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Bible Commentaries

The Gospels Compared

Mark 2

Verses 1-12

Jesus heals a paralyzed man
Matthew 9:1-8Mark 2:1-12Luke 5:17-26
Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.Mark 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after [some] days; and it was noised that he was in the house.Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day,
Mark 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive [them], no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was [present] to heal them.
Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: Mark 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.Luke 5:18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought [means] to bring him in, and to lay [him] before him.
Mark 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 let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.Luke 5:19 And when they could not find by what [way] they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with [his] couch into the midst before Jesus.
and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
Matthew 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This [man] blasphemeth.Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Mark 2:7 Why doth this [man] thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?Luke 5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?
Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?Mark 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?Luke 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?
Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,)Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)Luke 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,)
Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.Mark 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Matthew 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house.Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; Luke 5:25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw [it], they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.Luke 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Verses 14-17

Jesus eats with sinners at Matthew’s house
Matthew 9:9-13Mark 2:14-17Luke 5:27-32
Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the [son] of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. Luke 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
And he arose, and followed him. And he arose and followed him.Luke 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.Luke 5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?Mark 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Verses 18-22

Religious leaders ask Jesus about fasting
Matthew 9:14-17Mark 2:18-22Luke 5:33-39
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?Mark 2:18 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?Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? Mark 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.Luke 5:34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.Mark 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.Luke 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Matthew 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.Mark 2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.Luke 5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was [taken] out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. but new wine must be put into new bottles.Luke 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
Luke 5:39 No man also having drunk old [wine] straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

Verses 23-28

The disciples pick wheat on the Sabbath
Matthew 12:1-8Mark 2:23-28Luke 6:1-5
Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.Mark 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.Luke 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing [them] in [their] hands.
Matthew 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.Mark 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?Luke 6:2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;Mark 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?Luke 6:3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;
Matthew 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?Mark 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of 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?Luke 6:4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
Matthew 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple. Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.Luke 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
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"Commentary on Mark 2". "The Gospels Compared". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tgc/mark-2.html. 2014.