Matthew 9:2
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Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

King James Bible
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, laid upon a bed; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, Be of good courage, child; thy sins are forgiven.

World English Bible
Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you."

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, they were bringing to him a paralytic, laid upon a couch, and Jesus having seen their faith, said to the paralytic, 'Be of good courage, child, thy sins have been forgiven thee.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Sick of the palsy - See Matthew 4:24.

Lying on a bed - Κλινης, a couch or sofa, such as they reclined on at meals.

Seeing their faith - The faith of the paralytic person, and the faith of those who brought him; see on Mark 2:4 (note).

Be of good cheer - Θαρσει τεκνον, Son, take courage! Probably he began to despond, and Christ spoke thus to support his faith.

Thy sins be forgiven thee - Moral evil has been the cause of all the natural evil in the world. Christ goes to the source of the malady, which is sin; and to that as the procuring cause we should refer in all our afflictions. It is probable that this paralytic person had, in the earnest desires of his heart, entreated the cure of his soul, leaving his body to the care of others, as the first miracle of healing is wrought on his soul. In a state of helplessness, when we seek above all things to please God, by giving him our hearts, he often inspires others with the care of our temporal necessities. It may be necessary to be observed, that it was a maxim among the Jews that no diseased person could be healed till all his sins were blotted out. See Nedarim, fol. 41. Hence our Lord first forgives the sins, and then heals the body of the paralytic person. This appears to have been founded on Psalm 103:3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thy diseases. Here pardon precedes health. See also Psalm 41:3, Psalm 41:4. It may be observed, also, that most people are more in earnest about their souls when in sickness than in health, and therefore are more earnest in prayer for salvation.

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they brought.

Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments...

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word...

Mark 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

Mark 2:1-3 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house...

Luke 5:18,19 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him...

Acts 5:15,16 So that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches...

Acts 19:12 So that from his body were brought to the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them...

seeing.

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no...

Mark 2:4,5 And when they could not come near to him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up...

Luke 5:19,20 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went on the housetop...

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Acts 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

James 2:18 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Son.

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole...

Mark 5:34 And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague.

John 21:5 Then Jesus said to them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, No.

be.

Psalm 32:1,2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered...

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.

Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God...

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins: return to me; for I have redeemed you.

Jeremiah 31:33,34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD...

Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you.

Luke 7:47-50 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little...

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins...

Romans 4:6-8 Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works...

Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light...

thy sins. Rather, 'thy sins are forgiven thee;' the words being an affirmation, not a prayer or wish. The word be, however, was used by our translators in the indicative plural for are. As the palsy is frequently produced by intemperance, it is probable, from our Lord's gracious declaration, that it was the case in the present instance.

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June 26. "When He Saw the Multitudes He was Moved" (Matt. Ix. 36).
"When He saw the multitudes He was moved" (Matt. ix. 36). He is able to be "touched with the feeling of our infirmities." The word "touched" expresses a great deal. It means that our troubles are His troubles, and that in all our afflictions He is afflicted. It is not a sympathy of sentiment, but a sympathy of suffering. There is much help in this for the tired heart. It is the foundation of His Priesthood, and God meant that it should be to us a source of unceasing consolation. Let us realize, more
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Soul-Healing First: Body-Healing Second
'That ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins (then saith He to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.'--MATT. ix. 6. The great example of our Lord's teaching in the Sermon on the Mount is followed, in this and the preceding chapter, by a similar collection of His works of healing. These are divided into three groups, each consisting of three members. This miracle is the last of the second triad, of which the other two members are the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Physician's Calling (Preached at Whitehall for St. George's Hospital. )
ST. MATTHEW ix. 35. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. The Gospels speak of disease and death in a very simple and human tone. They regard them in theory, as all are forced to regard them in fact, as sore and sad evils. The Gospels never speak of disease or death as necessities; never as the will of God. It is Satan, not God, who binds the woman with
Charles Kingsley—The Water of Life and Other Sermons

Of the Words Themselves in General.
We come now to the words themselves, wherein Christ asserts that he is, 1, "the way;" 2, "the truth;" 3, "the life;" and, 4, "that no man cometh to the Father but by him." In them we learn these two things in general. First, The misery of wretched man by nature. This cannot be in a few words expressed. These words will point out those particulars thereof, which we will but mention. 1. That he is born an enemy to, and living at a distance from God, by virtue of the curse of the broken covenant of
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Matthew 6:12
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 9:5
Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

Matthew 9:6
But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home."

Matthew 9:22
Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 14:27
But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

Mark 2:3
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.

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