Year of the Lordís Favor
61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because
the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the
meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound;
61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the
day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto
them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they
might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the
LORD, that he might be glorified.
61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise
up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste
cities, the desolations of many generations.
61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and
the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your
61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men
shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the
riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast
61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion
they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land
they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto
61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt
offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will
make an everlasting covenant with them.
61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and
their offspring among the people: all that see them shall
acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath
61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be
joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments
of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of
righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with
ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the
garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring
forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.