1After some days he returned to Capernaum, and news went round that he was at home; 2and such a crowd collected that there was no room for them even in the space outside the door. While he was proclaiming the message to them, 3a man was brought who was paralysed. Four men were carrying him, 4but because of the crowd they could not get him near. So they made an opening in the roof over the place where Jesus was, and when they had broken through they lowered the bed on which the paralysed man was lying. 5When he saw their faith, Jesus said to the man, ‘My son, your sins are forgiven.’

6Now there were some scribes sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7‘How can the fellow talk like that? It is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?’ 8Jesus knew at once what they were thinking, and said to them, ‘Why do you harbour such thoughts? 9Is it easier to say to this paralysed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Stand up, take your bed, and walk”? 10But to convince you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ — he turned to the paralysed man — 11‘I say to you, stand up, take your bed, and go home.’ 12And he got up, and at once took his bed and went out in full view of them all, so that they were astounded and praised God. ‘Never before’, they said, ‘have we seen anything like this.’

13Once more he went out to the lakeside. All the crowd came to him there, and he taught them. 14As he went along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus at his seat in the customhouse, and said to him, ‘Follow me’; and he rose and followed him.

15When Jesus was having a meal in his house, many tax-collectors and sinners were seated with him and his disciples, for there were many of them among his followers. 16Some scribes who were Pharisees, observing the company in which he was eating, said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 17Hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick; I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

18Once, when John's disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast, some people came and asked him, ‘Why is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?’ 19Jesus replied, ‘Can you expect the bridegroom's friends to fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as he is with them, there can be no fasting. 20But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; that will be the time for them to fast.

21‘No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on to an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and leaves a bigger hole. 22No one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and then wine and skins are both lost. New wine goes into fresh skins.’

23One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they went along his disciples began to pluck ears of corn. 24The Pharisees said to him, ‘Why are they doing what is forbidden on the sabbath?’ 25He answered, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his men were hungry and had nothing to eat? 26He went into the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the sacred bread, though no one but a priest is allowed to eat it, and even gave it to his men.’

27He also said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath: 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’