Matthew 8 is the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and continues the narrative about Jesus' ministry in Galilee previously described in Matthew 4:2325. It follows on from the Sermon on the Mount, noting in its opening verse that Jesus had come down from the mountain where he had been teaching. There is a renewed focus in this chapter on Jesus' ministry of healing.

Matthew 8
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Matthew 7:27–8:28 on Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330–60).
BookGospel of Matthew
Christian Bible partNew Testament
Order in the Christian part1


Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330–60), Matthew 8:28–9:23

The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 34 verses.

Textual witnessesEdit

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:


Matthew 8:32–9:1,9 in Lectionary 269

This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to parallel texts in the other canonical gospels):


E. H. Plumptre, in Anglican bishop Charles Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, commented that the events reported "are common to St. Mark and St. Luke, but are not narrated… in the same order".[1] Free Church minister William Robertson Nicoll suggested that "this collection is not arranged in chronological order. The connection is topical, not temporal." In his opinion these stories "are an integral part of the self-revelation of Jesus by word and deed; they are demonstrations not merely of His power, but above all, of His spirit".[2]

New Testament scholar Dale Allison notes that, along with chapter 9, these "merciful deeds" performed by Jesus are all undertaken for the benefit of "people from the margins of Jewish society or without status".[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Plumptre, E. H., Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers on Matthew 8, accessed 21 December 2016
  2. ^ Nicoll, W. R., Expositor's Greek Testament on Matthew 8, accessed 26 December 2016
  3. ^ Allison, D. Jr., "57. Matthew" in Barton, J. and Muddiman, J. (2001), The Oxford Bible Commentary, p. 857

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Preceded by
Matthew 7
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 9