Luke 5:21
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New International Version
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

New Living Translation
But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, "Who does he think he is? That's blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!"

English Standard Version
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Berean Study Bible
But the scribes and Pharisees began to consider this and ask, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Berean Literal Bible
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins, except God alone?"

New American Standard Bible
The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

King James Bible
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to think: "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

International Standard Version
The scribes and the Pharisees began to argue among themselves, saying, "Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

NET Bible
Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, "Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

New Heart English Bible
The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Scribes and Pharisees began to think, and they were saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemy? Who is able to forgive sins except God alone?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The scribes and the Pharisees thought, "Who is this man? He's dishonoring God! Who besides God can forgive sins?"

New American Standard 1977
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

King James 2000 Bible
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

American King James Version
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

American Standard Version
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Darby Bible Translation
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason [in their minds], saying, Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins but God alone?

English Revised Version
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?

Weymouth New Testament
Then the Scribes and Pharisees began to cavil, asking, "Who is this, uttering blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"

World English Bible
The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

Young's Literal Translation
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, 'Who is this that doth speak evil words? who is able to forgive sins, except God only?'
Study Bible
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
20When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21But the scribes and Pharisees began to consider this and ask, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus replied, “Why do you question this in your hearts?…
Cross References
Isaiah 43:25
"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.

Luke 3:8
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 5:22
Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus replied, "Why do you question this in your hearts?

Luke 7:49
But those at the table began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
Treasury of Scripture

And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

scribes.

Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there …

Luke 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, …

Mark 2:6,7 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning …

blasphemies.

Leviticus 24:16 And he that blasphemes the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put …

1 Kings 21:10-14 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against …

Matthew 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemes.

Matthew 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; …

John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; …

Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

Who can.

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, …

Psalm 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;

Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Daniel 9:9,19 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have …

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue …

Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.

Verse 21. - And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? It is very probable that some of those who stood by, had already, at Jerusalem, witnessed by the Bethesda Pool a wonder-work done by the same Jesus on the person of an impotent man lying there waiting for the troubling of the water (John 5:5, 9), and had taken part there in an angry expostulation with the Wonder-worker, who on that occasion, in his words, "made himself equal with God" (John 5:18). We know (see ver. 17) that some of the Jerusalem scribes were present that day in the Capernaum house. Again, thought these learned Jews, "this strange Man is uttering his dread blasphemies, but now in even more plain terms than there. And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to reason,.... To think and say within themselves, and it may be to one another, in a private manner:

saying, who is this which speaketh blasphemies? what vain boaster, and blaspheming creature is this, who assumes that to himself, which is the prerogative of God?

Who can forgive sins but God alone? against whom they are committed, whose law is transgressed, and his will disobeyed, and his justice injured and affronted. Certain it is, that none can forgive sins but God; not any of the angels in heaven, or men on earth; not holy good men, nor ministers of the Gospel; and if Christ had been a mere man, though ever so good a man, even a sinless one, or ever so great a prophet, he could not have forgiven sin; but he is truly and properly God, as his being a discerner of the thoughts of these men, and his healing the paralytic man in the manner he did, are sufficient proofs. The Scribes and Pharisees therefore, though they rightly ascribe forgiveness of sin to God alone, yet grievously sinned, in imputing blasphemy to Christ: they had wrong notions of Christ, concluding him to be but a mere man, against the light and evidence of his works and miracles; and also of his office as a Redeemer, who came to save his people from their sins; and seem to restrain the power of forgiving sin to God the Father, whereas the Son of God, being equal with him, had the same power, and that even on earth, to forgive sin; See Gill on Mark 2:7. 5:17-26 How many are there in our assemblies, where the gospel is preached, who do not sit under the word, but sit by! It is to them as a tale that is told them, not as a message that is sent to them. Observe the duties taught and recommended to us by the history of the paralytic. In applying to Christ, we must be very pressing and urgent; that is an evidence of faith, and is very pleasing to Christ, and prevailing with him. Give us, Lord, the same kind of faith with respect to thy ability and willingness to heal our souls. Give us to desire the pardon of sin more than any earthly blessing, or life itself. Enable us to believe thy power to forgive sins; then will our souls cheerfully arise and go where thou pleasest.
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