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Mark 2 - Wesley's New Testament 1755

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

1. And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was heard that he was in the house.

2. And immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no room for them, no, not even about the door.

3. And he spake the word to them. And they come to him, bringing a paralytic, borne of four.

4. And not being able to come nigh him for the croud, they uncovered the roof where he was, and having broken it up, they let down the couch whereon the paralytic lay.

5. Jesus seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

6. But certain of the scribes were sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?

7. Who can forgive sins, but God only?

8. And Jesus immediately knowing in his spirit, that they so reasoned in themselves, said to them, Why reason ye thus in your hearts?

9. Which is easier? To say to the paralytic, Thy sins are forgiven thee?

10. Or to say, Arise, and take up thy couch and walk? But that ye may know, that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins: (He saith to the paralytic) I say to thee,

11. Arise, and take up thy couch, and go to thine house.

12. And immediately he arose, and taking up his couch, went forth before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw it thus.

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13. And he went forth again by the sea-side, and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.

14. And passing by, he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus sitting at the custom-house, and saith to him, Follow me.

15. And he arose and followed him. And 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 the scribes and Pharisees seeing him eat with publicans and sinners, said to his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? And Jesus hearing it saith to them-

17. They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

18. And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say to him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?

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 seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filleth it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.

22. And no man putteth new wine into old leathern-bottles; else the new wine bursteth the bottles, and the wine is spilt, and the bottles are lost; but new wine must be put into new bottles.

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23. And he went thro' the corn-fields on the sabbath day: and his disciples as they went, plucked the ears of corn.

24. And the Pharisees said to him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath that which is not lawful?

25. And he said to them, Have ye 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 shew-bread, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave also to them who were with him?

27. And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.

28. Moreover the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.






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