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Matthew 9

ESV 1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. MSG 1 Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus' hometown. ESV 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven." 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." ESV 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." MSG 3 Some religion scholars whispered, "Why, that's blasphemy!" ESV 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? MSG 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why this gossipy whispering? ESV 5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? MSG 5 Which do you think is simpler: to say, 'I forgive your sins,' or, 'Get up and walk'? ESV 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he then said to the paralytic--"Rise, pick up your bed and go home." 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." ESV 7 And he rose and went home. MSG 7 And the man did it. ESV 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. MSG 8 The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way. ESV 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. 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. ESV 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 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. ESV 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 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?" ESV 12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. MSG 12 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? ESV 13 Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." MSG 13 Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." ESV 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 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?" ESV 15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will 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!" ESV 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. MSG 16 He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. ESV 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." MSG 17 And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles." ESV 18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 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." ESV 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. MSG 19 Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along. ESV 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, MSG 20 Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. ESV 21 for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I will be made well." 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." ESV 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. MSG 22 The woman was well from then on. ESV 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 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. ESV 24 he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. 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. ESV 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 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. ESV 26 And the report of this went through all that district. MSG 26 The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region. ESV 27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." MSG 27 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, "Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!" ESV 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." 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!" ESV 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." MSG 29 He touched their eyes and said, "Become what you believe." ESV 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it." MSG 30 It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. "Don't let a soul know how this happened." ESV 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. MSG 31 But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met. ESV 32 As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. 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. ESV 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." 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!" ESV 34 But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons." MSG 34 The Pharisees were left sputtering, "Hocus pocus. It's nothing but hocus pocus. He's probably made a pact with the Devil." ESV 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 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. ESV 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. MSG 36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. ESV 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; MSG 37 "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! ESV 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." MSG 38 On your knees and pray for harvest hands!"

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