Jesus Heals a Man Who Could Not Walk 9 1Jesus got into a boat and crossed back over to the town where he lived.[P] 2Some people soon brought to him a man lying on a mat because he could not walk. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the 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 man 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[Q] and praised God for giving such authority to people. Jesus Chooses Matthew 9As Jesus was leaving, he saw a tax collector[R] named Matthew sitting at the place for paying taxes. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Matthew got up and went with him. 10 Later, Jesus and his disciples were having dinner at Matthew's house.[S] Many tax collectors and other sinners were also there. 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. 13 Go 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.” People Ask about Going without Eating 14Some followers of John the Baptist came and asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees often go without eating,[T] while your disciples never do?” 15Jesus answered: The friends of a bridegroom aren't sad 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.[U] 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 18While Jesus was still speaking, an official came and knelt in front of him. The man said, “My daughter has just now 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 be healed.” 22Jesus turned. He saw the woman and said, “Don't worry! You are now healed 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,[V] 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 leaving that place, two blind men began following him and shouting, “Son of David,[W] 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 they began saying, “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees said, “The leader of the demons gives him the power to force out demons.” Jesus Has Pity on People 35 Jesus went to every town and village. He taught in their synagogues and preached the good news about God's kingdom. Jesus also healed every kind of disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them. They were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. 38Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in.”
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