The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit(A) of the Sovereign Lord(B) is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed(C) me
    to proclaim good news(D) to the poor.(E)
He has sent me to bind up(F) the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom(G) for the captives(H)
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 61:1 Hebrew; Septuagint the blind

Freedom for Slaves

The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people(A) in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom(B) for the slaves.

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15 Recently you repented and did what is right in my sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to your own people.(A) You even made a covenant before me in the house that bears my Name.(B)

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17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you,(A) declares the Lord—‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague(B) and famine.(C) I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.(D)

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19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 4:19 Isaiah 61:1,2 (see Septuagint); Isaiah 58:6