Some men brought to him a paralytic,1 lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith,2 he said to the paralytic, "Take heart,3 son; your sins are forgiven."43
At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"54
Knowing their thoughts,6 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 Man7 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,8 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,"9 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'?"1012
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.'a11 For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."12