He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.
But they were furious1 and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.2
When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:3
Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew,4 Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,
Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon,5
who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured,
and the people all tried to touch him,6 because power was coming from him and healing them all.7
Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.8