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1 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. 1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2 A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3 They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
4 When they weren't able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.
5 Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, "Son, I forgive your sins." 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7 "He can't talk that way! That's blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins." 7 "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, "Why are you so skeptical? 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things?
9 Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, 'I forgive your sins,' or say, 'Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking'? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?
10 Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . ." (he looked now at the paraplegic), 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." He said to the paralytic,
11 "Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home." 11 "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
12 And the man did it - got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous - and then praised God, saying, "We've never seen anything like this!" 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
13 Then Jesus went again to walk alongside the lake. Again a crowd came to him, and he taught them. 13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them.
14 Strolling along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, "Come along with me." He came. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. 15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
16 The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: "What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riff-raff?" 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
17 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I'm here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit." 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
18 The disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees made a practice of fasting. Some people confronted Jesus: "Why do the followers of John and the Pharisees take on the discipline of fasting, but your followers don't?" 18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, "How is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?"
19 Jesus said, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!" 19 Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them.
20 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. 21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.
22 And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles." 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
23 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. 23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
24 As his disciples made a path, they pulled off heads of grain. The Pharisees told on them to Jesus: "Look, your disciples are breaking Sabbath rules!" 24 The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
25 Jesus said, "Really? Haven't you ever read what David did when he was hungry, along with those who were with him? 25 He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?
26 How he entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, with the Chief Priest Abiathar right there watching - holy bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat - and handed it out to his companions?" 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."
27 Then Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren't made to serve the Sabbath. 27 Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He's in charge!" 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."