400. Lord anointed me with his spirit to proclaim good news (61:1-3)
61.1 A spirit of Lord is upon me, on account of which he anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to humble people, to heal those crushed in heart, to proclaim forgiveness to captive people and restoration of sight to blind people, 2 to call an acceptable year of Lord and day of repayments, to comfort all those who mourn, 3 to give to those who mourn in Zion glory to them instead of ashes, an oil of joy for those who mourn, a clothing of glory instead of a spirit of weariness.
401. They will restore what was abandoned (61:3-4)
And they will be called generations of righteousness, a planting of righteousness of Lord for glory. 4 And they will build desolate places into eternal places; they will raise up those that were formerly abandoned, and they will renew eternal cities, rescued for generations.
402. Foreigners will serve you, priests of Lord (61:5-7)
5 Strangers will come tending your sheep, and foreigners will be husbandmen and vineyard workers. 6 But you will be called priests of Lord, servants of your God, you will devour the strength of nations and you will be amazed by their wealth. 7 Thus they will inherit the land a second time, and eternal joy will be upon their head.
403. You will be known among the nations (61:8-10)
8 For I am Lord who loves righteousness and hates the spoils of injustice and I will give their hardship to righteous people; I will make an eternal covenant with them. 9 And you will be known among the nations; their seed and their offspring are among the peoples; everyone who sees them will recognize them, because these are the seed blessed by God, 10 and they will rejoice over Lord with joy.
404. Lord has clothed me with salvation (61:10-11)
Let my soul rejoice over the Lord, for he has clothed me with a garment of salvation and a tunic of joy; he has put a diadem on me as on a bridegroom, and he has ornamented me with ornamentation like a bride. 11 And like the land growing its flower and like a garden its seeds, so Lord will raise righteousness and joy before all the nations.
Ken M. Penner
St. Francis Xavier University