5[1-11] And then as the people crowded in to hear the Word of God, the Christ, who stood beside Lake Gennesaret, saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were washing their nets and had left them. So Yeshua went in one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and asked him to go out a little from the shore. And the Christ sat down, and taught the people from the ship. Now when the Christ had finished speaking, Yeshua said to Simon, “Go out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered, “Christ, we’ve worked all night, and haven’t caught a thing: but because you say so, I’ll put the net down one more time.” And when they had done it, they caught so many fish that their net almost broke. So they waved to their partners, who were in the other ship, to come and help them. When they came, they filled both ships up so much that they began to sink. And when Simon Peter saw it, he dropped down at Yeshua’ knees, saying, “Christ, go away from me; I am a sinful person!” He said this because they were all so amazed at how many fish they had caught: And so were James, and John, the children of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. So Yeshua said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you’ll be catching souls.” And when they had docked their ships, they left everything, and followed along with Yeshua.
[12-16] And then, when they were in a certain city, someone who had leprosy, seeing Yeshua, dropped to the ground, and begged, saying, “Christ, if only You want to, You can make me well! So the Christ reached out, and touched them, saying, “I want to: Get well.” Then suddenly the leprosy was gone, so the Christ said to the person, “Tell no one: but go, and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses told you to for your healing, for a witness to them.” But word of Yeshua went out all the more: and great crowds came together to hear, and to be healed by the Christ of all their sicknesses. So the Christ withdrew often alone into the countryside to pray.
[17-26] And then on a certain day, as the Christ was teaching, there were religious leaders and teachers of the Word of God sitting near, which had come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of God was with Yeshua to heal those in need. And others brought someone in a bed, who was paralyzed: and they looked for a way to bring them in, to put at Yeshua’s feet. But when they couldn’t find a way to bring the person in because of the crowd, they went up on the rooftop, and let the person down on the bed to Yeshua through the roof, right in the middle of the crowd. And when the Christ saw their faith, Yeshua said, “Your sins are forgiven you.” And the religious leaders and those of the religious sects began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks disrespectfully of God? Only God can forgive sins!” But when Yeshua realized what they were thinking, the Christ said, “Why do you question Me in your hearts? What is easier to say, Your sins are forgiven you; or to say, Get up and walk? But so you can know that I have the power on earth to forgive sins, (the Christ said to the paralyzed) I tell you, Get up, and pick up your bed, and go home.” And suddenly, the person got up in front of them, and picked up the bed, and went home, praising God all the way. And everyone was amazed, and praised God, and were filled with fear, saying, “What strange things we’ve seen today!’
[27-32] And then the Christ went out, and saw a tax collector, named Matthew, sitting where the taxes were collected: saying, “Follow Me.” And Mathew left everything, got up, and followed along. And there was a dinner held at Mathew’s home: and a great many tax collectors and others were there. But the religious leaders and those in the religious sects spoke against the followers, asking, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Yeshua answered, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor; but only those who are sick. I didn’t come to those who are good, but to sinners to tell them to change their ways.”
[33-35] So they said, “Why do the followers of John often go without food, and pray, and those of the religious leaders, too; but Your followers eat and drink?” And the Christ answered, “Can you make the friends of one of the bridal party go without food, while one of the bridal party is with them? But the time will come, when the bridal party will be gone, and then they’ll go without food at that time.”
[36-39] And then the Christ told them a story, saying, “No one puts a piece of a new cloth on old clothes; because, then the new cloth would shrink and make a bigger tear, and the new piece wouldn’t match the old cloth. And no one puts new wine into old bottles; or else the new wine would burst and break the bottles, and be spilled out. But new wine must be put into new bottles so both are safely kept. And no one, having drunk old wine, suddenly wants new, because they say, ‘The old wine is better.’”
6[1-5] And then on the next Day of Worship, they went through the corn fields; and the followers took the ears of corn, and rubbing them in their hands, ate them. And some of the religious leaders asked, “Why do you do what isn’t right to do on the Days of Worship?” And Yeshua answered, “Haven’t you ever read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; How he went into the house of God, taking and eating the bread, and gave to those who were with him, too; which isn’t right for anyone to eat but the priests?” Then Yeshua said, “I am also the ruler of the Seventh Day.”
[6-12] And then on another Seventh Day, Yeshua went to the place of worship to teach: and there was someone there whose hand was paralyzed. And the religious leaders and the ministers from the religious sects watched, to see whether Yeshua would heal on a Day of Worship; in order to accuse the Christ of something. But the Christ knew what they were thinking, saying to the person who had the paralyzed hand, “Get up, and stand out in the middle.” So the person got up and stood in the middle of them. Then Yeshua said, “I ask you one thing; Is it right on Days of Worship to do good, or to do evil? to save a life, or to end it?” And looking around on them all, Yeshua said to the person, “Stretch out your hand.” And the person did so: and their hand became well just like the other one. So all the religious leaders were full of anger; and discussed with one another what to do to Yeshua. And then one day, the Christ went up on a mountain to pray, and stayed up all night in prayer to God.
[13-19] So when it was day, Yeshua called all the followers: and out of them the Christ chose twelve, who were called to lead the followers; Simon, (who the Christ called Peter,) Andrew his brother, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, the Child of Alphaeus, Simon called Zelotes, Thaddaeus, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. And Yeshua came down with them, and stood in the field, with the crowd of followers, and another great crowd of people out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear the Christ, and to be healed of their diseases; And those who were suffering with evil spirits were healed, too. And the whole crowd looked for a way to touch the Christ because the power to heal came out of Yeshua, and healed them all.
[20-26] And the Christ looked on all the followers, saying, “Blessed are those who are poor because you’ll have the realm of God. Blessed are you that hunger now because you’ll be filled. Blessed are you that cry now because you’ll laugh. Blessed are you, when others hate you, and when they keep you from their company, and accuse you, and call you evil, because of My Name. Celebrate in that day, and leap for joy because your reward in heaven is great! Their ancestors treated the great preachers in this way, too. But those who are rich will be sorry! They’ve gotten their comfort already. You who are full will be sorry because you’ll hunger. You who laugh now will be sorry because you’ll cry sorrowfully. When everyone speaks well of you, you’ll be sorry! So did their ancestors to all the false teachers.
[27-38] But I tell everyone of you who are listening, love those who who come against you out of their own choosing, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who shamefully misuse you. And to those who slap you on one cheek, offer them the other one, too; and those who take away your shirt, don’t forbid them to take your coat, too. Give to everyone that asks to borrow something from you; and of those who take your belongings away, don’t ask them for it again. And as you want others to do to you, do the same to them, too. If you love those who love you, what have you done that deserves thanks? Even sinners love those that love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what have you done that deserves thanks? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to get something back, what have you done that deserves thanks? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get it back again. But love those who come against you, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing back again; and your reward will be great, and you’ll be the children of the Highest because God is kind even to ungrateful and evil people. So have compassion, as your God also has compassion. Don’t judge people wrongly, and you won’t be judged wrongly either: don’t criticize others, and you won’t be criticized either. Forgive, and you’ll be forgiven: Give, and it’ll be given to you; like a good measure of flour, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, will others put what you need into your lap, because with the same measurement that you measure with, it’ll be measured back to you again.”
[39-49] And the Christ spoke a story to them, “Can someone who is blind lead someone who is blind? Won’t they both fall into the ditch? The follower isn’t any better than the teacher: but everyone who wants to be complete will be as the teacher. And why do you believe that the splinter that is in another’s eye is worse than the stake that is in your own eye? So how can you say to another, ‘Let me pull out the splinter that is in your eye’, when you yourself can’t see the stake that is in your own eye? You fake, first pull the stake out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to pull out the splinter that is in another’s eye. A good tree doesn’t make bad fruit; nor does a bad tree make good fruit: A tree is known by its fruit. And you don’t gather figs from thorns, nor do you gather grapes from briars. A good person out of the good things of their heart does what is good; and an evil person out of the bad things of their heart does what is evil, because they speak and act out of what is kept in their heart. And why do you call me, Christ, Christ, and don’t do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My Words, and does them, I’ll show you to whom they’re like: They’re like someone who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood came up, the water beat strongly on that house, but couldn’t shake it because it was built on a rock. But whoever hears what I say, and doesn’t do it, is like someone that built a house on the earth, without a proper foundation; which the waters beat strongly against, and suddenly it fell; and that house fell in completely.”
7[1-10] Now when the Christ had finished all the teachings to the people, they went to Capernaum. And a certain officer’s worker, who was very dear to the officer, was sick, and about to die. And when the officer heard that Yeshua had come, he sent the elders of the Jews, begging for Yeshua to come and heal the worker. And when they came to Yeshua, they started begging, saying, “The one who has asked this is worthy for this request to be done: because he loves our nation, and has built us a place of worship.” Then Yeshua went with them. And when the Christ wasn’t far from the house, the officer sent some friends, saying, “Christ, don’t trouble yourself, because I am not worthy for you to come in to my house: Nor did I believe myself to be worthy to come to you: but if You’ll just say the word, I know my worker will be healed. Because I also am someone who has been given power, having guards under me, and I say to one, Go, and they go; and to another, Come, and they come; and to my workers, Do this, and they do it.” When the Christ heard this, Yeshua was amazed, and turned around, saying to the people that followed along, “I tell you, I haven’t found this great a faith, no, not in all Israel.” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the worker who had been sick well again.
[11-18] And then the next day they went into a city called Nain; and many of the followers went with them, and many other people. Now when they came near the gate of the city, there was a dead person being carried out, the only child of a mother, and she was a widow also: and many people of the city were with her. And when the Christ saw her, Yeshua had compassion on her, saying to her, “Don’t cry.” And the Christ came and touched the casket: and those who carried it stood still. And the Christ said, “Young One, I tell you, Get up.” And the one who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And the Christ gave the mother back her child alive. And a fear came over all the people: but they praised God, saying, a great preacher has risen up among us; And God has visited us. And the fame of Yeshua spread throughout all Judea, and throughout the whole region. And the followers of John told him of all this.
[19-23] And John called two followers and sent them to Yeshua, saying, “Are you the One who was to come? or do we look for someone else?” And when they had come to the Christ, they said, “John, the Baptist, has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the One who was to come? or do we look for someone else?’” And in that same time the Christ healed many with sicknesses and diseases, and with evil spirits; and many who were blind were given sight again. Then Yeshua answered, “Go now, and tell John what you’ve seen and heard; how that those who are blind see, those who are paralyzed walk, those with leprosy are healed, those who are deaf can hear again, those who are dead come to life again, and the New Word is preached to those who are poor. Those who aren’t offended by Me are blessed.”
[24-30] And when the followers of John had gone, the Christ began to speak to the people about John, “What did you go out into the countryside to see? A reed shaking in the wind? But what did you go out to see? A person clothed in soft furs? Those who are richly clothed, and have many delicacies, are in rulers’ courts. But what did you go out to see? A great preacher? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a great preacher. This is the one who the Word speaks about, I send my messenger before you, who will get your way ready for you. I tell you, among all those who have ever been born, there isn’t a preacher greater than John the Baptist: but whoever is least in the realm of God is greater than even this.” And when all the people heard this, even the tax collectors praised God, because they had been baptized by John. But the religious leaders and the ministers from the religious sects rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by John.
[31-35] And the Christ said, “How can I describe this generation of people? and what are they like? They’re like children sitting in the shopping center, calling one another, and saying, We’ve played music for you, and You haven’t danced; we’ve cried to you, and You haven’t cried with us. John the Baptist came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine; and you say, ‘He has an evil spirit.’ I come eating and drinking; and you say, Look, this person is a pig, and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! But children are made right by their own thinking.”
[36-50] And one of the religious leaders wanted Yeshua to eat with them. So they went into the house, and sat down to eat. And a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that Yeshua was eating a meal in that house, brought an alabaster box of perfume, and stood crying at the Christ’s feet, and began to wash Yeshua’s feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair, and kissed the Christ’s feet, and anointed them with the perfume. Now when the religious leader who had asked the Christ to join them saw it, he thought to himself, “If you’re really a great preacher, You would’ve known who and what kind of woman this is, who is a sinner.” And Yeshua said, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he said, “Christ, tell me.” So the Christ said, “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors: One owed more than a year’s pay, and the other about two months worth. And when neither of them had anything to pay it back with, the creditor forgave them both. Tell Me then, which of them will love the creditor most?” Simon answered, “I think the one who was forgiven the most.” And Yeshua said, “You’re right,” and turning toward the woman, said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came here, and you didn’t give me any water to wash My feet: but she’s washed My feet with her tears, and wiped them with the very hairs of her head. You didn’t greet Me with a kiss: but this woman hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since the time I came in. You didn’t anoint My head with oil: but this woman has anointed My feet with perfumed oil. Why I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven because she loved much: but those who are forgiven little, love little.” And the Christ said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who were eating the meal with them began to think to themselves, “Who is this that forgives sins, too?” And the Christ said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”