Matthew 9:4
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New International Version
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

King James Bible
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus, seeing their thoughts, said, Why do *ye* think evil things in your hearts?

World English Bible
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus, having known their thoughts, said, 'Why think ye evil in your hearts?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Jesus knowing (ιδων seeing) their thoughts - In telling them what the thoughts of their hearts were, (for they had expressed nothing publicly), he gave them the fullest proof of his power to forgive sins; because God only can forgive sins, and God only can search and know the heart. Jesus pronounced the man's sins forgiven; and gave the scribes the fullest proof of his power to do so, by telling them what, in the secret of their souls, they thought on the subject.

God sounds the secrets of all hearts - no sin escapes his notice; how senseless then is the sinner to think he sins securely when unseen by men! Let us take heed to our hearts, as well as to our conduct, for God searches out and condemns all that does not spring from, and leads not to himself.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation...

Matthew 16:7,8 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread...

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said to them...

Mark 8:16,17 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread...

Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, Why tempt you me? bring me a penny...

Luke 5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said to them, What reason you in your hearts?

Luke 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the middle...

Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said to him, Simon, I have somewhat to say to you. And he said, Master, say on.

Luke 9:46,47 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest...

Luke 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation...

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men...

John 6:61,64 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said to them, Does this offend you...

John 16:19,30 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said to them, Do you inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while...

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me?...

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword...

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts...


Ezekiel 38:10 Thus said the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into your mind...

Acts 5:3,4,9 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land...

Acts 8:20-22 But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money...

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
Psalm 139:2
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Luke 6:8
But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.

Luke 9:47
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

John 2:25
He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

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