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Isaiah 61:1 ASV
The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to them that are bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 BBE
The spirit of the Lord is on me, because I am marked out by him to give good news to the poor; he has sent me to make the broken-hearted well, to say that the prisoners will be made free, and that those in chains will see the light again;
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Isaiah 61:1 CEB
The LORD God's spirit is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners,
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Isaiah 61:1 CJB
The Spirit of Adonai ELOHIM is upon me, because ADONAI has anointed me to announce good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark;
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Isaiah 61:1 RHE
The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me: he hath sent me to preach to the meek, to heal the contrite of heart, and to preach a release to the captives, and deliverance to them that are shut up.
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Isaiah 61:1 ESV
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;
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Isaiah 61:1 GW
The Spirit of the Almighty LORD is with me because the LORD has anointed me to deliver good news to humble people. He has sent me to heal those who are brokenhearted, to announce that captives will be set free and prisoners will be released.
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Isaiah 61:1 GNT
The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me To bring good news to the poor, To heal the broken-hearted, To announce release to captives And freedom to those in prison.
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Isaiah 61:1 HNV
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the humble; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to those who are bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 CSB
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners;
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Isaiah 61:1 KJV
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted , to proclaim liberty to the captives , and the opening of the prison to them that are bound ;
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Isaiah 61:1 LEB
[The] Spirit of the Lord Yahweh [is] upon me, because Yahweh has anointed me, he has sent me to bring good news [to the] oppressed, to bind up {the brokenhearted}, to {proclaim} release to [the] captives and liberation to those who are bound,
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Isaiah 61:1 NAS
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted , To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
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Isaiah 61:1 NCV
The Lord God has put his Spirit in me, because the Lord has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken, to tell the captives they are free, and to tell the prisoners they are released.
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Isaiah 61:1 NIRV
The Spirit of the LORD and King is on me. The LORD has anointed me to tell the good news to poor people. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts have been broken. He has sent me to announce freedom for those who have been captured. He wants me to set prisoners free from their dark prisons.
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Isaiah 61:1 NIV
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
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Isaiah 61:1 NKJV
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 NLT
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.
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Isaiah 61:1 NRS
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;
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Isaiah 61:1 RSV
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; 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;
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Isaiah 61:1 DBY
The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me, because Jehovah hath anointed me to announce glad tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 MSG
The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
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Isaiah 61:1 WBT
The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to publish good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 TMB
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound,
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Isaiah 61:1 TNIV
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
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Isaiah 61:1 WEB
The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to those who are bound;
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Isaiah 61:1 WYC
The spirit of the Lord is [up]on me, for the Lord anointed me; he sent me to tell [out] to mild men, that I should heal men contrite in heart, and preach forgiveness to captives, and opening to prisoners; (The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the Lord hath anointed me; he sent me to tell to the humble, or to the meek, that I will heal people contrite in heart, and preach forgiveness to captives, and freedom to prisoners;)
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Isaiah 61:1 YLT
The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah [is] on me, Because Jehovah did anoint me To proclaim tidings to the humble, He sent me to bind the broken of heart, To proclaim to captives liberty, And to bound ones an opening of bands.
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Isaiah 61 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 61

The Messiah, his character and office. (1-3) His promises of the future blessedness of the church. (4-9) The church praises God for these mercies. (10,11)

Verses 1-3 The prophets had the Holy Spirit of God at times, teaching them what to say, and causing them to say it; but Christ had the Spirit always, without measure, to qualify him, as man, for the work to which he was appointed. The poor are commonly best disposed to receive the gospel, ( James 2:5 ) ; and it is only likely to profit us when received with meekness. To such as are poor in spirit, Christ preached good tidings when he said, Blessed are the meek. Christ's satisfaction is accepted. By the dominion of sin in us, we are bound under the power of Satan; but the Son is ready, by his Spirit, to make us free; and then we shall be free indeed. Sin and Satan were to be destroyed; and Christ triumphed over them on his cross. But the children of men, who stand out against these offers, shall be dealt with as enemies. Christ was to be a Comforter, and so he is; he is sent to comfort all who mourn, and who seek to him, and not to the world, for comfort. He will do all this for his people, that they may abound in the fruits of righteousness, as the branches of God's planting. Neither the mercy of God, the atonement of Christ, nor the gospel of grace, profit the self-sufficient and proud. They must be humbled, and led to know their own character and wants, by the Holy Spirit, that they may see and feel their need of the sinner's Friend and Saviour. His doctrine contains glad tidings indeed to those who are humbled before God.

Verses 4-9 Promises are here made to the Jews returned out of captivity, which extend to all those who, through grace, are delivered out of spiritual thraldom. An unholy soul is like a city that is broken down, and has no walls, like a house in ruins; but by the power of Christ's gospel and grace, it is fitted to be a habitation of God, through the Spirit. When, by the grace of God, we attain to holy indifference as to the affairs of this world; when, though our hands are employed about them, our hearts are not entangled with them, but preserved entire for God and his service, then the sons of the alien are our ploughmen and vine-dressers. Those whom He sets at liberty, he sets to work. His service is perfect freedom; it is the greatest honour. All believers are made, to our God, kings and priests; and always ought to conduct themselves as such. Those who have the Lord for their portion, have reason to say, that they have worthy portion, and to rejoice in it. In the fulness of heaven's joys we shall receive more than double for all our services and sufferings. God desires truth, and therefore hates all injustice. Nor will it justify any man's robbery to say, it was for burnt-offerings; and that robbery is most hateful which is under this pretence. Let the children of godly parents be such, that all may see the fruits of a good education; an answer to the prayers for them, in the fruit of God's blessing.

Verses 10-11 Those only shall be clothed with the garments of salvation hereafter, that are covered with the robe of Christ's righteousness now, and by the sanctification of the Spirit have God's image renewed upon them. These blessings shall spring forth for ages to come, as the fruits of the earth. So duly, so constantly, and with such advantage to mankind, will the Lord God cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. They shall spread far; the great salvation shall be published and proclaimed, to the ends of the earth. Let us be earnest in prayer, that the Lord God may cause that righteousness to spring forth among us, which constitutes the excellence and glory of the Christian profession.

Isaiah 61 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 61

Isaiah 61:1-11 . MESSIAH'S OFFICES: RESTORATION OF ISRAEL.

Messiah announces His twofold commission to bring gospel mercy at His first coming, and judgments on unbelievers and comfort to Zion at His second coming ( Isaiah 61:1-9 ); the language can be applied to Isaiah, comforting by his prophecies the exiles in Babylon, only in a subordinate sense.

1. is upon me; because . . . hath anointed me--quoted by Jesus as His credentials in preaching ( Luke 4:18-21 ). The Spirit is upon Me in preaching, because Jehovah hath anointed Me from the womb ( Luke 1:35 ), and at baptism, with the Spirit "without measure," and permanently "abiding" on Me ( Isaiah 11:2 , John 1:32 , 3:34 , Psalms 45:7 ; with which compare 1 Kings 1:39 1 Kings 1:40 1 Kings 19:16 , Exodus 29:7 ). "Anointed" as Messiah, Prophet, Priest, and King.
good tidings--as the word "gospel" means.
the meek--rather, "the poor," as Luke 4:18 has it; that is, those afflicted with calamity, poor in circumstances and in spirit ( Matthew 11:5 ).
proclaim liberty--( John 8:31-36 ). Language drawn from the deliverance of the Babylonian captives, to describe the deliverance from sin and death ( Hebrews 2:15 ); also from the "liberty proclaimed" to all bond-servants in the year of jubilee ( Isaiah 61:2 , Leviticus 25:10 , Jeremiah 34:8 Jeremiah 34:9 ).
opening of the prison--The Hebrew rather is, "the most complete opening," namely, of the eyes to them that are bound, that is, deliverance from prison, for captives are as it were blind in the darkness of prison ( Isaiah 14:17 , 35:5 , 42:7 ) [EWALD]. So Luke 4:18 and the Septuagint interpret it; Luke 4:18 , under inspiration, adds to this, for the fuller explanation of the single clause in the Hebrew, "to set at liberty them that are bruised"; thus expressing the double "opening" implied; namely, that of the eyes ( John 9:39 ), and that of the prison ( Romans 6:18 , Romans 7:24 Romans 7:25 Hebrews 2:15 ). His miracles were acted parables.

2. acceptable year--the year of jubilee on which "liberty was proclaimed to the captives" ( Isaiah 61:1 2 Corinthians 6:2 ).
day of vengeance--The "acceptable time of grace" is a "year"; the time of "vengeance" but "a day" (so Isaiah 34:8 , 63:4 , Malachi 4:1 ). Jesus ( Luke 4:20 Luke 4:21 ) "closed the book" before this clause; for the interval from His first to His second coming is "the acceptable year"; the day of vengeance" will not be till He comes again ( 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 ).
our God--The saints call Him "our God"; for He cometh to "avenge" them ( Revelation 6:10 , 19:2 ).
all that mourn--The "all" seems to include the spiritual Israelite mourners, as well as the literal, who are in Isaiah 61:3 called "them that mourn in Zion," and to whom Isaiah 57:18 refers.

3. To appoint . . . to give--The double verb, with the one and the same accusative, imparts glowing vehemence to the style.
beauty for ashes--There is a play on the sound and meaning of the Hebrew words, peer, epher, literally, "ornamental headdress" or tiara ( Ezekiel 24:17 ), worn in times of joy, instead of a headdress of "ashes," cast on the head in mourning ( 2 Samuel 13:19 ).
oil of joy--Perfumed ointment was poured on the guests at joyous feasts ( Psalms 23:5 , Psalms 45:7 Psalms 45:8 , Amos 6:6 ). On occasions of grief its use was laid aside ( 2 Samuel 14:2 ).
garment of praise--bright-colored garments, indicative of thankfulness, instead of those that indicate despondency, as sackcloth ( John 16:20 ).
trees of righteousness--Hebrew, terebinth trees; symbolical of men strong in righteousness, instead of being, as heretofore, bowed down as a reed with sin and calamity ( Isaiah 1:29 Isaiah 1:30 , Isaiah 42:3 , 1 Kings 14:15 , Psalms 1:3 , 92:12-14 , Jeremiah 17:8 ).
planting of . . .
that he might be glorified--( John 15:8 ).

4. old wastes--Jerusalem and the cities of Judah which long lay in

5. stand--shall wait on you as servants ( Isaiah 14:1 Isaiah 14:2 , 60:10 ).

6. But ye--as contrasted with the strangers. Ye shall have no need to attend to your flocks and lands: "strangers" will do that for you; your exclusive business will be the service of Jehovah as His "priests" ( Exodus 19:6 , which remains yet to be realized; compare as to the spiritual Israel, Isaiah 66:21 , 1 Peter 2:5 1 Peter 2:9 , Revelation 1:6 , 5:10 ).
Ministers--( Ezekiel 44:11 ).
eat . . . riches of . . . Gentiles--( Isaiah 60:5-11 ).
in their glory . . . boast yourselves--rather, "in their splendor ye shall be substituted in their stead"; ye shall substitute yourselves [MAURER].

7. double--Instead of your past share, ye shall have not merely as much, but "double" as much reward ( Isaiah 40:2 , Zechariah 9:12 ; compare the third clause in this verse).
confusion--rather, "humiliation," or "contumely."
rejoice--They shall celebrate with jubilation their portion [MAURER]. Transition from the second to the third person.
in their land--marking the reference to literal Israel, not to the Church at large.
everlasting joy--( Isaiah 35:10 ).

8. judgment--justice, which requires that I should restore My people, and give them double in compensation for their sufferings.
robbery for burnt offering--rather, from a different Hebrew root, the spoil of iniquity [HORSLEY]. So in Job 5:6 . Hating, as I do, the rapine, combined with iniquity, perpetrated on My people by their enemies, I will vindicate Israel.
direct . . . work in truth--rather, "I will give them the reward of their work" (compare Isaiah 40:10 , Margin; Isaiah 49:4 , Margin; Isaiah 62:11 , Margin).

9. known--honorably; shall be illustrious ( Psalms 67:2 ).
people--rather, "peoples."
seed . . . blessed--( Isaiah 65:23 ).

10. Zion ( Isaiah 61:3 ) gives thanks for God's returning favor (compare Luke 1:46 Luke 1:47 , Habakkuk 3:18 ).
salvation . . . righteousness--inseparably connected together. The "robe" is a loose mantle thrown over the other parts of the dress ( Psalms 132:9 Psalms 132:16 , 149:4 , Revelation 21:2 , 19:8 ).
decketh himself with ornaments--rather "maketh himself a priestly headdress," that is, a magnificent headdress, such as was worn by the high priest, namely, a miter and a plate, or crown of gold worn in front of it [AQUILA, &c.]; appropriate to the "kingdom of priests," dedicated to the offering of spiritual sacrifices to God continually ( Exodus 19:6 , Revelation 5:10 , 20:6 ).
jewels--rather, "ornaments" in general [BARNES].

11. ( Isaiah 45:8 , Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 , Psalms 72:3 , 85:11 ).
bud--the tender shoots.
praise--( Isaiah 60:18 , 62:7 ).