Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
You have heard the blasphemy! What is your verdict?" They all condemned him as deserving death.
Then some of the experts in the law said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming!"
Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, "He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy!
The Jewish leaders replied, "We are not going to stone you for a good deed but for blasphemy, because you, a man, are claiming to be God."
Who can make a clean thing come from an unclean? No one!
But you are willing to forgive, so that you might be honored.
I, I am the one who blots out your rebellious deeds for my sake; your sins I do not remember.
Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
There is no other God like you! You forgive sin and pardon the rebellion of those who remain among your people. You do not remain angry forever, but delight in showing loyal love.
Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, "Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained."