Isaiah Chapter 61 |
1The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble,
To bind up the wounded of heart,
To proclaim release to the captives,
Liberation to the imprisoned;
2To proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor
And a day of vindication by our God;
To comfort all who mourn—
3To provide for the mourners in Zion—
To give them a turban instead of ashes,
The festive ointment instead of mourning,
A garment of splendor instead of a drooping spirit.
They shall be called terebinths of victory,
Planted by the Lord for His glory.
4And they shall build the ancient ruins,
Raise up the desolations of old,
And renew the ruined cities,
The desolations of many ages.
5Strangers shall stand and pasture your flocks,
Aliens shall be your plowmen and vine-trimmers;
6While you shall be called “Priests of the Lord,”
And termed “Servants of our God.”
You shall enjoy the wealth of nations
And revel in their riches.
7Because your shame was double—
Men cried, “Disgrace is their portion”—
They shall have a double share in their land,
Joy shall be theirs for all time.
8For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery with a burnt offering.
I will pay them their wages faithfully,
And make a covenant with them for all time.
9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
Their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them shall recognize
That they are a stock the Lord has blessed.
10I greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My whole being exults in my God.
For He has clothed me with garments of triumph,
Wrapped me in a robe of victory,
Like a bridegroom adorned with a turban,
Like a bride bedecked with her finery.
11For as the earth brings forth her growth
And a garden makes the seed shoot up,
So the Lord God will make
Victory and renown shoot up
In the presence of all the nations.