Exaltation of the Afflicted

61 The (A)Spirit of the Lord [a]God is upon me,
Because the Lord anointed me
To (B)bring good news to the (C)humble;
He has sent me to (D)bind up the brokenhearted,
To (E)proclaim [b]release to captives
And [c]freedom to prisoners;
To (F)proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the (G)day of vengeance of our God;
To (H)comfort all who mourn,
To (I)grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The (J)oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The cloak of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.
So they will be called [d](K)oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Then they will (L)rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
(M)Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks,
And [e]foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
But you will be called the (N)priests of the Lord;
You will be spoken of as (O)ministers of our God.
You will eat the (P)wealth of nations,
And you will boast in their [f]riches.
Instead of your (Q)shame you will have a (R)double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
(S)Everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, the Lord, (T)love justice,
I hate robbery [g]in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their reward,
And make an (U)everlasting covenant with them.
Then their offspring will be known among the nations,
And their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them will recognize them
Because they are the (V)offspring whom the Lord has blessed.

10 I will (W)rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will be joyful in (X)my God;
For He has (Y)clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a groom puts on a turban,
And (Z)as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the (AA)earth produces its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord [h]God will (AB)cause (AC)righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.

Zion’s Glory and New Name

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her (AD)righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her (AE)salvation like a torch that is burning.
The (AF)nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new (AG)name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.
You will also be a (AH)crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
And a royal headband in the hand of your God.
It will no longer be said to you, “[i](AI)Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “[j]Desolate”;
But you will be called, “[k]My delight is in her,”
And your land, “[l](AJ)Married”;
For the (AK)Lord delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the [m]groom rejoices over the bride,
So your (AL)God will rejoice over you.

On your walls, Jerusalem, I have appointed (AM)watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
You who (AN)profess the Lord, take no rest for yourselves;
And (AO)give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes (AP)Jerusalem an object of praise on the earth.
(AQ)The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His mighty arm:
“I will (AR)never again give your grain as food for your enemies,
Nor will [n]foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”
But those who (AS)harvest it will eat it and praise the Lord;
And those who gather it will drink it in the courtyards of My sanctuary.

10 Go through, (AT)go through the gates,
Clear a way [o]for the people!
(AU)Build up, build up the (AV)highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a (AW)flag over the peoples.
11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the (AX)end of the earth:
(AY)Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your (AZ)salvation is coming;
(BA)Behold His reward is with Him, and His compensation before Him.”
12 And they will call them, “(BB)The holy people,
The (BC)redeemed of the Lord”;
And you will be called, “Sought Out, A City (BD)Not Abandoned.”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 61:1 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  2. Isaiah 61:1 Or liberty
  3. Isaiah 61:1 Lit opening to those who are bound
  4. Isaiah 61:3 Or terebinths
  5. Isaiah 61:5 Lit sons of the foreigner
  6. Isaiah 61:6 Or glory
  7. Isaiah 61:8 Or with malice
  8. Isaiah 61:11 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  9. Isaiah 62:4 I.e., Azubah
  10. Isaiah 62:4 I.e., Shemamah
  11. Isaiah 62:4 I.e., Hephzibah
  12. Isaiah 62:4 I.e., Beulah
  13. Isaiah 62:5 Lit joy of the groom is over
  14. Isaiah 62:8 Lit sons of foreigners
  15. Isaiah 62:10 Lit of