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Isaiah 42

42
XLII
1Behold my servant, whom I will uphold;
My chosen, in whom my soul delighteth:
I have put my Spirit upon him;
He shall publish judgment to the nations.
2He shall not cry, nor raise a clamour,
Nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets.
3A bruised reed shall he not break,
And the smoking flax shall he not quench:
According unto truth shall he publish judgment.
4He shall not despond, neither shall he be faint;
Until he hath firmly seated judgment in the earth:
And the isles shall earnestly wait for his law.
5Thus saith the God, Jehovah,
Who hath created the heavens, and stretched them out;
Who hath spread abroad the earth, and the produce thereof;
Who giveth breath to the people upon it,
And spirit to them that tread thereon:
6I Jehovah have called thee in righteousness,
And I will take hold of thy hand, and will preserve thee;
And I will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations;
7To open the blind eyes,
To bring the captive out of confinement;
And them that sit in darkness, out of the prison house.
8I am Jehovah, that is my name;
And my glory will I not give to another,
Nor my praise to graven images.
9The former predictions, behold! they are come to pass;
And new events I now declare:
Before they spring forth, I make them known unto you.
10Sing unto Jehovah a new song,
His praise from the ends of the earth;
Ye that go down upon the sea, and the fulness thereof;
The isles, and their inhabitants.
11Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice,
The villages that Kedar doth inhabit:
Let them sing, who inhabit the rocks;
Let them shout aloud from the top of the mountains.
12Let them ascribe glory to Jehovah,
And declare his praise in the islands.
13 Jehovah shall march forth like a hero;
Like a mighty warrior shall he stir up his zeal:
He shall cry aloud; yea, he shall shout amain;
He shall prove himself mighty against his enemies.
14I have long time holden my peace,
I have been still and refrained myself;
But now will I cry out like a woman in travail;
I will stifle my breath and pour it forth at once.
15I will make waste mountains and hills,
And all their herbage will I dry up;
And I will change rivers into islands,
And the pools will I dry up.
16And I will lead the blind by a way that they knew not;
Through paths that they have not known will I conduct them:
I will turn darkness into light before them;
And rugged places into smooth ground.
These things will I do for them, and will not forsake them.
17They are turned backward, they are utterly confounded,
Who trust in graven images,
Who say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
18Hear, ye deaf!
And, ye blind! look attentively, that ye may see.
19Who is blind, if not my servant?
Or deaf as my messenger whom I sent?
Who is blind like him that is perfect,
And blind like the servant of Jehovah?
20Thou hast seen many things, but thou observest not;
Having the ears open, but did not hear.
21 Jehovah is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake;
He shall magnify the law, and render it glorious.
22But this is a people spoiled and plundered;
All their chosen youths are taken in the toils,
And in prison houses are they hid:
They are become a spoil, and none delivereth;
A plunder, and no one saith, Restore.
23Who is there among you that will give ear to this?
That will attend, and hearken, for the future?
24Who hath given Jacob for a spoil,
And Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not Jehovah? He against whom we have sinned?
For they would not walk in his ways,
Neither were they obedient unto his law.
25Therefore he hath poured upon them the heat of his anger, and the vehemence of war:
And it kindled a flame round about him, yet he regarded it not;
And it set him on fire, yet he laid it not to heart.

Isaiah 42

42
The LORD's Servant
1 # Mt 3.17; 17.5; Mk 1.11; Lk 3.22; 9.35 # Mt 12.18–21 The LORD says,
“Here is my servant, whom I strengthen —
the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased.
I have filled him with my Spirit,
and he will bring justice to every nation.
2He will not shout or raise his voice
or make loud speeches in the streets.
3He will not break off a bent reed
or put out a flickering lamp.
He will bring lasting justice to all.
4He will not lose hope or courage;
he will establish justice on the earth.
Distant lands eagerly wait for his teaching.”
5 # Acts 17.24–25 God created the heavens and stretched them out;
he fashioned the earth and all that lives there;
he gave life and breath to all its people.
And now the LORD God says to his servant,
6 # Is 49.6; Lk 2.32; Acts 13.47; 26.23 “I, the LORD, have called you and given you power
to see that justice is done on earth.
Through you I will make a covenant with all peoples;
through you I will bring light to the nations.
7You will open the eyes of the blind
and set free those who sit in dark prisons.
8“I alone am the LORD your God.
No other god may share my glory;
I will not let idols share my praise.
9The things I predicted have now come true.
Now I will tell you of new things
even before they begin to happen.”
A Song of Praise
10Sing a new song to the LORD;
sing his praise, all the world!
Praise him, you that sail the sea;
praise him, all creatures of the sea!
Sing, distant lands and all who live there!
11Let the desert and its towns praise God;
let the people of Kedar praise him!
Let those who live in the city of Sela
shout for joy from the tops of the mountains!
12Let those who live in distant lands
give praise and glory to the LORD!
13The LORD goes out to fight like a warrior;
he is ready and eager for battle.
He gives a war cry, a battle shout;
he shows his power against his enemies.
God Promises to Help his People
14God says,
“For a long time I kept silent;
I did not answer my people.
But now the time to act has come;
I cry out like a woman in labour.
15I will destroy the hills and mountains
and dry up the grass and trees.
I will turn the river valleys into deserts#42.15 Probable text deserts; Hebrew coastlands.
and dry up the pools of water.
16“I will lead my blind people
by roads they have never travelled.
I will turn their darkness into light
and make rough country smooth before them.
These are my promises,
and I will keep them without fail.
17All who trust in idols,
who call images their gods,
will be humiliated and disgraced.”
Israel's Failure to Learn
18The LORD says,
“Listen, you deaf people!
Look closely, you that are blind!
19Is anyone more blind than my servant,
more deaf than the messenger I send?
20Israel, you have seen so much,
but what has it meant to you?
You have ears to hear with,
but what have you really heard?”
21The LORD is a God who is eager to save,
so he exalted his laws and teachings,
and he wanted his people to honour them.
22But now his people have been plundered;
they are locked up in dungeons
and hidden away in prisons.
They were robbed and plundered,
with no one to come to their rescue.
23Will any of you listen to this?
From now on will you listen with care?
24Who gave Israel up to the looters?
It was the LORD himself, against whom we sinned!
We would not live as he wanted us to live
or obey the teachings he gave us.
25So he made us feel the force of his anger
and suffer the violence of war.
Like fire his anger burned throughout Israel,
but we never knew what was happening;
we learnt from it nothing at all.