Mark 2

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1 And again a He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 1 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a b paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." 6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? c Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 d "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? 10 "But that you may know that the Son of Man has 2 power on earth to forgive sins" - He said to the paralytic, 11 "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and e glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Jesus Calls Levi

13 f Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. 14 g As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, h "Follow Me." So he arose and i followed Him.

15 j Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes 3 and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, k "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, 4 to repentance."

A Question About Fasting

18 l The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the 5 friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be m taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. 21 "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 n Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began o to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why do they do what is p not lawful on the Sabbath?" 25 But He said to them, "Have you never read q what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 "how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, r which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?" 27 And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the s Sabbath. 28 "Therefore t the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 9:1
    So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 4:24
    Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
    Matthew 8:6
    Saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.
    Acts 8:7
    For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
    Acts 9:33
    There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.
  3. Cross References
    Job 14:4
    Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
    Isaiah 43:25
    I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
    Daniel 9:9
    To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 9:5
    For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'?
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 15:31
    So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
    Philippians 2:11
    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 9:9
    As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 9:9 - 13
    As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
    Luke 5:27 - 32
    After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 4:19
    Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will ma...
    Matthew 8:22
    But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the ...
    Matthew 19:21
    Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, ...
    John 1:43
    The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee...
    John 12:26
    If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and whe...
    John 21:22
    Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain ti...
  9. Cross References
    Luke 18:28
    Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 9:10
    Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 9:12
    When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those ...
    Matthew 9:13
    "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire me...
    Matthew 18:11
    For the Son of Man has come to save that which ...
    Luke 5:31
    Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are...
    Luke 5:32
    "I have not come to call the righteous, but sin...
    Luke 19:10
    "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to sav...
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 9:14 - 17
    Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?
    Luke 5:33 - 38
    Then they said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?
  13. Cross References
    Acts 1:9
    Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
    Acts 13:2
    As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
    Acts 13:3
    Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
    Acts 14:23
    So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 12:1 - 8
    At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
    Luke 6:1 - 5
    Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:25
    When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor's standing grain.
  16. Cross References
    Exodus 20:10
    But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
    Exodus 31:15
    Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
  17. Cross References
    1 Samuel 21:1 - 6
    Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David, and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no one is with you?
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 29:32
    Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
    Exodus 29:33
    They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy.
    Leviticus 24:5 - 9
    And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.
  19. Cross References
    Genesis 2:3
    Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
    Exodus 23:12
    Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed.
    Deuteronomy 5:14
    But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
    Nehemiah 9:14
    You made known to them Your holy Sabbath, And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.
    Ezekiel 20:12
    Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 12:8
    "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
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