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MARK 2:1–2:28 ©

The Gospel of Mark 2

2After some days had passed, Jesus returned to the town of Capernaum. People spread the news quickly to others that Jesus had returned and was in a certain house. 2Soon a great number of people gathered where Jesus was staying. The number was so great that the house was full. There was no longer space to stand, not even around the doorway. Jesus spoke God’s message to them. 3Some people came to the house bringing to Jesus a man who was paralyzed. Four men carried him on a sleeping pad. 4They were not able to bring the man close to Jesus because of the crowd that had gathered. So, they went up on the roof of the house and made a big hole in the roof above Jesus. They lowered the paralyzed man on his sleeping pad through the hole in front of Jesus. 5After Jesus perceived that the men believed that he could heal this man, he said to the paralyzed man, “My child, I have forgiven your sins!” 6Some men who taught the Jewish laws were sitting there. They started thinking to themselves, 7“Who does this man think he is, talking like that? He insults God by saying that! No person can forgive sins—only God can!” 8Right away, Jesus knew within himself what they were thinking. He said to them, “Why are you thinking that I don’t have the right to forgive sins? 9Which would be easier for me to say to the paralyzed man, ‘I have forgiven your sins’ or ‘Stand up! Take your sleeping pad and walk’? 10I will demonstrate to you that God has given the Son of Man authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man, 11“Stand up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go home!” 12The man stood up immediately. He picked up the sleeping pad, and he walked out of the house while all the people there were watching. They were all amazed, and they praised God and said, “We have never before seen anything like what happened just now!”

13Jesus left the town of Capernaum and walked again along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd came to him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking, he saw a man named Levi, whose father’s name was Alpheus. He was sitting at his workplace, where he collected taxes. Jesus said to him, “Come with me and be my disciple.” He got up and went with Jesus. 15Later, Jesus was eating a meal in Levi’s house. Many men who collected taxes—and others whom the religious leaders considered to be sinners—were eating with Jesus and his disciples. There were many people like this who were going everywhere with Jesus. 16Men who taught the Jewish laws and who were members of the Pharisee sect saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and men who collected taxes. They asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does he eat and drink with sinners and men who collect taxes?” 17After Jesus heard what they were asking, he said to the men who taught the Jewish laws, “Healthy people do not need a doctor. On the contrary, it is those who are sick who need a doctor. I did not come to invite those who think they are righteous to come to me, but those who know that they have sinned.”

18Now at this time, the followers of John the Baptizer and some men who belonged to the Pharisee sect were abstaining from food, as they often did. Some men came to Jesus and asked him, “The disciples of John and of the Pharisees often abstain from food. Why do your students not abstain from food?” 19Jesus said to them, “When a man is marrying a woman, his friends will certainly not abstain from food while he is still with them. The wedding is a time of feasting and celebrating with the groom. It is not a time for abstaining from food, especially while the groom is with them. 20But someday, the groom will be taken away from his friends. Then in those days, they will abstain from food.”

21Jesus went on to say to them, “People do not sew a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment in order to mend a hole. If they did, when they washed the garment, the patch would shrink, and the new piece of cloth would tear off more of the old cloth. As a result, the hole would become even bigger! 22Similarly, people do not put new wine into old animal-skin bags to store it. If they did, the new wine would burst the skin bags because they would not stretch when the wine ferments and expands. As a result, both the wine and the skin bags would be ruined! On the contrary, people must put new wine into new skin bags!”

23On one Jewish day of rest, Jesus was walking through some grain fields with his students. As they were walking along through the grain fields, Jesus’ disciples were plucking some of the heads of grain. 24Some of the Pharisees saw what they were doing and said to Jesus, “Look at this! They are breaking the Jewish law concerning the day of rest. Why are they doing that?” 25Jesus said to them, “Have you never read the scriptures concerning King David and the men who were with him, when they were hungry? 26During the time Abiathar was high priest, King David entered the house of God and asked for some bread. The high priest gave him some of the bread that had been on display before God. According to our laws, only the priests could eat that bread! But David ate some of it. Then he also gave some of it to the men who were with him.” 27Jesus said to them further, “God made the day of rest for the sake of mankind. He did not make the day of rest to be a burden on mankind. 28So, to be clear, the Son of Man is Lord, even of the day of rest!”

MARK 2:1–2:28 ©