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And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, ° (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh ° from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
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.
But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:6 forgive sins. The key reason for the earthly healing ministry of Christ is probably to assure us He could forgive sins.

9:9 Matthew. Matthew is the author of this gospel, yet, says little about himself. As a publican (tax collector), he would ordinarily be disliked by other Jews (note Matthew 9:11), yet Jesus chose him as a disciple. The immediate response by Matthew to Jesus’ call, with no explanation, must have been preceded by an unrecorded history of his own personal repentance and faith. He would very likely have been a follower of John the Baptist before John told his own disciples to follow Jesus (note John 1:35-37; 3:30; Acts 1:21-22).

9:13 not sacrifice. Jesus here quoted Hosea 6:6 as Scriptural authority. Animal sacrifices, which were prescribed by the law and thus necessary and appropriate, were meaningless unless accompanied by true obedience to the moral requirements of the law also, along with true repentance and faith in God’s mercy and forgiveness. Such characteristics of one who offers sacrifices would inevitably produce a merciful attitude in that person’s life.

9:17 old bottles. The “bottles” were actually “wine-skins.” An old wineskin would retain on itself the yeast organisms that produce fermentation. Thus the fresh new wine, recently squeezed from the grape harvest into old wineskins, would soon start fermenting. The gas so produced could even generate sufficient pressure to cause the wineskins to burst.

9:17 both are preserved. Normally the “new wine” was fresh grape juice, and they wanted to preserve its health-giving freshness as long as possible.

9:22 He said, Daughter. From time to time, even as the incarnate Son of God, the Lord Jesus spoke to His believing followers in His character as “Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6). He called this woman “Daughter,” and the man sick of the palsy “Son” (Matthew 9:2). He spoke to His disciples as His “children” (Mark 10:24).

9:25 the maid arose. This was one of three occasions on which Jesus raised the dead (see also Luke 7:12-15; John 11:43-44).

9:33 never so seen. Jesus in His human form was a very average-looking person, with no particular “form nor comeliness” (Isaiah 53:2), and consequently the Gospels never give a physical description of His appearance. Yet no other man ever performed miracles like He did (note John 3:2), and “never man spake like this man” (John 7:46). No other man was born or lived or died or defeated death like He did. Therefore, “there is none other name…whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

9:34 prince of the devils. The “prince of the demons,” of course, is Satan. Satan has always attempted to control the actions of as many men and women as possible as part of his anti-God strategy, and the most effective way to do this is through actual demonic possession. It would be completely unreasonable for Satan to renounce this control (compare Matthew 12:26), once he has obtained it.

9:38 send forth labourers. The multitudes of spiritually lost “sheep” are like a field of grain ready for the harvest. They are waiting for laborers, but the Lord must send the laborers. He is waiting for those who are concerned to ask Him to do so. Thus, the laborers are few because those who intercede in prayer are few.

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