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Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To (A)loose the bonds of wickedness,
(B)To undo the [a]heavy burdens,
(C)To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not (D)to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are [b]cast out;
(E)When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from (F)your own flesh?
(G)Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
(H)The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The [c]pointing of the finger, and (I)speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your [d]darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you
(J)Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of [e]Streets to Dwell In.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:6 Lit. bonds of the yoke
  2. Isaiah 58:7 wandering
  3. Isaiah 58:9 Lit. sending out of
  4. Isaiah 58:10 Or gloom
  5. Isaiah 58:12 Lit. Paths

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The (A)Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord (B)has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me (C)to [a]heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim (D)liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

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  1. Isaiah 61:1 Lit. bind up

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, (A)“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 (B)Go [a]therefore and (C)make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 (D)teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am (E)with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 28:19 M omits therefore
  2. Matthew 28:20 NU omits Amen.

18 “The(A) Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To (B)set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 4:18 NU omits to heal the brokenhearted
  2. Luke 4:18 downtrodden

The Widow’s Two Mites(A)

21 And He looked up (B)and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain (C)poor widow putting in two (D)mites.[a] So He said, “Truly I say to you (E)that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings [b]for God, but she out of her poverty put in (F)all the livelihood that she had.”

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  1. Luke 21:2 Gr. lepta, very small copper coins
  2. Luke 21:4 NU omits for God

10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, (A)the very thing which I also was eager to do.

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And having food and clothing, with these we shall be (A)content.

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