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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But when Iesus heard that, hee said vnto them, They that be whole neede not a Physicion, but they that are sicke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But when Jesus heard {this,} He said, "{It is} not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But when he heard it, he said, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But on hearing this he said, Those who are well have no need of a medical man, but those who are ill.
- Basic English Bible

But [Jesus] hearing it, said, They that are strong have not need of a physician, but those that are ill.
- Darby Bible

But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are sick.
- Webster's Bible

He heard the question and replied, "It is not men in good health who require a doctor, but the sick.
- Weymouth Bible

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.
- World English Bible

And Jhesus herde, and seide, A leche is not nedeful to men that faren wel, but to men that ben yuel at ese.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus having heard, said to them, `They who are whole have no need of a physician, but they who are ill;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:12

Mt 9:12 They that be whole need not a physician, etc. In other words, "If these people are as sinful as you allege, they are the very ones who need a Savior".

Discussion for Matthew 9

  • Insight 777
    Verse 27, understand that these blind men are applied to Mark chapter 4 verse 12. The light is the sight of salvation, of accepting Jesus as the Messiah. If one does not accept the light even when one is offered it, then they reject what Jesus tells them to do. They briefly had sight as they considered Jesus to be the Messiah as Jesus taught them, but when they rejected him and chose what they wanted to do instead of what Jesus told them to do they lost their sight, the belief of Jesus as Messiah. The message, Fame, they spread was that Jesus was calling himself Messiah, not that they followed Jesus and believed that he WAS the Messiah. Jesus did not want that disbelief spread because he knew what was in their hearts. Jesus told them the truth but they rejected him. The 2 men were children of darkness not children of light.
  • Insight 777
    Verse 27, the 2 blind men were religious as they recognized Jesus as the son of David. Their religion accepted Jesus but not as the son of God. They were blind because they could not see Jesus as the Messiah. They could not see that Jesus could save their souls. They saw Jesus as a prophet only, a son of David nothing more than that.
  • Insight 777
    Understand from verse 31 that the 2 blind men were not true followers of Jesus as they rejected what he asked of them and disobeyed his commandment directed at them. If one loves Jesus, one will follow exactly what he says to do. These men did not. These men were shown the truth of the teachings of Jesus so their eyes were opened but they rejected what Jesus told them to do. Fame is not faith. They spread abroad the knowledge of the power of Jesus but did not choose that knowledge for themselves. They turned against Jesus when they disobeyed his word, his request. They acted on their prior faith before they were shown what was right, they never let go of their prior faith. The 2 men did not convert and treat Jesus as their redeemer, the Messiah that they should have followed obediently.
  • Insight 777
    Verses 16, the religion, symbolized as a garment, that needs to be fulfilled, symbolized as the missing piece-the tear or rent, is the religion of Israel. Jesus brought a new religion, Christianity. Jesus changed the religious laws and fulfilled the promise of salvation and everlasting life. Jesus filled the missing piece of their garment which is the Messiah. Since they rejected Jesus that piece is still missing to them. Israel rejected Jesus so the rent or missing piece of their religion was made worse as they sinned even more by killing Christ their redeemer. Jesus took from their garment, their religious laws, and said some were no longer to be followed. One can not be both, fully accepting 2 religions that are in conflict with each other. One must choose which is the right teaching. If one religion says a law has to be followed and another religion says it does not have to be followed, then one must choose which is correct. So a new garment, meaning religion, was created, which is Christianity. The teaching of Jesus is the new wine that fills the new bottle, symbolically here the new church or gathering place.
  • Cherilyn Massah
    He who winneth souls is wise. Proverbs
  • Lilian
    Amen, as Jesus said there were many labourers were called but only few are chosen. When we walk with faith we must serve the Lord and represent Jesus in everything we do. We can behave like Jesus in work, in business and in society, we must follow Jesus and live like Jesus. We live because of Jesus forgiveness. We must obey and love Jesus commandments until rapture. Praised God and thanks God for everything he have done into our lives and thanks to Jesus for his precious blood that shed for us as this is the symbol of his love and mercy to us. Be blessed coz Jesus loves you

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