Jesus with his disciples withdrew to the sea,
and a great many from Galilee followed;
from Judea and from Jerusalem and from Idumea
and beyond the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon,
a great many, hearing what he was doing, came to him.
He told his disciples
that a small boat should be ready for him
because of the crowd, lest they press upon him.
For he had healed many,
so those who were suffering fell upon him
so that they might touch him.
The unclean spirits, when they saw him,
fell before him and cried out, "You are the son of God."
He strongly warned them that they should not make him known.
Thus what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah
was being fulfilled:
Look, my servant whom I chose,
my beloved in whom my soul is delighted;
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not quarrel nor shout,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he leads justice to victory.
And in his name nations will hope.
In these days he went up on the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples,
and he appointed twelve so that they might be with him,
and so that he might send them out to preach
and to have authority to expel the demons.
Appointing the twelve he laid the name Peter on Simon,
and on James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother,
he laid the name Boanerges, which means sons of thunder;
there was also Peter's brother Andrew
and Philip and Bartholomew and Matthew the tax collector
and Thomas and James, son of Alphaeus,
and Thaddaeus and Simon the Zealot
and Judas Iscariot, who even gave him over.