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ter with publicans and sinners ? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them. "They that be "whole need not a physician, but they that are "sick. But go ye and learn what that mean"eth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for "I am not come to call the righteous, but sin"ners to repentance." * Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? and Jesus said unto them, " Can the children "of the bridegroom fast,b while the bride"groom is with them? as long as they have the "bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But "the days will come, when the bridegroom "shall be taken away from them, and then ** shall they fast in those days."
And he spake also a parable unto them; " No ** man putteth a piece of a new garment upon "an old; if otherwise, then both the new "maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken '" out of the new agreeth not with the old^ And "no man putteth new wine into old bottles,' "else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be "spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But "new wine must be put into new bottles; and "both are preserved. No man also having "drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for "he saith, The old is better."
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw
1 The end of my coming is to save men's souls. I apply my remedies to such as desire them, not to those who think they want them not.
b Would it be right, that guests at a wedding should fast?
e They were made of skins.
him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death, (for he had one only daughter :) I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed : and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples, and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians,' and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus said, " Who touched me ?" When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? and Jesus said, "Somebody hath touched me: "for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.*' And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, " Daughter, be of good com"fort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go ** in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
"Had been patient to many physicians.
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, " Be not afraid, "only believe, and she shall be made whole." And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, "Why make ye "this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, "but sleepeth."1 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, "Talitha cumi;" which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it, and commanded that something should be given her to eat. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
53. Jesus heals two blind Men.
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou
* Her death is but like sleep, from which I shall awakeft her.
son of David have mercy on us. 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. Then touched he their eyes, saying, " See that no man know it." But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
54. Jesus casts out a dumb spirit. The Pharisees again blaspheme.
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.
55. Jesus visits Nazareth, and is again rejected
And he went out from thence, and Place. came into his own country; and his Nazarethdisciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son ? is not his mother called Mary? and his
brethren, * James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? and his sisters, are they not all with us ? whence then hath this man all these things? and they were offended in him.b But Jesus said unto them, "A prophet is not without "honour, but in his own country, and among "his own kin, and in his own house." And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. .
56, The occasion of sending forth the twelve Apostles to preach and work Miracles.
But when he saw the multitudes, Place. he was moved with compassion on auee.. them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, "The harvest truly "is plenteous, but the labourers are few;c ** pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, "that he will send forth labourers into his har"vest."
57- The Twelve are instructed and sent forth.
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all man
* Cousins and relations. i . b They treated him scornfully.
c Many remain to be instructed; but there are few to instruct them.