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Matthew 8:18-34 (New American Standard)

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Discipleship Tested

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, 1He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. 19 2Then a scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go." 20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the aair have bnests, but 3the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said to him, "4Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead." 23 5When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose ca great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, "6Save us, Lord; we are perishing!" 26 He said to them, "Why are you dafraid, 7you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and eit became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

Jesus Casts Out Demons

28 8When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were 9demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, "f10What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before gthe time?" 30 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31 The demons began to entreat Him, saying, "If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine." 32 And He said to them, "Go!" And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. 33 The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, hincluding what had happened to the 11demoniacs. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, 12they implored Him to leave their region.
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