Chapter 9Matthew

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1 And he entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own :city. 2 And lo, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed: and :Jesus seeing their :faith said to the paralytic, Be of good cheer, child; thy :sins are forgiven. 3 And lo, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4 And :Jesus knowing their :thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your :hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, Thy :sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of :man hath authority on the earth to forgive sins (then saith he to the paralytic), Arise, and take up thy :bed, and go to thy :house. 7 And he arose, and went away to his :house. 8 But when the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and glorified the God who had given such authority to :men.

9 And :Jesus passing by thence saw a man, called Matthew, sitting at the toll: and he saith to him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat in the house, [and] lo, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with :Jesus and his :disciples. 11 And the Pharisees seeing it said to his :disciples, Why eateth your :Teacher with :publicans and sinners? 12 But he heard it, and said, †The healthy have no need of a †physician, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what is, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice: for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. 14 Then come to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but thy :disciples fast not? 15 And :Jesus said to them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast. 16 And no one putteth a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment; for its patch taketh from the garment, and a worse rent is made. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old wine-skins: else the †skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.

18 While he spake these things to them, lo, one ruler came and worshiped him, saying [that] My :daughter is even now deceased: but, come and lay thy :hand upon her, and she shall live. 19 :Jesus arose, and followed, also his :disciples. 20 And lo, a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the border of his :garment: 21 for she said within herself, If I but touch his :garment, I shall be †made whole. 22 But :Jesus turning and seeing her said, Be of good cheer, daughter; thy :faith hath †made thee whole. And the woman became whole from that :hour. 23 And when :Jesus came into the ruler’s :house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult, 24 he said, Give place; for the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25 But when the crowd was put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand; and the damsel arose. 26 And the fame hereof went forth into all that :land. 27 And as :Jesus passed by thence, two blind men followed, crying out, and saying, Have mercy on us, David’s Son. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind came to him: and :Jesus saith to them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say to him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their :eyes, saying, According to your :faith be it to you. 30 And their :eyes were opened. And :Jesus †strictly charged them, saying, See that no one know it. 31 But they went forth, and spread abroad his fame in all that :land. 32 And as they came forth, lo, they brought to him a dumb demoniac. 33 And when the demon was cast out, the dumb spake: and the crowds marveled, saying, It was never so seen in :Israel. 34 But the Pharisees said, By the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons.

35 And :Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their :synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every infirmity. 36 But seeing the crowds, he was moved with pity for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as if sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he to his :disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few. 38 Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he †send forth laborers into his :harvest.

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