Mark 2

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1And when he returned to aCapernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 bAnd they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, cthey removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5And when Jesus dsaw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, eyour sins are forgiven.” 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7Why does this man speak like that? fHe is blaspheming! gWho can forgive sins but God alone?” 8And immediately Jesus, hperceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10But that you may know that ithe Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins—he said to the paralytic 11“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and jglorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

13He went out again beside the sea, and kall the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 lAnd as he passed by, he saw mLevi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15And as he reclined at table in his house, many ntax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16And othe scribes of
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the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, qWhy does he eat
Some manuscripts add and drink
with tax collectors and sinners?”
17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. sI came not to call the righteous, tbut sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

18Now uJohn’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, vWhy do John’s disciples and wthe disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19And Jesus said to them, xCan the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 yThe days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and zthen they will fast in that day. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old aawineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skinsand the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
Some manuscripts omit  But new wine is for fresh wineskins

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 acOne Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples adbegan to pluck heads of grain. 24And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, aewhy are they doing afwhat is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25And he said to them, ag“Have you never read ahwhat David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26how he entered the house of God, in the time of
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ajAbiathar the high priest, and ate akthe bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”
27And he said to them, al“The Sabbath was made for man, amnot man for the Sabbath. 28So anthe Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

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