Mark 2:18–28

Parable of Cloth and Wineskins

Matt. 9:14–17; Luke 5:33–39

18 lThe disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

19 And Jesus said to them, Can the 5friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be mtaken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”

Controversy Over Sabbath-Work

Matt. 12:1–8; Luke 6:1–5

23 nNow it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began oto pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is pnot lawful on the Sabbath?”

25 But He said to them, Have you never read qwhat David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, rwhich is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”

27 And He said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sSabbath. 28 Therefore tthe Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

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