1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is]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 distribute.upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up theTo them that are lively touched with the feeling of their sins.brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to theWho are in the bondage of sin.captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
2 To proclaim theThe time when it pleased God to show his good favour to man, which Paul calls the fulness of time, (Gal_4:4).acceptable year of the LORD, and the day ofFor when God delivers his Church, he punishes his enemies.vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty forWhich was the sign of mourning.ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be calledTrees that bring forth good fruits, as in (Mat_3:8).trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
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 manyThat is, for a long time.generations.
5 And foreigners shallThey will be ready to serve you in all your needs.stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien [shall be] your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named theThis is accomplished in the time of Christ, by whom all the faithful are made priests and kings, (1Pe_2:9; Rev_1:6, Rev_5:10).Priests of the LORD: [men] shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat theRead (Isa_60:11, Isa_60:16).riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7 For your shame [ye shall have]Abundant recompence as this word is used, (Isa_40:2).double; and [for] confusionThat is, the Jews.they shall rejoice inThat is, of the Gentiles.their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess theWhile the Gentiles had dominion over the Jews in times past, now they will have double authority over them and possess twice as much.double: everlasting joy shall be to them.
8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hateI will not receive their offerings who are extortioners, deceivers, hypocrites or that deprive me of my glory.robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 AndThat is, of the Church.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.
10 He shows what will be the affection, when they feel their deliverance.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 jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth foorth her bud, and as the garden causeth to growe that which is sowen in it: so the Lord God will cause righteousnesse to grow and praise before all the heathen.