Matthew 9:4
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New International Version
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

New Living Translation
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?

English Standard Version
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts?

International Standard Version
But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking, replied, "Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?

NET Bible
When Jesus saw their reaction he said, "Why do you respond with evil in your hearts?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua knew their thinking, and he said to them, “Why do you think evil things in your heart?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why are you thinking evil things?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think ye evil in your hearts?

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

American King James Version
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts?

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus, seeing their thoughts, said, Why do *ye* think evil things in your hearts?

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Why think ye evil in your hearts?

Weymouth New Testament
Knowing their thoughts Jesus said, "Why are you cherishing evil thoughts in your hearts?

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

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus, having known their thoughts, said, 'Why think ye evil in your hearts?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-8 The faith of the friends of the paralytic in bringing him to Christ, was a strong faith; they firmly believed that Jesus Christ both could and would heal him. A strong faith regards no obstacles in pressing after Christ. It was a humble faith; they brought him to attend on Christ. It was an active faith. Sin may be pardoned, yet the sickness not be removed; the sickness may be removed, yet the sin not pardoned: but if we have the comfort of peace with God, with the comfort of recovery from sickness, this makes the healing a mercy indeed. This is no encouragement to sin. If thou bring thy sins to Jesus Christ, as thy malady and misery to be cured of, and delivered from, it is well; but to come with them, as thy darlings and delight, thinking still to retain them and receive him, is a gross mistake, a miserable delusion. The great intention of the blessed Jesus in the redemption he wrought, is to separate our hearts from sin. Our Lord Jesus has perfect knowledge of all that we say within ourselves. There is a great deal of evil in sinful thoughts, which is very offensive to the Lord Jesus. Christ designed to show that his great errand to the world was, to save his people from their sins. He turned from disputing with the scribes, and spake healing to the sick man. Not only he had no more need to be carried upon his bed, but he had strength to carry it. God must be glorified in all the power that is given to do good.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And Jesus knowing; εἰδώς (but Textus Receptus, with margin of Westcott and Hort, and of Revised Version, ἰδών, "seeing" ); parallel passages, ἐπιγνούς. The difference of form with agreement in sense points to varying translations of ידע (so Peshito, in each place). Perhaps the same cause may also account for the difference in the next words, ἐνθυμήσεις ἐνθυμεῖσθε, but in the parallel passages, διαλογίζονται, διαλογισμούς διαλογίζεσθε (cf. also ver. 8). (For similar instances of our Lord's knowledge, cf. Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8; Luke 9:47John 2:25; cf. further, supra, Matthew 8:10, note.) Their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Evil (πονηρά). Does the plural point to stages in their reasoning? or is it merely used because he was addressing more than one person?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus knowing their thoughts,.... Which was a clear evidence, and full demonstration of his deity; for none knows the thoughts of the heart but God; and since he knew the thoughts of men's hearts, it could be no blasphemy in him to take that to himself which belonged to God, even to forgive sins. And this, one would think, would have been sufficient to have approved himself to them as the true Messiah; since this is one of the ways of knowing the Messiah, according to the Jews, and which they made use of to discover a false one.

"Bar Coziba, (they say (g),) reigned two years and a half: he said to the Rabbins, I am the Messiah; they replied to him, it is written of the Messiah, that he is "of quick understanding, and judges", (referring to Isaiah 11:3) let us see whether this man is of quick understanding, and can make judgment, i.e. whether a man is wicked, or not, without any external proof; and when they saw he was not of quick understanding, and could not judge in this manner, they slew him.''

But now Christ needed not any testimony of men; he knew what was in the hearts of men, of which this instance is a glaring proof: hence he said,

wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? it was no evil in them to think that God only could forgive sin; but the evil was, that they thought Christ was a mere man, and ought not to have took so much upon him; and that, for so doing, he was a wicked man, and a blasphemer.

(g) T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 93. 2.



Matthew 9:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
3And some of the scribes said to themselves, "This fellow blasphemes." 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk '?…
Cross References
Psalm 139:2
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Luke 6:8
But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.

Luke 9:47
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

John 2:25
He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
Treasury of Scripture

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