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TitleIsaiah 61
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Mission of the Messiah (61:1–3)


61 1The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
because the LORD has anointed Me

to bring good news to the poor;
He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2to proclaim the year of favor of the LORD
and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn,
to grant to those who mourn in Zion;

3to give to them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes;
the oil of gladness, instead of mourning;
a garment of praise, instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called “Oaks of Righteousness,”
“the Planting of the LORD,” that He may be glorified.


Blessings to Restored Israel (61:4–11)

The Lord

4They will build up the ancient ruins;
they will raise up the devastated places of old,

and they will repair the ruined cities
and the devastated places of many generations.

5And strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks,
and foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.

6But you will be called, “The Priests of the LORD”;
they will say of you, “The Ministers of Our God.”

You will eat the wealth of nations,
and you will boast in their glory.

7Instead of your shame, a double portion,
and instead of dishonor, they will sing gladly in your portion.

Therefore, you will possess a double portion in their land;
everlasting rejoicing will be yours.

8For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery by injustice.

I reward you in truth,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with you.

9And your seed will be known among the nations,
and your offspring among the peoples.


All who see them will acknowledge them,
that they are a seed whom the LORD has blessed.

The righteous

10I will greatly exult in the LORD;
my soul is joyful in my God,

for He has clothed me with garments of salvation—
He has covered me with a robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom serves as a priest, with a headdress[1],
and as a bride is adorned with her jewels[2].

11For as the earth brings forth its shoots
and a garden causes seeds to spring up,

so, the Lord, the LORD, will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all of the nations.


[1] The Hebrew term pe’er (“headdress”) pertains to a special, sacred head covering for a male.

[2] 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.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 61:1