Isaiah 61:1

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Spirit of the Lord God is vpon me, because the Lord hath anointed me, to preach good tidings vnto the meeke, hee hath sent me to binde vp the broken hearted, to proclaime libertie to the captiues, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The 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;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening `of the prison' to them that are bound;
- American Standard Version (1901)

The spirit of the Lord is on me, because I am marked out by him to give good news to the poor; he has sent me to make the broken-hearted well, to say that the prisoners will be made free, and that those in chains will see the light again;
- Basic English Bible

The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me, because Jehovah hath anointed me to announce glad tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound;
- Darby Bible

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to publish good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
- Webster's Bible

The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound;
- World English Bible

The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah [is] on me, Because Jehovah did anoint me To proclaim tidings to the humble, He sent me to bind the broken of heart, To proclaim to captives liberty, And to bound ones an opening of bands.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to bring good tidings unto the humble; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the eyes to them that are bound;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 61:1


61:1 Upon me - Though the prophet may speak of himself, yet it is principally to be understood of Christ. Anointed - Set me apart, both capacitating him with gifts, and commissioning him with authority; and yet more, as it is applied to Christ, a power to make all effectual, from whence he hath also the name of Messiah among the Hebrews, and of Christ among the Greeks; nay, Christ alone among the prophets hath obtained this name, #Psal 45:7|. The prophet describes first, who Christ is, and then what are his offices. Liberty - This appertains to Christ's kingly office, whereby he proclaims liberty from the dominion of sin, and from the fear of hell.


Discussion for Isaiah 61

  • John waltz
    my mother who passed away into the hands of our God back in 1996 got up one morning many many decades ago and told me that the lord wanted me to read isaiah 61 for it was for me. since all those years ago it has stuck with me and i have been led by the spirit to where i was needed, and now the light that in in those scriptures has come full circle and i understand it's complete meaning. GBUA
  • Johannes
    I'm just blessed just just blessed
  • David Dix
    The beautiful meaning of chapter 61 to me is that this is the material the old Religious leaders had and studied at that time. They should have known this as being a great prophesy to come. However, when Jesus appeared in front of them at the Temple in LUKE 4:18, He opened the Bible and "read" or told them exactly who HE was with rephrasing Isaiah 61 in front of them. In fact, I do not think He read it. He spoke it to them. He was telling them who He was, why He was born, and what He was to accomplish. They said later on in Luke that Jesus could not be that Person because they knew Him to be the "carpenter's son". Then, they took Him out of the Temple to try to kill Him in anger. he walked through them. It was not His time to die. The Prophesy of Isaiah 61 had been fulfilled.
  • Rev. Brenda Burton
    My understanding is that the anointing of the holy spirit gives us the authority to teach in his name. The anointing will break the chains of bondage that imprisoned us to sin slavery. His spirit is here to release us from all depression, heart ache and difficulties to get on the path of righteousness.
  • I want to know what the significance is of the first verse having "is " in italics. The spirit of the Lord "is " upon me... In the original Hebrew text, the word is "was ". The spirit of the Lord "was " upon me... But I cannot find any commentary that explains this seemingly benign change or reference to a change. And to the commenter who wrote about being a prisoner or a captive, I find that an interesting thought. But I do not like when the phrase under the law is used to speak of God 's law. It 's the law of sin and death that is opposite of grace. To say the law is opposed to grace is to say God is opposed to himself and that he makes bad policy that needs to be corrected. It is we that need to correct our miseducation. Thank you for your help.
  • I want to know what the significance is of the first verse having "is " in italics. The spirit of the Lord "is " upon me... In the original Hebrew text, the word is "was ". The spirit of the Lord "was " upon me... But I cannot find any commentary that explains this seemingly benign change or reference to a change. And to the commenter who wrote about being a prisoner or a captive, I find that an interesting thought. But I do not like when the phrase under the law is used to speak of God 's law. It 's the law of sin and death that is opposite of grace. To say the law is opposed to grace is to say God is opposed to himself and that he makes bad policy that needs to be corrected. It is we that need to correct our miseducation. Thank you for your help.

Bible Options