Salvation for Others

56 This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice(A)
    and do what is right,(B)
for my salvation(C) is close at hand
    and my righteousness(D) will soon be revealed.

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And foreigners(A) who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister(B) to him,
to love the name(C) of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath(D) without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain(E)
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices(F)
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.(G)(H)
The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather(I) still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

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The Faith of a Canaanite Woman(A)

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.(B) 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David,(C) have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”(D)

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”(E)

25 The woman came and knelt before him.(F) “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith!(G) Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

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