Bible: Isaiah 61
The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People
61:1 The spirit of the sovereign
to help 5 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,
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.
foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.
61:6 You will be called, ‘the
servants of our God.’ 15
You will enjoy 16 the wealth of nations
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
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