According to the Gospels, when Jesus entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four other people. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Mark's Gospel states that this event took place in Capernaum. In Matthew's Gospel it took place in 'his own town', which he had reached by crossing the lake. Luke's text does not refer to Capernaum: the last reference to Capernaum was in the previous chapter (Luke 4:31) and the preceding incident in chapter 5 is set in 'a certain [unnamed] city' (Greek: μια των πολεων). In Luke's gospel the incident took place against the background of a Pharisee/Lawyer convention of some kind which brought the learned together from 'every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem'.