Matthew 9:5

For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whether is easier to say, Thy sinnes be forgiuen thee: or to say, Arise, and walke?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk'?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For which is the simpler, to say, You have forgiveness for your sins; or to say, Get up and go?
- Basic English Bible

For which is easier: to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Rise up and walk?
- Darby Bible

For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
- Webster's Bible

Why, which is easier? --to say, `Your sins are pardoned,' or to say `Rise up and walk'?
- Weymouth Bible

For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?'
- World English Bible

What is liytere to seye, Thi synnes ben foryouun to thee, ethir `to seie, Rise thou, and walke?
- Wycliffe Bible

for which is easier? to say, The sins have been forgiven to thee; or to say, Rise, and walk?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 9:5


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.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:5


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.

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