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Reference: Palsy


Or paralysis, strikes sometimes one side or portion of the body, and sometimes the whole; affecting the power of motion, or the power of sensation, or both. It is one of the least curable of diseases; but the Savior healed it with a word, Mt 4:24; 12:10; Mr 2:3-12. The "withered hand," Mr 3:1, was probably an effect of the palsy. There is also a palsy of the soul, which the Great Physician can heal, and he alone.

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a shorter form of "paralysis." Many persons thus afflicted were cured by our Lord (Mt 4:24; 8:5-13; 9:2-7; Mr 2:3-11; Lu 7:2-10; Joh 5:5-7) and the apostles (Ac 8:7; 9:33-34).

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Paralysis affecting part of the body. The "grievously tormented" (Mt 8:6) refers to the convulsions, foamings, and heavy breathings of the sufferer, giving the appearance of torment, whether himself conscious of pain or not.

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The modern form of this word is 'paralysis.' See Medicine, p. 599a.


The Greek word, ???????, to loosen, shows that the disease was paralysis. Persons thus afflicted were brought to the Lord on beds or couches. Mt 9:2-6; Mr 2:3-10; Lu 5:18,24; Ac 8:7; 9:33. The paralysed were a type of that thorough human helplessness which can be relieved and raised up by God only.

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(contracted from paralysis). The loss of sensation or the power of motion, or both, in any part of the body. The infirmities included under this name in the New Testament were various:--

1. The paralytic shock affecting the whole body, or apoplexy.

2. That affecting only one side.

3. Affecting the whole system below the neck.

4. Catalepsy, caused by the contraction of the muscles in the whole or a part of the body. This was very dangerous and often fatal. The part affected remains immovable and diminishes in size and dries up. A hand thus affected was called "a withered hand."

Mt 12:10-13

5. Cramp. This was a most dreadful disease caused by the chills of the nights. The limbs remain immovably fixed in the same position as when seized as it, and the person seems like one suffering torture. It is frequently followed in a few days by death. Several paralytics were cured by Jesus.

Mt 4:24; 8:13


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