Luke 5:17-39 World English Bible

Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

17  It happened on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was with him to heal them. 18  Behold, men brought a paralyzed man on a cot, and they sought to bring him in to lay before Jesus. 19  Not finding a way to bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his cot into the midst before Jesus. 20  Seeing their faith, he said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21  The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22  But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answered them, “Why are you reasoning so in your hearts? 23  Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you;’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk?’ 24  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (he said to the paralyzed man), “I tell you, arise, and take up your cot, and go to your house.” 25  Immediately he rose up before them, and took up that which he was laying on, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26  Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”

The Call of Levi

27  After these things he went out, and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow me!” 28  He left everything, and rose up and followed him. 29  Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. 30  Their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” 31  Jesus answered them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

The Question about Fasting

33  They said to him, “Why do John’s disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?” 34  He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35  But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days.” 36  He also told a parable to them. “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. 37  No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38  But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. 39  No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’”


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