Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

1When he came down from the mountain a  great crowds followed him. 2 b  And behold, a leper
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
came to him and d  knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
3And Jesus
Greek he
stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4And Jesus said to him, f  See that you say nothing to anyone, but go g  show yourself to the priest and h  offer the gift that Moses commanded i  for a proof to them.”

The Faith of a Centurion

5 j  When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7And he said to him, I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but k  only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant
Greek bondservant
Do this,’ and he does it.”
10When Jesus heard this, m  he marveled and said to those who followed him, Truly, I tell you, with n  no one in Israel
Some manuscripts not even in Israel
have I found such faith.
11I tell you p  many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 q  while the sons of the kingdom r  will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place s  there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, Go; let it be done for you t  as you have believed.” u  And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Jesus Heals Many

14 v  And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw w  his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15He x  touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were y  oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits z  with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 aa  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ab  He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

The Cost of Following Jesus

18Now ac  when Jesus saw a crowd around him ad  he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 ae  And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22And Jesus said to him, Follow me, and leave af  the dead to bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms a Storm

23 ag  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but ah  he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying ai  Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26And he said to them, Why are you aj  afraid ak  O you of little faith?” Then he rose and al  rebuked the winds and the sea, and am  there was a great calm. 27And the men an  marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even ao  winds and sea obey him?”

Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons

28 ap  And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes
Some manuscripts Gergesenes; some Gerasenes
two ar  demon-possessed
Greek daimonizomai; also verse 33; elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons
met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
29And behold, they at  cried out, “What have you to do with us au  O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us av  before the time?” 30Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32And he said to them, Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the aw  demon-possessed men. 34And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him ax  they begged him to leave their region.

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