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Mark 2:15-18New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 And as he sat at dinner[a] in Levi’s[b] house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting[c] with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16 When the scribes of[d] the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[e] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

The Question about Fasting

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people[f] came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”


  1. Mark 2:15 Gk reclined
  2. Mark 2:15 Gk his
  3. Mark 2:15 Gk reclining
  4. Mark 2:16 Other ancient authorities read and
  5. Mark 2:16 Other ancient authorities add and drink
  6. Mark 2:18 Gk they
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