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Bible Commentaries

The Gospels Compared

Matthew 9

Verses 1-8

Jesus heals a paralyzed man
Matthew 9:1-8 Mark 2:1-12 Luke 5:17-26
Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. Mark 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after [some] days; and it was noised that he was in the house. Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day,

Mark 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive [them], no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was [present] to heal them.
Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: Mark 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. Luke 5:18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought [means] to bring him in, and to lay [him] before him.

Mark 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken [it] up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. Luke 5:19 And when they could not find by what [way] they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with [his] couch into the midst before Jesus.
and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
Matthew 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This [man] blasphemeth. Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Mark 2:7 Why doth this [man] thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Luke 5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?
Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? Mark 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? Luke 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?
Matthew 9:6 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,) Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Luke 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,)
Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. Mark 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Matthew 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house. Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; Luke 5:25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw [it], they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. Luke 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Verses 9-13

Jesus eats with sinners at Matthew’s house
Matthew 9:9-13 Mark 2:14-17 Luke 5:27-32
Matthew 9:9 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. Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the [son] of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. Luke 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
And he arose, and followed him. And he arose and followed him. Luke 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. Luke 5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Mark 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:

for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Verses 14-17

Religious leaders ask Jesus about fasting
Matthew 9:14-17 Mark 2:18-22 Luke 5:33-39
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? Mark 2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? Mark 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. Luke 5:34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. Mark 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. Luke 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Matthew 9:16 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. Mark 2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. Luke 5:36 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.
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: Luke 5:37 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 they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. but new wine must be put into new bottles. Luke 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.


Luke 5:39 No man also having drunk old [wine] straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

Verses 18-26

Jesus restores a girl to life and heals a bleeding woman
Matthew 9:18-26 Mark 5:21-43 Luke 8:40-56

Mark 5:21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, Luke 8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned,
Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. the people [gladly] received him: for they were all waiting for him.
behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, Mark 5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, Luke 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet,
My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. Mark 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: [I pray thee], come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. and besought him that he would come into his house:
Matthew 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and [so did] his disciples. Mark 5:24 And [Jesus] went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. Luke 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, Luke 8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years,

Mark 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment: Mark 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. Luke 8:44 Came behind [him], and touched the border of his garment:
Matthew 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. Mark 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Matthew 9:22 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.

Mark 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague. and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? Luke 8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied,
Mark 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press [thee], and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mark 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. Luke 8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
Mark 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. Luke 8:47 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.
Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. Luke 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Mark 5:35 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? Luke 8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's [house], saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard [it], he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Mark 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. Luke 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
Matthew 9:23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, Mark 5:38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. Mark 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. Luke 8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
And they laughed him to scorn. Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. Luke 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
Matthew 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, 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. Luke 8:54 And he put them all out,
and took her by the hand, Mark 5:41 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 took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
and the maid arose. Mark 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. Luke 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
Matthew 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

Mark 5:43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. Luke 8:56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
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