Matthew 8; Matthew 9

1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with a serious skin disease came and bowed down in front of him. The man said to Jesus, "Sir, if you're willing, you can make me clean." 3 Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, "I'm willing. So be clean!" Immediately, his skin disease went away, and he was clean. 4 Jesus said to him, "Don't tell anyone about this! Instead, show yourself to the priest. Then offer the sacrifice Moses commanded as proof to people that you are clean." 5 When Jesus went to Capernaum, a Roman army officer came to beg him for help. 6 The officer said, "Sir, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain." 7 Jesus said to him, "I'll come to heal him." 8 The officer responded, "Sir, I don't deserve to have you come into my house. But just give a command, and my servant will be healed. 9 As you know, I'm in a chain of command and have soldiers at my command. I tell one of them, 'Go!' and he goes, and another, 'Come!' and he comes. I tell my servant, 'Do this!' and he does it." 10 Jesus was amazed when he heard this. He said to those who were following him, "I can guarantee this truth: I haven't found faith as great as this in anyone in Israel. 11 I can guarantee that many will come from all over the world. They will eat with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 The citizens of that kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness. People will cry and be in extreme pain there. 13 Jesus told the officer, "Go! What you believed will be done for you." And at that moment the servant was healed. 14 When Jesus went to Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law in bed with a fever. 15 Jesus touched her hand, and the fever went away. So she got up and prepared a meal for him. 16 In the evening the people brought him many who were possessed by demons. He forced the [evil] spirits out of people with a command and cured everyone who was sick. 17 So what the prophet Isaiah had said came true: "He took away our weaknesses and removed our diseases." 18 Now, when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he ordered [his disciples] to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 19 A scribe came to him and said, "Teacher, I'll follow you wherever you go." 20 Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep." 21 Another disciple said to him, "Sir, first let me go to bury my father." 22 But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead." 23 Jesus' disciples went with him as he left in a boat. 24 Suddenly, a severe storm came across the sea. The waves were covering the boat. Yet, Jesus was sleeping. 25 So they woke him up, saying, "Lord! Save us! We're going to die!" 26 Jesus said to them, "Why do you cowards have so little faith?" Then he got up, gave an order to the wind and the sea, and the sea became very calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!" 28 When he arrived in the territory of the Gadarenes on the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], two men met him. They were possessed by demons and had come out of the tombs. No one could travel along that road because the men were so dangerous. 29 They shouted, "Why are you bothering us now, Son of God? Did you come here to torture us before it is time?" 30 A large herd of pigs was feeding in the distance. 31 The demons begged Jesus, "If you're going to force us out, send us into that herd of pigs." 32 Jesus said to them, "Go!" The demons came out and went into the pigs. Suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water. 33 Those who took care of the pigs ran into the city. There they reported everything, especially about the men possessed by demons. 34 Everyone from the city went to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.
1 Jesus got into a boat, crossed the sea, and came to his own city. 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." 3 Then some of the scribes thought, "He's dishonoring God." 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why are you thinking evil things? 5 Is it 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." 7 So 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. 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. 10 Later Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house. Many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 The Pharisees saw this and 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. 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." 14 Then John's disciples came to Jesus. They said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often but your disciples never do?" 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. 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. 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." 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." 19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed the man. 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. 21 She thought, "If I only touch his clothes, I'll get well." 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. 23 Jesus came to the [synagogue] leader's house. He saw flute players and a noisy crowd. 24 He said to them, "Leave! The girl is not dead. She's sleeping." 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. 26 The news about this spread throughout that region. 27 When Jesus left that place, two blind men followed him. They shouted, "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. 29 He touched their eyes and said, "What you have believed will be done for you!" 30 Then they could see. He warned them, "Don't let anyone know about this!" 31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout 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. 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!" 34 But the Pharisees said, "He forces demons out of people with the help of the ruler of 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. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them. They were troubled and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is large, but the workers are few. 38 So ask the Lord who gives this harvest to send workers to harvest his crops."
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