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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 9

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28When he reached the country of the Gadarenes on the other side, two men came to meet him from among the tombs; they were possessed by demons, and so violent that no one dared pass that way. 29‘Son of God,’ they shouted, ‘what do you want with us? Have you come here to torment us before our time?’ 30In the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding; 31and the demons begged him: ‘If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.’ 32‘Go!’ he said. Then they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed over the edge into the lake, and perished in the water. 33The men in charge of them took to their heels, and made for the town, where they told the whole story, and what had happened to the madmen. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him they begged him to leave the district. 1So he got into the boat and crossed over, and came to his own town.

2Some men appeared, bringing to Jesus a paralysed man on a bed. When he saw their faith Jesus said to the man, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.’ 3At this some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming!’ 4Jesus realized what they were thinking, and said, ‘Why do you harbour evil thoughts? 5Is it easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Stand up and walk”? 6But to convince you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he turned to the paralysed man—‘stand up, take your bed, and go home.’ 7And he got up and went off home. 8The people were filled with awe at the sight, and praised God for granting such authority to men.

9 AS HE went on from there Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the customhouse, and said to him, ‘Follow me’; and Matthew rose and followed him.

10When Jesus was having a meal in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners were seated with him and his disciples. 11Noticing this, the Pharisees said to his disciples, ‘Why is it that your teacher eats with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 12Hearing this he said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13Go and learn what this text means, “I require mercy, not sacrifice.” I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

14Then John's disciples came to him with the question: ‘Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not?’ 15Jesus replied, ‘Can you expect the bridegroom's friends to be sad while the bridegroom is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast.

16‘No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for then the patch tears away from the garment, and leaves a bigger hole. 17Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; if they do, the skins burst, and then the wine runs out and the skins are ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh skins; then both are preserved.’

18 EVEN as he spoke, an official came up, who bowed before him and said, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ 19Jesus rose and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20Just then a woman who had suffered from haemorrhages for twelve years came up from behind, and touched the edge a 9:20 edge: or tassel. of his cloak; 21for she said to herself, ‘If I can only touch his cloak, I shall be healed.’ 22But Jesus turned and saw her, and said, ‘Take heart, my daughter; your faith has healed you.’ And from that moment she recovered.

23When Jesus arrived at the official's house and saw the flute-players and the general commotion, 24he said, ‘Go away! The girl is not dead: she is asleep’; and they laughed at him. 25After turning them all out, he went into the room and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26The story became the talk of the whole district.

27As he went on from there Jesus was followed by two blind men, shouting, ‘Have pity on us, Son of David!’ 28When he had gone indoors they came to him, and Jesus asked, ‘Do you believe that I have the power to do what you want?’ ‘We do,’ they said. 29Then he touched their eyes, and said, ‘As you have believed, so let it be’; 30and their sight was restored. Jesus said to them sternly, ‘See that no one hears about this.’ 31But as soon as they had gone out they talked about him all over the region.

32They were on their way out when a man was brought to him, who was dumb and possessed by a demon; 33the demon was driven out and the dumb man spoke. The crowd was astonished and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel b 9:33 in Israel: some witnesses add 34But the Pharisees said, ‘He drives out devils by the prince of devils.’ .’

35 SO JESUS went round all the towns and villages teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every kind of illness and infirmity. 36The sight of the crowds moved him to pity: they were like sheep without a shepherd, harassed and helpless. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The crop is heavy, but the labourers too few; 38you must ask the owner to send labourers to bring in the harvest.’

Notes:

a 9:20 edge: or tassel.

b 9:33 in Israel: some witnesses add 34But the Pharisees said, ‘He drives out devils by the prince of devils.’

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