Matthew 9

1Jesus got in the boat and crossed the sea. He came to his own town. 2Some men brought a sick man to him. The man could not move his arms or legs. He was lying on a bed. Jesus saw that they believed he would be healed. So he said to the sick man, ‘My son, be glad! The wrong things you have done are forgiven.’ 3Some of the scribes were thinking, ‘This man is not giving respect to God.’ 4Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, ‘Why do you think these wrong things in your heart? 5Which is easier, to say, "The wrong things you have done are forgiven," or to say, "Get up and walk"? 6I want you to know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive wrong things people have done.’ So he said to the sick man, ‘Get up. Make up your bed and go home.’ 7The man got up and went home. 8Many people saw this and were much surprised. They praised God who had given such power to men.

9Jesus went on from there. He saw a man named Matthew. He was sitting at the place where people came to pay taxes. Jesus said to him, ‘Come with me.’ Matthew stood up and went with him. 10Jesus was eating in a house. Many tax collectors and bad people came in. They sat down to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 11The Pharisees saw this. They said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and bad people?’ 12Jesus heard it. He said to them, ‘People who are well do not need a doctor. But sick people need him. 13Go and learn what this means: "I want you to be kind. I do not want a sacrifice." I did not come to call good people. I came to call bad people to stop doing wrong things.’

14Then John’s disciples came to Jesus. They said, ‘We and the Pharisees fast. Why do your disciples not do the same?’ 15Jesus answered, ‘The people at a wedding cannot be sad while the man who is married is with them. But the time will come when he will be taken away from them. Then they will not eat. 16No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old coat. If he does, the new cloth will tear the old coat. Then the hole is bigger than it was before. 17‘People do not put new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the old skins break. The wine is lost and the skins are spoiled. New wine is put into new skins. And so they are both saved.’

18While Jesus was telling them these things, a ruler came to him. He bowed down in front of Jesus to worship him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But if you will come and put your hand on her, she will live.’ 19Jesus got up and went with the ruler. His disciples went too. 20A woman had a sickness for twelve years. She was bleeding all the time. She came behind Jesus and touched his clothes. 21She said to herself, ‘If only I touch his clothes, I will be well.’ 22Jesus turned around. He saw her and said, ‘Daughter, be glad. You were healed because you believed.’ And right away the woman was healed. 23When Jesus came to the ruler’s house, he saw the music players and people making a noise. 24He said to them, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead, but sleeping.’ They laughed at him. 25The people were told to go outside. When they were out, he went in and took the girl’s hand. The girl got up. 26People in all that part of the country heard about it.

27When Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him. They called out, ‘Son of David, help us!’ 28When Jesus came into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus asked them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ They said, ‘Yes, sir.’ 29Then Jesus touched their eyes. He said, ‘As you believed, so will it happen to you.’ 30Then they were able to see. Jesus said to them, ‘Take care, do not tell anyone about this.’ 31But they went away and told everybody in that part of the country about him. 32As they were leaving, people brought a man to Jesus. This man could not talk He had a bad spirit in him. 33Jesus drove the bad spirit out of the man. Then he could talk. The people were very much surprised. They said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in the country of Israel.’ 34But the Pharisees said, ‘He drives bad spirits out of people by the power of the chief of bad spirits.’

35Jesus went around to all the cities and towns. He taught people in their meeting houses and told them the good news of the kingdom of heaven. He healed all the sick and weak people. 36He saw the many people and was sorry for them. They were troubled and they could not help themselves. They were like sheep with no one to care for them. 37Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is much. But there are not many people to gather it. 38Talk to the Lord of this harvest, and ask him to send out people to his harvest.’

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