Mark Chapter 2

Traditional Text

 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And they came unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was born of four.  And when they could not come near him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins be forgiven you.  But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,  Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said to them, Why do you reason these things in your hearts?  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk? 10  But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the sick of the palsy,) 11  I say to you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house. 12  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it in this fashion. 13  And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted to him, and he taught them. 14  And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphæus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said to him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. 15  And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said to his disciples, How is it that he eats and drinks with publicans and sinners? 17  When Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 18  And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and 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 children of the bride-chamber 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 shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. 21  No man also sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up takes away from the old, and the rip is made worse. 22  And no man puts new wine into old bottles: else the new wine bursts the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. 23  And it came to pass, that he went through the grain fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. 24  And the Pharisees said to him, Behold, why do they do on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25  And he said to them, Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him? 26  How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27  And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Majority Text

When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was at home. Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them. Four people came, carrying a paralytic to him. When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
But there were some of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?’ 10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11  “I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.”
12 He arose, and immediately took up the mat and went out in front of them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
13 He went out again by the seaside. All the multitude came to him, and he taught them. 14 As he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he arose and followed him.
15 He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they followed him. 16 The scribes and the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
18 John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?”
19 Jesus said to them, “Can the groomsmen fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast. 20  But the days will come 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, or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made. 22  No one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the skins, and the wine pours out, and the skins will be destroyed; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins.”
23 He was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Behold, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?”
25 He said to them, “Did you never read what David did when he had need and was hungry—he, and those who were with him? 26  How he entered into God’s house at the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show bread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?”
27 He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28  Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”


Modern Critical Text

And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, no, not even about the door: and he spoke the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a man sick of the palsy, born of four. And when they could not come near him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins are forgiven. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this man thus speak? he blasphemes: who can forgive sins but one, God? And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, Why do you reason these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk? 10 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said to the sick of the palsy), 11 I say to you, Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. 12 And he arose, and immediately took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it in this fashion.
13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted to him, and he taught them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphæus sitting at the place of toll, and he said to him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
15 And it came to pass, that he was sitting at mealtime in his house, and many publicans and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said to his disciples, How is it that he eats and drinks with publicans and sinners? 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they came and said to him, Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? 19 And Jesus said to them, Can the sons of the bride-chamber 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 shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day. 21 No man sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up takes from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22 And no man 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 day through the grain-fields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears. 24 And the Pharisees said to him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day do that which is not lawful? 25 And he said to them, Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the show-bread, which it is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to them that 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.

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