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21  The Lord rewarded me after my righteous dealing; 
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me,
22  Because I had kept the ways of the Lord 
   and had not gone wickedly away from my God,
23  For I had an eye to all his laws, 
   and did not cast out his commandments from me.
24  I was also wholehearted before him 
   and kept myself from iniquity;
25  Therefore the Lord rewarded me
      after my righteous dealing, 
   and according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26  With the faithful you show yourself faithful; 
   with the true you show yourself true;
27  With the pure you show yourself pure, 
   but with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
28  For you will save a lowly people 
   and bring down the high looks of the proud.
29  You also shall light my candle; 
   the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.
30  By your help I shall run at an enemy host; 
   with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.
31  As for God, his way is perfect;
      the word of the Lord is tried in the fire; 
   he is a shield to all who trust in him.
32  For who is God but the Lord, 
   and who is the rock except our God?
33  It is God who girds me about with strength 
   and makes my way perfect.
34  He makes my feet like hinds’ feet 
   so that I tread surely on the heights.
35  He teaches my hands to fight 
   and my arms to bend a bow of bronze.
36  You have given me the shield of your salvation; 
   your right hand upholds me
      and your grace has made me great.
37  You enlarge my strides beneath me, 
   yet my feet do not slide.
38  I will pursue my enemies and overtake them, 
   nor turn again until I have destroyed them.
39  I will smite them down so they cannot rise; 
   they shall fall beneath my feet.
40  You have girded me with strength for the battle; 
   you will cast down my enemies under me;
41  You will make my foes turn their backs upon me 
   and I shall destroy them that hate me.
42  They will cry out, but there shall be none to help them; 
   they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer.
43  I shall beat them as small as the dust on the wind; 
   I will cast them out as the mire in the streets.
44  You will deliver me from the strife of the peoples; 
   you will make me the head of the nations.
45  A people I have not known shall serve me;
      as soon as they hear me, they shall obey me; 
   strangers will humble themselves before me.
46  The foreign peoples will lose heart 
   and come trembling out of their strongholds.
47  The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock! 
   Praised be the God of my salvation,
48  Even the God who vindicates me 
   and subdues the peoples under me!
49  You that deliver me from my enemies,
      you will set me up above my foes; 
   from the violent you will deliver me;
50  Therefore will I give you thanks, O Lord, among the nations 
   and sing praises to your name,

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Isaiah 42: [1-9], 10-25

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The Servant, a Light to the Nations

42Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
   my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
   he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
   or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
   and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
   he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
   until he has established justice in the earth;
   and the coastlands wait for his teaching.


5 Thus says God, the Lord,
   who created the heavens and stretched them out,
   who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
   and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
   I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,*
   a light to the nations,
7   to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
   from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord, that is my name;
   my glory I give to no other,
   nor my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
   and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
   I tell you of them.

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A Hymn of Praise


10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise from the end of the earth!
Let the sea roar* and all that fills it,
   the coastlands and their inhabitants.
11 Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
   the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
   let them shout from the tops of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord,
   and declare his praise in the coastlands.
13 The Lord goes forth like a soldier,
   like a warrior he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
   he shows himself mighty against his foes.


14 For a long time I have held my peace,
   I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labour,
   I will gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills,
   and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
   and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind
   by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
   I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
   the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
   and I will not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame—
   those who trust in carved images,
who say to cast images,
   ‘You are our gods.’


18 Listen, you that are deaf;
   and you that are blind, look up and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant,
   or deaf like my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind like my dedicated one,
   or blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 He sees many things, but does* not observe them;
   his ears are open, but he does not hear.

Israel’s Disobedience


21 The Lord was pleased, for the sake of his righteousness,
   to magnify his teaching and make it glorious.
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered,
   all of them are trapped in holes
   and hidden in prisons;
they have become a prey with no one to rescue,
   a spoil with no one to say, ‘Restore!’
23 Who among you will give heed to this,
   who will attend and listen for the time to come?
24 Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler,
   and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
   in whose ways they would not walk,
   and whose law they would not obey?
25 So he poured upon him the heat of his anger
   and the fury of war;
it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand;
   it burned him, but he did not take it to heart.

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Mark 2: 13-22

Jesus Calls Levi

13 Jesus* went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

15 And as he sat at dinner* in Levi’s* house, many tax-collectors and sinners were also sitting* with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of* the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat* with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

The Question about Fasting

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people* came and said to him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ 19Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

21 ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’*

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