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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

8. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 17-18

Matthew 17

The Transfiguration

1(A) And after six days Jesus took with him(B) Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was(C) transfigured before them, and(D) his face shone like the sun, and(E) his clothes became white as light. 3And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for(F) Elijah.” 5He was still speaking when, behold,(G) a bright cloud overshadowed them, and(H) a voice from the cloud said,(I) ”This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6When(J)the disciples heard this,(K) they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7But Jesus came and(L)touched them, saying, ”Rise, and(M) have no fear.” 8And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. 9(N) And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, (O) ”Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”10And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say(P)that first Elijah must come?”11He answered, ”Elijah does come, and(Q) he will restore all things. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but(R) did to him whatever they pleased.(S) So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13(T) Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon

14(U) And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is(V) an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16And I brought him to your disciples, and(W) they could not heal him.” 17And Jesus answered, ”O faithless and(X) twisted generation, how long am I to be with you?(Y) How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18And Jesus(Z) rebuked the demon,[b] and it[c] came out of him, and(AA)the boy was healed instantly.[d] 19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20He said to them, (AB)“Because of your little faith. For(AC) truly, I say to you,(AD) if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed,(AE) you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and(AF)nothing will be impossible for you.”[e]

Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

22(AG) As they were gathering[f] in Galilee, Jesus said to them, ”The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23and they will kill him, and he will be raised on(AH) the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

The Temple Tax

24(AI) When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of(AJ) the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, (AK)“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or(AL) tax? From their sons or from others?” 26And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, ”Then the sons are free. 27However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[g] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Matthew 18

Who Is the Greatest?

1(AM) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, ”Truly, I say to you, unless you(AN) turn and(AO) become like children, you(AP) will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4(AQ) Whoever humbles himself like this child is the(AR) greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5(AS) ”Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6but(AT) whoever causes one of these(AU) little ones who believe in me to sin,[h] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Temptations to Sin

7“Woe to the world for(AV) temptations to sin![i](AW) For it is necessary that temptations come,(AX) but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8(AY) And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into(AZ) the eternal fire. 9(BA) And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the(BB)hell[j] of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10“See that you do not despise(BC) one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven(BD) their angels always(BE) see the face of my Father who is in heaven.[k] 12(BF) What do you think?(BG) If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So(BH) it is not the will of my[l] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15(BI) ”If your brother sins against you,(BJ) go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have(BK) gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established(BL) by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them,(BM) tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church,(BN) let him be to you as(BO) a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you,(BP) whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[m] in heaven. 19Again I say to you, if two of you(BQ) agree on earth about anything they ask,(BR) it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are(BS) gathered in my name,(BT) there am I among them.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often(BU) will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?(BV) As many as seven times?”22Jesus said to him, ”I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.[n] 23“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished(BW) to settle accounts with his servants.[o] 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him(BX)ten thousand(BY) talents.[p] 25(BZ) And since he could not pay, his master ordered him(CA) to be sold, with his wife and(CB) children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant[q](CC) fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and(CD) forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred(CE) denarii,[r] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33(CF) And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34(CG) And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,[s](CH) until he should pay all his debt. 35(CI)So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother(CJ) from your heart.”

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 17:5 Or my Son, my (or the)Beloved
  2. Matthew 17:18 Greek it
  3. Matthew 17:18 Greek the demon
  4. Matthew 17:18 Greek from that hour
  5. Matthew 17:20 Some manuscripts insert verse 21: But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting
  6. Matthew 17:22 Some manuscripts remained
  7. Matthew 17:27 Greek stater, a silver coin worth four drachmas or approximately one shekel
  8. Matthew 18:6 Greek causes  . . . to stumble; also verses 8, 9
  9. Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
  10. Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
  11. Matthew 18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost
  12. Matthew 18:14 Some manuscripts your
  13. Matthew 18:18 Or shall have been bound  . . . shall have been loosed
  14. Matthew 18:22 Or seventy-seven times
  15. Matthew 18:23 Greek bondservants; also verses 28, 31
  16. Matthew 18:24 A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
  17. Matthew 18:26 Greek bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
  18. Matthew 18:28 A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
  19. Matthew 18:34 Greek torturers
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 17:1 : For Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36
  2. Matthew 17:1 : Matthew 26:37; Mark 5:37
  3. Matthew 17:2 : 2 Cor 3:18 (Gk)
  4. Matthew 17:2 : Rev 1:16; 10:1
  5. Matthew 17:2 : Dan 7:9; Matthew 28:3; Psalm 104:2
  6. Matthew 17:4 : Mal 4:5
  7. Matthew 17:5 : 2 Pet 1:17; Exodus 24:15, 16
  8. Matthew 17:5 : Matthew 3:17
  9. Matthew 17:5 : Acts 3:22
  10. Matthew 17:6 : 2 Pet 1:18
  11. Matthew 17:6 : Gen 17:3; Ezek 1:28; Rev 1:17
  12. Matthew 17:7 : Dan 8:18; 10:10, 18
  13. Matthew 17:7 : Matthew 14:27
  14. Matthew 17:9 : For Matthew 17:9-13, Mark 9:9-13
  15. Matthew 17:9 : Matthew 8:4; 12:16
  16. Matthew 17:10 : Matthew 11:14; Mal 4:5, 6
  17. Matthew 17:11 : Luke 1:16, 17; Acts 1:6; 3:21
  18. Matthew 17:12 : Matthew 14:3, 10
  19. Matthew 17:12 : Matthew 16:21
  20. Matthew 17:13 : Matthew 16:12
  21. Matthew 17:14 : For Matthew 17:14-19, Mark 9:14-28; Luke 9:37-42
  22. Matthew 17:15 : Matthew 4:24
  23. Matthew 17:16 : Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7; Luke 10:17
  24. Matthew 17:17 : Phil 2:15; John 20:27
  25. Matthew 17:17 : John 14:9
  26. Matthew 17:18 : Matthew 8:26; Zech 3:2; Mark 1:25; Luke 4:35, 39; Jude 9
  27. Matthew 17:18 : Matthew 9:22
  28. Matthew 17:20 : John 11:40; Matthew 6:30
  29. Matthew 17:20 : Matthew 21:21, 22; Mark 11:23
  30. Matthew 17:20 : Luke 17:6; Matthew 13:31
  31. Matthew 17:20 : Matthew 17:9; 1 Cor 13:2
  32. Matthew 17:20 : Mark 9:23
  33. Matthew 17:22 : For Matthew 17:22, 23, Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45; Matthew 16:21-28; 20:17-19
  34. Matthew 17:23 : Mark 8:31
  35. Matthew 17:24 : Mark 9:33
  36. Matthew 17:24 : Exodus 30:13; 38:26
  37. Matthew 17:25 : Matthew 18:12; 21:28
  38. Matthew 17:25 : Matthew 22:17, 19; Mark 12:14; Rom 13:7
  39. Matthew 18:1 : Matthew 17:24; For Matthew 18:1-5, Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48; Matthew 20:20-28
  40. Matthew 18:3 : Luke 22:32
  41. Matthew 18:3 : Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; Psalm 131:2; 1 Cor 14:20; 1 Pet 2:2
  42. Matthew 18:3 : Matthew 5:19, 20
  43. Matthew 18:4 : Matthew 20:27; 23:11, 12
  44. Matthew 18:4 : Matthew 18:3
  45. Matthew 18:5 : Matthew 10:40, 42
  46. Matthew 18:6 : Mark 9:42
  47. Matthew 18:6 : Luke 17:2; 1 Cor 8:12
  48. Matthew 18:7 : Matthew 13:41
  49. Matthew 18:7 : Luke 17:1; 1 Cor 11:19
  50. Matthew 18:7 : Matthew 26:24
  51. Matthew 18:8 : Matthew 5:29, 30; Mark 9:43-48
  52. Matthew 18:8 : Matthew 25:41
  53. Matthew 18:9 : Matthew 18:8
  54. Matthew 18:9 : Matthew 18:8
  55. Matthew 18:10 : Matthew 6:29; 25:40, 45; Luke 15:7, 10
  56. Matthew 18:10 : Acts 12:15; Psalm 34:7; 91:11; Heb 1:14
  57. Matthew 18:10 : Luke 1:19; Rev 8:2; Esth 1:14
  58. Matthew 18:12 : Matthew 17:25; 21:28
  59. Matthew 18:12 : For Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:4-7
  60. Matthew 18:14 : John 6:39; 10:28; John 17:12
  61. Matthew 18:15 : Luke 17:3
  62. Matthew 18:15 : 2 Thess 3:15; Titus 3:10; James 5:19; Lev 19:17
  63. Matthew 18:15 : 1 Cor 9:19-22; 1 Pet 3:1
  64. Matthew 18:16 : Deut 19:15; 2 Cor 13:1; Num 35:30; John 8:17; 1 Tim 5:19; Heb 10:28
  65. Matthew 18:17 : 1 Cor 5:4, 5; 6:1-6
  66. Matthew 18:17 : Rom 16:17; 1 Cor 5:9-13; 2 Thess 3:6, 14; 2 John 10
  67. Matthew 18:17 : Matthew 5:46, 47
  68. Matthew 18:18 : Matthew 16:19; John 20:23
  69. Matthew 18:19 : Acts 12:5, 12; Philem 22
  70. Matthew 18:19 : Matthew 7:7
  71. Matthew 18:20 : Acts 4:30, 31; 1 Cor 5:4
  72. Matthew 18:20 : Matthew 28:20; John 12:26; 20:20, 26
  73. Matthew 18:21 : Matthew 18:15
  74. Matthew 18:21 : Luke 17:3, 4; Col 3:13
  75. Matthew 18:23 : Matthew 25:19
  76. Matthew 18:24 : Esth 3:9
  77. Matthew 18:24 : Matthew 25:15
  78. Matthew 18:25 : Luke 7:42
  79. Matthew 18:25 : Exodus 21:2; Lev 25:39
  80. Matthew 18:25 : 2 Kgs 4:1; Neh 5:5
  81. Matthew 18:26 : Acts 10:25; Matthew 8:2
  82. Matthew 18:27 : Matthew 18:25
  83. Matthew 18:28 : Matthew 20:2; 22:19; Mark 6:37; 14:5; Luke 7:41; 10:35; John 6:7
  84. Matthew 18:33 : Matthew 6:12; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13; 1 John 4:11
  85. Matthew 18:34 : James 2:13
  86. Matthew 18:34 : Matthew 18:30; Matthew 5:25, 26
  87. Matthew 18:35 : Matthew 6:15; Prov 21:13
  88. Matthew 18:35 : 1 Pet 1:22; Rom 6:17
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

7. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 15-16

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Matthew 15

Traditions and Commandments

1(A) Then Pharisees and(B)scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2(C) ”Why do your disciples break(D) the tradition of the elders?(E) For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” 3He answered them, ”And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God commanded,(F) ’Honor your father and your mother,’ and,(G)‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 5But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[a] 6he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have(H) made void the word[b]of God. 7(I) You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
8(J) ”‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
9in vain do they worship me,
teaching as(K) doctrines the commandments of men.’”

What Defiles a Person

10And he called the people to him and said to them, (L) ”Hear and understand: 11(M) it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were(N)offended when they heard this saying?” 13He answered, (O) ”Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted(P) will be rooted up. 14Let them alone;(Q) they are blind guides.[c] And(R) if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”15But Peter said to him,(S) ”Explain the parable to us.” 16And he said, (T) ”Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that(U)whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?[d] 18But(V) what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19For out of the heart come(W) evil thoughts,(X) murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness,(Y) slander.20(Z) These are what defile a person. But(AA) to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

21(AB) And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22And behold,(AC) a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying,(AD) ”Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying,(AE) ”Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24He answered, (AF) ”I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and(AG) knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, ”It is not right to take the children’s bread and(AH)throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat(AI) the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her,”O woman,(AJ) great is your faith!(AK) Be it done for you as you desire.”(AL) And her daughter was healed instantly.[e]

Jesus Heals Many

29(AM) Jesus went on from there and walked(AN)beside the Sea of Galilee. And he(AO) went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30And great crowds came to him, bringing with them(AP) the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31(AQ) so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking,(AR)the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And(AS) they glorified(AT) the God of Israel.

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

32(AU) Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, (AV) ”I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” 33And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” 34And Jesus said to them, ”How many loaves do you have?” They said,(AW) ”Seven, and a few small fish.” 35And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground,36he took the seven loaves and the fish, and(AX)having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37And(AY) they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 38Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of(AZ) Magadan.

Matthew 16

The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs

1(BA) And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and(BB) to test him(BC) they asked him to show them(BD) a sign from heaven. 2He answered them,[f] (BE) ”When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’(BF) You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret(BG) the signs of the times. 4(BH)An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So(BI) he left them and departed.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6Jesus said to them, ”Watch and(BJ) beware of(BK) the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8But(BL) Jesus, aware of this, said, (BM) ”O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9(BN) Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember(BO) the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?10Or(BP) the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread?(BQ) Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12(BR) Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of(BS) the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13(BT) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ”Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say(BU) John the Baptist, others say(BV) Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, ”But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied,(BW) ”You are(BX) the Christ,(BY) the Son of(BZ) the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, (CA) ”Blessed are you,(CB) Simon Bar-Jonah! For(CC) flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,(CD) but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you,(CE) you are Peter, and(CF) on this rock[g] I will build my church, and(CG) the gates of(CH) hell[h] shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you(CI) the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and(CJ) whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[i] in heaven.” 20(CK) Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21(CL) From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that(CM) he must go to Jerusalem and(CN)suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on(CO) the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord![j] This shall never happen to you.”23But he turned and said to Peter, (CP) ”Get behind me, Satan! You are(CQ) a hindrance[k] to me. For you(CR) are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24Then Jesus told his disciples, ”If anyone would come after me, let him(CS) deny himself and(CT)take up his cross and follow me. 25For(CU)whoever would save his life[l] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.26For(CV) what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or(CW) what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27(CX) For the Son of Man is going to come with(CY) his angels in the glory of his Father, and(CZ) then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not(DA) taste death(DB)until they see the Son of Man(DC) coming in his kingdom.”

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 15:5 Or is an offering
  2. Matthew 15:6 Some manuscripts law
  3. Matthew 15:14 Some manuscripts add of the blind
  4. Matthew 15:17 Greek is expelled into the latrine
  5. Matthew 15:28 Greek from that hour
  6. Matthew 16:2 Some manuscripts omit the following words to the end of verse 3
  7. Matthew 16:18 The Greek words for Peterand rock sound similar
  8. Matthew 16:18 Greek the gates of Hades
  9. Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound  . . . shall have been loosed
  10. Matthew 16:22 Or “[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!”
  11. Matthew 16:23 Greek stumbling block
  12. Matthew 16:25 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 15:1 : For Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:1-23
  2. Matthew 15:1 : Mark 3:22
  3. Matthew 15:2 : Matthew 9:11
  4. Matthew 15:2 : Gal 1:14; Col 2:8
  5. Matthew 15:2 : Luke 11:38
  6. Matthew 15:4 : Exodus 20:12
  7. Matthew 15:4 : Exodus 21:17
  8. Matthew 15:6 : Gal 3:17 (Gk); Rom 2:23
  9. Matthew 15:7 : Matthew 23:13
  10. Matthew 15:8 : Isa 29:13; Ezek 33:31
  11. Matthew 15:9 : Col 2:22; Titus 1:14
  12. Matthew 15:10 : Matthew 13:51
  13. Matthew 15:11 : Acts 10:14, 15
  14. Matthew 15:12 : Matthew 13:57; Luke 7:23
  15. Matthew 15:13 : Isa 60:21; 61:3; John 15:1, 2; 1 Cor 3:9
  16. Matthew 15:13 : Jude 12
  17. Matthew 15:14 : Matthew 23:16, 24; Isa 56:10; Mal 2:8
  18. Matthew 15:14 : Luke 6:39
  19. Matthew 15:15 : Matthew 13:36
  20. Matthew 15:16 : Matthew 16:9
  21. Matthew 15:17 : 1 Cor 6:13
  22. Matthew 15:18 : Matthew 12:34; James 3:6
  23. Matthew 15:19 : James 2:4
  24. Matthew 15:19 : Matthew 5:22, 28; Exodus 20:13-16
  25. Matthew 15:19 : Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; 1 Tim 6:4
  26. Matthew 15:20 : 1 Cor 6:9, 10
  27. Matthew 15:20 : Mark 7:2, 5
  28. Matthew 15:21 : For Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30
  29. Matthew 15:22 : Gen 10:15, 19; Judg 1:30-33
  30. Matthew 15:22 : Matthew 9:27
  31. Matthew 15:23 : Matthew 14:15
  32. Matthew 15:24 : Rom 15:8; Matthew 10:5, 6
  33. Matthew 15:25 : Matthew 8:2
  34. Matthew 15:26 : Matthew 7:6
  35. Matthew 15:27 : Luke 16:21
  36. Matthew 15:28 : Matthew 9:2
  37. Matthew 15:28 : Matthew 8:13
  38. Matthew 15:28 : Matthew 9:22; 17:18; John 4:52, 53
  39. Matthew 15:29 : For Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 7:31-37
  40. Matthew 15:29 : Matthew 4:18; John 6:1
  41. Matthew 15:29 : Matthew 5:1
  42. Matthew 15:30 : Matthew 11:5
  43. Matthew 15:31 : Matthew 9:33
  44. Matthew 15:31 : Matthew 18:8; Mark 9:43
  45. Matthew 15:31 : Matthew 9:8
  46. Matthew 15:31 : Isa 29:23; Luke 1:68; Acts 13:17
  47. Matthew 15:32 : For Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-10; Matthew 14:14-21
  48. Matthew 15:32 : Matthew 9:36
  49. Matthew 15:34 : Matthew 16:10
  50. Matthew 15:36 : Matthew 26:27; Mark 14:23; Luke 22:17, 19; John 6:11, 23; Acts 27:35; Rom 14:6; 1 Cor 10:30; 11:24; 14:16; 1 Tim 4:3, 4
  51. Matthew 15:37 : 2 Kgs 4:42-44
  52. Matthew 15:39 : Mark 8:10
  53. Matthew 16:1 : For Matthew 16:1-12, Mark 8:11-21
  54. Matthew 16:1 : John 8:6
  55. Matthew 16:1 : 1 Cor 1:22; Matthew 12:38
  56. Matthew 16:1 : Luke 11:16; 21:11
  57. Matthew 16:2 : Luke 12:54, 55
  58. Matthew 16:3 : Luke 12:56
  59. Matthew 16:3 : Matthew 12:28; Luke 19:44
  60. Matthew 16:4 : Matthew 12:39
  61. Matthew 16:4 : Matthew 4:13; 21:17
  62. Matthew 16:6 : Luke 12:1
  63. Matthew 16:6 : 1 Cor 5:6-8; Gal 5:9
  64. Matthew 16:8 : Matthew 26:10
  65. Matthew 16:8 : Matthew 6:30
  66. Matthew 16:9 : Matthew 15:16
  67. Matthew 16:9 : Matthew 14:17-21
  68. Matthew 16:10 : Matthew 15:34-38
  69. Matthew 16:11 : Matthew 16:6
  70. Matthew 16:12 : Matthew 17:13
  71. Matthew 16:12 : Matthew 5:20; 23:3
  72. Matthew 16:13 : For Matthew 16:13-16, Mark 8:27-29; Luke 9:18-20
  73. Matthew 16:14 : Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7
  74. Matthew 16:14 : Mark 6:15; Luke 9:8; Matthew 17:10; Mark 9:11; John 1:21
  75. Matthew 16:16 : John 11:27
  76. Matthew 16:16 : Matthew 1:17
  77. Matthew 16:16 : Matthew 14:33
  78. Matthew 16:16 : Deut 5:26; Josh 3:10; Psalm 42:2; Jer 10:10; Dan 6:20; Hos 1:10; Acts 14:15; 2 Cor 3:3; 1 Tim 4:10
  79. Matthew 16:17 : Matthew 13:16
  80. Matthew 16:17 : John 1:42; 21:15-17
  81. Matthew 16:17 : 1 Cor 15:50; Gal 1:16 (Gk); Eph 6:12; Heb 2:14
  82. Matthew 16:17 : 1 Cor 2:10; 12:3; Matthew 11:25; John 6:45
  83. Matthew 16:18 : Matthew 10:2; John 1:42
  84. Matthew 16:18 : Eph 2:20; Rev 21:14; Matthew 7:24
  85. Matthew 16:18 : Job 38:17; Isa 38:10
  86. Matthew 16:18 : Matthew 11:23
  87. Matthew 16:19 : Isa 22:22; Rev 1:18; 3:7
  88. Matthew 16:19 : Matthew 18:18; John 20:23
  89. Matthew 16:20 : Mark 8:30; Luke 9:21; Matthew 17:9; Matthew 12:16
  90. Matthew 16:21 : For Matthew 16:21-28, Mark 8:31–9:1; Luke 9:22-27; Matthew 17:12, 22, 23; 20:17-19
  91. Matthew 16:21 : Matthew 20:18; Luke 13:33
  92. Matthew 16:21 : Matthew 17:12, 22, 23; Luke 24:7
  93. Matthew 16:21 : Matthew 27:63; John 2:19
  94. Matthew 16:23 : Matthew 4:10
  95. Matthew 16:23 : Matthew 13:41
  96. Matthew 16:23 : Rom 8:5; Phil 3:19; Col 3:2; Phil 2:5
  97. Matthew 16:24 : 2 Tim 2:12, 13
  98. Matthew 16:24 : Matthew 10:38, 39
  99. Matthew 16:25 : Matthew 16:24
  100. Matthew 16:26 : Luke 12:20
  101. Matthew 16:26 : Psalm 49:7, 8
  102. Matthew 16:27 : Matthew 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; Dan 7:10, 13; Zech 14:5; John 1:51; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:16; Jude 14; Rev 1:7; Deut 33:2
  103. Matthew 16:27 : Matthew 13:41
  104. Matthew 16:27 : Rom 2:6; 14:12; 2 Cor 5:10; Heb 9:27; 1 Pet 1:17; Rev 2:23; 20:12; 22:12; Acts 10:42; 1 Cor 3:8
  105. Matthew 16:28 : John 8:52; Heb 2:9
  106. Matthew 16:28 : Matthew 10:23; 23:36; 24:34
  107. Matthew 16:28 : Luke 23:42
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Monday, February 27th, 2012

Invitation to adoptive families & those who want to be


If you’ve adopted or are considering adoption, Summit VIII is for you!


*Adoption Track includes a host of vital issues:
  • Cross-racial adoption
  • Attachment and Bonding
  • Thriving marriage amidst adoption challenges
  • Fundraising for an adoption
  • Straight talk from adoptees
  • Adoption medicine
  • And much more…

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*For Moms: Women’s Path
New this year! Connection, Refreshment, Relationship

*Pre-Summit Session with Karyn Purvis and Milan & Kay Yerkovich
Come early! See more…
*Unforgettable plenary sessions, Steven Curtis Chapman concert,
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Monday, February 27th, 2012

6. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 13-14

Matthew 13

The Parable of the Sower

1That same day Jesus went out of the house(A) and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about him,(B) so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And(C) he told them many things in parables, saying: (D) ”A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but(E) when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root,(F)they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among(G) thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some(H) a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9(I) He who has ears,[a] let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

10Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11And he answered them, (J) ”To you it has been given to know(K) the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12(L) For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not,(M) even what he has will be taken away. 13This is why I speak to them in parables, because(N) seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear,(O) nor do they understand. 14Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

(P) ”‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
15For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears(Q) they can barely hear,
and(R) their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and(S) understand with their heart
and(T) turn, and I would heal them.’ 16But(U) blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17(V) For truly, I say to you,(W) many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18(X) ”Hear then the parable of the sower:19When anyone hears the word of(Y) the kingdom and(Z) does not understand it,(AA) the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately(AB)receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, but(AC) endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately(AD) he falls away.[b] 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but(AE) the cares of(AF) the world and(AG) the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and(AH) understands it. He indeed(AI)bears fruit and yields, in one case(AJ) a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

The Parable of the Weeds

24He put another parable before them, saying,(AK) ”The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[c] among the wheat and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants[d] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said,(AL) ’No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers,(AM) Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

31He put another parable before them, saying,(AN) ”The kingdom of heaven is like(AO) a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable. (AP) ”The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in(AQ) three measures of flour, till it was(AR) all leavened.”

Prophecy and Parables

34(AS) All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:[e]

(AT) ”I will open my mouth in parables;
(AU) I will utter what has been hidden(AV) since the foundation of the world.”

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36Then he left the crowds and went into(AW) the house. And his disciples came to him, saying,(AX)“Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, ”The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is(AY) the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are(AZ) the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.(BA) The harvest is(BB) the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds(BC) are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at(BD) the close of the age. 41(BE) The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all(BF) causes of sin and(BG) all law-breakers, 42(BH) and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place(BI) there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then(BJ) the righteous will shine like the sun(BK) in the kingdom of their Father.(BL) He who has ears, let him hear.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44“The kingdom of heaven(BM) is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy(BN) he goes and sells all that he has and(BO) buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding(BP) one pearl of great value,(BQ) went and sold all that he had and(BR) bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is(BS) like a net that was thrown into the sea and(BT) gathered fish of every kind. 48When it was full,(BU) men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at(BV) the close of the age. The angels will come out and(BW) separate the evil from the righteous 50(BX) and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

New and Old Treasures

51(BY) ”Have you understood all these things?”They said to him, “Yes.” 52And he said to them,”Therefore every(BZ) scribe(CA) who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who(CB) brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54(CC) and coming to(CD) his hometown(CE) he taught them in their synagogue, so that(CF) they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55(CG) Is not this(CH) the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not(CI) his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57And(CJ) they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, (CK) ”A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58And he did not do many mighty works there,(CL) because of their unbelief.

Matthew 14

The Death of John the Baptist

1(CM) At that time(CN) Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2and he said to his servants,(CO) ”This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3For(CP)Herod had seized John and bound him and(CQ)put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,[f] 4because John had been saying to him,(CR) ”It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5And though he wanted to put him to death,(CS) he feared the people, because they held him to be(CT) a prophet. 6But when Herod’s(CU) birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”9And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given.10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison,11and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12And(CV) his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13Now when Jesus heard this,(CW) he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore he(CX) saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over;(CY) send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”16But Jesus said, ”They need not go away;(CZ)you give them something to eat.” 17They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18And he said, ”Bring them here to me.”19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish,(DA) he looked up to heaven and(DB) said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22(DC) Immediately he(DD) made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds,(DE) he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When(DF)evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way[g] from the land,[h] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And(DG) in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea,(DH) they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, (DI)“Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29He said, ”Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and(DJ) walked on the water and came to Jesus.30But when he saw the wind,[i] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,(DK) ”Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, (DL) ”O you of little faith, why did you(DM) doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat,(DN) the wind ceased.33And(DO) those in the boat(DP) worshiped him, saying,(DQ) ”Truly you are(DR) the Son of God.”

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

34(DS) And when they had crossed over, they came to land at(DT) Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and(DU) brought to him all who were sick 36and implored him that they might only touch(DV) the fringe of his garment. And(DW) as many as touched it were made well.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 13:9 Some manuscripts add here and in verse 43 to hear
  2. Matthew 13:21 Or stumbles
  3. Matthew 13:25 Probably darnel, a wheat-like weed
  4. Matthew 13:27 Greek bondservants; also verse 28
  5. Matthew 13:35 Some manuscripts Isaiah the prophet
  6. Matthew 14:3 Some manuscripts his brother’s wife
  7. Matthew 14:24 Greek many stadia, astadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
  8. Matthew 14:24 Some manuscripts was out on the sea
  9. Matthew 14:30 Some manuscripts strong wind
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 13:1 : For Matthew 13:1-15, Mark 4:1-12; Luke 8:4-10
  2. Matthew 13:2 : Mark 3:9; Luke 5:1-3
  3. Matthew 13:3 : Matthew 13:34
  4. Matthew 13:3 : Isa 55:10; Amos 9:13
  5. Matthew 13:6 : James 1:11
  6. Matthew 13:6 : John 15:6
  7. Matthew 13:7 : Jer 4:3
  8. Matthew 13:8 : Matthew 13:23; Gen 26:12
  9. Matthew 13:9 : Matthew 11:15
  10. Matthew 13:11 : Matthew 19:11; Col 1:27; 1 Cor 2:6-10; 1 John 2:20, 27; Matthew 11:25
  11. Matthew 13:11 : Rom 16:25
  12. Matthew 13:12 : Matthew 25:29; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18; 19:26; John 15:2; James 4:6
  13. Matthew 13:12 : Rev 2:5
  14. Matthew 13:13 : Deut 29:4; Jer 5:21; Ezek 12:2; Rom 11:8; 2 Cor 3:14; 4:4; Isa 42:19, 20
  15. Matthew 13:13 : Matthew 13:19, 51; Matthew 15:10; 16:12; Mark 8:21
  16. Matthew 13:14 : John 12:40; Acts 28:26, 27; Isa 6:9, 10
  17. Matthew 13:15 : Heb 5:11
  18. Matthew 13:15 : John 9:39, 41
  19. Matthew 13:15 : Rom 10:10
  20. Matthew 13:15 : Luke 22:32
  21. Matthew 13:16 : Luke 10:23, 24; Matthew 16:17
  22. Matthew 13:17 : Matthew 13:16
  23. Matthew 13:17 : Heb 11:13; 1 Pet 1:10-12; John 8:56
  24. Matthew 13:18 : For Matthew 13:18-23, Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15
  25. Matthew 13:19 : Matthew 13:38; Matthew 4:23; 8:12
  26. Matthew 13:19 : Matthew 13:13
  27. Matthew 13:19 : John 17:15; Eph 6:16; 2 Thess 3:3; 1 John 2:13, 14; 3:12; 5:18, 19
  28. Matthew 13:20 : Isa 58:2; Ezek 33:31, 32; Mark 6:20; John 5:35
  29. Matthew 13:21 : Gal 1:6; Hos 6:4; Gal 5:7
  30. Matthew 13:21 : Matthew 11:6
  31. Matthew 13:22 : Matthew 6:25
  32. Matthew 13:22 : 2 Tim 4:10
  33. Matthew 13:22 : 1 Tim 6:9, 10, 17; Matthew 19:23; Mark 10:23; Acts 5:1-11; Heb 3:13
  34. Matthew 13:23 : Matthew 13:19
  35. Matthew 13:23 : Hos 14:8; John 15:5, 16; Phil 1:11; Col 1:6
  36. Matthew 13:23 : Matthew 13:8
  37. Matthew 13:24 : Matthew 13:37-42; Mark 4:26-29
  38. Matthew 13:29 : 1 Cor 4:5
  39. Matthew 13:30 : Matthew 3:12
  40. Matthew 13:31 : For Matthew 13:31, 32, Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19
  41. Matthew 13:31 : Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6
  42. Matthew 13:33 : Luke 13:20, 21
  43. Matthew 13:33 : Gen 18:6
  44. Matthew 13:33 : 1 Cor 5:6; Gal 5:9
  45. Matthew 13:34 : Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:33, 34; John 16:25, 29
  46. Matthew 13:35 : Psalm 78:2
  47. Matthew 13:35 : Matthew 13:11; Rom 16:25, 26; 1 Cor 2:7
  48. Matthew 13:35 : Matthew 25:34; Luke 11:50; John 17:24; Eph 1:4; 1 Pet 1:20
  49. Matthew 13:36 : Matthew 13:1
  50. Matthew 13:36 : Matthew 13:24-30; Matthew 15:15
  51. Matthew 13:38 : Matthew 13:43
  52. Matthew 13:38 : John 8:44; Acts 13:10; 1 John 3:10; Matthew 23:15; Matthew 13:19
  53. Matthew 13:39 : Joel 3:13; Rev 14:15
  54. Matthew 13:39 : Matthew 13:49; Matthew 24:3; 28:20; Dan 12:13; Heb 9:26
  55. Matthew 13:40 : John 15:6; Matthew 3:12
  56. Matthew 13:40 : Matthew 13:39
  57. Matthew 13:41 : Matthew 24:31
  58. Matthew 13:41 : Matthew 18:7; Zeph 1:3
  59. Matthew 13:41 : Matthew 7:23
  60. Matthew 13:42 : Matthew 13:50; Rev 9:2; Rev 19:20; 20:10
  61. Matthew 13:42 : Matthew 8:12
  62. Matthew 13:43 : Prov 4:18; Dan 12:3; 1 Cor 15:41, 42
  63. Matthew 13:43 : Matthew 13:38; Matthew 25:34; 26:29; Luke 12:32
  64. Matthew 13:43 : Matthew 11:15
  65. Matthew 13:44 : Prov 2:4
  66. Matthew 13:44 : Matthew 25:9; Prov 23:23; Phil 3:7, 8
  67. Matthew 13:44 : Isa 55:1; Rev 3:18
  68. Matthew 13:46 : Matthew 7:6
  69. Matthew 13:46 : Matthew 13:44
  70. Matthew 13:46 : Matthew 13:44
  71. Matthew 13:47 : Matthew 4:19
  72. Matthew 13:47 : Matthew 13:38; Matthew 22:10; 25:2
  73. Matthew 13:48 : John 21:11
  74. Matthew 13:49 : Matthew 13:39
  75. Matthew 13:49 : Matthew 25:32; Matthew 13:41
  76. Matthew 13:50 : Matthew 13:42
  77. Matthew 13:51 : Matthew 13:10-16; John 10:6; 16:29
  78. Matthew 13:52 : Matthew 23:34
  79. Matthew 13:52 : Matthew 28:19
  80. Matthew 13:52 : Matthew 12:35
  81. Matthew 13:54 : For Matthew 13:54-58, Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-30
  82. Matthew 13:54 : Matthew 2:23; Luke 4:23
  83. Matthew 13:54 : Matthew 4:23
  84. Matthew 13:54 : Matthew 7:28
  85. Matthew 13:55 : Luke 4:22; John 6:42
  86. Matthew 13:55 : Mark 6:3
  87. Matthew 13:55 : Matthew 12:46
  88. Matthew 13:57 : Matthew 11:6
  89. Matthew 13:57 : Luke 4:24; John 4:44; Jer 11:21; 12:6; John 7:5
  90. Matthew 13:58 : Matthew 17:20
  91. Matthew 14:1 : For Matthew 14:1-12, Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9
  92. Matthew 14:1 : Luke 3:1; Acts 13:1
  93. Matthew 14:2 : Matthew 16:14
  94. Matthew 14:3 : Luke 3:19, 20
  95. Matthew 14:3 : Matthew 11:2; John 3:24
  96. Matthew 14:4 : Lev 18:16; 20:21
  97. Matthew 14:5 : Matthew 21:26; Matthew 21:46
  98. Matthew 14:5 : Matthew 11:9
  99. Matthew 14:6 : Gen 40:20
  100. Matthew 14:12 : Matthew 9:14
  101. Matthew 14:13 : For Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-13; Matthew 15:32-38; 16:9; Mark 8:2-9
  102. Matthew 14:14 : Matthew 9:36
  103. Matthew 14:15 : Matthew 14:22; Matthew 15:23
  104. Matthew 14:16 : 2 Kgs 4:42-44
  105. Matthew 14:19 : Mark 7:34; John 11:41; 17:1
  106. Matthew 14:19 : Matthew 26:26; 1 Sam 9:13; Mark 8:7; 14:22; Luke 24:30; 1 Cor 14:16
  107. Matthew 14:22 : For Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-51; John 6:15-21
  108. Matthew 14:22 : Matthew 8:18
  109. Matthew 14:23 : Luke 6:12; 9:28; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16
  110. Matthew 14:23 : Mark 13:35
  111. Matthew 14:25 : Matthew 14:22
  112. Matthew 14:26 : Luke 24:37
  113. Matthew 14:27 : Matthew 17:7; Deut 31:6; Isa 41:13; 43:1, 2; John 16:33
  114. Matthew 14:29 : John 21:7
  115. Matthew 14:30 : Matthew 8:25, 26
  116. Matthew 14:31 : Matthew 6:30
  117. Matthew 14:31 : James 1:6
  118. Matthew 14:32 : Matthew 14:30
  119. Matthew 14:33 : Matthew 14:22
  120. Matthew 14:33 : Matthew 8:2
  121. Matthew 14:33 : John 6:14
  122. Matthew 14:33 : Matthew 16:16; 26:63; Psalm 2:7; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; 4:41; John 1:49; 10:36; 11:27; 20:31; Matthew 3:17
  123. Matthew 14:34 : For Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56; John 6:24, 25
  124. Matthew 14:34 : Luke 5:1
  125. Matthew 14:35 : Matthew 4:24
  126. Matthew 14:36 : Matthew 9:20
  127. Matthew 14:36 : Mark 3:10; Luke 6:19; Acts 5:15
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Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Lenten Lights: 1st Sunday

I hope you will click over to the Desiring God blog to find the  Lenten Lights devotion for this 1st Sunday of Lent.

As a reminder, yesterday I directed you some ideas of how you might use Lenten Lights.

May God bless you as you consider his work in your life through the cross.

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Lenten Lights

From a post I prepared for the Desiring God blog today:

On each Sunday of this Lenten season and on Good Friday and on Easter, one of the devotions from Lenten Lights will be posted here, beginning tomorrow — a total of eight devotional readings.

Each reading begins with a few sentences that summarize the thought for the day. All the rest is Scripture — letting God speak to us directly from his Word.

Some people use each devotion as it is posted weekly. Others save them up and use them daily in the last days leading up to Easter. And if you choose, it also can be used together with seven candles, representing the Light of the World.

Read the rest of the post for explanation of the symbolism, and for suggestions using the devotional readings with or without candles.

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Twin Cities: Groupon for our favorite gym

Lion’s Gym, our old favorite, is offering a Groupon deal this weekend. (If the link doesn’t open the Lion’s Gym page on Groupon, click “all deals” on the menu strip at the top.)

If you live in the Twin Cities and you’ve been thinking you really ought to get back in to a fitness routine, check it out. Lion’s Gym has two locations now–in St. Louis Park and in Robbinsdale.

When you go, tell Stephen that Noel sent you. It’ll be as good as if you area already his old friend. Please let me know when you sign up, so I can high-five you.

Below is what I wrote a year ago about Lion’s Gym and Stephen & Leah Menya, the owners.

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with Stephen MenyaWe ran into a friend who felt her life had been changed by training with Stephen Menya and Leah Menya (page down on “our team” page) at Lions Gym.

I have to say, my first drive-by impression was underwhelming. If I hadn’t been looking for the gym, I wouldn’t have noticed it, tucked between a tanning salon and something else in a mini-stripmall sort of building.

But we all know it’s what inside that counts. And our friend was very persuasive, so we signed up. It was amazing.

Here are some of the things I like about Lion’s Gym:

  • There’s a flavor of Africa in Stephen’s voice and words and laughter and often in the music playing.
  • He calls us Mamá and Papá as he would any other people his parents’ generation in his home village in Kenya.
  • After our one initial session, Stephen knew what we needed. Mamá needs to work on her abs. Papá needs to strengthen his lower back.
  • Stephen sets the tone at the gym, and he is outgoing, happy, and funny.
  • He introduces members to each other so we introverts can’t just sweat and be miserable in our separate corners.
  • Stephen and Leah are Christian believers, and we have prayed together about challenges in their life and business.
  • When we arrive, we sometimes hear worship music playing.
  • Where else would the encouragement to push harder be, “Don’t waste your reps!”
  • Stephen and other staff train all 3 of us at the same time, cycling us through sets on separate machines or sets of weights. I have seen them work effectively with 6 at the same time, each doing different exercises.
  • Most important, the trainers know their stuff and are good teachers. We always appreciate the breather when we pause so they can show us a chart and explain how some group of muscles works so our exercise makes sense to us.
  • Occasionally we get to see their wonderful toddler Sam. He drops into knee bends at the prompt of  ”up – down – up – down.”
  • Finally, you know that I care about life being accessible to people with disabilities. Recently, I found out that Stephen and Leah rearranged all those monstrously heavy machines so that one client who is visually impaired can make his own way around independently while he is working out.

Postscript: Matt Ledbetter joined the staff after I wrote the above. He’s good. I’ve seen him working winningly and effectively with both ends of the fitness spectrum: high-level athletes at one end and at the other end, elderly people who can hardly walk into the gym.

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Countdown to China

The Esther Expedition launches this Thursday. I’ll be in China for 4 weeks, and will be writing about my adventures and discoveries at my other blog,  TellMeWhenToPack.com.

Please click over there and subscribe so you can follow what’s happening and give me feedback and suggestions along the way.

Today’s post is a helpful, humorous introduction to visiting China without making a fool of oneself–at least not a complete fool.

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

4. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 10-12

Matthew 10

The Twelve Apostles

1(A) And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2(B) The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon,(C) who is called Peter, and(D) Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and(E)Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;[a] 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

5(F) These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, ”Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of(G) the Samaritans, 6(H) but go rather to(I) the lost sheep of(J) the house of Israel. 7And proclaim as you go, saying,(K) ’The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’8(L) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[b] cast out demons.(M) You received without paying; give without pay. 9(N) Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts,10no bag for your journey, nor two tunics[c] nor sandals nor a staff, for(O) the laborer deserves his food. 11And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12As you enter the house,(P) greet it.13And if the house is(Q) worthy, let(R) your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words,(S) shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15Truly, I say to you,(T) it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for(U) the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

Persecution Will Come

16(V) ”Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be(W) wise as serpents and(X) innocent as doves. 17Beware of men, for(Y)they will deliver you over to courts and flog you(Z) in their synagogues, 18(AA) and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake,(AB) to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19(AC) When(AD) they deliver you over,(AE) do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for(AF) what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20(AG) For it is not you who speak, but(AH) the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21(AI) Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22(AJ) and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.(AK) But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they(AL) persecute you in one town,(AM) flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel(AN) before the Son of Man comes. 24(AO) ”A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[d] above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.(AP) If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign[e] those of his household.

Have No Fear

26“So have no fear of them,(AQ) for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on(AR) the housetops. 28And(AS) do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him(AT) who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[f] 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[g] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But(AU)even the hairs of your head are all numbered.31Fear not, therefore;(AV) you are of more value than many sparrows. 32(AW) So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,33but(AX) whoever denies me before men,(AY) I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34(AZ) ”Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.(BA) I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35(BB) For I have come(BC) to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36(BD) And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37(BE)Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38And(BF) whoever does not take his cross and(BG)follow me is not worthy of me. 39(BH) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40(BI) ”Whoever receives you receives me, and(BJ)whoever receives me receives him who sent me.41(BK) The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42And(BL) whoever gives one of(BM) these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Matthew 11

Messengers from John the Baptist

1When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2(BN) Now when John heard(BO) in prison about the deeds of(BP) the Christ, he sent word by(BQ)his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you(BR) the one who is to come, or shall we(BS) look for another?” 4And Jesus answered them, ”Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5(BT) the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers[h]are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and(BU) the poor have good news preached to them. 6And blessed is the one who(BV) is not offended by me.”

7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: ”What did you go out(BW) into the wilderness to see?(BX) A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? A man[i] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9What then did you go out to see?(BY) A prophet?[j] Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is he of whom it is written,

(BZ) ”‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’

11Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12(CA)From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[k] and the violent take it by force. 13(CB) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,14and if you are willing to accept it, he is(CC)Elijah who is to come. 15(CD) He who has ears to hear,[l] let him hear.

16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,
17“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18For John came(CE) neither eating(CF) nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19The Son of Man came(CG) eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard,(CH) a friend of(CI) tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”[m]

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

20(CJ) Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21(CK) ”Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in(CL)Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22(CM) But I tell you, it will be more bearable on(CN) the day of judgment for(CO) Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you,(CP) Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to(CQ) Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24(CR) But I tell you that(CS) it will be more tolerable on(CT) the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest

25(CU) At that time Jesus declared, ”I thank you, Father,(CV) Lord of heaven and earth, that(CW)you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and(CX) revealed them to little children; 26yes, Father, for such was your(CY)gracious will.[n] 27(CZ) All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son(DA) except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone(DB) to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28(DC) Come to(DD)me, all who labor and are(DE) heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and(DF) learn from me, for I am(DG) gentle and lowly in heart, and(DH) you will find rest for your souls. 30For(DI) my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 12

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

1At that time(DJ) Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and(DK) they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him,(DL) ”Look, your disciples are doing(DM) what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3He said to them, (DN) ”Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4how he entered the house of God and ate(DO) the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5Or have you not read(DP) in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6I tell you,(DQ) something greater than the temple is here. 7And if you had known(DR) what this means,(DS) ’I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.8For(DT) the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

A Man with a Withered Hand

9He went on from there and(DU) entered their synagogue. 10And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him,(DV) ”Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—(DW) so that they might accuse him. 11He said to them,”Which one of you who has a sheep,(DX) if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12(DY) Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So(DZ) it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13Then he said to the man, ”Stretch out your hand.” And(EA) the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

God’s Chosen Servant

15Jesus, aware of this,(EB) withdrew from there. And(EC) many followed him, and he healed them all 16and(ED) ordered them not to make him known. 17(EE) This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
18(EF) ”Behold, my(EG) servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
(EH) I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21(EI) and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22(EJ) Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.23(EK) And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said,(EL) ”It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25(EM) Knowing their thoughts,(EN) he said to them, ”Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul,(EO) by whom do(EP) your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28But if it is(EQ) by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then(ER) the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29Or(ES)how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed(ET) he may plunder his house. 30(EU) Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31(EV) Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but(EW) the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.32And whoever speaks a word(EX) against the Son of Man(EY) will be forgiven, but(EZ) whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in(FA) this age or in the age to come.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

33(FB) ”Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad,(FC)for the tree is known by its fruit. 34(FD) You brood of vipers! How can you speak good,(FE) when you are evil?(FF) For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35(FG) The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36I tell you,(FH) on the day of judgment(FI) people will give account for(FJ) every careless word they speak, 37for(FK) by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Sign of Jonah

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher,(FL) we wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them,(FM) ”An evil and(FN) adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For(FO) just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish,(FP) so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41(FQ) The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and(FR)condemn it, for(FS) they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold,(FT) something greater than Jonah is here. 42(FU) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold,(FV) something greater than Solomon is here.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

43“When(FW) the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through(FX) waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and(FY) the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this(FZ) evil generation.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

46While he was still speaking to the people, behold,(GA) his mother and his(GB) brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.[o] 48But he replied to the man who told him, ”Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, ”Here are my mother and my brothers!50For(GC) whoever(GD) does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 10:3 Some manuscripts Lebbaeus, or Lebbaeus called Thaddaeus
  2. Matthew 10:8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  3. Matthew 10:10 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  4. Matthew 10:24 Greek bondservant; also verse 25
  5. Matthew 10:25 Greek lacks will they malign
  6. Matthew 10:28 Greek Gehenna
  7. Matthew 10:29 Greek assarion, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
  8. Matthew 11:5 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  9. Matthew 11:8 Or Why then did you go out? To see a man  . . .
  10. Matthew 11:9 Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?
  11. Matthew 11:12 Or has been coming violently
  12. Matthew 11:15 Some manuscripts omit to hear
  13. Matthew 11:19 Some manuscripts children(compare Luke 7:35)
  14. Matthew 11:26 Or for so it pleased you well
  15. Matthew 12:46 Some manuscripts insert verse 47: Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you”
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 10:1 : Mark 3:13-15; 6:7-13; Luke 6:13; 9:1, 2
  2. Matthew 10:2 : For Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13
  3. Matthew 10:2 : Matthew 16:18; John 1:42
  4. Matthew 10:2 : Matthew 4:18, 21
  5. Matthew 10:3 : Matthew 9:9
  6. Matthew 10:5 : Matthew 10:1
  7. Matthew 10:5 : 2 Kgs 17:24; Ezra 4:10; Luke 9:52; 10:33; 17:16; John 4:9, 39, 40; 8:48; Acts 8:25; Acts 1:8
  8. Matthew 10:6 : Matthew 15:24; Acts 3:25, 26; 13:46
  9. Matthew 10:6 : Psalm 119:176; Isa 53:6; Jer 50:6; Matthew 9:36; 18:12
  10. Matthew 10:6 : Acts 2:36; 7:42; Heb 8:8, 10
  11. Matthew 10:7 : Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Luke 10:9
  12. Matthew 10:8 : Matthew 11:5
  13. Matthew 10:8 : Isa 55:1; Acts 3:6; 20:33, 35
  14. Matthew 10:9 : For Matthew 10:9-15, Mark 6:8-11; Luke 9:3-5; Luke 10:4-12; 22:35
  15. Matthew 10:10 : 1 Tim 5:18; 1 Cor 9:4, 7-14
  16. Matthew 10:12 : 1 Sam 25:6; 1 Chr 12:18
  17. Matthew 10:13 : Matthew 8:8; Acts 16:15
  18. Matthew 10:13 : Matthew 10:12
  19. Matthew 10:14 : Acts 13:51; Neh 5:13; Acts 18:6
  20. Matthew 10:15 : Matthew 11:24
  21. Matthew 10:15 : Gen 18:20; 19:28; 2 Pet 2:6
  22. Matthew 10:16 : Luke 10:3; John 17:18
  23. Matthew 10:16 : Gen 3:1
  24. Matthew 10:16 : Rom 16:19 (Gk); Phil 2:15; 1 Cor 14:20
  25. Matthew 10:17 : Mark 13:9, 11; Luke 12:11, 12
  26. Matthew 10:17 : Matthew 23:34
  27. Matthew 10:18 : Matthew 10:17
  28. Matthew 10:18 : Matthew 8:4
  29. Matthew 10:19 : Matthew 10:17
  30. Matthew 10:19 : For Matthew 10:19-22, Mark 13:11-13; Luke 21:12-19; 2 Tim 4:16, 17
  31. Matthew 10:19 : Matthew 6:25
  32. Matthew 10:19 : Deut 18:18; Num 23:5; Exodus 4:12
  33. Matthew 10:20 : Luke 12:12; Acts 4:8; 6:10; 13:9; 1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 13:3; Matthew 10:40; 1 Thess 2:13; Heb 1:1
  34. Matthew 10:20 : John 15:26
  35. Matthew 10:21 : Matthew 10:35, 36
  36. Matthew 10:22 : Matthew 24:9; John 15:18-21
  37. Matthew 10:22 : Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13; Dan 12:12, 13; James 5:11; Rev 2:10; Heb 3:6
  38. Matthew 10:23 : Matthew 23:34
  39. Matthew 10:23 : Matthew 12:15; Acts 8:1; 9:25, 30; 14:6; 17:10, 14
  40. Matthew 10:23 : Matthew 16:28
  41. Matthew 10:24 : Luke 6:40; John 13:16; 15:20; Heb 12:3
  42. Matthew 10:25 : Matthew 9:34; 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; John 7:20
  43. Matthew 10:26 : Mark 4:22; Luke 8:17; 1 Tim 5:25; For Matthew 10:26-33, Luke 12:2-9
  44. Matthew 10:27 : Luke 5:19
  45. Matthew 10:28 : Isa 8:12, 13; 51:12, 13; Jer 1:8; 1 Pet 3:14
  46. Matthew 10:28 : James 4:12
  47. Matthew 10:30 : 1 Sam 14:45
  48. Matthew 10:31 : Matthew 6:26; 12:12
  49. Matthew 10:32 : Rom 10:9, 10; Heb 10:35; Rev 3:5
  50. Matthew 10:33 : 2 Tim 2:12; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 2:23; Mark 8:38
  51. Matthew 10:33 : Matthew 7:23; 25:12; Luke 13:25
  52. Matthew 10:34 : Luke 12:51-53
  53. Matthew 10:34 : Rev 6:4
  54. Matthew 10:35 : Matthew 10:34
  55. Matthew 10:35 : Matthew 10:21; Mic 7:6
  56. Matthew 10:36 : Mic 7:6; Psalm 41:9; 55:12, 13; John 13:18
  57. Matthew 10:37 : Luke 14:26
  58. Matthew 10:38 : Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27
  59. Matthew 10:38 : Matthew 9:9; John 8:12; 12:26; 21:19
  60. Matthew 10:39 : Matthew 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25
  61. Matthew 10:40 : Luke 10:16; John 13:20; Gal 4:14; Matthew 10:20; Matthew 18:5; 25:40
  62. Matthew 10:40 : Mark 9:37; Luke 9:48; John 12:44, 45
  63. Matthew 10:41 : 1 Kgs 17:10-15; 18:4; 2 Kgs 4:8; 3 John 5-8
  64. Matthew 10:42 : Matthew 25:35, 40; Mark 9:41; Heb 6:10
  65. Matthew 10:42 : Matthew 18:10
  66. Matthew 11:2 : For Matthew 11:2-19, Luke 7:18-35
  67. Matthew 11:2 : Matthew 14:3; Matthew 4:12
  68. Matthew 11:2 : Matthew 1:17
  69. Matthew 11:2 : Matthew 9:14
  70. Matthew 11:3 : John 4:25; 6:14; 11:27
  71. Matthew 11:3 : Luke 3:15
  72. Matthew 11:5 : Luke 7:22
  73. Matthew 11:5 : Luke 4:18; Matthew 5:3; James 2:5
  74. Matthew 11:6 : Isa 8:14, 15; John 6:61
  75. Matthew 11:7 : Matthew 3:1; Luke 1:80
  76. Matthew 11:7 : Eph 4:14; James 1:6
  77. Matthew 11:9 : Matthew 14:5; 21:26; Luke 1:76
  78. Matthew 11:10 : Mark 1:2; Mal 3:1
  79. Matthew 11:12 : Luke 16:16
  80. Matthew 11:13 : Matthew 11:12
  81. Matthew 11:14 : Matthew 17:10-13; Mal 4:5; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21
  82. Matthew 11:15 : Matthew 13:9, 43; Luke 8:8; 14:35
  83. Matthew 11:18 : Matthew 3:4; Mark 1:6
  84. Matthew 11:18 : Luke 1:15
  85. Matthew 11:19 : Matthew 9:10; Luke 7:36; 14:1; John 2:1; 12:2
  86. Matthew 11:19 : Matthew 9:11; Luke 15:2; 19:7
  87. Matthew 11:19 : Matthew 18:17
  88. Matthew 11:20 : Psalm 81:11-13; Isa 1:2-5
  89. Matthew 11:21 : For Matthew 11:21-24, Luke 10:12-15
  90. Matthew 11:21 : Matthew 15:21; Mark 3:8; Isa 23; Ezek 28:2-24; Amos 1:9, 10
  91. Matthew 11:22 : Luke 12:47, 48
  92. Matthew 11:22 : Acts 17:31
  93. Matthew 11:22 : Matthew 11:21
  94. Matthew 11:23 : Isa 14:13-15
  95. Matthew 11:23 : Matthew 16:18 (Gk); Luke 16:23; Acts 2:27
  96. Matthew 11:24 : Matthew 11:22
  97. Matthew 11:24 : Matthew 10:15
  98. Matthew 11:24 : Matthew 11:22
  99. Matthew 11:25 : For Matthew 11:25-27, Luke 10:21, 22
  100. Matthew 11:25 : Acts 17:24
  101. Matthew 11:25 : Job 37:24; 1 Cor 1:19-27; 2 Cor 3:14
  102. Matthew 11:25 : Matthew 21:16; Psalm 8:2; Matthew 13:11; 16:17
  103. Matthew 11:26 : Luke 12:32; Gal 1:15
  104. Matthew 11:27 : Matthew 28:18
  105. Matthew 11:27 : John 1:18; 6:46; 7:29; 8:19; 10:15; 17:25
  106. Matthew 11:27 : John 17:26
  107. Matthew 11:28 : John 7:37; John 6:37
  108. Matthew 11:28 : Matthew 11:3
  109. Matthew 11:28 : Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46
  110. Matthew 11:29 : John 13:15; Eph 4:20; Phil 2:5; 1 Pet 2:21; 1 John 2:6
  111. Matthew 11:29 : Zech 9:9; 2 Cor 10:1; Phil 2:7, 8; Matthew 5:5
  112. Matthew 11:29 : Jer 6:16
  113. Matthew 11:30 : 1 John 5:3
  114. Matthew 12:1 : For Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5
  115. Matthew 12:1 : Deut 23:25
  116. Matthew 12:2 : Matthew 12:10; Luke 13:14; 14:3; John 5:10; 7:23; 9:16
  117. Matthew 12:2 : Exodus 20:9-11
  118. Matthew 12:3 : 1 Sam 21:1-6; Matthew 21:16
  119. Matthew 12:4 : Exodus 25:30; Lev 24:5-9
  120. Matthew 12:5 : Num 28:9, 10; 1 Chr 9:32; John 7:22, 23
  121. Matthew 12:6 : Matthew 12:41, 42; Matthew 12:8; Hag 2:9; Mal 3:1
  122. Matthew 12:7 : Matthew 9:13
  123. Matthew 12:7 : Hos 6:6; Mic 6:6-8
  124. Matthew 12:8 : Matthew 9:6
  125. Matthew 12:9 : For Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11
  126. Matthew 12:10 : Luke 14:3; Matthew 12:2
  127. Matthew 12:10 : Luke 11:54; 20:20; John 8:6
  128. Matthew 12:11 : Exodus 23:4, 5; Deut 22:4
  129. Matthew 12:12 : Matthew 6:26; 10:31
  130. Matthew 12:12 : John 5:16, 17
  131. Matthew 12:13 : 1 Kgs 13:4
  132. Matthew 12:15 : Mark 3:7; John 10:39; Matthew 10:23
  133. Matthew 12:15 : Matthew 19:2
  134. Matthew 12:16 : Mark 1:25 (Gk); 3:12; 8:30; Luke 4:41 (Gk); 9:21; Matthew 8:4
  135. Matthew 12:17 : Matthew 1:22
  136. Matthew 12:18 : Isa 42:1-3
  137. Matthew 12:18 : Acts 4:27, 30
  138. Matthew 12:18 : Isa 61:1; Luke 4:18; John 3:34; Acts 10:38
  139. Matthew 12:21 : Isa 42:4 (Gk); Isa 11:10; Rom 15:12
  140. Matthew 12:22 : For Matthew 12:22-24, Luke 11:14, 15; Matthew 9:32-34
  141. Matthew 12:23 : John 4:29; 7:26, 31; Matthew 9:27
  142. Matthew 12:24 : Mark 3:22; Matthew 10:25
  143. Matthew 12:25 : Matthew 9:4
  144. Matthew 12:25 : For Matthew 12:25-29, Mark 3:23-27; Luke 11:17-22
  145. Matthew 12:27 : Acts 19:13
  146. Matthew 12:27 : 2 Kgs 2:7
  147. Matthew 12:28 : Matthew 12:18
  148. Matthew 12:28 : Matthew 19:24; 21:31, 43; Luke 17:21
  149. Matthew 12:29 : Isa 49:24
  150. Matthew 12:29 : Isa 53:12
  151. Matthew 12:30 : Luke 11:23; Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50
  152. Matthew 12:31 : For Matthew 12:31, 32, Mark 3:28-30; Luke 12:10; Heb 6:4-6; 10:26; 1 John 5:16
  153. Matthew 12:31 : Acts 7:51; Heb 10:29
  154. Matthew 12:32 : Matthew 11:19; John 7:12; 9:24
  155. Matthew 12:32 : 1 Tim 1:12, 13
  156. Matthew 12:32 : Matthew 12:31
  157. Matthew 12:32 : Eph 1:21
  158. Matthew 12:33 : Matthew 7:16-20
  159. Matthew 12:33 : Luke 6:43, 44
  160. Matthew 12:34 : Matthew 3:7; 23:33
  161. Matthew 12:34 : Matthew 7:11
  162. Matthew 12:34 : Matthew 15:18, 19; Luke 6:45; Matthew 13:52; Eph 4:29
  163. Matthew 12:35 : Matthew 12:34
  164. Matthew 12:36 : Eph 5:4, 11; 2 Pet 1:8
  165. Matthew 12:36 : Eccles 12:14; Rom 14:12; 1 Pet 4:5
  166. Matthew 12:36 : Acts 17:31
  167. Matthew 12:37 : Matthew 5:22; James 3:2-12
  168. Matthew 12:38 : Matthew 16:1; Mark 8:11, 12; Luke 11:16; 23:8; John 2:18; 4:48; 6:30; 1 Cor 1:22
  169. Matthew 12:39 : Matthew 16:4; For Matthew 12:39-42, Luke 11:29-32; Mark 8:11, 12
  170. Matthew 12:39 : Isa 57:3; Mark 8:38; James 4:4
  171. Matthew 12:40 : Jonah 1:17
  172. Matthew 12:40 : Matthew 17:22, 23
  173. Matthew 12:41 : Jonah 1:2
  174. Matthew 12:41 : Heb 11:7; Jer 3:11; Ezek 16:51, 52; Rom 2:27
  175. Matthew 12:41 : Jonah 3:5
  176. Matthew 12:41 : Matthew 12:6
  177. Matthew 12:42 : 1 Kgs 10:1; 2 Chr 9:1
  178. Matthew 12:42 : Matthew 12:41
  179. Matthew 12:43 : For Matthew 12:43-45, Luke 11:24-26
  180. Matthew 12:43 : Psalm 63:1; Jer 2:6
  181. Matthew 12:45 : 2 Pet 2:20-22; John 5:14
  182. Matthew 12:45 : Matthew 12:39
  183. Matthew 12:46 : For Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21
  184. Matthew 12:46 : Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor 9:5; Gal 1:19
  185. Matthew 12:50 : John 15:14; Heb 2:11
  186. Matthew 12:50 : Matthew 7:21; Luke 11:28
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Friday, February 24th, 2012

Why would we observe Lent?

I don’t remember that I ever heard of Lent while I was growing up. If I did, it would have been clear to me that it was from another tradition–not the way we did things.

So Lent wasn’t part of my year or thought or life for a long time–until children came into our family. That made me think much more intentionally about the most important things. When I realized how haphazardly we tended to stumble upon Easter–oops, oh my goodness, it’s Palm Sunday already–I wanted something more.

Treasuring God in Our TraditionsYou can see more of my thoughts about Lent at the Desiring God blog, taken from Treasuring God in Our Traditions.

I’m interested to know your response or reaction, so please come back here to my blog to comment.

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

3. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 7-9

Matthew 7

Judging Others

1(A) ”Judge not, that you be not judged. 2(B) For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and(C) with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but(D) do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6(E) ”Do not give(F) dogs what is holy, and do not throw your(G)pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

7(H) ”Ask,(I) and it will be given to you;(J) seek, and you will find;(K) knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.9Or which one of you, if his son asks him for(L) bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?11If you then,(M) who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will(N) your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Golden Rule

12“So(O) whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is(P) the Law and the Prophets. 13(Q) ”Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.14For the gate is narrow and(R) the way is hard that leads to life, and(S) those who find it are few.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15(T) ”Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are(U)ravenous wolves. 16You will recognize them(V) by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17So,(W) every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19(X) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus you will recognize them(Y) by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21(Z) ”Not everyone who(AA) says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will(AB) enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who(AC) does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22(AD) On that day(AE) many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not(AF) prophesy in your name, and cast out demons(AG) in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23(AH)And then will I declare to them, ‘I(AI) never knew you;(AJ) depart from me,(AK) you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

24(AL) ”Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like(AM) a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like(AN) a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The Authority of Jesus

28And when Jesus finished these sayings,(AO) the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29(AP) for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

1When he came down from the mountain,(AQ)great crowds followed him. 2(AR) And behold, a leper[b] came to him and(AS) knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3And Jesus[c] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ”I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4And Jesus said to him, (AT) ”See that you say nothing to anyone, but go,(AU) show yourself to the priest and(AV) offer the gift that Moses commanded,(AW)for a proof to them.”

The Faith of a Centurion

5(AX) When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6“Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7And he said to him, ”I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but(AY) only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[d] ’Do this,’ and he does it.” 10When Jesus heard this,(AZ) he marveled and said to those who followed him,”Truly, I tell you, with(BA) no one in Israel[e] have I found such faith. 11I tell you,(BB) many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12(BC) while the sons of the kingdom(BD) will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place(BE) there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, ”Go; let it be done for you(BF) as you have believed.”(BG) And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Jesus Heals Many

14(BH) And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw(BI) his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.15He(BJ) touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were(BK)oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits(BL) with a word and healed all who were sick. 17(BM) This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:(BN) ”He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

The Cost of Following Jesus

18Now(BO) when Jesus saw a crowd around him,(BP) he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19(BQ) And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20And Jesus said to him, ”Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22And Jesus said to him,”Follow me, and leave(BR) the dead to bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms a Storm

23(BS) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but(BT) he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying,(BU) ”Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”26And he said to them, ”Why are you(BV)afraid,(BW) O you of little faith?” Then he rose and(BX) rebuked the winds and the sea, and(BY)there was a great calm. 27And the men(BZ)marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even(CA) winds and sea obey him?”

Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons

28(CB) And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,[f] two(CC) demon-possessed[g] men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.29And behold, they(CD) cried out, “What have you to do with us,(CE) O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us(CF) before the time?” 30Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32And he said to them, ”Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.33The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the(CG) demon-possessed men. 34And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him,(CH) they begged him to leave their region.

Matthew 9

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to(CI) his own city. 2(CJ) And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus(CK) saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, (CL) ”Take heart, my son;(CM) your sins are forgiven.” 3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves,(CN) ”This man is blaspheming.” 4But Jesus,(CO) knowing[h] their thoughts, said, ”Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—”Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he rose and went home. 8When the crowds saw it,(CP) they were afraid, and(CQ) they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Jesus Calls Matthew

9(CR) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called(CS) Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ”Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10And as Jesus[i] reclined at table in the house, behold, many(CT) tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.11And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples,(CU) ”Why does your teacher eat with(CV) tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when he heard it, he said, ”Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.13Go and learn(CW) what this means,(CX) ’I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For(CY) I came not to call the righteous,(CZ) but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

14Then(DA) the disciples of John came to him, saying,(DB) ”Why do we and(DC) the Pharisees fast,[j] but your disciples do not fast?” 15And Jesus said to them, (DD) ”Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?(DE) The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and(DF)then they will fast. 16No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old(DG)wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18(DH) While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and(DI) knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”19And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20And behold, a woman(DJ) who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched(DK) the fringe of his garment, 21for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, (DL) ”Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.”(DM) And instantly[k] the woman was made well. 23And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw(DN) the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, ”Go away, for(DO) the girl is not dead but(DP) sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25But(DQ) when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and(DR) took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26And the report of this went through all that district.

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

27(DS) And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us,(DT) Son of David.” 28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, ”Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29(DU) Then he touched their eyes, saying,(DV) ”According to your faith be it done to you.”30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, (DW) ”See that no one knows about it.” 31(DX) But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak

32As they were going away, behold, a(DY)demon-oppressed man who was mute(DZ) was brought to him. 33And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds(EA) marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

35(EB) And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36(EC)When he saw the crowds,(ED) he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless,(EE) like sheep without a shepherd. 37(EF)Then he said to his disciples, ”The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore(EG)pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to(EH)send out laborers into his harvest.”

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 7:13 Some manuscripts For the way is wide and easy
  2. Matthew 8:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  3. Matthew 8:3 Greek he
  4. Matthew 8:9 Greek bondservant
  5. Matthew 8:10 Some manuscripts not even in Israel
  6. Matthew 8:28 Some manuscriptsGergesenes; some Gerasenes
  7. Matthew 8:28 Greek daimonizomai; also verse 33; elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons
  8. Matthew 9:4 Some manuscripts perceiving
  9. Matthew 9:10 Greek he
  10. Matthew 9:14 Some manuscripts add much, or often
  11. Matthew 9:22 Greek from that hour
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 7:1 : For Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:37, 38, 41, 42; Rom 14:13; 1 Cor 4:5; James 5:9
  2. Matthew 7:2 : Rom 2:1, 3; 14:10; James 2:13; 4:11, 12
  3. Matthew 7:2 : Mark 4:24; Judg 1:7
  4. Matthew 7:3 : John 8:7-9
  5. Matthew 7:6 : Matthew 15:26; Prov 9:7, 8; 23:9
  6. Matthew 7:6 : Phil 3:2; Rev 22:15
  7. Matthew 7:6 : Matthew 13:46
  8. Matthew 7:7 : For Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:9-13
  9. Matthew 7:7 : Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7, 16; 16:23, 24; James 1:5, 6, 17; 1 John 3:22; 5:14, 15
  10. Matthew 7:7 : 1 Chr 28:9; 2 Chr 15:2; Prov 8:17; Jer 29:13; Isa 55:6
  11. Matthew 7:7 : Rev 3:20
  12. Matthew 7:9 : Matthew 4:3
  13. Matthew 7:11 : Matthew 12:34; Gen 6:5; 8:21
  14. Matthew 7:11 : Matthew 7:7
  15. Matthew 7:12 : Luke 6:31
  16. Matthew 7:12 : Matthew 22:40
  17. Matthew 7:13 : Luke 13:24
  18. Matthew 7:14 : Psalm 16:11; Matthew 18:8; John 14:6
  19. Matthew 7:14 : Luke 13:23
  20. Matthew 7:15 : Matthew 24:11, 24; Deut 13:1-3; Jer 14:14; 23:16; Mark 13:22; Luke 6:26; Acts 13:6; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 4:1
  21. Matthew 7:15 : Ezek 22:27; Acts 20:29; Mic 3:5; John 10:12
  22. Matthew 7:16 : Luke 6:43, 44; James 2:18
  23. Matthew 7:17 : Matthew 12:33-35
  24. Matthew 7:19 : Matthew 3:10
  25. Matthew 7:20 : Matthew 7:16
  26. Matthew 7:21 : Luke 6:46; Rom 2:13; James 1:22
  27. Matthew 7:21 : Hos 8:2
  28. Matthew 7:21 : John 3:3, 5
  29. Matthew 7:21 : Matthew 12:50
  30. Matthew 7:22 : Matthew 25:11, 12; Luke 13:25-27
  31. Matthew 7:22 : Mal 3:17, 18
  32. Matthew 7:22 : Num 24:4; John 11:51; 1 Cor 13:2
  33. Matthew 7:22 : Mark 9:38
  34. Matthew 7:23 : Matthew 7:22
  35. Matthew 7:23 : Matthew 10:33; Psalm 101:4
  36. Matthew 7:23 : Matthew 25:41; Psalm 6:8
  37. Matthew 7:23 : Matthew 13:41; Psalm 5:5
  38. Matthew 7:24 : For Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49
  39. Matthew 7:24 : Matthew 25:2; Ezek 13:10-14
  40. Matthew 7:26 : Matthew 7:24
  41. Matthew 7:28 : Matthew 13:54; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 6:2; 11:18; Luke 4:32; Acts 13:12
  42. Matthew 7:29 : John 7:46
  43. Matthew 8:1 : Matthew 4:25
  44. Matthew 8:2 : For Matthew 8:2-4, Mark 1:40-44; Luke 5:12-14
  45. Matthew 8:2 : Matthew 18:26; Acts 10:25
  46. Matthew 8:4 : Matthew 9:30; 17:9; Mark 1:34; 5:43; 7:36; 8:26; Matthew 12:16
  47. Matthew 8:4 : Luke 17:14
  48. Matthew 8:4 : Lev 14:2-32
  49. Matthew 8:4 : Matthew 10:18; 24:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; James 5:3
  50. Matthew 8:5 : For Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
  51. Matthew 8:8 : Psalm 107:20; Matthew 8:16
  52. Matthew 8:10 : Mark 6:6
  53. Matthew 8:10 : Matthew 9:2
  54. Matthew 8:11 : Luke 13:29; Eph 3:6; Isa 59:19; Mal 1:11
  55. Matthew 8:12 : Luke 13:28; Matthew 19:30; 21:41, 43
  56. Matthew 8:12 : Matthew 22:13; 25:30
  57. Matthew 8:12 : Matthew 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28
  58. Matthew 8:13 : Matthew 9:29
  59. Matthew 8:13 : John 4:53; Matthew 9:22
  60. Matthew 8:14 : For Matthew 8:14-16, Mark 1:29-34; Luke 4:38-41
  61. Matthew 8:14 : 1 Cor 9:5
  62. Matthew 8:15 : Matthew 9:25
  63. Matthew 8:16 : Matthew 8:28, 33; Matthew 4:24
  64. Matthew 8:16 : Matthew 8:8
  65. Matthew 8:17 : Matthew 1:22
  66. Matthew 8:17 : Isa 53:4
  67. Matthew 8:18 : Matthew 14:22; John 6:15-17
  68. Matthew 8:18 : Mark 4:35; Luke 8:22
  69. Matthew 8:19 : For Matthew 8:19-22, Luke 9:57-60
  70. Matthew 8:22 : John 5:25
  71. Matthew 8:23 : For Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:22-25; John 6:16-21
  72. Matthew 8:24 : John 4:6, 7
  73. Matthew 8:25 : Matthew 14:30
  74. Matthew 8:26 : John 14:27
  75. Matthew 8:26 : Matthew 6:30
  76. Matthew 8:26 : Psalm 104:6, 7; Luke 4:39
  77. Matthew 8:26 : Job 38:11; Psalm 65:7; Matthew 14:32
  78. Matthew 8:27 : Mark 1:27
  79. Matthew 8:27 : Luke 5:9
  80. Matthew 8:28 : For Matthew 8:28–9:1, Mark 5:1-21; Luke 8:26-40
  81. Matthew 8:28 : Matthew 8:16; Rev 18:2
  82. Matthew 8:29 : Mark 1:23, 24, 26; Luke 4:34; Acts 8:7
  83. Matthew 8:29 : Matthew 4:3, 6; Matthew 14:33
  84. Matthew 8:29 : Rev 12:12
  85. Matthew 8:33 : Matthew 8:16
  86. Matthew 8:34 : 1 Kgs 17:18; Luke 5:8; Acts 16:39
  87. Matthew 9:1 : Matthew 4:13; Mark 2:1
  88. Matthew 9:2 : For Matthew 9:2-8, Mark 2:3-12; Luke 5:18-26
  89. Matthew 9:2 : Matthew 9:22, 29; Matthew 8:10, 13; 15:28; Mark 10:52; Luke 7:9, 50; 17:19; 18:42; Acts 3:16; 14:9; James 5:15
  90. Matthew 9:2 : Matthew 9:22
  91. Matthew 9:2 : Luke 7:48; John 5:14
  92. Matthew 9:3 : Matthew 26:65; John 10:36
  93. Matthew 9:4 : Matthew 12:25; John 2:24, 25
  94. Matthew 9:8 : Luke 7:16
  95. Matthew 9:8 : Matthew 28:18
  96. Matthew 9:9 : For Matthew 9:9-17, Mark 2:14-22; Luke 5:27-38
  97. Matthew 9:9 : Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13
  98. Matthew 9:10 : Matthew 11:19; Matthew 5:46
  99. Matthew 9:11 : Luke 15:2
  100. Matthew 9:11 : Matthew 9:10
  101. Matthew 9:13 : Matthew 12:7
  102. Matthew 9:13 : Hos 6:6; Matthew 23:23; Mark 12:33
  103. Matthew 9:13 : Luke 15:7; John 9:39
  104. Matthew 9:13 : 1 Tim 1:15
  105. Matthew 9:14 : Matthew 11:2; 14:12; Luke 11:1; John 1:35; 3:25; 4:1; Acts 18:25; 19:3
  106. Matthew 9:14 : Matthew 15:2
  107. Matthew 9:14 : Luke 18:12
  108. Matthew 9:15 : John 3:29
  109. Matthew 9:15 : Luke 17:22
  110. Matthew 9:15 : John 16:20
  111. Matthew 9:17 : Josh 9:4
  112. Matthew 9:18 : For Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:41-56
  113. Matthew 9:18 : Matthew 8:2
  114. Matthew 9:20 : Lev 15:25
  115. Matthew 9:20 : Matthew 14:36; 23:5; Num 15:38, 39; Deut 22:12
  116. Matthew 9:22 : Matthew 9:2; Luke 7:50
  117. Matthew 9:22 : Matthew 15:28; 17:18; Matthew 8:13
  118. Matthew 9:23 : Rev 18:22
  119. Matthew 9:24 : Acts 20:10
  120. Matthew 9:24 : John 11:4, 11
  121. Matthew 9:25 : Acts 9:40
  122. Matthew 9:25 : Mark 9:27; Acts 3:7; 9:41
  123. Matthew 9:27 : Matthew 20:30-34
  124. Matthew 9:27 : Matthew 12:23; 15:22; 20:30, 31; 22:42; Matthew 1:1
  125. Matthew 9:29 : Mark 8:25; John 9:6
  126. Matthew 9:29 : Matthew 9:2
  127. Matthew 9:30 : Matthew 8:4
  128. Matthew 9:31 : Mark 1:45; 7:36
  129. Matthew 9:32 : Matthew 12:22-24; Luke 11:14, 15
  130. Matthew 9:32 : Matthew 4:24
  131. Matthew 9:33 : Mark 1:27
  132. Matthew 9:35 : Matthew 4:23, 24
  133. Matthew 9:36 : Matthew 14:14
  134. Matthew 9:36 : Mark 6:34
  135. Matthew 9:36 : Num 27:17; 1 Kgs 22:17; Ezek 34:5
  136. Matthew 9:37 : Luke 10:2; John 4:35
  137. Matthew 9:38 : 2 Thess 3:1
  138. Matthew 9:38 : Matthew 20:2; Mark 1:12
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

2. Lenten Bible reading

Matthew 4-6

Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1(A) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness(B)to be tempted by the devil.2And after fasting(C) forty days and forty nights, he(D) was hungry. 3And(E) the tempter came and said to him, “If you are(F) the Son of God, command(G) these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, (H) ”It is written,

(I) ”‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5(J) Then the devil took him to(K) the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

(L) ”‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7Jesus said to him, ”Again(M) it is written,(N) ’You shall not(O) put the Lord your God to the test.’”8(P) Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, ”Be gone,(Q) Satan! For(R) it is written,

(S) ”‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and(T) him only shall you serve.’”

11Then the devil left him, and behold,(U) angels came and were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12Now when he heard that(V) John had been arrested,(W) he withdrew into Galilee. 13And leaving(X) Nazareth he went and lived in(Y)Capernaum by(Z) the sea, in the territory of(AA)Zebulun and Naphtali, 14(AB) so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15(AC) ”The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16(AD) the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and(AE)shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.” 17(AF) From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, (AG) ”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18(AH) While walking by(AI) the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ”Follow me, and I will make you(AJ) fishers of men.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds

23(AK) And he went throughout all Galilee,(AL)teaching in their synagogues and(AM) proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and(AN) healing every disease and every affliction among the people.24So his fame spread throughout all(AO) Syria, and(AP) they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and(AQ) pains,(AR)those oppressed by demons,(AS) epileptics, and(AT) paralytics, and he healed them. 25(AU) And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the(AV) Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 5

The Sermon on the Mount

1Seeing the crowds,(AW) he went up on the mountain, and when he(AX) sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes

2And(AY) he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3(AZ) ”Blessed are(BA) the poor in spirit, for(BB)theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are(BC) those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5“Blessed are the(BD) meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and(BE) thirst(BF)for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7“Blessed are(BG) the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8“Blessed are(BH) the pure in heart, for(BI) they shall see God.

9“Blessed are(BJ) the peacemakers, for(BK) they shall be called(BL) sons[a] of God.

10(BM) ”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for(BN) theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11(BO) ”Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely(BP) on my account. 12(BQ)Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for(BR) so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth,(BS) but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14(BT) ”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15(BU) Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so(BV) that they may see your good works and(BW) give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

17(BX) ”Do not think that I have come to abolish(BY) the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but(BZ) to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you,(CA) until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19(CB) Therefore whoever relaxes(CC) one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least(CD) in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds(CE) that of the scribes and Pharisees, you(CF) will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Anger

21(CG) ”You have heard that it was said to those of old,(CH) ’You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable(CI) to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that(CJ) everyone who is angry with his brother[b] will be liable(CK) to judgment; whoever insults[c] his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to(CL)the hell[d] of fire. 23(CM) So if(CN) you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25(CO) Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26Truly, I say to you,(CP) you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.[e]

Lust

27(CQ) ”You have heard that it was said,(CR) ’You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that(CS) everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29(CT) If your right eye(CU) causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into(CV) hell.30(CW) And if your right hand(CX) causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into(CY) hell.

Divorce

31(CZ) ”It was also said,(DA) ’Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’32(DB) But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and(DC)whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths

33“Again(DD) you have heard that it was said to those of old,(DE) ’You shall not swear falsely, but(DF) shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34But I say to you,(DG) Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for(DH) it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is(DI) the city of the great King. 36And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;(DJ) anything more than this comes from evil.[f]

Retaliation

38(DK) ”You have heard that it was said,(DL) ’An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you,(DM) Do not resist the one who is evil. But(DN) if anyone(DO) slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And(DP) if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[g] let him have your cloak as well. 41And if anyone(DQ)forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.42(DR) Give to the one who begs from you, and(DS)do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43(DT) ”You have heard that it was said,(DU) ’You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I say to you,(DV) Love your enemies and(DW)pray for those who persecute you, 45(DX) so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and(DY) sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46(DZ) For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers,[h] what more are you doing than others? Do not even(EA) the Gentiles do the same? 48(EB) You therefore must be(EC)perfect,(ED) as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 6

Giving to the Needy

1“Beware of(EE) practicing your righteousness before other people in order(EF) to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2(EG) ”Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may(EH) be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have(EI) received their reward. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret.(EJ) And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Lord’s Prayer

5“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love(EK) to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others.(EL) Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray,(EM) go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.(EN)And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as(EO) the Gentiles do, for(EP) they think that they will be heard(EQ) for their many words.8Do not be like them,(ER) for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9(ES) Pray then like this:

(ET) ”Our Father in heaven,(EU) hallowed be(EV)your name.[i] 10(EW) Your kingdom come,(EX) your will be done,[j]
(EY) on earth as it is in heaven.
11(EZ) Give us(FA) this day our daily bread,[k] 12and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And(FB) lead us not into temptation,
but(FC) deliver us from(FD) evil.[l]

14(FE) For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15(FF)but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting

16“And(FG) when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others.(FH)Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast,(FI) anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.(FJ) And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19(FK) ”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where(FL) moth and rust[m] destroy and where thieves(FM) break in and steal, 20(FN) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22(FO) ”The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23(FP) but if(FQ) your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24(FR) ”No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and(FS) money.[n]

Do Not Be Anxious

25(FT) ”Therefore I tell you,(FU) do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26(FV) Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.(FW)Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his(FX) span of life?[o] 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29yet I tell you,(FY) even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you,(FZ) O you of little faith?31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For(GA) the Gentiles seek after all these things, and(GB) your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But(GC) seek first(GD) the kingdom of God and his righteousness,(GE) and all these things will be added to you. 34(GF) ”Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:9 Greek huioi;
  2. Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts insertwithout cause
  3. Matthew 5:22 Greek says Raca to (a term of abuse)
  4. Matthew 5:22 Greek Gehenna; also verses 29, 30
  5. Matthew 5:26 Greek kodrantes, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
  6. Matthew 5:37 Or the evil one
  7. Matthew 5:40 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  8. Matthew 5:47 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either tobrothers or to brothers and sisters
  9. Matthew 6:9 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence
  10. Matthew 6:10 Or Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
  11. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  12. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one; some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
  13. Matthew 6:19 Or worm; also verse 20
  14. Matthew 6:24 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions
  15. Matthew 6:27 Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Cross references:

  1. Matthew 4:1 : For Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13
  2. Matthew 4:1 : Heb 2:18; 4:15
  3. Matthew 4:2 : Deut 9:9, 18; 1 Kgs 19:8
  4. Matthew 4:2 : John 4:6, 7
  5. Matthew 4:3 : 1 Thess 3:5
  6. Matthew 4:3 : Matthew 14:33
  7. Matthew 4:3 : Matthew 3:9
  8. Matthew 4:4 : Matthew 4:7, 10; Eph 6:17
  9. Matthew 4:4 : Deut 8:3; John 4:34
  10. Matthew 4:5 : Luke 4:9
  11. Matthew 4:5 : Matthew 27:53; Neh 11:18; Isa 48:2; 52:1; Rev 11:2; Psalm 46:4; 48:1; Rev 21:2; 22:19
  12. Matthew 4:6 : Psalm 91:11, 12
  13. Matthew 4:7 : Matthew 4:4, 10
  14. Matthew 4:7 : Deut 6:16
  15. Matthew 4:7 : Isa 7:12
  16. Matthew 4:8 : Luke 4:5
  17. Matthew 4:10 : 1 Chr 21:1
  18. Matthew 4:10 : Matthew 4:4, 7
  19. Matthew 4:10 : Deut 6:13
  20. Matthew 4:10 : 1 Sam 7:3
  21. Matthew 4:11 : Matthew 26:53; Luke 22:43
  22. Matthew 4:12 : Matthew 14:3; Mark 1:14; Luke 3:19, 20; John 3:24
  23. Matthew 4:12 : Luke 4:14
  24. Matthew 4:13 : Matthew 2:23
  25. Matthew 4:13 : Matthew 9:1
  26. Matthew 4:13 : John 6:1
  27. Matthew 4:13 : Josh 19:32-34
  28. Matthew 4:14 : Matthew 1:22
  29. Matthew 4:15 : Isa 9:1, 2
  30. Matthew 4:16 : Isa 42:7; Luke 1:79
  31. Matthew 4:16 : Job 3:5; Psalm 23:4; Amos 5:8
  32. Matthew 4:17 : Mark 1:14
  33. Matthew 4:17 : Matthew 3:2
  34. Matthew 4:18 : For Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11; John 1:40-42
  35. Matthew 4:18 : Matthew 4:13
  36. Matthew 4:19 : Matthew 13:47
  37. Matthew 4:23 : Mark 1:39
  38. Matthew 4:23 : Matthew 9:35; 13:54; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:15; John 18:20
  39. Matthew 4:23 : Matthew 24:14; Luke 4:43; Matthew 13:19
  40. Matthew 4:23 : Matthew 8:16; 14:35, 36; Mark 1:34; 6:55, 56
  41. Matthew 4:24 : Luke 2:2
  42. Matthew 4:24 : Matthew 4:23
  43. Matthew 4:24 : Matthew 8:6
  44. Matthew 4:24 : John 10:21
  45. Matthew 4:24 : Matthew 17:15
  46. Matthew 4:24 : Matthew 9:2, 6
  47. Matthew 4:25 : Mark 3:7, 8; Luke 6:17
  48. Matthew 4:25 : Mark 5:20
  49. Matthew 5:1 : Matthew 15:29
  50. Matthew 5:1 : Luke 4:20
  51. Matthew 5:2 : Psalm 78:2
  52. Matthew 5:3 : For Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-23
  53. Matthew 5:3 : Isa 61:1; 66:2
  54. Matthew 5:3 : Luke 12:32
  55. Matthew 5:4 : Isa 61:2, 3; John 16:20; 2 Cor 1:7; 7:10; Rev 21:4; James 4:9, 10
  56. Matthew 5:5 : Psalm 37:11
  57. Matthew 5:6 : Psalm 42:2; Isa 55:1, 2; John 7:37
  58. Matthew 5:6 : 2 Tim 2:22; Matthew 6:33
  59. Matthew 5:7 : Matthew 18:33; 25:34-36; Prov 19:17; Luke 6:36; 2 Tim 1:16; Heb 6:10
  60. Matthew 5:8 : Psalm 24:4; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Pet 1:22
  61. Matthew 5:8 : Heb 12:14; 1 John 3:2, 3; Rev 22:4; 1 Cor 13:12
  62. Matthew 5:9 : James 3:18
  63. Matthew 5:9 : 1 John 3:1
  64. Matthew 5:9 : Rom 8:14
  65. Matthew 5:10 : 2 Tim 2:12; James 5:11; 1 Pet 3:14
  66. Matthew 5:10 : Matthew 5:3
  67. Matthew 5:11 : Heb 11:26; 1 Pet 4:14
  68. Matthew 5:11 : John 15:21
  69. Matthew 5:12 : Acts 5:41; Rom 5:3; 2 Cor 12:10; Col 1:11, 24; Heb 10:34; James 1:2; 1 Pet 4:13
  70. Matthew 5:12 : Matthew 21:35
  71. Matthew 5:13 : Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34
  72. Matthew 5:14 : Eph 5:8; Phil 2:15; John 8:12
  73. Matthew 5:15 : Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33
  74. Matthew 5:16 : Philem 6; 1 Pet 2:12
  75. Matthew 5:16 : John 15:8; 2 Cor 9:13; Phil 1:11; Matthew 9:8
  76. Matthew 5:17 : Rom 3:31
  77. Matthew 5:17 : Matthew 7:12
  78. Matthew 5:17 : Rom 10:4; 13:8; Gal 3:24
  79. Matthew 5:18 : Luke 16:17; Matthew 24:35
  80. Matthew 5:19 : 1 Cor 3:12-15
  81. Matthew 5:19 : Gal 3:10; James 2:10
  82. Matthew 5:19 : Matthew 11:11; 18:1-4
  83. Matthew 5:20 : Rom 10:3; Phil 3:9
  84. Matthew 5:20 : John 3:5
  85. Matthew 5:21 : Matthew 5:33; Matthew 5:27, 31, 38, 43
  86. Matthew 5:21 : Exodus 20:13; Deut 5:17; Matthew 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Rom 13:9; James 2:11
  87. Matthew 5:21 : Deut 16:18
  88. Matthew 5:22 : 1 John 3:15
  89. Matthew 5:22 : Matthew 5:21
  90. Matthew 5:22 : Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43; James 3:6; Matthew 5:29
  91. Matthew 5:23 : Matthew 6:15; Mark 11:25
  92. Matthew 5:23 : Matthew 8:4; 23:18
  93. Matthew 5:25 : Luke 12:58, 59
  94. Matthew 5:26 : Matthew 18:34, 35
  95. Matthew 5:27 : Matthew 5:21
  96. Matthew 5:27 : Exodus 20:14; Deut 5:18
  97. Matthew 5:28 : Job 31:1; Prov 6:25; 2 Sam 11:2
  98. Matthew 5:29 : Matthew 18:8, 9; Mark 9:43-48
  99. Matthew 5:29 : Matthew 13:41; Luke 17:1
  100. Matthew 5:29 : Matthew 10:28; 23:15, 33; Luke 12:5; Matthew 5:22
  101. Matthew 5:30 : Matthew 5:29
  102. Matthew 5:30 : Matthew 5:29
  103. Matthew 5:30 : Matthew 5:29
  104. Matthew 5:31 : Matthew 5:27
  105. Matthew 5:31 : Matthew 19:7; Jer 3:1; Deut 24:1
  106. Matthew 5:32 : Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor 7:10, 11
  107. Matthew 5:32 : Rom 7:3
  108. Matthew 5:33 : Matthew 5:27
  109. Matthew 5:33 : Lev 19:12; 1 Tim 1:10
  110. Matthew 5:33 : Num 30:2; Deut 23:21; Eccles 5:4
  111. Matthew 5:34 : James 5:12
  112. Matthew 5:34 : Matthew 23:22; Isa 66:1; Acts 7:49; Rev 4:2
  113. Matthew 5:35 : Psalm 48:2
  114. Matthew 5:37 : Prov 10:19
  115. Matthew 5:38 : Matthew 5:27
  116. Matthew 5:38 : Exodus 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21
  117. Matthew 5:39 : 1 Pet 2:23
  118. Matthew 5:39 : For Matthew 5:39-42, Luke 6:29, 30; Rom 12:17
  119. Matthew 5:39 : Matthew 26:67; Isa 50:6; Lam 3:30
  120. Matthew 5:40 : Matthew 5:39
  121. Matthew 5:41 : Matthew 27:32
  122. Matthew 5:42 : Psalm 37:21; Prov 21:26
  123. Matthew 5:42 : Deut 15:8; Psalm 37:26; 112:5; Luke 6:34, 35
  124. Matthew 5:43 : Matthew 5:21
  125. Matthew 5:43 : Lev 19:18; Matthew 19:19
  126. Matthew 5:44 : Luke 6:27, 28; Rom 12:20; Exodus 23:4; Job 31:29, 30; Psalm 7:4
  127. Matthew 5:44 : Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60; 2 Tim 4:16; 1 Pet 3:9
  128. Matthew 5:45 : Luke 6:35; Eph 5:1; Phil 2:15
  129. Matthew 5:45 : Acts 14:17
  130. Matthew 5:46 : Luke 6:32
  131. Matthew 5:47 : Matthew 6:7, 32
  132. Matthew 5:48 : Luke 6:36
  133. Matthew 5:48 : Matthew 19:21; 1 Cor 2:6 (Gk); Phil 3:15 (Gk); Col 1:28; 4:12 (Gk); James 1:4; 3:2; Gen 17:1
  134. Matthew 5:48 : Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:15
  135. Matthew 6:1 : 1 John 2:29
  136. Matthew 6:1 : Matthew 6:16; Matthew 23:5
  137. Matthew 6:2 : 1 Cor 13:3
  138. Matthew 6:2 : John 5:44
  139. Matthew 6:2 : Luke 6:24
  140. Matthew 6:4 : Matthew 6:6, 18
  141. Matthew 6:5 : Mark 11:25; Luke 18:11
  142. Matthew 6:5 : Matthew 6:2, 16
  143. Matthew 6:6 : 2 Kgs 4:33; Isa 26:20
  144. Matthew 6:6 : Matthew 6:4, 18
  145. Matthew 6:7 : Matthew 6:32; Matthew 5:47
  146. Matthew 6:7 : 1 Kgs 18:26
  147. Matthew 6:7 : Prov 10:19; Eccles 5:2
  148. Matthew 6:8 : Matthew 6:32
  149. Matthew 6:9 : For Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4
  150. Matthew 6:9 : Matthew 6:1
  151. Matthew 6:9 : Isa 29:23; Luke 1:49; 1 Pet 3:15
  152. Matthew 6:9 : John 17:6
  153. Matthew 6:10 : Matthew 3:2; 4:17
  154. Matthew 6:10 : Matthew 26:42; Luke 22:42; Acts 21:14; Matthew 12:50; Heb 13:21
  155. Matthew 6:10 : Psalm 103:20, 21; Dan 4:35
  156. Matthew 6:11 : Prov 30:8
  157. Matthew 6:11 : Matthew 6:34
  158. Matthew 6:13 : Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46; 1 Cor 10:13
  159. Matthew 6:13 : John 17:15; 2 Thess 3:3; 2 Tim 4:18
  160. Matthew 6:13 : Matthew 13:19
  161. Matthew 6:14 : Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13
  162. Matthew 6:15 : Matthew 18:35; James 2:13
  163. Matthew 6:16 : Isa 58:5
  164. Matthew 6:16 : Matthew 6:2, 5
  165. Matthew 6:17 : Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam 12:20
  166. Matthew 6:18 : Matthew 6:4, 6
  167. Matthew 6:19 : Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:21, 33, 34; 18:22; 1 Tim 6:9, 10, 17-19; Heb 13:5
  168. Matthew 6:19 : James 5:2, 3
  169. Matthew 6:19 : Matthew 24:43
  170. Matthew 6:20 : Matthew 6:19
  171. Matthew 6:22 : Luke 11:34, 35
  172. Matthew 6:23 : Matthew 6:22
  173. Matthew 6:23 : Matthew 20:15; Deut 15:9; Prov 28:22
  174. Matthew 6:24 : Luke 16:13; Rom 6:16; James 4:4
  175. Matthew 6:24 : Luke 16:9, 11, 13
  176. Matthew 6:25 : For Matthew 6:25-33, Luke 12:22-31
  177. Matthew 6:25 : Matthew 6:27, 28, 31, 34; Matthew 10:19; 13:22 (Gk); 1 Cor 7:32 (Gk); Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7
  178. Matthew 6:26 : Job 38:41; Psalm 147:9
  179. Matthew 6:26 : Matthew 10:31
  180. Matthew 6:27 : Luke 2:52
  181. Matthew 6:29 : 1 Kgs 10:4-7
  182. Matthew 6:30 : Matthew 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; Matthew 17:20
  183. Matthew 6:32 : Matthew 6:7
  184. Matthew 6:32 : Matthew 6:8
  185. Matthew 6:33 : Matthew 5:6, 20
  186. Matthew 6:33 : Matthew 6:10
  187. Matthew 6:33 : 1 Kgs 3:11-14; Mark 10:29, 30; 1 Tim 4:8; 1 Pet 3:9
  188. Matthew 6:34 : James 4:13, 14
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