Isaiah 61:2-3

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:2-3 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 10

  • 1. S Isaiah 49:8; S Luke 4:18-19*
  • 2. S Isaiah 1:24; Isaiah 34:8
  • 3. S Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 57:18; Matthew 5:4
  • 4. S Job 5:11; Luke 6:21
  • 5. S Isaiah 3:23
  • 6. S Job 2:8
  • 7. S Ruth 3:3; S Isaiah 1:6; Hebrews 1:9
  • 8. Jeremiah 31:13; Matthew 5:4
  • 9. Psalms 1:3; Psalms 92:12-13; Matthew 15:13; 1 Corinthians 3:9
  • 10. S Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 60:20-21
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