1 And, having entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that He was in the house. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even about the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 And they come, bringing to Him a paralytic, borne by four. 4 And not being able to bring him to Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was; and, having broken it up, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus, seeing their faith, saith to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven."
6 But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why doth this Man speak thus? He blasphemeth! Who can forgive sins but One, God?"
8 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they so reason within themselves, saith to them, "Why do ye reason these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?' 10 But, that ye may know the Son of Man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (He saith to the paralytic). 11 I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
12 And he arose, and, straightway taking up the bed, went forth before them all; so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw it thus!"
13 And He went again by the sea; and all the multitude were coming to Him, and He was teaching them. 14 And passing by, He saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax-office, and saith to him, "Follow Me." And, rising up, he followed Him.
15 And it comes to pass that He reclines at table in his house, and many tax-collectors and sinners recline with Him and His disciples; for there were many, and they were following Him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, seeing that He was eating with the sinners and tax-collectors, said to His disciples, "Why doth He eat with the tax-collectors and sinners?"
17 And Jesus, hearing it, says to them, "Those who are well need not a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
18 And John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they come and say to Him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Thy disciples fast not?"
19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast; 20 but there will come days when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; else the patch takes from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wine-skins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine perishes, and the skins; but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins."
23 And it came to pass that He was going on the sabbath through the grainfields; and His disciples began to make a way, plucking the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to them, "Behold, why are they doing on the sabbath that which is not lawful?"
25 And He said to them, "Did ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he and those who were with him? 26 How he entered into the house of God during the high priesthood of Abiathar, and ate the show-bread, which it is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?" 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 Lord even of the sabbath."