1 I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
2 My God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.
3 I cried to the Lord in my anguish
and I was saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entwined me
and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the Pit fastened about me
and the snares of death entangled me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord
and cried out to my God for help.
7 He heard my voice in his temple
and my cry came to his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked;
the foundations of the mountains shook;
they reeled because he was angry.
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils
and a consuming fire went out of his mouth;
burning coals blazed forth from him.
10 He parted the heavens and came down
and thick darkness was under his feet.
11 He rode upon the cherubim and flew;
he came flying on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his covering round about him,
dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13 From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds
burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14 The Lord also thundered out of heaven;
the Most High uttered his voice
with hailstones and coals of fire.
15 He sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he hurled down lightnings and put them to flight.
16 The springs of the ocean were seen,
and the foundations of the world uncovered
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your displeasure.
17 He reached down from on high and took me;
he drew me out of the mighty waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
from foes that were too mighty for me.
19 They came upon me in the day of my trouble;
but the Lord was my upholder.
20 He brought me out into a place of liberty;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
17 When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers on the bare heights,*
and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
20 so that all may see and know,
all may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21 Set forth your case, says the Lord;
bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
22 Let them bring them, and tell us
what is to happen.
Tell us the former things, what they are,
so that we may consider them,
and that we may know their outcome;
or declare to us the things to come.
23 Tell us what is to come hereafter,
that we may know that you are gods;
do good, or do harm,
that we may be afraid and terrified.
24 You, indeed, are nothing
and your work is nothing at all;
whoever chooses you is an abomination.
25 I stirred up one from the north, and he has come,
from the rising of the sun he was summoned by name.*
He shall trample* on rulers as on mortar,
as the potter treads clay.
26 Who declared it from the beginning, so that we might know,
and beforehand, so that we might say, He is right?
There was no one who declared it, none who proclaimed,
none who heard your words.
27 I first have declared it to Zion,*
and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings.
28 But when I look there is no one;
among these there is no counsellor
who, when I ask, gives an answer.
29 No, they are all a delusion;
their works are nothing;
their images are empty wind.
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!
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10 February 2011