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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 61\\

In this chapter both Christ and the church are introduced speaking, in
their turns. It begins with the words of Christ, describing his work and
office; his qualifications for it; the several parts and branches of it;
and the ends to be answered by it; \\#Isa 61:1-3\\, the reparation of the
church; the feeding it by strangers; its being a holy priesthood; its
enjoying the riches of the Gentiles; its having honour and joy, instead
of shame and confusion; its prosperity in the work of the Lord, and the
continuance of its spiritual offspring among the Gentiles, are
prophesied of in \\#Isa 61:4-9\\, and then the church is represented as
rejoicing in the Lord, on account of her being clothed with his
righteousness, so ornamental to her, \\#Isa 61:10\\ and the chapter is
concluded with a promise of her righteousness and glory appearing before
all the nations of the world; of which the following chapter is an
illustrious prophecy, \\#Isa 61:11\\.