1And after getting into a boat he crossed over the lake and came into his own city.
2And Look!, they brought to him a paralyzed man lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing their trust, said to the paralyzed man, “Take courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
3And Look!, some of the experts in the law said within themselves, “This man speaks defaming words.”
4And Jesus, knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?
5For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
6But so that you know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he says to the paralyzed man—“Get up, take up your bed and go to your house.”
7And he got up and departed to his house.
8But when the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to humans.
9And as Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew, sitting at the tax office, and he says to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
10And it came to pass, as he reclined to eat in the house, Look!, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why is your teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”
12But when he heard it, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.
13But go and learn what this means, I want mercy, and not sacrifice.a For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
15And Jesus said to them, “It is not possible for the wedding guestsb to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, is it? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear is made.
17Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst and the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are destroyed. But they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
18While he spoke these things to them, Look!, a ruler came and bowed down before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
19And Jesus got up and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20And Look!, a woman who had a discharge of blood for 12 years came behind him and touched the border of his garment,
21for she was saying within herself, “If only I can touch his garment, I will be healed.”
22But Jesus, turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, be of good cheer. Your trust has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion,
24he said, “Go away, for the girl did not die, but is sleeping.” And they laughed at him.
25But when the crowd had been put outside, he entered in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.
26And the news of this went out into all that land.
27And as Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, crying out and saying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
28And after he had come into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus says to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They say to him, “Yes, Lord.”
29Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your trust be it done to you.”
30And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See here, let no one know about this!”
31But they went out and spread abroad his fame throughout that whole area.
32And as they went out, Look!, a mute man who was afflicted by a demon was brought to him.
33And when the demon was cast out the mute man spoke, and the multitudes were amazed, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”
34But the Pharisees said, “By the prince of the demons he casts out demons.”
35And Jesus was going through all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them because they were distressed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
37Then he says to his disciples, “Truly, the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.
38Therefore implore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”