New International Version

Matthew 9:1-38

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

1Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

3At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7Then the man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

The Calling of Matthew

9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’9:13 Hosea 6:6 For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

14Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

18While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26News of this spread through all that region.

Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute

27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

32While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

The Workers Are Few

35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

馬太福音 9:1-38

醫治癱子

1耶穌坐船回到湖對岸自己住的城鎮。

2有人用擔架把一個癱子抬到耶穌面前。耶穌看見他們的信心,就對癱子說:「孩子,放心吧!你的罪得到赦免了。」

3幾個律法教師聽了,心裡想:「這個人是在褻瀆上帝。」

4耶穌知道他們的心思,就說:「你們為什麼心懷惡念呢? 5說『你的罪得到赦免了』容易呢?還是說『你起來行走』容易呢? 6如今我要讓你們知道人子在世上有赦罪的權柄。」於是祂對癱子說:「起來!收拾你的擔架回家去吧。」

7那人立刻站起來,回家去了。 8看見的人都充滿了敬畏,就讚美把這樣的權柄賜給人的上帝。

呼召馬太

9耶穌離開那裡往前走,看見一個名叫馬太的人坐在收稅站裡,便對他說:「跟從我!」馬太就站起來跟從了耶穌。

10耶穌在馬太家裡坐席的時候,很多稅吏和罪人前來跟耶穌和祂的門徒一起坐席。 11法利賽人看見了,就質問耶穌的門徒:「你們的老師為何跟稅吏和罪人一起吃飯?」 12耶穌聽見後,答道:「健康的人不需要醫生,有病的人才需要。 13聖經上說,『我喜愛憐憫之心,而非祭物』,你們去揣摩這句話的意思吧。我來不是要召義人,乃是要召罪人。」

禁食的問題

14那時,約翰的門徒來問耶穌:「我們和法利賽人常常禁食,為什麼你的門徒不禁食呢?」

15耶穌對他們說:「新郎和賓客還在一起的時候,賓客怎能悲傷呢?但有一天新郎將被帶走,那時他們就要禁食了。

16「沒有人用新布縫補舊衣,恐怕新布會把舊衣扯破,破洞會更大。 17也沒有人用舊皮囊來盛新酒,否則皮囊會漲破,酒也漏了,皮囊也毀了。人們總是把新酒裝在新皮囊裡,以便兩樣都能保住。」

起死回生

18當耶穌在說話的時候,來了一個管理會堂的人跪在祂面前,說:「我的女兒剛剛死了,請你去把手按在她身上,她就會活過來。」 19耶穌和門徒就起身跟著他去了。 20途中,有一個患了十二年血漏病的女人擠到耶穌的背後,摸了一下祂衣服的穗邊, 21因為她心想:「我只要摸到祂的衣服,病就會好。」 22耶穌轉過頭來,看見她,就說:「女兒,放心吧,你的信心救了你。」就在那一刻,她的頑疾痊癒了。

23耶穌來到管理會堂之人的家,看見殯葬的吹樂手和亂嚷嚷的人群, 24就吩咐他們:「你們出去吧,這女孩並沒有死,只是睡著了。」他們都譏笑祂。

25耶穌讓眾人都出去,然後進去拉著女孩的手,女孩就起來了。 26這件事傳遍了整個地區。

醫治瞎子和啞巴

27耶穌從那裡往前走,有兩個瞎子跟著祂,高聲呼叫:「大衛的後裔啊,可憐我們吧!」

28耶穌進了房子,那兩個瞎子來到祂面前。耶穌問他們:「你們相信我能做這事嗎?」他們說:「主啊,我們相信。」

29於是,耶穌摸他們的眼睛,並說:「照你們的信心成全你們吧。」 30他們立刻得見光明。耶穌鄭重地叮囑他們:「不要張揚這件事。」 31但他們出去後把祂所行的事傳遍了那一帶。

32他們正要離去,有人帶著一個被鬼附身的啞巴來見耶穌。 33耶穌把鬼趕出去後,啞巴就能說話了。

眾人都感到驚奇,說:「在以色列從未見過這樣的事。」

34法利賽人卻說:「祂只不過是靠鬼王趕鬼。」

耶穌憐憫眾人

35耶穌走遍了各城各鄉,在會堂裡教導人,傳講天國的福音,醫治各樣的疾病。 36祂看見眾人,心裡憐憫他們,因為他們困苦無助,好像沒有牧人的羊。 37耶穌對門徒說:「要收割的莊稼很多,工人卻很少。 38因此,你們要祈求莊稼的主人派更多的工人去收割。」