16 He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.
17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Jesus knew these Scriptures backwards and forwards. Not only was He able to debate and discuss the Bible from a very young age (Luke 2:41-50), but He never ceased to speak it. As we saw in verse 16 (italics mine):
"As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read."
Other translations render the phrase thus:
"As was Hi…