|The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, |
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
|Good news of deliverance. Is.61.1-62.12|
|to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, |
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
|to grant to those who mourn in Zion - |
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
|They shall build up the ancient ruins, |
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
|Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks, |
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
|but you shall be called the priests of the LORD, |
men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
|Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion, |
instead of dishonor you shall rejoice in your lot;
therefore in your land you shall possess a double portion;
yours shall be everlasting joy.
|For I the LORD love justice, |
I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
|Their descendants shall be known among the nations, |
and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
|I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, |
my soul shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
|For as the earth brings forth its shoots, |
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.
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