Matthew 9:3

3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

Matthew 9:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
ESV
3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."
NLT
3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
MSG
3 Some religion scholars whispered, "Why, that's blasphemy!"
CSB
3 At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, "He's blaspheming!"

Matthew 9:3 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 9:3

And behold, certain of the Scribes said within themselves,
&c.] And of the Pharisees also, as Luke says; for there were at this time Pharisees and doctors of the law, who were come out of every town of Galilee and Judea, and out of Jerusalem, sitting and hearing him teach, and observing what he said, and did; who upon hearing him pronounce the sentence of pardon, upon this "paralytic" man, reasoned and concluded in their own minds, though they did not care to speak it out, that

this man blasphemeth:
the reason was, because they thought he ascribed that to himself, which was peculiar to God: and so he did, and yet did not blaspheme; because he himself was God, of which he quickly gave convincing proofs.

Matthew 9:3 In-Context

1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
2 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.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 26:65; John 10:33