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1 Jesus got into a boat, crossed the sea, and came to his own city. 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
2 Some people brought him a paralyzed man on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Cheer up, friend! 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 Then some of the scribes thought, "He's dishonoring God." 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why are you thinking evil things? 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 to say, 'Get up and walk'? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
6 I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." Then he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, pick up your stretcher, 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 So the man got up and went home. 7 And the man got up and went home.
8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe and praised God for giving such authority to humans. 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 that place, he saw a man sitting in a tax office. The man's name was Matthew. Jesus said to him, "Follow me!" 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 Later Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house. Many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 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 saw this and asked his disciples, "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 that, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do. 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
13 Learn what this means: 'I want mercy, not sacrifices.' I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval." 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 John's disciples came to Jesus. They said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often but your disciples never do?" 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 replied, "Can wedding guests be sad while the groom is still with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them. 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 "No one patches an old coat with a new piece of cloth that will shrink. When the patch shrinks, it will rip away from the coat, and the tear will become 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 Nor do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, people pour new wine into fresh skins, and both are saved." 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 A [synagogue] leader came to Jesus while he was talking to John's disciples. He bowed down in front of Jesus and said, "My daughter just died. Come, lay your hand on her, and 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 and his disciples got up and followed the man. 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Then a woman came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his clothes. She had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years. 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 thought, "If I only touch his clothes, I'll get well." 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
22 When Jesus turned and saw her he said, "Cheer up, daughter! Your faith has made you well." At that very moment the woman became well. 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 came to the [synagogue] leader's house. He saw flute players and a noisy crowd. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 He said to them, "Leave! The girl is not dead. She's sleeping." But they laughed at him. 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
25 When the crowd had been put outside, Jesus went in, took her hand, and the girl came back to life. 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 throughout that region. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 When Jesus left that place, two blind men followed him. They shouted, "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 Jesus went into a house, and the blind men followed him. He said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they answered. 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, "What you have believed will be done for you!" 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";
30 Then they could see. He warned them, "Don't let anyone know about this!" 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."
31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that region. 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 As they were leaving, some people brought a man to Jesus. The man was unable to talk 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 But as soon as the demon was forced out, the man began to speak. The crowds were 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, "He forces demons out of people with the help of the ruler of demons." 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
35 Jesus went to all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues and spread the Good News of the kingdom. He also cured every disease and sickness. 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. They were troubled 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 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is large, but the workers are few. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 So ask the Lord who gives this harvest to send workers to harvest his crops." 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."