Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: MATTHEW - Chapter 9


Christ heals one sick of the palsy; calls Matthew; cures the issue of blood; raises to life the daughter of Jairus; gives sight to two blind, and heals a dumb man possessed by the devil. Harvest, and workmen.

1 And entering into a boat, *he passed over the water, 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 seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Son, be of good heart, thy sins are forgiven thee.

3 And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: This man blasphemeth.

4 And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts?

5 Which is easier to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6 But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith he to the man sick of the palsy, Arise, take thy bed, and go into thy house.

7 And he arose, and went into his house.

8 And the multitude seeing it, feared, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

9 *And when Jesus passed on from thence, he saw a man sitting in the custom-house, named Matthew: and he saith to him: Follow me. And he rose up, and followed him.

10 And it came to pass as he was sitting at table in the house, behold many publicans and sinners came, and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.

11 And the Pharisees seeing it, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat with publicans and sinners?

12 But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health, need not a physician, but they that are ill.

13 Go then and learn what this meaneth, *I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, **but sinners.

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, *Why do we, and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?

15 And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.

16 And no one putteth a piece of raw cloth to an old garment: for it taketh away what was whole from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do they put new wine into old bottles: otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles are lost. But new wine they put into new bottles: and both are preserved.

18 *While he was speaking these things to them, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored him, saying: Lord, my daughter is just now dead: but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus rising up, followed him, with his disciples.

20 *And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.

21 For she said within herself: If I shall only touch his garment, I shall be healed.

22 But Jesus turning about, and seeing her, said: Take courage, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude in an uproar, he said:

24 Give place: for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed scornfully at him.

25 And when the crowd was turned out, he went in, and took her by the hand: and the girl arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that country.

27 And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men, crying out, and saying: Son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come to the house, the blind men came to him. And Jesus saith to them: Do you believe that I can do this unto you? They say to him: Yea, Lord.

29 Then he touched their eyes, saying: According to your faith be it done unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened: and Jesus strictly charged them, saying: See that no man know it.

31 But they going out, spread his fame abroad in all that country.

32 And when they were gone out, *behold they brought to him a dumb man, possessed with a devil.

33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke, and the multitude wondered, saying: The like was never seen in Israel.

34 But the Pharisees said: He casteth out devils by the prince of the devils.

35 *And Jesus went about all the cities, and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease, and every infirmity.

36 And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying as sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then he saith to his disciples:* The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.



1: about the year A.D. 31.

2: Mark ii. 3, and 22.; Luke v. 18.

9: Mark ii. 14.; Luke v. 27.

13: Osee vi. 6.; Matthew xii. 7. --- ** 1 Timothy i. 15.

14: Mark ii. 18.; Luke v. 33.

18: Mark v. 22.; Luke viii. 41.

20: Mark v. 25.; Luke viii. 43.

32: Matthew xii. 22.; Luke xi. 14.

35: Mark vi. 6.

37: Luke x. 2.