Healing Those who Trust
1When He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2And a man with tzara’at came to Him and bowed down before Him, saying, “Master, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
3Yeshua stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be cleansed.” Immediately his tzara’at was cleansed. 4And Yeshua said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go show yourself to the kohen and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”#8:4. cf. Lev. 14:2.
5Now when Yeshua came into Capernaum, a centurion came begging for help. 6“Master,” he said, “my servant is lying at home paralyzed, horribly tormented.”
7Yeshua said to him, “I’ll come and heal him.”
8But the centurion said, “Master, I’m not worthy to have You come under my roof. But just say the word and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
10Now when Yeshua heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Amen, I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith! 11Moreover, I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and they will recline at table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the sons of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness; in that place will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13Then Yeshua said to the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And the servant was healed in that same hour.
14And when Yeshua came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying down, sick with a fever. 15Yeshua touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to take care of Him.
16When evening came, the people brought to Him many who were afflicted by demons. He forced out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17So was fulfilled what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
“He Himself took our sicknesses and carried away our diseases.”#8:17. Isa. 53:4.
Following the Call
18Now when Yeshua saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to go to the other side of the sea. 19Then a Torah scholar came to Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
20Yeshua tells him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
21Then another of the disciples said, “Master, first let me go and bury my father.”
22But Yeshua tells him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Master of the Storm
23As He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24Suddenly a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves. But Yeshua kept on sleeping. 25So they came and woke Him up, saying, “Master, save us! We’re perishing!”
26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became totally calm.
27The men were amazed, saying, “What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
Freedom from Demons
28When He came to the other side, into the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-plagued men coming from the graveyard#8:28. Lit. tombs. met Him. They were so violent that no one could pass by that way. 29And they screamed, “What’s between You and us,#8:29. A Hebrew idiom, lit. What to us and you? Ben-Elohim? Have You come here to torment us, before the appointed time?”
30Now a large herd of pigs was feeding some distance away from them. 31The demons kept begging Him, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32And He told them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned. 33The herdsmen ran away, went into the town, and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-plagued men. 34The whole town came out to meet Yeshua. And when they saw him, they begged Him to leave their region.
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