II. And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was heard that he is in the house.
2And straightway many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even at the door; and he spoke the word to them.
3And they come to him, bringing one that was palsied, borne by four.
4And not being able to come near him, on account of the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and having broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the palsied man lay.
5And Jesus, seeing their faith, says to the palsied man: Child, thy sins are forgiven.
6But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts:
7Why does this man speak thus? He blasphemes. Who can forgive sins but one, God?
8And Jesus, immediately perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them: Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9Which is easier, to say to the palsied man, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he says to the palsied man,)
11I say to thee, arise, take up thy bed, and go to thy house.
12And he arose, and immediately taking up the bed went forth before all; so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying: We never saw it thus.
13And he went forth again by the sea-side; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.
14And passing along, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting at the place of receiving custom, and said to him: Follow me. And rising up he followed him.
15And it came to pass, as he reclined at table in his house, that many publicans and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him.
16And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing him eating with the sinners and publicans, said to his disciples: How is it that he eats and drinks with the sinners and the publicans?
17And Jesus, hearing it, says to them: They who are well need not a physician, but they who are sick. I came not to call righteous men, but sinners.
18And the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, were fasting; and they come and say to him: Why do the disciples of John and the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
19And Jesus said to them: Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can not fast.
20But days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them; and then they will fast in that day.
21No one sews a piece of unfulled cloth upon an old garment; else the new filling up of the old takes from it, and a worse rent is made.
22And no one puts new wine into old skins; else the wine bursts the skins, and the wine is destroyed, and the skins.
23And it came to pass, that he went through the grain-fields on the sabbath; and his disciples began to go forward, plucking the ears of grain.
24And the Pharisees said to him: Behold, why do they on the sabbath that which is not lawful?
25And he said to them: Did ye never read what David did, when he had need and hungered, himself and they who were with him;
26how he went into the house of God, in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show-bread, which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?
27And he said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.
28So that the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.