He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it.
If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'"
Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent over, and could in no way straighten herself up.
Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from this bondage on the Sabbath day?"
When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"
Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.
"Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.
He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tiny stroke of a pen in the law to fall.
saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.
He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,
yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."
But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.
Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.
Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.
Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,
As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.
for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'
Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'
It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,
When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,
He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "May it never be!"
The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people--for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.
In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples,
When you hear of wars and disturbances, don't be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won't come immediately."
There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer,
There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves;
men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near."
When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near.
Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.
"So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.
For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.
All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.
Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, drew near.
The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people.
He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,
An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him.
Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
While he was still speaking, behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He came near to Jesus to kiss him.
A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"--and he touched his ear, and healed him.
They said, "Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!"
But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean.
Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him.
But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them.
Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb;
He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.
They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"
But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?
You say also, 'Behold, what a weariness it is!' and you have sniffed at it," says the LORD of Armies; "and you have brought that which was taken by violence, the lame, and the sick; thus you bring the offering. Should I accept this at your hand?" says the LORD.
If you will not listen, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name," says the LORD of Armies, "then will I send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.
This again you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, because he doesn't regard the offering any more, neither receives it with good will at your hand.
You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, 'How have we wearied him?' In that you say, 'Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them;' or 'Where is the God of justice?'
"But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like launderer's soap;
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years.
I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the perjurers, and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who deprive the foreigner of justice, and don't fear me," says the LORD of Armies.
Then those who feared the LORD spoke one with another; and the LORD listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before him, for those who feared the LORD, and who honored his name.
But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall.
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there.
When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in the house.
When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on.
But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you reason these things in your hearts?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic--
When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made.
It happened that he was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.
When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other.
from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him.
He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn't press on him.
When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, "He is insane."
He said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
that 'seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest perhaps they should turn again, and their sins should be forgiven them.'"
The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them.
These in the same way are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy.
Others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are those who have heard the word,
Those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times."
If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."
He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and more will be given to you who hear.
He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth,
For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
It's like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
A certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years,
having heard the things concerning Jesus, came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes.
But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don't be afraid, only believe."
Immediately the girl rose up and walked, for she was twelve years old. They were amazed with great amazement.
When the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things?" and, "What is the wisdom that is given to this man, that such mighty works come about by his hands?
but to wear sandals, and not put on two tunics.
Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!"
King Herod heard this, for his name had become known, and he said, "John the Baptizer has risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him."
But Herod, when he heard this, said, "This is John, whom I beheaded. He has risen from the dead."
for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he did many things, and he heard him gladly.
When his disciples heard this, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
for they hadn't understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
and ran around that whole region, and began to bring those who were sick, on their mats, to where they heard he was.
(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
He answered them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
He called all the multitude to himself, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand.
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"
because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus purifying all foods?"
For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts,
For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.
He took him aside from the multitude, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.
Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly.
They were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak!"
Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened?
Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember?
Then again he laid his hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly.
His clothing became glistening, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
Elijah and Moses appeared to them, and they were talking with Jesus.
He answered him, "Unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to me."
Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, "I believe. Help my unbelief!"
But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came near to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask."
When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant towards James and John.
When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"
When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
Jesus told it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" and his disciples heard it.
The chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him. For they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.
For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and doesn't doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says.
If we should say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all held John to really be a prophet.
They tried to seize him, but they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them. They left him, and went away.
One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the greatest of all?"
Jesus answered, "The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one:
you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Therefore David himself calls him Lord, so how can he be his son?" The common people heard him gladly.
"When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.
Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.
"Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;
even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
They, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. He sought how he might conveniently deliver him.
But a certain one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
"We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.'"
You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" They all condemned him to be worthy of death.
But he began to curse, and to swear, "I don't know this man of whom you speak!"
They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.
Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah."
Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved.
Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn't believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him."
They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent out, and killed all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had learned from the wise men.
"A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; she wouldn't be comforted, because they are no more."
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee,
and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you.' and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'"
Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.
For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.
"You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.'
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;'
but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
"Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,'
but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'
In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
"Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Don't give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.
Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.
When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Most certainly I tell you, I haven't found so great a faith, not even in Israel.
He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (then he said to the paralytic), "Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house."
When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.
But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made.
Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment;
Whoever doesn't receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet.
What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.
Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
"Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword.
Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king's houses.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
At that time, Jesus answered, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.
He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons."
You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here.
Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.
In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, 'By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive:
for this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are dull of hearing, they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and should turn again; and I would heal them.'
"But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.
"Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.
When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.
What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;
What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty."
But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel weeds appeared also.
Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,
who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
When he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities.