4Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
2For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.*
3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God* has said,
As in my anger I swore,
They shall not enter my rest ,
though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. 4For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows: And God rested on the seventh day from all his works. 5And again in this place it says, They shall not enter my rest. 11Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
2When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them.
3Then some people* came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them.
4And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.
5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven.
6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
7Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?
8At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?
9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Stand up and take your mat and walk?
10But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinshe said to the paralytic
11I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.
12And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, We have never seen anything like this!
3 Such as we have heard and known,
which our forebears have told us.
4 We will not hide from their children,
but will recount to generations to come,
the praises of the Lord and his power
and the wonderful works he has done.
5 He laid a solemn charge on Jacob
and made it a law in Israel,
which he commanded them to teach their children,
6 That the generations to come might know,
and the children yet unborn,
that they in turn might tell it to their children;
7 So that they might put their trust in God
and not forget the deeds of God,
but keep his commandments,
8 And not be like their forebears,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
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