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Matthew 9 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus' hometown. 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
2 They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, "Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins." 2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."
3 Some religion scholars whispered, "Why, that's blasphemy!" 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why this gossipy whispering? 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 Which do you think is simpler: to say, 'I forgive your sins,' or, 'Get up and walk'? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
6 Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . ." At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, "Get up. Take your bed and go home." 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."
7 And the man did it. 7 And the man got up and went home.
8 The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.
9 Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, "Come along with me." Matthew stood up and followed him. 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
10 Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples.
11 When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus' followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riff-raff?" 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
13 Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
14 A little later John's followers approached, asking, "Why is it that we and the Pharisees rigorously discipline body and spirit by fasting, but your followers don't?" 14 Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
15 Jesus told them, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!" 15 Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
16 He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. 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 And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles." 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."
18 As he finished saying this, a local official appeared, bowed politely, and said, "My daughter has just now died. If you come and touch her, she will live." 18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live."
19 Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along. 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. 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.
21 She was thinking to herself, "If I can just put a finger on his robe, I'll get well." Jesus turned - caught her at it. Then he reassured her: "Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you're well." 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
22 The woman was well from then on. 22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.
23 By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbors bringing in casseroles. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 Jesus was abrupt: "Clear out! This girl isn't dead. She's sleeping." They told him he didn't know what he was talking about. 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
25 But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl's hand, and pulled her to her feet - alive. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
26 The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, "Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!" 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
28 When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, "Do you really believe I can do this?" They said, "Why, yes, Master!" 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.
29 He touched their eyes and said, "Become what you believe." 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";
30 It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. "Don't let a soul know how this happened." 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."
31 But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met. 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 Right after that, as the blind men were leaving, a man who had been struck speechless by an evil spirit was brought to Jesus. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
33 As soon as Jesus threw the evil tormenting spirit out, the man talked away just as if he'd been talking all his life. The people were up on their feet applauding: "There's never been anything like this in Israel!" 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."
34 The Pharisees were left sputtering, "Hocus pocus. It's nothing but hocus pocus. He's probably made a pact with the Devil." 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
35 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."