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Matthew 9 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
(Mar 2:1–12; Luk 5:17–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:1 - Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:2 - Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:3 - But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:4 - Jesus knew[fn] what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:5 - Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:6 - So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[fn] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:7 - And the man jumped up and went home!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:8 - Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.[fn]
Jesus Calls Matthew
(Mar 2:13–17; Luk 5:27–32 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:9 - As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:10 - Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:11 - But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:12 - When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:13 - Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[fn] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
A Discussion about Fasting
(Mar 2:18–22; Luk 5:33–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:14 - One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast[fn] like we do and the Pharisees do?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:15 - Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:16 - “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:17 - “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”
Jesus Heals in Response to Faith
(Mar 5:21–43; Luk 8:40–56 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:18 - As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:19 - So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:20 - Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:21 - for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:22 - Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:23 - When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:24 - “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:25 - After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:26 - The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.
Jesus Heals the Blind
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:27 - After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:28 - They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:29 - Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:30 - Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:31 - But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:32 - When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:33 - So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:34 - But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”
The Need for Workers
(Luk 10:2, 3 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:35 - Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:36 - When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:37 - He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:38 - So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read saw.
“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
Greek for giving such authority to human beings.
Greek with tax collectors and sinners?
Hos 6:6 (Greek version).
Some manuscripts read fast often.

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