Mark chapter 2

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Mark 2

1. And Jesus entered Capernaum again in the following days, and when they heard that he was home,
2. Many gathered until it was not possible to contain them, not even in the entryway, and he spoke to them about the Manifestation.
3. And they came to him, and they brought to him a paralytic, who was carried by four people.
4. And they were not able to bring him close to [Jesus] because of the crowd, [so] they set up a tent where Jesus was staying, and they made the bed for the paralytic who was ill*.
5. As Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."
6. However, there were scribes sitting there, and they were reflecting in their hearts,
7. "Who is this, speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins? Except for God."*
8. Jesus, however, knew in his spirit that they were thinking this to themselves, and he told them, "Why are you reflecting these things in your hearts?"
9."Which is easier to say to the paralytic, that your sins are forgiven, or to say, 'Rise, take up your mattress and walk?'
10. "So that you may know that the Son of Man is authorized on earth to forgive sins, he said to the paralytic,
11. "To you I say, rise, take up your mattress and go to your home."
12. And he rose up in that very hour and took up his mattress, went out before all their eyes, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this before."*
13. And he went out again to the sea, and all the crowd came to him, and he taught them.
14. And as he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting in the revenue collector's post*, and he told him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
15. And as he was dining in his house, many revenue collectors and sinners dined with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many of them, and they followed him.
16. And the scribes and Pharisees, as they saw that he was eating with revenue collectors and sinners, said to his disciples "Who eats and drinks with revenue collectors and sinners?"
17. As Jesus heard it, he told them, "Those who have recovered [from illness,] need no physician, except those who are in worse shape.* I did not come to call on the righteous, except on the sinners."
18. However, the disciples of John and the scribes used to fast, and they came and told him, "Why do the disciples of John and the Pharisees fast, and your disciples do not fast?"
19. Jesus told them, "Can the bridegroom party,* [and] while the bridegroom is with them, fast? No.
20. "The days will come, however, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast on that day.
21. "No one cuts a new patch and sews it into worn-out clothing,* because* the new [fabric] does not go with the worn-out and the seam becomes more obvious.*
22. "And no one pours new wine into worn-out wineskins, so that the wine tears the skins and the wineskins become ruined and the wine spilled. Except, they pour new wine in new wineskins.

23. And it happened as Jesus went through a field on a Sabbath, his disciples went about squeezing ears of grain and eating.*
24. And the Pharisees told him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful?"
25. Jesus told them, "Did you never read what David did, when he was in need and hungry, he and his companions?
26. "When he entered the temple of God, when Avitar was high priest, and ate the bread of offering of the Lord, which was not lawful for him to eat, except for the high priests, and he gave it also to his companions?"
27. And he told them that, "The Sabbath was created for the human being, and it was not the human being [who was created] for the Sabbath.
28. "Thus, the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath also."*


FOOTNOTES:
*2:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Bedridden."
*2:7 Lit. Ar. figure of speech: "Except for God himself."
*2:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "That never saw we thus."
*2:14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "House."
*2:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Done more evil."
*2:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Sons of the wedding." Biblical times custom of fetching the bride. She was figuratively "stolen by the sons."
*2:21.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "No human throws a new patch and sews it over worn-out dress."
*2:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*2:21.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That not receives its fullness that new from the worn-out, and there becomes the sewing bigger.
*2:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Chewing."
*2:28 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Lord is He thus and also of the Sabbath, the Son of Man."

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