Gospel of Mark Chapter Two

2:1 Once again he entered Capernaum during the daytime, and it was rumored that he was staying in a house.
2:2 Immediately many crowds gathered there until there was no more room – not even by the door. And he preached the Teachings of God to them.
2:3 And four men came to him carrying a cot with someone who was paralyzed.
2:4 Not being able to get near to him because of the crowd, they opened the roof above Jesus by removing it, and lowered the cot upon which the paralyzed man laid.
2:5 When Jesus saw their belief, he said to the one paralyzed, “Child, your sins have been forgiven.”
2:6 Yet there were some scribes sitting there and they were thinking –
2:7 “Why does this man speak such blasphemies? Who can forgive sins except for God alone?”
2:8 Then immediately Jesus perceived within his spirit that they were thinking this within themselves. He said to them, “Why think these things in your hearts?
2:9 Which is easier? To say to the paralyzed, ‘your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘arise and pick up your cot and walk?’”
2.10 But so that you may know that the Servant of Humanity has authority on earth to forgive sins -" he told the paralyzed man:
2:11 “I say to you, rise, and pick up your cot and go on your way – to your house:”
2:12 Immediately he rose and picked up his cot and stood before everyone – and they were all amazed; and they glorified God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this.”
2:13 Then he set off again, along the seashore; and large crowds came to him and he taught them.
2:14 Later as he was traveling, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the taxation booth, and said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
2:15 Then later Jesus sat down to dinner at his house – and many tax collectors and sinners sat together with Jesus and his disciples: Because there were many who followed him.
2:16 When the scribes and pharisees saw him dining with tax collectors and sinners, they asked his disciples, “How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
2:17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do: I didn’t come to call the devoted – but to call sinners to change their heart.”
2:18 Then John’s disciples and the pharisees were fasting. So they asked him, “Why do the disciples of John and the pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t?
2:19 Thus Jesus told them, “Can the servants of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them? They can’t fast.
2:20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them and then they will fast on those days.
2:21 No one repairs an old garment with an unshrunk patch: Otherwise the new patch that was put on will become undone, resulting in a bigger hole.
2:22 And no one puts new wine into old containers: Otherwise the wine will break the containers and spill the wine, and the containers will be useless. Rather, new wine must be put into new containers."
2:23 Then later he was traveling through corn fields on the Sabbath. As his disciples were walking, they plucked some ears of corn.
2:24 Then the pharisees asked, “Look, why do they do what is not permitted on the Sabbath?”
2:25 Thus he said to them, “Have you never read what David and his followers did when they were hungry?
2:26 How he went into the Temple of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the offering bread – which was only permitted for the priests to eat – and also gave it to his followers?
2:27 Thus he told them, “The Sabbath was made for man – not man for the Sabbath.
2:28 Therefore the Servant of Humanity is also master of the Sabbath.”

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