Isaiah 55 and Mark 2:13-17
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Isaiah 55

          “Come, everyone who thirsts,

                   come to the waters;

          and he who has no money,

                   come, buy and eat!

          Come, buy wine and milk

                   without money and without price.

          Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

                   and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

          Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,

                   and delight yourselves in rich food.

          Incline your ear, and come to me;

                   hear, that your soul may live;

          and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

                   my steadfast, sure love for David.

          Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,

                   a leader and commander for the peoples.

          Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,

                   and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,

          because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,

                   for he has glorified you.          


          “Seek the LORD while he may be found;

                   call upon him while he is near;

          let the wicked forsake his way,

                   and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

          let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,

                   and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

          For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

                   neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

          For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

                   so are my ways higher than your ways

                   and my thoughts than your thoughts.       


          “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven

                   and do not return there but water the earth,

          making it bring forth and sprout,

                   giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

          so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

                   it shall not return to me empty,

          but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

                   and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.       


          “For you shall go out in joy

                   and be led forth in peace;

          the mountains and the hills before you

                   shall break forth into singing,

                   and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

          Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;

                   instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;

          and it shall make a name for the LORD,

                   an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”


Mark 2:13–17

He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”


English Standard Version (ESV)

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