The Marcan Controversy Sequence: 2:1-3:61
Mark 2

1 And when he came back to Capernaum a few days later, the news spread that he was at home 2, 2 and so many people gathered there that there was no vacant space, not even near the doorway 3 as Jesus was proclaiming his message4. 3 So when people arrived bringing a paralytic on a four-bearer litter5, they couldn't get him to Jesus because of the crowd, and so they took the thatched roof off of the chamber where Jesus was and lowered through the opening the litter on which the paralytic lay6

5 And when Jesus saw the extent of their faith7, he said to the paralytic8, "My son, you are being forgiven9 your sins."

6 Some of the scribes10seated there observing11 were wondering 7 why Jesus would talk like that, blaspheming, since surely only God can forgive sins.12

8 And right away when Jesus realized13 that this was what they were thinking, he said to them, "Why are you concerned about what I am saying and doing? Tell me whether it is easier to tell the paralytic, 'You are being forgiven your sins' or to tell him, 'Get up, pick up your litter and start walking'? 10 "But just to let you realize that the Son of Man is authorized to forgive sins on earth14 ...," he said to the paralytic, 11 I'm telling you now:15 Get up, pick up your litter, and go on home." 12 And the paralytic got up and right away,16picked up his litter and went out in front of everybody, whereupon they were astounded and began to praise God, and say, "We've never seen anything like this."17

13 And again he went out along the lake-shore and the whole throng kept coming to him, and he was teaching them.18

14 And as he moved on he noticed Levi, Alphaeus' son, seated at his tax-stall19, and at Jesus' command, "Follow me!" Levi rose and followed him.20 15. Later Jesus was dining at Levi's house and there were several tax-collectors and sinners.21 dining together with him (there were a lot of them and they were following Jesus).2216 And when the Pharisaic teachers of the Law saw23 that he was dining with tax-collectors and sinners, they put the question to Jesus' disciples: "Why does he dine with tax-collectors and sinners?"24 17. And when Jesus heard that, he told them, "It's not people who are healthy who need a doctor but those who are sick. I didn't come to call righteous people but sinners."25

18 At a time when John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, people came and asked him, "Why is it that John's disciples and the Pharisees' disciples fast but your disciples do not?26 19 And Jesus asked them, "How can the bridal party fast while they have the bridegroom with them?27 They cannot fast while they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them: that is the day and time on which they will fast.28 21 Nobody ever patches old clothes with a patch that's not pre-shrunk; else the new cloth will shrink and tear away from the old and the tear will get worse. 22 And nobody puts new wine into old wine-skins; else the fermenting wine will burst the skins and both wine and skins go to waste-No! New wine into new skins!29

23 And on another occasion30, on the Sabbath day, as he was faring through grain-fields, his disciples started beating a path as they plucked ears of grain. 24 And the Pharisees tried to tell him, "Look here! Why are they doing what should not be done on the Sabbath?"31 25 Then he asked them, "Haven't you ever read what David did when he and his followers were in need and hungry? How he went into the house of God (this was when Abiathar was High Priest) and ate the consecrated loaves which none but the priests are supposed to eat, and he gave them to his followers? 27 Then he told them, "The Sabbath was created for humanity's sake, not humanity for the sake of the Sabbath;32 28 The Son of Man therefore is sovereign even over the Sabbath."33

Mark 3

1 And once again he went into the synagogue,34 where there was a man who had a withered hand. 2 And they were keeping an eye on him to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath.35 3 Then to the man with the withered hand he says, "Get up here in our midst." 4. And to them he said, "What may we do on the Sabbath? do good? or do evil? save life? or put to death?"36 But they kept silent. 5 And he glanced about angrily at all of them, upset at their thick-headedness,37

and then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." And when he had done so, his hand was as good as new.38 6.At that the Pharisees left right away and began planning together against him with the Herodians39 to find a way to destroy him.40

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