61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to those who are bound;
61:2 to proclaim the year of Yahweh's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
61:3 to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified.
61:4 And they will build the old wastes, they will raise up the former desolations, and they will repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
61:5 And strangers will stand and shepherd your+ flocks, and foreigners will be your+ plowmen and your+ vine-dressers.
61:6 But you+ will be named the priests of Yahweh; men will call you+ the ministers of our God: you+ will eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you+ will boast yourselves.
61:7 Instead of your+ shame [you+ will have] double; and instead of dishonor they will rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they will possess double; everlasting joy will be to them.
61:8 For I, Yahweh, love justice, I hate robbery with burnt-offerings; and I will give them their recompense in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
61:9 And their seed will be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples: all who see them will acknowledge them, that they are the seed which Yahweh has blessed.
61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul will be joyful 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.
61:11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Sovereign Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
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