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Matthew 9:13-23 (New International Version)

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13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'a1 For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."2

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

9:14-17pp -- Mk 2:18-22; Lk 5:33-39

14 Then John's3 disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast,4 but your disciples do not fast?" 15 Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?5 The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.6 16 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman

9:18-26pp -- Mk 5:22-43; Lk 8:41-56

18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him7 and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her,8 and she will live." 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.9 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." 22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart,10 daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you."11 And the woman was healed from that moment.12 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,13
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