A few days later, when I again entered Capernaum, the people heard that I had come home. 2So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and I preached the word to them. 3Some men came, bringing to me a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to me because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above me and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5When I saw their faith, I said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7”Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8Immediately I knew in my spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and I said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” I said to the paralytic, 11“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12He 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!”
13Once again I went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to me, and I began to teach them. 14As I walked along, I saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” I told him, and Levi got up and followed me.
15While I was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with me and my disciples, for there were many who followed me. 16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw me eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked my disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
17On hearing this, I 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.”
18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked me, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19I answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20But 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. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”
23One Sabbath I was going through the grainfields, and as my disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to me, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25I answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26In 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.”
27Then I said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”