Where Does the Phrase 'Beauty For Ashes' Come From?

Superchick's song, "Beauty From Pain", which I used in the photo montage, includes the words, "... see how you've brought beauty from ashes ..."

This is taken from a passage of scripture found in the ancient book of Isaiah:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me
because the Lord has anointed me ...

He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted ...

To comfort all who mourn
and provide for those who grieve in Zion -
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes
the oil of gladness instead of mourning
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated
they will renew the ruined cities ...

Isaiah 61:1-4

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