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Isaiah 61

61
LXI
1The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me;
Because Jehovah hath anointed me to publish glad tidings unto the afflicted;
He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
2To proclain the acceptable year of Jehovah,
And the day of vengeance of our God:
To comfort all that mourn;
3To appoint unto the mourners of Zion,
Yea, to give unto them ornament instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of sorrow,
The garment of praise instead of a desponding spirit;
That they might be called: The Trees of Righteousness,
The Plantation of Jehovah, that He might be glorified.
4And they shall build up the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations;
And shall repair the cities laid waste,
The desolations of many generations.
5And strangers shall stand up and feed your flocks;
And the sons of the alien shall be your husbandmen and vine-dressers.
6But ye shall be named, The Priests of Jehovah;
Men shall call you, The Ministers of our God:
Ye shall eat the riches of the nations,
And in their glory shall ye make your boast.
7Instead of your shame, ye shall have double;
And instead of reproach, they shall rejoice in their portion;
For in their land a double share shall they inherit:
Everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8For I Jehovah love jugment;
I hate rapine and iniquity;
And I will give them the reward of their work with faithfulness;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9And their seed shall be known among the nations,
And their offspring in the midst of the people:
All that see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are a seed which Jehovah hath blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation;
He hath covered me with the mantle of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth bringeth forth her bud;
And as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth:
So shall the Lord Jehovah cause righteousness and praise to spring forth,
In the presence of all the nations.

Isaiah 61

61
The Good News of Victory
1 # Mt 11.5; Lk 7.22. #Lk 4.18,19. The Spirit of the Lord God
has taken control of me!
The Lord has chosen and sent me
to tell the oppressed
the good news,
to heal the brokenhearted,
and to announce freedom
for prisoners and captives.
2 # Mt 5.4. This is the year
when the Lord God
will show kindness to us
and punish our enemies.
The Lord has sent me
to comfort those who mourn,
3especially in Jerusalem.
He sent me to give them flowers
in place of their sorrow,
olive oil in place of tears,
and joyous praise
in place of broken hearts.
They will be called
“Trees of Justice,”
planted by the Lord
to honor his name.
4Then they will rebuild cities
that have been in ruins
for many generations.
5They will hire foreigners
to take care of their sheep
and their vineyards.
6But they themselves will be
priests and servants
of the Lord our God.
The treasures of the nations
will belong to them,
and they will be famous.#61.6 and … famous: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
7They were terribly insulted
and horribly mistreated;
now they will be greatly blessed
and joyful forever.
The Lord Loves Justice
8I, the Lord, love justice!
But I hate robbery
and injustice.#61.8 But … injustice: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
My people, I solemnly promise
to reward you
with an eternal agreement.
9Your descendants will be known
in every nation.
All who see them will realize
that they have been blessed,
by me, the Lord.
Celebrate and Shout
10 # Rev 21.2. I celebrate and shout
because of my Lord God.
His saving power and justice
are the very clothes I wear.
They are more beautiful
than the jewelry worn
by a bride or groom.
11The Lord will bring about
justice and praise
in every nation on earth,
like flowers blooming
in a garden.