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Matthew Chapter 1

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1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

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2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.

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3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,

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4 Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon.

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5 Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse.

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6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

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7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa.

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8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah.

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9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.

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10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah.

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11 Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

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12 After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel.

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13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor.

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14 Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud.

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15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob.

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16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

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17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

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19 Her husband-to-be, Joseph, was a man who did what was right; so he made plans to break the engagement quietly, rather than put her to public shame.

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20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

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21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua-(Yeshua) which means Savior] because he will save his people from their sins.”

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22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

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23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

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24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

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25 but he did not have sexual relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Yeshua.

Matthew Chapter 2

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1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men [astrologers] from the east came to Jerusalem, asking,

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2 Where is He Who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east at its rising and have come to worship Him.

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3 When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed and troubled, and the whole of Jerusalem with him.

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4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

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5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

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6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are not in any way least or insignificant among the chief cities of Judah; for from you shall come a Ruler (Leader) Who will govern and shepherd My people Israel.

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7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

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8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

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9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.

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10 When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy.

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11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

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12 But they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they took another route back to their own country.

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13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

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14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,

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15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

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16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

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17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

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18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

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19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

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20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

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21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.

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22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,

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23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Matthew Chapter 3

Matthew 3:1 (NIV)

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea

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2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'”

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4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

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5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.

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6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

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7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

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8 “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

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9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

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10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

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11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

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12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

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14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

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15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

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16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.

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17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew Chapter 4

Matthew 4:1 (NIV)

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

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2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

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3 And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread.

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4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

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5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.

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6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”

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7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

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8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.

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9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

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10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

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11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.

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13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali–

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14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

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15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles–

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16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

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17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

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19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

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20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

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21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.

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22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

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23 Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

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24 The news about him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.

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25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Matthew Chapter 5

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1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

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2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

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3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

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5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

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6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

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7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

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8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

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9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

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10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

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12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

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14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

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15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

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16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

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18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

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19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

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20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’

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22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

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23 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

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24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

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25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.

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26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

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27 You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.

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28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

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29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

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30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

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31 It has also been said, whoever divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.

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32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

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33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’

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34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

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35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

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36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.

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37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’

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39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

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40 If someone wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well!

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41 And if a soldier forces you to carry his pack for one mile, carry it for two!

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42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something from you, lend it to him.

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43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

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44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

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45 Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike.

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46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

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47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

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48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew Chapter 6

Matthew 6:1 (NIV)

1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

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2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

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3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

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4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

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6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

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8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

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10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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11 Give us today our daily bread.

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12 Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.

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13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

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14 For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;

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15 but if you do not forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will not forgive yours.

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16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

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17 But you, when you fast, wash your face and groom yourself,

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18 so that no one will know you are fasting — except your Father, who is with you in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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19 “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal.

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20 Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal.

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21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

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23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

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24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

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25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

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26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

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27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

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28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

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29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

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30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

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31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

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32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

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33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew Chapter 7

Matthew 7:1 (CJB)

1 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.

Matthew 7:2 (CJB)

2 For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you.

Matthew 7:3 (NASB)

3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

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4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?

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5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

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6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

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8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

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9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

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10 Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?

Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

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12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this [sums up] the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:13 (NIV)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

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14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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15 “Beware of the false (religious leaders) who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

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16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

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17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

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18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

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19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

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20 So you will recognize them by their fruit.

Matthew 7:21 (NIV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’

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23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

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24 “So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on bedrock.

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25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.

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26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Matthew 7:27 (NIV)

27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:28 (NIV)

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Matthew 7:29 (NIV)

29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Matthew Chapter 8

Matthew 8:1 (NASB)

1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

Matthew 8:2 (NKJV)

2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Matthew 8:3 (NIV)

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Matthew 8:4 (NIV)

4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Matthew 8:5 (NLT)

5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,

Matthew 8:6 (NLT)

6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

Matthew 8:7 (NLT)

7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

Matthew 8:8 (NLT)

8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.

Matthew 8:9 (NLT)

9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

Matthew 8:10 (NLT)

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!

Matthew 8:11 (NLT)

11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 8:12 (NLT)

12 But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 8:13 (NLT)

13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

Matthew 8:14 (AMP)

14 And when Jesus went into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying ill with a fever.

Matthew 8:15 (AMP)

15 He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and began waiting on Him.

Matthew 8:16 (NASB)

16 When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed; and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill.

Matthew 8:17 (NASB)

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”

Matthew 8:18 (NIV)

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.

Matthew 8:19 (NIV)

19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Matthew 8:20 (NIV)

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Matthew 8:21 (AMP)

21 Another of the disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury [care for till death] my father.

Matthew 8:22 (NIV)

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:23 (NIV)

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

Matthew 8:24 (NIV)

24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

Matthew 8:25 (NIV)

25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Matthew 8:26 (NIV)

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Matthew 8:27 (NASB)

27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Matthew 8:28 (NASB)

28 When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.

Matthew 8:29 (AMP)

29 And behold, they shrieked and screamed, What have You to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time?

Matthew 8:30 (NIV)

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.

Matthew 8:31 (NIV)

31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

Matthew 8:32 (CJB)

32 “All right, go!” he told them. So they came out and went into the pigs, whereupon the entire herd rushed down the hillside into the lake and drowned.

Matthew 8:33 (NIV)

33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

Matthew 8:34 (NIV)

34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Matthew Chapter 9

Matthew 9:1 (AMP)

1 And Jesus getting into a boat, crossed to the other side and came to His own town [Capernaum].

Matthew 9:2 (NKJV)

2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

Matthew 9:3 (AMP)

3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, This man blasphemes [He claims the rights and prerogatives of God]!

Matthew 9:4 (NASB)

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

Matthew 9:5 (NIV)

5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?

Matthew 9:6 (NIV)

6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”

Matthew 9:7 (AMP)

7 And he got up and went away to his own house.

Matthew 9:8 (NIV)

8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew 9:9 (NIV)

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Matthew 9:10 (AMP)

10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and [especially wicked] sinners came and sat (reclined) with Him and His disciples.

Matthew 9:11 (AMP)

11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those [preeminently] sinful?

Matthew 9:12 (NIV)

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Matthew 9:13 (NIV)

13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9:14 (AMP)

14 Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, inquiring, Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast?

Matthew 9:15 (NIV)

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

Matthew 9:16 (NIV)

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.

Matthew 9:17 (NIV)

17 Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Matthew 9:18 (NIV)

18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

Matthew 9:19 (NIV)

19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Matthew 9:20 (NIV)

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.

Matthew 9:21 (AMP)

21 For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health.

Matthew 9:22 (AMP)

22 Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health.

Matthew 9:23 (NIV)

23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,

Matthew 9:24 (AMP)

24 He said, Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed and jeered at Him.

Matthew 9:25 (AMP)

25 But when the crowd had been ordered to go outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.

Matthew 9:26 (AMP)

26 And the news about this spread through all that district.

Matthew 9:27 (NIV)

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

Matthew 9:28 (AMP)

28 When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.

Matthew 9:29 (NIV)

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;

Matthew 9:30 (NIV)

30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”

Matthew 9:31 (NIV)

31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Matthew 9:32 (NIV)

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.

Matthew 9:33 (NIV)

33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

Matthew 9:34 (NIV)

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

Matthew 9:35 (NASB)

35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:37 (NIV)

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Matthew 9:38 (NIV)

38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew Chapter 10

Matthew 10:1 (NASB)

1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

Matthew 10:2 (NIV)

2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

Matthew 10:3 (NIV)

3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

Matthew 10:4 (NIV)

4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Matthew 10:5 (NIV)

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.

Matthew 10:6 (AMP)

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 10:7 (AMP)

7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand!

Matthew 10:8 (NIV)

8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Matthew 10:9 (NIV)

9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts;

Matthew 10:10 (NASB)

10 or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.

Matthew 10:11 (NIV)

11 “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave.

Matthew 10:12 (NIV)

12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.

Matthew 10:13 (NIV)

13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.

Matthew 10:14 (NIV)

14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.

Matthew 10:15 (NIV)

15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Matthew 10:16 (7KB)

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:17 (NIV)

17 “Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues.

Matthew 10:18 (AMP)

18 And you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a witness to bear testimony before them and to the Gentiles (the nations).

Matthew 10:19 (NIV)

19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,

Matthew 10:20 (NIV)

20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:21 (NIV)

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.

Matthew 10:22 (NIV)

22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 10:23 (NIV)

23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 10:24 (NASB)

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.

Matthew 10:25 (NASB)-M

25 “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

Matthew 10:26 (NASB)

26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 10:27 (NIV)

27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

Matthew 10:28 (NIV)

28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:29 (NIV)

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

Matthew 10:30 (AMP)

30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Matthew 10:31 (NKJV)

31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:32 (NIV)

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:33 (NIV)

33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:34 (NIV)

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:35 (NIV)

35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–

Matthew 10:36 (NIV)

36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

Matthew 10:37 (NIV)

37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

Matthew 10:38 (NIV)

38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 10:39 (NIV)

39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10:40 (NIV)

40 “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.

Matthew 10:41 (NLT2)-M

41 If anyone will receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, then they will receive a prophet’s reward and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.

Matthew 10:42 (NASB)

42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Matthew Chapter 11

Matthew 11:1 (NIV)

1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.

Matthew 11:2 (NIV)

2 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples

Matthew 11:3 (NIV)

3 to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Matthew 11:4 (NIV)

4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:

Matthew 11:5 (NIV)

5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Matthew 11:6 (NASB)

6 “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Matthew 11:7 (NIV)

7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?

Matthew 11:8 (NIV)

8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.

Matthew 11:9 (NIV)

9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Matthew 11:10 (NIV)

10 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

Matthew 11:11 (NIV)

11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11:12 (NASB)

12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

Matthew 11:13 (NIV)

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

Matthew 11:14 (NASB)

14 “And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

Matthew 11:15 (NIV)

15 He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 11:16 (NIV)

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

Matthew 11:17 (NIV)

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Matthew 11:18 (NIV)

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’

Matthew 11:19 (NIV)

19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”

Matthew 11:20 (NIV)

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.

Matthew 11:21 (NIV)

21 “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Matthew 11:22 (NIV)

22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.

Matthew 11:23 (NIV)

23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.

Matthew 11:24 (NIV)

24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Matthew 11:25 (CJB)

25 It was at that time that Yeshua said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you concealed these things from the sophisticated and educated and revealed them to ordinary folks.

Matthew 11:26 (CJB)

26 Yes, Father, I thank you that it pleased you to do this.

Matthew 11:27 (NIV)

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Matthew 11:28 (NASB)

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:30 (NIV)

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew Chapter 12

Matthew 12:1 (NIV)

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.

Matthew 12:2 (NIV)

2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:3 (NIV)

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?

Matthew 12:4 (NASB)

4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?

Matthew 12:5 (NIV)

5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?

Matthew 12:6 (NIV)

6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.

Matthew 12:7 (NIV)

7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Matthew 12:8 (NIV)

8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:9 (NIV)

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,

Matthew 12:10 (NIV)

10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

Matthew 12:11 (NIV)

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?

Matthew 12:12 (NIV)

12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:13 (NIV)

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.

Matthew 12:14 (NIV)

14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Matthew 12:15 (NIV)

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,

Matthew 12:16 (NIV)

16 warning them not to tell who he was.

Matthew 12:17 (NIV)

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

Matthew 12:18 (NIV)

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Matthew 12:19 (NIV)

19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.

Matthew 12:20 (NIV)

20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.

Matthew 12:21 (NIV)

21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Matthew 12:22 (NIV)

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Matthew 12:23 (NIV)

23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

Matthew 12:24 (NIV)

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Matthew 12:25 (NIV)

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Matthew 12:26 (NIV)

26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?

Matthew 12:27 (NIV)

27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.

Matthew 12:28 (NIV)

28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Matthew 12:29 (NASB)

29 “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

Matthew 12:30 (NIV)

30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

Matthew 12:31 (NIV)

31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

Matthew 12:32 (NIV)

32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 12:33 (NIV)

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

Matthew 12:34 (NKJV)

34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Matthew 12:36 (NIV)

36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Matthew 12:37 (NKJV)

37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:38 (NIV)

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”

Matthew 12:39 (NIV)

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Matthew 12:40 (NIV)

40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Matthew 12:41 (NIV)

41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.

Matthew 12:42 (NIV)

42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.

Matthew 12:43 (NIV)

43 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

Matthew 12:44 (NIV)

44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.

Matthew 12:45 (NIV)

45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Matthew 12:46 (NIV)

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

Matthew 12:47 (NIV)

47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

Matthew 12:48 (NIV)

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

Matthew 12:49 (NIV)

49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

Matthew 12:50 (NIV)

50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew Chapter 13

Matthew 13:1 (AMP)

1 The same day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting beside the sea.

Matthew 13:2 (NIV)

2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.

Matthew 13:3 (NIV)

3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 13:4 (NIV)

4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Matthew 13:5 (NIV)

5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Matthew 13:6 (NIV)

6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

Matthew 13:7 (NIV)

7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.

Matthew 13:8 (NIV)

8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Matthew 13:9 (NIV)

9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

Matthew 13:10 (NIV)

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

Matthew 13:11 (NASB)

11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

Matthew 13:12 (NIV)

12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

Matthew 13:13 (NIV)

13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

Matthew 13:14 (NIV)

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

Matthew 13:15 (NIV)

15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

Matthew 13:16 (NIV)

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

Matthew 13:17 (NIV)

17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Matthew 13:18 (NIV)

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

Matthew 13:19 (NIV)

19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

Matthew 13:20 (NIV)

20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.

Matthew 13:21 (NIV)

21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

Matthew 13:22 (NIV)

22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

Matthew 13:23 (NIV)

23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:24 (NASB)

24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good wheat seed in his field.

Matthew 13:25 (7KB)

25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares (toxic darnel weeds) among the wheat, and went away.

Matthew 13:26 (7KB)

26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the tares (toxic darnel weeds) also appeared.

Matthew 13:27 (7KB)

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good wheat seed in your field? Where then did the tares (toxic darnel weeds) come from?’

Matthew 13:28 (7KB)

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the tares?’

Matthew 13:29 (7KB)

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the tares (toxic darnel weeds), you may root up the wheat with them.

Matthew 13:30 (7KB)

30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the tares (toxic darnel weeds) and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'”

Matthew 13:31 (NIV)

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

Matthew 13:32 (NIV)

32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:33 (NIV)

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Matthew 13:34 (NIV)

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.

Matthew 13:35 (AMP)

35 This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet: I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world.

Matthew 13:36 (7KB)

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares (toxic darnel weeds) sown into the wheat field.”

Matthew 13:37 (7KB)

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good wheat seed is the Son of Man (who dispersed Fivefold Ministry Gifts unto men).

Matthew 13:38 (7KB)

38 The field is the world, and the good wheat seed represents the sons of the kingdom who are called into the Fivefold Ministry. The tares (toxic darnel weeds) are the sons of the evil one sown as false ministers (who have toxic fruit which produces eternal death),

Matthew 13:39 (7KB)

39 and the enemy who sows these false tare-ministers is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

Matthew 13:40 (7KB)

40 “As the tares (toxic darnel weeds) are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.

Matthew 13:41 (7KB)

41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all these false tare-ministers that offend, and all those who practice lawlessness,

Matthew 13:42 (7KB)

42 They will throw these false tare-ministers (and those who follow them) into the fiery furnace of hell, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:43 (7KB)

43 Then the righteous real “wheat-type” of Fivefold ministers (and those who follow them) will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 13:44 (NIV)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:45 (NIV)

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.

Matthew 13:46 (NIV)

46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:47 (NIV)

47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.

Matthew 13:48 (NIV)

48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

Matthew 13:49 (NIV)

49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous

Matthew 13:50 (NIV)

50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:51 (NIV)

51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.

Matthew 13:52 (NIV)

52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Matthew 13:53 (NIV)

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.

Matthew 13:54 (NIV)

54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked.

Matthew 13:55 (NIV)

55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?

Matthew 13:56 (NIV)

56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

Matthew 13:57 (NIV)

57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

Matthew 13:58 (NASB)

58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Matthew Chapter 14

Matthew 14:1 (AMP)

1 At that time Herod the governor heard the reports about Jesus,

Matthew 14:2 (AMP)

2 And he said to his attendants, This is John the Baptist; He has been raised from the dead, and that is why the powers of performing miracles are at work in Him.

Matthew 14:3 (NIV)

3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,

Matthew 14:4 (NIV)

4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Matthew 14:5 (AMP)

5 Although he wished to have him put to death, he was afraid of the people, for they regarded John as a prophet.

Matthew 14:6 (NIV)

6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much

Matthew 14:7 (NIV)

7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

Matthew 14:8 (NIV)

8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

Matthew 14:9 (NIV)

9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted

Matthew 14:10 (NIV)

10 and had John beheaded in the prison.

Matthew 14:11 (NIV)

11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.

Matthew 14:12 (NIV)

12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Matthew 14:13 (NIV)

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.

Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:15 (NIV)

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Matthew 14:16 (NIV)

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Matthew 14:17 (NIV)

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

Matthew 14:18 (NIV)

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.

Matthew 14:19 (NIV)

19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

Matthew 14:20 (NIV)

20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Matthew 14:21 (NIV)-M

21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, [male heads of household] besides women and children.

Matthew 14:22 (NIV)

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.

Matthew 14:23 (NIV)

23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

Matthew 14:24 (NIV)

24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Matthew 14:25 (AMP)

25 And in the fourth watch [between 3:00—6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:26 (NIV)

26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

Matthew 14:27 (NIV)

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Matthew 14:28 (NIV)

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

Matthew 14:29 (NASB)

29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 14:30 (NASB)

30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Matthew 14:31 (NIV)

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:32 (NIV)

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Matthew 14:33 (NIV)

33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:34 (AMP)

34 And when they had crossed over to the other side, they went ashore at Gennesaret.

Matthew 14:35 (NASB)

35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;

Matthew 14:36 (NIV)

36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Matthew Chapter 15

Matthew 15:1 (NIV)

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,

Matthew 15:2 (NIV)

2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Matthew 15:3 (NIV)

3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

Matthew 15:4 (NIV)

4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’

Matthew 15:5 (NIV)

5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’

Matthew 15:6 (NIV)

6 he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

Matthew 15:7 (NIV)

7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

Matthew 15:8 (NIV)

8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Matthew 15:9 (CJB)

9 Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’”

Matthew 15:10 (NIV)

10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.

Matthew 15:11 (NIV)

11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'”

Matthew 15:12 (NIV)

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

Matthew 15:13 (NIV)

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.

Matthew 15:14 (NASB)

14 “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Matthew 15:15 (NASB)

15 Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.”

Matthew 15:16 (NASB)

16 Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also?

Matthew 15:17 (NIV)

17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?

Matthew 15:18 (NASB)

18 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.

Matthew 15:19 (NIV)

19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Matthew 15:20 (NASB)

20 “These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

Matthew 15:21 (NIV)

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

Matthew 15:22 (NIV)

22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Matthew 15:23 (NIV)

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

Matthew 15:24 (NASB)

24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Matthew 15:25 (NASB)

25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

Matthew 15:26 (NASB)

26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Matthew 15:27 (NASB)

27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

Matthew 15:28 (NIV)

28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Matthew 15:29 (NIV)

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.

Matthew 15:30 (NIV)

30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

Matthew 15:31 (NIV)

31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:32 (NIV)

32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

Matthew 15:33 (NASB)

33 The disciples *said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”

Matthew 15:34 (NASB)

34 And Jesus *said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

Matthew 15:35 (NASB)

35 And He directed the people to sit down on the ground;

Matthew 15:36 (NASB)

36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

Matthew 15:37 (NIV)

37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Matthew 15:38 (NASB)-M

38 And those who ate were four thousand men, [male heads of household] besides women and children.

Matthew 15:39 (NIV)

39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

Matthew Chapter 16

Matthew 16:1 (NIV)

1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 16:2 (NIV)

2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’

Matthew 16:3 (NIV)

3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Matthew 16:4 (NIV)

4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

Matthew 16:5 (NIV)

5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.

Matthew 16:6 (NASB)

6 And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Matthew 16:7 (NASB)

7 They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.”

Matthew 16:8 (NIV)

8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

Matthew 16:9 (NIV)-M

9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, [male heads of household] and how many basketfuls you gathered?

Matthew 16:10 (NASB)-M

10 “Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, [male heads of households] and how many large baskets full you picked up?

Matthew 16:11 (NASB)

11 “How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Matthew 16:12 (NASB)

12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Matthew 16:13 (NIV)

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

Matthew 16:14 (NIV)

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Matthew 16:15 (NKJV)

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Matthew 16:16 (AMP)

16 Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:17 (NASB)

17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)-M

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (of revelation) I will build My church (community), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:19 (NASB)

19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 16:20 (NIV)

20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

Matthew 16:21 (NIV)

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Matthew 16:22 (NASB)

22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”

Matthew 16:23 (NKJV)

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Matthew 16:24 (NASB)

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

Matthew 16:25 (NASB)

25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Matthew 16:26 (NASB)

26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:27 (CJB)

27 For the Son of Man will come in his Father’s glory, with his angels; and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.

Matthew 16:28 (CJB)

28 Yes! I tell you that there are some people standing here who will not experience death until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom!”

Matthew Chapter 17

Matthew 17:1 (NIV)

1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Matthew 17:2 (CJB)

2 As they watched, he began to change form — his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light.

Matthew 17:3 (NIV)

3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Matthew 17:4 (NIV)

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

Matthew 17:5 (NASB)

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

Matthew 17:6 (NKJV)

6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.

Matthew 17:7 (NKJV)

7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”

Matthew 17:8 (NIV)

8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

Matthew 17:9 (NIV)

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Matthew 17:10 (NIV)

10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

Matthew 17:11 (NKJV)

11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.

Matthew 17:12 (NASB)

12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”

Matthew 17:13 (NIV)

13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Matthew 17:14 (NIV)

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.

Matthew 17:15 (NIV)

15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.

Matthew 17:16 (NIV)

16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

Matthew 17:17 (NIV)

17 “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”

Matthew 17:18 (NIV)

18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

Matthew 17:19 (NASB)

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”

Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Matthew 17:21 (NASB)

21 [“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

Matthew 17:22 (NKJV)

22 Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men,

Matthew 17:23 (NIV)

23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.

Matthew 17:24 (NKJV)

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”

Matthew 17:25 (NASB)

25 He *said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?”

Matthew 17:26 (NASB)

26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are exempt.

Matthew 17:27 (NASB)

27 “However, so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”

Matthew Chapter 18

Matthew 18:1 (NIV)

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Matthew 18:2 (NASB)

2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:4 (NIV)

4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:5 (NASB)

5 “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

Matthew 18:6 (NASB)

6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:7 (NKJV)

7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

Matthew 18:8 (NIV)

8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

Matthew 18:9 (NIV)

9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

Matthew 18:10 (NASB)

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 18:11 (AMP)

11 For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.

Matthew 18:12 (NKJV)

12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?

Matthew 18:13 (NASB)

13 “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.

Matthew 18:14 (NIV)

14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

Matthew 18:15 (NIV)

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

Matthew 18:16 (NIV)

16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’

Matthew 18:17 (NIV)

17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Matthew 18:18 (NIV)

18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:19 (NASB)

19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 18:20 (NASB)

20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Matthew 18:21 (NIV)

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Matthew 18:22 (AMP)

22 Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!

Matthew 18:23 (NASB)

23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

Matthew 18:24 (NASB)

24 “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.

Matthew 18:25 (NASB)

25 “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.

Matthew 18:26 (NASB)

26 “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’

Matthew 18:27 (NASB)

27 “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.

Matthew 18:28 (NASB)

28 “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’

Matthew 18:29 (NASB)

29 “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’

Matthew 18:30 (NASB)

30 “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.

Matthew 18:31 (NASB)

31 “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.

Matthew 18:32 (NASB)

32 “Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

Matthew 18:33 (NASB)

33 ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’

Matthew 18:34 (NASB)

34 “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.

Matthew 18:35 (NASB)

35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Matthew Chapter 19

Matthew 19:1 (NIV)

1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.

Matthew 19:2 (NIV)

2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

Matthew 19:3 (NASB)

3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”

Matthew 19:4 (CJB)

4 He replied, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,

Matthew 19:5 (NKJV)

5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

Matthew 19:7 (NKJV)

7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”

Matthew 19:8 (NASB)

8 He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.

Matthew 19:9 (NIV)

9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19:10 (NIV)

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

Matthew 19:11 (NIV)

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.

Matthew 19:12 (NIV)

12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

Matthew 19:13 (NIV)

13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:15 (NASB)

15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.

Matthew 19:16 (NASB)

16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?”

Matthew 19:17 (NIV)

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”

Matthew 19:18 (NIV)

18 “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,

Matthew 19:19 (NIV)

19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Matthew 19:20 (NKJV)

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

Matthew 19:21 (CJB)

21 Yeshua said to him, “If you are serious about reaching the goal, go and sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!”

Matthew 19:22 (NIV)

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Matthew 19:23 (NIV)-M

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a [worldly] rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:24 (NIV)-M

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a [worldly] rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:25 (NIV)

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Matthew 19:26 (CJB)

26 Yeshua looked at them and said, “Humanly, this is impossible; but with God everything is possible.”

Matthew 19:27 (NIV)

27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

Matthew 19:28 (NIV)

28 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matthew 19:29 (CJB)

29 Everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times more, and he will obtain eternal life.

Matthew 19:30 (NIV)

30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Matthew Chapter 20

Matthew 20:1 (NASB)

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Matthew 20:2 (CJB)

2 After agreeing with the workers on a wage of one denarius, [the standard daily wage,] he sent them off to his vineyard.

Matthew 20:3 (CJB)

3 Then, on going out at about nine in the morning, he saw more men standing around in the market-square doing nothing,

Matthew 20:4 (NIV)

4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’

Matthew 20:5 (CJB)

5 At noon, and again around three in the afternoon, he did the same thing.

Matthew 20:6 (CJB)

6 About an hour before sundown, he went out, found still others standing around, and asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day, doing nothing?”

Matthew 20:7 (NIV)

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

Matthew 20:8 (CJB)

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last ones hired and ending with the first.’

Matthew 20:9 (AMP)

9 And those who had been hired at the eleventh hour (five o’clock) came and received a denarius each.

Matthew 20:10 (AMP)

10 Now when the first came, they supposed they would get more, but each of them also received a denarius.

Matthew 20:11 (NASB)

11 “When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,

Matthew 20:12 (NIV)

12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

Matthew 20:13 (NIV)

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?

Matthew 20:14 (AMP)

14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this man hired last the same as I give to you.

Matthew 20:15 (NIV)

15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

Matthew 20:16 (AMP)

16 So those who [now] are last will be first [then], and those who [now] are first will be last [then]. For many are called, but few chosen.

Matthew 20:17 (NIV)

17 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,

Matthew 20:18 (NIV)

18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death

Matthew 20:19 (NIV)

19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Matthew 20:20 (NIV)

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

Matthew 20:21 (NIV)

21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

Matthew 20:22 (NIV)

22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered.

Matthew 20:23 (NIV)

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Matthew 20:24 (NIV)

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.

Matthew 20:25 (NIV)

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

Matthew 20:26 (NIV)

26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Matthew 20:27 (AMP)

27 And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave—

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:29 (NIV)

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.

Matthew 20:30 (NKJV)

30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

Matthew 20:31 (NIV)

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Matthew 20:32 (NIV)

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

Matthew 20:33 (NIV)

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

Matthew 20:34 (NIV)

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Matthew Chapter 21

Matthew 21:1 (NASB)

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

Matthew 21:2 (NIV)

2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.

Matthew 21:3 (NIV)

3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

Matthew 21:4 (NIV)

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

Matthew 21:5 (NIV)

5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”

Matthew 21:6 (NIV)

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.

Matthew 21:7 (AMP)

7 They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their coats upon them, and He seated Himself on them [the clothing].

Matthew 21:8 (NIV)

8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Matthew 21:9 (NIV)

9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

Matthew 21:10 (AMP)

10 And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city became agitated and [trembling with excitement] said, Who is This?

Matthew 21:11 (NIV)

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:12 (CJB)

12 Yeshua entered the Temple grounds and drove out those who were doing business there, both the merchants and their customers. He upset the desks of the money-changers and knocked over the benches of those who were selling pigeons.

Matthew 21:13 (CJB)

13 He said to them, “It has been written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it into a den of robbers!”

Matthew 21:14 (NIV)

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Matthew 21:15 (NIV)

15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

Matthew 21:16 (NIV)

16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”

Matthew 21:17 (NIV)

17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Matthew 21:18 (NIV)

18 Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.

Matthew 21:19 (NIV)

19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

Matthew 21:20 (AMP)

20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled greatly and asked, How is it that the fig tree has withered away all at once?

Matthew 21:21 (NIV)

21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:23 (NIV)

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

Matthew 21:24 (NIV)

24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Matthew 21:25 (NIV)

25 John’s baptism–where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’

Matthew 21:26 (NASB)

26 “But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”

Matthew 21:27 (NASB)

27 And answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 21:28 (NIV)

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

Matthew 21:29 (NIV)

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

Matthew 21:30 (AMP)

30 Then the man came to the second and said the same [thing]. And he replied, I will [go], sir; but he did not go.

Matthew 21:31 (NASB)

31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 21:32 (NIV)

32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Matthew 21:33 (NIV)

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.

Matthew 21:34 (AMP)

34 When the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his [share of the] fruit.

Matthew 21:35 (NIV)

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.

Matthew 21:36 (NIV)

36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.

Matthew 21:37 (NASB)

37 “But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

Matthew 21:38 (NKJV)

38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’

Matthew 21:39 (NIV)

39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Matthew 21:40 (NIV)

40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

Matthew 21:41 (NIV)

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Matthew 21:42 (NIV)

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Matthew 21:43 (AMP)

43 I tell you, for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the fruits of it.

Matthew 21:44 (NKJV)

44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Matthew 21:45 (NIV)

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them.

Matthew 21:46 (NASB)

46 When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

Matthew Chapter 22

Matthew 22:1 (NKJV)

1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:

Matthew 22:2 (NIV)

2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Matthew 22:3 (NIV)

3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

Matthew 22:4 (NIV)

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

Matthew 22:5 (AMP)

5 But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away—one to his farm, another to his business,

Matthew 22:6 (AMP)

6 While the others seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and put them to death.

Matthew 22:7 (NASB)

7 “But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.

Matthew 22:8 (AMP)

8 Then he said to his servants, The wedding [feast] is prepared, but those invited were not worthy.

Matthew 22:9 (NASB)

9 ‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’

Matthew 22:10 (NIV)

10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Matthew 22:11 (NIV)

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.

Matthew 22:12 (NIV)

12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.

Matthew 22:13 (NIV)

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 22:14 (NASB)

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:15 (AMP)

15 Then the Pharisees went and consulted and plotted together how they might entangle Jesus in His talk.

Matthew 22:16 (NASB)

16 And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.

Matthew 22:17 (NIV)

17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Matthew 22:18 (NIV)

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?

Matthew 22:19 (NIV)

19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,

Matthew 22:20 (NIV)

20 and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”

Matthew 22:21 (NIV)

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Matthew 22:22 (NIV)

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Matthew 22:23 (NIV)

23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

Matthew 22:24 (NIV)

24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.

Matthew 22:25 (NIV)

25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.

Matthew 22:26 (NIV)

26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.

Matthew 22:27 (NIV)

27 Finally, the woman died.

Matthew 22:28 (NIV)

28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

Matthew 22:29 (NIV)

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Matthew 22:30 (NIV)

30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

Matthew 22:31 (NIV)

31 But about the resurrection of the dead–have you not read what God said to you,

Matthew 22:32 (NIV)

32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Matthew 22:33 (NIV)

33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

Matthew 22:34 (NIV)

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

Matthew 22:35 (NIV)

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

Matthew 22:36 (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Matthew 22:37 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Matthew 22:38 (NIV)

38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

Matthew 22:39 (NIV)

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:40 (AMP)

40 These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:41 (NIV)

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

Matthew 22:42 (NIV)

42 “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied.

Matthew 22:43 (NIV)

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

Matthew 22:44 (NIV)

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘

Matthew 22:45 (NIV)

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”

Matthew 22:46 (NIV)

46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Matthew Chapter 23

Matthew 23:1 (NIV)

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

Matthew 23:2 (NIV)

2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

Matthew 23:3 (NIV)

3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

Matthew 23:4 (NIV)

4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

Matthew 23:5 (NIV)

5 “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

Matthew 23:7 (NIV)

7 they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’

Matthew 23:8 (AMP)

8 But you are not to be called rabbi (teacher), for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers.

Matthew 23:9 (NIV)

9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

Matthew 23:10 (CJB)

10 Nor are you to let yourselves be called ‘leaders,’ because you have one Leader, and he is the Messiah!

Matthew 23:11 (CJB)

11 The greatest among you must be your servant,

Matthew 23:12 (CJB)

12 for whoever promotes himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be promoted.

Matthew 23:13 (NIV)

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Matthew 23:14 (AMP)

14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you swallow up widows’ houses and for a pretense to cover it up make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation and the heavier sentence.

Matthew 23:15 (NASB)

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

Matthew 23:16 (NASB)

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’

Matthew 23:17 (NIV)

17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

Matthew 23:18 (NASB)

18 “And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’

Matthew 23:19 (NIV)

19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

Matthew 23:20 (NIV)

20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

Matthew 23:22 (NIV)

22 And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

Matthew 23:23 (NIV)

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Matthew 23:24 (NIV)

24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Matthew 23:25 (NIV)

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Matthew 23:26 (NIV)

26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Matthew 23:27 (NIV)

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.

Matthew 23:28 (NIV)

28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Matthew 23:29 (NIV)

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.

Matthew 23:30 (CJB)

30 and you say, ‘Had we lived when our fathers did, we would never have taken part in killing the prophets.’

Matthew 23:31 (NIV)

31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.

Matthew 23:32 (NIV)

32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!

Matthew 23:33 (NIV)

33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Matthew 23:34 (NASB)

34 “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,

Matthew 23:35 (NASB)

35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

Matthew 23:36 (NIV)

36 I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.

Matthew 23:37 (NIV)

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Matthew 23:38 (NASB)

38 “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

Matthew 23:39 (NIV)

39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”

Matthew Chapter 24

Matthew 24:1 (NIV)

1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.

Matthew 24:2 (NIV)

2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Matthew 24:3 (NIV)

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Matthew 24:4 (NIV)

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.

Matthew 24:5 (CJB)

5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray.

Matthew 24:6 (NASB)

6 “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

Matthew 24:7 (NIV)

7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Matthew 24:8 (NASB)

8 “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Matthew 24:9 (NIV)

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Matthew 24:10 (NASB)

10 “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

Matthew 24:11 (NIV)

11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Matthew 24:12 (NASB)

12 “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Matthew 24:13 (NIV)

13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:14 (NIV)

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:15 (NIV)

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–

Matthew 24:16 (AMP)

16 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;

Matthew 24:17 (CJB)

17 If someone is on the roof, he must not go down to gather his belongings from his house;

Matthew 24:18 (CJB)

18 if someone is in the field, he must not turn back to get his coat.

Matthew 24:19 (CJB)

19 What a terrible time it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers!

Matthew 24:20 (NIV)

20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

Matthew 24:21 (NIV)

21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.

Matthew 24:22 (NIV)

22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Matthew 24:23 (CJB)

23 “At that time, if someone says to you, ‘Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ don’t believe him.

Matthew 24:24 (CJB)

24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if possible.

Matthew 24:25 (NASB)

25 “Behold, I have told you in advance.

Matthew 24:26 (NIV)

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

Matthew 24:27 (NIV)

27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:28 (NIV)

28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

Matthew 24:29 (NIV)

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Matthew 24:30 (NIV)

30 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:31 (NIV)

31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Matthew 24:32 (NIV)

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

Matthew 24:33 (NIV)

33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

Matthew 24:34 (CJB)

34 Yes! I tell you that this people will certainly not pass away before all these things happen.

Matthew 24:35 (NIV)

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:36 (NIV)

36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Matthew 24:37 (NIV)

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:38 (NIV)

38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;

Matthew 24:39 (NIV)

39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:40 (NIV)

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.

Matthew 24:41 (NIV)

41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Matthew 24:42 (NIV)

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Matthew 24:43 (NIV)

43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

Matthew 24:44 (NIV)

44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Matthew 24:45 (NIV)

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Matthew 24:46 (NIV)

46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

Matthew 24:47 (NIV)

47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Matthew 24:48 (NIV)

48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’

Matthew 24:49 (NIV)

49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.

Matthew 24:50 (NIV)

50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

Matthew 24:51 (NIV)

51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew Chapter 25

Matthew 25:1 (NIV)

1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 25:2 (NIV)

2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.

Matthew 25:3 (AMP)

3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them;

Matthew 25:4 (NIV)

4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.

Matthew 25:5 (NIV)

5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

Matthew 25:6 (CJB)

6 It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!’

Matthew 25:7 (CJB)

7 The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting.

Matthew 25:8 (NIV)

8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

Matthew 25:9 (NIV)

9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

Matthew 25:10 (NIV)

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Matthew 25:11 (AMP)

11 Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us!

Matthew 25:12 (NIV)

12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’

Matthew 25:13 (CJB)

13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

Matthew 25:14 (NIV)

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.

Matthew 25:15 (NIV)

15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Matthew 25:16 (NIV)

16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.

Matthew 25:17 (NIV)

17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.

Matthew 25:18 (NIV)

18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Matthew 25:19 (NIV)

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

Matthew 25:20 (NIV)

20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Matthew 25:22 (NIV)

22 “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Matthew 25:24 (NIV)

24 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Matthew 25:25 (NIV)

25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

Matthew 25:26 (NIV)

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

Matthew 25:27 (NIV)

27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Matthew 25:28 (NIV)

28 “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.

Matthew 25:29 (NIV)

29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

Matthew 25:30 (NIV)

30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 25:31 (NIV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.

Matthew 25:32 (NIV)

32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:33 (NIV)

33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Matthew 25:34 (NIV)

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

Matthew 25:36 (NIV)

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:37 (NIV)

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

Matthew 25:38 (NIV)

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

Matthew 25:39 (NIV)

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My [Jewish] brethren, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:41 (NIV)

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:42 (NIV)

42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

Matthew 25:43 (NIV)

43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

Matthew 25:44 (NIV)

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

Matthew 25:45 (NIV)-M

45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, [my brethren] you did not do for me.’

Matthew 25:46 (CJB)

46 They will go off to eternal punishment, but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.”

Matthew Chapter 26

Matthew 26:1 (NIV)

1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,

Matthew 26:2 (NIV)

2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Matthew 26:3 (NIV)

3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,

Matthew 26:4 (AMP)

4 And consulted together in order to arrest Jesus by stratagem secretly and put Him to death.

Matthew 26:5 (AMP)

5 But they said, It must not be during the Feast, for fear that there will be a riot among the people.

Matthew 26:6 (AMP)

6 Now when Jesus came back to Bethany and was in the house of Simon the leper,

Matthew 26:7 (AMP)

7 A woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very precious perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.

Matthew 26:8 (AMP)

8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, For what purpose is all this waste?

Matthew 26:9 (AMP)

9 For this perfume might have been sold for a large sum and the money given to the poor.

Matthew 26:10 (AMP)

10 But Jesus, fully aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? She has done a noble (praiseworthy and beautiful) thing to Me.

Matthew 26:11 (AMP)

11 For you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.

Matthew 26:12 (AMP)

12 In pouring this perfume on My body she has done something to prepare Me for My burial.

Matthew 26:13 (NIV)

13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Matthew 26:14 (AMP)

14 Then one of the Twelve [apostles], who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

Matthew 26:15 (NIV)

15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

Matthew 26:16 (NASB)

16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

Matthew 26:17 (AMP)

17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread [Passover week], the disciples came to Jesus and said to Him, Where do You wish us to prepare for You to eat the Passover supper?

Matthew 26:18 (NIV)

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'”

Matthew 26:19 (AMP)

19 And accordingly the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they made ready the Passover supper.

Matthew 26:20 (AMP)

20 When it was evening, He was reclining at table with the twelve disciples.

Matthew 26:22 (NIV)

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”

Matthew 26:23 (AMP)

23 He replied, He who has [just] dipped his hand in the same dish with Me will betray Me!

Matthew 26:24 (NIV)

24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Matthew 26:25 (NIV)

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”

Matthew 26:26 (NIV)

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Matthew 26:27 (NIV)

27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

Matthew 26:28 (CJB)

28 For this is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven.

Matthew 26:29 (NIV)

29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Matthew 26:30 (NIV)

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 26:31 (NIV)

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Matthew 26:32 (NIV)

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

Matthew 26:33 (NIV)

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

Matthew 26:34 (NIV)

34 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Matthew 26:35 (NIV)

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Matthew 26:36 (NIV)

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

Matthew 26:37 (NIV)

37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

Matthew 26:38 (NIV)

38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Matthew 26:39 (NIV)

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:40 (NIV)

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.

Matthew 26:41 (CJB)

41 Stay awake, and pray that you will not be put to the test — the spirit indeed is eager, but human nature is weak.”

Matthew 26:42 (NIV)

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Matthew 26:43 (NIV)

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.

Matthew 26:44 (CJB)

44 Leaving them again, he went off and prayed a third time, saying the same words.

Matthew 26:45 (NIV)

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Matthew 26:46 (AMP)

46 Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!

Matthew 26:47 (AMP)

47 As He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve [apostles], came up, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Matthew 26:48 (NIV)

48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”

Matthew 26:49 (NIV)

49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Matthew 26:50 (NIV)

50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.

Matthew 26:51 (NIV)

51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

Matthew 26:52 (NIV)-M

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword (for murder) will die by the sword (of the civil authority).

Matthew 26:53 (NIV)

53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 26:54 (NIV)

54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

Matthew 26:55 (NIV)

55 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.

Matthew 26:56 (NIV)

56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Matthew 26:57 (NIV)

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.

Matthew 26:58 (NIV)

58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

Matthew 26:59 (NIV)

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.

Matthew 26:60 (NIV)

60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward

Matthew 26:61 (NIV)

61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'”

Matthew 26:62 (NIV)

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”

Matthew 26:63 (NASB)

63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.”

Matthew 26:64 (NIV)

64 “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Matthew 26:65 (NIV)

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.

Matthew 26:66 (AMP)

66 What do you think now? They answered, He deserves to be put to death.

Matthew 26:67 (AMP)

67 Then they spat in His face and struck Him with their fists; and some slapped Him in the face,

Matthew 26:68 (CJB)

68 said, “Now, you ‘Messiah,’ ‘prophesy’ to us: who hit you that time?”

Matthew 26:69 (NIV)

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

Matthew 26:70 (NIV)

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Matthew 26:71 (NIV)

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

Matthew 26:72 (AMP)

72 And again he denied it and disowned Him with an oath, saying, I do not know the Man!

Matthew 26:73 (NIV)

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.”

Matthew 26:74 (AMP)

74 Then Peter began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, I do not even know the Man! And at that moment a rooster crowed.

Matthew 26:75 (NIV)

75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Matthew Chapter 27

Matthew 27:1 (AMP)

1 When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people held a consultation against Jesus to put Him to death;

Matthew 27:2 (AMP)

2 And they bound Him and led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.

Matthew 27:3 (NIV)

3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.

Matthew 27:4 (CJB)

4 saying, “I sinned in betraying an innocent man to death.” “What is that to us?” they answered. “That’s your problem.”

Matthew 27:5 (NIV)

5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:6 (NIV)

6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”

Matthew 27:7 (NIV)

7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.

Matthew 27:8 (NIV)

8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.

Matthew 27:9 (NIV)

9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,

Matthew 27:10 (NIV)

10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Matthew 27:11 (NIV)

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.

Matthew 27:12 (NASB)

12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer.

Matthew 27:13 (NIV)

13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?”

Matthew 27:14 (AMP)

14 But He made no reply to him, not even to a single accusation, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Matthew 27:15 (AMP)

15 Now at the Feast [of the Passover] the governor was in the habit of setting free for the people any one prisoner whom they chose.

Matthew 27:16 (AMP)

16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas.

Matthew 27:17 (AMP)

17 So when they had assembled for this purpose, Pilate said to them, Whom do you want me to set free for you, Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?

Matthew 27:18 (NIV)

18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.

Matthew 27:19 (NIV)

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

Matthew 27:20 (NIV)

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

Matthew 27:21 (NASB)

21 But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”

Matthew 27:22 (NIV)

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”

Matthew 27:23 (AMP)

23 They all replied, Let Him be crucified! And he said, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted all the louder, Let Him be crucified!

Matthew 27:24 (NIV)

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

Matthew 27:25 (NIV)

25 All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

Matthew 27:26 (NASB)

26 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Matthew 27:27 (NIV)

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.

Matthew 27:28 (NIV)

28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,

Matthew 27:29 (NIV)

29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

Matthew 27:30 (NIV)

30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.

Matthew 27:31 (NIV)

31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Matthew 27:32 (NIV)

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.

Matthew 27:33 (NIV)

33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).

Matthew 27:34 (NIV)

34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.

Matthew 27:35 (NIV)

35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Matthew 27:36 (NIV)

36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

Matthew 27:37 (NLT2)

37 A sign was fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Matthew 27:38 (NIV)

38 Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

Matthew 27:39 (NIV)

39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

Matthew 27:40 (NIV)

40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:41 (NIV)

41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.

Matthew 27:42 (NKJV)

42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.

Matthew 27:43 (NIV)

43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

Matthew 27:44 (AMP)

44 And the robbers who were crucified with Him also abused and reproached and made sport of Him in the same way.

Matthew 27:45 (NASB)

45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.

Matthew 27:46 (NIV)

46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:47 (NIV)

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Matthew 27:48 (NIV)

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

Matthew 27:49 (NIV)

49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

Matthew 27:50 (NIV)

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

Matthew 27:51 (NIV)

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

Matthew 27:52 (NIV)

52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Matthew 27:53 (NIV)

53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Matthew 27:54 (NIV)

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:55 (NIV)

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.

Matthew 27:56 (NIV)

56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

Matthew 27:57 (NIV)

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.

Matthew 27:58 (NIV)

58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.

Matthew 27:59 (NIV)

59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

Matthew 27:60 (NIV)

60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Matthew 27:61 (NIV)

61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

Matthew 27:62 (NIV)

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.

Matthew 27:63 (NIV)

63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’

Matthew 27:64 (NIV)

64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

Matthew 27:65 (AMP)

65 Pilate said to them, You have a guard [of soldiers; take them and] go, make it as secure as you can.

Matthew 27:66 (NIV)

66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew Chapter 28

Matthew 28:1 (NKJV)

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

Matthew 28:2 (NASB)

2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

Matthew 28:3 (NIV)

3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

Matthew 28:4 (CJB)

4 The guards were so terrified at him that they trembled and became like dead men.

Matthew 28:5 (NIV)

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:7 (NKJV)

7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:8 (NIV)

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Matthew 28:9 (NIV)

9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:10 (NIV)

10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:11 (AMP)

11 While they were on their way, behold, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had occurred.

Matthew 28:12 (NIV)

12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

Matthew 28:13 (NIV)

13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’

Matthew 28:14 (NIV)

14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

Matthew 28:15 (NIV)

15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Matthew 28:16 (AMP)-M

16 Now the eleven disciples (apostles) went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed and made appointment with them.

Matthew 28:17 (AMP)

17 And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted.

Matthew 28:18 (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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