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Matthew 9:5

    Matthew 9:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For whether is easier, to say, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For which is the simpler, to say, You have forgiveness for your sins; or to say, Get up and go?

    Webster's Revision

    For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    World English Bible

    For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 9:5

    For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? - Both are equally easy, and equally difficult; for both require unlimited power to produce them. And every thing is equally easy to that power which is unlimited. A universe can be as easily produced by a single act of the Divine will as the smallest elementary part of matter.

    The common punctuation of the above passage almost destroys the sense: the comma should be placed after easier, and to say, made the first part of the question.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 9:5

    For whether is easier to say - Thy "sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?" The one involves divine "power," the other divine "authority," and neither can be done but by God. One is as easy as the other; and to be able to do the one, involves the right and the power to do the other.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 9:5

    9:5 Which is easier - Do not both of them argue a Divine power? Therefore if I can heal his disease, I can forgive his sins: especially as his disease is the consequence of his sins. Therefore these must be taken away, if that is.