Isa 61:1
61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] {a} upon me; because the
     LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek;
     he hath sent me to bind up the {b} brokenhearted, to
     proclaim liberty to the {c} captives, and the opening of
     the prison to [them that are] bound;

     (a) Thus belongs to all the prophets and ministers of God,
         but chiefly to Christ, of whose abundant graces
         everyone receives according as it pleases him to
     (b) To them that are lively touched with the feeling of
         their sins.
     (c) Who are in the bondage of sin.

Isa 61:2
61:2 To proclaim the {d} acceptable year of the LORD, and the
     day of {e} vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

     (d) The time when it pleased God to show his good favour to
         man, which Paul calls the fulness of time,
         @Ga 4:4.
     (e) For when God delivers his Church, he punishes his

Isa 61:3
61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them
     beauty for {f} ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the
     garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they
     may be called {g} trees of righteousness, the planting of
     the LORD, that he may be glorified.

     (f) Which was the sign of mourning.
     (g) Trees that bring forth good fruits, as in @Mt 3:8.

Isa 61:4
61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up
     the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste
     cities, the desolations of many {h} generations.

     (h) That is, for a long time.

Isa 61:5
61:5 And foreigners shall {i} stand and feed your flocks, and
     the sons of the alien [shall be] your plowmen and your

     (i) They will be ready to serve you in all your needs.

Isa 61:6
61:6 But ye shall be named the {k} Priests of the LORD: [men]
     shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the
     {l} riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye
     boast yourselves.

     (k) This is accomplished in the time of Christ, by whom all
         the faithful are made priests and kings,
         @1Pe 2:9, Re 1:6,5:10.
     (l) Read @Isa 6:11:16.

Isa 61:7
61:7 For your shame [ye shall have] {m} double; and [for]
     confusion {n} they shall rejoice in {o} their portion:
     therefore in their land they shall possess the {p} double:
     everlasting joy shall be to them.

     (m) Abundant recompence as this word is used,
         @Isa 40:2.
     (n) That is, the Jews.
     (o) That is, of the Gentiles.
     (p) While the Gentiles had dominion over the Jews in times
         past, now they will have double authority over them and
         possess twice as much.

Isa 61:8
61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate {q} robbery for burnt
     offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will
     make an everlasting covenant with them.

     (q) I will not receive their offerings who are
         extortioners, deceivers, hypocrites or that deprive me
         of my glory.

Isa 61:9
61:9 And {r} their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and
     their offspring among the people: all that see them shall
     acknowledge them, that they [are] the seed [which] the LORD
     hath blessed.

     (r) That is, of the Church.

Isa 61:10
61:10 {s} I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be
      joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments
      of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of
      righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with
      ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her

      (s) He shows what will be the affection, when they feel
          their deliverance.

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