“For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?”
King James Version (KJV)
9:5 Which is easier - Do not both of them argue a Divine power? Therefore if I can heal his disease, I can forgive his sins: especially as his disease is the consequence of his sins. Therefore these must be taken away, if that is.
Mt 9:5 Whether is easier to say, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee. To say, "Thy sins be forgiven thee", was easy, for no visible result could test the saying. To say, "Take up thy bed and walk", was not apparently so easy, for failure would cover with confusion. He said the last, leaving the inference--If I can do the most difficult, then I can do the easier.