And lo, certain of the scribes said within themselves, `This one doth speak evil.'
And Jesus, having known their thoughts, said, `Why think ye evil in your hearts?
for which is easier? to say, The sins have been forgiven to thee; or to say, Rise, and walk?
`But, that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon the earth to forgive sins -- (then saith he to the paralytic) -- having risen, take up thy couch, and go to thy house.'
And he, having risen, went to his house,
and the multitudes having seen, wondered, and glorified God, who did give such power to men.
And Jesus passing by thence, saw a man sitting at the tax-office, named Matthew, and saith to him, `Be following me,' and he, having risen, did follow him.
And it came to pass, he reclining (at meat) in the house, that lo, many tax-gatherers and sinners having come, were lying (at meat) with Jesus and his disciples,
and the Pharisees having seen, said to his disciples, `Wherefore with the tax-gatherers and sinners doth your teacher eat?'
And Jesus having heard, said to them, `They who are whole have no need of a physician, but they who are ill;
but having gone, learn ye what is, Kindness I will, and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call righteous men, but sinners, to reformation.'