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I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Oaks of Righteousness

September 22, 2018



 

Oaks of righteousness

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
 instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
 instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of His splendor.
 

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

– Isaiah 61.1-4, NIV

 



 

Lancia E. Smith

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