9Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town.G2532G1684G1519G4143G1276G2532G2064G1519G2398G4172 2Some 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."G2532G2400G4374G846G3885G906G1909G2825G2532G2424G1492G846G4102G2036G3885G5043G2293G4675G266G863G4671 3But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, "That's blasphemy! Does he think he's God?"G2532G2400G5100G1122G2036G1722G1438G3778G987 4Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?G2532G2424G1492G846G1761G2036G2444G1760G5210G4190G1722G5216G2588 5Is it easier to say 'Your sins are forgiven,' or 'Stand up and walk'?G1063G5101G2076G2123G2036G266G863G4671G2228G2036G1453G2532G4043 6So I will prove to you that the Son of Man 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!"G1161G2443G1492G3754G5207G444G2192G1849G1909G1093G863G266G5119G3004G3885G1453G142G4675G2825G2532G5217G1519G4675G3624 7And the man jumped up and went home!G2532G1453G565G1519G846G3624 8Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.G1161G3793G1492G2296G2532G1392G2316G3588G1325G5108G1849G444 9As 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.G2532G2424G3855G1564G1492G444G3004G3156G2521G1909G5058G2532G3004G846G190G3427G2532G450G190G846 10Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.G2532G1096G2424G345G1722G3614G2532G2400G4183G5057G2532G268G2064G4873G846G2532G846G3101 11But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?"G2532G5330G1492G2036G846G3101G1302G2068G5216G1320G3326G5057G2532G268 12When Jesus heard this, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do."G1161G2424G191G2036G846G2192G2480G5532G3756G2395G235G2192G2560 13Then he added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.' For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."G1161G4198G3129G5101G2076G2309G1656G2532G3756G2378G1063G2064G3756G2064G2564G1342G235G268G1519G3341 14One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, "Why don't your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?"G5119G4334G846G3101G2491G3004G1302G2249G2532G5330G3522G4183G1161G4675G3101G3522G3756 15Jesus 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.G2532G2424G2036G846G3361G1410G5207G3567G3996G1909G3745G3566G2076G3326G846G1161G2250G2064G3752G3566G522G575G846G2532G5119G3522 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.G1161G3762G1911G1915G46G4470G1909G3820G2440G1063G4138G142G846G575G2440G2532G4978G1096G5501 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."G3761G906G3501G3631G1519G3820G779G1490G779G4486G2532G3631G1632G2532G779G622G235G906G3501G3631G1519G2537G779G2532G297G4933 18As 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."G846G2980G5023G846G2400G2064G1520G758G4352G846G3004G3754G3450G2364G737G5053G235G2064G2007G4675G5495G1909G846G2532G2198 19So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.G2532G2424G1453G190G846G2532G846G3101 20Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe,G2532G2400G1135G131G1427G2094G4334G3693G680G2899G846G2440 21for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed."G1063G3004G1722G1438G1437G680G3440G680G846G2440G4982 22Jesus 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.G1161G2424G1994G2532G1492G846G2036G2364G2293G4675G4102G4982G4571G4982G2532G1135G4982G575G1565G5610 23When Jesus arrived at the official's home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music.G2532G2424G2064G1519G758G3614G2532G1492G834G2532G3793G2350 24"Get out!" he told them. "The girl isn't dead; she's only asleep." But the crowd laughed at him.G3004G846G402G1063G2877G599G3756G599G235G2518G2532G2606G846G2606 25After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!G1161G3753G3793G1544G1525G2902G846G5495G2532G2877G1453 26The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.G2532G5345G3778G1831G1519G3650G1565G1093 27After Jesus left the girl's home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, "Son of David, have mercy on us!"G2532G2424G3855G1564G1417G5185G190G846G2896G2532G3004G5207G1138G1653G2248 28They 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."G1161G2064G1519G3614G5185G4334G846G2532G2424G3004G846G4100G3754G1410G4160G5124G3004G846G3483G2962 29Then he touched their eyes and said, "Because of your faith, it will happen."G5119G680G846G3788G3004G2596G5216G4102G1096G5213 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, "Don't tell anyone about this."G2532G846G3788G455G2532G2424G1690G846G3004G3708G3367G1097 31But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.G1161G1831G1310G846G1310G1722G3650G1565G1093 32When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn't speak was brought to Jesus.G1161G846G1831G2400G4374G846G2974G444G1139 33So 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.G2532G1140G1544G2974G2980G2532G3793G2296G3004G3754G3763G3779G5316G1722G2474 34But the Pharisees said, "He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons."G1161G5330G3004G1544G1140G1722G758G1140 35Jesus 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.G2532G2424G4013G3956G4172G2532G2968G1321G1722G846G4864G2532G2784G2098G932G2532G2323G3956G3554G2532G3956G3119G1722G2992 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.G1161G1492G3793G4697G4012G846G3754G2258G1590G2532G4496G5616G4263G2192G3361G4166 37He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few.G5119G3004G846G3101G2326G3303G4183G1161G2040G3641 38So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields."G1189G3767G2962G2326G3704G1544G2040G1519G846G2326
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