“But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.
“How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.”
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Who is among you that fears the Lord, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
“It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.
“ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.
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;
So it was broken on that day, and thus the afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the Lord.
the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
“ And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”
Again Isaiah says, “ There shall come the root of Jesse, And He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, In Him shall the Gentiles hope.”
but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.