1The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, # Is 11:2; 42:1; 48:16; Lk 4:18-19
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor. # Lk 7:22
He has sent Me to heal # Lit bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners; # Is 42:7; 49:9
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, # Is 49:8
and the day of our God’s vengeance; # Is 2:12; 13:6; 34:2,8
to comfort # Is 40:1 all who mourn,
3to provide for those who mourn in Zion;
to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
festive oil instead of mourning, # Ps 45:7; Heb 1:9
and splendid clothes instead of despair. # Lit a dim spirit
And they will be called righteous trees,
planted by the Lord
to glorify Him. # Is 60:21; Jr 17:7-8
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins; # Is 49:8; 58:12; Ezk 36:33; Am 9:14
they will restore the former devastations;
they will renew the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
5Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers. # Is 14:2; 60:10
6But you will be called the Lord’s priests; # Ex 19:6; Is 66:21; 1Pt 2:5,9
they will speak of you as ministers of our God;
you will eat the wealth of the nations,
and you will boast in their riches.
7Because your shame was double, # Is 54:4
and they cried out, “Disgrace is their portion,”
therefore, they will possess double in their land, # Is 40:2; Zch 9:12
and eternal joy will be theirs.
8For I Yahweh love justice; # Ps 11:7; Is 59:15
I hate robbery and injustice; # Some Hb mss, DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; other Hb mss read robbery with a burnt offering
I will faithfully reward them
and make an everlasting covenant # Is 24:5; 55:3 with them.
9Their descendants will be known among the nations,
and their posterity among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.
10I greatly rejoice in the Lord,
I exult in my God;
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation
and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, # Is 49:18; 52:1; 59:17
as a groom wears a turban
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. # Rv 21:2
11For as the earth produces its growth,
and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations. # Is 45:23-24; 60:18,21