29 As soon as Jesus left the meeting place with James and John, they went home with Simon and Andrew. 30 When they got there, Jesus was told that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever. 31 Jesus went to her. He took hold of her hand and helped her up. The fever left her, and she served them a meal.
32 That evening after sunset,[a] all who were sick or had demons in them were brought to Jesus. 33 In fact, the whole town gathered around the door of the house. 34 Jesus healed all kinds of terrible diseases and forced out a lot of demons. But the demons knew who he was, and he did not let them speak.
35 Very early the next morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray. 36 Simon and the others started looking for him. 37 And when they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “We must go to the nearby towns, so that I can tell the good news to those people. This is why I have come.” 39 Then Jesus went to Jewish meeting places everywhere in Galilee, where he preached and forced out demons.
Jesus Heals a Man
40 A man with leprosy[b] came to Jesus and knelt down.[c] He begged, “You have the power to make me well, if only you wanted to.”
41 Jesus felt sorry for[d] the man. So he put his hand on him and said, “I want to! Now you are well.” 42 At once the man’s leprosy disappeared, and he was well.
43 After Jesus strictly warned the man, he sent him on his way. 44 He said, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Just go and show the priest that you are well. Then take a gift to the temple as Moses commanded, and everyone will know that you have been healed.”[e]
45 The man talked about it so much and told so many people, that Jesus could no longer go openly into a town. He had to stay away from the towns, but people still came to him from everywhere.
Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
2 Jesus went back to Capernaum, and a few days later people heard that he was at home.[f]2 Then so many of them came to the house that there wasn’t even standing room left in front of the door.
Jesus was still teaching 3 when four people came up, carrying a crippled man on a mat. 4 But because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they made a hole in the roof[g] above him and let the man down in front of everyone.
5 When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Some of the teachers of the Law of Moses were sitting there. They started wondering, 7 “Why would he say such a thing? He must think he is God! Only God can forgive sins.”
8 Right away, Jesus knew what they were thinking, and he said, “Why are you thinking such things? 9 Is it easier for me to tell this crippled man that his sins are forgiven or to tell him to get up and pick up his mat and go on home? 10 I will show you that the Son of Man has the right to forgive sins here on earth.” So Jesus said to the man, 11 “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.”
12 The man got right up. He picked up his mat and went out while everyone watched in amazement. They praised God and said, “We have never seen anything like this!”
1.32after sunset: The Sabbath was over, and a new day began at sunset.
1.40leprosy: In biblical times the word “leprosy” was used for many different kinds of skin diseases.
1.40and knelt down: These words are not in some manuscripts.
1.41felt sorry for: Some manuscripts have “was angry with.”
1.44everyone will know that you have been healed: People with leprosy had to be examined by a priest and told that they were well (that is, “clean”) before they could once again live a normal life in the Jewish community. The gift that Moses commanded was the sacrifice of some lambs together with flour mixed with olive oil.
2.1at home: Or “in the house” (perhaps Simon Peter’s home).
2.4roof: In Palestine the houses usually had a flat roof. Stairs on the outside led up to the roof that was made of beams and boards covered with packed earth.
17 But all you do is watch! When will you do something? Save me from the attack of those vicious lions. 18 And when your people meet, I will praise you and thank you, Lord, in front of them all.
19 Don’t let my brutal enemies be glad because of me. They hate me for no reason. Don’t let them wink behind my back. 20 They say hurtful things, and they lie to people who want to live in peace. 21 They are quick to accuse me. They say, “You did it! We saw you ourselves.”
22 You see everything, Lord! Please don’t keep silent or stay so far away. 23 Fight to defend me, Lord God, 24 and prove that I am right by your standards. Don’t let them laugh at me 25 or say to each other, “Now we’ve got what we want! We’ll gobble him down!”
26 Disappoint and confuse all who are glad to see me in trouble, but disgrace and embarrass my proud enemies who say to me, “You are nothing!”
27 Let all who want me to win be happy and joyful. From now on let them say, “The Lord is wonderful! God is glad when all goes well for his servant.” 28 Then I will shout all day, “Praise the Lord God! He did what was right.”
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