Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, "Stand up and take your mat and walk'?
But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he said to the paralytic—
"I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home."
And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
Jesus a went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them.
As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
And as he sat at dinner b in Levi's c house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting d with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him.
When the scribes of e the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat f with tax collectors and sinners?"
When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people g came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
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