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Mark 2


 1 After (*) (1) a few days, he entered into Capernaum again, and it was noised that he was in the (a) house.


(*) Matthew 9:1; Luke 5:18 .

(1) Christ sheweth by healing this man, which was sick of the palsy, that men recover in him through faith only, all their strength which they have lost.
(a) In the house where he used to remain, for he chose Capernaum to dwell in, and left Nazareth.


 2 And anon many gathered together, in so much, that the (b) places about the door could not receive any more; and he preached the word unto them.


(b) Neither the house nor the entry was able to hold them.


 3 And there came unto him, that brought one sick of the palsy, borne of four men.


 4 And because they could not come near unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof of the house where he was; and when they had broken it open, they (c) let down the (d) bed, wherein the sick of the palsy lay.


(c) They brake up the upper part of the house, which was plain, and let down the man that was sick of palsy,  into the lower part where Christ preached, for they could not otherwise come into his sight.
(d) The word signifieth the worst kind of bed, whereupon men used to lay down themselves at noon tide, and such other times, to refresh themselves; we call it a couch.


 5 Now when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, Son, thy (*) sins are forgiven thee.


(*) By these words Christ shewed that he was sent of his Father with authority to take away our sins.


 6 And there were certain of the Scribes sitting there, and (e) reasoning in their hearts,


(e) In their minds disputing upon that matter, on both sides.


 7 Why doeth this man speak such blasphemies? (*) Who can forgive sins, but God only?


(*) Job 14:4; Isaiah 43:25 .


 8 And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit, that thus they reasoned with themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?


 9  (*) Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins are forgiven thee? Or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?


(*) Christ speaketh according to their capacity, who were so blind that they would believe nothing, but that which they saw with their eyes, and therefore sheweth his authority over the soul by the power which he hath over the body.


 10 But that ye may know, that the Son of man hath authority in earth to forgive sins, he said unto the sick of the palsy,


 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and get thee hence into thy own house.


 12 And by and by he arose, and took up his bed, and went forth before them all, in so much that they were all (f) amazed, and glorified God, saying, (*) We never saw such a thing.


(f) Word for word, past themselves, or cut of their wits.

(*) Their own consciences cause them to confess the truth.


 13  ∂ (2) Then he went forth again toward the sea, and all the people resorted unto him, and he taught them.


(2) The Gospel offendeth the proud, and saveth the humble.


 14  (*) And as Jesus passed by, he saw (g) Levi the son of Alphaeus sit at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.


(*) Matthew 9:9; Luke 5:27 .

(g) Matthew's other name.


 15  ∂ And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at table in his house, many Publicans and sinners sat at table also with Jesus, and his disciples; for there were many that followed him.


 16 And when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with the Publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it, that he eateth and drinketh with Publicans and sinners?


 17 Now when Jesus heard it, he said unto them, The whole have no need of the Physician, but the sick. (*) I came not to call the (♣) righteous, but the sinners to repentance.


(*) 2 Timothy 1:13 .

(♣) He speaketh of such as persuade themselves to be just although they be nothing less.


 18  (*) (3) And the disciples of John, and the Pharisees did fast, and came and said unto him, Why do the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees fast, and thy disciples fast not?


(*) Matthew 9:14; Luke 5:33 .

(3) The superstitious and hypocrites do rashly put the sum of godliness in things indifferent, and are here for three causes reprehended; First, for that not considering what every man's strength is able to bear, they rashly make all manner of laws concerning such things, without all discretion.


 19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the (*) children of the marriage chamber fast, whiles the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.


(*) Christ sheweth that he will spare his and not burden them before it be necessary.


 20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast in those days.


 21 Also no man soweth a piece (*) of new cloth in an old garment; for else the new piece that filled it up, taketh away somewhat from the old, and the breach is worse.


(*) The word properly signified new cloth which as yet hath not passed the hands of the fuller.


 22 Likewise, no man putteth new wine into old vessels; for else the new wine breaketh the vessels, and the wine runneth out, and the vessels are lost; but new wine must be put into new vessels.


 23  ∂ (*) (4) And it came to pass as he went through the corn on the (h) Sabbath day, that his disciples, as they went on their way, began to pluck the ears of corn.


(*) Matthew 12:1; Luke 6:1 .

(4) Secondarily, for that they make no difference between the laws which God made concerning the same things, and laws that are made of things which are utterly unlawful.
(h) Word for word, on the Sabbaths, that is, on the holy days.


 24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath day, that which is not lawful?


 25 And he said to them, Have ye never read what (*) David did when he had need, and was ahungered, both he, and they that were with him?


(*) 1 Samuel 21:6 .


 26 How he went into the house of God, in the days of (i) (*) Abiathar the high Priest, and did eat the shewbread, which were 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 Abiathar, but by conference of other places it is plain, that both of them had two names. 1 Chronicles 24:6; 2 Samuel 8:17; 2 Samuel 15:29; 1 Kings 2:26; 2 Kings 25:18 .

(*) He was also called Ahimelech, as his father was, so that both the father and the son were called by both these names.

(*) Exodus 29:33; Leviticus 8:31; Leviticus 24:9 .


 27 And he said to them, The Sabbath was (5) (*) made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.


(5) Saying the Sabbath was made for manís use, it was not mete it should be used to his hindrances and incommodity.

(*) Seeing the Sabbath was made for manís use, it was not meet it should be used to his hindrance and incommodity.


 28 Wherefore the Son of man is Lord, even of the (k) Sabbath.


                        (k) Hath the Sabbath day in his power, and may rule as him listeth. 



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