Mark 2:5
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New International Version
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

New Living Translation
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "My child, your sins are forgiven."

English Standard Version
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

King James Bible
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

International Standard Version
When Jesus saw their faith, he told the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

NET Bible
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When Yeshua saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

Jubilee Bible 2000
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

King James 2000 Bible
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, your sins be forgiven you.

American King James Version
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins be forgiven you.

American Standard Version
And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus, seeing their faith, says to the paralytic, Child, thy sins are forgiven [thee].

English Revised Version
And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven.

Webster's Bible Translation
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick with the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are pardoned."

World English Bible
Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus having seen their faith, saith to the paralytic, 'Child, thy sins have been forgiven thee.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-12 It was this man's misery that he needed to be so carried, and shows the suffering state of human life; it was kind of those who so carried him, and teaches the compassion that should be in men, toward their fellow-creatures in distress. True faith and strong faith may work in various ways; but it shall be accepted and approved by Jesus Christ. Sin is the cause of all our pains and sicknesses. The way to remove the effect, is to take away the cause. Pardon of sin strikes at the root of all diseases. Christ proved his power to forgive sin, by showing his power to cure the man sick of the palsy. And his curing diseases was a figure of his pardoning sin, for sin is the disease of the soul; when it is pardoned, it is healed. When we see what Christ does in healing souls, we must own that we never saw the like. Most men think themselves whole; they feel no need of a physician, therefore despise or neglect Christ and his gospel. But the convinced, humbled sinner, who despairs of all help, excepting from the Saviour, will show his faith by applying to him without delay.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Son, thy sins be forgiven thee; literally, thy sins are forgiven. The word "son" is in the Greek the more endearing word (τέκνον) "child." St. Luke uses the word "man." St. Matthew adds the words "Be of good cheer." It is here to be carefully observed that the spiritual gift, the gift of forgiveness, is first conveyed; and we must also notice the authoritative character of the address, "Thy sins are forgiven." Bede observes here that our Lord first forgives his sins, that he might show him that his suffering was ultimately due to sin. Bede also says that he was borne of four, to show that a man is carried onwards by four graces to the assured hope of healing, namely, by prudence, and courage, and righteousness, and temperance. Jesus seeing their faith. Some of the Fathers, as Jerome and Ambrose, think that this faith was in the behavers of the sick man, and in them only. But there is nothing in the words to limit them in this way. Indeed, it would seem far more natural to suppose that the paralytic must have been a consenting party. He must have approved of all that they did, otherwise we can hardly suppose that it would have been done. We may therefore more reasonably conclude, with St. Chrysostom, that it was alike their faith and his that our Lord crowned with his blessing. Thy sins are forgiven. These words of our Lord were not a mere wish only; they were this sick man's sentence of absolution. They were far more than the word of absolution which Christ's ambassadors are authorized to deliver to all those who "truly repent and unfeignedly believe." For Christ could read the heart, which they cannot do. And therefore his sentence is absolute, and not conditional only. It is not the announcement of a qualified gift, but the assertion of an undoubted fact. In his own name, and by his own inherent power, he there and then forgives the man his sins.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When Jesus saw their faith,.... The faith of the sick man, and his friends, who seemed confident, that could they get at Christ, a cure would be wrought: the faith of the one appears in suffering himself to be brought in such a manner, under so much weakness; and with so much trouble; and of the other in bringing him, and breaking through so many difficulties to get him to Christ.

He said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee; pointing and striking at the root of his disorder, his sins. Christ calls him son, though, in this afflicted condition a person may be a child of God, and yet greatly afflicted by him; afflictions are not arguments against, but rather for sonship: "for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?" He scourgeth every son whom he receiveth, and by chastising them, dealeth with them as with sons; and such as are without chastisement are bastards, and not sons, Hebrews 12:6, yea he calls him a son, though a sinful creature, and who had not, as yet, until these words were spoken by Christ, any discovery and application of pardoning grace unto him: he was a son of God by divine predestination, being predestinated to the adoption of children: he was a son by virtue of the covenant of grace, he was interested in, as appears by his enjoying pardon of sin, a blessing of it; which runs thus, "I will be their Father, and they shall be my sons and daughters", 2 Corinthians 6:18. He was one of the children which were given to Christ as in such a relation: and for the sake of whom Christ was now a partaker of flesh and blood, and in a little time was to die for them, in order to gather them together, who were scattered abroad. The blessing Christ conferred on this poor man is of the greatest consequence and importance, forgiveness of sin: it is what springs from the grace and mercy of God; it is provided in a promise in the covenant of grace; Christ was sent to shed his blood to procure it, in a way consistent with the holiness and justice of God; and this being done, it is published in the Gospel, and is a most considerable article in it, and than which, nothing can be more desirable to a sensible sinner: and blessed are they that are partakers of it, their sins will never be imputed to them; they will never be remembered more; they are blotted out of God's book of debts; they are covered out of his sight, and are removed as far as the east is from the west, even all their sins, original and actual, secret or open, of omission, or commission; See Gill on Matthew 9:2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. When Jesus saw their faith—It is remarkable that all the three narratives call it "their faith" which Jesus saw. That the patient himself had faith, we know from the proclamation of his forgiveness, which Jesus made before all; and we should have been apt to conclude that his four friends bore him to Jesus merely out of benevolent compliance with the urgent entreaties of the poor sufferer. But here we learn, not only that his bearers had the same faith with himself, but that Jesus marked it as a faith which was not to be defeated—a faith victorious over all difficulties. This was the faith for which He was ever on the watch, and which He never saw without marking, and, in those who needed anything from Him, richly rewarding.

he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son—"be of good cheer" (Mt 9:2).

thy sins be forgiven thee—By the word "be," our translators perhaps meant "are," as in Luke (Lu 5:20). For it is not a command to his sins to depart, but an authoritative proclamation of the man's pardoned state as a believer. And yet, as the Pharisees understood our Lord to be dispensing pardon by this saying, and Jesus not only acknowledges that they were right, but founds His whole argument upon the correctness of it, we must regard the saying as a royal proclamation of the man's forgiveness by Him to whom it belonged to dispense it; nor could such a style of address be justified on any lower supposition. (See on [1407]Lu 7:41, &c.).

Mark 2:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
4Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." 6But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,…
Cross References
Matthew 9:2
Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

Matthew 9:5
Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

Mark 2:6
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,

Luke 7:48
Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

John 5:14
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."
Treasury of Scripture

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins be forgiven you.

saw.

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving …

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

1 Thessalonians 1:3,4 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

James 2:18-22 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your …

he said.

Mark 2:9,10 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins be …

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on …

Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you.

Luke 7:47-50 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she …

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom you forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any …

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have …

Son. The Jews believed that not only death but all disease was the consequence of sin. 'There is no death without sin, nor any chastisement without iniquity;' and that 'no diseased person could be healed of his disease till his sins were blotted out.' Our Lord, therefore, as usual, appeals to their received opinions, and asserts his high dignity, by first forgiving the sins, and then healing the body of the paralytic.

Mark 5:34 And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in …

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, …

Luke 8:48 And he said to her, Daughter, be of good comfort: your faith has …

sins.

Job 33:17-26 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man…

Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…

Psalm 90:7-9 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled…

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

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to …

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, …

1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

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