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Mark 2 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

The Healing of the Paralytic

Jesus went back again to Capernaum, where, after a few days, word got round that he was at home. A crowd gathered, so that people couldn’t even get near the door as he was telling them the message.

A party arrived: four people carrying a paralysed man, bringing him to Jesus. They couldn’t get through to him because of the crowd, so they opened up the roof above where he was. When they had dug through it, they used ropes to let down the stretcher the paralysed man was lying on.

Jesus saw their faith, and said to the paralysed man, ‘Child, your sins are forgiven!’

‘How dare the fellow speak like this?’ grumbled some of the legal experts among themselves. ‘It’s blasphemy! Who can forgive sins except God?’

Jesus knew at once, in his spirit, that thoughts like this were in the air. ‘Why do your hearts tell you to think that?’ he asked. ‘Answer me this,’ he went on. ‘Is it easier to say to this cripple, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and walk”?

10 ‘You want to know that the son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins?’ He turned to the paralytic. 11 ‘I tell you,’ he said, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and go home.’ 12 He got up, picked up the stretcher in a flash, and went out before them all.

Everyone was astonished, and they praised God. ‘We’ve never seen anything like this!’ they said.

The Calling of Levi

13 Once more Jesus went out beside the sea. All the crowd came to him, and he taught them.

14 As he went along he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the toll booth. ‘Follow me!’ he said. And he got up and followed him.

15 That’s how Jesus came to be sitting at home with lots of tax-collectors and sinners. There they were, plenty of them, sitting with Jesus and his disciples; they had become his followers.

16 When the legal experts from the Pharisees saw him eating with tax-collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’

17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘It’s sick people who need the doctor, not healthy ones. I came to call the bad people, not the good ones.’

Questions about Fasting

18 John’s disciples, and the Pharisees’ disciples, were fasting. People came and said to Jesus, ‘Look here: John’s disciples are fasting, and so are the Pharisees’ disciples; why aren’t yours?’

19 ‘How can the wedding guests fast’, Jesus replied, ‘if the bridegroom is there with them? As long as they’ve got the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast.

20 ‘Mind you, the time is coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. They’ll fast then all right.

21 ‘No one sews unshrunk cloth onto an old cloak. If they do, the new patch will tear the old cloth, and they’ll end up with a worse hole. 22 Nor does anyone put new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will burst the skins, and they’ll lose the wine and the skins together. New wine needs new skins.’

Teachings on the Sabbath

23 One sabbath, Jesus was walking through the cornfields. His disciples made their way along, plucking corn as they went.

24 ‘Look here,’ said the Pharisees to him, ‘why are they doing something illegal on the sabbath?’

25 ‘Haven’t you ever read what David did,’ replied Jesus, ‘when he was in difficulties, and he and his men got hungry? 26 He went into God’s house (this was when Abiathar was high priest), and ate the “bread of the presence”, which only the priests were allowed to eat – and he gave it to the people with him.

27 ‘The sabbath was made for humans,’ he said, ‘not humans for the sabbath; 28 so the son of man is master even of the sabbath.’

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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”

19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.

21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

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