Matthew 7; Matthew 8

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Matthew 7

1 “Don't judge, so that you won't be judged.
2 You'll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you.
3 Why do you see the splinter that's in your brother's or sister's eye, but don't notice the log in your own eye?
4 How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,' when there's a log in your eye?
5 You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you'll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother's or sister's eye.
6 Don't give holy things to dogs, and don't throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will stomp on the pearls, then turn around and attack you.
7 “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened.
9 Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread?
10 Or give them a snake when they ask for fish?
11 If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
12 Therefore, you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it.
14 But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it.
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruit. Do people get bunches of grapes from thorny weeds, or do they get figs from thistles?
17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, and every rotten tree produces bad fruit.
18 A good tree can't produce bad fruit. And a rotten tree can't produce good fruit.
19 Every tree that doesn't produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore, you will know them by their fruit.
21 “Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 On the Judgment Day, many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name?'
23 Then I'll tell them, ‘I've never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.'
24 "Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock.
25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn't fall because it was firmly set on bedrock.
26 But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn't put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand.
27 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed."
28 When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching
29 because he was teaching them like someone with authority and not like their legal experts.

Matthew 8

1 Now when Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.
2 A man with a skin disease came, kneeled before him, and said, "Lord, if you want, you can make me clean."
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do want to. Become clean." Instantly his skin disease was cleansed.
4 Jesus said to him, "Don't say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded. This will be a testimony to them."
5 When Jesus went to Capernaum, a centurion approached,
6 pleading with him, "Lord, my servant is flat on his back at home, paralyzed, and his suffering is awful."
7 Jesus responded, "I'll come and heal him."
8 But the centurion replied, "Lord, I don't deserve to have you come under my roof. Just say the word and my servant will be healed.
9 I'm a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,' and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and the servant does it."
10 When Jesus heard this, he was impressed and said to the people following him, "I say to you with all seriousness that even in Israel I haven't found faith like this.
11 I say to you that there are many who will come from east and west and sit down to eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth."
13 Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it will be done for you just as you have believed." And his servant was healed that very moment.
14 Jesus went home with Peter and saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and served them.
16 That evening people brought to Jesus many who were demon-possessed. He threw the spirits out with just a word. He healed everyone who was sick.
17 This happened so that what Isaiah the prophet said would be fulfilled: He is the one who took our illnesses and carried away our diseases.
18 Now when Jesus saw the crowd, he ordered his disciples to go over to the other side of the lake.
19 A legal expert came and said to him, "Teacher, I'll follow you wherever you go."
20 Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Human One has no place to lay his head."
21 Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
23 When Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
24 A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep.
25 They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, rescue us! We're going to drown!"
26 He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?" Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm.
27 The people were amazed and said, "What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the lake obey him!"
28 When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake in the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed came from among the tombs to meet him. They were so violent that nobody could travel on that road.
29 They cried out, "What are you going to do with us, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time of judgment?"
30 Far off in the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding.
31 The demons pleaded with him, "If you throw us out, send us into the herd of pigs."
32 Then he said to the demons, "Go away," and they came out and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
33 Those who tended the pigs ran into the city and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men.
34 Then the whole city came out and met Jesus. When they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.