Isaiah 61

Exaltation of the Afflicted

1 The 1Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To 2bring good news to the 3afflicted; He has sent me to 4bind up the brokenhearted *, To 5proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
2 To 6proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the 7day of vengeance of our God; To 8comfort all who mourn,
3 To 9grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The 10oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called 11oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
4 Then they will 12rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5 13Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners * will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
6 But you will be called the 14priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as 15ministers of our God. You will eat the 16wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your 17shame you will have a 18double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, 19Everlasting joy will be theirs.
8 For I, the LORD, 20love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense And make an 21everlasting covenant with them.
9 Then their offspring will be known among the nations, And their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them Because they are the 22offspring whom the LORD has blessed.
10 I will 23rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in 24my God; For He has 25clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And 26as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the 27earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will 28cause 29righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.
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