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…
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
For we live by faith, not by sight.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.