11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
11:2 Now when John heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent word by two of his disciples,
11:3 And said to him, Are you he who is to come, or should we look for another?
11:4 Jesus answered them, Go and tell John those things which you hear and see:
11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
11:6 And blessed is he who does not find cause to stumble over me.
11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
11:8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
11:9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.
11:11 Truly I say to you, Among those who are born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist: yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
11:14 And if you will receive it, he is Elijah, who was to come.
11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
11:16 But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,
11:17 And saying, We have piped for you, and you have not danced; we have mourned for you, and you have not lamented.
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil.
11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax gatherers and sinners. But wisdom is justified by her children.
11:20 Then he began to rebuke the cities in which most of his miracles had been done, because they did not repent:
11:21 Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
11:22 But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
11:23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? you shall be brought down to Hades: for if the miracles which have been done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
11:24 But I say to you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.
11:25 At that time Jesus said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes.
11:26 Yes, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.
11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; nor does any man know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
11:28 Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the heads of grain, and to eat.
12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
12:3 But he said to them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, he and those who were with him;
12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
12:5 Or have you not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
12:6 But I say to you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
12:7 But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.
12:8 For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath.
12:9 And when he departed from there, he went into their synagogue:
12:10 And, behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? that they might accuse him.
12:11 And he said to them, What man is there among you, if he has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the sabbath day, will not lay hold of it, and lift it out?
12:12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep? Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.
12:13 Then he said to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored, whole like the other.
12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
12:15 But Jesus, knowing this, withdrew from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
12:17 That what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled,
12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
12:19 He shall not quarrel, nor cry out; nor shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoking wick he shall not quench, until he brings justice to victory.
12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles hope.
12:22 Then was brought to him one possessed by a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw.
12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is this not the son of David?
12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow casts out devils only by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.
12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
12:26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?
12:27 And if I cast out devils by Beelzebub, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
12:29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? and then he will plunder his house.
12:30 He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.
12:31 Therefore I say to you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven men.
12:32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.
12:33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.
12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things.
12:36 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account of on the day of judgment.
12:37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Teacher, we wish see a sign from you.
12:39 But he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and no sign shall be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, one greater than Jonah is here.
12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the remotest parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, one greater than Solomon is here.
12:43 When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
12:44 Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came; and when it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
12:45 Then it goes, and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they enter in and live there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.
12:46 While he was still talking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him.
12:47 Then one said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to speak with you.
12:48 But he answered and said to him who told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?
12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers!
12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.
13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the sea.
13:2 And great multitudes gathered around him, so that he went into a boat, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
13:3 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them:
13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they did not have much earth: and at once they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil:
13:6 And when the sun came up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up, and choked them:
13:8 But other seeds fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
13:9 He who has ears, let him hear.
13:10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why do you speak to them in parables?
13:11 He answered them, It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
13:12 For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance: but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away.
13:13 Therefore, I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who says, You shall continue to hear, but not understand; and you shall continue to see, but not perceive:
13:15 For this people's heart has become dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
13:17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
13:18 Hear then the parable of the sower.
13:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the seed that was sown by the wayside.
13:20 The seed sown upon stony places is he who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy;
13:21 Yet he has no root in himself, and endures only for a while: when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he falls away.
13:22 The seed sown among the thorns is he who hears the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
13:23 But the seed sown on the good ground is he who hears the word, and understands it; he also bears fruit, and brings forth, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
13:24 He put forth another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field:
13:25 But while everyone slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
13:26 But when the wheat had sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also.
13:27 So the servants of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? where then did the tares come from?
13:28 He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you wish for us to go and gather them up?
13:29 But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you also pull up the wheat with them.
13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
13:31 He put forth another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
13:32 It is the smallest of all seeds: but when it is fully grown, it is the largest of the garden plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.
13:33 He spoke another parable to them; The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.
13:34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and he spoke nothing to them without using a parable,
13:35 That what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.
13:37 He answered them, He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the sons of the kingdom; but the tares are the sons of the wicked one;
13:39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
13:40 Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be at the end of this age.
13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who do iniquity;
13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:43 Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again, then for joy went and sold all that he had, and bought that field.
13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls.
13:46 When he found one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered fish of every kind:
13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew it to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and separate the wicked from among the just,
13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:51 Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to him, Yes, [Lord].
13:52 Then he said to them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is an owner of a house, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.
13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.
13:54 And when he had come to his home town, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, Where did this man get this wisdom, and these miracles?
13:55 Is this not the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?
13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?
13:57 And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour, except in his home town, and in his own house.
13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
14:2 And he said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead; and therefore miraculous powers are at work in him.
14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
14:4 For John said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.
14:5 And although he would have put him to death, he feared the people, because they counted him as a prophet.
14:6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
14:7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.
14:8 And she, having been prompted by her mother, said, Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter.
14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless, because of his oath and his guests, he commanded that it be given to her.
14:10 And he sent, and had John beheaded in the prison.
14:11 And his head was brought on a platter, and given to the girl: and she brought it to her mother.
14:12 And his disciples came, and took the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed from there by boat privately into a solitary place: and when the people heard this, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14:14 As Jesus went ashore, and saw a great multitude, he was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desolate place, and the day is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.
14:16 But Jesus said to them, They need not depart; you give them something to eat.
14:17 And they said to him, We have here but five loaves, and two fish.
14:18 He said, Bring them here to me.
14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
14:20 And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up what remained of the fragments, twelve baskets full.
14:21 And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
14:22 And immediately Jesus made his disciples get into a boat, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitude away.
14:23 And when he had sent the multitude away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray: and when evening came, he was there alone.
14:24 But the boat was now many stadia from the land, tossed by waves: for the wind was contrary.
14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out in fear.
14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take heart; it is I; do not be afraid.
14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.
14:29 And he said, Come. And Peter got down out of the boat, and walked on the water to Jesus.
14:30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.
14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
14:32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped him, saying, Truly you are the Son of God.
14:34 And when they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
14:35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought to him all who were diseased;
14:36 And begged him that they might just touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched it were made perfectly well.