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Chapter 42

1“Behold, my servant, whom I uphold;

My chosen, in whom my soul delights„

I have put my Spirit on him.

He will bring justice to the nations.

2He will not shout,

Nor raise his voice,

Nor cause it to be heard in the street.

3He won’t break a bruised reed.

He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.

He will faithfully bring justice.

4He will not fail nor be discouraged,

Until he has set justice in the earth,

And the islands will wait for his law.”

5Thus says God Yahweh,

He who created the heavens and stretched them out,

He who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,

He who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it.

6“I, Yahweh, have called you in righteousness,

And will hold your hand,

And will keep you,

And make you a covenant for the people,

As a light for the nations;

7To open the blind eyes,

To bring the prisoners out of the dungeon,

And those who sit in darkness out of the prison.

8“I am Yahweh.

That is my name.

I will not give my glory to another,

Nor my praise to engraved images.

9Behold, the former things have happened,

And I declare new things.

I tell you about them before they come up.”

10Sing to Yahweh a new song,

And his praise from the end of the earth,

You who go down to the sea,

And all that is therein,

The islands and their inhabitants.

11Let the wilderness and its cities raise their voices,

With the villages that Kedar inhabits.

Let the inhabitants of Sela sing.

Let them shout from the top of the mountains!

12Let them give glory to Yahweh,

And declare his praise in the islands.

13Yahweh will go out like a mighty man.

He will stir up zeal like a man of war.

He will raise a war cry.

Yes, he will shout aloud.

He will triumph over his enemies.

14“I have been silent a long time.

I have been quiet and restrained myself.

Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.

15I will destroy mountains and hills,

And dry up all their herbs.

I will make the rivers islands,

And will dry up the pools.

16I will bring the blind by a way that they don’t know.

I will lead them in paths that they don’t know.

I will make darkness light before them,

And crooked places straight.

I will do these things,

And I will not forsake them.

17“Those who trust in engraved images,

Who tell molten images,

‘You are our gods’

Will be turned back.

They will be utterly disappointed.

18“Hear, you deaf,

And look, you blind,

That you may see.

19Who is blind, but my servant?

Or deaf, as my messenger whom I send?

Who is as blind as he who is at peace,

And as blind as Yahweh’s servant?

20You see many things, but don’t observe. His ears are open, but he doesn’t hear. 21It pleased Yahweh, 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 prisons: they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none says, Restore. 23Who is there among you who will give ear to this? who will listen and hear for the time to come? 24Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Didn’t Yahweh? he against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they would not walk, neither were they obedient to his law. 25Therefore he poured on him the fierceness of his anger, and the strength of battle; and it set him on fire round about, yet he didn’t know; and it burned him, yet he didn’t lay it to heart.

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