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2 However, after some days he again entered into Ca·perʹna·um and he was reported to be at home.+ 2 Consequently many gathered, so much so that there was no more room, not even about the door, and he began to speak the word+ to them. 3 And men came bringing him a paralytic carried by four.+ 4 But not being able to bring him right to [Jesus]* on account of the crowd, they removed the roof over where he was, and having dug an opening they lowered the cot on which the paralytic was lying.+ 5 And when Jesus saw their faith+ he said to the paralytic: “Child, your sins are forgiven.”+ 6 Now there were some of the scribes there, sitting and reasoning in their hearts:+ 7 “Why is this man talking in this manner? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except one, God?”+ 8 But Jesus, having discerned immediately by his spirit that they were reasoning that way in themselves, said to them: “Why are YOU reasoning these things in YOUR hearts?+ 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and pick up your cot and walk’?+ 10 But in order for YOU men to know that the Son of man+ has authority to forgive sins upon the earth,”+—he said to the paralytic: 11 “I say to you, Get up, pick up your cot, and go to your home.”+ 12 At that he did get up, and immediately picked up his cot and walked out in front of them all,+ so that they were all simply carried away, and they glorified God, saying: “We never saw the like of it.”+ 13 Again he went out beside the sea; and all the crowd kept coming to him, and he began to teach them. 14 But as he was passing along, he caught sight of Leʹvi+ the [son] of Al·phaeʹus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: “Be my follower.” And rising up he followed him.+ 15 Later he happened to be reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors+ and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many of them and they began following him.+ 16 But the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, began saying to his disciples: “Does he eat with the tax collectors and sinners?”+ 17 Upon hearing this Jesus said to them: “Those who are strong do not need a physician, but those who are ill do. I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.”+ 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees practiced fasting. So they came and said to him: “Why is it the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees practice fasting, but your disciples do not practice fasting?”+ 19 And Jesus said to them: “While the bridegroom is with them the friends of the bridegroom* cannot fast,+ can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.+ 20 But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.+ 21 Nobody sews a patch of unshrunk cloth upon an old outer garment; if he does, its full strength pulls from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse.+ 22 Also, nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine bursts the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins.+ But people put new wine into new wineskins.”+ 23 Now it happened that he was proceeding through the grainfields on the sabbath, and his disciples started to make their way plucking+ the heads of grain.+ 24 So the Pharisees went saying to him: “Look here! Why are they doing on the sabbath what is not lawful?”+ 25 But he said to them: “Have YOU never once read what David+ did when he fell in need and got hungry, he and the men with him?+ 26 How he entered into the house of God, in the account about A·biʹa·thar+ the chief priest,* and ate the loaves of presentation,*+ which it is not lawful+ for anybody to eat except the priests, and he gave some also to the men who were with him?”+ 27 So he went on to say to them: “The sabbath came into existence for the sake of man,+ and not man for the sake of the sabbath;+ 28 hence the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath.”+