Isaiah 42

God’s Promise concerning His Servant

a Behold, My b Servant, whom I
Or hold fast
My d chosen one in whom My e soul delights.
I have put My f Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth g justice to the
Or Gentiles
He will not cry out or raise His voice,
Nor make His voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth i justice.
“He will not be j disheartened or crushed
Until He has established justice in the earth;
And the k coastlands will wait expectantly for His
Or instruction

Thus says God the  Lord, Who m created the heavens and n stretched them out,
Who spread out the o earth and its
Or vegetation
Who q gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it,
“I am the  Lord, I have r called You in righteousness,
I will also s hold You by the hand and t watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a u covenant to the people,
As a v light to the nations,
To w open blind eyes,
To x bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
y “I am the  Lord, that is z My name;
I will not give My aa glory to another,
Nor My praise to
Or idols
graven images.
Behold, the ac former things have come to pass,
Now I declare ad new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”

10 Sing to the  Lord a ae new song,
Sing His praise from the af end of the earth!
ag You who go down to the sea, and ah all that is in it.
You ai islands, and those who dwell on them.
11 Let the aj wilderness and its cities lift up their voices,
The settlements where ak Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of al Sela sing aloud,
Let them shout for joy from the tops of the am mountains.
12 Let them an give glory to the  Lord
And declare His praise in the ao coastlands.
13  ap The  Lord will go forth like a warrior,
He will arouse His aq zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
He will ar prevail against His enemies.

The Blindness of the People

14  as I have kept silent for a long time,
I have kept still and restrained Myself.
Now like a woman in labor I will groan,
I will both gasp and pant.
15 “I will at lay waste the mountains and hills
And wither all their vegetation;
I will au make the rivers into coastlands
And dry up the ponds.
16 “I will av lead the blind by a way they do not know,
In paths they do not know I will guide them.
I will aw make darkness into light before them
And ax rugged places into plains.
These are the things I will do,
And I will ay not leave them undone.”
17 They will be turned back and be az utterly put to shame,
Who trust in
Or graven images
Who say to molten images,
You are our gods.”

18  bb Hear, you deaf!
And look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind but My bc servant,
Or so deaf as My bd messenger whom I send?
Who is so blind as he that is
Or the devoted one
bf at peace with Me,
Or so blind as the servant of the  Lord?
20  bg You have seen many things, but you do not observe them;
Your ears are open, but none hears.
21 The  Lord was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
To make the law bh great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered and despoiled;
All of them are bi trapped in
Or holes
Or are bk hidden away in prisons;
They have become a prey with none to deliver them,
And a spoil, with none to say, “Give them back!”

23 Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will give heed and listen hereafter?
24 Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers?
Was it not the  Lord, against whom we have sinned,
And in whose ways they bl were not willing to walk,
And whose law they did not bm obey?
25 So He poured out on him the heat of His anger
And the bn fierceness of battle;
And it set him aflame all around,
Yet he did not recognize it;
And it burned him, but he
Lit did not lay it to heart
bp paid no attention.

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