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katapi HOME Matthew 12:16-13:1712 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 12 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
12 18 [ Is.42.1-4. ] "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
12 19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
12 20 he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick,
till he brings justice to victory;
12 21 and in his name will the Gentiles hope."
- Jesus and Beelzebul  Mt.12.22-32 (Capernaum)- Mk.3.20-30, Lk.11.14-23, Lk.12.10 | KNSB Contents | notes

12 22 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 12 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 12 24 But when the Pharisees heard it they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." 12 25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand; 12 26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 12 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 12 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 12 29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 12 30 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 12 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12 32 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. - A Tree and Its Fruits  Mt.12.33-37 (Capernaum)- Mk.8.11-12, Lk.11.29-32 | KNSB Contents | notes

12 33 "Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 12 34 You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 12 35 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 12 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; 12 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." - The demand for a miracle  Mt.12.38-42- Mk.8.11-12, Lk.11.29-32 | KNSB Contents | notes

12 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." 12 39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 12 40 [ Jn.1.17. ] For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 12 41 The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 12 42 The queen of the South will arise 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, something greater than Solomon is here. - The Return of the Unclean Spirit  Mt.12.43-45 (Capernaum)- Lk.11.24-26 | KNSB Contents | notes

12 43 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none. 12 44 Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 12 45 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation." - The Mother and Brothers of Jesus  Mt.12.46-50- Mk.3.31-35, Lk.8.19-21 | KNSB Contents | notes

12 46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 12 47 someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you" 12 48 But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 12 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 12 50 For whosoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother." - The Parable of the Sower  Mt.13.1-9 (Plain of Gennesaret)- Mk.4.1-9, Lk.8.4-8 | KNSB Contents | notes

13 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 13 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. 13 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. 13 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 13 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 13 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. 13 7 Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 13 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 13 9 He who has ears, let him hear." - The Purpose of the Parables  Mt.13.10-17 (Plain of Gennesaret)- Mk.4.10-12, Lk.8.9-10 | KNSB Contents | notes

13 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" 13 11 And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 13 12 For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 13 14 [ Is.6.9-10, Ez.12.2. ] With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says:

'You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
13 15 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.'

13 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 13 17 Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

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