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Matthew 9:4

    Matthew 9:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jesus, having knowledge of what was in their minds, said, Why are your thoughts evil?

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Matthew 9:4

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 9:4

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 9:4

    Jesus, knowing their thoughts - Mark says, "Jesus perceived "in his spirit" that they so reasoned." The power of searching the heart, and of knowing the thoughts of people, belongs only to God, 1 Chronicles 28:9; Romans 8:27; Revelation 2:23; Jeremiah 17:10. In claiming this, as Jesus did here, and often elsewhere, he gave clear proofs of his omniscience, John 2:24-25.