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Gerasene demoniac

5:1     And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when he had got out of the boat, straight away there came to him from the place of the dead a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He was living in the place of the dead : and no man was able to keep him down, no, not with a chain ; 4 Because he had frequently been prisoned in chains and iron bands, and the chains had been parted and the bands broken by him : and no man was strong enough to make him quiet. 5 And all the time, by day and by night, in the place of the dead, and in the mountains, he was crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from far off, he went quickly to him and gave him worship ; 7 And crying out with a loud voice he said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God ? In God's name, do not be cruel to me. 8 For Jesus had said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit. 9 And Jesus said, What is your name ? And he made answer, My name is Legion, because there are a great number of us. 10 And he made strong prayers to him not to send them away out of the country. 11 Now on the mountain side there was a great herd of pigs getting their food. 12 And they said to him, Send us into the pigs, so that we may go into them. 13 And he let them do it. And the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs ; and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the sea, about two thousand of them ; and they came to their death in the sea.

5:14     And their keepers went running and gave an account of it in the town and in the country. And people came to see what had taken place. 15 And they came to Jesus, and saw the man in whom had been the evil spirits seated, clothed and with full use of his senses, and they were full of fear. 16 And those who had seen it gave them an account of what had been done to him who had the evil spirits, and of the fate of the pigs. 17 And they made a request to him to go out of their country. 18 And when he was getting into the boat, the man in whom had been the evil spirits had a great desire to come with him. 19 And he would not let him, but said to him, Go to your house, to your friends, and give them news of the great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you. 20 And he went on his way, and made public in the country of Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him : and all men were full of wonder.

5:21     And when Jesus had gone over again in the boat to the other side, a great number of people came to him : and he was by the sea. 22 And one of the rulers of the Synagogue, Jairus by name, came, and seeing him, went down at his feet, 23 And made strong prayers to him, saying, My little daughter is near to death : it is my prayer that you will come and put your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and have life. 24 And he went with him ; and a great number of people went after him, and came round him. 25 And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 And had undergone much at the hands of a number of medical men, and had given all she had, and was no better, but even worse, 27 When she had news of the things which Jesus did, went among the people coming after him, and put her hand on his robe. 28 For she said, If I may only put my hand on his robe, I will be made well. 29 And straight away the fountain of her blood was stopped, and she had a feeling in her body that her disease had gone and she was well. 30 And straight away Jesus was conscious that power had gone out of him ; and, turning to the people, he said, Who was touching my robe ? 31 And his disciples said to him, You see the people round you on every side, and you say, Who was touching me ? 32 And on his looking round to see her who had done this thing, 33 The woman, shaking with fear, conscious of what had been done to her, came and, falling on her face before him, gave him a true account of everything. 34 And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well ; go in peace, and be free from your disease.

5:35     And while he was still talking, they came from the ruler of the Synagogue's house, saying, Your daughter is dead : why are you still troubling the Master ? 36 But Jesus, giving no attention to their words, said to the ruler of the Synagogue, Have no fear, only have faith. 37 And he did not let anyone come with him, but Peter and James and John, the brother of James. 38 And they came to the house of the ruler of the Synagogue; and he saw people running this way and that, and weeping and crying loudly. 39 And when he had gone in, he said to them, Why are you making such a noise and weeping ? The child is not dead, but sleeping. 40 And they were laughing at him. But he, having sent them all out, took the father of the child and her mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 And taking her by the hand, he said to her, Talitha cumi, which is, My child, I say to you, Get up. 42 And the young girl got up straight away, and was walking about ; she being twelve years old. And they were overcome with wonder. 43 And he gave them special orders that they were not to say anything of this; and he said that some food was to be given to her.

John the Baptist

6:1     And he went away from there, and came into his country ; and his disciples went with him. 2 And when the Sabbath day had come, he was teaching in the Synagogue ; and a number of people hearing him were surprised, saying, From where did this man get these things ? and, What is the wisdom given to this man, and what are these works of power done by his hands ? 3 Is not this the woodworker, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon ? and are not his sisters here with us ? And they were bitter against him. 4 And Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour, but in his country, and among his relations, and in his family. 5 And he was unable to do any work of power there, but only to put his hands on one or two persons who were ill, and make them well. 6 And he was greatly surprised because they had no faith. And he went about the country places teaching.

6:7     And he gave orders to the twelve, and sent them out two by two ; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits ; 8 And he said that they were to take nothing for their journey, but a stick only ; no bread, no bag, no money in their pockets ; 9 They were to go with common shoes on their feet, and not to take two coats. 10 And he said to them, Wherever you go into a house, make that your resting-place till you go away. 11 And whatever place will not take you in and will not give ear to you, when you go away, put off the dust from your feet as a witness against them. 12 And they went out, preaching the need for a change of heart in men. 13 And they sent out a number of evil spirits, and put oil on a great number who were ill, and made them well.

6:14     And king Herod had news of him, because his name was on the lips of all ; and he said, John the Baptist has come back from the dead, and for this reason these powers are working in him. 15 But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, even like one of the prophets. 16 But Herod, when he had news of it, said, John, whom I put to death, has come back from the dead. 17 For Herod himself had sent men out to take John and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had taken for himself. 18 For John said to Herod, It is wrong for you to have your brother's wife. 19 And Herodias was bitter against him, desiring to put him to death ; but she was not able; 20 For Herod was in fear of John, being conscious that he was an upright and holy man, and kept him safe. And hearing him, he was much troubled; and he gave ear to him gladly. 21 And the chance came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee ; 22 And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and did a dance, Herod and those who were at table with him were pleased with her ; and the king said to the girl, Make a request for anything and I will give it you. 23 And he took an oath, saying to her, Whatever is your desire I will give it to you, even half of my kingdom. 24 And she went out and said to her mother, What is my request to be ? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 25 And she came in quickly to the king, and said, My desire is that you give me straight away on a plate the head of John the Baptist. 26 And the king was very sad; but because of his oaths, and those who were with him at table, he would not say 'No' to her. 27 And straight away the king sent out one of his armed men, and gave him an order to come back with the head : and he went and took off John's head in prison, 28 And came back with the head on a plate, and gave it to the girl ; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 And when his disciples had news of it, they came and took up his body, and put it in its last resting-place.
6:30     And the twelve came together to Jesus ; and they gave him an account of all the things they had done, and all they had been teaching. 31 And he said to them, Come away by yourselves to a quiet place, and take a rest for a time. Because there were a great number coming and going, and they had no time even for food. 32 And they went away in the boat to a waste place by themselves. 33 And the people saw them going, and a number of them, having knowledge who they were, went running there together on foot from all the towns, and got there before them. 34 And he got out, and saw a great mass of people, and he had pity on them, because they were like sheep without a keeper : and he gave them teaching about a number of things. 35 And at the end of the day, his disciples came to him and said, This place is waste land, and it is late : 36 Send them away, so that they may go into the country and small towns round about, and get some food for themselves. 37 But he said to them in answer, Give them food yourselves. And they said to him, Are we to go and get bread for two hundred pence, and give it to them ? 38 And he said to them, How much bread have you ? go and see. And when they had seen, they said, Five cakes of bread and two fishes. 39 And he made them all be seated in groups on the green grass. 40 And they were placed in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And he took the five cakes of bread and the two fishes and, looking up to heaven, he said words of blessing over them ; and when the cakes were broken, he gave them to the disciples to put before the people ; and he made division of the two fishes among them all. 42 And they all took of the food and had enough. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken bits and of the fishes. 44 And those who took of the bread were five thousand men.

6:45     And straight away he made his disciples get into the boat, and go before him to the other side to Beth-saida, while he himself sent the people away. 46 And after he had sent them away, he went up into a mountain for prayer. 47 And by evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he by himself on the land. 48 And seeing that they had trouble in getting their boat through the water, because the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea; and he would have gone past them; 49 But they, when they saw him walking on the sea, took him for a spirit, and gave a loud cry : 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. But straight away he said to them, Take heart, it is I, have no fear. 51 And he went to them into the boat, and the wind went down, and they were full of wonder in themselves ; 52 For it was not clear to them about the bread ; but their hearts were hard.

6:53     And when they had gone across, they came to Gennesaret, and got their boat to land. 54 And when they had got out of the boat, the people quickly had news of him, 55 And went running through all the country round about, and took on their beds those who were ill, to where it was said that he was. 56 And wherever he went, into small towns, or great towns, or into the country, they took those who were ill into the market-places, requesting him that they might put their hands even on the edge of his robe : and all those who did so were made well.

Tradition of the elders

7:1     And there came together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 And had seen that some of his disciples took their bread with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. 3 Now the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not take food without washing their hands with care, keeping the old rule which has been handed down to them : 4 And when they come from the market-place, they take no food till their hands are washed; and a number of other orders there are, which have been handed down to them to keep--washings of cups and pots and brass vessels. 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes put the question to him, Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers, but take their bread with unwashed hands ? 6 And he said, Well did Isaiah say of you, you false ones : These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men. 8 For, turning away from the law of God, you keep the rules of men.

7:9     And he said to them, Truly you put on one side the law of God, so that you may keep the rules which have been handed down to you. 10 For Moses said, Give honour to your father and mother, and, He who says evil of father or mother, let him have the punishment of death: 11 But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is Corban, that is to say, Given to God, 12 You no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother ; 13 Making the word of God of no effect by your rule, which you have given : and a number of other such things you do.

7:14     And turning to the people again, he said to them, Give ear to me all of you, and let my words be clear to you : 15 There is nothing outside the man which, going into him, is able to make him unclean : but the things which come out of the man are those which make the man unclean. 7:16   17 And when he had gone into the house away from all the people, his disciples put questions to him about the saying. 18 And he said to them, Have even you so little wisdom ? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside is not able to make him unclean, 19 Because it goes not into the heart but into the stomach, and goes out with the waste ? He said this, making all food clean. 20 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that makes the man unclean. 21 Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures, 22 The taking of goods and of life, broken faith between husband and wife, the desire of wealth, wrongdoing, deceit, sins of the flesh, an evil eye, angry words, pride, foolish acts: 23 All these evil things come from inside, and make the man unclean.

7:24     And he went away from there to the country of Tyre and Sidon. And he went into a house, desiring that no man might have knowledge of it : and he was not able to keep it secret. 25 But a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having had news of him, came straight away and went down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth : and she made a request to him that he would send the evil spirit out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, Let the children first have their food : for it is not right to take the children's bread and give it to the dogs. 28 But she said to him in answer, Yes, Lord : even the dogs under the table take the bits dropped by the children. 29 And he said to her, For this saying go your way ; the evil spirit has gone out of your daughter. 30 And she went away to her house, and saw the child on the bed, and the evil spirit gone out.

7:31     And again he went out from Tyre, and came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the country of Decapolis. 32 And they came to him with one who had no power of hearing and had trouble in talking; and they made a request to him to put his hands on him. 33 And he took him on one side from the people privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he put water from his mouth on the man's tongue with his finger ; 34 And looking up to heaven, he took a deep breath, and said to him, Ephphatha, that is, Be open. 35 And his ears became open, and the band of his tongue was made loose, and his words became clear. 36 And he gave them orders not to give news of it to anyone ; but the more he made this request, so much the more they made it public. 37 And they were overcome with wonder, saying, He has done all things well : he even gives back the power of hearing and the power of talking to those who have been without them.

Giving food to the 4000

8:1     In those days again, when there was a great mass of people and they had no food, he made his disciples come to him and said to them, 2 I have pity for these people because they have been with me now three days, and have no food; 3 If I send them away to their houses with no food, they will be overcome by weariness on the way ; and some of them have come from far. 4 And his disciples said in answer, How will it be possible to get enough bread for these men here in a waste place ? 5 And he put the question, How much bread have you ? And they said, Seven cakes. 6 And he made the people be seated on the earth : and he took the seven cakes and, having given praise, he gave the broken bread to his disciples to put before them ; and they put it before the people. 7 And they had some small fishes ; and blessing them he had them put before the people in the same way. 8 And they took the food, and had enough ; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken bits. 9 And there were about four thousand people : and he sent them away. 10 And he got into the boat with his disciples straight away, and came into the country of Dalmanutha.

8:11     And the Pharisees came out and put questions to him, requesting from him a sign from heaven, testing him. 12 And he was very sad in spirit, and said, Why is this generation looking for a sign ? truly, I say to you, No sign will be given to this generation. 13 And he went away from them, and again got into the boat and went across to the other side.

8:14     And they had taken no thought to get bread ; and they had only one cake of bread with them in the boat. 15 And he said to them, Take care to be on the watch against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. 16 And they said to one another, We have no bread. 17 And Jesus, hearing it, said to them, Why are you reasoning among yourselves because you have no bread ? do you still not see, and is it still not clear to you ? are your hearts so hard ? 18 Having eyes, do you not see ? and having ears, have you no hearing ? and have you no memory ? 19 When I made a division of the five cakes of bread among the five thousand, what number of baskets full of broken bits did you take up ? They said to him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among the four thousand, what number of baskets full of broken bits did you take up ? And they said to him, Seven. 21 And he said to them, Is it still not clear to you ?

8:22     And they came to Beth-saida. And they took a blind man to him, requesting him to put his hands on him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and went with him out of the town ; and when he had put water from his mouth on his eyes, and put his hands on him, he said, Do you see anything ? 24 And looking up, he said, I see men ; I see them like trees, walking. 25 Then again he put his hands on his eyes ; and looking hard, he was able to see, and saw all things clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Do not even go into the town.

8:27     And Jesus went out, with his disciples, into the little towns round Caesarea Philippi ; and on the way he put a question to his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I am ? 28 And they made answer, John the Baptist ; and others, Elijah ; but others, One of the prophets. 29 And he said to them, But who do you say I am ? Peter said in answer, You are the Christ. 30 And he put them under orders not to say this of him to anyone.

8:31     And teaching them, he said that the Son of man would have to undergo much, and be hated by those in authority, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be put to death, and after three days come back from the dead. 32 And he said this openly. And Peter took him, and was protesting. 33 But he, turning about, and seeing his disciples, said sharply to Peter, Get out of my way, Satan : for your mind is not on the things of God, but on the things of men.

8:34     And turning to the mass of people with his disciples, he said to them, If any man has the desire to come after me, let him give up all other desires, and take up his cross and come after me. 35 Whoever has a desire to keep his life, will have it taken from him; and whoever gives up his life because of me and the good news, will keep it. 36 What profit has a man if he gets all the world with the loss of his life ? 37 And what would a man give in exchange for his life ? 38 Whoever has a feeling of shame because of me and my words in this false and evil generation, the Son of man will have a feeling of shame because of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

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