Luke 5:17-39 New Living Translation

Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

17  One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord's healing power was strongly with Jesus. 18  Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19  but they couldn't reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20  Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "Young man, your sins are forgiven." 21  But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, "Who does he think he is? That's blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!" 22  Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you question this in your hearts? 23  Is it easier to say 'Your sins are forgiven,' or 'Stand up and walk'? 24  So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!" 25  And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26  Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, "We have seen amazing things today!"

The Call of Levi

27  Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. 28  So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. 29  Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30  But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with such scum? " 31  Jesus answered them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do. 32  I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."

The Question about Fasting

33  One day some people said to Jesus, "John the Baptist's disciples fast and pray regularly, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are your disciples always eating and drinking?" 34  Jesus responded, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. 35  But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast." 36  Then Jesus gave them this illustration: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn't even match the old garment. 37  "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. 38  New wine must be stored in new wineskins. 39  But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. 'The old is just fine,' they say."

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