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2:1He went back to Capernaum in those days, but they heard he was in a house there.2:2So many gathered there that the house was packed (you couldn’t even get in the door), and he gave a speech to them.2:3Then a paralyzed person was carried there by four people.2:4But since they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where Jesus was and dug a hole so they could lower the paralyzed person on the cot.

2:5Now when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed person, “Dear child, your faults are forgiven!”2:6But some of the scripture scholars sat there and muttered to themselves,2:7“How can he say such a thing? He is calling himself God! Who else can forgive faults except the one true God?”2:8But right away Jesus knew in his spirit what they were muttering to themselves, and he said to them, “What is this you’re muttering to yourselves?2:9Which is easier to say to the paralyzed person: ‘Your faults are forgiven’ or ‘Arise, pick up your cot and walk’?

2:10“But observe the jurisdiction the Human has to forgive faults here on earth!” So he said to the paralyzed person,2:11“I tell you, arise, pick up your cot and go home!”2:12And right away he got up, picked up his cot, and walked out the door in front of everyone. Then they were all astounded and gave honor to God: “We have never seen anything like this!”

2:13Jesus left again and went to the seaside. The whole crowd came with him, and he taught them.2:14As he passed by he saw Levi, son of Alpheus, sitting in his tax contractor’s office. So he said to him, “Follow me!” and he got up and followed.

2:15When he went to eat at the tax contractor’s house, many other tax contractors and deviants were also reclining at the table with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many of them and they followed him.2:16But when the scripture scholars who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with deviants and tax contractors, they complained to his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax contractors and deviants?”

2:17Jesus heard this and said to them, “It is the sick, not the healthy, who need a physician. I didn’t come to call the righteous but the deviant.”

2:18The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting, so they came and asked him, “Why is it that the disciples of John and of the Pharisees all fast, but your disciples do not?”

2:19“Do the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?” answered Jesus. “No, they cannot fast while they’re with the bridegroom.2:20But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

2:21“No one uses unshrunk cloth to patch an old article of clothing. Otherwise, the new cloth pulls away from the old and creates an even bigger tear than before.2:22Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst through, and both the wineskin and the wine will be ruined. New wine belongs in new wineskins.”

2:23Now it happened on one of the Sabbaths that he was passing alongside some grain fields, and his disciples were picking heads of grain along the way.2:24But the Pharisees complained, “Look! What they’re doing is forbidden on the Sabbath.”

2:25“Haven’t you ever read what David did when he and his men were hungry,2:26during the time of Abiathar the ruling priest?” Jesus replied. “He went into the House of God and ate the bread that was presented as an offering, which only the priests are allowed to eat, and fed it to those with him as well.”2:27And Jesus added, “The Sabbath is for the sake of the person, not the person for the Sabbath.2:28And the Human is Master of the Sabbath.”