New Heart English Bible
1And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in the house. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them. 3And four people came, carrying a paralytic to him. 4And when they could not bring him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on. 5And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." 6But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7"Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you reason these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?' 10But 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." 12And he arose immediately, and 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."
13And he went out again by the seaside. All the crowd came to him, and he taught them.
14And as he passed by, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he arose and followed him.
15It happened, that 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. 16And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, said to his disciples, "Why is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" 17And 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."
18And John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and asked him, "Why do the disciples of John and those of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 19And Jesus said to them, "Can the groomsmen fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day.
21No 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. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and the skins will be destroyed; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins."
23And it happened that he was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. 24And the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?" 25And 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? 26How he entered into the house of God in 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?" 27And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. 28Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath."