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1 The Spirit of my Lord Jehovah is upon me,for Jehovah has anointed meto announce good tidings to the lowly;he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand the opening of the eyes to the bound, 2 to herald the year of Jehovah’s favorand the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn: 3 to endow those who mourn in Zion,bestowing upon them a priestly headpiecein place of ashes,the festal anointing in place of mourning,a resplendent robe in place of a downcast spirit.They shall be called oaks of righteousnessplanted by Jehovah for his glory.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins,raise up the old waste places;they will renew the desolate citiesdemolished generations ago. 5 Aliens will tend and pasture your flocks;foreigners will be your farmhands and vinedressers.
6 But you shall be called the priests of Jehovahand referred to as the ministers of our God.You shall feed on the wealth of the nationsand be gratified with their choicest provision. 7 Because theira shame was twofold,and shouted insults were their lot,therefore in their landshall their inheritance be twofoldand everlasting joy be theirs.
8 For I Jehovah love just dealingsbut I abhor extortion in those who sacrificeand I will appoint them a sure reward;I will make with them an eternal covenant. 9 Their offspring shall be renowned among the nations,their posterity in the midst of the peoples;all who see them will acknowledgethat they are of the lineage Jehovah has blessed.
10 I rejoice exceedingly in Jehovah;my soul delights in my God.For he clothes me in garments of salvation,he arrays me in a robe of righteousnesslike a bridegroom dressed in priestly attire,or a bride adorned with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its vegetation,and as a garden causes what is sown to spring up in it,so will my Lord Jehovahcause righteousness and praise to spring upin the presence of all nations.


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