1And after getting into the boat he crossed over the lake and came into his own city.
2And behold, they brought to him a paralyzed man lying on a bed. And when he saw their trust, Jesus 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 the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he said to the paralyzed man—“Get up, pick up your pallet, and go to your house.”
7And he got up and went 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 collector’s booth, and he said 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 and eating 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 this, he said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick do.
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, “Are the wedding guestsb able to mourn as long as the groom is with them? But the days will come when the groom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak and the tear becomes worse.
17Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst and the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
18While he spoke these things to them, behold, a leader 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 behold, a woman who had a discharge of blood for 12 years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak,
21for she was saying within herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22But Jesus, turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, be of good cheer. Your trust has healed you.” And the woman was healed 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 has not died, but is asleep.” And they began to laugh at him.
25But when the crowd had been driven out of the house, 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 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said 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 crowds 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 crowds, he was moved with compassion for them because they were distressed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
37Then he said 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.”