Because Jehovah anointed me to declare good news to the meek.+
He sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And the wide opening of the eyes to the prisoners,+
And the day of vengeance of our God,+
To comfort all who mourn,+
3 To provide for those mourning over Zion,
To give them a headdress instead of ashes,
The oil of exultation instead of mourning,
The garment of praise instead of a despondent spirit.
And they will be called big trees of righteousness,
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
They will raise up the desolated places of the past,+
And they will restore the devastated cities,+
The places that lay desolate for generation after generation.+
5 “Strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks,
They will call you the ministers of our God.
7 Instead of shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout joyfully over their share.
Yes, they will possess a double portion in their land.+
Everlasting rejoicing will be theirs.+
I will faithfully give them their wages,
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.+
10 I will greatly exult in Jehovah.
For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;+
He has wrapped me with the robe* of righteousness,
Just like a bridegroom who wears a turban like that of a priest,+
And like a bride who adorns herself with her ornaments.