Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.12
Some men brought to him a paralytic,2 lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith,3 he said to the paralytic, "Take heart,4 son; your sins are forgiven."53
At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"64
Knowing their thoughts,7 Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?5Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?6But so that you may know that the Son of Man8 has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."7
And the man got up and went home.
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God,9 who had given such authority to men.
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me,"10 he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"1112
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'a12 For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."13
Then John's14 disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast,15 but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?16 The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.1716"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.17Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."