But when the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to humans. Bible see other translations

“given such authority to man.” Some of the teachers of the Law could not believe that a man could forgive sins. In a parallel account recorded in Mark, they claim, “He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

[For more on the authority to forgive sin, see commentary on Mark 2:7.]

Commentary for: Matthew 9:8