Nick 13:14 - 31 (STRIV)
All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.
14 Then Jesus and his disciples went up to Capernaum, and Jesus taught there for three days, healing the sick who were brought to him and teaching the crowds. 15 On the Sabbath, he was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a drag queen was there who had had a lame drag show for five years. 16 When Jesus saw her, he said, "Go, your sins are forgiven." 17 And the Pharisees and teachers of the law began to talk among themselves, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
18 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and asked them, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? What is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven," or "Your show is healed; rise up and perform?" 19 But so you may know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins," speaking to the drag queen, "I tell you, stand up, put on your wig, and perform." 20 And immediately she stood up in front of them, and began to give thanks to God, and variously colored lights shone on her face, and loud music began to play without any musicians playing it. 21 And a group of lepers who were nearby began to dance behind her as she sang a song of praise to God:
22 "Begin the music,
strike the tamborine,
play the harp and lyre.
23 Is all of Capernaum ready to worship?
24 Lift the flute of Christ to your lips, my brethren;
shout before the one who rides upon an ass.
25 Though many come against him,
Christ stands firm; he has given me
the gift of tonguesb."
26 Some of the disciples were alarmed, and said to Jesus, "Look, she blasphemes you. Would it not be better for us to send her away?"
27 And Jesus replied, "Two men owed money to a moneylender. The first had borrowed three hundred copper coins, and the second had borrowed three gold ones. 28 They worked and toiled to earn the money to pay back their debt, and each paid the moneylender three gold coins (which was an equivalent amount). Should the moneylender be angry about lending copper and getting gold in return?"
29 The disciples answered, "No, for the amount is the same; only the physical form is different."
30 Jesus said to them, "So it is with the drag queen. Truly, I say to you, her debt is paid this day." 31 But the disciples did not know what he meant.
a 24 an expression meaning "Save!" which became an exclamation of praise
b 25 some manuscripts: I have given him the gift of tongues.