Matthew 9
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1Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town.1Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city.
2Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”2And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven."
3But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”3And some of the scribes said to themselves, "This fellow blasphemes."
4Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?
5 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?5"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk '?
6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”6"But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins "-- then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home."
7And the man jumped up and went home!7And he got up and went home.
8Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for giving humans such authority. Jesus Calls Matthew8But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
9As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.9As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him.
10Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.10Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.
11But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum? ”11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?"
12When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”12But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
13Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” A Discussion about Fasting13"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
14One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?”14Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"
15Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.15And Jesus said to them, "The 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.
16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.16"But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.
17 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” Jesus Heals in Response to Faith17"Nor 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."
18As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”18While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live."
19So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.19Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples.
20Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe,20And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak;
21for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”21for she was saying to herself, "If I only touch His garment, I will get well."
22Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.22But Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well." At once the woman was made well.
23When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music.23When Jesus came into the official's house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder,
24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him.24He said, "Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep." And they began laughing at Him.
25After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!25But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.
26The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside. Jesus Heals the Blind26This news spread throughout all that land.
27After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
28They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”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 and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”29Then He touched their eyes, saying, "It shall be done to you according to your faith."
30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: "See that no one knows about this!"
31But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.31But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.
32When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus.32As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him.
33So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.33After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."
34But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.” The Need for Workers34But the Pharisees were saying, "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
35Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.35Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.36Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
37He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.37Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”38"Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
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