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Matthew 9:2

Context
9:2 Just then 1  some people 2  brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 3  When Jesus saw their 4  faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 5 

Matthew 9:6

Context
9:6 But so that you may know 6  that the Son of Man 7  has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 8  – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 9 

1 tn Grk “And behold, they were bringing.” Here καὶ ἰδού (kai idou) has been translated as “just then” to indicate the somewhat sudden appearance of the people carrying the paralytic. The Greek word ἰδού (idou) has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1), especially in conjunction with the suddenness of the stretcher bearers’ appearance.

2 tn Grk “they”; the referent (some unnamed people) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Traditionally, “on a bed,” but this could be confusing to the modern reader who might envision a large piece of furniture. In various contexts, κλίνη (klinh) may be translated “bed, couch, cot, stretcher, or bier” (in the case of a corpse). See L&N 6.106.

4 sn The plural pronoun their makes it clear that Jesus was responding to the faith of the entire group, not just the paralyzed man.

5 sn The passive voice here is a divine passive (ExSyn 437). It is clear that God does the forgiving.

6 sn Now Jesus put the two actions together. The walking of the man would be proof (so that you may know) that his sins were forgiven and that God had worked through Jesus (i.e., the Son of Man).

7 sn The term Son of Man, which is a title in Greek, comes from a pictorial description in Dan 7:13 of one “like a son of man” (i.e., a human being). It is Jesus’ favorite way to refer to himself. Jesus did not reveal the background of the term here, which mixes human and divine imagery as the man in Daniel rides a cloud, something only God does. He just used it. It also could be an idiom in Aramaic meaning either “some person” or “me.” So there is a little ambiguity in its use here, since its origin is not clear at this point. However, the action makes it clear that Jesus used it to refer to himself here.

8 sn Jesus did not finish his sentence with words but with action, that is, healing the paralytic with an accompanying pronouncement to him directly.

9 tn Grk “to your house.”



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