Matthew 9-10 New Revised Standard Version

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Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

9 1  And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town. 2  And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." 3  Then some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." 4  But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5  For which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, "Stand up and walk'? 6  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he then said to the paralytic-"Stand up, take your bed and go to your home." 7  And he stood up and went to his home. 8  When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

The Call of Matthew

9  As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him. 10  And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12  But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13  Go and learn what this means, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

The Question about Fasting

14  Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" 15  And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16  No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17  Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, 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."

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

18  While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 19  And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20  Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21  for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well." 22  Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. 23  When Jesus came to the leader's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24  he said, "Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. 25  But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26  And the report of this spread throughout that district.

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

27  As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28  When 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  Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you." 30  And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, "See that no one knows of this." 31  But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

A Dumb Man Speaks

32  After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. 33  And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel." 34  But the Pharisees said, "By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons."

The Harvest Is Plenteous

35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37  Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38  therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

Jesus Chooses the Twelve

10 1  Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4  Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

5  These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7  As you go, proclaim the good news, "The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9  Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10  no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11  Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12  As you enter the house, greet it. 13  If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14  If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15  Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Coming Persecutions

16  "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17  Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18  and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19  When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20  for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21  Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22  and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23  When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24  "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25  it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

Whom to Fear

26  "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27  What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28  Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30  And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32  "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33  but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34  "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36  and one's foes will be members of one's own household. 37  Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38  and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40  "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41  Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42  and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

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