2:1 And 1 again he entered into Capernaum after [some] days; and it was noised that he was in the a house.
(1) By healing this man who was sick from
paralysis Christ shows that men recover all their lost strength in him through
(a) In the house where he used to remain: for he
chose Capernaum to dwell in and left Nazareth.
2:2 And straightway many were gathered together,
insomuch that there was no room to receive [them], no, not so much as b
about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
(b) Neither the house nor the entry was able to
2:4 And when they could not come
nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they
had broken [it] up, they c let down the d
bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
(c) They broke up the upper part of the house
which was made simply, and let down the man that was sick from paralysis into
the lower part where Christ preached, for they could not come before Christ in
any other way.
(d) The word signifies the poorest kind of bed,
upon which men used to lay down at noon, and at such other times to refresh
themselves; we call it a couch.
2:6 But there were certain of the
scribes sitting there, and e reasoning
in their hearts,
(e) In their minds disputing upon the matter,
arguing both sides.
And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all;
insomuch that they were all f amazed,
and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
(f) Literally, "past themselves", or
"out of their wit".
2:13 2 And
he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him,
and he taught them.
(2) The gospel offends the proud and saves the
2:14 And as he passed by, he saw g
Levi the [son] of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him,
Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
(g) Matthew's other name.
3 And the disciples of John and of the
Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of
John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
(3) The superstitious and hypocrites rashly put
the sum of godliness in matters which do no matter, and are reprehended for
three reasons. First, by not considering what every man's strength is able
to bear, they rashly make all sorts of laws concerning such things, without
4 And it came to pass, that he went
through the corn fields on the h sabbath
day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
(4) Secondly, because they do not distinguish
between the laws which God made concerning things, and the laws that they made
concerning the same things, which are not at all based on the law.
(h) Literally, "on the Sabbaths", that
is, on the holy days.
he went into the house of God in the days of i
Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat
but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
(i) In (1 Samuel
21:1) he is called Ahimelech and his son is called Abiathar, but by
conferring other places it is plain that both of them had two names; see (1 Chronicles
24:6; 2 Samuel
8:17; 2 Samuel
15:29; 1 Kings
2:26; 2 Kings
2:28 Therefore the Son of man
is Lord also of the k sabbath.
(k) Has the sabbath day in his power, and may
rule it as he desires.