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1 AFTER HE HAD COME DOWN from the hill he was followed by a great crowd. The Cleansing of a Leper Mt.8.1-4 (Galilee) -[ Mt.8.1-4 → ] - Mk.1.40-45, Lk.5.12-16
2 And now a leper The words leper, leprosy, as used in this translation, refer to some disfiguring skin disease which entailed ceremonial defilement. It is different from what is now called leprosy. approached him, bowed low, and said, 'Sir, if only you will, you can cleanse me.'

 
3 Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, 'Indeed I will; be clean again.' And his leprosy was cured immediately.  
4 Then Jesus said to him, 'Be sure you tell nobody; but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering laid down by Moses for your cleansing; that will certify the cure.'

 
5 When he had entered Capernaum a centurion came up to ask his help. The Healing of a centurion's Servant Mt.8.5-13 (Capernaum) -[ Mt.8.5-13 → ] - Lk.7.1-10, Jn.4.43-54
6 'Sir,' he said, 'a boy of mine lies at home paralysed and racked with pain.'  
7 Jesus said, 'I will come and cure him.' Or: Am I to come and cure him?

 
8 But the centurion replied, 'Sir, who am I to have you under my roof? You need only say the word and the boy will be cured.  
9 I know, for I am myself under orders, with soldiers under me. I say to one, "Go", and he goes; to another, "Come here", and he comes; and to my servant, "Do this", and he does it.'  
10 Jesus heard him with astonishment, and said to the people who were following him, 'I tell you this: nowhere, even in Israel, have I found such faith.

 
11 'Many, I tell you, will come from east and west to feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven.  
12 But those who were born to the kingdom will be driven out into the dark, the place of wailing and grinding of teeth.'
 
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, 'Go home now; because of your faith, so let it be.' At that moment the boy recovered.
 
14 Jesus then went to Peter's house and found Peter's mother-in-law in bed with fever. The Healing of Many People Mt.8.14-17 (Capernaum) -[ Mt.8.14-17 → ] - Mk.1.29-34, Lk.4.38-41
15 So he took her by the hand; the fever left her, and she got up and waited on him.
 
16 When evening fell, they brought to him many who were possessed by devils; and he drove the spirits out with a word and healed all who were ill,  
17 to make good the prophecy of Isaiah: 'He took away our illnesses and lifted our diseases from us.' Or: and bore the burden of our diseases.

- He took our infirmities Mt.8.17 - Is.53.4
18 AT THE SIGHT of the crowds surrounding him Jesus gave word to cross to the other shore. The Would-be Followers of Jesus Mt.8.18-22 (Capernaum) -[ Mt.8.18-22 → ] - Lk.9.57-62
19 A doctor of the law came up, and said, 'Master, I will follow you wherever you go.'  
20 Jesus replied, 'Foxes have their holes, the birds their roosts; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.'  
21 Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, 'Lord, let me go and bury my father first.'  
22 Jesus replied, 'Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.'  
23 Jesus then got into the boat, and his disciples followed. The Calming of a Storm Mt.8.23-27 (Capernaum) -[ Mt.8.23-27 → ] - Mk.4.35-41, Lk.8.22-25
24 All at once a great storm arose on the lake, till the waves were breaking right over the boat; but he went on sleeping.  
25 So they came and woke him up, crying: 'Save us. Lord; we are sinking!'  
26 'Why are you such cowards?' he said; 'how little faith you have!' Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a dead calm.  
27 The men were astonished at what had happened, and exclaimed, 'What sort of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'
 
28 When he reached the other side, in the country of the Gadarenes, he was met by two men who came out from the tombs; they were possessed by devils, and so violent that no one dared pass that way. The Healing of the Gadarene Demoniacs Mt.8.28-34 (Gergesa) -[ Mt.8.28-34 → ] - Mk.5.1-20, Lk.8.26-39
29 'You son of God,' they shouted, 'what do you want with us? Have you come here to torment us before our time?'  
30 In the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding;  
31 and the devils begged him: 'If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.'  
32 'Begone', he said. Then they came out and went into the pigs; the whole herd rushed over the edge into the lake, and perished in the water.
 
33 The men in charge of them took to their heels, and made for the town, where they told the whole story, and what had happened to the madmen.  
34 Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him they begged him to leave the district and go.  
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