1So he stepped into a boat, crossed the lake again and came to his own town. 2Some people brought him a paralyzed man lying on a mattress. When Yeshua saw their trust, he said to the paralyzed man, “Courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 3On seeing this, some of the Torah-teachers said among themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 4Yeshua, knowing what they were thinking, said, “Why are you entertaining evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Tell me, which is easier to say — ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? 6But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your mattress, and go home!” 7And the man got up and went home. 8When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck and said a b’rakhah to God the Giver of such authority to human beings.
9As Yeshua passed on from there he spotted a tax-collector named Mattityahu sitting in his collection booth. He said to him, “Follow me!” and he got up and followed him.
10While Yeshua was in the house eating, many tax-collectors and sinners came and joined him and his talmidim at the meal. 11When the P’rushim saw this, they said to his talmidim, “Why does your rabbi eat with tax-collectors and sinners?” 12But Yeshua heard the question and answered, “The ones who need a doctor aren’t the healthy but the sick. 13As for you, go and learn what this means: ‘I want compassion rather than animal-sacrifices.’ For I didn’t come to call the ‘righteous,’ but sinners!”
14Next, Yochanan’s talmidim came to him and asked, “Why is it that we and the P’rushim fast frequently, but your talmidim don’t fast at all?” 15Yeshua said to them, “Can wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them; then they will fast. 16No one patches an old coat with a piece of unshrunk cloth, because the patch tears away from the coat and leaves a worse hole. 17Nor do people put new wine in old wineskins; if they do, the skins burst, the wine spills and the wineskins are ruined. No, they pour new wine into freshly prepared wineskins, and in this way both are preserved.”
18While he was talking, an official came in, kneeled down in front of him and said, “My daughter has just died. But if you come and lay your hand on her, she will live.” 19Yeshua, with his talmidim, got up and followed him.
20A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years approached him from behind and touched the tzitzit on his robe. 21For she said to herself, “If I can only touch his robe, I will be healed.” 22Yeshua turned, saw her and said, “Courage, daughter! Your trust has healed you.” And she was instantly healed.
23When Yeshua arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute-players, and the crowd in an uproar, 24he said, “Everybody out! The girl isn’t dead, she’s only sleeping!” And they jeered at him. 25But after the people had been put outside, he entered and took hold of the girl’s hand, and she got up. 26News of this spread through all that region.
27As Yeshua went on from there, two blind men began following him, shouting, “Son of David! Take pity on us!” 28When he entered the house, the blind men came up, and Yeshua said to them, “Do you believe that I have the power to do this?” They replied, “Yes, sir.” 29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen to you according to your trust”; 30and their sight was restored. Yeshua warned them severely, “See that no one knows about it.” 31But instead, they went away and talked about him throughout that district.
32As they were going, a man controlled by a demon and unable to speak was brought to Yeshua. 33After the demon was expelled the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Isra’el,” they said. 34But the P’rushim said, “It is through the ruler of the demons that he expels demons.”
35Yeshua went about all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and weakness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his talmidim, “The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. 38Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”