Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
9 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 1 2 Just then 2 some people 3 brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 4 When Jesus saw their 5 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 6 3 Then 7 some of the experts in the law 8 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 9 4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 5 Which is easier, 10 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know 11 that the Son of Man 12 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 13 – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 14 7 And he stood up and went home. 15 8 When 16 the crowd saw this, they were afraid 17 and honored God who had given such authority to men. 18
The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 19 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 10 As 20 Jesus 21 was having a meal 22 in Matthew’s 23 house, many tax collectors 24 and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees 25 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 26 12 When 27 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 28 13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 29 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
14 Then John’s 30 disciples came to Jesus 31 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 32 fast often, 33 but your disciples don’t fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 34 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 35 is with them, can they? But the days 36 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 37 and then they will fast. 16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 38 otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 39 and both are preserved.”
Restoration and Healing
18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 20 But 40 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 41 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 42 of his cloak. 43 21 For she kept saying to herself, 44 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 45 22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 46 And the woman was healed 47 from that hour. 23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 48 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 49
Healing the Blind and Mute
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 50 “Have mercy 51 on us, Son of David!” 52 28 When 53 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 54 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 55
32 As 56 they were going away, 57 a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees 58 said, “By the ruler 59 of demons he casts out demons.” 60
Workers for the Harvest
35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 61 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 62 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 63 36 When 64 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 65 like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 66 to send out 67 workers into his harvest.”
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
10 Jesus 1 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 2 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 3 2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 4 first, Simon 5 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; 6 Thomas 7 and Matthew the tax collector; 8 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 9 4 Simon the Zealot 10 and Judas Iscariot, 11 who betrayed him. 12
5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 13 “Do not go to Gentile regions 14 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 15 6 Go 16 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 17 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag 18 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 19 or sandals or staff, 20 for the worker deserves his provisions. 11 Whenever 21 you enter a town or village, 22 find out who is worthy there 23 and stay with them 24 until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 25 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 26 14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 27 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 15 I tell you the truth, 28 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 29 on the day of judgment than for that town!
Persecution of Disciples
16 “I 30 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 31 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware 32 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 33 and flog 34 you in their synagogues. 35 18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 36 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 19 Whenever 37 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 38 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 39 20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother 40 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 41 parents and have them put to death. 22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 Whenever 42 they persecute you in one place, 43 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 44 you will not finish going through all the towns 45 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 46 greater than his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
Fear God, Not Man
26 “Do 47 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 48 that will not be revealed, 49 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 50 proclaim from the housetops. 51 28 Do 52 not be afraid of those who kill the body 53 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 54 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 55 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 56 30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 31 So do not be afraid; 57 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever, then, acknowledges 58 me before people, I will acknowledge 59 before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 60 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 61
37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take up his cross 62 and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life 63 will lose it, 64 and whoever loses his life because of me 65 will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 66 41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 67 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, 68 he will never lose his reward.”
11 When 1 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
Jesus and John the Baptist
2 Now when John 2 heard in prison about the deeds Christ 3 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 4 3 “Are you the one who is to come, 5 or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, 6 “Go tell John what you hear and see: 7 5 The blind see, the 8 lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 6 Blessed is anyone 9 who takes no offense at me.”
7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 10 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11 8 What 12 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 13 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 14 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 15 than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 16
who will prepare your way before you.’ 17
11 “I tell you the truth, 18 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 19 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From 20 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 21 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 22 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 The one who has ears had better listen! 23
16 “To 24 what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 25
17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 26
we wailed in mourning, 27 yet you did not weep.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 28 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 29 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 30 and sinners!’ 31 But wisdom is vindicated 32 by her deeds.” 33
Woes on Unrepentant Cities
20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 34 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 35 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 36 the miracles 37 done in you had been done in Tyre 38 and Sidon, 39 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 23 And you, Capernaum, 40 will you be exalted to heaven? 41 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 42 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 43 on the day of judgment than for you!”
25 At that time Jesus said, 44 “I praise 45 you, Father, Lord 46 of heaven and earth, because 47 you have hidden these things from the wise 48 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 49 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 50 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 51 to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke 52 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”