The Year of the Lord's Favor

Isaiah 61

1 "The a Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD b has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me c to 1 heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim d liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 e To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And f the day of vengeance of our God;
g To comfort all who mourn,
3 To 2 console those who mourn in Zion,
h To give them beauty 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,
i The planting of the LORD, j that He may be glorified."
4 And they shall k rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.

5 l Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 m But you shall be named the priests of the LORD,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
n You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
7 o Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

8 "For p I, the LORD, love justice;
q I hate robbery 3 for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
r And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
s That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed."

10 t I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For u He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
v As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord GOD will cause w righteousness and x praise to spring forth before all the nations.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:2
    The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The...
    Matthew 3:17
    And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ...
    Luke 4:18
    The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He h...
    Luke 4:19
    To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.
    John 1:32
    And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spiri...
    John 3:34
    For He whom God has sent speaks the words of Go...
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 45:7
    You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
    Matthew 11:5
    The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
    Luke 7:22
    Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 147:3
    He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:7
    To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
    Acts 10:43
    "To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 25:9
    Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:8
    For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
    Malachi 4:1
    For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.
    Malachi 4:3
    You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this, " Says the LORD of hosts.
    2 Thessalonians 1:7
    And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:18
    I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.
    Jeremiah 31:13
    Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 30:11
    You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:21
    Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.
    Jeremiah 17:7
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.
    Jeremiah 17:8
    For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
  10. Cross References
    John 15:8
    By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:8
    Thus says the LORD: "In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages.
    Isaiah 58:12
    Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
    Ezekiel 36:33
    Thus says the Lord GOD: "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
    Amos 9:14
    I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:12
    That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 19:6
    'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:5
    Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
    Isaiah 60:11
    Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, And their kings in procession.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:2
    "Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD's hand Double for all her sins."
    Zechariah 9:12
    Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 11:7
    For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:11
    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
    Isaiah 1:13
    Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies - I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
  18. Cross References
    Genesis 17:7
    And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
    Psalms 105:10
    And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant.
    Isaiah 55:3
    Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you - The sure mercies of David.
    Jeremiah 32:40
    And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:23
    They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them.
  20. Cross References
    Habakkuk 3:18
    Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 132:9
    Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy.
    Psalms 132:16
    I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:18
    Lift up your eyes, look around and see; All these gather together and come to you. As I live," says the LORD, "You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament, And bind them on you as a bride does.
    Revelation 21:2
    Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 72:3
    The mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness.
    Psalms 85:11
    Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
  24. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:18
    Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise.
    Isaiah 62:7
    And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
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