Evening Thought.

http://bible.us/Isa61.1.AMP THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has
anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal
the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and
the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are
bound, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His
favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to
give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of
joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy,
burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of
righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness,
justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be
glorified. And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up
the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many
generations. Aliens shall stand [ready] and feed your flocks, and
foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will
speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours. Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold
recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people]
shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double
[what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs. For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong with violence or a burnt offering. And I
will faithfully give them their recompense in truth, and I will make an everlasting
covenant or league with them. And their offspring shall be known among the nations and their
descendants among the peoples. All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize
and acknowledge that they are the people whom the Lord
has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my
God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with
the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a
bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as
a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will
cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before
all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word].

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