1 His own city - Capernaum, Matt 4:13. Mark 5:18; Luke
2 Seeing their faith - Both that of the paralytic, and of them
that brought him. Son - A title of tenderness and condescension. Mark 2:3;
3 This man blasphemeth - Attributing to himself a power (that
of forgiving sins) which belongs to God only.
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.
6 On earth - Even in my state of humiliation.
8 So what was to the scribes an occasion of blaspheming, was to
the people an incitement to praise God.