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Matthew 9

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

1 And having stepped into the boat, he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold they were bringing to him [a] paralytic lying on [a] bed. And Jesus having seen their belief he said to the paralytic: Be taking courage, child, your sins are forgiven you. 3 And behold some of the scribes said among themselves: This [man] slanders [God]. 4 And Jesus having known their thoughts said: For what reason do you think wicked1 [things] in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say: Your sins are forgiven, or to say: Be rising and be walking? 6 But that you may see that the son of man has authority on the earth to be forgiving sins—then he says to the paralytic: Be rising, carry your bed and be going to your own house. 7 And having arisen, he departed to his own house. 8 And having seen [this], the crowd was afraid2 and glorified God who gave such authority to men.

The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners

9 And proceeding from there Jesus saw [a] man sitting at [a] tax-booth, called Matthew, and he says to him: Be following me. And having stood up, he followed him. 10 And it came to pass when he was seated at table in the house that, behold, many tax-collectors and sinners came and sat down at table with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And the Pharisees having seen this were saying to his disciples: Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners? 12 But having heard this he said: The healthy have no need of [a] physician, rather those having [it] evil-ly. 13 But go and learn what it means3:
I desire mercy and not sacrifice.

For I did not come to call [the] just, but sinners.

The Superiority of the New

14 Then the disciples of John come to him saying: Why do we and the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not fast? 15 And Jesus said to them: Can the sons of the bridegroom mourn as long as the groom is with them? But the day will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 For no one puts [a] piece of new cloth on [an] old garment, for that which fills it up will take from it, and the tear will become worse. 17 No one puts new wine into old skins, lest the skins be burst, and the wine run out and the skins be ruined. Rather they put new wine into new skins and both will be preserved.

Restoration and Healing

18 [While] he was saying these [things] behold [a] ruler coming to him kneels before him saying: My daughter even now has come to the end. But come and lay your hand upon her, and she will zoe-live4 . 19 And having arisen, Jesus and his disciples followed him. 20 And behold [a] woman having [a] discharge of blood for twelve years came after him [and] grasped the hem of his robe. 21 For she was saying in herself: If only I grasp his robe, I will be saved. 22 But Jesus having turned and seen her said: Be taking courage, daughter, your belief has made you whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. 23 And Jesus having come to the ruler's house and having seen the flute players and the crowd making an uproar, 24 he was saying: Be withdrawing, for the girl is not dead but sleeps. And they were laughing at him. 25 Now when the crowd was thrown out, having gone in, he took hold of her hand, and the girl arose. 26 And this report went out into all that land.

Healing the Blind and Mute

27 And when Jesus went out from there two blind men followed him crying out and saying: Have mercy on us, son of David. 28 So when he entered into the house, the blind men came in to him, and Jesus says to them: Do you believe that I am able to do this? They say to him, Yes Lord.

29 Then he touched their eyes saying: According to your belief be it to you. 30 And their eyes were opened. And he strictly-charged them saying: See that no one knows of this. 31 But having gone out they made it known to all that land.

32 Now when he had gone out, behold they brought to him [a] mute who was demon possessed. 33 And when the demon had been cast out the mute spoke. And the crowd marveled saying: Never was it thus seen in Israel. 24 But the Pharisees were saying: By the ruler of demons he casts out demons.

Workers for the Harvest

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and all the towns, teaching in the synagogues and teaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and weakness. 36 And having seen the crowd he had compassion for them, for they were troubled5 and thrown about as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then he says to his disciples: The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he throw workers into his harvest.

1PONEROS (πoνηρoς ) here. The Greek word KAKOS (κακoς ) is always translated `evil', PONEROS is usually translated as `wicked' although occasionally as `bad'; it can also mean 'diseased', 'sickly' and is thus translated where appropriate. Like KAKOS, PONEROS also means `evil', but the harm that evil does is more in view, where KAKOS is more `evil as evil'.

2"afraid" ℵBDW vg H; "astonished" K


4from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

5"rent," "mangled"