91And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.
2 And just then some people were carrying a paralysed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven. 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, This man is blaspheming. 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Stand up and walk? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinshe then said to the paralyticStand up, take your bed and go to your home. 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, Follow me. And he got up and followed him.
10 And as he sat at dinner* in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting* with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners? 12But when he heard this, he said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,* but your disciples do not fast? 15And Jesus said to them, The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.
18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue* came in and knelt before him, saying, My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live. 19And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21for she said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well. 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well. And instantly the woman was made well. 23When Jesus came to the leaders house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26And the report of this spread throughout that district.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, Have mercy on us, Son of David! 28When he entered the house, the blind men came 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 and said, According to your faith let it be done to you. 30And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, See that no one knows of this. 31But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
32 After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him.
33And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.
34But the Pharisees said, By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.*
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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