43:18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the
things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not
perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for
I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give
drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my
Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of
me, O Israel!
You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored
me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings,
or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with
the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your
sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.
I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and
I will not remember your sins.
41:1 Happy are those
who consider the poor; the LORD delivers them in the day of
The LORD protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy
in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
The LORD sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal
all their infirmities.
As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I
have sinned against you."
My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish.
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their
hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst
They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not
rise again from where I lie.
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has
lifted the heel against me.
But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may
By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has
not triumphed over me.
But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to
everlasting. Amen and Amen.
1:18 As surely as God
is faithful, our word to you has not been "Yes and No."
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you,
Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not "Yes and No"; but in
him it is always "Yes."
For in him every one of God's promises is a "Yes." For
this reason it is through him that we say the "Amen," to
the glory of God.
But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has
by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts
as a first installment.
2:1 When he returned to
Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
So 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
Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by
four of them.
And 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.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son,
your sins are forgiven."
Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their
"Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who
can forgive sins but God alone?"
At 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?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are
forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'?
But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on
earth to forgive sins" --he said to the paralytic--
"I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your
And 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!"