1096 Mark 1 – 2
36 Si mon and his com pan ions went to look
for him , 37 and when they found him , they ex claimed : “ Ev ery one is look ing for you !”
38 Jesus re plied , “ Let us go some where
else — to the near by vil lag es — so I can preach there also . That is why I have come .” 39 So he trav eled through out Gali lee , preach ing in their syn a gogues and driv ing out de mons .
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
40 A man with lep ro sy a came to him and
begged him on his knees , “ If you are willing , you can make me clean .”
41 Jesus was in dig nant . b He reached out
his hand and touched the man . “ I am willing ,” he said . “ Be clean !” 42 Im me di ate ly the lep ro sy left him and he was cleansed .
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a
strong warn ing : 44 “ See that you don ’ t tell this to any one . But go , show your self to the priest and of fer the sac ri fic es that Mo ses com mand ed for your cleans ing , as a tes timo ny to them .” 45 In stead he went out and be gan to talk free ly , spread ing the news . As a re sult , Jesus could no lon ger en ter a town open ly but stayed out side in lonely plac es . Yet the peo ple still came to him from ev ery where .
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
A few days lat er , when Jesus again entered Ca per na um , the peo ple heard that he had come home . 2 They gath ered in such large num bers that there was no room left , not even out side the door , and he preached the word to them . 3 Some men came , bring ing to him a par a lyzed man , car ried by four of them . 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus be cause of the crowd , they made an open ing in the roof above Jesus by dig ging through it and then lowered the mat the man was ly ing on . 5 When Jesus saw their faith , he said to the par a- lyzed man , “ Son , your sins are for giv en .”
6 Now some teach ers of the law were sitting there , think ing to them selves , 7 “ Why does this fel low talk like that ? He ’ s blasphem ing ! Who can for give sins but God alone ?”
8 Im me di ate ly Jesus knew in his spir it
that this was what they were think ing in their hearts , and he said to them , “ Why are you think ing these things ? 9 Which is eas i- er : to say to this par a lyzed man , ‘ Your sins are for giv en ,’ or to say , ‘ Get up , take your mat and walk ’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has au thor i ty on earth to for give sins .” So he said to the man , 11 “ I tell you , get up , take your mat and go home .”
12 He got up , took his mat and walked out in
full view of them all . This amazed ev ery one and they praised God , say ing , “ We have nev er seen any thing like this !”
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
13 Once again Jesus went out be side the lake . A large crowd came to him , and he
a 40 The Greek word traditionally translated
leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin . b 41 Many manuscripts Jesus was filled with compassion
House roofs in New Testament times were made by laying branches over roof beams . Mud was packed over the branches . The friends who carried a paralyzed man to Jesus dug through the mud roof of a house and lowered the sick man into the room where Jesus was teaching .