Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 31

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31: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.— edit KJV text
31: Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.— edit Douay text


In this place, and in Mk 3:28ff, Jesus states the awful nature of the sin of which they had been guilty. That sin was the sin against the Holy Ghost. It consisted in charging Jesus with being in league with the devil, or accusing him with working his miracles, not by the spirit or power of God, but by the aid of the prince of the devils. It was therefore a direct insult, abuse, or evil speaking, against the Holy Ghost - the Spirit by which Jesus worked his miracles. That this was what he intended by this sin, at that time, is clear from Mk 3:30, "Because they said he had an unclean spirit." All other sins - all speaking against Jesus himself - might be remitted. But this sin was clearly against the Holy One; it was alleging that the highest displays of God's mercy and power were the work of the devil; and it argued, therefore, the highest depravity of mind. The sin of which he speaks is, then, clearly stated. It was accusing him of working miracles by the aid of the devil - thus dishonouring the Holy Ghost.

All manner of sin - shall be forgiven. That is, only on condition that men repent and believe. If they continue in this sin, they cannot be forgiven, Mk 16:16, Rom 2:6ff.

Blasphemy. Injurious or evil speaking of God. See Barnes "Mt 9:3".

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