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Matthew 8:1-34

8  And when he came down from the mountain great crowds followed him. 2  And lo, a leper approached him and did him reverence, saying “Sir, if you will you can cleanse me.” 3  And he reached out his hand and touched him, saying “I will; be cleansed”; and at once his leprosy was cleansed. 4  And Jesus said to him “See that you do not tell anybody, but go show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses directed, for an attestation to them.” 5  And when he came into Capernaum a centurion approached him, appealing to him with the words 6  “Sir, my boy is in the house down with paralysis and suffering frightful tortures.” 7  He said to him “I will come and cure him.” 8*  But the centurion answered “Sir, I am not fit to have you come under my roof, but just say the word and my boy will be healed. 9  For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and 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.” 10  And at hearing it Jesus wondered, and said to those who were following “I tell you verily, I have not found in Israel so much faith shown by anyone. 11  But I tell you many will come from the east and the west and go to the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Reign of Heaven, 12*  but the native sons of the Reign will be put out into the outside darkness; there will the weeping and the grinding of teeth be.” 13  And Jesus said to the centurion “Go, have it as you believed”; and the boy was healed at that moment. 14  And Jesus came into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law down with a fever; 15  and he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and waited on his needs. 16*  And when evening was come they brought him many demoniacs; and he expelled the spirits by his word, and cured all that were ill, 17  so that what was said through the prophet Isaiah in the words “He took our sicknesses and carried our diseases” should be fulfilled. 18  But Jesus, seeing a crowd around him, gave the word to go off to the other side. 19  And a scribe approached him and said to him “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20  And Jesus said to him “The foxes have dens and the birds of the air have roosts, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21  And another of his disciples said to him “Sir, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 22  But Jesus said to him “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.” 23  And when he got into the boat his disciples followed him. 24  And lo, there came a great commotion in the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; and he was asleep. 25  And they approached him and roused him, saying “Help, sir! we are lost!” 26  And he said to them “Why are you timorous, little-faiths?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there came a great calm. 27  But the men wondered, saying “What a man this is, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” 28  And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two demoniacs coming out of the tombs, exceedingly intractable, so that nobody was able to pass along that road; 29  and lo, they screamed out “What have we to do with you, Son of God? have you come here to torture us before it is time?” 30  And a long way off from them there was a numerous herd of hogs feeding; 31  and the demons appealed to him with the request “If you are expelling us, send us into the herd of hogs.” 32  And he said to them “Go.” And they came out and went into the hogs, and lo, all the herd bolted down the steep bank into the sea, and lost their lives in the water; 33  and the men who were tending them ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including the part about the demoniacs. 34  And out came all the city to meet Jesus; and when they saw him they appealed to him to pass on away from their territory;


8:8 Lit. say by speech
8:12 Or setting of teeth
8:16 Lit. by speech