Bible: Isaiah 61:1-6

The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People

61:1 The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me,

because the Lord has chosen 1  me. 2 

He has commissioned 3  me to encourage 4  the poor,

to help 5  the brokenhearted,

to decree the release of captives,

and the freeing of prisoners,

61:2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor,

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 Lord to reveal his splendor. 11 

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.

61:5 13 Foreigners will take care of 14  your sheep;

foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.

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

servants of our God.’ 15 

You will enjoy 16  the wealth of nations

and boast about 17  the riches you receive from them. 18 

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