Matthew 9

A Paralytic Healed

1Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to a  His own city.

2 b  And they brought to Him a c  paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, d  Take courage
Lit child
son; f  your sins are forgiven.”
3And some of the scribes said
Lit among
to themselves, “This fellow h  blasphemes.”
4And Jesus i  knowing their thoughts said, Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5Which is easier, to say, ‘ j  Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? 6But so that you may know that k  the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinsthen He said to the l  paralytic, Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he got up and
Or departed
went home.
8But when the crowds saw this, they were
Lit afraid
awestruck, and o  glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew Called

9 p  As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called q  Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, r  Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.

10Then it happened that as
Lit He
Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and
I.e. irreligious Jews
sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.
11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples u  Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when Jesus heard this, He said, It is not v  those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13But go and learn
Lit what is
x  what this means: ‘ y  I desire
Or mercy
I.e. more than
and not sacrifice,’ for ab  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Question about Fasting

14Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, “Why do we and ac  the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15And Jesus said to them, “The
Lit sons of the wedding place
attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16But no one puts
Lit that which is put on
a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for
Lit that which fills up
the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.
17Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Miracles of Healing

18 ag  While He was saying these things to them,
Or one
a synagogue
Lit ruler
official came and
Or worshiped
ak  bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.”
19Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples.

20And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched al  the
I.e. tassel fringe with a blue cord
fringe of His
Or outer garment
21for she was saying
Lit in herself
to herself, “If I only ap  touch His garment, I will
Lit be saved
get well.”
22But Jesus turning and seeing her said, Daughter, ar  take courage; as  your faith has
Lit saved you
made you well.”
Lit from that hour
At once the woman was
Lit saved
made well.

23When Jesus came into the
Lit ruler’s
official’s house, and saw ax  the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder,
24He said, Leave; for the girl ay  has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. 25But az  when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and ba  took her by the hand, and the girl
Or was raised up
got up.
26 bc  This news spread throughout all that land.

27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, bd  Son of David!” 28When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29Then He touched their eyes, saying,
Or Let it be done; Gr command
It shall be done to you bf  according to your faith.”
30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus bg  sternly warned them: See that no one knows about this!” 31But they went out and bh  spread the news about Him throughout all that land.

32As they were going out, bi  a mute bj  demon-possessed man
Lit they brought
was brought to Him.
33After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying bl  Nothing like this has
Lit ever appeared
ever been seen in Israel.”
34But the Pharisees were saying, “He bn  casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

35Jesus was going through all the cities and villages bo  teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

36 bp  Seeing the
Lit crowds
people, He felt compassion for them, br  because they were
Or harassed
distressed and
Lit thrown down
dispirited like sheep
Lit not having
without a shepherd.
37Then He said to His disciples, bv  The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
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