The Year of the Lord’s Favor
1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners,#61:1 Hebrew; LXX to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; cited in Luke 4:18
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor #61:2 Or to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord; cited in Luke 4:19
and the day of our God’s vengeance,
to comfort all who mourn,
3to console the mourners in Zion—
to give them a crown of beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
and a garment of praise for a spirit of despair.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities,
the desolations of many generations.
5Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.
6But you will be called the priests of the Lord;
they will speak of you as ministers of our God;
you will feed on the wealth of nations,
and you will boast in their riches.
7Instead of shame, My people will have a double portion,
and instead of humiliation, they will rejoice in their share;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.
8For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity;
in My faithfulness I will give them their recompense
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their descendants will be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.
10I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
my soul will exult in my God;
for He has clothed me with garments of salvation
and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom wears a priestly headdress,
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its growth,
and as a garden enables seed to spring up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.