The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 9
And he ascended (into) the ship, and went over, and came to his city.
And they brought to him a paralytic lying on a bed; and Jeshu saw their commitment, and said to the paralytic,
Be comforted, my son, thy sins are forgiven thee.
But men from among the scribes said within themselves,
But Jeshu knew their reasonings, and said to them,
Why reason ye evil in your hearts?
For which is easier, to say, Forgiven are thy sins, or to say, Arise, walk ?
But that ye may know that authority hath the Son of man in the earth to remit sins, he saith to him-the paralytic,
-Arise, lift up thy bed, and go to thy house:
and he arose (and) went to his house.
When the assembly saw this, they feared,
and glorified Aloha who had given such power as this unto men.
AND when Jeshu had passed thence, he saw a man who was sitting at the place of the tribute-takers, whose name was Mathai; and he said to him,
Come after me; and he arose and went after him.
And while he reclined in the house, there came to him many tribute-gatherers and sinners, and reclined with Jeshu and with his disciples.
And when the Pharishee saw (it), they say to his disciples,
Why doth your master eat with tribute-takers and sinners?
But Jeshu, when he heard (it), said to them,
The healthful have no need for the physician, but they who are diseased.8 Go, learn what that is:
-" I require mercy, and not sacrifice; "
for I am not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.
Then drew nigh to him the disciples of Juchanon, and said,
Why do we and the Pharishee fast much, and thy disciples fast not ?
Jeshu said to them,
Neither can the sons of the marriage-chamber fast while the bridegroom is with them:
but the days are coming when the bridegroom shall be taken up from them, and then shall they fast.
No man inserteth a piece of new cloth upon an old garment, lest he should take away its fulness from that garment, and the rent be greater.
Neither do they pour new wine into old bottles,9 that the bottles may not be broken, and the wine be spilled, and the bottles perish.
But they pour new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
WHILE he spake these words with them, a certain chief came, drew near, worshipped him, and said,
My daughter is now dead; but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live!
And Jeshu arose, with his disciples, and went after him.
And, behold, a woman whose blood had flowed twelve years, came behind him, and touched the edge of his vestment.
For she was saying within herself, If I touch but his garment, I shall be healed.
But Jeshu turned and seeth her, and said to her,
Be comforted, my daughter, thy faith hath saved thee.1
And the woman was healed from that very hour.
And Jeshu came to the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the crowds which were making a tumult.
And he said to them,
Retire; for the damsel is not dead, but asleep.
And they laughed at him.
And when he had put forth the crowds, he entered, and took her by the hand; and the damsel arose.
And the rumour of this went forth through all that land.
AND when Jeshu had passed thence, two blind men clave to him, and besought him, and said,
Have compassion on us, Son of David !
And when he had come into the house, these blind men were brought to him.
Jeshu saith to them,
Believe you that I am able to do this ?
They say to him,
Yes, our Lord!
Then he touched their eyes, and said,
As you believe be it to you.
And immediately their eyes were opened.
And Jeshu forbad them and said,
Beware lest any man know.
But they went forth and spread the report of it through all that land.
And when Jeshu went forth, they brought to him a dumb person in whom was a demon.
And when the demon had gone out, the dumb spake; and the multitudes were astonished, and said,
Never was it thus seen in Isroel.
But the Pharishee said,
By the chief of the devils he casteth out devils.
And Jeshu itinerated in all their cities and villages, and taught in their assemblies, and preached the gospel of the kingdom, and healed all diseases and all pains.
8 Grievously affected.
1 Given thee life.
BUT when Jeshu saw the multitudes, he had compassion upon them, because they fainted and were dispersed as sheep that had no shepherd; and said to his disciples,
The harvest is great, and the labourers few.
Ask, therefore, from the Lord of the harvest, that he would thrust forth labourers into his harvest.