Testament of Matthew
1. And he climbed aboard the vessel and crossed, coming to his town.
2. And they brought to him a bedridden paralytic. And Jesus saw his faith, and he said to him, "Take courage,* my son, your sins are forgiven."
3. Then some men of the scribes said inside themselves, "He is blaspheming."
4. Jesus, however, knew their thoughts, and he said to them, "Why do you perceive wickedness in your hearts?
5. "For which is easier to say, that your sins are forgiven, or to say, 'Get up and walk?'
6. "So as you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, he said to the paralytic, "Rise, pick up your bed and go to your home."
7. And he rose up and went home.
8. As the crowds saw this, they became frightened and glorified God, Who had given such authority to human beings.
9. And as Jesus crossed back from there, he saw a man sitting at the treasury, whose name was Matthew, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
10. And as there were people from the treasury at home, there came treasury clerks and many sinners, and dined with Jesus and his disciples.
11. And as the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your Master eat with treasury people and sinners?"
12. As Jesus heard it, however, he said to them, "The healthy do not need a physician, except those who are terribly ill.
13. "Go learn the meaning of, 'Mercy I seek and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call on the righteous, except the sinners."
14. Then there came to him John's disciples and said, "Why is it we and the Pharisees are fasting often and your disciples do not fast?"
15. Jesus told them, "Why, can the sons of the bridegroom party fast as long as the bridegroom is with them? However, there will come days when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.
16. "No one wastes* a new patch on a worn-out garment, so it may not shrink more than the old garment and make the tear* bigger.
17. "And they do not pour* new wine into old wineskins*, so the sutures may not become unraveled and the wine spilled and the wineskins ruined. Except, the new wine is poured into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
18. As he was speaking with them , a leader [of the Jews] approached and worshipped him and said, "My daughter is dying right now, except come, place your hand over her and she will live."
19. And so Jesus and his disciples rose up and followed him.
20. And, behold, a woman, who had been losing* blood for twelve years, came near the hem of his clothing,
21. Since she said inside herself, 'Even though I only come near his clothing, I shall be healed.'
22. Jesus however turned, saw her and said, "Take courage, my daughter, your faith has given you Life." And the woman was healed as of that hour.
23. And Jesus came to the house of the leader and saw the singers* and the crowds making a commotion,
24. He said to them, "Stop this! The girl is not dead, except she is sleeping." And they laughed at him.
25. And as he put out the crowds, he entered and took her hand and the girl rose up.
26. And this act became known throughout the land.*
27. And as Jesus was passing from there, two blind men caught up with him, crying out and saying, "Have mercy on us, son of David."
28. And as he came to the house, the two blind men approached him. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" They said to him, "Yes, our Lord."
29. Then he touched their eyes and said, "As you believe, so you shall have." And at once their eyes were opened.
30. And Jesus admonished them and said, "Look, do not let anyone know."
31. However, they went out broadcasting it throughout the whole land.
32. And as Jesus went out, they brought to him a mute man who was possessed by a demon.*
33. And as soon as the demon was cast out, the mute man could speak, and the crowds were amazed, saying, "We have never seen anything like this in Israel!"
34. However, the Pharisees said, "By the head of demons, he is casting out demons."
35. And Jesus would go around all the towns and villages and teach in every synagogue, and he preached the hope of the Kingdom and healed every illness and every affliction.
36. However, as Jesus saw the crowds, he was merciful to them, since they were tired and laying down like sheep that have no shepherd.
37. And he told his disciples, "The harvest is bountiful and the laborers few,
38. "Ask the Lord of the Harvest then to provide laborers for the harvest."
*9:2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Take heart."
*9:16.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Throws."
*9:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Hole."
*9:17.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Throw."
*9:17.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sutured [skins.]"
*9:20 Lit. Ar. expression: "Her blood was going." Hemophiliac.
*9:23 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Lamenters."
*9:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "The verb came out over all the earth."
*9:32 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Mute who was taken over by a demon."
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