A Paralytic Healed
1Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city.
2And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, #Lit childson; your sins are forgiven.” 3And some of the scribes said #Lit amongto themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he got up and #Or departedwent home. 8But when the crowds saw this, they were #Lit afraidawestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
9As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.
10Then it happened that as #Lit HeJesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and #I.e. irreligious Jewssinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13But go and learn #Lit what iswhat this means: ‘I desire #Or mercycompassion, #I.e. more thanand not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Question about Fasting
14Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15And Jesus said to them, “The #Lit sons of the wedding placeattendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16But no one puts #Lit that which is put ona patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for #Lit that which fills upthe patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. 17Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Miracles of Healing
18While He was saying these things to them, #Or onea synagogue #Lit rulerofficial came and #Or worshipedbowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” 19Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples.
20And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the #I.e. tassel fringe with a blue cordfringe of His #Or outer garmentcloak; 21for she was saying #Lit in herselfto herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will #Lit be savedget well.” 22But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has #Lit saved youmade you well.” #Lit from that hourAt once the woman was #Lit savedmade well.
23When Jesus came into the #Lit ruler’sofficial’s house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder, 24He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. 25But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl #Or was raised upgot up. 26This news spread throughout all that land.
27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus *said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They *said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29Then He touched their eyes, saying, “#Or Let it be done; Gr commandIt shall be done to you according to your faith.” 30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!” 31But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.
32As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man #Lit they broughtwas brought to Him. 33After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has #Lit ever appearedever been seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”
35Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
36Seeing the #Lit crowdspeople, He felt compassion for them, because they were #Or harasseddistressed and #Lit thrown downdispirited like sheep #Lit not havingwithout a shepherd. 37Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”