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Matthew 14:13-36; Matthew 15:1-39; Matthew 16:1-28; Matthew 17:1-20 (Lexham English Bible)

The Feeding of Five Thousand

13 Now [when] Jesus heard [it], he withdrew from there in a boat to an isolated place by himself. And [when] the crowds heard [it], they followed him by land from the towns. 14 And [as he] got out, he saw the large crowd and had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now [when it] was evening, the disciples came to him saying, "The place is desolate and the hour {is late}. Release the crowds so that they can go away into the villages [and] purchase food for themselves." 16 But Jesus said to them, "They do not {need} to go away. You give them [something] to eat." 17 And they said to him, "We do not have [anything] here except five loaves and two fish." 18 So he said, "Bring them here to me." 19 And he commanded the crowds to recline for a meal on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish [and] looking up to heaven, he gave thanks. And [after] breaking [them], he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 Now those who ate were about five thousand men, in addition to women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 And immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent away the crowds. 23 And [after he] sent away the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. So [when] evening came, he was there alone. 24 But the boat was already many stadia distant from the land, being beaten by the waves, because the wind was against [it]. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But the disciples, [when they] saw him walking on the sea, were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Have courage, I am [he]! Do not be afraid!" 28 And Peter answered him [and] said, "Lord, if {it is you}, command me to come to you on the water!" 29 So he said, "Come!" And getting out of the boat, Peter walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But [when he] saw the strong wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" 31 And immediately Jesus extended his hand [and] caught him and said to him, "[You] of little faith! Why did you doubt?" 32 And [when] they got into the boat, the wind abated. 33 So those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God!"

Many Healed at Gennesaret

34 And [after they] had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And [when] the men of that place recognized him, they sent [word] into that whole surrounding region, and they brought to him all those {who were sick}. 36 And they were imploring him that they might only touch the edge of his cloak, and all those who touched [it] were cured.

Human Traditions and God’s Commandments

1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat {a meal}." 3 So he answered [and] said to them, "Why do you also break the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'The one who speaks evil of father or mother {must certainly die}.' 5 But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or his mother, "Whatever {benefit you would have received} from me [is] a gift [to God]," 6 need not honor his father,' and you make void the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah correctly prophesied about you saying, 8 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far, far away from me, 9 and they worship me in vain, teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'"

Defilement from Within

10 And summoning the crowd, he said to them, "Hear and understand: 11 It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth--this defiles a person." 12 Then the disciples came [and] said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended [when they] heard this saying?" 13 And he answered [and] said, "Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 14 Let them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit." 15 But Peter answered [and] said to him, "Explain this parable to us." 16 But he said, "Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not understand that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the stomach and is evacuated into the latrine? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile the person. 19 For from the heart come evil plans, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, abusive speech. 20 These are the things that defile a person. But eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person!"

A Canaanite Woman’s Great Faith

21 And departing from there, Jesus went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came [and] cried out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter [is] severely possessed by a demon!" 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came up [and] asked him, saying, "Send her away, because she is crying out after us!" 24 But he answered [and] said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came [and] knelt down before him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 And he answered [and] said, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw [it] to the dogs!" 27 So she said, "Yes, Lord, for even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." 28 Then Jesus answered [and] said to her, "O woman, your faith [is] great! Let it be done for you as you want." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Many Others Healed in Galilee

29 And departing from there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up on the mountain [and] was sitting there. 30 And large crowds came to him, having with them [the] mute, blind, lame, crippled, and many others, and they put them down at his feet, and he healed them. 31 So then the crowd was astonished [when they] saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.

The Feeding of Four Thousand

32 And Jesus summoned his disciples [and] said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have remained with me three days already and do not have anything to eat, and I do not want to send them away hungry lest they give out on the way." 33 And the disciples said to him, "Where in [this] desolate place {can we get} so much bread that such a great crowd could be satisfied?" 34 And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" So they said, "Seven, and a few little fish." 35 And commanding the crowd to recline for a meal on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish and [after he] had given thanks, he broke [them] and began giving [them] to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, in addition to women and children. 39 And [after he] sent away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

The Signs of the Times

1 And [when] the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test [him], they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 So he answered [and] said to them, "[When] evening comes you say, '[It will be] fair weather because the sky is red,' 3 and early in the morning, 'Today [it will be] stormy weather, because the sky is red [and] darkening.' You know how to evaluate correctly the appearance of the sky, but you are not able [to evaluate] the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, and a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah!" And he left them [and] went away.

Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

5 And [when] the disciples arrived at the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 And Jesus said to them, "Watch out for and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" 7 So they were discussing [this] among themselves, saying, "[It is] because we did not take bread." 8 But knowing [this], Jesus said, "Why are you discussing among yourselves that you did not take bread, [you] of little faith? 9 Do you not yet understand or do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? 11 How do you not understand that I did not speak to you about bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" 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.

Peter’s Confession at Caesarea Philippi

13 Now [when] Jesus came to the region of Caesarea {Philippi}, he began asking his disciples, saying, "Who do people say [that] the Son of Man is?" 14 And they said, {Some} [say] John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say [that] I am?" 16 And Simon Peter answered [and] said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!" 17 And Jesus answered [and] said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal [this] to you, but my Father [who is] in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it! 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven." 20 Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time [on] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many [things] from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day. 22 And Peter took him aside [and] began to rebuke him, saying, {God forbid}, Lord! This will never happen to you!" 23 But he turned around [and] said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a cause for stumbling to me, because you are not intent on the things of God, but the things of people!"

Taking Up One’s Cross to Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me will find it. 26 For what will a person be benefited if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what will a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and at that time he will reward each one according to {what he has done}. 28 Truly I say to you, that there are some of those standing here who will never experience death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

The Transfiguration

1 And after six days Jesus took along Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became bright as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. 4 So Peter answered [and] said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good [that] we are here! If you want, I will make here three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 [While] he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!" 6 And [when] the disciples heard [this], they fell down on their faces and were extremely frightened. 7 And Jesus came and touched them [and] said, "Get up and do not be afraid." 8 And [when they] lifted up their eyes they saw no one except him--Jesus alone. 9 And [as] they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell no one the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead." 10 And the disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 And he answered [and] said, "Elijah indeed is coming, and will restore all [things]. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did with him whatever they wanted. In the [same] way also the Son of Man is going to suffer [at] their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

A Demon-possessed Boy Healed

14 And [when they] came to the crowd, a man approached him, kneeling down before him 15 and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely, for often he falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to heal him." 17 And Jesus answered [and] said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation! {How long} will I be with you? {How long} must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him and the boy was healed from that hour. 19 Then the disciples approached Jesus privately [and] said, {Why} were we not able to expel it?" 20 And he said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like 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."
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