42 1Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul
delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the
2He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be
heard in the street.
3A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly
burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth.
4He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the
earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.
5Thus saith God Jehovah, he
that created the heavens, and stretched them forth; he that spread abroad the
earth and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people
upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6I, Jehovah, have called
thee in righteousness, and will hold thy hand, and will keep thee, and give
thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, and them that
sit in darkness out of the prison-house.
8I am Jehovah, that is my name;
and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven
9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I
declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
10Sing unto Jehovah
a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth; ye that go down to the
sea, and all that is therein, the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice,
the villages that Kedar doth inhabit; let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let
them shout from the top of the mountains.
12Let them give glory unto
Jehovah, and declare his praise in the islands.
13Jehovah will go forth
as a mighty man; he will stir up his zeal like a man of war: he will
cry, yea, he will shout aloud; he will do mightily against his enemies.
14I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained
myself: now will I cry out like a travailing woman; I will gasp and
15I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all
their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.
16And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; in paths that
they know not will I lead them; I will make darkness light before them, and
crooked places straight. These things will I do, and I will not forsake them.
17They shall be turned back, they shall be utterly put to shame, that
trust in graven images, that say unto molten images, Ye are our gods.
18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19Who is blind,
but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that
is at peace with me, and blind as Jehovah's servant?
many things, but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.
21It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify the law,
and make it honorable.
22But this is a people robbed and plundered; they
are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison-houses: they are
for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
23Who is there among you that will give ear to this? that will hearken
and hear for the time to come?
24Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel
to the robbers? did not Jehovah? he against whom we have sinned, and in whose
ways they would not walk, neither were they obedient unto his law.
25Therefore he poured upon him the fierceness of his anger, and the
strength of battle; and it set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and
it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.