The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 61

The office of Christ, 1-3. The forwardness, 4-6, and blessings of the faithful, 7-11.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me/
because the LORD has anointed me/
to publish good tidings to the meek./
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,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD/
and the day of vengeance of our God,/
to comfort all who mourn,

To appoint to those who mourn in Zion,/
to give to them beauty for ashes,/
the oil of joy for mourning,/
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness./
And they will be called trees of righteousness,/
the planting of the LORD, so that he may be glorified.

And they shall build the old wastes,/
they shall raise up the former desolations,/
and they shall repair the waste cities,/
the desolations of many generations.

And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,/
and the sons of the foreigner/
shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers.

But you shall be named Priests of the LORD./
Men shall call you Ministers of Our God./
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,/
and in their glory you shall boast yourselves.

Instead of your shame you shall have double./
Instead of disgrace they shall rejoice in their portion./
Therefore, in their land they shall possess the double./
Everlasting joy shall be to them.

"For I, the LORD, love judgment./
I hate robbery for burnt-offering./
I will direct their work in truth/
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

And their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles/
and their offspring among the people./
All who see them shall acknowledge them,/
that they are a people the LORD has blessed."

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD./
My soul shall be joyful in my God./
He has clothed me with the garments of salvation./
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,/
as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments/
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth her bud/
and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,/
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise/
to spring forth before all the nations.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 61[➚]


[v.1] - Quoted in Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18, 7:22.

[v.2] - Quoted in Luke 4:19.