Bible: Matthew 9:1-17

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.”

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