Testament of Matthew

Matthew 8

1. Then as he came down from the mountain, great crowds came out to him.
2. And, behold, a leper came and worshipped him, and said, "My Lord, if it is your will, you can cleanse me."
3. And Jesus extended his hand and touched him, and said, "It is my will, be cleansed."* And in that very hour the leper was cleansed.
4. And Jesus told him, "Look, tell not one human being, except go show yourself to the high priests, and offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded in testimony."

5. And as Jesus entered Capernaum, there came to him a centurion, begging him,*
6. And he said, "My Lord, my boy is laid up* in the house, bedridden* and suffering badly."
7. Jesus told the centurion, "I will come and heal him."
8. The centurion replied and said, "My Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, except, just say a word* and my boy will be healed.
9. "For I am a man who is subject to authority also, and there are soldiers under my command,* and I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes and to the other, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this' and he does it."
10. As Jesus heard this, he showed wonder, and said to his followers, "Amen, I am telling you, not even in Israel I found such faith!
11. "I am telling you however, many will come from the East and the West and will dine with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven;
12. "But, the children of the Kingdom will go out gazing at darkness, and there will be crying and gnashing of teeth."
13. And Jesus told that centurion, "Go, according to your faith, you shall receive." And his boy was healed in that very hour.

14. And Jesus came to Simon's house and he saw his mother-in-law in bed with fever.*
15. And he touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and served them.

16. As it was evening, they brought before him many who were possessed by demons, and he cast out their demons by the word. And he healed all those who were terribly ill,
17. So that what the Prophet Isaiah had said would be fulfilled, who said that, "He shall heal our wounds and bear our sins."*

18. Then as Jesus saw the great crowds that surrounded him, he ordered them to go cross to the other side.
19. And there came a scribe and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20. Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky their nesting places, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head."
21. Another one of his disciples said to him, "My Lord, permit me to go first bury my father.*"
22. However, Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead."

23. And as Jesus climbed aboard the ship, his disciples followed him.
24. And behold, there was great turmoil in the sea, so that the waves covered [the ship] from view. However, Jesus was sleeping.
25. And his disciples came to wake him, and said to him, "Our Lord, deliver us, we are perishing."
26. Jesus told them, "Why are you frightened, O, little of faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the wind and the sea and there was great calm.
27. However, the people were amazed and said, "Who is this one, whom the winds and the sea obey?"*

28. And as Jesus came to pass into the country of the Gidrai, two demon possessed men who came out from the tombs saw him, so vicious were they that not a human being could pass by that road.
29. And they cried out and said, "What do we have against you, Jesus, Son of God?* Did you come here already* to torment us?"
30. There was however a great herd of swine feeding close by.
31. The demons then implored him, saying, "If you cast us out, allow us to go to the herd of swine."
32. Jesus said to them, "Go." And at once they exited [the possessed men] and entered the swine, and the entire herd ran up the slope of the cliff and fell into the sea and died.
33. However the swineherd ran away and went to town and described everything that happened, and about the two possessed men.
34. And the whole town came out to him on the road. And as they saw him, they implored him to leave their district.
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*8:3 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "I will it."
*8:5 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Seeking from him."
*8:6.1 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Thrown in the house."
*8:6.2 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Fallen to pieces."
*8:8 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Except by manifestation alone."
*8:9 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Hand."
*8:14 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Thrown and taken by fever."
*8:17 Lit. Ar. id. construction: "That he shall fix our sores and our illnesses he will bear."
*8:21 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Then let me go and take care of my father until he is dead [and then I will follow you.]"
*8:27 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "Who is this that the winds and the sea obey him?"
*8:29.1 Lit. Ar. id. expression: "What to us and to you?"
*8:29.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Before the season."

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