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Chapter 2

1Some days later he came back to Capernaum, and people heard that he was at home, 2and such a crowd gathered that after a while there was no room even around the door, and he was telling them his message. 3And some people came bringing to him a man who was paralyzed, four of them carrying him. 4As they could not get him near Jesus on account of the crowd, they broke open the roof just over his head, and through the opening they lowered the mat with the paralytic lying on it. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,

“My son, your sins are forgiven.”

6There were some scribes sitting there pondering and saying to themselves,

7“Why does this man talk so? This is blasphemy. Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

8Jesus, at once perceiving by his spirit that they were pondering over this, said to them,

“Why do you ponder over this in your minds? 9Which is easier, to say to this paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say to him, “Get up and pick up your mat and walk’? 10But to let you know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth,” turning to the paralytic he said, 11“I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12And he got up, and immediately picked up his mat and went out before them all, so that they were all astonished and acknowledged the power of God, saying,

“We never saw anything like this before.”

13He went out of the town again and along the shore, and all the people came to him and he taught them.

14And as he was passing along he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the tollhouse, and he said to him,

“Follow me.”

And he got up and followed him.

15He was at table in his house, with many tax-collectors and irreligious people who were at table with him and his disciples, for there were many of them among his followers. 16And when the scribes who were of the Pharisees’ party saw that he was eating with irreligious people and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples,

“Why does he eat with tax-collectors and irreligious people?”

17Jesus heard it, and said to them,

“It is not well people but the sick who have to have the doctor. I did not come to invite the pious but the irreligious.”

18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast. And people came and asked him,

“Why is it that when John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are keeping the fast, yours are not keeping it?”

19Jesus said to them,

“Can wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20But a time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and when that day comes, they will fast. 21No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old coat; or if he does, the patch tears away, the new from the old, and makes the hole worse than ever. 22And no one pours new wine into old wine-skins; or if he does, the wine bursts the skins, and the wine is lost, and the skins too. New wine has to be put into fresh skins.”

23He happened to be passing through the wheat fields on the Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick the heads of wheat as they made their way through. 24And the Pharisees said to him,

“Look! Why are they doing what it is against the law to do on the Sabbath?”

25He said to them,

“Did you never read what David did, when he was in need and hungry, he and his men? 26How is it that he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the Presentation Loaves, which it is against the law for anyone but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions too?”

27And he said to them,

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, 28and so the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath.”

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