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