- Jacob is [a] my servant, I will help him: Israel is my chosen, my soul has accepted him; I have put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgement to the Gentiles.
- He shall not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor shall his voice be heard without.
- A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench; but he shall bring forth judgement to truth.
- He shall shine out, and shall not be [b] discouraged, until he have set judgement on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
- Thus saith 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 on it, and spirit to them that tread on it:
- I the Lord God have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will strengthen thee: and I have given thee for the covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles:
- to open the eyes of the blind, to bring the bound and them that sit in darkness out of bonds and the prison-house.
- I am the Lord God: that is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praises to graven images.
- Behold, the ancient things have come to pass, and so will the new things which I tell you: yea, before I tell them they are made known to you.
- Sing a new hymn to the Lord: ye who are his dominion, glorify his name from the end of the earth: ye that go down to the sea, and sail upon it; the islands, and they that dwell in them.
- Rejoice, thou 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.
- They shall give glory to God, and shall proclaim his praises in the islands.
- The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war: he shall stir up jealousy, and shall shout mightily against his enemies.
- I 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.
- I 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.
- And 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.
- But they are turned back: be ye utterly ashamed that trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
- Hear, ye deaf, and look up, ye blind, to see.
- And who is blind, but my servants? and deaf, but they that rule over them? yea, the servants of God have been made blind.
- Ye have often seen, and have not taken heed; your ears have been opened, and ye have not heard.
- The Lord God has taken counsel that he might be justified, and might magnify his praise.
- And 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.
- Who is there among you that will give ear to these things? hearken ye to the things which are coming to pass.
- [c] For what did he give to 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.
- So he brought upon them the fury of his wrath; and the war, and those that burnt round about them, prevailed against them; yet no one of them knew it, neither did they lay it to heart.
[a] Mt 12:18, etc.
[b] Lit. broken
[c] Some read tiv, who
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]