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Matthew 9:1-17 (New American Standard)

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A Paralytic Healed

1 Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to 1His own city. 2 2And they brought to Him a 3paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "4Take courage, ason; 5your sins are forgiven." 3 And some of the scribes said bto themselves, "This fellow 6blasphemes." 4 And Jesus 7knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 "Which is easier, to say, '8Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk '? 6 "But so that you may know that 9the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins "-then He said to the 10paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home." 7 And he got up and cwent home. 8 But when the crowds saw this, they were dawestruck, and 11glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew Called

9 12As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called 13Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "14Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him. 10 Then it happened that as eJesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and fsinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "15Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not 16those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 "But go and learn g17what this means: '18I DESIRE hCOMPASSION, iAND NOT SACRIFICE,' for 19I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

The Question about Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and 20the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "The jattendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 "But no one puts ka patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for lthe patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. 17 "Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."
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