Matthew 9:12
New International Version
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

New Living Translation
When Jesus heard this, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do."

English Standard Version
But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

Berean Study Bible
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Berean Literal Bible
And having heard, He said, "Not those being strong have need of a physician, but those being sick.

New American Standard Bible
But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.

King James Bible
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Christian Standard Bible
Now when he heard this, he said, "It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus heard them and answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do.

Good News Translation
Jesus heard them and answered, "People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when He heard this, He said, "Those who are well don't need a doctor, but the sick do.

International Standard Version
When Jesus heard that, he said, "Healthy people don't need a physician, but sick people do.

NET Bible
When Jesus heard this he said, "Those who are healthy don't need a physician, but those who are sick do.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Yeshua heard, he said to them, “The healthy do not need a doctor, but those who have become ill.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus heard that, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do.

New American Standard 1977
But when He heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, Those that are whole need not a physician, but those that are sick.

King James 2000 Bible
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

American King James Version
But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are ill.

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

English Revised Version
But when he heard it, he said, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick.

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

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

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having heard, said to them, 'They who are whole have no need of a physician, but they who are ill;
Study Bible
The Calling of Matthew
11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”…
Cross References
Jeremiah 8:22
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?

Mark 2:17
On hearing this, Jesus told them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Luke 5:31
Jesus answered, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Colossians 4:14
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas send you greetings.

Treasury of Scripture

But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

They that be whole.

Psalm 6:2
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

Psalm 41:4
I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Psalm 147:3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.







Lexicon
[On]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

hearing this,
ἀκούσας (akousas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

[Jesus] said,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“[It is] not
Οὐ (Ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

healthy
ἰσχύοντες (ischyontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2480: To have strength, be strong, be in full health and vigor, be able; meton: I prevail. From ischus; to have force.

[who]
ἔχουσιν (echousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

need
χρείαν (chreian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.

a doctor,
ἰατροῦ (iatrou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2395: A physician. From iaomai; a physician.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sick.
κακῶς (kakōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2560: Badly, evilly, wrongly. From kakos; badly.
(12) They that be whole.--Literally, They that are strong. St. Luke gives, with a more professional precision, "They that are in health." That, speaking from the thoughts and standpoint of those addressed (which in another than our Lord we might term grave irony), which enters so largely into our Lord's teaching, appears here in its most transparent form. Those of whom He speaks were, we know, suffering from the worst form of spiritual disease, but in their own estimation they were without spot or taint, and as such. therefore, He speaks to them. On their own showing, they ought not to object to His carrying on that work where there was most need of it. The proverb cited by Him in Luke 4:23 shows that it was not the first time that He had referred to His own work as that of the Great Physician.

Verse 12. - But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole. Οἱ ἰσχύοντες (so also Mark) may include an arriere-pensee of moral self-assertion which St. Luke entirely loses by his alteration to οἱ ὑγιαίνοντες: cf. 1 Corinthians 4:10. Need not; have no need of (Revised Version). These are the emphatic words in the sentence. Christ takes the Pharisees at their own estimate of themselves, and, without entering into the question of whether this was right or wrong, shows them that on their own showing he would be useless to them. A physician, but they that are sick. "Sed ubi dolores sunt, air, illic festinat medicns," Ephr. Syr., in his exposition of Tatian's 'Diatess.' (Resch, 'Agrapha,' p. 443). 9:10-13 Some time after his call, Matthew sought to bring his old associates to hear Christ. He knew by experience what the grace of Christ could do, and would not despair concerning them. Those who are effectually brought to Christ, cannot but desire that others also may be brought to him. Those who suppose their souls to be without disease will not welcome the spiritual Physician. This was the case with the Pharisees; they despised Christ, because they thought themselves whole; but the poor publicans and sinners felt that they wanted instruction and amendment. It is easy, and too common, to put the worst constructions upon the best words and actions. It may justly be suspected that those have not the grace of God themselves, who are not pleased with others' obtaining it. Christ's conversing with sinners is here called mercy; for to promote the conversion of souls is the greatest act of mercy. The gospel call is a call to repentance; a call to us to change our minds, and to change our ways. If the children of men had not been sinners, there had been no need for Christ to come among them. Let us examine whether we have found out our sickness, and have learned to follow the directions of our great Physician.
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