Isaiah 61:2
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New International Version
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

New Living Translation
He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD's favor has come, and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies.

English Standard Version
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

New American Standard Bible
To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,

King James Bible
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of our God's vengeance; to comfort all who mourn,

International Standard Version
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

NET Bible
to announce the year when the LORD will show his favor, the day when our God will seek vengeance, to console all who mourn,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[He has sent me] to announce the year of the LORD's good will and the day of our God's vengeance, to comfort all those who grieve.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

King James 2000 Bible
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

American King James Version
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

American Standard Version
to proclaim the year of Jehovah's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Douay-Rheims Bible
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God: to comfort all that mourn:

Darby Bible Translation
to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

English Revised Version
to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Webster's Bible Translation
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

World English Bible
to proclaim the year of Yahweh's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Young's Literal Translation
To proclaim the year of the good pleasure of Jehovah, And the day of vengeance of our God, To comfort all mourners.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

61:1-3 The prophets had the Holy Spirit of God at times, teaching them what to say, and causing them to say it; but Christ had the Spirit always, without measure, to qualify him, as man, for the work to which he was appointed. The poor are commonly best disposed to receive the gospel, Jas 2:5; and it is only likely to profit us when received with meekness. To such as are poor in spirit, Christ preached good tidings when he said, Blessed are the meek. Christ's satisfaction is accepted. By the dominion of sin in us, we are bound under the power of Satan; but the Son is ready, by his Spirit, to make us free; and then we shall be free indeed. Sin and Satan were to be destroyed; and Christ triumphed over them on his cross. But the children of men, who stand out against these offers, shall be dealt with as enemies. Christ was to be a Comforter, and so he is; he is sent to comfort all who mourn, and who seek to him, and not to the world, for comfort. He will do all this for his people, that they may abound in the fruits of righteousness, as the branches of God's planting. Neither the mercy of God, the atonement of Christ, nor the gospel of grace, profit the self-sufficient and proud. They must be humbled, and led to know their own character and wants, by the Holy Spirit, that they may see and feel their need of the sinner's Friend and Saviour. His doctrine contains glad tidings indeed to those who are humbled before God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. An "acceptable year," or "year of acceptance," is a space of time during which God would be pleased to accept such as repented and turned to him. It is, of course, not intended to limit the space to a "year." The space is rather the term of our sojourn here below. The day of vengeance. The "day" of vengeance is contrasted with the "year" of acceptance, to indicate God's long-suffering and patience towards sinners (comp. Isaiah 34:8; and see also Exodus 20:5, 6). To comfort all that mourn; i.e. all who "sorrow after a godly sort" (2 Corinthians 7:11) - all who mourn their transgressions and shortcomings, their "sins, negligences, and ignorances," with a hearty desire to be rid of them, and to serve God truly in the future.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,.... Not an exact year, but time in general; for such are wrong, who from hence conclude that Christ's public ministry lasted but a year, since it is certain, by the passovers he kept, that it must be at least three or four years; the whole time of Christ on earth was an acceptable and desirable time, what many great personages desired to see, and did not: this time may take in the whole Gospel dispensation, which was ushered in by Christ: the allusion, as before observed, is to the year of jubilee, when there was a proclamation of liberty; of release of debts; of restoration of inheritances, and of cessation from work; all which must make it an acceptable year: and this proclamation was made on the day of atonement; and Jarchi interprets the phrase here of a "year of reconciliation"; or "the year of atonement to the Lord", as it maybe rendered (s); this was made by the sacrifice of Christ, and is proclaimed in the Gospel, and makes a most considerable part of it. It may be rendered, "the year of the good will of the Lord" (t); and such was the time of Christ's coming on earth, to save men, and make peace and reconciliation for them, Luke 2:14 and was an "acceptable time" indeed; acceptable to the Lord himself; as were the incarnation of Christ, his obedience and righteousness, his sufferings and death, his sacrifice and satisfaction; since hereby the perfections of God were glorified, his purposes fulfilled, his covenant confirmed, and his people saved: acceptable to men; as were the birth of Christ; the things done by him; peace made, pardon procured, righteousness brought in, and salvation wrought out; all which must be acceptable to such who are lost, and know it, and are sensible that nothing of their own can save them; see 1 Timothy 1:15.

the day of vengeance of our God; when vengeance was taken on sin, in the person of Christ; when he destroyed the works of the devil, the devil himself, and spoiled principalities and powers; when he abolished death, and was the plague and destruction of that and the grave; when he brought wrath to the uttermost on the Jews for the rejection of him, who would not have him to reign over them; and who will take vengeance on antichrist at his spiritual coming, and upon all the wicked at the day of judgment. Kimchi understands this of the day when God shall take vengeance on Gog and Magog.

To comfort all that mourn: that are under afflictions, and mourn for them; and under a sense of sin, and mourn for that; who mourn for their own sins, indwelling sin, and their many actual transgressions; and for the sins of others, of profane persons, and especially professors of religion; these Christ comforts by his Spirit, by his word and ministers, by his promises, by his ordinances, and by the discoveries, of pardoning grace and mercy,

(s) "annum placabilem Jehovae", Vatablus; "annum placabilem Domino", V. L. (t) Heb. "annum benevolentiae, seu bneplaciti Jehovae", Piscator, Tigurine version; "annum complacentiae", Vitinga.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. acceptable year—the year of jubilee on which "liberty was proclaimed to the captives" (Isa 61:1; 2Co 6:2).

day of vengeance—The "acceptable time of grace" is a "year"; the time of "vengeance" but "a day" (so Isa 34:8; 63:4; Mal 4:1). Jesus (Lu 4:20, 21) "closed the book" before this clause; for the interval from His first to His second coming is "the acceptable year"; the day of vengeance" will not be till He comes again (2Th 1:7-9).

our God—The saints call Him "our God"; for He cometh to "avenge" them (Re 6:10; 19:2).

all that mourn—The "all" seems to include the spiritual Israelite mourners, as well as the literal, who are in Isa 61:3 called "them that mourn in Zion," and to whom Isa 57:18 refers.

Isaiah 61:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Year of the Lord's Favor
1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; 2To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Luke 4:19
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Isaiah 1:24
Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.

Isaiah 2:12
The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),

Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 34:2
The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.

Isaiah 34:8
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.

Isaiah 35:4
say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Isaiah 40:1
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Isaiah 49:8
This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,

Isaiah 57:18
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel's mourners,

Isaiah 58:5
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

Isaiah 60:10
"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion.

Isaiah 63:4
It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come.

Jeremiah 31:13
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Micah 3:8
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.
Treasury of Scripture

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

the acceptable

Leviticus 25:9-13 Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth …

Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day …

and

Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses …

Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, …

Isaiah 59:17,18 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

Isaiah 63:1-6 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? …

Isaiah 66:14 And when you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall …

Psalm 110:5,6 The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day …

Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, …

Malachi 4:1-3 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

Luke 21:22-24 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written …

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

to comfort

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away …

Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and …

Isaiah 66:10-12 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love …

Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old …

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Luke 6:21 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed …

Luke 7:44-50 And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon, See you this woman? …

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

2 Corinthians 1:4,5 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort …

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

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