Matthew 9 New American Standard Bible

Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

9 1  Getting into a boat , Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city . 2  And 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 ." 3  And some of the scribes said to themselves , "This fellow blasphemes ." 4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said , "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts ? 5  "Which is easier , to say , ' Your sins are forgiven ,' or to say , 'Get up, and walk '? 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 ." 7  And he got up and went home . 8  But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck , and glorified God , who had given such authority to men .

The Call of Matthew

9  As 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. 10  Then 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 . 11  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples , " Why e is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners ?" 12  But when Jesus heard this, He said , "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician , but those who are sick . 13  "But go and learn what this means : ' I DESIRE COMPASSION , AND NOT SACRIFICE ,' for I did not come to call the righteous , but sinners ."

The Question about Fasting

14  Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking , "Why e do we and the Pharisees fast , but Your disciples do not fast ?" 15  And Jesus said to them, "The attendants of the bridegroom cannot e 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  "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  "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 ."

The Ruler's Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Garment

18  While 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 ." 19  Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples . 20  And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years , came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak ; 21  for she was saying to herself , "If I only touch His garment , I will get well ." 22  But Jesus turning and seeing her said , "Daughter , take courage ; your faith has made you well ." At once e the woman was made well . 23  When Jesus came into the official's house , and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder , 24  He said , "Leave ; for the girl has not died , but is asleep ." And they began laughing at Him. 25  But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand , and the girl got up. 26  This news spread throughout all that land .

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

27  As Jesus went on from there , two blind men followed Him, crying out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David !" 28  When 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 ." 29  Then He touched their eyes , saying , "It shall be done to you according to your faith ." 30  And their eyes were opened . And Jesus sternly warned them: "See that no one knows about this!" 31  But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land .

A Dumb Man Speaks

32  As they were going out, a mute , demon-possessed man was brought to Him. 33  After 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 ." 34  But the Pharisees were saying , "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons ."

The Harvest Is Plenteous

35  Jesus 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 . 36  Seeing the people , He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without e a shepherd . 37  Then He said to His disciples , " The harvest is plentiful , but the workers are few . 38  "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest ."

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