Bible: Luke 5:23-30

5:23 Which is easier, 1  to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 5:24 But so that you may know 2  that the Son of Man 3  has authority on earth to forgive sins– he said to the paralyzed man 4 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 5  and go home.” 6  5:25 Immediately 7  he stood up before them, picked 8  up the stretcher 9  he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 10  God. 5:26 Then 11  astonishment 12  seized them all, and they glorified 13  God. They were filled with awe, 14  saying, “We have seen incredible 15  things 16  today.” 17 

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

5:27 After 18  this, Jesus 19  went out and saw a tax collector 20  named Levi 21  sitting at the tax booth. 22 Follow me,” 23  he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 24  behind. 25 

5:29 Then 26  Levi gave a great banquet 27  in his house for Jesus, 28  and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 29  at the table with them. 5:30 But 30  the Pharisees 31  and their experts in the law 32  complained 33  to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 34 

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