And Jesusseeing their faithsaid to the paralytic, "aSon, 1your sins are forgiven."6
But some of the scribes were sittingthere and reasoning in their hearts,
7"Why does thismanspeak that way? He is blaspheming; 2whocanforgivesinsbbut Godalone?"
8ImmediatelyJesus, awarecin His spirit that they were reasoning that waywithinthemselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about thesethings in your hearts?9"Which is easier, to say to the 3paralytic, '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 Manhasauthority on earth to forgivesins "-He said to the paralytic,
11"I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and gohome."12
And he got up and immediatelypicked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were allamazed and 4were glorifyingGod, saying, "5We have neverseen anything likethis."
And He went out again by the seashore; and 6all the dpeople were coming to Him, and He was teaching them.
147As He passed by, He sawe8Levi the son of Alphaeussitting in the taxbooth, and He said to him, "9Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him.
And it fhappened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and manytaxcollectors and gsinnershwere dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him.