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Isaiah 57:18


57:18 I have seen their behavior, 1 

but I will heal them and give them rest,

and I will once again console those who mourn. 2 

Isaiah 61:2-3


61:2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor,

the day when our God will seek vengeance, 3 

to console all who mourn,

61:3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,

by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,

oil symbolizing joy, 4  instead of mourning,

a garment symbolizing praise, 5  instead of discouragement. 6 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 7 

trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 8 

1 tn Heb “his ways” (so KJV, NASB, NIV); TEV “how they acted.”

2 tn Heb “and I will restore consolation to him, to his mourners.”

3 tn Heb “to announce the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance.

4 tn Heb “oil of joy” (KJV, ASV); NASB, NIV, NRSV “the oil of gladness.”

5 tn Heb “garment of praise.”

6 tn Heb “a faint spirit” (so NRSV); KJV, ASV “the spirit of heaviness”; NASB “a spirit of fainting.”

7 tn Rather than referring to the character of the people, צֶדֶק (tsedeq) may carry the nuance “vindication” here, suggesting that God’s restored people are a testimony to his justice. See v. 2, which alludes to the fact that God will take vengeance against the enemies of his people. Cf. NAB “oaks of justice.”

8 tn Heb “a planting of the Lord to reveal splendor.”

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