Mateus 8

1 When Jesus came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him.

2 Suddenly a leper came up to him, fell down before him, and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

3 So Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said,“I do want to. Be made clean!” And instantly his leprosy was made clean.

4 Then Jesus said to him,“See to it that you don't speak to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded as proof to the authorities.”

5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a centurion came up to him and begged him repeatedly,

6 “Sir, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

7 Jesus said to him,“I will come and heal him.”

8 The centurion replied, “Sir, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

9 For I, too, am a man under authority and have soldiers under me. I say to one ‘Go’ and he goes, to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my servant ‘Do this’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those who were following him,“Truly I tell you, not evenin Israel have I found this kind of faith!

11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and will feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the citizensof that kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion,“Go. It will be done for you just as you have believed.” And his servant was healed that very hour.

14 When Jesus went into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever.

15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began serving him.

16 When evening came, people brought to him many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all those who were sick.

17 This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “It was he who took our illnesses awayand removed our diseases.”

18 When Jesus saw the large crowds around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.

19 Now a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests,but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”

21 Then another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him,“Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

23 When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples went with him.

24 Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat began to be swamped by the waves. Yet Jesus kept sleeping.

25 They went to him and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We're going to die!”

26 He said to them,“Why are you afraid, you who have little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27 The men were amazed and said, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!”

28 When Jesus arrived on the other side in the region of the Gerasenes, two demon-possessed men met him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could travel on that road.

29 Suddenly they screamed, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Did you come here to torture us before the proper time?”

30 Now a large herd of pigs was grazing some distance away from them.

31 So the demons began to plead with Jesus, saying, “If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them,“Go,” and they came out and went into the pigs. Suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water.

33 Now when those who had been taking care of the pigs ran away, they came into the city and reported everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

34 Then the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and as soon as they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.