18"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.21Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
17One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus.20When he saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."21Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, "Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"22When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?23Which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, "Stand up and walk'?24But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he said to the one who was paralyzed—"I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home."25Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.26Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."