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1 A few days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home. 1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2 Many people gathered together so that there was no room in the house, not even outside the door. And Jesus was teaching them God's message. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3 Four people came, carrying a paralyzed man. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
4 Since they could not get to Jesus because of the crowd, they dug a hole in the roof right above where he was speaking. When they got through, they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it. 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 When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralyzed man, "Young man, your sins are forgiven." 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Some of the teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7 "Why does this man say things like that? He is speaking as if he were God. 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 immediately what these teachers of the law were thinking. So he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? 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 easier: to tell this paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to tell him, 'Stand up. Take your mat and walk'? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?
10 But I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So Jesus said to the paralyzed man, 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." He said to the paralytic,
11 "I tell you, stand up, take your mat, and go home." 11 "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
12 Immediately the paralyzed man stood up, took his mat, and walked out while everyone was watching him. The people were amazed and praised God. They said, "We have 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 Jesus went to the lake again. The whole crowd followed him there, 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 While he was walking along, he saw a man named Levi son of Alphaeus, sitting in the tax collector's booth. Jesus said to him, "Follow me," and he stood up and followed Jesus. 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, as Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating there with Jesus and his followers. Many people like this followed Jesus. 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 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating with the tax collectors and "sinners," they asked his followers, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 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 heard this and said to them, "It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners." 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 Now the followers of Johnn and the Pharisees often gave up eating for a certain time. Some people came to Jesus and said, "Why do John's followers and the followers of the Pharisees often give up eating, 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 answered, "The friends of the bridegroom do not give up eating while the bridegroom is still with them. As long as the bridegroom is with them, they cannot give up eating. 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 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then they will give up eating. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth over a hole in an old coat. Otherwise, the patch will shrink and pull away -- the new patch will pull away from the old coat. Then the hole will be worse. 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 Also, no one ever pours new wine into old leather bags. Otherwise, the new wine will break the bags, and the wine will be ruined along with the bags. But new wine should be put into new leather bags." 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, as Jesus was walking through some fields of grain, his followers began to pick some grain to eat. 23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
24 The Pharisees said to Jesus, "Why are your followers doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath day?" 24 The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
25 Jesus answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and those with him were hungry and needed food? 25 He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?
26 During the time of Abiathar the high priest, David went into God's house and ate the holy bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And David also gave some of the bread to those who were with him." 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 to the Pharisees, "The Sabbath day was made to help people; they were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath day. 27 Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 So then, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day." 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."