Matthew 8:18-34 New Revised Standard Version

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

18  Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19  A scribe then approached and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 20  And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 21  Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 22  But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Jesus Calms a Storm

23  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24  A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25  And they went and woke him up, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" 26  And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, you of little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27  They were amazed, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?"

The Gergesene Demoniacs

28  When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29  Suddenly they shouted, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" 30  Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31  The demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine." 32  And he said to them, "Go!" So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. 33  The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34  Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

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