The Mission of John the Baptist
(Isaiah 40:1–5; Matthew 3:1–17; Luke 3:1–22; John 1:19–34)
“Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You,
who will prepare Your way.” c
3 “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for Him.’ ” d
4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 People went out to him from all of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judea. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
6 John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he began to proclaim: “After me will come One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, e but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. f”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw g the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
The Temptation and Preaching of Jesus
(Matthew 4:1–17; Luke 4:1–15)
The First Disciples
(Matthew 4:18–22; Luke 5:1–11; John 1:35–42)
16 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
19 Going on a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat, mending their nets. 20 Immediately Jesus called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.
Jesus Expels an Unclean Spirit
21 Then Jesus and His companions went to Capernaum, and right away Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. 22 The people were astonished at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
27 All the people were amazed and began to ask one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him!” 28 And the news about Jesus spread quickly through the whole region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals at Peter’s House
(Matthew 8:14–17; Luke 4:38–41)
29 As soon as Jesus and His companions had left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and they promptly told Jesus about her. 31 So He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening, after sunset, people brought to Jesus all who were sick and demon-possessed, 33 and the whole town gathered at the door. 34 And He healed many who were ill with various diseases and drove out many demons. But He would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
Jesus Prays and Preaches
35 Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for Him, 37 and when they found Him, they said, “Everyone is looking for You!”
38 But Jesus answered,
The Leper’s Prayer
(Leviticus 14:1–32; Matthew 8:1–4; Luke 5:12–16)
43 Jesus promptly sent him away with a stern warning:
45 But the man went out and openly began to proclaim and spread the news.
Consequently, Jesus could no longer enter a town in plain view, but He stayed out in solitary places. Yet people came to Him from every quarter.
1 a ECM, NE, BYZ, and TR; SBL and WH the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 b BYZ and TR in the prophets:
2 c Malachi 3:1
3 d Isaiah 40:3 (see also LXX)
8 e Or in water
8 f Or in the Holy Spirit
10 g Or he saw ; see John 1:32–33
14 h BYZ and TR the gospel of the kingdom of God
40 i A leper was one afflicted with a skin disease. See Leviticus 13.
41 j SBL Moved with indignation
44 k See Leviticus 14:1–32.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
(Matthew 9:1–8; Luke 5:17–26)
1 A few days later Jesus went back to Capernaum. And when the people heard that He was home, 2 they gathered in such large numbers that there was no more room, not even outside the door, as Jesus spoke the word to them.
3 Then a paralytic was brought to Him, carried by four men. 4 Since they were unable to get to Jesus through the crowd, they uncovered the roof above Him, made an opening, and lowered the paralytic on his mat.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,
8 At once Jesus knew in His spirit that they were thinking this way within themselves.
12 And immediately the man got up, picked up his mat, and walked out in front of them all. As a result, they were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Jesus Calls Levi
(Matthew 9:9–13; Luke 5:27–32)
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the sea. All the people came to Him, and He taught them there.
14 As He was walking along, He saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth.
15 While Jesus was dining at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Him and His disciples—for there were many who followed Him. 16 When the scribes who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating with these people, they asked His disciples, “Why does He eat a with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus told them,
Questions about Fasting
(Matthew 9:14–15; Luke 5:33–35)
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were often fasting. So people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t Your disciples fast like John’s disciples and those of the Pharisees?”
19 Jesus replied,
The Patches and the Wineskins
(Matthew 9:16–17; Luke 5:36–39)
21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, and a worse tear will result.
The Lord of the Sabbath
(1 Samuel 21:1–7; Matthew 12:1–8; Luke 6:1–5)
23 One Sabbath Jesus was passing through the grainfields, and His disciples began to pick the heads of grain as they walked along. 24 So the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 Jesus replied,
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
(Matthew 12:9–14; Luke 6:6–11)
But they were silent.
5 Jesus looked around at them with anger and sorrow at their hardness of heart. Then He said to the man,
6 At this, the Pharisees went out and began plotting with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Jesus Heals the Multitudes
(Matthew 4:23–25; Luke 6:17–19)
7 So Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea, accompanied by a large crowd from Galilee, Judea, 8 Jerusalem, Idumea, the region beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon. The large crowd came to Him when they heard what great things He was doing.
9 Jesus asked His disciples to have a boat ready for Him so that the crowd would not crush Him. 10 For He had healed so many that all who had diseases were pressing forward to touch Him. 11 And when the unclean spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” 12 But He warned them sternly not to make Him known.
The Twelve Apostles
(Matthew 10:1–4; Luke 6:12–16)
13 Then Jesus went up on the mountain and called for those He wanted, and they came to Him. 14 He appointed twelve of them, whom He designated as apostles, a to accompany Him, to be sent out to preach, 15 and to have authority b to drive out demons.
16 These are the twelve He appointed: c Simon (whom He named Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (whom He named Boanerges, meaning “Sons of Thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, d 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. e
A House Divided
(Matthew 12:22–30; Luke 11:14–23)
20 Then Jesus went home, f and once again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples could not even eat. 21 When His family heard about this, they went out to take custody of Him, saying, “He is out of His mind.”
23 So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables:
The Unpardonable Sin
28 Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of eternal sin.”
30 Jesus made this statement because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
(Matthew 12:46–50; Luke 8:19–21)
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came and stood outside. They sent someone in to summon Him, 32 and a crowd was sitting around Him. “Look,” He was told, “Your mother and brothers h are outside, asking for You.”
33 But Jesus replied,
14 a ECM, SBL, NE, BYZ, and TR do not include whom He designated as apostles .
15 b BYZ and TR include to heal sicknesses, and
16 c SBL, NE, and WH; ECM, BYZ, and TR do not include These are the twelve He appointed .
18 d Greek Simon the Cananean
19 e Literally who also betrayed Him
20 f Literally Then He comes to a house
22 g WH Beezeboul ; Vulgate Beelzebub
32 h ECM, SBL, WH, and TR; NE and BYZ include and Your sisters .
The Parable of the Sower
(Matthew 13:1–9; Luke 8:4–8)
1 Once again Jesus began to teach beside the sea, and such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people crowded along the shore.
2 And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said,
5 Some fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings, and they yielded no crop.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it sprouted, grew up, and produced a crop—one bearing thirtyfold, another sixtyfold, and another a hundredfold.”
9 Then Jesus said,
The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables
(Isaiah 6:1–13;Matthew 13:10–17; Luke 8:9–10)
10 As soon as Jesus was alone with the Twelve and those around Him, they asked Him about the parable.
‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn
and be forgiven.’ a”
The Parable of the Sower Explained
(Matthew 13:18–23; Luke 8:11–15)
13 Then Jesus said to them,
16 Some are like the seeds sown on rocky ground. They hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18 Others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear the word, 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 Still others are like the seeds sown on good soil. They hear the word, receive it, and produce a crop—thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or a hundredfold.”
The Lesson of the Lamp
21 Jesus also said to them,
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24 He went on to say,
The Seed Growing Secretly
26 Jesus also said,
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
(Matthew 13:31–32; Luke 13:18–19)
30 Then He asked,
33 With many such parables Jesus spoke the word to them, to the extent that they could understand. 34 He did not tell them anything without using a parable. But privately He explained everything to His own disciples.
Jesus Calms the Storm
(Psalm 107:1–43; Matthew 8:23–27; Luke 8:22–25)
35 When that evening came, He said to His disciples,
37 Soon a violent windstorm came up, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are perishing?”
39 Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea.
41 Overwhelmed with fear, they asked one another, “Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
The Demons and the Pigs
(Matthew 8:28–34; Luke 8:26–39)
1 On the other side of the sea, they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes. a 2 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, He was met by a man with an unclean spirit, who was coming from the tombs. 3 This man had been living in the tombs and could no longer be restrained, even with chains. 4 Though he was often bound with chains and shackles, he had broken the chains and shattered the shackles. Now there was no one with the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day in the tombs and in the mountains he kept crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 When the man saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees before Him.
7 And he shouted in a loud voice, “What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You before God not to torture me!”
8 For Jesus had already declared,
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of that region.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons sitting there, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
18 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by the demons begged to go with Him.
19 But Jesus would not allow him.
The Healing Touch of Jesus
(Matthew 9:18–26; Luke 8:40–56)
21 When Jesus had again crossed by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him beside the sea. 22 A synagogue leader named Jairus arrived, and seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet 23 and pleaded with Him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Please come and place Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live.”
24 So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around Him. 25 And a woman was there who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had borne much agony under the care of many physicians and had spent all she had, but to no avail. Instead, her condition had only grown worse.
27 When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up through the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she kept saying, “If only I touch His garments, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
30 At once Jesus was aware that power had gone out from Him. Turning to the crowd, He asked,
31 His disciples answered, “You can see the crowd pressing in on You, and yet You ask,
35 While He was still speaking, messengers from the house of Jairus arrived and said, “Your daughter is dead; why bother the Teacher anymore?”
38 When they arrived at the house of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 He went inside and asked,
After He had put them all outside, He took the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and went in to see the child.
41 Taking her by the hand, Jesus said,
1 a BYZ and TR Gadarenes ; GOC Gergesenes
13 b Literally and were drowned in the sea
20 c That is, the Ten Cities
36 d Or ignored
The Rejection at Nazareth
(Matthew 13:53–58; Luke 4:16–30)
1 Jesus went on from there and came to His hometown, accompanied by His disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were astonished. “Where did this man get these ideas?” they asked. “What is this wisdom He has been given? And how can He perform such miracles? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, a Judas, and Simon? Aren’t His sisters here with us as well?” And they took offense at Him.
4 Then Jesus said to them,
The Ministry of the Twelve
(Matthew 10:5–15; Luke 9:1–6)
7 Then Jesus called the Twelve to Him and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing but a staff for the journey—no bread, no bag, no money b in their belts— 9 and to wear sandals, but not a second tunic.
10 And He told them,
The Beheading of John
(Matthew 14:1–12; Luke 9:7–9)
14 Now King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known, and people were saying, d “John the Baptist has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others were saying, “He is Elijah,” and still others, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”
16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had ordered that John be arrested and bound and imprisoned, on account of his brother Philip’s wife Herodias, whom Herod had married. 18 For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!”
19 So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she had been unable, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man. When he heard John’s words, he was greatly perplexed; yet he listened to him gladly.
21 On Herod’s birthday, her opportunity arose. Herod held a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias e came and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests, and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom!”
24 Then she went out and asked her mother, “What should I request?”
And her mother answered, “The head of John the Baptist.”
25 At once the girl hurried back to the king with her request: “I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.”
26 The king was consumed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So without delay, the king commanded that John’s head be brought in. He sent an executioner, who went and beheaded him in the prison. 28 The man brought John’s head on a platter and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.
29 When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
(Matthew 14:13–21; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–15)
30 Meanwhile, the apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught.
31 And He said to them,
32 So they went away in a boat by themselves to a solitary place. 33 But many people saw them leaving and recognized them. They ran together on foot from all the towns and arrived before them. 34 When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.
35 By now the hour was already late. So the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is already late. 36 Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
37 But Jesus told them,
They asked Him, “Should we go out and spend two hundred denarii f to give all of them bread to eat?”
And after checking, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And He divided the two fish among them all.
Jesus Walks on Water
(Matthew 14:22–33; John 6:16–21)
47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He could see that the disciples were straining to row, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, g Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea. He intended to pass by them, 49 but when they saw Him walking on the sea, they cried out, thinking He was a ghost— 50 for they all saw Him and were terrified.
But Jesus spoke up at once:
Jesus Heals at Gennesaret
53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus 55 and ran through that whole region, carrying the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was. 56 And wherever He went—villages and towns and countrysides—they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him just to let them touch the fringe of His cloak. And all who touched Him were healed.
3 a Joses is a variant of Joseph ; see Matthew 13:55.
8 b Or copper coins
11 c BYZ and TR include Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town ; see Matthew 10:15.
14 d Literally they were saying ; some manuscripts he was saying
22 e Some early manuscripts When his daughter Herodias
37 f A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
48 g That is, between three and six in the morning
The Tradition of the Elders
3 Now in holding to the tradition of the elders, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat until they wash their hands ceremonially. a 4 And on returning from the market, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions for them to observe, including the washing of cups, pitchers, kettles, and couches for dining. b
5 So the Pharisees and scribes questioned Jesus: “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eat with defiled hands.”
6 Jesus answered them,
‘These people honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
7 They worship Me in vain;
they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.’ c
9 He went on to say,
What Defiles a Man
14 Once again Jesus called the crowd to Him and said,
17 After Jesus had left the crowd and gone into the house, His disciples inquired about the parable.
20 He continued:
The Faith of the Gentile Woman
24 Jesus left that place and went to the region of Tyre. k Not wanting anyone to know He was there, He entered a house, but was unable to escape their notice. 25 Instead, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit soon heard about Jesus, and she came and fell at His feet. 26 Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician origin, and she kept asking Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
The Deaf and Mute Man
31 Then Jesus left the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. m 32 Some people brought to Him a man who was deaf and hardly able to speak, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him.
33 So Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue.
34 And looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him,
36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 The people were utterly astonished and said, “He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf hear and the mute speak!”
3 a Literally until they have washed their hands to the fist
4 b NE and WH cups, pitchers, and kettles.
7 c Isaiah 29:13 (see also LXX)
8 d BYZ and TR include —washings of pots and cups and many such things like these.
9 e NA establish
10 f Exodus 20:12;Deuteronomy 5:16
10 g Exodus 21:17;Leviticus 20:9
15 h BYZ and TR include 16If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
19 i Or and then is eliminated, thereby expelling all foods.”
21 j Many texts move adultery to verse 22.
24 k WH, BYZ, and TR include and Sidon ; see Matthew 15:21.
28 l Or puppies
31 m That is, the Ten Cities
35 n ECM, WH, and SBL do not include Immediately .
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
(2 Kings 4:42–44; Matthew 15:29–39)
1 In those days the crowd once again became very large, and they had nothing to eat. Jesus called the disciples to Him and said,
4 His disciples replied, “Where in this desolate place could anyone find enough bread to feed all these people?”
“Seven,” they replied.
6 And He instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves, gave thanks and broke them, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And they distributed them to the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish, and Jesus blessed them and ordered that these be set before them as well.
As soon as Jesus had dismissed the crowd, 10 He got into the boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
The Demand for a Sign
(Matthew 16:1–4; Luke 12:54–56)
11 Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, testing Him by demanding from Him a sign from heaven.
12 Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit and said,
The Leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod
(Matthew 16:5–12; Luke 12:1–3)
16 So they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 Aware of their conversation, Jesus asked them,
“Twelve,” they answered.
“Seven,” they said.
21 Then He asked them,
The Blind Man at Bethsaida
22 When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then He spit on the man’s eyes and placed His hands on him.
24 The man looked up and said, “I can see the people, but they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.
26 Jesus sent him home and said,
Peter’s Confession of Christ
(Matthew 16:13–20; Luke 9:18–20; John 6:67–71)
27 Then Jesus and His disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way, He questioned His disciples:
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
30 And Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about Him.
Christ’s Passion Foretold
(Matthew 16:21–23; Luke 9:21–22)
31 Then He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this message quite frankly, and Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But Jesus, turning and looking at His disciples, rebuked Peter and said,
Take Up Your Cross
(Matthew 16:24–28; Luke 9:23–27)
34 Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them,
36 What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
9 a Men is implied here, that is, in addition to women and children; see Matthew 15:38.
18 b See Deuteronomy 29:4, Isaiah 42:20, Jeremiah 5:21, and Ezekiel 12:2.
26 c BYZ and TR “Do not go and tell anyone in the village.”
(Matthew 17:1–13; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Peter 1:16–21)
1 Then Jesus said to them,
2 After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became radiantly white, brighter than any launderer on earth could bleach them. 4 And Elijah and Moses appeared before them, talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters a—one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 For they were all so terrified that Peter did not know what else to say.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus admonished them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept this matter to themselves, discussing what it meant to rise from the dead. 11 And they asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
12 He replied,
The Boy with an Evil Spirit
(Matthew 17:14–18; Luke 9:37–42)
14 When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were filled with awe and ran to greet Him.
17 Someone in the crowd replied, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. b I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable.”
20 So they brought him, and seeing Jesus, the spirit immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father,
“From childhood,” he said. 22 “It often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd had come running, He rebuked the unclean spirit.
26 After shrieking and convulsing him violently, the spirit came out. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
The Second Prediction of the Passion
(Matthew 17:22–23; Luke 9:43–45)
30 Going on from there, they passed through Galilee. But Jesus did not want anyone to know,
31 because He was teaching His disciples. He told them,
The Greatest in the Kingdom
(Matthew 18:1–5; Luke 9:46–50)
33 Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was in the house, He asked them,
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said,
36 Then He had a little child stand among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them,
38 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone else driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not accompany us.”
Temptations and Trespasses
(Matthew 18:6–9; Luke 17:1–4)
42 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.
43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two hands and go into hell, e into the unquenchable fire. f 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. g 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where ‘their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.’ h
(Matthew 5:13–16; Luke 14:34–35)
50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
5 a Or three tabernacles
18 b Or and is withering away
24 c BYZ and TR cried out with tears
29 d BYZ and TR prayer and fasting
43 e Greek Gehenna ; also in verses 45 and 47
43 f BYZ and TR include 44where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched ; see verse 48 and Isaiah 66:24.
45 g BYZ and TR include 46where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched ; see verse 48 and Isaiah 66:24.
48 h Isaiah 66:24
49 i BYZ and TR include and every sacrifice will be salted with salt .
Teachings about Divorce
1 Then Jesus left that place and went into the region of Judea, beyond the Jordan. Again the crowds came to Him and He taught them, as was His custom.
2 Some Pharisees came to test Him. “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” they inquired.
5 But Jesus told them,
10 When they were back inside the house, the disciples asked Jesus about this matter.
11 So He told them,
Jesus Blesses the Children
(Matthew 19:13–15; Luke 18:15–17)
13 Now people were bringing the little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them, and the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and told them,
The Rich Young Man
(Matthew 19:16–30; Luke 18:18–30)
17 As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. “Good Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
20 “Teacher,” he replied, “all these I have kept from my youth.”
22 But the man was saddened by these words and went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples,
24 And the disciples were amazed at His words.
But Jesus said to them again,
26 They were even more astonished and said to one another, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said,
28 Peter began to say to Him, “Look, we have left everything and followed You.”
The Third Prediction of the Passion
(Matthew 20:17–19; Luke 18:31–34)
32 As they were going up the road to Jerusalem, Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were amazed, but those who followed were afraid. Again Jesus took the Twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him:
The Request of James and John
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and declared, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”
37 They answered, “Grant that one of us may sit at Your right hand and the other at Your left in Your glory.”
39 “We can,” the brothers answered.
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
42 So Jesus called them together and said,
Jesus Heals Bartimaeus
(Matthew 20:29–34; Luke 18:35–43)
46 Next, they came to Jericho. And as Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho with a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many people admonished him to be silent, but he cried out all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said,
So they called the blind man. “Take courage!” they said. “Get up! He is calling for you.”
50 Throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus jumped up and came to Jesus.
“Rabboni,” said the blind man, “let me see again.”
4 a See Deuteronomy 24:1.
6 b Genesis 1:27;Genesis 5:2
7 c NE and WH do not include and be united to his wife.
8 d Genesis 2:24 (see also LXX)
19 e Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20
21 f BYZ and TR Then come, take up the cross, and follow Me.
24 g BYZ and TR how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter
40 h Literally Mine to grant, but for whom
The Triumphal Entry
(Zechariah 9:9–13; Matthew 21:1–11; Luke 19:28–40; John 12:12–19)
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent out two of His disciples
2 and said to them,
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” b
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest!” c
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
(Matthew 21:18–22; Mark 11:20–25)
12 The next day, when they had left Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if there was any fruit on it. But when He reached it, He found nothing on it except leaves, since it was not the season for figs.
14 Then He said to the tree,
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:12–17; Luke 19:45–48; John 2:12–25)
15 When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves.
16 And He would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
17 Then Jesus began to teach them, and He declared,
18 When the chief priests and scribes heard this, they looked for a way to kill Him. For they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.
The Withered Fig Tree
(Matthew 21:18–22; Mark 11:12–14)
Jesus’ Authority Challenged
(Matthew 21:23–27; Luke 20:1–8)
27 After their return to Jerusalem, Jesus was walking in the temple courts, and the chief priests, scribes, and elders came up to Him. 28 “By what authority are You doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave You the authority to do them?”
31 They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’...” they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet. 33 So they answered, “We do not know.”
And Jesus replied,
9 a Hosanna is a transliteration of the Hebrew Hosia-na , meaning Save, we pray or Save now , which became a shout of praise; see Psalm 118:25.
9 b Psalm 118:26
10 c Or “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” See Psalm 118:25 and Psalm 148:1.
11 d Literally the temple ; also in verses 15, 16, and 27
17 e Isaiah 56:7
17 f Jeremiah 7:11
19 g Literally they went ; BYZ and TR He went
25 h BYZ and TR include 26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses ; see Matthew 6:15.
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
(Matthew 21:33–46; Luke 20:9–18)
1 Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables:
4 Then he sent them another servant, and they struck him over the head and treated him shamefully.
5 He sent still another, and this one they killed.
He sent many others; some they beat and others they killed.
6 Finally, having one beloved son, he sent him to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
‘The stone the builders rejected
11 This is from the Lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’ a?”
Paying Taxes to Caesar
(Matthew 22:15–22; Luke 20:19–26)
13 Later, they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to catch Jesus in His words. 14 “Teacher,” they said, “we know that You are honest and seek favor from no one. Indeed, You are impartial and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?”
“Caesar’s,” they answered.
17 Then Jesus told them,
The Sadducees and the Resurrection
(Matthew 22:23–33; Luke 20:27–40)
18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and questioned Him: 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man is to marry his brother’s widow and raise up offspring for him. d 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died, leaving no children. 21 Then the second one married the widow, but he also died and left no children. And the third did likewise. 22 In this way, none of the seven left any children. And last of all, the woman died. 23 In the resurrection, then, e whose wife will she be? For all seven were married to her.”
24 Jesus said to them,
26 But concerning the dead rising, have you not read about the burning bush in the Book of Moses, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ f? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
The Greatest Commandment
(Deuteronomy 6:1–19; Matthew 22:34–40)
28 Now one of the scribes had come up and heard their debate. Noticing how well Jesus had answered them, he asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
29 Jesus replied,
32 “Right, Teacher,” the scribe replied. “You have stated correctly that God is One and there is no other but Him, 33 and to love Him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, which is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that the man had answered wisely, He said,
Whose Son Is the Christ?
(Matthew 22:41–46; Luke 20:41–44)
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand
until I put Your enemies
under Your feet.” ’ j
37 David himself calls Him ‘Lord.’ So how can He be David’s son?”
Beware of the Scribes
38 In His teaching Jesus also said,
The Widow’s Offering
41 As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd putting money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius. l
43 Jesus called His disciples to Him and said,
11 a Psalm 118:22–23
12 b Literally they sought
15 c A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
19 d Deuteronomy 25:5
23 e Literally In the resurrection, when they rise,
26 f Exodus 3:6
30 g Deuteronomy 6:4–5
31 h Leviticus 19:18
35 i Literally the temple
36 j Psalm 110:1
40 k Literally They devour widows’ houses
42 l Greek put in two lepta, which is a kodrantēs ; a lepton was a Jewish coin of bronze or copper worth about 1-128 of a denarius.
Temple Destruction and Other Signs
(Matthew 24:1–8; Luke 21:5–9)
1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, look at the magnificent stones and buildings!”
3 While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to be fulfilled?”
5 Jesus began by telling them,
Witnessing to All Nations
(Matthew 24:9–14; Luke 21:10–19)
9 So be on your guard. You will be delivered over to the councils and beaten in the synagogues. On My account you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand what to say. Instead, speak whatever you are given at that time, for it will not be you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. 13 You will be hated by everyone because of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
The Abomination of Desolation
(Matthew 24:15–25; Luke 21:20–24)
14 So when you see the abomination of desolation a standing where it should not be b (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the housetop go back inside to retrieve anything from his house. 16 And let no one in the field return for his cloak.
17 How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not occur in the winter. 19 For those will be days of tribulation unmatched from the beginning of God’s creation until now, and never to be seen again. 20 If the Lord had not cut short those days, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has cut them short.
21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance.
The Return of the Son of Man
(Matthew 24:26–31; Luke 21:25–28)
24 But in those days, after that tribulation:
‘The sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ c
26 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. d 27 And He will send out the angels to gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
(Matthew 24:32–35; Luke 21:29–33)
28 Now learn this lesson e from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things happening, know that He is near, f right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
Readiness at Any Hour
(Matthew 24:36–51; Luke 12:35–48)
34 It is like a man going on a journey who left his house, put each servant in charge of his own task, and instructed the doorkeeper to keep watch. 35 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know when the master of the house will return—whether in the evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or in the morning. 36 Otherwise, he may arrive without notice and find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Keep watch!”
14 a See Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, and Daniel 12:11; BYZ and TR include spoken of by Daniel the prophet .
14 b Or where he should not be
25 c Or and the celestial bodies will be shaken ; see Isaiah 13:10, Isaiah 34:4, and Joel 2:10.
26 d See Daniel 7:13–14.
28 e Or this parable
29 f Or it is near
33 g BYZ and TR Be on your guard, stay alert, and pray!
The Plot to Kill Jesus
(Matthew 26:1–5; Luke 22:1–2; John 11:45–57)
1 Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread a were two days away, and the chief priests and scribes were looking for a covert way to arrest Jesus and kill Him. 2 “But not during the feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
(Matthew 26:6–13; Luke 7:36–50; John 12:1–8)
3 While Jesus was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, b a woman came with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke open the jar and poured it on Jesus’ head.
4 Some of those present, however, expressed their indignation to one another: “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for over three hundred denarii c and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
6 But Jesus said,
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
(Matthew 26:14–16; Luke 22:3–6)
Preparing the Passover
(Matthew 26:17–19; Luke 22:7–13)
13 So He sent two of His disciples and told them,
16 So the disciples left and went into the city, where they found everything as Jesus had described. And they prepared the Passover.
The Last Supper
(Matthew 26:20–30; Luke 22:14–23; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34)
19 They began to be grieved and to ask Him one after another, “Surely not I?”
20 He answered,
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, spoke a blessing and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, saying,
23 Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 He said to them,
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
(Zechariah 13:7–9; Matthew 26:31–35; Luke 22:31–38; John 13:36–38)
‘I will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’ i
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I never will.”
31 But Peter kept insisting, “Even if I have to die with You, I will never deny You.” And all the others said the same thing.
Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Matthew 26:36–46; Luke 22:39–46)
32 Then they came to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus told His disciples,
35 Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour would pass from Him.
37 Then Jesus returned and found them sleeping.
41 When Jesus returned the third time, He said,
The Betrayal of Jesus
(Matthew 26:47–56; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:1–14)
43 While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, scribes, and elders.
48 Jesus asked the crowd,
50 Then everyone deserted Him and fled. 51 One young man who had been following Jesus was wearing a linen cloth around his body. They caught hold of him, 52 but he pulled free of the linen cloth and ran away naked.
Jesus before the Sanhedrin
(Matthew 26:57–68; Luke 22:66–71; John 18:19–24)
53 They led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders, and scribes assembled. 54 Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the officers and warmed himself by the fire.
55 Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin k were seeking testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but they did not find any. 56 For many bore false witness against Jesus, but their testimony was inconsistent.
57 Then some men stood up and testified falsely against Him: 58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple, and in three days I will build another that is made without hands.’ ” 59 But even their testimony was inconsistent.
60 So the high priest stood up before them and questioned Jesus, “Have You no answer? What are these men testifying against You?”
61 But Jesus remained silent and made no reply.
And they all condemned Him as deserving of death.
65 Then some of them began to spit on Him. They blindfolded Him, struck Him with their fists, and said to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers received Him with slaps in His face.
Peter Denies Jesus
(Matthew 26:69–75; Luke 22:54–62; John 18:15–18)
66 While Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the servant girls of the high priest came down 67 and saw him warming himself there. She looked at Peter and said, “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”
69 There the servant girl saw him and again said to those standing nearby, “This man is one of them.”
70 But he denied it again.
After a little while, those standing nearby said once more to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you too are a Galilean.” o
Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken to him:
1 a Literally and the Unleavened ; see Exodus 12:14–20.
3 b Aramaic Simon the Potter or Simon the Jar Maker
5 c A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
7 d See Deuteronomy 15:11.
12 e Literally On the first day of the Unleavened ; see Exodus 12:14–20.
20 f Literally the one who is dipping
24 g BYZ and TR the new covenant
27 h BYZ and TR include on account of Me this night ; see Matthew 26:31.
27 i Zechariah 13:7
49 j Literally the temple
55 k Or the whole Council
62 l Or the right hand of the Mighty One
62 m See Psalm 110:1 and Daniel 7:13.
68 n NE and WH do not include and the rooster crowed .
70 o BYZ and TR include and your speech is similar .
Jesus Delivered to Pilate
2 So Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
3 And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things.
4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, “Have You no answer? Look how many charges they are bringing against You!”
5 But to Pilate’s amazement, Jesus made no further reply.
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
(Matthew 27:15–23; Luke 23:13–25)
6 Now it was Pilate’s custom at the feast to release to the people b a prisoner of their choosing. 7 And a man named Barabbas was imprisoned with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8 So the crowd went up and began asking Pilate to keep his custom.
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas to them instead.
Pilate Delivers Up Jesus
12 So Pilate asked them again, “What then do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?”
13 And they shouted back, “Crucify Him!”
14 “Why?” asked Pilate. “What evil has He done?”
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify Him!”
15 And wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed Him over to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
(Isaiah 50:4–11; Matthew 27:27–31; Luke 22:63–65; John 19:1–15)
16 Then the soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called the whole company together. 17 They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and set it on His head. 18 And they began to salute Him: “Hail, King of the Jews!”
19 They kept striking His head with a staff and spitting on Him. And they knelt down and bowed before Him. 20 After they had mocked Him, they removed the purple robe and put His own clothes back on Him. Then they led Him out to crucify Him.
(Psalm 22:1–31; Matthew 27:32–44; Luke 23:26–43; John 19:16–27)
21 Now Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and the soldiers forced him to carry the cross of Jesus.
24 And they crucified Him.
They also divided His garments by casting lots to decide what each of them would take. c
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
29 And those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save Yourself!”
31 In the same way, the chief priests and scribes mocked Him among themselves, saying, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” And even those who were crucified with Him berated Him.
The Death of Jesus
(Psalm 22:1–31; Matthew 27:45–56; Luke 23:44–49; John 19:28–30)
33 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour g darkness came over all the land.
34 At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
35 When some of those standing nearby heard this, they said, “Behold, He is calling Elijah.”
40 And there were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, l and Salome. 41 These women had followed Jesus and ministered to Him while He was in Galilee, and there were many other women who had come up to Jerusalem with Him.
The Burial of Jesus
(Isaiah 53:9–12; Matthew 27:57–61; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42)
42 Now it was already evening. Since it was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent Council member who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God, boldly went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus.
46 So Joseph bought a linen cloth, took down the body of Jesus, wrapped it in the cloth, and placed it in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph m saw where His body was placed.
1 a Or the whole Council
6 b Literally Now at the feast he would release to them
24 c See Psalm 22:18.
25 d That is, nine in the morning
27 e Or insurrectionists
27 f BYZ and TR include 28So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” See Isaiah 53:12 and Luke 22:37.
33 g That is, from noon until three in the afternoon
34 h Psalm 22:1
36 i Or a sponge with wine vinegar
36 j See Psalm 69:21.
39 k BYZ and TR saw how, having cried out, He had breathed His last
40 l Joses is a variant of Joseph ; see Matthew 27:56.
47 m Or Joses
(Matthew 28:1–10; Luke 24:1–12; John 20:1–9)
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, a just after sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 They were asking one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, even though it was extremely large.
5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’ ”
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
9 Early on the first day of the week, after Jesus had risen, c He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, who were mourning and weeping. 11 And when they heard that Jesus was alive and she had seen Him, they did not believe it.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
12 After this, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them as they walked along in the country.
13 And they went back and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.
The Great Commission
14 Later, as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the Eleven and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
15 And He said to them,
(Luke 24:50–53; Acts 1:6–11)
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked through them, confirming His word by the signs that accompanied it.
2 a Literally And very early on the first of the Sabbaths,
8 b Some early manuscripts end the Gospel of Mark after verse 8. Other manuscripts contain only a short ending, a version of the following: 9But they quickly reported all these instructions to Peter’s companions. Afterward, Jesus Himself, through them, sent out from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.
9 c Or After Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week
17 d WH in tongues
19 e ECM, BYZ, and TR After the Lord