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those who are sick. But go and learn what this means :
I desire mercy,
And not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the pious but the immoral.”
Then the disciples of John came to him, and said :
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast ?"
“ Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, so long as the bridegroom is with them?” said Jesus. “ But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then will they fast.
No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. For that which should fill it up tears away from the garment, and a worse rent is made. Nor does any one put new wine into old wineskins, for if they do the skins burst, the wine is spilled, and the skins are spoiled. But new wine is put into fresh skins and both are preserved."
While he was saying these things to them a president of a synagogue came and bent low before him, and said :
My daughter just died. But come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus got up and was following him and so were his disciples.
Then a woman who had a flow of blood twelve years came behind him and touched the border of his garment. For she kept saying to herself:
“ If I but touch his garment, I shall be cured.” But Jesus turning, and seeing her said :
Courage ! Daughter. Your faith has cured you."
The woman was cured from that hour.
Jesus came into the president's house and saw the flute-players and the crowd wailing, and said:
“ The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.” They laughed at him.
But when the crowd was put out, he went in and took her by the hand, and the little girl got up. And the report of it went out into all that land.
As Jesus was passing on from there, two blind men followed, crying out, and saying :
“Take pity on us, Son of David.”
And when he had come into the house the blind men came to him.
"Do you believe I can do this ? ” Jesus said to them.
“Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, and said: “According to your faith, let it be to you."
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, and said :
“ See that no one knows it."
But they went out and made him known in the whole of that land.
As they were going out a mute possessed with a demon was brought to him. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the crowd wondered, and said :
“Never was it so seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said :
“He is driving out demons by the prince of the demons."
Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of sickness.
But when he saw the crowds he pitied them because they were distressed and scattered just
9:36. like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples :
“ The harvest is truly plentiful but the laborers are few. So pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of sickness.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these : The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and An
drew his brother, James the Son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James the son of Alphæus, and Thaddæus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also
These twelve Jesus sent out and gave them this charge : “Do not go to the heathen, Nor enter any city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep Of the house of Israel
And as you go, preach, and say:
Cure the sick,
in your purses.
Nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a stick.
Into whatever city or village you shall enter,
Inquire who in it is worthy,
And stay there till you go out. As you go into the house, salute it. If the house is worthy,
Let your peace come on it, If it is not worthy
Let your peace return to you.
If any one shall not receive you,
Nor hear your words,
Shake off the dust of your feet.