Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mark 2

Hey Everyone,

Here is my layman's attempt at translating Mark 2. Please compare to a trusted translation before making any major life changes :)



The Gospel According to Mark

Chapter 2

“Which is easier to say...”
1 And when he had come again into Capernaum after a few days, it was heard that he was at home. 2 And many had gathered together, so that there was no longer room - not even at the door - and he was speaking the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 And not being able to bring {the paralytic} to him because of the crowd, they de-shingled the roof {above} where he was, and after digging a hole, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic,

“Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6 But there were some of the scribes sitting there, reasoning in their hearts,

7 “What is this man talking about? He’s blaspheming! Who is able to forgive sins except God alone?

8 And immediately, Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they were reasoning in themselves in such a way, said to them,

“Why are you reasoning about these things in your heart? 9 Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins have been forgiven?’, or to say, ‘Get up! Grab your bed, and walk!’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...” (he said to the paralytic) 11 “...I say to you - Get up! Grab your bed, and go home!”

12 He arose, and immediately took up his bed, and departed before them all. Therefore, they were all amazed and glorified God saying,

“We’ve never seen anything like this!”

Levi Follows Christ
13 And he went out again alongside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collection office, and he said to him,

“Follow me.”

and he arose, and followed him.

Jesus’ Choice of Friends
15 And he was reclining {at a meal} in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many following him. 16 And the scribes who were Pharisees, after they saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, were saying to his disciples,

“He is eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”

17 And after hearing these things, Jesus said to them,

“It is not the healthy ones who have need for a physician, but the sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Analogies of Fasting
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, so they come and say to him,

“Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

19 And Jesus said to them,

“The wedding guests don’t fast while the bridegroom is with them, right? As long as they have time with the bridegroom, they cannot fast. 20 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews an unshrunk cloth patch on an old garment; otherwise, the patch tears away from it - the new from the old - and the tear becomes worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine breaks apart the wineskin, and the wine and wineskins are ruined - new wine goes into new wineskins.”

Lord of the Sabbath
23 One day, on the Sabbath, he was passing through the grain fields, and as they made their way, his disciples began plucking heads of grain. 24 And the pharisees were saying to him,

“Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25 And he said to them,

“Haven’t you read what David did when he had need and was hungry, and his companions also? 26 How he entered into the house of God (in the time of Abiathar the high priest) and ate the designated bread, which was not lawful {for any} to eat, except the priests, and he gave it also to those who were with him?”

27 And he said to them,

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”


(Words in the Greek text I viewed as parenthetical)

{Words not in the Greek text I added for clarity}

[The authenticity of these words is in question]



(Words in the Greek text I viewed as parenthetical)

{Words not in the Greek text I added for clarity}

[The authenticity of these words are in question.]


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