2:1 And 1 again he entered into Capernaum after [some] days;
and it was noised that he was in the a house.
(1) By healing this man who was sick from paralysis Christ
shows that men recover all their lost strength in him
through faith alone.
(a) In the house where he used to remain: for he chose
Capernaum to dwell in and left Nazareth.
2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that
there was no room to receive [them], no, not so much as
b about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
(b) Neither the house nor the entry was able to hold them.
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 c let down the d bed wherein the
sick of the palsy lay.
(c) They broke up the upper part of the house which was
made simply, and let down the man that was sick from
paralysis into the lower part where Christ preached, for
they could not come before Christ in any other way.
(d) The word signifies the poorest kind of bed, upon which men
used to lay down at noon, and at such other times to
refresh themselves; we call it a couch.
2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and e
reasoning in their hearts,
(e) In their minds disputing upon the matter, arguing both
2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth
before them all; insomuch that they were all f amazed,
and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
(f) Literally, "past themselves", or "out of their wit".
2:132 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the
multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.
(2) The gospel offends the proud and saves the humble.
2:14 And as he passed by, he saw g Levi the [son] of Alphaeus
sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow
me. And he arose and followed him.
(g) Matthew's other name.
2:183 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
(3) The superstitious and hypocrites rashly put the sum of
godliness in matters which do no matter, and are
reprehended for three reasons. First, by not considering
what every man's strength is able to bear, they rashly make
all sorts of laws concerning such things, without any
2:234 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn
fields on the h sabbath day; and his disciples began, as
they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
(4) Secondly, because they do not distinguish between the laws
which God made concerning things, and the laws that they
made concerning the same things, which are not at all based
on the law.
(h) Literally, "on the Sabbaths", that is, on the holy
2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of i
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?