Isaiah 42

1Jacob is My servant, I will help him; Israel is My elect, My soul has accepted him; I have put My Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor shall his voice be heard without. 3A bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench; but he shall bring forth judgment to truth. 4He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he has set judgment on the earth; and in his name shall the Gentiles trust. 5Thus says the Lord God, who made the heaven, and established it; who settled the earth, and the things in it, and gives breath to the people in it, and spirit to them that tread on it; 6I, the Lord God, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will strengthen you; and I have given you for the covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles; 7to open the eyes of the blind, to bring the bound and them that sit in darkness out of bonds and the prison house. 8I am the Lord God; that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praises to graven images. 9Behold, the ancient things have come to pass, and so will the new things which I tell you; yes, before I declare them they are made known to you. 10Sing a new hymn to the Lord; you who are His dominion, glorify His name from the ends of the earth; you that go down to the sea, and sail upon it; the islands, and they that dwell in them. 11Rejoice, you wilderness, and the villages thereof, the hamlets, and the dwellers in Kedar; the inhabitants of the rock shall rejoice, they shall shout from the top of the mountains. 12They shall give glory to God, and shall proclaim His praises in the islands. 13The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war; He shall stir up jealousy, and shall shout mightily against His enemies. 14I have been silent; shall I also always be silent and forbear; I have endured like a travailing woman; I will now amaze and wither at once. 15I will make desolate mountains and hills, and will dry up all their grass; and I will make the rivers islands, and dry up the pools. 16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, and I will cause them to tread paths which they have not known; I will turn darkness into light for them, and crooked things into straight. These things will I do, and will not forsake them. 17But they are turned back; be utterly ashamed, you that trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, You are our gods. 18Hear, you deaf, and look up, you blind, to see. 19And who is blind, but My servants? And who is deaf, but those that rule over them? Yes, the servants of God have been made blind. 20You have often seen, and have not taken heed; your ears have been opened, and you have not heard. 21The Lord God has taken counsel that He might be justified, and might magnify His praise. 22And I beheld, and the people were spoiled and plundered; for there is a snare in the secret chambers everywhere, and in the houses also, where they have hidden them; they became a spoil, and there was no one that delivered the prey, and there was none who said, Restore. 23Who is there among you that will give ear to these things? Hearken to the things which are coming to pass. 24For what did He give Jacob up to spoil, and Israel to them that plundered him? Did not God do it against whom they sinned? And they would not walk in His ways, nor hearken to His law. 25So He brought upon them the fury of His wrath; and the war, and those that burned round about them, prevailed against them; yet none of them knew it, neither did they take it to heart.
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