The Paralytic Healed1 When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2 And a many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 b And they came, bringing to Him a c paralytic, carried by four men. 4 Being unable to ▼
▼ Lit bring toget to Him because of the crowd, they e removed the roof ▼
▼ Lit where He wasabove Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the g paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ▼
▼ Lit child“Son i your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; j who can forgive sins ▼
▼ Lit if not one, Godbut God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus, aware ▼
▼ Lit byin His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 “Which is easier, to say to the m paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”— He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” 12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and n were glorifying God, saying o “We have never seen anything like this.” 13 And He went out again by the seashore; and p all the ▼
▼ Lit crowdpeople were coming to Him, and He was teaching them.
Levi (Matthew) Called14 r As He passed by, He saw ▼
▼ also called Matthew, t Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, u “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him. 15 And it ▼
▼ Lit happenshappened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and ▼
▼ I.e. irreligious Jewssinners ▼
▼ Lit were reclining withwere dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. 16 When y the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, z “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and ▼
▼ I.e. irreligious Jewssinners?” 17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ab “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 18 ac John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “While the bridegroom is with them, ▼
▼ Lit sons of the bridal-chamberthe attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 “But the ae days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 “No one sews ▼
▼ Lit that which is put ona patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise ▼
▼ Lit that which fills upthe patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results. 22 “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”
Question of the Sabbath23 ah And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while ai picking the heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look aj why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry; 26 how he entered the house of God in the time of ak Abiathar the high priest, and ate the ▼
▼ Or showbread; lit loaves of presentationconsecrated bread, which am is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 Jesus said to them, an “The Sabbath ▼
▼ Or came into beingwas made ▼
▼ Lit because for the sake offor man, and aq not man ▼
▼ Lit because for the sake offor the Sabbath. 28 “So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
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