1The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me
to preach good news to the humble; he has sent me to bind up the
broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to those who are bound;
2to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s
favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
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.
4They shall build the old wastes, they shall raise
up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the
desolations of many generations.
5Strangers shall stand and feed your
flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
you shall be named the priests of Yahweh; men shall call you the
ministers of our God: you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in
their glory shall you boast yourselves.
7Instead of your shame
you shall have double; and instead of dishonor they shall
rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double;
everlasting joy shall be to them.
8For I, Yahweh, love justice, I hate
robbery with iniquity; and I will give them their recompense in truth, and I
will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their seed shall be known
among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them
shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which Yahweh has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall 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.
11For as the earth brings
forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to
spring forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to
spring forth before all the nations.