Matthew 8

Matthew 8

A man with a skin disease
1Now when Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2A man with a skin disease came, kneeled before him, and said, “Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.”
3Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do want to. Become clean.” Instantly his skin disease was cleansed. 4Jesus 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.
Healing of the centurion’s servant
5When Jesus went to Capernaum, a centurion approached, 6pleading with him, “Lord, my servant is flat on his back at home, paralyzed, and his suffering is awful.”
7Jesus responded, “I’ll come and heal him.
8But 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. 9I’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.”
10When 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. 11I 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. 12But the children of the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.13Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it will be done for you just as you have believed.” And his servant was healed that very moment.
Healing of many people
14Jesus went home with Peter and saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and served them. 16That 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. 17This happened so that what Isaiah the prophet said would be fulfilled: He is the one who took our illnesses and carried away our diseases.#8.17 Isa 53:4
Discussions about following
18Now when Jesus saw the crowd, he ordered his disciples to go over to the other side of the lake. 19A legal expert came and said to him, “Teacher, I’ll follow you wherever you go.”
20Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Human One#8.20 Or Son of Man has no place to lay his head.
21Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.
Calming a storm
23When Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. 24A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. 25They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, rescue us! We’re going to drown!”
26He 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.
27The people were amazed and said, “What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the lake obey him!”
Jesus frees demon-possessed men
28When 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. 29They cried out, “What are you going to do with us, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time of judgment?” 30Far off in the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31The demons pleaded with him, “If you throw us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32Then 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. 33Those who tended the pigs ran into the city and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34Then the whole city came out and met Jesus. When they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

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