Good News for the Oppressed
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the
Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to
comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the
Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their
3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes,
joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the Lord has
planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities long
ago destroyed. They will revive them, though they have been empty for many
5 Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your
flocks and plow your fields and tend your vineyards.
6 You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our
God. You will be fed with the treasures of the nations and will boast in
7 Instead of shame and dishonor, you will inherit a double
portion of prosperity and everlasting joy.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and
wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make
an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known and honored among the
nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has
10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has
dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of
righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with
11 The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of
the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a
garden in early spring, filled with young plants springing up