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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
9 So, boarding the boat, he proceeded across and went into his own city.+ 2 And, look! they were bringing him a paralyzed man lying on a bed.+ On seeing their faith Jesus said to the paralytic: “Take courage, child; your sins are forgiven.”+ 3 And, look! certain of the scribes said to themselves: “This fellow is blaspheming.”+ 4 And Jesus, knowing their thoughts,+ said: “Why are YOU thinking wicked things in YOUR hearts?+ 5 For instance, which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up and walk?+ 6 However, in order for YOU to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins+—” then he said to the paralytic: “Get up, pick up your bed, and go to your home.”+ 7 And he got up and went off to his home. 8 At the sight of this the crowds were struck with fear, and they glorified God,+ who gave such authority+ to men. 9 Next, while passing along from there, Jesus caught sight of a man named Matthew seated at the tax office, and he said to him: “Be my follower.”+ Thereupon he did rise up and follow him.+ 10 Later, while he was reclining at the table in the house,+ look! many tax collectors and sinners came and began reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 But on seeing this the Pharisees began to say to his disciples: “Why is it that YOUR teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners?”+ 12 Hearing [them], he said: “Persons in health do not need a physician,+ but the ailing do. 13 Go, then, and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice.’+ For I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.” 14 Then John’s disciples came to him and asked: “Why is it that we and the Pharisees practice fasting but your disciples do not fast?”+ 15 At this Jesus said to them: “The friends of the bridegroom* have no reason to mourn as long as the bridegroom+ is with them, do they? But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away+ from them, and then they will fast.+ 16 Nobody sews a patch of unshrunk cloth upon an old outer garment; for its full strength would pull from the outer garment and the tear would become worse.+ 17 Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins; but if they do, then the wineskins burst and the wine spills out and the wineskins are ruined.+ But people put new wine into new wineskins, and both things are preserved.”+ 18 While he was telling them these things, look! a certain ruler+ who had approached began to do obeisance to him,+ saying: “By now my daughter must be dead;+ but come and lay your hand upon her and she will come to life.”+ 19 Then Jesus, getting up, began to follow him; also his disciples did. 20 And, look! a woman suffering twelve years from a flow of blood+ came up behind and touched the fringe* of his outer garment;+ 21 for she kept saying to herself: “If I only touch his outer garment I shall get well.”*+ 22 Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: “Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.”*+ And from that hour the woman became well.+ 23 When, now, he came into the ruler’s house+ and caught sight of the flute players and the crowd in noisy confusion,+ 24 Jesus began to say: “Leave the place, for the little girl did not die, but she is sleeping.”+ At this they began to laugh at him scornfully.+ 25 As soon as the crowd had been sent outside, he went in and took hold of her hand,+ and the little girl got up.+ 26 Of course, the talk about this spread out into all that region. 27 As Jesus was passing along from there, two blind men+ followed him, crying out and saying: “Have mercy on us,+ Son of David.” 28 After he had gone into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus asked them: “Do YOU have faith+ that I can do this?” They answered him: “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes,+ saying: “According to YOUR faith let it happen to YOU.” 30 And their eyes received sight. Moreover, Jesus sternly charged them, saying: “See that nobody gets to know it.”+ 31 But they, after getting outside, made it public about him in all that region.+ 32 Now when they were leaving, look! people brought him a dumb man possessed of a demon;+ 33 and after the demon had been expelled the dumb man spoke.+ Well, the crowds felt amazement+ and said: “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees began to say: “It is by the ruler of the demons that he expels the demons.”+ 35 And Jesus set out on a tour of all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching* the good news of the kingdom and curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity.+ 36 On seeing the crowds he felt pity+ for them, because they were skinned* and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.+ 37 Then he said to his disciples: “Yes, the harvest is great, but the workers are few.+ 38 Therefore, beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”+