Isaiah 42:4
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New International Version
he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope."

New Living Translation
He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction."

English Standard Version
He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

New American Standard Bible
"He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law."

King James Bible
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction."

International Standard Version
And he won't grow faint or be crushed until he establishes justice on the mainland, and the coastlands take ownership of his Law."

NET Bible
He will not grow dim or be crushed before establishing justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait in anticipation for his decrees."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will not be discouraged or crushed until he has set up justice on the earth. The coastlands will wait for his teachings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall not tire nor faint until he has set judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has established justice in the earth: and the coastlands shall wait for his law.

American King James Version
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

American Standard Version
He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall not be sad, nor troublesome, till he set judgment in the earth: and the islands shall wait for his law.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall not faint nor be in haste, till he have set justice in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

English Revised Version
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he hath set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

World English Bible
He will not fail nor be discouraged, until he has set justice in the earth, and the islands will wait for his law."

Young's Literal Translation
He doth not become weak nor bruised, Till he setteth judgment in the earth, And for his law isles wait with hope.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - He shall not fail nor be discouraged; literally, he will not burn dimly nor be bruised. He will himself show no signs of that weakness which he will compassionate in others. As a "Light" (Luke 2:32; John 1:4-9), he will burn brightly and strongly; as a Reed, or Rod, he will be firm and unbroken. Till he have set judgment in the earth; i.e. till he has succeeded in establishing true religion upon the earth (compare the last clause of ver. 1). The isles; or, the countries (comp. Isaiah 41:1, 5). Shall wait for his Law; or, shall long for his Law. Yakhal is "to wait longingly." It is, as Delitzsch observes, "an actual fact that the cry for redemption runs through the whole human race." They are possessed by "an earnest longing, the ultimate object of which is, however unconsciously, the Servant of Jehovah, and his instruction from Zion" ('Comment. on Isaiah,' vol. 2. p. 177).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He shall not fail,.... For want of strength to go through the work of redemption: or, "grow dim" (i) and dark, as a lamp for want of oil, or as the wick of a candle ready to go out. Hence the Septuagint version, "he shall shine (k)"; in the glory of his person, as the Son of God; in the fulness of his grace, as Mediator, which shall never fail; and in the hearts of his people by his Spirit; and in his Gospel published to the world:

nor be discouraged; at the number, power, and menaces of his enemies, he had to grapple with, sin, Satan, the world, and death: or,

nor be broken (l); with the weight of all the sins of his people upon him; and with a sense of divine wrath; and with the whole punishment due unto them, inflicted on him, enough to have broke the backs and spirits of men and angels; but he stood up under the mighty load, and did not sink beneath it, but endured all with an invincible courage and resolution of mind:

till he have set judgment in the earth; fully satisfied the justice of God for the sins of his people, and performed the work of their redemption in righteousness; and then he sent and settled his Gospel in the world, proclaiming the same; and fixed a set of Gospel ordinances to continue the remembrance of it, till his second coming. Maimonides (m) produces this passage to prove that the Messiah shall die, because it is said, "he shall not fail--till", &c.; but this does not signify that he should fail afterwards, but that he should continue always:

and the isles shall wait for his law; his doctrine or Gospel, the law or doctrine of faith, particularly that of justification by his righteousness, with every other; this the inhabitants of the islands, or distant countries, the Gentiles, should be desirous of hearing, readily embrace and receive, and trust in Christ, made known to them in it. The Septuagint version is, "and in his name shall the Gentiles trust"; and so in Matthew 12:20.

(i) , "non caligabit", Pagninus, Montanus. (k) Sept. (l) "nec fraugetur", Paguinus, Montanus. (m) Porta Mosis, p. 160.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. fail—faint; man in religion may become as the almost expiring flax-wick (Isa 42:3), but not so He in His purposes of grace.

discouraged—literally, "broken," that is, checked in zeal by discouragements (compare Isa 49:4, 5). Rosenmuller not so well translates, "He shall not be too slow on the one hand, nor run too hastily on the other."

judgment—His true religion, the canon of His judgments and righteous reign.

isles … wait, &c.—The distant lands beyond sea shall put their trust in His gospel way of salvation. Mt 12:21 virtually gives the sense, with the inspired addition of another aspect of the same thing, "In his name shall the Gentiles trust" (as "wait for" here means, Isa 30:18). "His law" is not something distinct from Himself, but is indeed Himself, the manifestation of God's character ("name") in Christ, who is the embodiment of the law (Isa 42:21; Jer 23:6; Ro 10:4). "Isles" here, and in Isa 42:12, may refer to the fact that the populations of which the Church was primarily formed were Gentiles of the countries bordering on the Mediterranean.

Isaiah 42:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord's Chosen Servant
3"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. 4"He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law." 5Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,…
Cross References
Genesis 49:10
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

Psalm 72:10
May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:11
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

Isaiah 24:15
Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah 42:10
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.

Isaiah 42:12
Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.

Isaiah 42:21
It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.

Isaiah 49:1
Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.

Isaiah 51:4
"Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.

Isaiah 51:5
My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.

Isaiah 60:9
Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.

Isaiah 66:19
"I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations--to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

shall not

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 49:5-10 And now, said the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, …

Isaiah 52:13-15 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and …

Isaiah 53:2-12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

John 17:4,5 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

Hebrews 12:2-4 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

discouraged. Heb. broken
and the isles

Isaiah 42:12 Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

Isaiah 2:2-4 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 11:9-12 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the …

Isaiah 24:15,16 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD …

Isaiah 41:5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, …

Isaiah 55:5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not, and nations that …

Isaiah 60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, …

Isaiah 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and …

Psalm 72:8-11 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to …

Psalm 98:2,3 The LORD has made known his salvation: his righteousness has he openly …

Micah 4:1-3 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall …

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God…

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