A Man Cleansed
2Right away8:2–4 Mk 1:40–44; Lk 5:12–14 a man with leprosy8:2 Gk lepros; a term for various skin diseases, also in v. 3; see Lv 13–14 came up and knelt before him,8:2 Mt 9:18; 15:25; 18:26; 20:20; Jn 9:38; Ac 10:25 saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
A Centurion’s Faith
5When he entered Capernaum,8:5–13 Lk 7:1–10; Jn 4:46–54 a centurion came to him, pleading with him,
6“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony.”
7He said to him, “Am I to come and heal him?” 8:7 Or “I will come and heal him.”
8“Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.8:8 Ps 107:20; Lk 15:19,21
9For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command.8:9 Lit 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.”
10Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith.
11I tell you that many will come from east and west to share the banquet8:11 Lit recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.8:11 Is 49:12; 59:19; Mk 1:11; Lk 13:29; Eph 3:6
12But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”8:12 Mt 13:42,50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Lk 13:28
Healings at Capernaum
14Jesus went into Peter’s house8:14–16 Mk 1:29–34; Lk 4:38–41 and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
15So he touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve him.
16When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits8:16 Mk 3:15; 1Tm 4:1; 1Jn 4:1 with a word and healed all who were sick,8:16 Mt 4:24; 8:33; Ac 19:12
17so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
He himself took our weaknesses
The Cost of Following Jesus
18When Jesus saw a large crowd8:18 Other mss read saw large crowds8:18 Mt 14:22; Mk 4:35; Lk 8:22; Jn 6:15–17 around him, he gave the order to go to the other side of the sea.
19A scribe approached him and said,8:19–22 Lk 9:57–60 “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
21“Lord,” another of his disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.”
22But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Wind and Waves Obey Jesus
23As he got into the boat,8:23–27 Mk 4:36–41; Lk 8:22–25; Jn 6:16–21 his disciples8:23 Mt 10:1; 26:56; Mk 3:7; 16:20; Lk 6:13; Jn 12:16 followed him.
24Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves — but Jesus kept sleeping.
25So the disciples came and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!”
Demons Driven Out by Jesus
28When he had come to the other side,8:28–34 Mk 5:1–17; Lk 8:26–37 to the region of the Gadarenes,8:28 Other mss read Gergesenes two demon-possessed men met him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.
30A long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding.
31“If you drive us out,” the demons begged him, “send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 “Go!” he told them. So when they had come out, they entered the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water.
33Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything, especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed.
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