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Isaiah 61:5-6

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61:5 1 “Foreigners will take care of 2  your sheep;

foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.

61:6 You will be called, ‘the Lord’s priests,

servants of our God.’ 3 

You will enjoy 4  the wealth of nations

and boast about 5  the riches you receive from them. 6 

1 sn The Lord speaks in vv. 7-8 (and possibly v. 9). It is not clear where the servant’s speech (see vv. 1-3a) ends and the Lord’s begins. Perhaps the direct address to the people signals the beginning of the Lord’s speech.

2 tn Heb “will stand [in position] and shepherd.”

3 tn The Hebrew text adds, “it will be said concerning you.”

4 tn Heb “eat” (KJV, NAB, NASB); NIV “feed on”; NLT “be fed with.”

5 tc The form in the Hebrew text is probably a corruption of יִתְאַמְּרוּ (yitammÿru), a Hitpael from אָמַר (’amar), meaning “boast about” (see HALOT 67 s.v. II אמר, HALOT 416 s.v. ימר, and BDB 56 s.v. אָמַר).

6 tn Heb “their glory” (i.e., riches).



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