Matthew 9

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to ahis own city. 2 bAnd behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus csaw their faith, he said to the paralytic, d“Take heart, my son; eyour sins are forgiven.” 3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, fThis man is blaspheming.” 4But Jesus, gknowing
Some manuscripts perceiving
their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins—he then said to the paralyticRise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he rose and went home. 8When the crowds saw it, ithey were afraid, and jthey glorified God, who had kgiven such authority to men.

Jesus Calls Matthew

9 lAs Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called mMatthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10And as Jesus
Greek he
reclined at table in the house, behold, many otax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
11And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, pWhy does your teacher eat with qtax collectors and sinners?” 12But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn rwhat this means: s‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For tI came not to call the righteous, ubut sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

14Then vthe disciples of John came to him, saying, wWhy do we and xthe Pharisees fast,
Some manuscripts add much, or often
but your disciples do not fast?”
15And Jesus said to them, zCan the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? aaThe days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and abthen they will fast. 16No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old acwineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 adWhile he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and aeknelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20And behold, a woman afwho had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched agthe fringe of his garment, 21for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ah“Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” aiAnd instantly
Greek from that hour
the woman was made well.
23And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw akthe flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, “Go away, for althe girl is not dead but amsleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25But anwhen the crowd had been put outside, he went in and aotook her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26And the report of this went through all that district.

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

27 apAnd as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, aqSon of David.” 28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 arThen he touched their eyes, saying, asAccording to your faith be it done to you.” 30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, atSee that no one knows about it.” 31 auBut they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak

32As they were going away, behold, a avdemon-oppressed man who was mute awwas brought to him. 33And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds axmarveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

35 ayAnd Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 azWhen he saw the crowds, bahe had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, bblike sheep without a shepherd. 37 bcThen he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore bdpray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to besend out laborers into his harvest.”

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