Joyful proclamations
1The LORD God’s spirit is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me.
He has sent me
to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim release for captives,
and liberation for prisoners,
2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and a day of vindication for our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3to provide for Zion’s mourners,
to give them a crown in place of ashes,
oil of joy in place of mourning,
a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
planted by the LORD to glorify himself.
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore formerly deserted places;
they will renew ruined cities,
places deserted in generations past.
5Foreigners will stay and shepherd your sheep,
and strangers will be your farmers and vinedressers.
6You will be called The Priests of the LORD;
Ministers of Our God, they will say about you.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and fatten#Heb uncertain yourself on their riches.
7Instead of shame, their#Or your portion will be double;
instead of disgrace, they will rejoice over their share.
They will possess a double portion in their land;
everlasting joy will be theirs.
8I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and dishonesty.#Heb manuscripts, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT robbery with an entirely burned offering
I will faithfully give them their wage,
and make with them an enduring covenant.
9Their offspring will be known among the nations,
and their descendants among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize
that they are a people blessed by the LORD.
10I surely rejoice in the LORD;
my heart is joyful because of my God,
because he has clothed me with clothes of victory,
wrapped me in a robe of righteousness
like a bridegroom in a priestly crown,
and like a bride adorned in jewelry.
11As the earth puts out its growth,
and as a garden grows its seeds,
so the LORD God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations.