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Matthew 8 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:1 - When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:2 - A man with leprosy[fn] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:3 - Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:4 - Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:5 - When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:6 - “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:7 - Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:8 - The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:9 - For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:10 - When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:11 - I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:12 - But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:13 - Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus Heals Many

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:14 - When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:15 - He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:16 - When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:17 - This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”[fn]

The Cost of Following Jesus

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:18 - When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:19 - Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:20 - Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:21 - Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:22 - But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:23 - Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:24 - Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:25 - The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:26 - He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:27 - The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:28 - When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[fn] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:29 - “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:30 - Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:31 - The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:32 - He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:33 - Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 8:34 - Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
NIV Footnotes
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)
Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes
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