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9 and he got into a boat and crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And lo, they brought him a paralyzed man lying helpless on a couch. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralyzed man “It is all right, my child, your sins are forgiven.” 3 Said some of the scribes to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said “What are you inwardly thinking wicked thoughts for? 5 why, which is easier, to say ‘your sins are forgiven’ or to say ‘rise and walk’? 6 But, that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he said to the paralyzed man, “Rise, take up your couch and go home.” 7 And he rose and went off to his home. 8 And at this sight the crowds were afraid and glorified God who had given such authority to men. 9 And in passing on his way from there Jesus saw sitting in a customhouse office a man known as Matthew, and said to him “Follow me”; and he rose and followed him. 10 And as he was eating a meal in the house, there came to the table with Jesus and his disciples many customhouse officers and people of bad character. 11 And the Pharisees, seeing it, said to his disciples “Why does your teacher eat with the customhouse officers and people of bad character?” 12 But he, hearing it, said “Not the able-bodied, but the ill, need a physician. 13 But go and learn what ‘I want pity, and not sacrifice’ is; for I have not come to call saints, but sinners.” 14 Then John’s disciples came to him with the words “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?” 15 And Jesus said to them “Can the wedding guests mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but there will come days, when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast. 16 But nobody puts a patch of unfulled cloth on an old cloak; for the filler takes away some from the cloak, and a worse hole is made. 17 Neither do they put new wine in old skins; if they do, the skins burst, and the wine runs out and the skins are wasted; but they put new wine into fresh skins, and both together are preserved.” 18* While he was telling them this, lo, a ruler approached him and did him reverence, saying “My daughter is just passing away; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus and his disciples rose and followed the man. 20 And lo, a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind and touched the tassel of his cloak; 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned and saw her and said “It is all right, daughter, your faith has made you well.” And the woman was well from that moment. 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house and saw the flute-players, and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said “Stand aside, for the girl is not dead but asleep”; and they laughed at him. 25* But when the crowd was put out he went in and grasped her hand, and the girl woke up. 26 And the rumor of this went out to that whole land. 27 And as Jesus was passing on his way from there two blind men followed him, crying out “Take pity on us, Son of David.” 28 And when he came into the house the blind men came up to him; and Jesus said to them “Do you believe I can do this?” They said to him “Yes, sir.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying “Have it as you have faith for”; 30 and their eyes were opened. And Jesus said to them sternly “See that nobody finds it out.” 31 But they went out and spread the report about him in that whole land. 32 And as these were going out, lo, they brought him a dumb man who was demon-ridden; 33 and when the demon was expelled the dumb man spoke. And the crowds wondered, saying “Never was the like seen in Israel”; 34 but the Pharisees said “It is by having the head of the demons that he expels the demons.” 35 And Jesus went the round of all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the Reign and curing every disease and every ailment. 36 But at seeing the crowds he was sorry for them because they were harassed and homeless like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples “The crop to harvest is great, but the workers are few; 38 so beg the owner of the crop to send out workers to his harvest”;