Isaiah 61 and Mark 2:18-22

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Isaiah 61

          The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

                   because the LORD has anointed me

          to bring good news to the poor;

                   he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

          to proclaim liberty to the captives,

                   and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

          to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

                   and the day of vengeance of our God;

                   to comfort all who mourn;

          to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

                   to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

          the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

                   the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

          that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

                   the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

          They shall build up the ancient ruins;

                   they shall raise up the former devastations;

          they shall repair the ruined cities,

                   the devastations of many generations.     


          Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;

                   foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;

          but you shall be called the priests of the LORD;

                   they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;

          you shall eat the wealth of the nations,

                   and in their glory you shall boast.

          Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;

                   instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;

          therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;

                   they shall have everlasting joy.       


          For I the LORD love justice;

                   I hate robbery and wrong;

          I will faithfully give them their recompense,

                   and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

          Their offspring shall be known among the nations,

                   and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;

          all who see them shall acknowledge them,

                   that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.        


          I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;

                   my soul shall exult in my God,

          for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

                   he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

          as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

                   and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

          For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

                   and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

          so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

                   to sprout up before all the nations.


Mark 2:18-22

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?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”


English Standard Version (ESV)

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