Matthew 8; Matthew 9 (Lexham English Bible)

A Leper Cleansed

1 And [when] he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper approached [and] worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you are able to make me clean." 3 And extending his hand he touched him, saying, "I am willing, be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

A Centurion’s Slave Healed

5 Now [when] he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him, appealing to him 6 and saying, "Lord, my slave is lying paralyzed in my house, terribly tormented!" 7 And he said to him, "I will come [and] heal him." 8 And the centurion answered [and] said, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come in under my roof. But only say the word and my slave will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority who has soldiers under me, and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another one, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does [it]." 10 Now [when] Jesus heard [this], he was astonished, and said to those who were following [him], "Truly I say to you, I have found such great faith with no one in Israel. 11 But I say to you that many will come from east and west and {be seated at the banquet} with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!" 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go, as you have believed it will be done for you." And the slave was healed at that hour.

Many at Capernaum Are Healed

14 And [when] Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down and suffering with a fever. 15 And he touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16 Now [when it] was evening, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed, and he expelled the spirits with a word. And he healed all {those who were sick}, 17 in order that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah would be fulfilled, who said, "He himself took away our sicknesses, and carried away our diseases."

Would-be Followers

18 Now [when] Jesus saw many crowds around him, he gave orders to depart to the other side. 19 And a scribe approached [and] said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go!" 20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky [have] nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." 21 And another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead!"

Calming of a Storm

23 And [as] he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being inundated by the waves, but he himself was asleep. 25 And they came [and] woke him, saying, "Lord, save [us]! We are perishing!" 26 And he said to them, "Why are you fearful, [you] of little faith?" Then he got up [and] rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm. 27 And the men were astonished, saying, "What sort of [man] is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?"

Demon-possessed Gadarenes Healed

28 And [when] he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from among the tombs met him, very violent, so that no one was able to pass by along that road. 29 And behold, they cried out, saying, "{What do you have to do with us}, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" 30 Now a long way from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 So the demons implored him, saying, "If you are going to expel us, send us into the herd of pigs." 32 And he said to them, "Go!" So they departed [and] went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed headlong down the steep slope into the sea and drowned in the water. 33 Now the herdsmen fled and went into the town [and] reported everything, including the things concerning the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and [when they] saw him, they implored [him] that he would depart from their region.

A Paralytic Healed

1 And getting into a boat, he crossed over and came to his own town. 2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher, and [when] Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Have courage, child, your sins are forgiven." 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming!" 4 And knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 6 But in order 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 stretcher and go to your home." 7 And he got up [and] went to his home. 8 But [when] the crowds saw [this], they were afraid and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

Matthew Called to Follow Jesus

9 And [as] Jesus was going away from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth and said to him, "Follow me!" And he stood up [and] followed him. 10 And it happened [as] he {was dining} in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners were coming [and] {dining} with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And [when they] saw [it], the Pharisees began to say to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 And [when he] heard [it], he said, "Those who are healthy do not have need of a physician, but those {who are sick}. 13 But go [and] learn what it means, "I want mercy and not sacrifice." For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

On Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John approached him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "{The bridegroom's attendants} are not able to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them. But days are coming when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 But no one puts a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment, for its patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear becomes worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins. {Otherwise} the wineskins burst and the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are destroyed. But they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved."

A Woman Healed and a Daughter Raised

18 [As] he was saying these [things] to them, behold, one of the rulers came [and] knelt down before him, saying, "My daughter has just now died, but come, place your hand on her and she will live!" 19 And Jesus and his disciples got up [and] followed him. 20 And behold, a woman who had been suffering with a hemorrhage twelve years approached from behind [and] touched the edge of his cloak, 21 for she said to herself, "If only I touch his cloak I will be healed." 22 But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Have courage, daughter! Your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that hour. 23 And [when] Jesus came into the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 24 he said, "Go away, because the girl is not dead, but is sleeping." And they ridiculed him. 25 But when the crowd had been sent out, he entered [and] took her hand, and the girl got up. 26 And this report went out into that whole region.

Two Blind Men Healed

27 And [as] Jesus was going away from there, two blind men followed him, crying out and saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28 And [when he] came into the house, the blind men approached him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be done for you." 30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See [that] no one finds out." 31 But they went out [and] spread the report about him in that whole region.

A Demon Expelled

32 Now [as] they were going away, behold, they brought to him a demon-possessed man [who was] unable to speak. 33 And [after] the demon had been expelled, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were astonished, saying, "{This has never been seen before} in Israel!" 34 But the Pharisees were saying, "By the ruler of demons he expels the demons!"

A Plentiful Harvest But Few Workers

35 And Jesus was going around all the towns and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 And [when he] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were weary and dejected, like sheep that did not have a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest [is] plentiful, but the workers [are] few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he send out workers into his harvest."
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