New American Standard Bible
But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
King James Bible
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus hearing it, said, They that are strong have not need of a physician, but those that are ill.
World English Bible
When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.
Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having heard, said to them, 'They who are whole have no need of a physician, but they who are ill;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They that be whole ... - Jesus, in reply, said that the whole needed not a physician. Sick persons only needed his aid. A physician would not commonly be found with those that were in health. His proper place was among the sick. So, says he, "If you Pharisees are such as you think yourselves - already pure and holy - you do not need my aid. It would be of no use to you, and you would not thank me for it. With those persons who feel that they are sinners I may be useful, and there is my proper place." Or the expression may mean, "I came on purpose to save sinners: my business is with them. There are none righteous; and as a physician is in his proper place with the "sick," so am I with guilty and miserable sinners."
LibraryA Christlike Judgment of Men
'But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.' --MATT. ix. 36. In the course of our Lord's wandering life of teaching and healing, there had naturally gathered around Him a large number of persons who followed Him from place to place, and we have here cast into a symbol the impression produced upon Him by their outward condition. That is to say, He sees them lying there weary, and footsore, and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Call of Matthew
The Call of Matthew.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?
And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
And Jesus answered and said to them, "It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.
Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.
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