The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People
61:1 The spirit of the sovereign
He has commissioned3 me to encourage4 the poor,
to help5 the brokenhearted,
to decree the release of captives,
and the freeing of prisoners,
61:2 to announce the year when the
the day when our God will seek vengeance,6
to console all who mourn,
61:3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,
by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,
oil symbolizing joy,7 instead of mourning,
a garment symbolizing praise,8 instead of discouragement.9
They will be called oaks of righteousness,10
trees planted by the
61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins
and restore the places that were desolate;12
they will reestablish the ruined cities,
the places that have been desolate since ancient times.
61:513 “Foreigners will take care of14 your sheep;
foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.
61:6 You will be called, ‘the
servants of our God.’15
You will enjoy16 the wealth of nations
and boast about17 the riches you receive from them.18
61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion;19
instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive.20
Yes,21 they will possess a double portion in their land
and experience lasting joy.
61:8 For I, the
and hate robbery and sin.
I will repay them because of my faithfulness;22
I will make a permanent covenant with them.
61:9 Their descendants will be known among the nations,
their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize that
61:10 I24 will greatly rejoice25 in the
I will be overjoyed because of my God.26
For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;
he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication.27
I look like a bridegroom when he wears a turban as a priest would;
I look like a bride when she puts on her jewelry.28
61:11 For just as the ground produces its crops
and a garden yields its produce,
so the sovereign
and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations.30