Isaiah 42:2
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New International Version
He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.

New Living Translation
He will not shout or raise his voice in public.

English Standard Version
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

New American Standard Bible
"He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street.

King James Bible
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets.

International Standard Version
He won't shout, or raise his voice, or make it heard in the street.

NET Bible
He will not cry out or shout; he will not publicize himself in the streets.

New Heart English Bible
He will not shout, nor raise his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will not cry out or raise [his voice]. He will not make his voice heard in the streets.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He shall not cry, nor lift up, Nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

New American Standard 1977
“He will not cry out or raise His voice,
            Nor make His voice heard in the street.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

American King James Version
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

American Standard Version
He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall not cry, nor have respect to person, neither shall his voice be heard abroad.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

English Revised Version
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

World English Bible
He will not shout, nor raise his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street.

Young's Literal Translation
He doth not cry, nor lift up, Nor cause his voice to be heard, in the street.
Study Bible
The Lord's Chosen Servant
1"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. 2"He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. 3"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:19
He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear His voice in the streets.

Isaiah 42:1
"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Isaiah 42:3
"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Matthew 12:16-20 And charged them that they should not make him known…

Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God …

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

(2) He shall not cry . . .--Isaiah's ideal of a teacher, but partly realised in himself, is that of one exempt from the violence of strong feelings, calm in the sereneness of authority, strong in his far-reaching and pitying sympathy. False prophets might rave as in orgiastic frenzy. We are reminded of Solon affecting the inspiration of a soothsayer in order to attract attention to his converts. Even true prophets might be stirred to vehement and incisive speech, but it should not be so with him. No point of resemblance between the archetype and the portrait seems to have impressed men so deeply as this (Matthew 7:29; Matthew 12:17-21). The "street" describes the open space of an Eastern city, in which, as in the Greek agora, men harangued the people, while "the gate of the city" was reserved for the more formal administration of justice. (Ruth 4:1; Proverbs 31:23.)

Verse 2. - He shall not cry, nor lift up. Supply, after "lift up," "his voice" from the next clause. His methods shall be quiet and gentle. He shall not seek to recommend his teaching by clamour or noisy demonstrations. There shall be a marked unobtrusiveness in all his doings (comp. Matthew 8:4; Matthew 9:30; Matthew 12:15; Matthew 14:13; John 5:13; John 6:15; John 7:3, 4; John 8:59; John 10:40, etc.). He shall not cry,..... According to Aben Ezra and Kimchi, as a judge in court is obliged to extend his voice that he may be heard: the Evangelist Matthew renders it, "he shall not strive"; or contend in a disputatious way, about mere words and things to no profit, or litigate a point in law; he shall bring no complaints, or enter an action against any, but rather suffer wrong, as he advises his followers, Matthew 5:40, for this does not respect the lowness of his voice in his ministry; in this sense he often cried, as Wisdom is said to do, Proverbs 1:20, "nor lift up"; that is, his voice, as Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech supply it; or, as others, he shall not lift up faces, or accept persons; and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it,

neither shall he accept any person; or the person of any man, which is true of Christ; but the former sense seems best, which agrees with what goes before and follows after:

nor cause his voice to be heard in the street; his voice was heard in the street in a ministerial way; he sometimes preached in the street, as in many other public places, Luke 13:26, but not in a clamorous contentious way; not in an opprobrious and menacing manner; nor in a way of ostentation, boasting of himself, his doctrines, and miracles, but behaved with great humility and meekness; his kingdom was without pomp and noise, which worldly princes are attended with; but this was not to be, nor was it his case; See Gill on Matthew 12:19. 2. Matthew [Mt 12:19] marks the kind of "cry" as that of altercation by quoting it, "He shall not strive" (Isa 53:7).

street—the Septuagint translates "outside." An image from an altercation in a house, loud enough to be heard in the street outside: appropriate of Him who "withdrew Himself" from the public fame created by His miracles to privacy (Mt 12:15; Mt 12:34, there, shows another and sterner aspect of His character, which is also implied in the term "judgment").42:1-4 This prophecy was fulfilled in Christ, Mt 12:17. Let our souls rely on him, and rejoice in him; then, for his sake, the Father will be well-pleased with us. The Holy Spirit not only came, but rested upon him, and without measure. He patiently bore the contradiction of sinners. His kingdom is spiritual; he was not to appear with earthly honours. He is tender of those oppressed with doubts and fears, as a bruised reed; those who are as smoking flax, as the wick of a lamp newly lighted, which is ready to go out again. He will not despise them, nor lay upon them more work or more suffering than they can bear. By a long course of miracles and his resurrection, he fully showed the truth of his holy religion. By the power of his gospel and grace he fixes principles in the minds of men, which tend to make them wise and just. The most distant nations wait for his law, wait for his gospel, and shall welcome it. If we would make our calling and election sure, and have the Father delight over us for good, we must behold, hear, believe in, and obey Christ.
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