Chapter 9

Jesus rejecteth the Jews, with their baptism -- Parable of the wine and bottles.

1)And Jesus entered into a ship, and passes over, and came into his own city.

2)And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed; and Jesus, knowing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee; go thy way and sin no more.

3)And, behold, certain of the Scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4)And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore is it that ye think evil in your hearts?

5)For is it not easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee, than to say, Arise and walk?

6)But I said this that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins.

7)Then Jesus said unto the sick of the palsy, Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thy house.

8)And he immediately arose, and departed to his house.

9)But when the multitude saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power unto men.

10)And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the place where they received tribute, as was customary in those days, and he said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

11)And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him, and with his disciples.

12)And when the Pharisees saw them, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans, and sinners?

13)But when Jesus heard them, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

14)But go ye and learn what this meaneth; I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

15)And while he was thus teaching, there came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft but thy disciples fast not?

16)And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?

17)But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

18)Then said the Pharisees unto him, Why will ye not receive us with our baptism, seeing we keep the whole law?

19)But Jesus said unto them, Ye keep not the law. If ye had kept the law, ye would have received me, for I am he who gave the law.

20)I receive not you with your baptism, because it profiteth you nothing.

21)For when that which is new is come, the old is ready to be put away.

22)For no man putteth a piece of new cloth on an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

23)Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

24)While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler and worshipped him, saying My daughter is even now dying; but come and lay thy hand upon her and she shall live.

25)And Jesus arose and followed him, and also his disciples, and much people thronged him.

26)And, behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.

27)For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

28)But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

29)And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels, and the people making a noise,

30)He said unto them, Give place; for the maid is not dead; but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

31)But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

32)And the fame of Jesus went abroad into all that land.

33)And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

34)And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

35)Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith, be it unto you.

36)And their eyes were opened; and straitly he charged them, saying, Keep my commandments, and see ye tell no man in this place, that no man know it.

37)But thy, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

38)And as they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

39)And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spake. And the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

40)But the Pharisees said, He casteth out the devils, through the prince of the devils.

41)And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and disease among the people.

42)But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

43)Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.

44)Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.