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Isaiah 42

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42 The Lord's Servant
1 Here is my servant!
42.1 Mt 3.17; 17.5; Mk 1.11; Lk 3.22; 9.35.
42.1-4 Mt 12.18-21.
I have made him strong.
He is my chosen one;
I am pleased with him.
I have given him my Spirit,
and he will bring justice
to the nations.
42 Chapter recording
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1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He won't shout or yell
or call out in the streets.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 He won't break off a bent reed
or put out a dying flame,
but he will make sure
that justice is done.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
smoking: or, dimly burning
quench: Heb. quench it
4 He won't quit or give up
until he brings justice
everywhere on earth,
and people in foreign nations
long for his teaching.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
discouraged: Heb. broken

5 I am the Lord God.
42.5 Ac 17.24
I created the heavens
like an open tent above.
I made the earth and everything
that grows on it.
I am the source of life
for all who live on this earth,
so listen to what I say.
5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth 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:
6 I chose you to bring justice,
42.6 Is 49.6; Lk 2.32; Ac 13.47; 26.23.
and I am here at your side.
I selected and sent you
h 42.6 I selected ... you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
to bring light
and my promise of hope
to the nations.
6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 You will give sight
to the blind;
you will set prisoners free
from dark dungeons.
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

8 My name is the Lord!
I won't let idols or humans
share my glory and praise.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Everything has happened
just as I said it would;
now I will announce
what will happen next.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Sing Praises to the Lord
10 Tell the whole world to sing
a new song to the Lord!
Tell those who sail the ocean
and those who live far away
to join in the praise.
10 Sing unto the LORD 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.
all...: Heb. the fulness thereof
11 Tell the tribes of the desert
and everyone in the mountains
i 42.11 desert ... mountains: The Hebrew text includes the place names of Kedar in the desert and Sela in the mountains.
to celebrate and sing.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them announce
his praises everywhere.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The Lord is marching out
like an angry soldier,
shouting with all his might
while attacking his enemies.
13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
prevail: or, behave himself mightily
The Lord Will Help His People
14 For a long time, I, the Lord,
have held my temper;
now I will scream and groan
like a woman giving birth.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
devour: Heb. swallow, or, sup up
15 I will destroy the mountains
and what grows on them;
I will dry up rivers and ponds.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

16 I will lead the blind on roads
they have never known;
I will guide them on paths
they have never traveled.
Their road is dark and rough,
but I will give light
to keep them from stumbling.
This is my solemn promise.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
straight: Heb. into straightness

17 Everyone who worships idols
as though they were gods
will be terribly ashamed.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
God's People Won't Obey
18 You people are deaf and blind,
but the Lord commands you
to listen and to see.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 No one is as blind or deaf
as his messenger,
his chosen servant,
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?
20 who sees and hears so much,
but pays no attention.
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

21 The Lord always does right,
and so he wanted his Law
to be greatly praised.
j 42.21 greatly praised: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 21.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
it: or, him
22 But his people were trapped
and imprisoned in holes
with no one to rescue them.
All they owned had been taken,
and no one was willing
to give it back.
22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; 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.
they are all...: or, in snaring all the young men of them
for a spoil: Heb. a treading
23 Why won't his people
ever learn to listen?
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
for...: Heb. for the after time?

24 Israel sinned and refused
to obey the Lord
or follow his instructions.
So the Lord let them be robbed
of everything they owned.
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
25 He was furious with them
and punished their nation
with the fires of war.
Still they paid no attention.
They didn't even care
when they were surrounded
and scorched by flames.
25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

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