Chapter 9

Jesus got into the boat, crossed the sea, and came to his own city. 2The people there brought a bed-ridden, paralyzed man to him. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Be brave, son. Your sins are forgiven.” 3But some of the scholars thought to themselves, “This is blasphemy!” 4Jesus saw what they were thinking and said, “Why are y’all thinking about evil? 5What’s easier to say, ‘your sins are forgiven’, or ‘stand up and walk’? 6But so y’all will know that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins...” He says to the paralyzed man, “Stand up, pick up your bed, and go home.” 7He got up and went home. 8When they saw this, the crowds were afraid. They gave glory to God for giving such authority to men.

9Jesus walked away from there and saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me!” And Matthew stood up and followed him.

10Later, Jesus sat down for dinner at the house, and many tax men and sinners came and sat with him and his disciples. 11The Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax men and sinners?” 12But Jesus heard them and answered, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor. The sick are the ones who need a doctor. 13Go and figure out what this means: ‘I want mercy, not sacrifice.’ I didn’t come here to call the righteous, I came to call the sinners.

14John’s disciples came to him then and asked, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples never do?” 15Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests can’t mourn while the groom is around, can they? But the day will come when the groom is taken from them, and then they’ll fast. 16No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on old clothes. If they did, the patch would shrink and pull the fabric and the rip would become even worse. 17And they don’t put new wine into old wineskins. If the wineskins rip, then the wine would spill and the wineskins would be destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.

18As he said all this to them, a leader of the synagogue came to him, knelt down and said, “My daughter is dead. But if you come and lay your hand on her, she’ll come back to life.” 19Jesus got up and he and his disciples followed him. 20Just then, a woman who suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years came from behind and touched the edge of his clothes. 21She thought to herself, “If only I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be cured.” 22Jesus turned around, saw her, and said, “Be brave, daughter. Your faith has cured you.” And the woman was cured that very moment. 23Jesus came to the leader’s house and he saw the flute-players and the crowd of people making a fuss, 24and he said, “Leave. The girl isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.” They all laughed at him. 25But the crowd was thrown out and he went in and held the girl’s hand, and she stood up 26And the news of this spread throughout that whole land.

27As Jesus left there, two blind men shouted to him, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28When he went into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Sir.” 29So he touched their eyes and said, “By your faith, let it happen for you.” 30Their eyes were opened. Jesus commanded them, “See to it that you don’t let anyone know about this.” 31They left and told everyone in the land about him.

32As he came out, the people brought a deaf man possessed by demons to him. 33Jesus threw out the demons and the deaf man spoke. The crowds marveled at this and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees said, “He throws out the demons with authority from the ruler of demons.”

35Jesus went to all the cities and villages and taught in the synagogues, preaching about the good news of the Empire and healing all illnesses and sicknesses. 36He saw the crowds and felt sorry for them, because they were tortured and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “There’s a lot to harvest, but there aren’t many workers. 38Beg the Lord of the harvest to bring in more workers to help.

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