Matthew 9:1–8 (Listen)
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
9:1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing1 their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
Psalm 46:1–2 (Listen)
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.1 A Song.
46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present2 help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,