he brought
went up to him again and again, saying,            Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat
"Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck          at a place known as the Stone Pavement
him in the face.                                   (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).
     Once more Pilate came out and said to              While Pilate was sitting on the judge's
the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to          seat, his wife sent him this message:
you to let you know that I find no basis for       "Don't have anything to do with that
a charge against him." When Jesus came             innocent man, for I have suffered a great
out wearing the crown of thorns and the            deal today in a dream because of him."
purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is              It was the day of Preparation of
the man!"                                          Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
     As soon as the chief priests and their        "Here is your king," Pilate said to the
officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify!         Jews.
Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take                But they shouted, "Take him away!
him and crucify him. As for me, I find no          Take him away! Crucify him!" "Shall I
basis for a charge against him."                   crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We


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have no king but Caesar," the chief priests                    Mark 15:16-20
answered.                                         16
                                                     The soldiers led Jesus away into the
     When Pilate saw that he was getting          palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called
nowhere, but that instead an uproar was           together the whole company of soldiers.
starting, with loud shouts they insistently       17
                                                     They put a purple robe on him, then
demanded that he be crucified, and their          twisted together a crown of thorns and set
shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to            it on him. 18And they began to call out to
grant their demand.                               him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" 19Again and
     He took water and washed his hands           again they struck him on the head with a
in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of          staff and spit on him. Falling on their
this man's blood," he said. "It is your           knees, they paid homage to him. 20And
responsibility!"                                  when they had mocked him, they took off
     All the people answered, "Let his            the purple robe and put his own clothes on
blood be on us and on our children!"              him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
     Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate
released Barabbas to them. He released the                    COMPILATION
man who had been thrown into prison for           Then the governor's led Jesus away into
insurrection and murder, the one they             the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and
asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their         called together the whole company of
will to be crucified.                             soldiers around him. They stripped him
                                                  and put a scarlet robe on him. Then
     Mockery by Roman Soldiers                    twisted together a crown of thorns and set
                                                  it on his head. They put a staff in his right
           Matthew 27:27-31                       hand and knelt in front of him. Falling on
27
  Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus         their knees, they paid homage to him and
into the Praetorium and gathered the              mocked him.
whole company of soldiers around him.                  And they began to call out to him,
28
  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe        "Hail, king of the Jews!" Again and again
on him, 29and then twisted together a             they struck him on the head with a staff
crown of thorns and set it on his head.           and spit on him.
They put a staff in his right hand and knelt           After they had mocked him, they took
in front of him and mocked him. "Hail,            off the robe and put his own clothes on
king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit         him. Then they led him away to crucify
on him, and took the staff and struck him         him.
on the head again and again. 31After they
had mocked him, they took off the robe                      Led to Golgotha
and put his own clothes on him. Then they
led him away to crucify him.                                 Matthew 27:32-33


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32
  As they were going out, they met a man          the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is
from Cyrene, named Simon, and they                called Golgotha).
forced him to carry the cross. 33They came
to a place called Golgotha (which means                      COMPILATION
The Place of the Skull).                          So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
                                                  Carrying his own cross, he went out to the
             Mark 15:21-22                        place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is
21
   A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the          called Golgotha).
father of Alexander and Rufus, was                     As they were going out, they met a
passing by on his way in from the country,        certain man from Cyrene, named Simon
and they forced him to carry the cross.           the father of Alexander and Rufus. Simon
22
  They brought Jesus to the place called          was passing by on his way in from the
Golgotha (which means The Place of the            country. They seized Simon and put the
Skull).                                           cross on him and made him carry it behind
                                                  Jesus.
             Luke 23:26-32                             A large number of people followed
26
   As they led him away, they seized Simon        him, including women who mourned and
from Cyrene, who was on his way in from           wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to
the country, and put the cross on him and         them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not
made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A large         weep for me; weep for yourselves and for
number of people followed him, including          your children. For the time will come
women who mourned and wailed for him.             when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren
28
   Jesus turned and said to them,                 women, the wombs that never bore and the
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for          breasts that never nursed!' Then " 'they
me; weep for yourselves and for your              will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"
children. 29For the time will come when           and to the hills, "Cover us!" ' For if men
you will say, 'Blessed are the barren             do these things when the tree is green,
women, the wombs that never bore and the          what will happen when it is dry?"
breasts that never nursed!' 30Then " 'they             Two other men, both criminals, were
will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"          also led out with him to be executed.
and to the hills, "Cover us!" ' 31For if men           They brought Jesus to the place called
do these things when the tree is green,           Golgotha (which means The Place of the
what will happen when it is dry?"                 Skull).
      32
        Two other men, both criminals, were
also led out with him to be executed.                    Crucifixion of Jesus
            John 19:16b-17                                  Matthew 27:34-38
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.             34
                                                   There they offered Jesus wine to drink,
17
  Carrying his own cross, he went out to          mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he

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refused to drink it. 35When they had                            John 19:18-24
crucified him, they divided up his clothes         18
                                                     Here they crucified him, and with him
by casting lots that the word spoken by the        two others—one on each side and Jesus in
prophet might be fulfilled: "They divided          the middle.
my garments among themselves and cast                    19
                                                            Pilate had a notice prepared and
lots for my clothing". 36And sitting down,         fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF
they kept watch over him there. 37Above            NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE
his head they placed the written charge            JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign,
against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING               for the place where Jesus was crucified
OF THE JEWS. 38Two robbers were                    was near the city, and the sign was written
crucified with him, one on his right and           in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief
one on his left.                                   priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do
                                                   not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that
             Mark 15:23-28
23                                                 this man claimed to be king of the Jews."
  Then they offered him wine mixed with                  22
                                                            Pilate answered, "What I have
myrrh, but he did not take it. 24And they
                                                   written, I have written."
crucified him. Dividing up his clothes,                  23
                                                            When the soldiers crucified Jesus,
they cast lots to see what each would get.
      25                                           they took his clothes, dividing them into
         It was the third hour when they
                                                   four shares, one for each of them, with the
crucified him. 26The written notice of the
                                                   undergarment remaining. This garment
charge against him read: THE KING OF
                                                   was seamless, woven in one piece from top
THE JEWS. 27They crucified two robbers
                                                   to bottom.
with him, one on his right and one on his                24
                                                           "Let's not tear it," they said to one
left. 28and the scripture was fulfilled which
                                                   another. "Let's decide by lot who will get
says, "He was counted with the lawless
                                                   it." This happened that the scripture might
ones"
                                                   be fulfilled which said, "They divided my
           Luke 23:33-34, 38                       garments among them and cast lots for my
33                                                 clothing." So this is what the soldiers did.
   When they came to the place called the
Skull, there they crucified him, along with
                                                               COMPILATION
the criminals—one on his right, the other
                                                   When they came to the place called the
on his left. 34Jesus said, "Father, forgive
                                                   Skull, here they crucified him along with
them, for they do not know what they are
                                                   two others criminals, robbers —one on
doing." And they divided up his clothes by
                                                   each side and Jesus in the middle and the
casting lots.
38                                                 scripture was fulfilled which says, "He
   There was a written notice above him,
                                                   was counted with the lawless ones"
which read:|sc THIS IS THE KING OF
                                                        It was the third hour when they
THE JEWS.
                                                   crucified him.


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      Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for                Matthew 27:39-44
they do not know what they are doing."            39
                                                     Those who passed by hurled insults at
      There they offered Jesus wine to            him, shaking their heads 40and saying,
drink, mixed with gall & myrrh but after          "You who are going to destroy the temple
tasting it, he refused to drink it.               and build it in three days, save yourself!
      Pilate had a notice prepared and            Come down from the cross, if you are the
fastened to the cross above his head. They        Son of God!"
placed the written notice of the charge                41
                                                          In the same way the chief priests,
against him: THIS IS JESUS OF                     the teachers of the law and the elders
NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE                         mocked him. 42"He saved others," they
JEWS.                                             said, "but he can't save himself! He's the
      Many of the Jews read this sign, for        King of Israel! Let him come down now
the place where Jesus was crucified was           from the cross, and we will believe in him.
near the city, and the sign was written in        43
                                                     He trusts in God. Let God rescue him
Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief               now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the
priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do      Son of God.'" 44In the same way the
not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that        robbers who were crucified with him also
this man claimed to be king of the Jews."         heaped insults on him.
      Pilate answered, "What I have written,
I have written."                                               Mark 15:29-32
                                                  29
      When the soldiers crucified Jesus,            Those who passed by hurled insults at
they took his clothes, dividing them into         him, shaking their heads and saying, "So!
four shares, one for each of them, with the       You who are going to destroy the temple
undergarment remaining. This garment              and build it in three days, 30come down
was seamless, woven in one piece from             from the cross and save yourself!"
                                                       31
top to bottom.                                            In the same way the chief priests
      "Let's not tear it," they said to one       and the teachers of the law mocked him
another. "Let's decide by lot who will get        among themselves. "He saved others," they
it." This happened that the word spoken by        said, "but he can't save himself! 32Let this
the prophet in the scripture might be             Christ, this King of Israel, come down now
fulfilled which said, "They divided my            from the cross, that we may see and
garments among themselves and cast lots           believe." Those crucified with him also
for my clothing." So this is what the             heaped insults on him.
soldiers did.
                                                          Luke 23:35-37, 39-43
      Sitting down, they kept watch over          35
                                                    The people stood watching, and the
him there.
                                                  rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He
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saved others; let him save himself if he is      Come down from the cross, if you are the
the Christ of God, the Chosen One."              Son of God!"
     36
       The soldiers also came up and                  In the same way the robbers who were
mocked him. They offered him wine                crucified with him also heaped insults on
vinegar 37and said, "If you are the king of      him.
the Jews, save yourself."                             The soldiers also came up and
     39
        One of the criminals who hung there      mocked him. They offered him wine
hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the           vinegar and said, "If you are the king of
Christ? Save yourself and us!"                   the Jews, save yourself."
     40
        But the other criminal rebuked him.           One of the criminals who hung there
"Don't you fear God," he said, "since you        hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the
are under the same sentence? 41We are            Christ? Save yourself and us!"
punished justly, for we are getting what              But the other criminal rebuked him.
our deeds deserve. But this man has done         "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you
nothing wrong."                                  are under the same sentence? We are
     42
       Then he said, "Jesus, remember me         punished justly, for we are getting what
when you come into your kingdom."                our deeds deserve. But this man has done
     43
        Jesus answered him, "I tell you the      nothing wrong."
truth, today you will be with me in                   Then he said, "Jesus, remember me
paradise."                                       when you come into your kingdom."
                                                      Jesus answered him, "I tell you the
           COMPILATION                           truth, today you will be with me in
     The people stood watching, and chief        paradise."
priests, the teachers of the law and the
elders mocked & even sneered at him                         Death of Jesus
among themselves. They said, "He saved
others but he can't save himself! Let this                  Matthew 27:45-56
                                                 45
Christ, this King of Israel, come down             From the sixth hour until the ninth hour
now from the cross, that we may see and          darkness came over all the land. 46About
believe in him. Let him save himself if he       the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud
is the Christ of God, the Chosen One. He         voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—
trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if         which means, "My God, my God, why
he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of      have you forsaken me?"
                                                      47
God.'"                                                  When some of those standing there
     Those who passed by hurled insults at       heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
                                                      48
him, shaking their heads and saying, "So!                Immediately one of them ran and got
You who are going to destroy the temple          a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar,
and build it in three days, save yourself!       put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to


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drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him            Let's see if Elijah comes to take him
alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save          down," he said.
                                                        37
him."                                                     With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his
      50
         And when Jesus had cried out again       last.
                                                        38
in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.                    The curtain of the temple was torn
      51
         At that moment the curtain of the        in two from top to bottom. 39And when the
temple was torn in two from top to bottom.        centurion, who stood there in front of
The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The        Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died,
tombs broke open and the bodies of many           he said, "Surely this man was the Son of
holy people who had died were raised to           God!"
life. 53They came out of the tombs, and                 40
                                                           Some women were watching from a
after Jesus' resurrection they went into the      distance. Among them were Mary
holy city and appeared to many people.            Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the
      54
         When the centurion and those with        younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41In
him who were guarding Jesus saw the               Galilee these women had followed him
earthquake and all that had happened,             and cared for his needs. Many other
they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely       women who had come up with him to
he was the Son of God!"                           Jerusalem were also there.
      55
         Many women were there, watching
from a distance. They had followed Jesus                       Luke 23:44-49
                                                  44
from Galilee to care for his needs.                 It was now about the sixth hour, and
56
   Among them were Mary Magdalene,                darkness came over the whole land until
Mary the mother of James and Joses, and           the ninth hour, 45for the sun stopped
the mother of Zebedee's sons.                     shining. And the curtain of the temple was
                                                  torn in two. 46Jesus called out with a loud
             Mark 15:33-41                        voice, "Father, into your hands I commit
33
  At the sixth hour darkness came over the        my spirit." When he had said this, he
whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at         breathed his last.
                                                       47
the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud                  The centurion, seeing what had
voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—           happened, praised God and said, "Surely
which means, "My God, my God, why have            this was a righteous man." 48When all the
you forsaken me?"                                 people who had gathered to witness this
      35
         When some of those standing near         sight saw what took place, they beat their
heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling      breasts and went away. 49But all those
Elijah."                                          who knew him, including the women who
      36
         One man ran, filled a sponge with        had followed him from Galilee, stood at a
wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered      distance, watching these things.
it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone.
                                                               John 19:25-37

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25
  Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother,        scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of
his mother's sister, Mary the wife of              his bones will be broken," 37and, as
Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When                 another scripture says, "They will look on
Jesus saw his mother there, and the                the one they have pierced."
disciple whom he loved standing nearby,
he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here                       COMPILATION
is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is      Some were watching from a distance near
your mother." From that time on, this              the cross of Jesus. Among them stood his
disciple took her into his home.                   mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife
     28
        Later, knowing that all was now            of Clopas, the mother of James the
completed, and so that the Scripture would         younger and of Joses, and Salome and
be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29A      Mary Magdalene. In Galilee these women
jar of wine vinegar was there, so they             had followed him and cared for his needs.
soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a         Many other women who had come up with
stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to        him to Jerusalem were also there.
Jesus' lips. 30When he had received the                 When Jesus saw his mother there, and
drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With          the disciple whom he loved standing
that, he bowed his head and gave up his            nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear
spirit.                                            woman, here is your son," and to the
     31
        Now it was the day of Preparation,         disciple, "Here is your mother." From that
and the next day was to be a special               time on, this disciple took her into his
Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want             home.
the bodies left on the crosses during the               At the sixth hour darkness came over
Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs        the whole land until the ninth hour for the
broken and the bodies taken down. 32The            sun stopped shining. And at the ninth hour
soldiers therefore came and broke the legs         Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,
of the first man who had been crucified            lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My
with Jesus, and then those of the other.           God, my God, why have you forsaken
33
   But when they came to Jesus and found           me?"
that he was already dead, they did not                  When some of those standing near
break his legs. 34Instead, one of the              heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling
soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear,         Elijah."
bringing a sudden flow of blood and                     Later, knowing that all was now
water. 35The man who saw it has given              completed, and so that the Scripture would
testimony, and his testimony is true. He           be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A
knows that he tells the truth, and he              jar of wine vinegar was there.
testifies so that you also may believe.                 Immediately one man ran and got a
36
  These things happened so that the                sponge. He soaked it in wine vinegar, put


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the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant,     flow of blood and water. The man who
and lifted it to Jesus' lips.                  saw it has given testimony, and his
      The rest said, "Now leave him alone.     testimony is true. He knows that he tells
Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down     the truth, and he testifies so that you also
to save him."                                  may believe. These things happened so
      When he had received the drink Jesus     that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not
cried out again in a loud voice, ―It is        one of his bones will be broken," and, as
finished. Father, into your hands I commit     another scripture says, "They will look on
my spirit." When he had said this, he          the one they have pierced."
breathed his last. With that, he bowed his           When all the people who had gathered
head and gave up his spirit.                   to witness this sight saw what took place,
      At that moment the curtain of the        they beat their breasts and went away. But
temple was torn in two from top to bottom.     all those who knew him, including the
The earth shook and the rocks split. The       women who had followed him from
tombs broke open and the bodies of many        Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these
holy people who had died were raised to        things.
life. They came out of the tombs, and after
Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy               Burial of Jesus
city and appeared to many people.
                                                          Matthew 27:57-61
      When the centurion and those with        57
                                                 As evening approached, there came a
him who were guarding Jesus saw the
                                               rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph,
earthquake and all that had happened, they
                                               who had himself become a disciple of
were terrified, praised God and exclaimed,
                                               Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for
"Surely this was a righteous man. He was
                                               Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be
the Son of God!"
                                               given to him. 59Joseph took the body,
      Now it was the day of Preparation,
                                               wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and
and the next day was to be a special
                                               placed it in his own new tomb that he had
Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want
                                               cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in
the bodies left on the crosses during the
                                               front of the entrance to the tomb and went
Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs
                                               away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other
broken and the bodies taken down. The
                                               Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
soldiers therefore came and broke the legs
of the first man who had been crucified                     Mark 15:42-46
with Jesus, and then those of the other. But   42
                                                It was Preparation Day (that is, the day
when they came to Jesus and found that he      before the Sabbath). So as evening
was already dead, they did not break his       approached, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a
legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced     prominent member of the Council, who
Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden    was himself waiting for the kingdom of

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God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for           feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission,
Jesus' body. 44Pilate was surprised to hear        he came and took the body away. 39He was
that he was already dead. Summoning the            accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who
centurion, he asked him if Jesus had               earlier had visited Jesus at night.
already died. 45When he learned from the           Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh
centurion that it was so, he gave the body         and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.
to Joseph. 46So Joseph bought some linen           40
                                                     Taking Jesus' body, the two of them
cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in           wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of
the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of      linen. This was in accordance with Jewish
rock. Then he rolled a stone against the           burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus
entrance of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene             was crucified, there was a garden, and in
and Mary the mother of Joses saw where             the garden a new tomb, in which no one
he was laid.                                       had ever been laid. 42Because it was the
                                                   Jewish day of Preparation and since the
             Luke 23:50-56                         tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
50
  Now there was a man named Joseph, a
member of the Council, a good and                             COMPILATION
upright man, 51who had not consented to            It was Preparation Day (that is, the day
their decision and action. He came from            before the Sabbath). So as evening
the Judean town of Arimathea and he was            approached, there came a rich man. A
waiting for the kingdom of God. 52Going            prominent member of the Council. A good
to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body. 53Then        and upright man, who had not consented
he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth         to their decision and action. Who was
and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one       himself waiting for the kingdom of God.
in which no one had yet been laid. 54It was        He came from the Judean town of
Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was               Arimathea. Now Joseph was a disciple of
about to begin.                                    Jesus, but secretly because he feared the
      55
        The women who had come with                Jews.
Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and                  Joseph, accompanied by Nicodemus,
saw the tomb and how his body was laid in          the man who earlier had visited Jesus at
it. 56Then they went home and prepared             night, went boldly to Pilate and asked for
spices and perfumes. But they rested on            Jesus' body.
the Sabbath in obedience to the                         Pilate was surprised to hear that he
commandment.                                       was already dead. Summoning the
                                                   centurion, he asked him if Jesus had
             John 19:38-42                         already died. When he learned from the
38
  Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate          centurion that it was so, he gave
for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a            permission to Joseph.
disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he

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     So Joseph bought some linen cloth &          Otherwise, his disciples may come and
Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh              steal the body and tell the people that he
and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.             has been raised from the dead. This last
     Taking Jesus' body down the two of           deception will be worse than the first."
                                                       65
them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips               "Take a guard," Pilate answered.
of clean linen cloth. This was in                 "Go, make the tomb as secure as you
accordance with Jewish burial customs.            know how." 66So they went and made the
     At the place where Jesus was                 tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone
crucified, there was a garden, and in the         and posting the guard.
garden a new tomb. It was Joseph’s own
new tomb that he had cut out of the rock,              Women Visit the Tomb
one in which no one had yet been laid.
                                                              Matthew 28:1-8
Because it was the Jewish day of                  1
                                                    After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first
Preparation and the Sabbath was about to
                                                  day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the
begin since the tomb was nearby, they laid
                                                  other Mary went to look at the tomb.
Jesus there.                                      2
                                                    There was a violent earthquake, for an
     Then he rolled a big stone in front of
                                                  angel of the Lord came down from heaven
the entrance to the tomb.
                                                  and, going to the tomb, rolled back the
     The women, Mary Magdalene and
                                                  stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was
Mary the mother of Joses, who had come
                                                  like lightning, and his clothes were white
with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph
                                                  as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of
and saw the tomb and how his body was
                                                  him that they shook and became like dead
laid in it were sitting there opposite the
                                                  men.
tomb. Then they went home and prepared                  5
                                                          The angel said to the women, "Do not
spices and perfumes. But they rested on
                                                  be afraid, for I know that you are looking
the Sabbath in obedience to the
                                                  for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not
commandment.
                                                  here; he has risen, just as he said. Come
     Tomb Sealed and Guarded                      and see the place where he lay. 7Then go
                                                  quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen
           Matthew 27:62-66                       from the dead and is going ahead of you
62
  The next day, the one after Preparation         into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now
Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees          I have told you."
went to Pilate. 63"Sir," they said, "we                 8
                                                          So the women hurried away from the
remember that while he was still alive that       tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to
deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise      tell his disciples.
again.' 64So give the order for the tomb to
be made secure until the third day.                             Mark 16:1-8


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1
 When the Sabbath was over, Mary                   faces to the ground, but the men said to
Magdalene, Mary the mother of James,               them, "Why do you look for the living
and Salome bought spices so that they              among the dead? 6He is not here; he has
might go to anoint Jesus' body. 2Very              risen! Remember how he told you, while
early on the first day of the week, just           he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son
after sunrise, they were on their way to the       of Man must be delivered into the hands of
tomb 3and they asked each other, "Who              sinful men, be crucified and on the third
will roll the stone away from the entrance         day be raised again.' " 8Then they
of the tomb?"                                      remembered his words.
     4                                                  9
       But when they looked up, they saw                  When they came back from the tomb,
that the stone, which was very large, had          they told all these things to the Eleven and
been rolled away. 5As they entered the             to all the others. 10It was Mary
tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a            Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of
white robe sitting on the right side, and          James, and the others with them who told
they were alarmed.                                 this to the apostles. 11But they did not
     6
       "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are       believe the women, because their words
looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was            seemed to them like nonsense.
crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See
the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell                       John 20:1
                                                       1
his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead             Early on the first day of the week,
of you into Galilee. There you will see            while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene
him, just as he told you.' "                       went to the tomb and saw that the stone
     8
       Trembling and bewildered, the               had been removed from the entrance.
women went out and fled from the tomb.                        COMPILATION
They said nothing to anyone, because they          Early on the first day of the week when the
were afraid.                                       Sabbath was over while it was still dark,
              Luke 24:1-11                         Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of
1
  On the first day of the week, very early in      James, and Salome bought spices so that
the morning, the women took the spices             they might go to anoint Jesus' body.
they had prepared and went to the tomb.                 At dawn there was a violent
2
  They found the stone rolled away from            earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came
the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did         down from heaven and, going to the tomb,
not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While        rolled back the stone and sat on it. His
they were wondering about this, suddenly           appearance was like lightning, and his
two men in clothes that gleamed like               clothes were white as snow. The guards
lightning stood beside them. 5In their             were so afraid of him that they shook and
fright the women bowed down with their             became like dead men.


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      Just after sunrise, the women took the      all the others. It was Mary Magdalene,
spices they had prepared and went to the          Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the
tomb. They were on their way to the tomb          others with them who told this to the
and they asked each other, "Who will roll         apostles. But they did not believe the
the stone away from the entrance of the           women, because their words seemed to
tomb?"                                            them like nonsense.
      But when they looked up, they saw
that the stone, which was very large, had                  Peter and John See
been rolled away. When they entered, they                   the Empty Tomb
did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this,                            Luke 24:12
                                                  12
suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed            Peter, however, got up and ran to the
like lightning stood beside them.                 tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of
      The women were alarmed. In their            linen lying by themselves, and he went
fright the women bowed down with their            away, wondering to himself what had
faces to the ground, but the men said to          happened.
them, "Do not be afraid. For I know that
                                                                John 20:2-10
you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,           2
                                                    So she came running to Simon Peter and
who was crucified. "Why do you look for
                                                  the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and
the living among the dead? He is not here;
                                                  said, "They have taken the Lord out of the
he has risen from the dead, just as he said.
                                                  tomb, and we don't know where they have
Come and see the place where he lay.
                                                  put him!"
Remember how he told you, while he was                  3
                                                          So Peter and the other disciple
still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man
                                                  started for the tomb. 4Both were running,
must be delivered into the hands of sinful
                                                  but the other disciple outran Peter and
men, be crucified and on the third day be
                                                  reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and
raised again.'" Then they remembered his
                                                  looked in at the strips of linen lying there
words.
                                                  but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who
      But go, tell his disciples and Peter,
                                                  was behind him, arrived and went into the
'He is going ahead of you into Galilee.
                                                  tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying
There you will see him, just as he told
                                                  there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had
you.'" ' Now I have told you."
                                                  been around Jesus' head. The cloth was
      So the women trembling, bewildered
                                                  folded up by itself, separate from the linen.
and afraid yet filled with joy hurried out        8
                                                    Finally the other disciple, who had
and fled from the tomb. They said nothing
                                                  reached the tomb first, also went inside.
to anyone, because they were afraid.
                                                  He saw and believed. 9(They still did not
      They ran back from the tomb, they
told all these things to the Eleven and to

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understand from Scripture that Jesus had          Magdalene, out of whom he had driven
to rise from the dead.)                           seven demons. 10She went and told those
     10
       Then the disciples went back to their      who had been with him and who were
homes,                                            mourning and weeping. 11When they heard
                                                  that Jesus was alive and that she had seen
           COMPILATION                            him, they did not believe it.
So she came running to Simon Peter and
the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and                   John 20:11-18
                                                  11
said, "They have taken the Lord out of the          but Mary stood outside the tomb crying.
tomb, and we don't know where they have           As she wept, she bent over to look into the
put him!"                                         tomb 12and saw two angels in white,
      So Peter and the other disciple got up      seated where Jesus' body had been, one at
and ran to the tomb. Both were running,           the head and the other at the foot.
                                                       13
but the other disciple outran Peter and                  They asked her, "Woman, why are
reached the tomb first. He bent over and          you crying?"
looked in at the strips of linen lying there           "They have taken my Lord away," she
but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who          said, "and I don't know where they have
was behind him, arrived bending over, he          put him." 14At this, she turned around and
saw the strips of linen lying by                  saw Jesus standing there, but she did not
themselves. Peter went into the tomb. He          realize that it was Jesus.
                                                       15
saw the burial cloth that had been around                "Woman," he said, "why are you
Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by           crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
itself, separate from the linen. Finally the      Thinking he was the gardener, she said,
other disciple, who had reached the tomb          "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me
first, also went inside. He saw and               where you have put him, and I will get
believed. (They still did not understand          him."
                                                       16
from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from                Jesus said to her, "Mary." She
the dead.)                                        turned toward him and cried out in
      Then the disciples went back to their       Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means
homes, and he (Peter) went away,                  Teacher).
                                                       17
wondering to himself what had happened.                   Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me,
                                                  for I have not yet returned to the Father.
       Jesus‘ Appearance to                       Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I
         Mary Magdalene                           am returning to my Father and your
                                                  Father, to my God and your God.'"
             Mark 16:9-11                              18
                                                          Mary Magdalene went to the
9
 When Jesus rose early on the first day of        disciples with the news: "I have seen the
the week, he appeared first to Mary


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Lord!" And she told them that he had said        told them that he had said these things to
these things to her.                             her.
                                                      When they heard that Jesus was alive
           COMPILATION                           and that she had seen him, they did not
When Jesus rose early on the first day of        believe it.
the week, he appeared first to Mary
Magdalene, out of whom he had driven                    Jesus‘ Appearance to
seven demons.
     Mary stood outside the tomb crying.
                                                          the Other Women
As she wept, she bent over to look into the                 Matthew 28:9-10
tomb and saw two angels in white, seated         9
                                                  Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he
where Jesus' body had been, one at the           said. They came to him, clasped his feet
head and the other at the foot.                  and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to
They asked her, "Woman, why are you              them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my
crying?"                                         brothers to go to Galilee; there they will
     "They have taken my Lord away," she         see me."
said, "and I don't know where they have
put him." At this, she turned around and                    Guards‘ Report
saw Jesus standing there, but she did not                 of the Resurrection
realize that it was Jesus.
     "Woman," he said, "why are you                         Matthew 28:1-15
                                                 11
crying? Who is it you are looking for?"            While the women were on their way,
Thinking he was the gardener, she said,          some of the guards went into the city and
"Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me      reported to the chief priests everything that
where you have put him, and I will get           had happened. 12When the chief priests
him."                                            had met with the elders and devised a plan,
     Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned       they gave the soldiers a large sum of
toward him and cried out in Aramaic,             money, 13telling them, "You are to say,
"Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).                'His disciples came during the night and
     Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for      stole him away while we were asleep.' 14If
I have not yet returned to the Father. Go        this report gets to the governor, we will
instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am      satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
                                                 15
returning to my Father and your Father, to         So the soldiers took the money and did
my God and your God.'"                           as they were instructed. And this story has
     She went to the disciples and told          been widely circulated among the Jews to
those who had been with him and who              this very day.
were mourning and weeping with the
news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she


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  Jesus‘ Appearance to Two                         They went to the tomb early this morning
                                                   23
                                                      but didn't find his body. They came and
 Disciples on Road to Emmaus                       told us that they had seen a vision of
             Mark 16:12-13                         angels, who said he was alive. 24Then
12
  Afterward Jesus appeared in a different          some of our companions went to the tomb
form to two of them while they were                and found it just as the women had said,
walking in the country. 13These returned           but him they did not see."
                                                        25
and reported it to the rest; but they did not              He said to them, "How foolish you
believe them either.                               are, and how slow of heart to believe all
                                                   that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not
             Luke 24:13-35                         the Christ have to suffer these things and
13
  Now that same day two of them were               then enter his glory?" 27And beginning
going to a village called Emmaus, about            with Moses and all the Prophets, he
seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were            explained to them what was said in all the
talking with each other about everything           Scriptures concerning himself.
that had happened. 15As they talked and                 28
                                                           As they approached the village to
discussed these things with each other,            which they were going, Jesus acted as if he
Jesus himself came up and walked along             were going farther. 29But they urged him
with them; 16but they were kept from               strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly
recognizing him.                                   evening; the day is almost over." So he
     17
        He asked them, "What are you               went in to stay with them.
                                                        30
discussing together as you walk along?"                    When he was at the table with them,
     They stood still, their faces downcast.       he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and
18
   One of them, named Cleopas, asked him,          began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes
"Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and           were opened and they recognized him, and
do not know the things that have happened          he disappeared from their sight. 32They
there in these days?"                              asked each other, "Were not our hearts
     19
       "What things?" he asked.                    burning within us while he talked with us
     "About Jesus of Nazareth," they               on the road and opened the Scriptures to
replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in            us?"
                                                        33
word and deed before God and all the                       They got up and returned at once to
people. 20The chief priests and our rulers         Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven
handed him over to be sentenced to death,          and those with them, assembled together
and they crucified him; 21but we had               34
                                                      and saying, "It is true! The Lord has
hoped that he was the one who was going            risen and has appeared to Simon." 35Then
to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is          the two told what had happened on the
the third day since all this took place. 22In      way, and how Jesus was recognized by
addition, some of our women amazed us.             them when he broke the bread.

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                                                  found it just as the women had said, but
           COMPILATION                            him they did not see."
Now that same day two of them were                     He said to them, "How foolish you
going to a village called Emmaus, about           are, and how slow of heart to believe all
seven miles from Jerusalem. They were             that the prophets have spoken! Did not the
talking with each other about everything          Christ have to suffer these things and then
that had happened. As they talked and             enter his glory?" And beginning with
discussed these things with each other,           Moses and all the Prophets, he explained
Jesus himself came up and walked along            to them what was said in all the Scriptures
with them.                                        concerning himself.
     Jesus appeared in a different form to             As they approached the village to
two of them while they were walking in            which they were going, Jesus acted as if he
the country. They were kept from                  were going farther. But they urged him
recognizing him.                                  strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly
     He asked them, "What are you                 evening; the day is almost over." So he
discussing together as you walk along?"           went in to stay with them.
     They stood still, their faces downcast.           When he was at the table with them,
One of them, named Cleopas, asked him,            he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and
"Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and          began to give it to them. Then their eyes
do not know the things that have happened         were opened and they recognized him, and
there in these days?"                             he disappeared from their sight. They
     "What things?" he asked.                     asked each other, "Were not our hearts
     "About Jesus of Nazareth," they              burning within us while he talked with us
replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in           on the road and opened the Scriptures to
word and deed before God and all the              us?"
people. The chief priests and our rulers               They got up and returned at once to
handed him over to be sentenced to death,         Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven
and they crucified him; but we had hoped          and those with them, assembled together
that he was the one who was going to              and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen
redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the        and has appeared to Simon." Then the two
third day since all this took place. In           told what had happened on the way, and
addition, some of our women amazed us.            how Jesus was recognized by them when
They went to the tomb early this morning          he broke the bread, but they did not
but didn't find his body. They came and           believe them either.
told us that they had seen a vision of
angels, who said he was alive. Then some               Jesus‘ Appearance to
of our companions went to the tomb and               Disciples with out Thomas

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             Luke 24:36-49                            On the evening of that first day of the
36                                                  week, when the disciples were together,
  While they were still talking about this,
Jesus himself stood among them and said             with the doors locked for fear of the Jews,
to them, "Peace be with you."                       Jesus came and stood among them and
      37
        They were startled and frightened,          said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said
thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to             this, he showed them his hands and side.
them, "Why are you troubled, and why do             The disciples were overjoyed when they
doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my             saw the Lord.
                                                         21
hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me                 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with
and see; a ghost does not have flesh and            you! As the Father has sent me, I am
bones, as you see I have."                          sending you." 22And with that he breathed
      40                                            on them and said, "Receive the Holy
         When he had said this, he showed
them his hands and feet. 41And while they           Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins,
still did not believe it because of joy and         they are forgiven; if you do not forgive
amazement, he asked them, "Do you have              them, they are not forgiven."
anything here to eat?" 42They gave him a
                                                               COMPILATION
piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and
                                                    On the evening of that first day of the
ate it in their presence.
      44                                            week, when the disciples were together &
         He said to them, "This is what I told
                                                    they were still talking about this, with the
you while I was still with you: Everything
                                                    doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus
must be fulfilled that is written about me in
                                                    himself came and stood among them and
the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the
                                                    said to them, "Peace be with you."
Psalms."
      45                                                 They were startled and frightened,
        Then he opened their minds so they
                                                    thinking they saw a ghost. He said to
could understand the Scriptures. 46He told
                                                    them, "Why are you troubled, and why do
them, "This is what is written: The Christ
                                                    doubts rise in your minds? Look at my
will suffer and rise from the dead on the
                                                    hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch
third day, 47and repentance and
                                                    me and see; a ghost does not have flesh
forgiveness of sins will be preached in his
                                                    and bones, as you see I have."
name to all nations, beginning at
                                                         When he had said this, he showed
Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these
                                                    them his hands and feet.
things. 49I am going to send you what my
                                                         The disciples were overjoyed when
Father has promised; but stay in the city
                                                    they saw the Lord.
until you have been clothed with power
                                                         And while they still did not believe it
from on high."
                                                    because of joy and amazement, he asked
              John 20:19-25                         them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"



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                                                      26
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and                A week later his disciples were in
he took it and ate it in their presence.          the house again, and Thomas was with
     He said to them, "This is what I told        them. Though the doors were locked,
you while I was still with you: Everything        Jesus came and stood among them and
must be fulfilled that is written about me        said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said
in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the         to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my
Psalms."                                          hands. Reach out your hand and put it into
     Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you!        my side. Stop doubting and believe."
                                                       28
As the Father has sent me, I am sending                   Thomas said to him, "My Lord and
you." And with that he breathed on them           my God!"
                                                       29
and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.                       Then Jesus told him, "Because you
     Then he opened their minds so they           have seen me, you have believed; blessed
could understand the Scriptures. He told          are those who have not seen and yet have
them, "This is what is written: The Christ        believed."
                                                       30
will suffer and rise from the dead on the                Jesus did many other miraculous
third day, and repentance and forgiveness         signs in the presence of his disciples,
of sins will be preached in his name to all       which are not recorded in this book. 31But
nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are          these are written that you may believe that
witnesses of these things. I am going to          Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and
send you what my Father has promised;             that by believing you may have life in his
but stay in the city until you have been          name.
clothed with power from on high." If you
forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;            Jesus‘ Appearance to 7
if you do not forgive them, they are not              Disciples by Sea of Galilee
forgiven."
                                                                John 21:1-14
       Jesus‘ Appearance to                       1
                                                   Afterward Jesus appeared again to his
      Disciples with Thomas                       disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It
                                                  happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas
             John 20:26-31                        (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in
24
  Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of             Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two
the Twelve, was not with the disciples            other disciples were together. 3"I'm going
when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples         out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and
told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he         they said, "We'll go with you." So they
said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks        went out and got into the boat, but that
in his hands and put my finger where the          night they caught nothing.
nails were, and put my hand into his side, I
will not believe it."


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    4
        Early in the morning, Jesus stood on                    John 21:15-25
the shore, but the disciples did not realize       15
                                                     When they had finished eating, Jesus
that it was Jesus.                                 said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John,
      5
        He called out to them, "Friends,           do you truly love me more than these?"
haven't you any fish?" "No," they                  "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I
answered.                                          love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
      6                                                 16
        He said, "Throw your net on the right              Again Jesus said, "Simon son of
side of the boat and you will find some."          John, do you truly love me?" He
When they did, they were unable to haul            answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I
the net in because of the large number of          love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my
fish.                                              sheep."
      7                                                 17
        Then the disciple whom Jesus loved                 The third time he said to him,
said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as        "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the              Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him
Lord," he wrapped his outer garment                the third time, "Do you love me?" He said,
around him (for he had taken it off) and           "Lord, you know all things; you know that
jumped into the water. 8The other disciples        I love you."
followed in the boat, towing the net full of            Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. 18 I tell
fish, for they were not far from shore,            you the truth, when you were younger you
about a hundred yards. 9When they landed,          dressed yourself and went where you
they saw a fire of burning coals there with        wanted; but when you are old you will
fish on it, and some bread.                        stretch out your hands, and someone else
      10
         Jesus said to them, "Bring some of        will dress you and lead you where you do
the fish you have just caught."                    not want to go." 19Jesus said this to
      11
         Simon Peter climbed aboard and            indicate the kind of death by which Peter
dragged the net ashore. It was full of large       would glorify God. Then he said to him,
fish, 153, but even with so many the net           "Follow me!"
was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, "Come               20
                                                          Peter turned and saw that the
and have breakfast." None of the disciples         disciple whom Jesus loved was following
dared ask him, "Who are you?" They                 them. (This was the one who had leaned
knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took           back against Jesus at the supper and had
the bread and gave it to them, and did the         said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?")
same with the fish. 14This was now the             21
                                                     When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord,
third time Jesus appeared to his disciples         what about him?"
after he was raised from the dead.                      22
                                                          Jesus answered, "If I want him to
                                                   remain alive until I return, what is that to
        Jesus‘ Reconfirms Peter                    you? You must follow me." 23Because of
                                                   this, the rumor spread among the brothers

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that this disciple would not die. But Jesus        baptized will be saved, but whoever does
did not say that he would not die; he only         not believe will be condemned. 17And these
said, "If I want him to remain alive until I       signs will accompany those who believe:
return, what is that to you?"                      In my name they will drive out demons;
     24
        This is the disciple who testifies to      they will speak in new tongues; 18they will
these things and who wrote them down.              pick up snakes with their hands; and when
We know that his testimony is true.                they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt
     25
       Jesus did many other things as well.        them at all; they will place their hands on
If every one of them were written down, I          sick people, and they will get well."
suppose that even the whole world would
not have room for the books that would be                     COMPILATION
written.                                           Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee,
                                                   to the mountain where Jesus had told them
         Great Commission                          to go.
                                                         Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they
           Matthew 28:16-20                        were eating. When they saw him, they
16
  Then the eleven disciples went to                worshiped him; but some doubted. He
Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had           rebuked them for their lack of faith and
told them to go. 17When they saw him, they         their stubborn refusal to believe those who
worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then            had seen him after he had risen.
Jesus came to them and said, "All                        Then Jesus came to them and said,
authority in heaven and on earth has been          "All authority in heaven and on earth has
given to me. 19Therefore go and make               been given to me.
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in              He said to them, "Therefore go into
the name of the Father and of the Son and          all the world and preach the good news to
of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to         all creation. "Go and make disciples of all
obey everything I have commanded you.              nations, baptizing them in the name of the
And surely I am with you always, to the            Father and of the Son and of the Holy
very end of the age."                              Spirit, and teaching them to obey
                                                   everything I have commanded you.
             Mark 16:14-18
14                                                       Whoever believes and is baptized will
  Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as
                                                   be saved, but whoever does not believe
they were eating; he rebuked them for
                                                   will be condemned. And these signs will
their lack of faith and their stubborn
                                                   accompany those who believe: In my
refusal to believe those who had seen him
                                                   name they will drive out demons; they will
after he had risen.
     15                                            speak in new tongues; they will pick up
        He said to them, "Go into all the
                                                   snakes with their hands; and when they
world and preach the good news to all
                                                   drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them
creation. 16Whoever believes and is

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                                                      10
at all; they will place their hands on sick             They were looking intently up into
people, and they will get well."                  the sky as he was going, when suddenly
     And surely I am with you always, to          two men dressed in white stood beside
the very end of the age."                         them. 11"Men of Galilee," they said, "why
                                                  do you stand here looking into the sky?
            The Ascension                         This same Jesus, who has been taken from
                                                  you into heaven, will come back in the
             Mark 16:19-20
19                                                same way you have seen him go into
  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them,
                                                  heaven."
he was taken up into heaven and he sat at
the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples                  COMPILATION
went out and preached everywhere, and                  So when they met together, they
the Lord worked with them and confirmed           asked him, "Lord, are you at this time
his word by the signs that accompanied it.        going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
                                                       He said to them: "It is not for you to
             Luke 24:50-53
50                                                know the times or dates the Father has set
   When he had led them out to the vicinity
                                                  by his own authority. But you will receive
of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and
                                                  power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
blessed them. 51While he was blessing
                                                  and you will be my witnesses in
them, he left them and was taken up into
                                                  Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and
                                                  and to the ends of the earth."
returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
53                                                     When he had led them out to the
   And they stayed continually at the
                                                  vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands
temple, praising God.
                                                  and blessed them. While he was blessing
               Acts 1:6-11                        them, he was taken up before their very
     6                                            eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
      So when they met together, they
asked him, "Lord, are you at this time                 He was taken up into heaven and he
going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"          sat at the right hand of God.
    7                                                  They were looking intently up into the
      He said to them: "It is not for you to
know the times or dates the Father has set        sky as he was going, when suddenly two
by his own authority. 8But you will receive       men dressed in white stood beside them.
power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;          "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,        stand here looking into the sky? This same
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the          Jesus, who has been taken from you into
ends of the earth."                               heaven, will come back in the same way
    9                                             you have seen him go into heaven."
      After he said this, he was taken up
before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him            Then they worshiped him and
from their sight.                                 returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And


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they stayed continually at the temple,
praising God.
     Then the disciples went out and
preached everywhere, and the Lord
worked with them and confirmed his word
by the signs that accompanied it.




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