Mark 2:1-12
    1And Jesus having returned to Capernaum, after some days it was rumored about that He was in the house [probably Peter's].
    2And so many people gathered together there that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word.
    3Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men.
    4And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay.
    5And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him], He said to the paralyzed man, Son, your sins are forgiven [you] and put away [that is, the penalty is remitted, the sense of guilt removed, and you are made upright and in right standing with God].
    6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, holding a dialogue with themselves as they questioned in their hearts,
    7Why does this Man talk like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins [remove guilt, remit the penalty, and bestow righteousness instead] except God alone?
    8And at once Jesus, becoming fully aware in His spirit that they thus debated within themselves, said to them, Why do you argue (debate, reason) about all this in your hearts?
    9Which is easier: to say to the paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven and put away, or to say, Rise, take up your sleeping pad or mat, and start walking about [and keep on walking]?
    10But that you may know positively and beyond a doubt that the Son of Man has right and authority and power on earth to forgive sins--He said to the paralyzed man,
    11I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.
    12And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and recognized and praised and thanked God, saying, We have never seen anything like this before!
 
Mark 2:17
    17And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, Those who are strong and well have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick; I came not to call the righteous ones to repentance, but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).
 
Mark 4:1-25
    1Again Jesus began to teach beside the lake. And a very great crowd gathered about Him, so that He got into a ship in order to sit in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was at the lakeside on the shore.
    2And He taught them many things in parables (illustrations or comparisons put beside truths to explain them), and in His teaching He said to them:
    3Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
    4And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
    5Other seed [of the same kind] fell on ground full of rocks, where it had not much soil; and at once it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil;
    6And when the sun came up, it was scorched, and because it had not taken root, it withered away.
    7Other seed [of the same kind] fell among thorn plants, and the thistles grew and pressed together and utterly choked and suffocated it, and it yielded no grain.
    8And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.
    9And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend].
    10And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables.
    11And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [of our circle] everything becomes a parable,
    12In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again, and it [their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them.
    13And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?
    14The sower sows the Word.
    15The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.
    16And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy;
    17And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.
    18And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word;
    19Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
    20And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit--some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.
    21And He said to them, Is the lamp brought in to be put under a peck measure or under a bed, and not [to be put] on the lampstand?
    22[Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known.
    23If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend.
    24And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
    25For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],
 
Mark 4:26-32
    26And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,
    27And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases--he knows not how.
    28The earth produces [acting] by itself--first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
    29But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.
    30And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it?
    31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth;
    32Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.
 
Mark 4:35-41
    35On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].
    36And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.
    37And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.
    38But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?
    39And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).
    40He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?
    41And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?
 
Mark 5:21-42
    21And when Jesus had recrossed in the boat to the other side, a great throng gathered about Him, and He was at the lakeshore.
    22Then one of the rulers of the synagogue came up, Jairus by name; and seeing Him, he prostrated himself at His feet
    23And begged Him earnestly, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.
    24And Jesus went with him; and a great crowd kept following Him and pressed Him from all sides [so as almost to suffocate Him].
    25And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
    26And who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
    27She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment,
    28For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
    29And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment.
    30And Jesus, recognizing in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around immediately in the crowd and said, Who touched My clothes?
    31And the disciples kept saying to Him, You see the crowd pressing hard around You from all sides, and You ask, Who touched Me?
    32Still He kept looking around to see her who had done it.
    33But the woman, knowing what had been done for her, though alarmed and frightened and trembling, fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
    34And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [distressing bodily] disease.
    35While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler's house, who said [to Jairus], Your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further?
    36Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.
    37And He permitted no one to accompany Him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
    38When they arrived at the house of the ruler of the synagogue, He looked [carefully and with understanding] at [the] tumult and the people weeping and wailing loudly.
    39And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.
    40And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and, taking the child's father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.
    41Gripping her [firmly] by the hand, He said to her, Talitha cumi--which translated is, Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]!
    42And instantly the girl got up and started walking around--for she was twelve years old. And they were utterly astonished and overcome with amazement.
 
Mark 6:30-44
    30The apostles [sent out as missionaries] came back and gathered together to Jesus, and told Him all that they had done and taught.
    31And He said to them, [As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while--for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.
    32And they went away in a boat to a solitary place by themselves.
    33Now many [people] saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the surrounding towns, and they got there ahead [of those in the boat].
    34As Jesus landed, He saw a great crowd waiting, and He was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
    35And when the day was already far gone, His disciples came to Him and said, This is a desolate and isolated place, and the hour is now late.
    36Send the crowds away to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat.
    37But He replied to them, Give them something to eat yourselves. And they said to Him, Shall we go and buy 200 denarii [about forty dollars] worth of bread and give it to them to eat? [II Kings 4:42-44.]
    38And He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they [had looked and] knew, they said, Five [loaves] and two fish.
    39Then He commanded the people all to recline on the green grass by companies.
    40So they threw themselves down in ranks of hundreds and fifties [with the regularity of an arrangement of beds of herbs, looking like so many garden plots].
    41And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and, praising God, gave thanks and broke the loaves and kept on giving them to the disciples to set before the people; and He [also] divided the two fish among [them] all.
    42And they all ate and were satisfied.
    43And they took up twelve [small hand] baskets full of broken pieces [from the loaves] and of the fish.
    44And those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.
 
Mark 8:1-8
    1In those days when [again] an immense crowd had gathered and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and told them,
    2I have pity [compassion] and sympathy for the people and My heart goes out to them, for they have been with Me now three days and have nothing [left] to eat;
    3And if I send them away to their homes hungry, they will be feeble through exhaustion and faint along the road; and some of them have come a long way.
    4And His disciples replied to Him, How can anyone fill and satisfy [these people] with loaves of bread here in [this] desolate and uninhabited region?
    5And He asked them, How many loaves have you? They said, Seven.
    6And He commanded the multitude to recline upon the ground, and He [then] took the seven loaves [of bread] and, having given thanks, He broke them and kept on giving them to His disciples to put before [the people], and they placed them before the crowd.
    7And they had a few small fish; and when He had praised God and given thanks and asked Him to bless them [to their use], He ordered that these also should be set before [them].
    8And they ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven [large provision] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 
Mark 8:34-38
    34And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
    35For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel's will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God].
    36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
    37For what can a man give as an exchange (a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his [blessed] life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
    38For whoever is ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words in this adulterous (unfaithful) and [preeminently] sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory (splendor and majesty) of His Father with the holy angels.
 
Mark 9:20-29
    20So they brought [the boy] to Him, and when the spirit saw Him, at once it completely convulsed the boy, and he fell to the ground and kept rolling about, foaming [at the mouth].
    21And [Jesus] asked his father, How long has he had this? And he answered, From the time he was a little boy.
    22And it has often thrown him both into fire and into water, intending to kill him. But if You can do anything, do have pity [compassion] on us and help us.
    23And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!
    24At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith!
    25But when Jesus noticed that a crowd [of people] came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to come out of him and never go into him again.
    26And after giving a [hoarse, clamoring, fear-stricken] shriek of anguish and convulsing him terribly, it came out; and the boy lay [pale and motionless] like a corpse, so that many of them said, He is dead.
    27But Jesus took [a strong grip of] his hand and began lifting him up, and he stood.
    28And when He had gone indoors, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we drive it out?
    29And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.
 
Mark 9:38-41
    38John said to Him, Teacher, we saw a man who does not follow along with us driving out demons in Your Name, and we forbade him to do it, because he is not one of our band [of Your disciples].
    39But Jesus said, Do not restrain or hinder or forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in My Name will soon afterward be able to speak evil of Me.
    40For he who is not against us is for us.
    41For I tell you truly, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to and bear the Name of Christ will by no means fail to get his reward.
 
Mark 10:13-16
    13And they kept bringing young children to Him that He might touch them, and the disciples were reproving them [for it].
    14But when Jesus saw [it], He was indignant and pained and said to them, Allow the children to come to Me--do not forbid or prevent or hinder them--for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
    15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.
    16And He took them [the children up one by one] in His arms and [fervently invoked a] blessing, placing His hands upon them.
 
Mark 10:17-31
    17And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    18And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God alone.
    19You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
    20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.
    21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk].
    22At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
    23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
    24And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved?
    27Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.
    28Peter started to say to Him, Behold, we have yielded up and abandoned everything [once and for all and joined You as Your disciples, siding with Your party] and accompanied You [walking the same road that You walk].
    29Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel's
    30Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life.
    31But many [who are now] first will be last [then], and many [who are now] last will be first [then].
 
Mark 10:42-45
    42But Jesus called them to [Him] and said to them, You know that those who are recognized as governing and are supposed to rule the Gentiles (the nations) lord it over them [ruling with absolute power, holding them in subjection], and their great men exercise authority and dominion over them.
    43But this is not to be so among you; instead, whoever desires to be great among you must be your servant,
    44And whoever wishes to be most important and first in rank among you must be slave of all.
    45For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.
 
Mark 10:49-52
    49And Jesus stopped and said, Call him. And they called the blind man, telling him, Take courage! Get up! He is calling you.
    50And throwing off his outer garment, he leaped up and came to Jesus.
    51And Jesus said to him, What do you want Me to do for you? And the blind man said to Him, Master, let me receive my sight.
    52And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has healed you. And at once he received his sight and accompanied Jesus on the road.
 
Mark 11:1-9
    1When they were getting near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent ahead two of His disciples
    2And instructed them, Go into the village in front of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which has never been ridden by anyone; unfasten it and bring it [here].
    3If anyone asks you, Why are you doing this? answer, The Lord needs it, and He will send it back here presently.
    4So they went away and found a colt tied at the door out in the [winding] open street, and they loosed it.
    5And some who were standing there said to them, What are you doing, untying the colt?
    6And they replied as Jesus had directed them, and they allowed them to go.
    7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their outer garments upon it, and He sat on it.
    8And many [of the people] spread their garments on the road, and others [scattered a layer of] leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.
    9And those who went before and those who followed cried out [with a cry of happiness], Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!
 
Mark 11:22-24
    22And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
    23Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
    24For this reason I AM telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
 
Mark 12:14-17
    14And they came up and said to Him, Teacher, we know that You are sincere and what You profess to be, that You cannot lie, and that You have no personal bias for anyone; for You are not influenced by partiality and have no regard for anyone's external condition or position, but in [and on the basis of] truth You teach the way of God. Is it lawful (permissible and right) to give tribute (poll taxes) to Caesar or not?
    15Should we pay [them] or should we not pay [them]? But knowing their hypocrisy, He asked them, Why do you put Me to the test? Bring Me a coin (a denarius), so I may see it.
    16And they brought [Him one]. Then He asked them, Whose image (picture) is this? And whose superscription (title)? They said to Him, Caesar's.
    17Jesus said to them, Pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's. And they stood marveling and greatly amazed at Him.
 
Mark 12:24
    24Jesus said to them, Is not this where you wander out of the way and go wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
 
Mark 12:30-34
    30And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.
    31The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
    32And the scribe said to Him, Excellently and fitly and admirably answered, Teacher! You have said truly that He is One, and there is no other but Him;
    33And to love Him out of and with all the heart and with all the understanding [with the faculty of quick apprehension and intelligence and keenness of discernment] and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. [I Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8; Hebrews 10:8.]
    34And when Jesus saw that he answered intelligently (discreetly and having his wits about him), He said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And after that no one ventured or dared to ask Him any further question.
 
Mark 16:15-20
    15And He [Jesus] said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
    16He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
    17And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
    18They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
    19So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.
    20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [their preaching]. Amen (so be it).
 
Luke 4:1-32
   1Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit
    2For (during) forty days in the wilderness (desert), where He was tempted (tried, tested exceedingly) by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry.
    3Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread].
    4And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.
    5Then the devil took Him up to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time [in the twinkling of an eye].
    6And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.
    7Therefore if You will do homage to and worship me [just once], it shall all be Yours.
    8And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.
    9Then he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on a gable of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down from here;
    10For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully;
    11And on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    12And Jesus replied to him, [The Scripture] says, You shall not tempt (try, test exceedingly) the Lord your God.
    13And when the devil had ended every [the complete cycle of] temptation, he [temporarily] left Him [that is, stood off from Him] until another more opportune and favorable time.
    14Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole region round about.
    15And He Himself conducted [a course of] teaching in their synagogues, being recognized and honored and praised by all.
    16So He came to Nazareth, [that Nazareth] where He had been brought up, and He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read.
    17And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written,
    18The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity],
    19To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.
    20Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing [attentively] at Him.
    21And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled while you are present and hearing.
    22And all spoke well of Him and marveled at the words of grace that came forth from His mouth; and they said, Is not this Joseph's Son?
    23So He said to them, You will doubtless quote to Me this proverb: Physician, heal Yourself! What we have learned by hearsay that You did in Capernaum, do here also in Your [own] town.
    24Then He said, Solemnly I say to you, no prophet is acceptable and welcome in his [own] town (country).
    25But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were closed up for three years and six months, so that there came a great famine over all the land;
    26And yet Elijah was not sent to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the country of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. [I Kings 17:1, 8-16; 18:1.]
    27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and yet not one of them was cleansed [by being healed]--but only Naaman the Syrian. [II Kings 5:1-14.]
    28When they heard these things, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage.
    29And rising up, they pushed and drove Him out of the town, and [laying hold of Him] they led Him to the [projecting] upper part of the hill on which their town was built, that they might hurl Him headlong down [over the cliff].
    30But passing through their midst, He went on His way.
    31And He descended to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and there He continued to teach the people on the Sabbath days.
    32And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.
 
Luke 5:1-11
    1Now it occurred that while the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the message of God, He was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee).
    2And He saw two boats drawn up by the lake, but the fishermen had gone down from them and were washing their nets.
    3And getting into one of the boats, [the one] that belonged to Simon (Peter), He requested him to draw away a little from the shore. Then He sat down and continued to teach the crowd [of people] from the boat.
    4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul.
    5And Simon (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and caught nothing [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again].
    6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [at the point of] breaking,
    7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and take hold with them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
    8But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
    9For he was gripped with bewildering amazement [allied to terror], and all who were with him, at the haul of fish which they had made;
    10And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon (Peter). And Jesus said to Simon, Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men!
    11And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything and joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.
 
Luke 5:12-16
    12While He was in one of the towns, there came a man full of (covered with) leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cure me and make me clean.
    13And [Jesus] reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I AM willing; be cleansed! And immediately the leprosy left him.
    14And [Jesus] charged him to tell no one [that he might chance to meet], until [He said] you go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, as Moses commanded, for a testimony and proof to the people, that they may have evidence [of your healing].
    15But so much the more the news spread abroad concerning Him, and great crowds kept coming together to hear [Him] and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
    16But He Himself withdrew [in retirement] to the wilderness (desert) and prayed.
 
Luke 5:17-25
    17One of those days, as He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by, who had come from every village and town of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was [present] with Him to heal them.
    18And behold, some men were bringing on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed, and they tried to carry him in and lay him before [Jesus].
    19But finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him with his stretcher through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus.
    20And when He saw [their confidence in Him, springing from] their faith, He said, Man, your sins are forgiven you!
    21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason and question and argue, saying, Who is this [Man] Who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?
    22But Jesus, knowing their thoughts and questionings, answered them, Why do you question in your hearts?
    23Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise and walk [about]?
    24But that you may know that the Son of Man has the [power of] authority and right on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralyzed man, I say to you, arise, pick up your litter (stretcher), and go to your own house!
    25And instantly [the man] stood up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went away to his house, recognizing and praising and thanking God.