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The Mission of the Messiah (61:1–3)
61 1The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
to bring good news to the poor;
to proclaim liberty to the captives
2to proclaim the year of favor of the LORD
to comfort all who mourn,
3to give to them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes;
that they may be called “Oaks of Righteousness,”
Blessings to Restored Israel (61:4–11)
4They will build up the ancient ruins;
and they will repair the ruined cities
5And strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks,
6But you will be called, “The Priests of the LORD”;
You will eat the wealth of nations,
7Instead of your shame, a double portion,
Therefore, you will possess a double portion in their land;
8For I, the LORD, love justice;
I reward you in truth,
9And your seed will be known among the nations,
All who see them will acknowledge them,
10I will greatly exult in the LORD;
for He has clothed me with garments of salvation—
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots
so, the Lord, the LORD, will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all of the nations.
 The Hebrew term pe’er (“headdress”) pertains to a special, sacred head covering for a male.
 The Hebrew term kele (“jewels”) is a generic term that can refer to ornaments, jewels, and even garments (see the lexicons); hence, the translation can also read, “bride is adorned with her garments,” speaking of special clothing.
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