Cleansing a Leper

1 When He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.
References for Matthew 8:1
      2 Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."a
      References for Matthew 8:2
        • a 8:2 - In these vv. 2-3, clean includes healing, ceremonial purification, return to fellowship with people, and worship in the temple; see Lv 14:1-32.
          3 Reaching out His hand He touched him, saying, "I am willing; be made clean." Immediately his disease was healed.b
          References for Matthew 8:3
            • b 8:3 - Lit cleansed
              4 Then Jesus told him, "See that you don't tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed, as a testimony to them."

              A Centurion's Faith

              5 When He entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
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                  6 "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony!"
                  7 "I will come and heal him," He told him.
                  8 "Lord," the centurion replied, "I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be cured.
                  9 For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command.c I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes; and to another, 'Come!' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it."
                  References for Matthew 8:9
                    • c 8:9 - Lit under me
                      10 Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following Him, "I assure you: I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith!
                      11 I tell you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
                      12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
                      13 Then Jesus told the centurion, "Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you." And his servant was cured that very moment.d
                      References for Matthew 8:13
                        • d 8:13 - Or that hour; lit very hour

                          Healings at Capernaum

                          14 When Jesus went into Peter's house, He saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
                          References for Matthew 8:14
                              15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve Him.
                              16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick,
                              17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases. e
                              References for Matthew 8:17
                                • e 8:17 - Isaiah 53:4

                                  Following Jesus

                                  18 When Jesus saw large crowdsf around Him, He gave the order to go to the other side [of the sea].g
                                  References for Matthew 8:18
                                    • f 8:18 - Other mss read saw a crowd
                                    • g 8:18 - Sea of Galilee
                                      19 A scribe approached Him and said, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go!"
                                      20 Jesus told him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man h has no place to lay His head."
                                      References for Matthew 8:20
                                        • h 8:20 - Dn 7:13-14
                                          21 "Lord," another of His disciples said, "first let me go bury my father."i
                                          References for Matthew 8:21
                                            • i 8:21 - Not necessarily meaning his father was already dead
                                              22 But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

                                              Wind and Wave Obey the Master

                                              23 As He got into thej boat, His disciples followed Him.
                                              References for Matthew 8:23
                                                • j 8:23 - Other mss read to a
                                                  24 Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But He was sleeping.
                                                  25 So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, "Lord, save [us]! We're going to die!"
                                                  26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, you of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.
                                                  27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this?-even the winds and the sea obey Him!"

                                                  Demons Driven Out by the Master

                                                  28 When He had come to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes,k two demon-possessed men met Him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.
                                                  References for Matthew 8:28
                                                    • k 8:28 - Other mss read Gergesenes
                                                      29 Suddenly they shouted, "What do You have to do with us,l m Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
                                                      References for Matthew 8:29
                                                        • l 8:29 - Other mss add Jesus
                                                        • m 8:29 - Lit What to us and to You
                                                          30 Now a long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding.
                                                          31 "If You drive us out," the demons begged Him, "send us into the herd of pigs."
                                                          32 "Go!" He told them. So when they had come out, they entered the pigs. And suddenly the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water.
                                                          33 Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything-especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed.
                                                          34 At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.