THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
20. Sending the Twelve Apostles
to Spread His Ministry
1 And He acalled together the 1twelve and gave them power and 2bauthority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
2 And He asent them to proclaim the 1bkingdom of God and to cheal the sick.
3 And He said to them, aTake nothing for the journey, neither a staff nor a bag 1nor bread nor money, nor have two tunics apiece.
4 And into whatever house you enter, remain there and from there go out.
5 And as many as do not receive you, as you go out from that city, ashake off the dust from your feet for a btestimony against them.
6 And they went out and passed through village after village, announcing the gospel and healing everywhere.
7 And aHerod the tetrarch bheard of all that was happening and was utterly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,
8 And by some that aElijah had appeared, and by others that a certain prophet of the ancients had risen up.
9 And Herod said, John I 1abeheaded, but who is this concerning whom I hear such things? And he bsought to see Him.
21. Feeding the Five Thousand
10 And when the apostles returned, they arelated to Him the things they had done. And btaking them aside, He withdrew privately into a city called Bethsaida.
11 But the acrowds found out and followed Him, and He welcomed them and spoke to them concerning the bkingdom of God; and those who had need of healing He chealed.
12 And the 1day began to decline, and the twelve came and said to Him, aSend the crowd away so that they may go into the surrounding villages and 2fields to lodge and find provisions, because we are here in a deserted place.
13 But He said to them, You agive them something to eat. But they said, We have no more than bfive loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.
14 For there were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, Make them recline in 1groups of about fifty each.
15 And they did so and made them all recline.
16 And He took the five loaves and the two fish and, alooking up to heaven, He bblessed and broke them and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17 And they ate and were all satisfied. And what was left over among them was taken up, 1twelve handbaskets of broken pieces.
22. Recognized as the Christ
18 And as He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He 1questioned them, saying, aWho do the crowds say that I am?
19 And they answered and said, aJohn the Baptist, and others bElijah, and others that a certain prophet of the ancients has risen up.
20 And He said to them, But you, who do you say that I am? And Peter answered and said, The aChrist of God.
21 But He charged them and commanded them to tell this to ano one,
23. Unveiling His Death and Resurrection
the First Time
22 aSaying, The bSon of Man must suffer many things, and be 1crejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the dthird day be raised.
23 And He said to them all, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his across bdaily and follow Me.
24 For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall 1lose it; but whoever 1loses his soul-life for My sake, this one shall save it.
25 For what is a man profited if he 1gains the whole world but loses or 1forfeits himself?
26 For whoever is aashamed of Me and of My words, of this one will the Son of Man be ashamed when He bcomes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the choly angels.
24. Transfigured on the Mount
27 But I say to you truly, There are some of those standing here who shall by ano means btaste death until they see the kingdom of God.
28 And about 1eight days after these words, He atook with Him bPeter and John and James, and went up into the mountain to cpray.
29 And as He prayed, the appearance of His face became adifferent, and His garment 1dazzling bwhite.
30 And behold, two men were conversing with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,
31 Who appeared in glory and spoke of His adeparture, which He was about to complete in Jerusalem.
32 Now Peter and those with him had been overcome with asleep, but when they had fully woken up, they saw His bglory and the two men who were standing with Him.
33 And as they were departing from Him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three atents, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah -- not knowing what he was saying.
34 And while he said these things, a acloud appeared and overshadowed them; and they became frightened as they entered into the cloud.
35 And a avoice came out of the cloud, 1saying, This is My Son, the 2Chosen One. bHear Him!
36 And when the voice 1had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and reported to ano one in those days anything of what they had seen.
25. Casting a Demon out of a Man's Son
37 And on the following day, when they came down from the mountain, a great crowd met Him.
38 And behold, a aman from the crowd called out, saying, Teacher, I beg You to look upon my son, for he is my bonly child.
39 And behold, a spirit takes him, and suddenly he cries out, and it athrows him into convulsions with foaming; and it hardly goes away from him, all the time crushing him.
40 And I begged Your disciples to acast it out, and they could not.
41 And Jesus answered and said, O unbelieving and aperverted generation! How long shall I be bwith you and bear with you? Bring your son here.
42 And just as he was coming to Him, the demon threw him down and greatly convulsed him. But Jesus arebuked the bunclean spirit and healed the child and cgave him back to his father.
43 And all were astounded at the amajesty of God. And while all were marveling at all the things which He did, He bsaid to His disciples,
26. Unveiling His Death the Second Time
44 Put these words into your ears; for the aSon of Man is about to be bdelivered into the hands of men.
45 But they did anot understand this saying, and it was bconcealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him concerning this saying.
27. Teaching concerning Humility and Tolerance
46 And areasoning came in among them as to which of them was bgreatest.
47 And Jesus, seeing the reasoning of their aheart, took hold of a little child and stood him beside Himself,
48 And He said to them, Whoever areceives this little child 1because of My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for he who is least among you all, this one is bgreat.
49 And aJohn answered and said, Master, we saw someone casting out demons bin Your name, and we 1cforbade him because he does not follow with us.
50 But Jesus said to him, Do 1not forbid him, for 2he who is anot against you is for you.
B. From Galilee to Jerusalem
1. Rejected by the Samaritans
51 And as the days were being fulfilled for Him to be ataken up, He steadfastly set His face to go to 1bJerusalem.
52 And He sent messengers abefore His face. And they went and entered into a village of the bSamaritans to prepare for Him.
53 And they did not receive Him, because His aface was set to go to Jerusalem.
54 And seeing this, the disciples James and John said, Lord, do You want us to 1command afire to come down from heaven and consume 2them?
55 But turning, He rebuked them 1and said, 2You do not know of what kind of spirit you are.
56 1The Son of Man has not come to destroy men's 2lives but to save them. And they went into another village.
2. Instructing People How to Follow Him
57 And as they went along the road, 1someone said to Him, I will afollow You wherever You go.
58 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have roosts, but the Son of Man does 1not have a place where He may lay His head.
59 And He said to 1another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, permit me to go first and bury my father.
60 But He said to him, Let the 1dead bury their own dead, but you go and 2announce the akingdom of God everywhere.
61 And 1another also said, I will follow You, Lord; but first apermit me to say farewell to those in my house.
62 But Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand on the 1plow and looks abehind is fit for the bkingdom of God.