9 Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city.
2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, [a]son; your sins are forgiven.”3 And some of the scribes said [b]to themselves, “This fellowblasphemes.”4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?5 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’?6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”7 And he got up and [c]went home.8 But when the crowds saw this, they were [d]awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
9 As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.
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