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Matthew 9

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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Man Who Can’t Walk
1So Jesus got into a boat, crossed over the lake again, and came to his own town. 2Some men brought him one of their friends who couldn’t walk and was lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Don’t be discouraged, son. Your sins are forgiven.”
3At this, some teachers of the law said to themselves, “This man has no right to talk like that, as if he were God!”
4Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking such bad things? 5Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? 6But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man who couldn’t walk, “Get up, take your mat, and go home.” 7The man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with wonder, and they praised God for giving that kind of authority to a human being.
Jesus Chooses Matthew and Eats With His Friends
9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at a tax collection booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
10Jesus went to have dinner at Matthew’s house, and many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12When Jesus heard this, he responded, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. 13Go and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ I haven’t come to call those who are right with God. I’ve come for sinners.”
John’s Disciples Ask Jesus About Fasting
14One day John’s disciples came and asked Jesus, “We and the Pharisees often fast, or go without eating, so why don’t your disciples do the same?”
15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the groom be sad while he’s with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16“People don’t sew a patch of new cloth onto old clothes. If they did, the new piece would pull away from the old and make the tear worse. 17And people don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the skins would burst, the wine would run out, and the wineskins would be destroyed. No, people pour new wine into new wineskins, and then both are preserved.”
Jesus Heals a Dead Girl and a Suffering Woman
18While Jesus was saying this, a synagogue leader came and got down on his knees in front of Jesus. He said, “My daughter has just died. But if you come and place your hand on her, she will live again.” 19Jesus got up and went with him. His disciples came along too.
20On the way, a woman came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel on his clothes. She’d had a sickness for 12 years that had made her bleed, 21and she’d thought, “If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed.”
22When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, “Don’t be discouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that very moment.
23When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house, he found flute players and a crowd of mourners. 24“Go away,” he told them, “the girl isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.” They all laughed at him. 25But after the crowd had moved outside, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26News of this spread through that whole area.
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him. They called out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28Jesus went indoors, and the blind men came to him. He asked them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29Then he touched their eyes and said, “May it happen to you just as you have believed.” 30Then they could see. Jesus warned them sternly, “Make sure that no one knows about this.” 31But they went out and spread the news about him all over that area.
32While they were going out, another man was brought to Jesus who was controlled by a demon that kept him from speaking. 33When the demon was driven out, the man became able to speak. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
34But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the power of the prince of demons.”
Jesus’ Concern for the Crowds
35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every illness and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he felt deep concern for them, because they looked ragged and bewildered, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but there are only a few workers. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest field.”
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Jesus heals a crippled man
(Mark 2.1-12; Luke 5.17-26)
1Jesus got into a boat and crossed back over to the town where he lived.#9.1 where he lived: Capernaum. See 4.13. 2Some people soon brought to him a crippled man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, don't worry! Your sins are forgiven.”
3Some teachers of the Law of Moses said to themselves, “Jesus must think he is God!”
4But Jesus knew what was in their minds, and he said, “Why are you thinking such evil things? 5Is it easier for me to tell this crippled man that his sins are forgiven or to tell him to get up and walk? 6But I will show you that the Son of Man has the right to forgive sins here on earth.” So Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.” 7The man got up and went home. 8When the crowds saw this, they were afraid#9.8 afraid: Some manuscripts have “amazed”. and praised God for giving such authority to people.
Jesus chooses Matthew
(Mark 2.13-17; Luke 5.27-32)
9As Jesus was leaving, he saw a tax collector#9.9 tax collector: See the note at 5.46. named Matthew sitting at the place for paying taxes. Jesus said to him, “Come with me.” Matthew got up and went with him.
10Later, Jesus and his disciples were having dinner at Matthew's house.#9.10 Matthew's house: Or “Jesus' house”. Many tax collectors and other sinners were also there.#Lk 15.1,2. 11Some Pharisees asked Jesus' disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and other sinners?”
12Jesus heard them and answered, “Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. 13Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.’ I didn't come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.”#Mt 12.7; Ho 6.6.
People ask about going without eating
(Mark 2.18-22; Luke 5.33-39)
14One day some followers of John the Baptist came and asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees often go without eating,#9.14 without eating: See the note at 4.2. while your disciples never do?”
15Jesus answered:
The friends of a bridegroom don't go without eating while he is still with them. But the time will come when he will be taken from them. Then they will go without eating.
16No one uses a new piece of cloth to patch old clothes. The patch would shrink and tear a bigger hole.
17No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins.#9.17 swell and burst the old skins: While the juice from grapes was becoming wine, it would swell and stretch the skins in which it had been stored. If the skins were old and stiff, they would burst. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Both the skins and the wine will then be safe.
A dying girl and a sick woman
(Mark 5.21-43; Luke 8.40-56)
18While Jesus was still speaking, an official came and knelt in front of him. The man said, “My daughter has just died! Please come and place your hand on her. Then she will live again.”
19Jesus and his disciples got up and went with the man.
20A woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and barely touched his clothes. 21She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.”
22Jesus turned. He saw the woman and said, “Don't worry! You are now well because of your faith.” At that moment she was healed.
23When Jesus went into the home of the official and saw the musicians and the crowd of mourners,#9.23 the crowd of mourners: The Jewish people often hired mourners for funerals. 24he said, “Get out of here! The little girl isn't dead. She is just asleep.” Everyone started laughing at Jesus. 25But after the crowd had been sent out of the house, Jesus went to the girl's bedside. He took her by the hand and helped her up.
26News about this spread all over that part of the country.
Jesus heals two blind men
27As Jesus was walking along, two blind men began following him and shouting, “Son of David,#9.27 Son of David: The Jewish people expected the Messiah to be from the family of King David, and for this reason the Messiah was often called the “Son of David”. have pity on us!”
28After Jesus had gone indoors, the two blind men came up to him. He asked them, “Do you believe I can make you well?”
“Yes, Lord,” they answered.
29Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, you will be healed.” 30They were able to see, and Jesus strictly warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31But they left and talked about him to everyone in that part of the country.
Jesus heals a man who could not talk
32As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, some people brought to him a man who could not talk because a demon was in him. 33After Jesus had forced the demon out, the man started talking. The crowds were so amazed that they began saying, “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!”
34But the Pharisees said, “The leader of the demons gives him the power to force out demons.”#Mt 10.25; 12.24; Mk 3.22; Lk 11.15.
Jesus has pity on people
35Jesus went to every town and village. He taught in their meeting places and preached the good news about God's kingdom. Jesus also healed every kind of disease and sickness.#Mt 4.23; Mk 1.39; Lk 4.44. 36When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them. They were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.#Nu 27.17; 1 K 22.17; 2 Ch 18.16; Ez 34.5; Mk 6.34. 37He said to his disciples, “A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers.#Lk 10.2. 38Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in.”