New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 61

The Year When the Lord Sets His People Free

1The Spirit of the Lord and King is on me.
    The Lord has anointed me
    to announce good news to poor people.
He has sent me to comfort
    those whose hearts have been broken.
He has sent me to announce freedom
    for those who have been captured.
He wants me to set prisoners free
    from their dark cells.
He has sent me to announce the year
    when he will set his people free.
He wants me to announce the day
    when he will pay his enemies back.
Our God has sent me to comfort all those who are sad.
    He wants me to help those in Zion who are filled with sorrow.
I will put beautiful crowns on their heads
    in place of ashes.
I will anoint them with olive oil to give them joy
    instead of sorrow.
I will give them a spirit of praise
    in place of a spirit of sadness.
They will be like oak trees that are strong and straight.
    The Lord himself will plant them in the land.
    That will show how glorious he is.

They will rebuild the places that were destroyed long ago.
    They will repair the buildings that have been broken down for many years.
They will make the destroyed cities like new again.
    They have been broken down for a very long time.
Outsiders will serve you by taking care of your flocks.
    People from other lands will work in your fields and vineyards.
You will be called priests of the Lord.
    You will be named workers for our God.
You will enjoy the wealth of nations.
    You will brag about getting their riches.

Instead of being put to shame
    you will receive a double share of wealth.
Instead of being dishonored
    you will be glad to be in your land.
You will receive a double share of riches there.
    And you’ll be filled with joy that will last forever.

The Lord says, “I love those who do what is right.
    I hate it when people steal and do other sinful things.
So I will be faithful to my people.
    And I will bless them.
I will make a covenant with them
    that will last forever.
Their children after them will be famous among the nations.
    Their families will be praised by people everywhere.
All those who see them will agree
    that I have blessed them.”

10 The people of Jerusalem will say,
    “We take great delight in the Lord.
    We are joyful because we belong to our God.
He has dressed us with salvation as if it were our clothes.
    He has put robes of godliness on us.
We are like a groom who is dressed up for his wedding.
    We are like a bride who decorates herself with her jewels.
11 The soil makes the young plant come up.
    A garden causes seeds to grow.
In the same way, the Lord and King will make godliness grow.
    And all the nations will praise him.”