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Isaiah 61 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

The Year of Yahweh’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me,
    because Yahweh has anointed me,
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,[a]
to proclaim[b] release to the captives
    and liberation to those who are bound,
to proclaim[c] the year of Yahweh’s favor,
    and our God’s day of vengeance,
to comfort all those in mourning,
    to give[d] for those in mourning in Zion,
to give them a head wrap instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
    a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.
And they will be called[e] oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of Yahweh, to show his glory.
And they shall build the ancient ruins,
    they shall erect the former deserted places.
And they shall restore the devastated cities,[f]
    the deserted places of many generations.[g]
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,[h]
    and foreigners[i] shall be your farmers and vinedressers.
But[j] you shall be called the priests of Yahweh,
    you will be called[k] servers of our God.
You shall eat the wealth of the nations,
    and you shall boast in their riches.
Instead of your shame, a double portion,
    and instead of insult, they will rejoice over their portion.
Therefore they will take a double portion in their land;
    they shall possess everlasting joy.[l]
For I, Yahweh, love justice,
    hate robbery and[m] injustice,
and I will faithfully[n] give their reward,
    and I will make[o] an everlasting covenant with[p] them.
And their descendants[q] will be known among the nations,
    and their offspring in the midst of the peoples.
All those who see them shall recognize them,
    that they are descendants[r] whom Yahweh has blessed.
10 I will rejoice greatly in Yahweh;
    my being shall shout in exultation in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns himself with a head wrap like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewelry.
11 For as the earth produces[s] its sprout,
    and as a garden makes its plants sprout,
so the Lord Yahweh will make righteousness sprout,
    and praise before all the nations.


  1. Isaiah 61:1 Literally “those broken of heart”
  2. Isaiah 61:1 Literally “call”
  3. Isaiah 61:2 Literally “call”
  4. Isaiah 61:3 Literally “place”
  5. Isaiah 61:3 Literally “it will be called to them”
  6. Isaiah 61:4 Literally “cities of devastation”
  7. Isaiah 61:4 Literally “generation and generation”
  8. Isaiah 61:5 Hebrew “flock”
  9. Isaiah 61:5 Literally “sons of a foreign country”
  10. Isaiah 61:6 Or “And”
  11. Isaiah 61:6 Literally “it shall be said of you”
  12. Isaiah 61:7 Literally “possession of joy everlasting shall be for them”
  13. Isaiah 61:8 Or “in”
  14. Isaiah 61:8 Literally “in the faithfulness”
  15. Isaiah 61:8 Literally “cut”
  16. Isaiah 61:8 Literally “to”
  17. Isaiah 61:9 Hebrew “descendant”
  18. Isaiah 61:9 Hebrew “descendant”
  19. Isaiah 61:11 Literally “brings out”
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Isaiah 61 New International Version (NIV)

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
    foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
    you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
    and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shame
    you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
    you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
    and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
    that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
    and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.


  1. Isaiah 61:1 Hebrew; Septuagint the blind
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