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to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    the[a] day of vengeance of our God;
        to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who grieve in Zion—
    to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

“Then people will call them[b] “Oaks of Righteousness”,
    “The Planting of the Lord”,
        in order to display his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
    they will restore the places long devastated;
they will build again the ruined cities,
    they will build again[c] the places devastated for many generations.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 61:2 So 1QIsaa LXXms; 4QIsab MT LXX read and the
  2. Isaiah 61:3 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read they will be called
  3. Isaiah 61:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lacks again

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