Mark 2

The Son of Man Forgives and Heals

1When a He entered Capernaum b again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. 2 So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message c to them. 3 Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, d carried by four men. 4 Since they were not able to bring him to
Other mss read able to get near
Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.

5 Seeing their faith, f Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins g are forgiven.h

6 But some of the
scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal cases
scribes j were sitting there, thinking k to themselves:
Or thinking in their hearts
7 “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! m Who can forgive n sins o but God alone?” p

8Right away q Jesus understood in His spirit r that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
Or minds
9 Which is easier: t to say to the paralytic, u ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? v 10 But so you may know that the
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man x has authority y on earth to forgive sins,” z He told the paralytic,
11“I tell you: get up, aa pick up your mat, and go home.

12 Immediately he got up, picked up the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded ab and gave glory ac to God, ad saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” ae

The Call of Matthew

13 Then af Jesus went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to Him, and He taught ag them. 14 Then, moving on, He saw Levi ah the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, ai and He said to him, “Follow Me!aj So he got up and followed ak Him.

Dining with Sinners

15 While He was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors al and sinners am were also guests
Lit reclining (at the table); at important meals the custom was to recline on a mat at a low table and lean on the left elbow.
ao with Jesus and His disciples, because there were many who were following Him.
16 When the scribes ap of the
Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral law
Other mss read scribes and Pharisees
as saw that He was eating at with sinners au and tax collectors, av they asked His disciples, “Why does He eat
Other mss add and drink
with tax collectors and sinners?”

17When Jesus heard this, He told them, “Those who are well don’t need ax a doctor, ay but the sick az do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, ba but

A Question about Fasting

18 Now bc John’s bd disciples be and the Pharisees
Other mss read the disciples of John and of the Pharisees
bg were fasting. bh People came and asked Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests
Lit The sons of the bridal chamber
cannot fast while the groom bj is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the time
Lit the days
will come bl when the groom is taken away from them, bm and then they will fast bn in that day.
21No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, bo and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine bp into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst bq the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins.
Other mss read the wine spills out and the skins will be ruined
But new wine is for fresh wineskins.

Lord of the Sabbath

23 On bs the Sabbath He was going through the grainfields, and His disciples bt began to make their way picking some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees bu said to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful bv on the Sabbath?”

25He said to them, “Have you never read what David bw and those who were with him did when he was in need bx and hungry by 26 how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar bz the high priest ca and ate the
sacred bread: Literally bread of presentation; 12 loaves, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, put on the table in the holy place in the tabernacle, and later in the temple. The priests ate the previous week's loaves; Ex 25:30; 29:32; Lv 24:5-9.
sacred bread cc – which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests cd – and also gave some to his companions?”
27 Then He told them, “The Sabbath was made for
Or because of
man and not man for
Or because of
the Sabbath. cg
28 Therefore, the Son of Man ch is Lord ci even of the Sabbath.” cj
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