Matthew 9:3
New International Version
At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

New Living Translation
But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”

English Standard Version
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”

Berean Study Bible
On seeing this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!”

Berean Literal Bible
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This one blasphemes!"

King James Bible
And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

New King James Version
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

New American Standard Bible
And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!”

NASB 1995
And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”

NASB 1977
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”

Amplified Bible
And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes [by claiming the rights and prerogatives of God]!”

Christian Standard Bible
At this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “He’s blaspheming! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”

American Standard Version
And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But some of the Scribes said among themselves, “This man blasphemes.”

Contemporary English Version
Some teachers of the Law of Moses said to themselves, "Jesus must think he is God!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blasphemeth.

English Revised Version
And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

Good News Translation
Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, "This man is speaking blasphemy!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then some of the scribes thought, "He's dishonoring God."

International Standard Version
Then some of the scribes told themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"

Literal Standard Version
And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, “This One speaks evil.”

NET Bible
Then some of the experts in the law said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming!"

New Heart English Bible
And look, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man blasphemes."

Weymouth New Testament
"Such language is impious," said some of the Scribes among themselves.

World English Bible
Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man blasphemes."

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, certain of the scribes said within themselves, 'This one doth speak evil.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
2Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3On seeing this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 4But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why do you harbor evil in your hearts?…

Cross References
Numbers 15:30
But the person who sins defiantly, whether a native or foreigner, blasphemes the LORD. That person shall be cut off from among his people.

Mark 2:7
"Why does this man speak like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Mark 3:28
Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter.

Mark 3:29
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of eternal sin."


Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemes.

certain.

Matthew 7:29
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark 2:6,7
But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, …

Mark 7:21
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

This.

Matthew 26:65
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.

Leviticus 24:16
And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

Mark 14:64
Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.









(3) This man blasphemeth.--The words were but an echo of the charge that had been brought at Jerusalem, that "He made Himself equal with God" (John 5:18), and may well have come from some of the same objectors. St. Mark and St. Luke give the grounds of their accusation: "What is this that this Man thus speaks? Who can forgive sins but One, that is, God?" Speaking abstractedly, they were affirming one of the first principles of all true religious belief. All sins are offences against God, and therefore, though men may forgive trespasses as far as they themselves are concerned, the ultimate act of forgiveness belongs to God only; and for a mere man, as such, to claim the right of forgiving thus absolutely, was to claim a divine attribute, and therefore to blaspheme--i.e., to utter words as disparaging as open profaneness to the majesty of God. What they forgot to take into account was the possibility (1) that God might so far delegate His power to His chosen servants that they, on sufficient evidence of that delegation, might rightly declare sins to be forgiven; or (2) that the Teacher might Himself be one with God, and so share in His perfections and prerogatives. On either of these suppositions the charge of blasphemy was fully answered, and the sin of the scribes lay in their ignoring the fact that He had given sufficient proof of the former, if not of the latter also.

Verse 3. - And certain of the scribes. From St. Luke's account (ver. 17) we learn that the miracle took place before a large assembly of "Pharisees and teachers of the Law, who had come out of every village of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem." 'Yet even among these there was a division (τινές). Said within themselves. So Mark, "reasoning in their hearts." This man (οῦτος). The word seems to convey a notion of contempt and of vindictive joy that they have caught him (cf. Mark, τί οῦτος οὕτως λαλεῖ; and perhaps Matthew 12:24). Blasphemeth (βλασφημεῖ). In its fullest meaning; through assumption of Divine authority (so also Matthew 26:65; John 10:33, 36). "No passage of the Old Testament affirms that the Messiah himself will forgive sins. Thus Jesus ascribes to himself what even the highest Old Testament prophecies of the Messianic time had reserved to God; e.g. Jeremiah 31:34; Isaiah 43:25" (Kubel). Observe that Mark lays more stress upon the process of their thoughts, Matthew and Luke on the conclusion at which they arrived, Luke also indicating that the supposed sin had many parts (λαλεῖ βλασφημίας) - they thought, "Every word he has uttered is blasphemy."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
On seeing this,
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

some
τινες (tines)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

of the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

scribes
γραμματέων (grammateōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 1122: From gramma. A writer, i.e. scribe or secretary.

said
εἶπαν (eipan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

to
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

themselves,
ἑαυτοῖς (heautois)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

“This [man]
Οὗτος (Houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

is blaspheming!”
βλασφημεῖ (blasphēmei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 987: From blasphemos; to vilify; specially, to speak impiously.


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