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Matthew 9

MSG 1 Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus' hometown. NIV 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 3 Some religion scholars whispered, "Why, that's blasphemy!" NIV 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" MSG 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why this gossipy whispering? NIV 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? MSG 5 Which do you think is simpler: to say, 'I forgive your sins,' or, 'Get up and walk'? NIV 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 7 And the man did it. NIV 7 And the man got up and went home. MSG 8 The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way. NIV 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 10 Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. NIV 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. MSG 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?" NIV 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" MSG 12 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? NIV 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. MSG 13 Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." NIV 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." MSG 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?" NIV 14 Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" MSG 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!" NIV 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. MSG 16 He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. NIV 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. MSG 17 And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles." NIV 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." MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 19 Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along. NIV 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. MSG 20 Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." MSG 22 The woman was well from then on. NIV 22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment. MSG 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. NIV 23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, MSG 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. NIV 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him. MSG 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. NIV 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. MSG 26 The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region. NIV 26 News of this spread through all that region. MSG 27 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, "Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!" NIV 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" MSG 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!" NIV 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. MSG 29 He touched their eyes and said, "Become what you believe." NIV 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; MSG 30 It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. "Don't let a soul know how this happened." NIV 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." MSG 31 But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met. NIV 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. MSG 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. NIV 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 34 The Pharisees were left sputtering, "Hocus pocus. It's nothing but hocus pocus. He's probably made a pact with the Devil." NIV 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. NIV 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. MSG 37 "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! NIV 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. MSG 38 On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" NIV 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."