Matthew 9:4
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?

Berean Study Bible
But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why do you harbor evil in your hearts?

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus, having known 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
But Jesus knew what was in their minds, and he said, "Why are you thinking such evil things?

Good News Translation
Jesus perceived what they were thinking, and so he said, "Why are you thinking such evil things?

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?

New Heart English Bible
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think 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?

New American Standard 1977
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

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?
Study Bible
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
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? 5Which 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 understand my thoughts from afar.

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

Luke 6:8
But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and stand among us." So he got up and stood there.

Luke 9:47
But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, had a little child stand beside Him.

John 2:25
He did not need any testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man.

Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

knowing.

Matthew 12:25
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Matthew 16:7,8
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread…

Psalm 44:21
Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

Wherefore.

Ezekiel 38:10
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

Acts 5:3,4,9
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? …

Acts 8:20-22
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money…







Lexicon
But
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

knew
εἰδὼς (eidōs)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

what
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

they
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

were thinking
ἐνθυμήσεις (enthymēseis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1761: Inward thought, reflection, plur: thoughts. From enthumeomai; deliberation.

[and] said,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Why
Ἵνα‿ (Hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

do you harbor
ἐνθυμεῖσθε (enthymeisthe)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1760: To meditate upon, reflect upon, ponder. From a compound of en and thumos; to be inspirited, i.e. Ponder.

evil
πονηρὰ (ponēra)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.

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

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

hearts?
καρδίαις (kardiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.
(4) Knowing their thoughts.--The better MSS. give "seeing," as with an immediate act of intuition. St. Mark adds his usual "immediately," and both he and St. Luke use the word which implies fulness of knowledge.

Wherefore think ye evil?--Literally, evil things. The thoughts were evil because, in face of the mighty works and the divine wisdom of the Teacher, they were assuming that He had wantonly spoken words that involved the most extreme of all forms of sin against the God in whose name He taught.

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? 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.
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