After some days, getting into a boat [Jesus] crossed over and came to his own city. And when he returned to Capernaum, it was reported that he was at home. On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. They were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on, and went out before them all and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today. We never saw anything like this!”
Mark 2:1; Matthew 9:1; Luke 5:17; Mark 2:2-3; Luke 5:18; Mark 2:4-7; Matthew 9:4; Mark 2:8-11; Luke 5:25; Mark 2:12; Luke 5:26; Matthew 9:8