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 distribute.
(b) To them that are lively touched with the
feeling of their sins.
(c) Who are in the bondage of sin.
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, (Galatians
(e) For when God delivers his Church, he punishes
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 (Matthew
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.
61:5 And foreigners shall i
stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien [shall be] your plowmen
and your vinedressers.
(i) They will be ready to serve you in all your
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, (1 Peter
(l) Read (Isaiah
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, (Isaiah
(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
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.
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.
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 jewels.
(s) He shows what will be the affection, when
they feel their deliverance.