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61 Revised Standard Version Passage

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted Or: poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison Or: the opening of the eyesto those who are bound;
Good news of deliverance. Is.61.1-62.12
2to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
 
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion -
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
 
4They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
 
5Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
 
6but you shall be called the priests of the LORD,
men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
 
7Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion,
instead of dishonor you Heb: they shall rejoice in your Heb: their lot;
therefore in your Heb: their land you Heb: they shall possess a double portion;
yours shall be everlasting joy.
 
8For I the LORD love justice,
I hate robbery and wrong; Or: robbery with a burnt offering
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
 
9Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
 
10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
my soul shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
 
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.
 
1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
until her vindication goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
 
2The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
which the mouth of the LORD will give.
 
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 
4You shall no more be termed Forsaken Heb: Azubah,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate Heb: Shemamah;
but you shall be called My delight is in her Heb: Hephzibah,
and your land Married Heb: Beulah;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
 
5For as a young man marries a virgin,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
 
6Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the LORD in remembrance,
take no rest,
 
7and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
 
8The LORD has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
"I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
 
9but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the LORD,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary."
 
10Go through, go through the gates,
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
clear it of stones,
lift up an ensign over the peoples.
 
11Behold, the LORD has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
"Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him."
 
12And they shall be called The holy people,
The redeemed of the LORD;
and you shall be called Sought out,
a city not forsaken.
 

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