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1 Jesus climbed 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 him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Take heart, son! 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 "Blasphemy! This man talks like he is God!" some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves. 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 Is it easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Get up and walk'? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
6 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!" 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 jumped up and went home! 7 And the man got up and went home.
8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. They praised God for sending a man with such great authority. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.
9 As Jesus was going down the road, he saw Matthew sitting at his tax-collection booth. "Come, be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Matthew got 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 That night Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples.
11 The Pharisees were indignant. "Why does your teacher eat with such scum ?" they asked his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12 When he heard this, Jesus replied, "Healthy people don't need a doctor -- sick people do." 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
13 Then he added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices.' For I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough." 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 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don't fast?" 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 responded, "Should the wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Someday he will be taken from them, and then they will fast. 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 And who would patch an old garment with unshrunk cloth? For the patch shrinks and pulls away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger hole than before. 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 no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. That way both the wine and the wineskins are preserved." 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 Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt down before him. "My daughter has just died," he said, "but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand upon her." 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 As Jesus and the disciples were going to the official's home, 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him. She touched the fringe of 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 for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed." 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
22 Jesus turned around and said to her, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment. 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 When Jesus arrived at the official's home, he noticed the noisy crowds and heard the funeral music. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 He said, "Go away, for the girl isn't dead; she's only asleep." But the crowd laughed at him. 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
25 When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in and took the girl by the 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 report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 After Jesus left the girl's home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, "Son of David, have 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 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, "Do you believe I can make you see?" "Yes, Lord," they told him, "we do." 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 he touched their eyes and said, "Because of your faith, it will happen." 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";
30 And suddenly they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, "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 instead, they spread his fame all over the region. 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 When they left, some people brought to him a man who couldn't speak because he was possessed by a demon. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
33 So Jesus cast out the demon, and instantly the man could talk. The crowds marveled. "Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!" they exclaimed. 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, "He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons." 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
35 Jesus traveled through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever he went, he healed people of every sort of disease and illness. 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 He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn't know where to go for help. They were 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 He said to his disciples, "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields." 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."