Mark 2:1-12

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1 And when he returned to 1Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
3 2And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, 3they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
5 And when Jesus 4saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, 5your sins are forgiven."
6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
7 "Why does this man speak like that? 6He is blaspheming! 7Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 And immediately Jesus, 8perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'?
10 But that you may know that 9the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic--
11 "I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home."
12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and 10glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Mark 2:1-12 In-Context

1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
7 "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'?
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 say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home."
12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them.
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

Cross References 10

  • 1. [Matthew 9:1]
  • 2. For ver. 3-12, see Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:18-26
  • 3. [Luke 5:19]
  • 4. Mark 10:52; Matthew 8:10, 13; Matthew 9:22, 29; Matthew 15:28; Luke 7:9, 50; Luke 17:19; Luke 18:42; Acts 3:16; Acts 14:9; James 5:15
  • 5. Luke 7:48; [John 5:14]
  • 6. Mark 14:64; John 10:36
  • 7. Psalms 32:5; Isaiah 43:25
  • 8. See John 2:25
  • 9. [ver. 28]
  • 10. See Luke 7:16
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