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24 synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and it shrieked, “What have we

to do with thee, Jesus of Nazaret? Hast thou come to destroy us? I 25 know who thou art, the holy One of God.” And Jesus rebuked it, 26 “Silence! leave him!” So after convulsing him and crying with a 27 loud voice, the unclean spirit left him. And in amazement they all

discussed it one with another, and said, “What is this?” “New teaching,

with authority !” “He commands even the unclean spirits !” “Yes, 28 and they obey him!” And the report of him went out immediately in 29 all directions into the whole of the surrounding country of Galilee. And

immediately on leaving the synagogue, they went into the house of 30 Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now the mother of Simon's 31 wife was lying in a fever, and immediately they tell him about her. And

he came near, and taking her hand raised her ; and the fever left her, and 32 she ministered to them.

Now in the evening, when the sun had set, they brought him all who were ill and those who were possessed by 33, 34 daemons. And the whole city was gathered at the door. And he healed

many who were ill with manifold diseases, and cast out many daemons ; 35 nor would he let the daenfons speak, because they knew him.

And very early, long before day, he rose, went away out to a desert place, and 36, 37 there began to pray. And Simon with his companions pursued him and 38 found him; and they say to him, “Everyone is seeking thee!" But he

says to them, “Let us go elsewhere, to the adjoining country-towns, that 39 I may preach there also ; for that is why I came out." Then he went and

preached in their synagogues through the whole of Galilee, and cast out

the daemons. 40 And a leper comes to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, saying 41 to him, “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." And in compassion

he stretched out his hand and touched him ; and he says to him, “I will: 42 be clean. Then immediately the leprosy left him, and he became clean. 43, 44 And he sternly charged him and immediately sent him off, saying to

him, “See thou tell no one anything; but go, show thyself to the priest,

and offer for thy cleansing what Moses commanded—as a proof to men." 45 But he went away and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the

affair abroad. The result was that Jesus could no longer enter a city openly. He stayed outside in desert places; and people came to him

from every quarter. 21 And when he entered Kapharnahum again after some days, it was 2 reported that he was at home. And many gathered together, so that

there was no longer any room for them even at the door; and he spoke 3 the word to them. Then people came bringing to him a paralytic man, 4 carried by four men. And as they were unable to bring him to Jesus

on account of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and after tearing it up they lower the pallet on which the paralytic man lay. 5 And on seeing their faith, Jesus says to the paralytic man, “My son, 6 thy sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes sat there and 7 argued in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak thus? He is 8 blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except God alone ?" And as Jesus

immediately perceived in his spirit that they were thus arguing to them9 selves, he says to them, “Why argue thus in your hearts? Which is

easier, to say to the paralytic man, “Thy sins are forgiven,' or to say, 10 'Rise and take up thy pallet and walk'? But, to let you know that the

Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” he says to the 11 paralytic man—"I say to thee, ‘Rise, take up thy pallet and go home."" 12 Then he rose, took up the pallet immediately, and went out in presence

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of them all. So all were amazed, and magnified God saying, “We have

never seen anything like this !” 13 And he went out again by the seaside ; and all the crowd came to 14 him, and he taught them. And as he passed along he saw Levi the son

of Alphaeus sitting at the tax-office; and he says to him, “Follow me.” 15 And he rose and followed him. And it came to pass that he was reclin

ing at meat in his house, and many tax-gatherers and sinners were

reclining along with Jesus and his disciples (for there were many of them, 16 and they followed him). And on seeing that he ate with the sinners and

tax-gatherers, the scribes of the Pharisees said to his disciples, “Does he 17 eat 1 with the tax-gatherers and sinners ?And when Jesus heard it he says to them,

“ The strong need not a physician, but those who are ill :

I came not to call upright men but sinners." 18 And the disciples of John and the Pharisees were observing a fast.

And people come and say to him, “Why is it that the disciples of John

and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, while thy disciples fast not ?" 19 And Jesus said to them, “ Can the sons of the bride-chamber fast while the bridegroom is

with them?
So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
But days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away

from them:
And then will they fast on that day.
No man stitches a piece of undressed cloth on an old cloak :
Otherwise, the patch parts from it, the new from the old,

And a worse tear is made.
And no man pours fresh wine into old wine-skins :
Otherwise, the wine will burst the wine-skins,

And they are lost, wine and wine-skins together.” 2
23 And it came to pass that he was making his way upon the sabbath-

day through the cornfields ; and as his disciples journeyed, they began to 24 pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said to him, “Look! why 25 are they doing what is wrong upon the sabbath-day ?” And he says to

them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need, and 26 he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of

God, when Abiathar was high-priest, and ate the show-bread, which no one

except the priests has any right to eat; and gave it also to his com27 panions?" And he said to them,

“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath : 28 So the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.” 31 And he again entered a synagogue ; and a man was there with his

2 hand withered. And they were watching him narrowly to see if he 3 would heal him on the sabbath-day, in order to accuse him. And he says 4 to the man who had the withered hand, “Rise and come forward.” And

he says to them, “Is it right to help or to harm on the sabbath-day ? 5 to save life or to kill it?” But they kept silence. Then after looking

round on them with anger, grieved at the hardening of their heart, he

say's to the man, “Stretch out the hand.” And as he stretched it out, his 6 hand was restored. And the Pharisees went out and immediately proceeded

to consult 3 with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
7 And Jesus retired to the sea with his disciples. And a great multi-

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8 tude followed from Galilee, and from Judaea and from Jerusalem and and from Idumaea and from across the Jordan and the neighbourhood of

Tyre and Sidon—a great multitude, on hearing all that he was doing, 9 came to him. And owing to the crowd he told his disciples to have a 10 small boat in attendance upon him, that he might not be crushed ; for

he had healed many, and the result was that all who had plagues were 11 pressing on him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw

him, they fell down before him and shouted, “Thou art the Son of God ! ” 12 But he repeatedly charged them not to make him known. 13 Then he goes up the mountain, and summons those whom he would ; 14 and they went away to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also

named apostles"; that they might be with him, and that he might send 15 them out to preach and to possess authority for casting out the daemons. 16 So he appointed the twelve : Simon (he surnamed him also “Peter"), 17 with James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (he sur18 named them also “ Boanerges,” that is, “sons of thunder"), and Andrew

and Philip and Bartholomew and Matthew and Thomas, and James the 19 son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus and Simon (“the zealot”), and Judas of

Kerioth (he who betrayed him). 20 Then he comes home; and again the crowd gathers, so that they could 21 not so much as get their food. And when his relatives heard it, they

went out to seize him; for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He has

Beelzebub,” and, “He is casting out the daemons with the help of the ruler 23 of the daemons.” So summoning them he said to them in parables,

“How can Satan cast out Satan?
And if a realm be divided against itself,

That realm cannot stand :
And if a household be divided against itself,

That house will not be able to stand :
And if Satan has risen against himself and is divided,

He cannot stand ; it is all over with him. 27 Nay ; no one can enter the house of the mighty nian and plunder his

goods unless first of all he binds the mighty man; then indeed he will 28 plunder his house. I tell you truly,

All sins shall be forgiven the sons of men,

And all the blasphemies wherewith ever they blaspheme :

But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit

Never nas forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin." 30, 31 (This was because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.")

And his mother and his brothers come, and standing outside they sent to him 32 and called him. And a crowd was seated round him; and they say to him,

“Here are thy mother and thy brothers and thy sisters, seeking thee 33 outside !” And he says to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my 34 brothers ?” Then looking round on them who sat in a circle about him,

he says, “Here are my mother and my brothers ! 35 Whoever obeys the will of God,

That is my brother and sister and mother." 41 And again he started to teach by the seaside. Then a very large

crowd gathers to him, so that he entered a boat and sat there on the sea, 2 while all the crowd stayed at the edge of the sea upon the land. And he taught them many things in parables; and in the course of his teaching he said to them :

1 Adding cis noì ' Tootónous úróuxowy.

3 “Listen! behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed it came to pass that

Some seed fell along the path,

And the birds came and ate it up.
And some other seed fell upon the rocky ground, where it had not

much earth,
And shot up immediately because it had no depth of earth;

But when the sun rose it was scorched,

And because it had no root, it withered away.
And some other seed fell among the thorns,

And the thorns came up and choked it ; so it produced no crop.
And some other seeds fell into the good soil,

And as they came up and grew they produced a crop,

Yea, they bore thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold.” 9, 10 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

And when he was alone, his associates and the twelve questioned him about the 11 parables. Then said he to them, 5. To you is the secret of God's reign given,

But to those outside everything is imparted by way of parables :
That they may see and see, yet not perceive,
And hear and hear, yet not understand,

Lest haply they should turn again and be forgiven.13 And he says to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then 14 how are you to understand all the parables? The sower is sowing the 15 word. The following are the people who are along the path,' where

the word is sown—when they have heard, immediately Satan comes and 16 takes away the word sown among them. And in the same way the follow

ing are those who are (sown upon the rocky places'-people who, when 17 they have heard the word, accept it immediately with joy ; yet have no

root in themselves, they last merely for a time; then, at the rise of dis18 tress or persecution for the word, they are immediately repelled. And

others are those who are sown among the thorns': they are people 19 who have heard the word, yet the anxieties of the world and the deceit

of riches and all the rest of the desires enter in to choke the word ; and it 20 becomes unfruitful. And these are those who were 'sown upon the good

soil '-people who hear the word and admit it, and bear fruit, thirty, sixty,

and a hundred fold.” 21 And he said to them,

“Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel or under the bed ?

Is it not to be put on the lampstand ?
For nothing is hidden except to be disclosed,

And nothing has been concealed save that it should come to view. 23, 24 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."

And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With what measure you measure,

it shall be measured to you, and added to you besides. For he who has,

to him shall be given : And he who has not,

from him shall be taken even what he nas." 26 And he said, “So is the reign of God as though a man should cast his seed 27 upon the earth, and sleep and rise by night and by day, while the seed 28 sprouts and springs up-he knows not how. The earth produces crops by 29 herself, first the blade, then the ear, then the grain full in the ear. But when the crop admits of it, he has the sickle put in immediately, because the 30 harvest has arrived."

He said also,
“How are we to get comparisons for the reign of God ?

Or in what parable shall we set it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard-seed : when sown upon the earth it is 32 smaller than any seed upon the earth, and yet when sown it comes

up to be greater than all the vegetables, throwing out great branches, 33 so that the birds of the air can rest under its shadow.” And with

many parables like these he spoke the word to them, as they were able to 34 understand it; except in parable he did not speak to them. In private,

however, he explained everything to his own disciples. 35 And on that day at evening he says to them, “Let us cross to the 36 opposite side.” So leaving the crowd they take him with them in the 37 boat, just as he was, accompanied by other boats. And a great squall of

wind rises; and the waves began to beat into the boat, so that the boat 38 was already filling. And he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. So

they wake him and say to him, “Teacher, carest thou not that we are 39 perishing ?” Then awakening he rebuked the wind and said to the sea,

" Peace ! silence !” And the wind dropped, and there was a great calm.

Then he said to them, “Why are you timid ? have you no faith yet?41 And they feared greatly, and said to one another, “ Who then is this, that

even the wind and the sea obey him ?51 And they reached the opposite side of the sea, the country of the

2 Gerasenes. And when he stepped out of the boat he was immediately 3 met by a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit, who had his dwell

ing in the tombs. And no man could bind him any longer, not even 4 with a chain, for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, and

the chains had been torn asunder by him and the fetters broken to pieces ; 5 and no man had strength to tame him. And all the time, night and

day, among the tombs and among the mountains he kept shouting and 6 gashing himself with stones. And on seeing Jesus from afar he ran 7 and did him reverence, shouting with a loud voice, “What have I to do

with thee, Jesus, Son of the most High God? I adjure thee by God, 8 torment me not!” (For Jesus was saying to him, “Evil spirit, leave 9 the man.") Then he questioned him, “What is thy name?” And 10 he says to him, “Legion' is my name, for we are many." And they 11 repeatedly besought him not to send them away from the country. Now 12 a large drove of swine was there, grazing on the mountain side; so

they besought him, “Send us into the swine, that we may enter them.” 13 And he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits went out and

entered the swine; and the drove, about two thousand in number, rushed 14 down the steep slope into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. And

the herdsmen fled and brought word of it to the city and the hamlets. 15 And the people came to see what had happened. And they come to

Jesus and see the man who had been possessed by daemons sitting, clothed 16 and sane, the man who had had the “legion.” And they were afraid. And

those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the man who 17 had been possessed by daemons and all about the swine. And they started 18 to appeal to him to depart from their territory. And as he was entering

the boat, the man who had been possessed by daemons besought him that he 19 might accompany him. But he would not allow him. “Go home to thy

people,” says he to him, “and relate to them all that the Lord has done for 20 thee, and all his pity for thee." So he departed and began to proclaim in

the Dekapolis region all that Jesus had done for him. And all marvelled.

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