4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.5And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? --"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.6For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
11For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.14Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.15See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled;
1A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,3who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,4who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.6The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.7He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.13As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.14For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.15As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,18to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
1He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him.2And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands!3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.4And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."5And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them.6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.