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Matthew 9 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus got into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
2 Some people brought to Jesus a man who was paralyzed and lying on a mat. When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralyzed man, "Be encouraged, young man. Your sins are forgiven." 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 of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This man speaks as if he were God. That is blasphemy!" 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why are you thinking evil thoughts? 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to tell him, 'Stand up and walk'? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
6 But I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Stand up, take your mat, 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 stood up and went home. 7 And the man got up and went home.
8 When the people saw this, they were amazed and praised God for giving power like this to human beings. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.
9 When Jesus was leaving, he saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax collector's booth. Jesus said to him, "Follow me," and he stood up and followed Jesus. 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 As Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with Jesus and his followers. 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 this, they asked Jesus' followers, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12 When Jesus heard them, he said, "It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
13 Go and learn what this means: 'I want kindness more than I want animal sacrifices.' I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners." 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 Then the followers of Johnn came to Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees often give up eating for a certain time, 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 answered, "The friends of the bridegroom are not sad while he is with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then they will give up eating. 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 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth over a hole in an old coat. If he does, the patch will shrink and pull away from the coat, making the hole worse. 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 Also, people never pour new wine into old leather bags. Otherwise, the bags will break, the wine will spill, and the wine bags will be ruined. But people always pour new wine into new wine bags. Then both will continue to be good." 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 While Jesus was saying these things, a leader of the synagogue came to him. He bowed down before Jesus and said, "My daughter has just died. But if you come and lay your hand on her, she will live again." 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 So Jesus and his followers stood up and went with the leader. 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came behind Jesus and touched the edge of his coat. 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, "If I can just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
22 Jesus turned and saw the woman and said, "Be encouraged, dear woman. You are made well because you believed." And the woman was healed from that moment 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 Jesus continued along with the leader and went into his house. There he saw the funeral musicians and many people crying. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 Jesus said, "Go away. The girl is not dead, only asleep." But the people laughed at him. 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
25 After the crowd had been thrown out of the house, Jesus went into the girl's room and took hold of her hand, and she stood up. 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 about this spread all around the area. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 When Jesus was leaving there, two blind men followed him. They cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
28 After Jesus went inside, the blind men went with him. He asked the men, "Do you believe that I can make you see again?" They answered, "Yes, Lord." 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 Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, "Because you believe I can make you see again, it will happen." 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";
30 Then the men were able to see. But Jesus warned them strongly, saying, "Don't tell anyone about this." 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."
31 But the blind men left and spread the news about Jesus all around that area. 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 When the two men were leaving, some people brought another man to Jesus. This man could not talk because he had a demon in him. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
33 After Jesus forced the demon to leave the man, he was able to speak. The crowd was amazed and said, "We have never seen 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 But the Pharisees said, "The prince of demons is the one that gives him power to force demons out." 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News about the kingdom, and healing all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. 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 saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them because they were hurting and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Jesus said to his followers, "There are many people to harvest but only a few workers to help harvest them. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 Pray to the Lord, who owns the harvest, that he will send more workers to gather his harvest." 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."