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to proclaim[a] the year of Yahweh’s favor,
    and our God’s day of vengeance,
to comfort all those in mourning,
    to give[b] for those in mourning in Zion,
to give them a head wrap instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
    a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.
And they will be called[c] oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of Yahweh, to show his glory.
And they shall build the ancient ruins,
    they shall erect the former deserted places.
And they shall restore the devastated cities,[d]
    the deserted places of many generations.[e]

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  1. Isaiah 61:2 Literally “call”
  2. Isaiah 61:3 Literally “place”
  3. Isaiah 61:3 Literally “it will be called to them”
  4. Isaiah 61:4 Literally “cities of devastation”
  5. Isaiah 61:4 Literally “generation and generation”

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