Jesus Cures A Man Who Cannot Wal

When Jesus entered Capernaum again, after some days, it was reported

that he was at home, and so many people gathered about him that there

was no longer room for them, not even at the door. While Jesus was

preaching to them, four men came, carrying a man who was paralyzed and

could not move. As they could not get near to Jesus on account of the

crowd, they tore up the roof over his head. When they had made a hole,

let down the bed on which the man who could not move was lying.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to him, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

But some of the scribes sitting there said to themselves, "Why should

this man say such a thing? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins

except God alone?"

Knowing at once what they were saying, Jesus said to them, "Why do you

say these things to yourselves? Which is easier: to say to the man who

cannot move, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, take your

bed, and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has the power

on earth to forgive sins" (he said to the man who could not walk) "I say

to you, Rise, take up your bed, and go to your home." Then the man rose

and at once took up his bed and went out in the presence of them all, so

that they were all filled with wonder and praised God, saying, "We have

never seen anything like this."