Isaiah 42

God’s Promise concerning His Servant

1 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
2He will not cry out or raise His voice,
Nor make His voice heard in the street.
3A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth i  justice.
4“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

5Thus 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,
6“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,
7To w  open blind eyes,
To x  bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
8 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.
9Behold, the ac  former things have come to pass,
Now I declare ad  new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”

10Sing 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.
11Let 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.
12Let 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.”
17They 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.
19Who 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.
21The  Lord was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
To make the law bh  great and glorious.
22But 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!”

23Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will give heed and listen hereafter?
24Who 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?
25So 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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