New American Standard Bible
"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk '?
King James Bible
For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
Darby Bible Translation
For which is easier: to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Rise up and walk?
World English Bible
For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?'
Young's Literal Translation
for which is easier? to say, The sins have been forgiven to thee; or to say, Rise, and walk?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For whether is easier to say - Thy "sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?" The one involves divine "power," the other divine "authority," and neither can be done but by God. One is as easy as the other; and to be able to do the one, involves the right and the power to do the other.
LibraryA Christlike Judgment of Men
'But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.' --MATT. ix. 36. In the course of our Lord's wandering life of teaching and healing, there had naturally gathered around Him a large number of persons who followed Him from place to place, and we have here cast into a symbol the impression produced upon Him by their outward condition. That is to say, He sees them lying there weary, and footsore, and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Call of Matthew
The Call of Matthew.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven."
"But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins "-- then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home."
And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
"Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk '?
Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."
"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk '?
Then He said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."
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