Isaiah 61
The good news of victory
1The Spirit of the LORD God#Mt 11.5; Lk 7.22.#Lk 4.18,19.
has taken control of me!
The LORD has chosen and sent me
to tell the oppressed
the good news,
to heal the brokenhearted,
and to announce freedom
for prisoners and captives.
2This is the year#Mt 5.4.
when the LORD God
will show kindness to us
and punish our enemies.
The LORD has sent me
to comfort those who mourn,
3especially in Jerusalem.
He sent me to give them flowers
in place of their sorrow,
olive oil in place of tears,
and joyous praise
in place of broken hearts.
They will be called
“Trees of Justice”,
planted by the LORD
to honour his name.
4Then they will rebuild cities
that have been in ruins
for many generations.
5They will hire foreigners
to take care of their sheep
and their vineyards.
6But they themselves will be
priests and servants
of the LORD our God.
The treasures of the nations
will belong to them,
and they will be famous.#61.6 and…famous: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
7They were terribly insulted
and horribly ill-treated;
now they will be greatly blessed
and joyful for ever.
The LORD loves justice
8I, the LORD, love justice!
But I hate robbery
and injustice.#61.8 But…injustice: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
My people, I solemnly promise
to reward you
with an eternal agreement.
9Your descendants will be known
in every nation.
All who see them will realize
that they have been blessed,
by me, the LORD.
Celebrate and shout
10I celebrate and shout#Rev 21.2.
because of my LORD God.
His saving power and justice
are the very clothes I wear.
They are more beautiful
than the jewellery worn
by a bride or a groom.
11The LORD will bring about
justice and praise
in every nation on earth,
like flowers blooming
in a garden.