Isaiah 61 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Year of Yahweh’s Favor

1 [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},a to {proclaim}b release to [the] captives and liberation to those who are bound, 2 to {proclaim}c [the] year of Yahweh's favor, and our God's day of vengeance, to comfort all those in mourning, 3 to {give}d for those in mourning in Zion, to give them a head wrap instead of ashes, [the] oil of joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. And {they will be called}e oaks of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, to show his glory. 4 And they shall build [the] ancient ruins, they shall erect [the] former deserted [places]. And they shall restore [the] {devastated cities},f [the] deserted [places] of {many generations}.g 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,h and {foreigners}i [shall be] your farmers and vinedressers. 6 Butj you shall be called the priests of Yahweh, {you will be called}k servers of our God. You shall eat [the] wealth of [the] nations, and you shall boast in their riches. 7 Instead of your shame, a double portion, and [instead of] insult, they will rejoice [over] their portion. Therefore they will take a double portion in their land; {they shall possess everlasting joy}.l 8 For I, Yahweh, love justice, hate robbery andm injustice, and I will {faithfully}n give their reward, and I will {make}o an everlasting covenant {with}p them. 9 And their descendantsq will be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples. All those who see them shall recognize them, that they [are] descendantsr [whom] Yahweh has blessed. 10 I will rejoice greatly in Yahweh; my being shall shout in exultation in my God. For he has clothed me [with] garments of salvation, he has covered me [with the] robe of righteousness, as [a] bridegroom adorns [himself] [with] a head wrap like a priest, and as [a] bride adorns herself [with] her jewelry. 11 For as the earth {produces}s its sprout, and as a garden makes its plants sprout, so the Lord Yahweh will make righteousness sprout, and praise before all the nations.
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