New International Version
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the 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.
Darby Bible Translation
But [Jesus] hearing it, said, They that are strong have not need of a physician, but those that are ill.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They that be whole need not a physician - A common proverb, which none could either misunderstand or misapply. Of it the reader may make the following use: -
1. Jesus Christ represents himself here as the sovereign Physician of souls.
2. That all stand in need of his healing power.
3. That men must acknowledge their spiritual maladies, and the need they have of his mercy, in order to be healed by him.
4. That it is the most inveterate and dangerous disease the soul can be afflicted with to imagine itself whole, when the sting of death, which is sin, has pierced it through in every part, infusing its poison every where.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They that be whole.
LibraryJune 26. "When He Saw the Multitudes He was Moved" (Matt. Ix. 36).
"When He saw the multitudes He was moved" (Matt. ix. 36). He is able to be "touched with the feeling of our infirmities." The word "touched" expresses a great deal. It means that our troubles are His troubles, and that in all our afflictions He is afflicted. It is not a sympathy of sentiment, but a sympathy of suffering. There is much help in this for the tired heart. It is the foundation of His Priesthood, and God meant that it should be to us a source of unceasing consolation. Let us realize, more …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Soul-Healing First: Body-Healing Second
The Physician's Calling (Preached at Whitehall for St. George's Hospital. )
Of the Words Themselves in General.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.
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