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But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

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Matthew 9:6 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
ye may know εἰδῆτε Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know know
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Son υἱὸς A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship Son
of man ἀνθρώπου Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
hath ἔχει To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) hath
power ἐξουσίαν Privilege, i.e., (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence power
on ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc on
earth γῆς Soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) earth
to forgive ἀφιέναι To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
sins, ἁμαρτίας A sin (properly abstract) sins
(then τότε The when, i.e., at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution) then
saith he λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
to sick of the παραλυτικῷ As if dissolved, i.e., "paralytic" sick
the τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
palsy,) παραλυτικῷ As if dissolved, i.e., "paralytic" palsy
Arise, Ἐγερθεὶς To waken (transitively or intransitively), i.e., rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence) Arise
take up ἆρόν To lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e., weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare H5375) to expiate sin take up
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
bed, κλίνην A couch (for sleep, sickness, sitting or eating) bed
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
go ὕπαγε To lead (oneself) under, i.e., withdraw or retire (as if sinking out of sight), literally or figuratively go
unto εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases unto
thine σου Of thee, thy thine
house. οἶκόν A dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication, a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively) house

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  • 4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

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

  • 6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

  • 7  And he arose, and departed to his house.

  • 8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.


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