The Spirit1 of the Sovereign LORD2 is on me, because the LORD has anointed3 me to preach good news4 to the poor.5 He has sent me to bind up6 the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom7 for the captives8 and release from darkness for the prisoners,a2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor9 and the day of vengeance10 of our God, to comfort11 all who mourn,123
and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown13 of beauty instead of ashes,14 the oil15 of gladness instead of mourning,16 and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting17 of the LORD for the display of his splendor.184
They will rebuild the ancient ruins19 and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.