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Chapter 9

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      Then he entered into a ship and passed over and came into his own city. And lo, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying in his bed. And when Jesus saw the faith of them, he said to the sick of the palsy: son be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee. And behold certain of the Scribes said in themselves, this man blasphemeth. And when Jesus saw their thoughts, he said: wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say: arise and walk? That ye may know that the son of man hath power to forgive sins in earth, then said he unto the sick of the palsy: arise, take up thy bed, and go home to thine house. And he arose and departed to his own house. And when the people saw it, they marvelled and glorified God which had given such power to men.
      And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man sit a receiving of custom, named Matthew, and said to him: follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass as he sat at meat in the house: behold many Publicans and sinners came and sat down also with Jesus and his Disciples.
      When the Pharisees saw that, they said to his Disciples: why eateth your master with Publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard that, he said unto them: The whole need not the Physician, but they that are sick. Go and learn, what that meaneth: I have pleasure in mercy, and not in offering. For I am not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.
      Then came the Disciples of John to him saying: why do we and the Pharisees fast oft: but thy Disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them: Can the wedding children mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man pieceth an old garment with a piece of new cloth. For then taketh he away the piece again from the garment, and the rent is made greater. Neither do men put new wine into old vessels, for then the vessels break, and the wine runneth out, and the vessels perish. But they pour new wine into new vessels, and so are both saved together.
      While he thus spake unto them, behold there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying: my daughter is even now deceased, but come and lay thy hand on her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose and followed him with his disciples. And behold a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him and touched the hem of his vesture. For she said in herself: if I may touch but even his vesture only, I shall be safe. Then Jesus turned him about, and beheld her saying: Daughter be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee safe. And she was made whole even that same hour.
      And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the minstrels and the people raging, he said unto them: Get you hence, for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. As soon as the people were put forth, he went in and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And this was noised throughout all that land.
      And as Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him crying and saying: O thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come home, the blind came to him. And Jesus said unto them: Believe ye that I am able to do this? And they said unto him: ye Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying: according to your faith, be it unto you. And their eyes were opened. And Jesus charged them saying. See that no man know of it. But they, as soon as they were departed, spread abroad his name throughout all the land.
      As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed of a devil. And as soon as the devil was cast out, the dumb spake. And the people marvelled, saying: it was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said: he casteth out devils, by the power of the chief devil.
       And Jesus went about all cities and towns, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom, and healing all manner sickness and disease among the people. But when he saw the people, he had compassion on them, because they were pined away, and scattered abroad, even as sheep having no shepherd.
      Then said he to his disciples: the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Wherefore pray the Lord of the harvest, to send forth laborers into his harvest.

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