61 The Lord God has put his Spirit in me, because the Lord has ·appointed [anointed] me to ·tell [bring] the good news to the poor. He has sent me to ·comfort [bind up] those whose hearts are broken, to tell the captives they are free, and to tell the prisoners they are released. 2 He has sent me to announce the ·time when the Lord will show his kindness [year of the Lord’s favor; C an allusion to the Year of Jubilee; Lev. 25:10; Luke 4:18–19] and the ·time when our God will punish evil people [L day of vengeance of our God]. He has sent me to comfort all those who ·are sad [mourn] 3 and to help the ·sorrowing [mourning] people of ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C location of the Temple; 59:20]. I will give them a ·crown [garland; headdress] to replace their ashes, and the oil of ·gladness [joy] to replace their ·sorrow [mourning], and ·clothes [a garment] of praise to replace their ·spirit of sadness [discouragement; heavy heart]. Then they will be called ·Trees of Goodness [or Oaks of Righteousness], trees planted by the Lord to show his ·greatness [glory; C manifest presence].
4 They will rebuild the ·old [ancient] ruins and restore the places destroyed long ago [58:12]. They will repair the ruined cities that were destroyed for ·so long [generations].
5 ·Foreigners [Strangers] will come to tend your sheep. ·People from other countries [Foreigners] will ·tend [plow] your fields and vineyards. 6 You will be called priests of the Lord; you will be named the ·servants [ministers] of our God. You will ·have riches from all the nations on earth [L eat the wealth of nations], and ·you will take pride in them [L in their glory you will boast]. 7 Instead of ·being ashamed [your shame], you will receive ·twice as much wealth [a double portion]. Instead of being ·disgraced [dishonored; humiliated], they will ·be happy because of what they receive [L rejoice over their portion]. They will receive a double share of the land, so ·their happiness will continue forever [L everlasting joy will be theirs]. 8 “I, the Lord, love justice. I hate ·stealing [robbery] and ·everything that is wrong [wrongdoing]. ·I will be fair and give my people what they should have [L I will reward/give wages in truth/faithfulness], and I will make an ·agreement [covenant; treaty] with them that will continue forever. 9 ·Everyone in all nations will know the children of my people [L Their descendants/seed will be known among the nations/Gentiles], and their ·children [offspring] will be known among the ·nations [peoples]. Anyone who sees them will know that they are ·people [descendants; seed] the Lord has blessed.”
10 I will ·rejoice [delight] greatly in the Lord; ·all that I am [my soul] ·rejoices [exults] in my God. He has covered me with ·clothes [garments] of salvation and wrapped me with a ·coat [robe] of ·goodness [righteousness], like a bridegroom ·dressed for his wedding [or who adorns himself with a headdress like a priest], like a bride ·dressed in [adorns herself with] jewels. 11 [L For as] The earth causes plants to grow, and a garden causes the seeds planted in it to grow. In the same way the Lord God will make ·goodness [righteousness] and praise ·come [sprout; spring up] ·from [or before; in front of] all the nations.
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