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Mark 2

ESV 1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. MSG 1 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. ESV 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. MSG 2 A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. ESV 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. MSG 3 They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. ESV 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. MSG 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. ESV 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." MSG 5 Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, "Son, I forgive your sins." ESV 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, MSG 6 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, ESV 7 "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" MSG 7 "He can't talk that way! That's blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins." ESV 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? MSG 8 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, "Why are you so skeptical? ESV 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'? MSG 9 Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, 'I forgive your sins,' or say, 'Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking'? ESV 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic-- MSG 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), ESV 11 "I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home." MSG 11 "Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home." ESV 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!" MSG 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!" ESV 13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. MSG 13 Then Jesus went again to walk alongside the lake. Again a crowd came to him, and he taught them. ESV 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. MSG 14 Strolling along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, "Come along with me." He came. ESV 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. MSG 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. ESV 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?" MSG 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?" ESV 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." MSG 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." ESV 18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" MSG 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?" ESV 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. MSG 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!" ESV 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. MSG 20 ESV 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. MSG 21 He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. ESV 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins--and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins." MSG 22 And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles." ESV 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. MSG 23 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. ESV 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" MSG 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!" ESV 25 And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: MSG 25 Jesus said, "Really? Haven't you ever read what David did when he was hungry, along with those who were with him? ESV 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" MSG 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?" ESV 27 And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. MSG 27 Then Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren't made to serve the Sabbath. ESV 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath." MSG 28 The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He's in charge!"

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