31And they came, bringing to Him a 2paralytic, carried by fourmen.
Being unable to aget to Him because of the crowd, they 3removed the roofbabove Him; and when they had dug an opening, they letdown the pallet on which the 4paralytic was lying.
And Jesusseeing their faithsaid to the paralytic, "cSon, 5your sins are forgiven."6
But some of the scribes were sittingthere and reasoning in their hearts,
7"Why does thismanspeak that way? He is blaspheming; 6whocanforgivesinsdbut Godalone?"
8ImmediatelyJesus, awareein His spirit that they were reasoning that waywithinthemselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about thesethings in your hearts?9"Which is easier, to say to the 7paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven '; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk '?10"But so that you may know that the Son of Manhasauthority on earth to forgivesins "-He said to the paralytic,
11"I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and gohome."12
And he got up and immediatelypicked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were allamazed and 8were glorifyingGod, saying, "9We have neverseen anything likethis."
And He went out again by the seashore; and 10all the fpeople were coming to Him, and He was teaching them.