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1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.*
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,*
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,*
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations.
They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields
and tend your vineyards.
ministers of our God.
You will feed on the treasures of the nations
and boast in their riches.
you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
the Lord has blessed.”
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding
or a bride with her jewels.
Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
with plants springing up everywhere.
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