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Matthew 8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. 1 When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.
2 Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, "Master, if you want to, you can heal my body." 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
3 Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be clean." Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
4 Jesus said, "Don't talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done." 4 Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
5 As Jesus entered the village of Capernaum, a Roman captain came up in a panic and said, 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
6 "Master, my servant is sick. He can't walk. He's in terrible pain." 6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
7 Jesus said, "I'll come and heal him." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
8 "Oh, no," said the captain. "I don't want to put you to all that trouble. Just give the order and my servant will be fine. 8 The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 I'm a man who takes orders and gives orders. I tell one soldier, 'Go,' and he goes; to another, 'Come,' and he comes; to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
10 Taken aback, Jesus said, "I've yet to come across this kind of simple trust in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how he works. 10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
11 This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions - streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God's kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 Then those who grew up 'in the faith' but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened." 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
13 Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, "Go. What you believed could happen has happened." At that moment his servant became well. 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.
14 By this time they were in front of Peter's house. On entering, Jesus found Peter's mother-in-law sick in bed, burning up with fever. 14 When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
15 He touched her hand and the fever was gone. No sooner was she up on her feet than she was fixing dinner for him. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 That evening a lot of demon-afflicted people were brought to him. He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
17 He fulfilled Isaiah's well-known sermon: He took our illnesses, He carried our diseases. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."
18 When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, he told his disciples to get him out of there to the other side of the lake. 18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.
19 As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it? We're not staying in the best inns, you know." 20 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
21 Another follower said, "Master, excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have my father's funeral to take care of." 21 Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
22 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life." 22 But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
23 Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
24 The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat - and he was sound asleep! 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
25 They roused him, pleading, "Master, save us! We're going down!" 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
26 Jesus reprimanded them. "Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?" Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: "Silence!" The sea became smooth as glass. 26 He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. "What's going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!" 27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
28 They landed in the country of the Gadarenes and were met by two madmen, victims of demons, coming out of the cemetery. The men had terrorized the region for so long that no one considered it safe to walk down that stretch of road anymore. 28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.
29 Seeing Jesus, the madmen screamed out, "What business do you have giving us a hard time? You're the Son of God! You weren't supposed to show up here yet!" 29 "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"
30 Off in the distance a herd of pigs was browsing and rooting. 30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.
31 The evil spirits begged Jesus, "If you kick us out of these men, let us live in the pigs." 31 The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."
32 Jesus said, "Go ahead, but get out of here!" Crazed, the pigs stampeded over a cliff into the sea and drowned. 32 He said to them, "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.
33 Scared to death, the swineherds bolted. They told everyone back in town what had happened to the madmen and the pigs. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
34 Those who heard about it were angry about the drowned pigs. A mob formed and demanded that Jesus get out and not come back. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.