Day 8

Matthew 8


8:1 When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 

8:2 Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." 

8:3 Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 

8:4 Jesus said to him, "See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." 

8:5 When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, 

8:6 and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented." 

8:7 Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 

8:8 The centurion answered, "Lord, I'm not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 

8:9 For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and tell another, 'Come,' and he comes; and tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 

8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Most certainly I tell you, I haven't found so great a faith, not even in Israel. 

8:11 I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, 

8:12 but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 

8:13 Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed." His servant was healed in that hour. 

8:14 When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever. 

8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him.{TR reads "them" instead of "him"} 

8:16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 

8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."{Isaiah 53:4} 

8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side. 

8:19 A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 

8:20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 

8:21 Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." 

8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." 

8:23 When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. 

8:24 Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. 

8:25 They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Save us, Lord! We are dying!" 

8:26 He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. 

8:27 The men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" 

8:28 When he came to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes,{NU reads "Gadarenes"} two people possessed by demons met him there, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass that way. 

8:29 Behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" 

8:30 Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding far away from them. 

8:31 The demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs." 

8:32 He said to them, "Go!" They came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the water. 

8:33 Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons. 

8:34 Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders. 

 


 

Acts 15


15:1 Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can't be saved." 

15:2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 

15:3 They, being sent on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brothers.{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} 

15:4 When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all things that God had done with them. 

15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." 

15:6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. 

15:7 When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News, and believe. 

15:8 God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us. 

15:9 He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 

15:10 Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 

15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,{TR adds "Christ"} just as they are." 

15:12 All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them. 

15:13 After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me. 

15:14 Simeon has reported how God first visited the nations, to take out of them a people for his name. 

15:15 This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written, 

15:16 'After these things I will return. I will again build the tabernacle of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up, 

15:17 That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things.{Amos 9:11-12} 

15:18 All his works are known to God from eternity.' 

15:19 "Therefore my judgment is that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God, 

15:20 but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood. 

15:21 For Moses from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath." 

15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers.{The word for "brothers" here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} 

15:23 They wrote these things by their hand: "The apostles, the elders, and the brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: greetings. 

15:24 Because we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law,' to whom we gave no commandment; 

15:25 it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 

15:26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth. 

15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: 

15:29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell." 

15:30 So, when they were sent off, they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. 

15:31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over the encouragement. 

15:32 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words, and strengthened them. 

15:33 After they had spent some time there, they were sent back with greetings from the brothers to the apostles. 

15:34 {Some manuscripts add: But it seemed good to Silas to stay there.} 

15:35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. 

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return now and visit our brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing." 

15:37 Barnabas planned to take John, who was called Mark, with them also. 

15:38 But Paul didn't think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn't go with them to do the work. 

15:39 Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus, 

15:40 but Paul chose Silas, and went out, being commended by the brothers to the grace of God. 

15:41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies. 


 

Acts 16


16:1 He came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed; but his father was a Greek. 

16:2 The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him. 

16:3 Paul wanted to have him go out with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 

16:4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 

16:5 So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. 

16:6 When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 

16:7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn't allow them. 

16:8 Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 

16:9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." 

16:10 When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Good News to them. 

16:11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; 

16:12 and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city. 

16:13 On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. 

16:14 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. 

16:15 When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us. 

16:16 It happened, as we were going to prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. 

16:17 Following Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us a way of salvation!" 

16:18 She was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" It came out that very hour. 

16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 

16:20 When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men, being Jews, are agitating our city, 

16:21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans." 

16:22 The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 

16:23 When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely, 

16:24 who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks. 

16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 

16:26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened. 

16:27 The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 

16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Don't harm yourself, for we are all here!" 

16:29 He called for lights and sprang in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 

16:30 and brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 

16:31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 

16:32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house. 

16:33 He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 

16:34 He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God. 

16:35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go." 

16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace." 

16:37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most certainly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!" 

16:38 The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 

16:39 and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city. 

16:40 They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed.