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2 And upon his coming into Capernaum again after some days it was heard that he was in the house, 2 and great numbers gathered, so that there was no longer room for them even around the door. And he was speaking the word to them, 3 and there came people bringing to him a paralyzed man borne by four. 4 And, not being able to bring the man to him because of the crowd, they took off the roofing where he was, and, by breaking a hole, let down the pallet on which the paralyzed man was lying. 5 And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralyzed man “My child, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But there were some of the scribes sitting there and inwardly questioning 7 “Why does this man speak so? he is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but one, God?” 8 And at once Jesus, recognizing in his spirit that they were thus questioning in their minds, said to them “Why are you inwardly questioning like that? 9 Which is easier, to say to a paralyzed man your ‘sins are forgiven’ or to say rise, and take up your pallet and walk’? 10 But, that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth—” said he to the paralyzed man, 11 “I say to you, Rise, take up your pallet and go home.” 12 And he rose and at once took up the pallet and went out before them all, so that all of them were surprised and glorified God, saying “We never saw anything like this.” 13 And he went out by the seaside again; and all the masses came to him, and he taught them. 14 And in passing he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting in a customhouse office, and said to him “Follow me”; and he rose and followed him. 15 And it so befell that he was eating a meal in his house, and there were many customhouse officers and people of bad character at the table with Jesus and his disciples (for there were many of them, and they accompanied him), 16 ** and the scribes of the Pharisees, seeing that he was eating with the people of bad character and the customhouse officers, said to his disciples “Why does he eat with the customhouse officers and people of bad character?” 17 And Jesus, hearing it, said to them “Not the able-bodied, but the ill, need a physician; I have not come to call saints, but sinners.” 18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to him “Why is it that John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not?” 19 and Jesus said to them “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? so long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But there will come days, when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then, in that day, they will fast. 21 Nobody sews a piece of unfulled cloth upon an old cloak; if one does, the filler takes some away from it, the new from the old, and a worse hole is made. 22 * And nobody puts new wine in old skins; if one does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine goes in fresh skins.” 23 * And it befell that on the Sabbath he was on his way across the grainfields, and his disciples began to make a way picking the ears; 24 and the Pharisees said to him “There, why are they doing on the sabbath what is not lawful?” 25 and he said to them “Did you never read what David did when he, and those who were with him, were in need and hungry? 26 * how he went into the house of God in the high-priesthood of Abiathar and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful that any but the priests should eat, and gave it to those who were with him too?” 27 And he said to them “The sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath; 28 so that the Son of Man is master even of the sabbath.”