17 [a]One day He was teaching, and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.18 And some men were carrying a man on a stretcher who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.19 But when they did not find any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.20 And seeing their faith, He said, “[b]Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”21 The scribes and the Pharisees began thinking of the implications, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, except God alone?”22 But Jesus, [c]aware of their thoughts, responded and said to them, “Why are you thinking this way in your hearts?23 Which is easier, to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher, and go home.”25 And immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.26 And [d]they were all struck with astonishment and beganglorifying God. They were also filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today!”
Call of Levi (Matthew)
27 After that He went out and looked at a tax collector named [e]Levi sitting in the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me.”28 And he left everything behind, and got up and began following Him.
29 And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.30 The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling to His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and [f]sinners?”31 And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.32 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”
33 And they said to Him, “The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do [g]the same, but Yours eat and drink.”34 And Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the [h]attendants of the groom fast while the groom is with them, can you?35 But the days will come; and when the groom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.”36 And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the patch from the new garment will not match the old.37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.39 And no one, after drinking old wine wants new; for he says, ‘The old is fine.’”
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