The Year of the Lord’s Favor
1 # ch. 11:2; 42:1; 48:16; Cited Luke 4:18, 19 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has #Ps. 45:7 anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;#61:1 Or afflicted
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and #ch. 45:13; Ps. 146:7the opening of the prison to those who are bound;#61:1 Or the opening [of the eyes] to those who are blind; Septuagint and recovery of sight to the blind
2 # [Lev. 25:10] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
# ch. 34:8 and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
# ver. 10; [ch. 28:5] to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9 the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
# [ch. 60:21] that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, #John 15:8that he may be glorified.#61:3 Or that he may display his beauty
Amos 9:14; See ch. 58:12 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
5 # ch. 14:2; [ch. 60:10] Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
Ex. 19:6; 1 Pet. 2:9; [Joel 1:9] but you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
# ch. 60:5, 11, 16 you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their glory you shall boast.
7 # ch. 40:2; [ch. 54:7, 8; Zech. 9:12] Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;
instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;
they shall have everlasting joy.
Ps. 11:7; [ch. 59:15] For I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;#61:8 Or robbery with a burnt offering
# ch. 40:10; 49:4 I will faithfully give them their recompense,
# See ch. 55:3 and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
Hab. 3:18 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
# [ch. 59:17; Zech. 3:4] for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself #ver. 3 like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
# ch. 49:18; Rev. 21:2 and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause #[ch. 60:18; 62:7]righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.