The Servant of the Lord1 Listen to me, a O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples b from afar.
c The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2 d He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
e in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel f in whom I will be glorified.” ▼
▼Or I will display my beauty
4 h But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
and my recompense with my God.”
5 i And now the Lord says,
he j who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for k I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
l I will make you m as a light for the nations,
that n my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7 Thus says the Lord,
o the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
p to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
q “Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
The Restoration of Israel8 Thus says the Lord:
r “In a s time of favor I have answered you;
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you t and give you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
u to apportion the desolate heritages,
9 v saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
w They shall feed along the ways;
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
10 x they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
for he who has pity on them y will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
11 z And I will make all my mountains a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
12 aa Behold, these shall come from afar,
and behold ab these from the north and from the west ▼
▼Hebrew from the sea
and these from the land of Syene.” ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll; Masoretic Text Sinim
13 ae Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord af has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, ag “The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 ah “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16Behold ai I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
17Your builders make haste; ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll; Masoretic Text Your children make haste
ak your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.
18 al Lift up your eyes around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
am As I live, declares the Lord,
an you shall put them all on as an ornament;
you shall bind them on as a bride does.
19 “Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land—
ao surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 ap The children of your bereavement
will yet say in your ears:
aq ‘The place is too narrow for me;
make room for me to dwell in.’
21Then you will say in your heart:
‘Who has borne me these?
ar I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away,
but who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone;
from where have these come?’”
22 Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
as and raise my signal to the peoples;
at and they shall bring your sons in their arms, ▼
▼Hebrew in their bosom
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 av Kings shall be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
aw With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and ax lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
ay those who wait for me az shall not be put to shame.”
24 Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
or the captives of a tyrant ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac, Vulgate (see also verse 25); Masoretic Text of a righteous manbe rescued?
25For thus says the Lord:
bb “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
and the prey of the tyrant be rescued,
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
and I will save your children.
26 bc I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh,
and they shall be drunk bd with their own blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know
that be I am the Lord your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Copyright information for ESV
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
Examples to use the search box to find Bibles, passages, search terms, etc.-
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.NIVESVKJVGen 1
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.ESVbrother
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.NIVESVlandhe.sed
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.ESVthroneDavidIsa-Rev
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.KJVTHGNTJohn 1
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
Examples of some Bible study tools +
KJVCol 3 Color code grammar
Highlight all the imperative verbs with red underlinesKJVCol 1 Color code grammar
Highlight main verbs (green underlines) and supporting verbs (purple)KJVMat 1 Color code grammar
Highlight the number (plural in bold) and gender (male in blue, feminine in red, neuter in black) of wordsESV1Jo 1 Quick tryout links
Highlight frequent words in the chapter or book
Examples to enable color code grammar +
KJVEph 1 Color code grammar
Look at KJV New Testament with color highlighted verbsSBLGRom 12 Color code grammar
Look at Greek New Testament with color code grammar, Greek root word and English vocabularyCUnCol 1 Color code grammar
Look at Chinese Union New Testament with color highlighted verbsSBLGKJVCUNEph 5 Color code grammar
Look at Greek, English and Chinese New Testament with color code grammar
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2019