Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking,
so he asked them,
“Why do you question this in your hearts?
Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
’Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’?
So I will prove to you that the Son of Man
has the authority on earth to forgive sins.”
Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,
“Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”