Bible: Isa 61:4-11

61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins

and restore the places that were desolate; 1 

they will reestablish the ruined cities,

the places that have been desolate since ancient times.

61:5 2 Foreigners will take care of 3  your sheep;

foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.

61:6 You will be called, ‘the Lord’s priests,

servants of our God.’ 4 

You will enjoy 5  the wealth of nations

and boast about 6  the riches you receive from them. 7 

61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; 8 

instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. 9 

Yes, 10  they will possess a double portion in their land

and experience lasting joy.

61:8 For I, the Lord, love justice

and hate robbery and sin.

I will repay them because of my faithfulness; 11 

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

the Lord has blessed them.” 12 

61:10 I 13  will greatly rejoice 14  in the Lord;

I will be overjoyed because of my God. 15 

For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;

he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 16 

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. 17 

61:11 For just as the ground produces its crops

and a garden yields its produce,

so the sovereign Lord will cause deliverance 18  to grow,

and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 19 

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