Bible: Matthew 9

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

9:1 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 1  9:2 Just then 2  some people 3  brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 4  When Jesus saw their 5  faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 6  9:3 Then 7  some of the experts in the law 8  said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming! 9  9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 Which is easier, 10  to say, ‘Your sins are forgivenor to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 9:6 But so that you may know 11  that the Son of Man 12  has authority on earth to forgive sins– then he said to the paralytic 13 “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 14  9:7 And he stood up and went home. 15  9:8 When 16  the crowd saw this, they were afraid 17  and honored God who had given such authority to men. 18 

The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners

9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 19 Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 20  Jesus 21  was having a meal 22  in Matthew’s 23  house, many tax collectors 24  and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 25  saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 26  9:12 When 27  Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 28  9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 29  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Superiority of the New

9:14 Then John’s 30  disciples came to Jesus 31  and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 32  fast often, 33  but your disciples don’t fast? 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 34  cannot mourn while the bridegroom 35  is with them, can they? But the days 36  are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 37  and then they will fast. 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 38  otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 39  and both are preserved.”

Restoration and Healing

9:18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 9:19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 9:20 But 40  a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 41  for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 42  of his cloak. 43  9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 44 If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 45  9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 46  And the woman was healed 47  from that hour. 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 9:24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 48  9:25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 9:26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 49 

Healing the Blind and Mute

9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 50 Have mercy 51  on us, Son of David! 52  9:28 When 53  he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 54  said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 9:29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 9:30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 9:31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 55 

9:32 As 56  they were going away, 57  a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 9:33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel! 9:34 But the Pharisees 58  said, “By the ruler 59  of demons he casts out demons.” 60 

Workers for the Harvest

9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 61  and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 62  preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 63  9:36 When 64  he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 65  like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 66  to send out 67  workers into his harvest.”

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