The Son of Man Forgives and Heals
1When2:1–12 Mt 9:1–8; Lk 5:17–26 he entered Capernaum2:1 Lk 10:15 again after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
2So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word2:2 Mk 4:14; Jn 18:32 to them.
4Since they were not able to bring him to2:4 Other mss read able to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
8Right away2:8 Mk 10:52 Jesus perceived in his spirit2:8 Lk 5:22; 16:15; Jn 2:25 that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
9Which is easier:2:9 Lk 16:17; 18:25 to say to the paralytic,2:9 Mk 2:3 ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk’?2:9 Mt 11:5
10But so that you may know that the Son of Man2:10 Ps 8:4; Lk 5:24; Ac 7:56 has authority2:10 Mt 28:18; Mk 1:22 on earth to forgive sins”2:10 Jn 15:22 — he told the paralytic —
The Call of Levi
13Jesus2:13–17 Mt 9:9–13; Lk 5:27–32 went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching2:13 Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11 them.
15While he was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors2:15 Lk 3:12; 18:13 and sinners2:15 Mt 9:10; 1Tm 1:15 were eating2:15 Lit reclining together with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who were following him.
A Question about Fasting
18Now2:18–22 Mt 9:14–17; Lk 5:33–39 John’s2:18 Mk 1:4 disciples2:18 Jn 3:25 and the Pharisees2:18 Other mss read The disciples of John and of the Pharisees2:18 Mk 7:3 were fasting.2:18 Lk 18:12; Ac 13:2 People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
19Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom2:19 Jn 2:9 is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast.
20But the time2:20 Or the days will come2:20 Mk 13:24 when the groom will be taken away from them,2:20 Lk 17:22; Jn 16:16–20 and then they will fast2:20 Lk 18:12 on that day.
21No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth,2:21 Lk 19:36 and a worse tear is made.
Lord of the Sabbath
23On2:23–28 Mt 12:1–8; Lk 6:1–5 the Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples2:23 Mk 10:10 began to make their way, picking some heads of grain.
25He said to them, “Have you never read what David2:25 Lk 1:27 and those who were with him did when he was in need2:25 Ac 2:45 and hungry2:25 Rv 7:16 —
26how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar2:26 1Sm 21:1–6 the high priest2:26 Lv 16:32 and ate the bread of the Presence2:26 Ex 25:30 — which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests2:26 Ac 4:1 — and also gave some to his companions?”
27Then he told them, “The Sabbath was made for2:27 Or because of man and not man for the Sabbath.2:27 Col 2:16
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