The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 sThe Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has tanointed me

to bring good news to the poor;1

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and uthe opening of the prison to those who are bound;2

  vto proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

wand the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

  to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

xto give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

ythe oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

zthat they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, athat he may be glorified.3

  bThey shall build up the ancient ruins;

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

  cStrangers shall stand and tend your flocks;

foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;

  dbut you shall be called the priests of the Lord;

they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;

eyou shall eat the wealth of the nations,

and in their glory you shall boast.

  fInstead of your shame there shall be a double portion;

instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;

therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;

they shall have everlasting joy.

  gFor I the Lord love justice;

I hate robbery and wrong;4

hI will faithfully give them their recompense,

iand I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

  Their offspring shall be known among the nations,

and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge them,

that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.

  10  jI will greatly rejoice in the Lord;

my soul shall exult in my God,

kfor he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself llike a priest with a beautiful headdress,

mand as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

  11  For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord God will cause nrighteousness and praise

to sprout up before all the nations.

s

ch. 11:2; 42:1; 48:16; Cited Luke 4:18, 19

t
1

Or afflicted

u
2

Or the opening [of the eyes] to those who are blind; Septuagint and recovery of sight to the blind

v
w

ch. 34:8

x

ver. 10; [ch. 28:5]

y
z

[ch. 60:21]

a
3

Or that he may display his beauty

b

Amos 9:14; See ch. 58:12

c

ch. 14:2; [ch. 60:10]

d
e

ch. 60:5, 11, 16

f

ch. 40:2; [ch. 54:7, 8; Zech. 9:12]

g

Ps. 11:7; [ch. 59:15]

4

Or robbery with a burnt offering

h

ch. 40:10; 49:4

i

See ch. 55:3

j
k
l

ver. 3

m
n

[ch. 60:18; 62:7]

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